World’s tallest tree, bonsai version

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Monday 13 May 2013

What happens when you combine the art of shaping a Bonsai Tree with the powerful strength of a Redwood? You get a little Bonsai Redwood tree. Now you can nurture the world’s largest tree in a small pot on your bedside table. Take a look at the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society to get a small taste of […]

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Animal ninjas in their element

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 9 May 2013

Nature is great. Some animals have the art of camouflage down pat, disappearing right into their surroundings. Christian Ziergler captured some amazing pictures of these creatures at their mimicry best for National Geographic, and you can try to locate sneaky leaf-little toads and the such in this interactive image gallery.

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Dreamy landscape photography by Lucy Snow

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By Laura Blight in New Photography on Wednesday 24 April 2013

I recently came across Lucy Snowe’s wonderful photography. I love her dreamy, hazy landscapes and uniform, simple poolside shots. Snow’s transition from hip LA to the countryside comes across in her photography with beautiful results.

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Volatile and beautiful: Africa’s Afar depression

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 22 April 2013

The Afar depression in East Africa is a geologically tumultuous region. On the surface, it looks frozen. Below the surface, magma is having a ball of a time fueling not one, but 12 active volcanoes. And let’s not forget about the geysers, the cauldrons, and even an entire boiling lake of lava. The Afar depression’s […]

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Grow a miniature reality in a jar

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By Annie Churdar in New Products on Tuesday 16 April 2013

These terrariums are the ultimate dorm or office pets. Mossariums by Lilliput Tales are tiny little scenes that live in a jar. Just water them every now and then and they’ll thrive! Choose between different miniature characters to live in your jar.

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The Transformer Owl

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Thursday 4 April 2013

Spoiler ahead: owls behaving wickedly. This owl, as seen on a Japanese variety show, knows at least two ways to scare off other beaky threats: puff and fluff up (cute) or supershrink into what looks like a cross between Lord Voldemort and Megatron. It’s a hoot. According to another YouTube user who uploaded another clip […]

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Weird Science: Drug laced flowers keep bees coming back for more

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Thursday 4 April 2013

Starbucks isn’t the only establishment that uses caffeine and sugar to keep its customers returning. According to studies conducted by Geraldine Wright at Newcastle University, UK, plants spike their nectar with specific sugary flavors and caffeine to keep bees loyal to their flower. The more bees frequent the flower, the more pollen is spread from […]

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The Magical World of Dylan Garrett Smith

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By Daniel Emerson in New Art on Friday 15 March 2013

Dylan Garrett Smith is an artist/printmaker. Growing up in the punk and hardcore scene of Northeast Pennsylvania, he began exploring forms of printmaking at a young age to create shirts and patches for friend’s bands, as well as his own, using cardboard stencils and spray paint. Through this basic method of image making, he was […]

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Take a scenic Jade collecting walk in California

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By Loren Kantor in Cool Travel on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Jade Cove is a secluded Central California beach about 30 miles north of Hearst Castle. Its name comes from the vulcanized yellow/green jade rocks that wash up naturally on the shore. Jade collecting is permitted above the shore line and rock hounds can take their finds to the Big Sur Jade Company where a jeweler […]

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Stunning Russian fire and ice caves

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By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Saturday 9 March 2013

The bizarre combination of freezing cold winter and active volcanos are married together in these stunning photos by Denis Budko. The two seemingly opposite elements are found existing harmoniously in the cave of the far east peninsula known Kamchatka in Russia. Until 1991, the caves were strictly off limits to foreigners. But ever since the […]

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MyMi: a forest-inspired children’s wonderland

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By Contributions in New Design on Tuesday 5 March 2013

This is the bedroom design kids dream about. Created by Fajno, MyMi brings a forest atmosphere into your house. Two vertical windows allow enough light to enter the room, highlighting every element of the design. The full effect will blow away any kid as they open to the door to see a decorated wall with pictures […]

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Proof that dolphins are early adopters of technology

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 5 March 2013

When Vimeo user Mark Peters built a torpedo rig for his GoPro camera and dipped it underwater 20 miles west of Santa Cruz, he didn’t count on a bunch of tech-loving Pacific white sided dolphins to show up next. While there’s been some controversy about whether the footage was CGI-rigged or secretly seeded by GoPro, […]

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This fox is ready for his close-up

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Tuesday 5 March 2013

Photographers Dan Dinu and Cristian Goga captured this incredible shot of a curious fox taken in St. Ana Lake, Romania. Apparently, the photogenic fox had been raised by a forest ranger, which explains why he was so ready for his close-up.

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World’s largest greenhouse houses more than one million plants

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Friday 1 March 2013

The Eden Project is essentially the largest greenhouse on the planet. Imagine a huge glass domed area that can hold the Tower of London inside. Cornwall’s monstrously huge RainForest enclosed environment, or Biome, was built on the remains of an exhausted china clay quarry. Today the bubble shaped structure is home to over 1 million […]

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Our favourite entry in the Icelandic Pylon Competition

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By Joshua Bond in Architecture on Thursday 28 February 2013

Choi and Shine have designed a series of giant electric pylons for the Icelandic Pylon Competition. They are described as being powerful, solemn and variable and that seeing the pylon-figures will become an unforgettable experience, elevating the towers to something more than merely a functional design of necessity. It certainly would get my vote.

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