Rainy Pot: Where you can water your plants with the help of a cloud

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 21 January 2014

When settle for watering your potted plants by hand when you can water them via cute little wall-mounted rainclouds? That’s the Rainy Pot for you, a conceptual design by Seungbin Jeong that lets you top up water supplies in a cloud-shaped tub and evenly waters your plants throughout the day so you never have to […]

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High speed photography capture exploding flowers

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 17 September 2013

Photographer Martin Klimas loves shooting photos. He loves it so much that he takes shooting quite literally. He dips his subjects of choice in liquid nitrogen and then subjects them to a blast from an air cannon.

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Are plants better at math than you?

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Wednesday 11 September 2013

Plants are smarter then we thought. According to recent research, plants can calculate exactly how much food theY will need each night to make it through the long, dark hours. Not only can they plan ahead thanks to their internal clocks, but apparently plants can adapt their math equation to changing external forces such as […]

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Molecular geneticist Fernan Federici’s microscopic photography of plants

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Wednesday 17 July 2013

These surreal images are microscopic photographs of various plants, taken by Dr. Fernan Federici. Federici is a renowned molecular geneticist and award-winning microscopist who takes amazing photographs of plants at the cellular level. These vibrant and detailed photographs show just how intricate and beautiful nature really is.

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Mycorrhizae: plants maintain long-distance relationships

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Tuesday 11 June 2013

As it turns out, not all parasites are bad. Recent research has revealed that a fungi called mycorrhizae found on plant roots actually functions as a connecting point between different plants. Plants that take advantage of this strange telephone system are able to warn other plants the apheds attack one of the group members. It looks […]

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Glowing plants can light up your home, sans electricity

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 15 May 2013

Think of lighting indoors, and bulbs naturally come to mind. Now a three-man team from San Francisco are turning these bulbs on their heads and turning to plants as light solutions in their place. That’s right, we’re talking about real plants that glow. It’s good news for those with green fingers. Using synthetic biology techniques, […]

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Grow a miniature reality in a jar

Annie Churdar Contributor

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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Anthotypes: the process of creating prints using flowers and grass

Kamalendra Contributor

By Kamalendra in New Trends on Saturday 2 March 2013

Did you ever think that you could make prints using flowers and grass? Well, think again. In one of the earliest forms of photography, positive prints were made on paper using flower and leaf juices. Check the Alternative Photography website out for other unique forms of photography and even instructions on how to make Anthotypes, […]

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Making crawling plants behave indoors

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 31 January 2013

From Kawamura Ganjavian, the same studio that brought you the Ostrich Pillow, the Parramyd is a modular structure with pyramidal parts to keep crawling plants in check as they grow indoors. It’s great for ensuring your plants won’t stagger across your walls and floors and try to trip you over.

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Screen-printed mini sky planters by Marcus Oakley

Bridget Barnett Contributor

By Bridget Barnett in New Eco on Thursday 22 November 2012

Looking for a nature and art all-in-one to fit within your space-shy studio apartment? Look no further: London artist Marcus Oakley has screen-printed these adorable mini sky planters that hang from your ceiling.

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Ashtray will see to it that plants love you for smoking

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Thursday 8 November 2012

Smokers have always gotten a bad rap for contributing to the polluted state of the world. Now French collective Mademoiselle Jean-Claude have emerged with a new invention in the defense of our smoker friends: an eco-friendly ashtray that doubles up as a potted plant pot. Basically you can dispose of your cig butts here, and leave it to the device to filter out ashes from the cig butts as fertilizer for the resident plant. So it now seems smokers get to smoke and benefit their plant friends in a symbiotic way with this special ashtray. No reason to quit smoking, then.

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Tropical hanging plants by Mister Moss

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By This Island Life in New Products on Tuesday 2 October 2012

When you live in a one-bedroom apartment, like me, there are only so many plants you can own. I’ve already got multiple foliage in every room. Heck, I’ve even got a giant palm tree decal splayed across an entire wall. With plants on the floor, shelves, benches and balcony, I thought I’d reached my quota. That was until I came across these cool hanging plants by Mister Moss.

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Seed Faces by Kelsey Pike

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By Loraine Ahearn-Mintzer in New Products on Tuesday 14 August 2012

I first came across these very unique seeds in the shape of heads on Kelsey’s Etsy shop. The seed faces are created using recycled paper pulp that is shaped with a doll face mold and filled with organic heirloom seeds. The faces vary in skin tone, age and gender. Very quirky and cool way to grow your own organic clover, dill, radish, arugula, red or green cabbage, broccoli, or kale. Almost too cool to plant.

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Strange sculpted hedge gives passerby the finger

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By James Weinert in New Design on Tuesday 3 July 2012

I have always been a fan of hedge sculpting, a practice performed by gardeners whereby many hours of training and cutting are invested to create something usually beautiful and unique. Having spotted this in my locale, I began to wonder why one would blatantly give passers by the good old one fingered salute? I am not […]

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Botanical sculpture with Swarovski elements

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By Eve Politanoff in New Art on Sunday 6 February 2011

Japan’s greatest flower artist, Makoto Azuma has teamed up with Swarovski Elements to create six unique botanical sculptures.

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