Trees that swallowed abandoned WWII equipment

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Friday 18 April 2014

During the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ in WWII, the Neva Bridgehead (or Nevsky Pyatachok) was a vital and strategic site for both the Germans and Russians. For the German army, it served as a staging area for their impending advance on Leningrad. For the Russians, it was a crucial place to reopen land communications with the […]

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Pandas apparently can get cuter when 1,600 of them congregate together

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 8 April 2014

While this scene may look like 1,600 pandas storming the streets of Taiwan in a plot to subdue its citizens with their overflowing fluffiness, it actually has a sad story behind it. Called the ‘Pandas World Tour’, the paper-mache pandas were conceived by the WWF in 2008 and created by French artist Paulo Grangeon in an attempt to raise awareness about the endangered status of this adorable species.

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Welcome to the future: Glowing trees by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Friday 4 April 2014

We loved the idea of glow-in-the-dark ice cream, using jellyfish proteins. But now we could be in for some other glow-in-the-dark objects. Like trees. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde is exploring ways of ‘using the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark trees that could replace street lights’.

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These newly-born Caribbean pygmy octopi are as small as a pencil eraser

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 2 April 2014

These Caribbean pygmy octopi larvae (adorably known as babies) just recently hatched at the Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. As you can see in the photos, these little cuties are dwarfed by a pencil eraser and a penny. When fully matured, they grow to just the size of a silver dollar. According […]

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There’s such a thing as a beekeeping dog, and it is adorable!

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 31 March 2014

In Australia, adorkable beekeeping Labrador, ‘Bazz’, helps out beekeeper Josh Kennett in detecting ‘American foulbrood’, a serious disease that spreads among bee colonies. Usually, the Paenibacillus larvae caused by the infection can only be detected under the lens of a microscope. But it turns out that Bazz’s powerful nose is a better alternative. Kennett built […]

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Dogs being trained to find endangered plants and animals

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

They say dogs are man’s best friend, but as it turns out they can also be the best friends of endangered species. Crowdfunding project, ‘Dogs for Conservation’, has raised just enough money to fund their plan of using our ever so reliable furry buddies to help scientists and conservationists track down endangered plants and animals. […]

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Startling photos of an Otter attacking a crocodile

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 10 March 2014

It’s official: alligators and crocodiles are getting soft. Last week, we saw photos of a snake devouring a crocodile in the swamps of Queensland, Australia. Now, photos show a river otter in Florida engaging a young alligator in an epic battle for lunch, with the mammal eventually emerging as the victor. It looks like the […]

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Really, animals like to get drunk too

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Monday 3 March 2014

It looks like humans are not the only species on Earth that love to get buzzed every now and then. In a new research published in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences’, there seems to be a few little critters in the forest of Malaysia who hunker for alcohol. The study says that […]

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Do baboons really raise dogs as pets? Turns out, they can

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 12 February 2014

Turns out baboons are kinda like the mafia of the animal world. The following video shows a baboon kidnapping a puppy from its mother, dragging it by its tail and giving it their own version of hospitality. Animal lovers beware, the first minute of the video is pretty heart-breaking to watch, especially when you hear […]

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Eco pod hotel in Switzerland

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Friday 13 September 2013

If you’re looking for a cozy and eco-friendly getaway, we’ve got you covered. These quaint little pods nestled in a small valley in Laax Falera, Switzerland are the perfect place to relax. Each pod is big enough for two, and they come complete with basic amenities. It’s a comfy retreat for you and your Plus […]

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Levitation bicycle has that minimalistic appeal

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Saturday 10 August 2013

Designed by Michael Strain, Ramerio Diaz and Brandon Hartley, the Levitation bicycle is an eco-friendly powerhouse that charges gadgets via a USB port using energy generated from zealous pedaling. It can even serve as a WiFi hotspot as well. The unusual angular design really gets us.

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Plastic drinking straws become vases

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Eco on Monday 15 July 2013

We’re supporters of initiatives that aim to cut down on waste, but it’s ideas like this that really capture our hearts. Sydney-based duo Supercyclers – Liane Rossler and Sarah Kings – design products that reuse and recycle, a reflected in their latest project, Yours to Care For, which transforms plastic drinking stores into tiny, unique […]

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The Living Furniture Project: teaching homeless people to build furniture

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By Alicia Thompson in New Eco on Thursday 4 July 2013

Alastair Sloan recently started the Living Furniture Project. Their mission is: ‘Designer furniture, Reclaimed materials, A future for the homeless’. The idea is to get people off the streets of London by teaching them a trade, and helping them rebuild their life. They are supported by a team of volunteers, which include designers and professional […]

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Man in Fiji makes boat from 600 littered plastic bottles

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By Jerry in New Eco on Thursday 18 April 2013

Did you ever use an empty bottle to make a shaker or a toy as a kid? What about a boat? 600 littered plastic bottles were used by Tom Davies, a New Zealand native living in Fiji, to create this boat. In Tom’s tests, the boat can hold up to three big Fijian men. The […]

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Making fuel out of thin air. Literally

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By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Tuesday 9 April 2013

Air Fuel Synthesis generate energy from non-fossil fuel based carbon dioxide. And they believe the solution to creating clean energy can be pulled out of thin air. Literally. They propose making hydrocarbon fuel by taking carbon dioxide and water from the air and forcing them to react together. The resulting fuel production and fuel combustion will […]

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