A designer and 60,000 bees partnered up to make this honeycomb teapot

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 27 February 2015

Apparently, bees are not just into honey, they’re into tea as well. Designer Tomas Gabzdil of Studio Libertiny worked together with a bee colony to create a beeswax sculpture that looks like a giant teapot. The project serves as a statement about power of bees and the beauty they bring to the world.

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This here is Patrick, the world’s oldest and largest living wombat

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 26 February 2015

Most wombats weigh around 57 pounds (28 kilograms) and live up to 15 years. Patrick here, however, isn’t your ordinary marsupial. He weighs in at a whopping 84 pounds (38 kilograms) and has just turned 29 years old, making him the world’s largest and oldest known living wombat.

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This rude hawk breaks into house, poops on everything, has goofiest ‘mugshot’ ever

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 11 February 2015

That’s a face that clearly says, ‘I didn’t do it!’ When Reddit user ‘hewlandrower’ shortly went outside to accompany his Corgi, he heard a loud shatter from his bedroom. He quickly rushed to the scene, ready to apprehend the would-be burglar. Only it wasn’t a burglar, and it wasn’t even human. It was a hawk!

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Drop everything and watch this close-up footage of lava pouring into the ocean off Hawaii

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Eco on Thursday 22 January 2015

Know what’s better than close-up footage of lava spilling into the ocean? Absolutely nothing. So you’ve got to watch this video. It’s actually quite mesmerizing. Kawika Singson used his GoPro to capture this pretty cool phenomenon off the coast of Hawaii, and you can’t help but wonder just how hot that water is getting with that neverending spillage of lava (which is around 1,100 degrees).

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We’d never want to be chased by a hippo as fast and scary as this

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 22 January 2015

We’ve all been warned that Hippos are very dangerous. They kill more people each year than lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos COMBINED. So if that’s not enough of a warning to you, here’s a video of what an angry hippo looks like.

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Koalas with burned paws after escaping wildfires are in need of mittens

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 10 January 2015

Warning: prepare to have your hearts broken. Meet Jeremy, he’s a koala living across the states of South Australia and Victoria. Recently, a series of brushfires has led him to flee his home, leaving him with second-degree burns on all his paws. He’s had to wear mittens to protect his paws from further damage. It’s adorable yet heartbreaking.

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This inner-city primary school was cleverly created to encourage biodiversity

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By Rachel Oakley in Architecture on Friday 9 January 2015

Picture your primary school. If you lived in a big city, you might’ve gone to a school that had only a small patch of grass for playtime. Maybe it was all concrete. In the suburbs of Paris, a primary school has been designed to encourage biodiversity, with an ‘elevated landscape’ for students to be introduced to nature in an urban setting.

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This weakened tortoise could barely walk, until LEGO wheels were attached on him

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 27 December 2014

LEGO, appropriate for kids and tortoises of all ages. In Germany, a tortoise named Blade was given a make-shift wheelchair using LEGO blocks to help him move around. It was discovered that he had difficulty walking due to a growth disorder.

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They thought she was a mini-pig. 2 years later she weighs 670-lb and is more lovable than ever.

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 24 December 2014

Meet Esther the Wonder Pig. When she was adopted by parents Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, she only weighed 3-lb and was supposedly a pygmy piglet. Lo and behold two years later, she now weighs 670-lb. Turns out, she’s a full-size commercial pig! This, however, didn’t change the love Esther’s two dads had for her.

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Guinea pigs adorably fall in line during their morning commute

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 18 December 2014

We could definitely learn a lot from guinea pigs during their rush hour commute. At the Nagasaki Bio Park in Sakai, Japan, zookeepers built a miniature bridge for the adorable little rodents to ease their transfer between enclosures.

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This one-piece outfit provides GPS, Wi-Fi and air-cleaning technologies

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 28 November 2014

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You wouldn’t know it just by looking at it, but this one-piece suit has electrical threads woven into the fabric to enable it to provide GPS, Wi-Fi, and air-cleaning technologies. First, how on earth does it clean the air? One of the designers explained that ‘cold plasma technology is a really high voltage that splits up the particles in the air.

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Why do rivers have curves? This video will enlighten you

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 25 November 2014

Why do some rivers have twisting, winding, zig-zagging paths and others don’t? Because real rivers have curves, ok maybe not, there’s actually a more scientific reason for this. In the 2-minute video below, YouTube channel ‘Minute Earth’ gives us the easy and very fascinating explanation.

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In Australia, there’s a bat hospital that takes care of abandoned baby bats

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Thursday 6 November 2014

In Atherton, Australia, nurses and doctors lovingly take care of abandoned babies until they are big enough to fend for themselves. Though we’re not talking about human babies here, we’re talking about baby bats!

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Caught on tape: seal having sex with a penguin

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Saturday 1 November 2014

You read that right. On a remote island somewhere in the Indian Ocean, researchers have witnessed seals chasing down, capturing, and mounting penguins (either male or female) in four different incidents since 2006. In one occurrence, the seal even ate the penguin after the sexual act. And yes, there was penetration, so this isn’t just […]

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This tarantula is as big as a puppy and its legs are a foot long!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 21 October 2014

Harvard University entomologist and photographer Piotr Naskrecki was taking a leisurely nighttime stroll in the jungles of Guyana when he stumbled upon what seem to be a puppy-sized mammal. Curious, he investigated, only to realize that the furry creature was actually the stuff of nightmares: the South American Goliath Birdeater tarantula, reputedly the world’s largest species of arachnid.

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