Awesome things that hide secret powers: the freeze-and-thaw frogs of Alaska

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 15 September 2014

Didn’t think frogs had secret powers, did you? But prepare for some interesting insight. Some frog species, such as the Alaskan wood frog, can actually ‘create an antifreeze-like solution in their blood that lets them literally freeze and thaw in winter with no ill effect’. Yeah, you read that correctly. Frogs have hidden this from us for decades-little did we know that those little critters were outsmarting us with their secret powers.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: this origami array might revolutionise solar power

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By Milo Sumner in New Design on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Solar energy is a virtually limitless and entirely environmentally friendly form of power. One major drawback, however, is that it is notoriously unreliable, especially in temperate climates where clouds frequently obscure the sun.

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The Co-Create Series: Rod Smith’s surf video inspired by a stunning rock formation in the Australian outback

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By Lost At E Minor in Video on Wednesday 10 September 2014

For the Co-Create series, we’ve invited six of Australia’s most talented creative talents to produce original work exclusively for Lost At E Minor inspired by some of their favourite posts on the site and using only the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In this installment, Rod Smith, formerly of Firekites, now of North Arm, took inspiration from an image of a person on a rock formation in the Australian outback that looked exactly like someone surfing a rock wave to create this beautiful, atmospheric video for his own composition, Onwards Upwards. These are his words about the creative process.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: series shows what 200 calories look like in different meals

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Monday 8 September 2014

The website Wisegeek give us the lowdown on what different food items look like when proportioned into 200 calorie quantities. After proportioning foods like smoked turkey, soda, candy, fruits, and veggies, they took photos to give us a better idea of what meals we should/shouldn’t partake if we’re on a healthy diet. ‘According to the U.S. […]

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Small things that are surprisingly big: the nomad’s camper trailer

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 3 September 2014

Created by industrial designer Cornelius Comanns, the Bufalino is a small three-wheel concept van that might look tiny from the outside, but take a look inside this vehicle and you’ll be blown away by its modern and efficient design. The vehicle is actually modeled after the Piaggio APE 50, which is a lightweight commercial vehicle, […]

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Small things that are surprisingly big: cardboard sheet school desks

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 1 September 2014

A single sheet of cardboard can’t do much, right? Wrong! In India, many children go to school but don’t have the luxury of sitting behind a desk. To address this issue, the nonprofit organization Aarambh created a necessity out of a single sheet of cardboard: a school desk. The Bombay-based nonprofit worked with designers to come up with the desk design from a simple sheet of cardboard.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: an office you can take anywhere you go

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Thursday 28 August 2014

This is the Kruikantoor, a light-weight foam structure that was created by Tim Vinke, a Dutch designer. The name ‘Kruikantoor’ is actually a combination of the two words ‘wheelbarrow’ and ‘office’, and like the name suggests, you can pick this workspace in a few seconds and easily move it to wherever you like.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: this incredibly versatile sofa bed

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Wednesday 27 August 2014

At first glance, the Sosia doesn’t look like much at all. In fact, it looks just like a small screen you’d use to separate a room. But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that this is no ordinary room divider. In fact, the Sosia’s main function is actually a sofa.

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Small things that are surprisingly big: an entire room in a single box

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Saturday 23 August 2014

Convenience is an understatement when it comes to the room-in-a-box. A German design and furniture company came up with this brilliant concept, including a whole room’s worth of furniture in a box that only measures 90 x 120 centimetres. No tools are needed in the process of turning this box into a room, and assembly takes less than 10 minutes!

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Small things that are actually surprisingly big: From hidden hammocks to sliding walls, this tiny attic apartment has it all

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By Milo Sumner in Architecture on Friday 22 August 2014

Introducing Didomestic, an tiny residence in the centre of Madrid, jam-packed with hidden gems of awesomeness. Decorated sparsely with plain wood and neutral colours, Didomestic was designed with flexibility in mind. Almost every section of wall, ceiling and floor can be opened, turned or rotated to reveal endless living accessories and layout options. In various […]

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