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A Riotous Affair

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Police and protestors clash in Copenhagen.

In Copenhagen's suburbs yesterday, police fired pepper spray and beat protestors with batons outside a climate conference meeting venue. The violence marked a low point for a climate change summit that's had plenty of low points. The demonstators, who have been active during most of the negotiations, are demanding "climate justice" which means, presumably, firm steps taken......read more

Harvesting Air for Water

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German engineering goes green with a fog-collecting system that serves the water needs of an arid Peruvian village.

Biologists Kai Tiedemann and Anne Lummerich are finding ingenious ways to help people living in arid regions find and develop new sources of water. Bellavista, a small, hillside settlement near Lima, Peru that is unconnected to the municipal water supply is enveloped in fog through most of the winter. There, the pair designed a fog-catching system that captures and collects fog-water for use by......read more

Woven Society: SHFT Pop-Up

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SHFT and Woven Society team up to curate this selection of top-quality products for men

One of the best parts of doing SHFT is hooking up with like-minded folks working on their own inspiring projects. Among them are the good people behind Woven Society, the well-curated online retailer of quality products for guys. We linked with them to hand-pick this selection of WS offerings,  carrying the common themes of good craftsmanship and timeless design. Running the gamut from......read more

Talisman Active Speakers by Serene Audio

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Audiophile-quality sound in bamboo and leather $495.00

Audiophiles we are not, but one need not be an audio nerd to know that computer and iPhone speakers deliver less-than-ideal sound. Canadian company Serene Audio really steps it up with its Talisman Active range of speakers, featuring full-range drivers and a built-in 40W amplifier that ensure top-notch performance in smaller spaces. The speakers are finished using solid bamboo with leather trim,......read more

Single Blade Knife by Scout Seattle

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Top quality, US-made pocket knife in bone and stainless steel $98.00

Scout Seattle is our go-to label for carefully considered, expertly crafted outdoors goods. Founded by Ben Masters, the company makes a small array of products, using a deliberate design process that focuses on a single piece at a time. This Single Blade Lock-back Knife is another fine example of Masters' straightforward, pragmatic approach to product design. Featuring a bone handle......read more

Bringing Solar Power To Remote Hospitals Is Saving Lives

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One startup working in Nepal learned that delivering high-quality health care often means having to innovate in unexpected ways--such as building new energy systems.

Founded by three Yale University Medical School students, Possible is a nonprofit health care company that runs medical facilities in remote Nepal. These include the 25-bed Bayalpata Hospital, in Anchham, a series of local clinics, and a small army of community health care workers. Part of its model revolves around importing Western standards of medicine and management, including modern......read more

Tabletop HiFi Stereo by Symbol Audio

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Reclaimed wood stereo delivers audiophile-quality sound $1,800.00

For most of us, the price of this Tabletop Hifi from Symbol Audio is likely a bit, er, prohibitive. But for the audiophile with plenty of expendable income, it might be hard to resist. This particular version is finished in reclaimed peroba rosa wood from Brazil, an exclusive to SHFT favorite Environment Furniture, who describes it thus: "The design incorporates two 4" high efficiency full range......read more

Woodchuck Tribal Case for iPhone 5

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Quality materials combine in sturdy, US-made protective shell $60.00

Minneapolis company Woodchuck has added a flashy new product series to its array of wooden protective covers for gadgets. The Tribal Edition Cases for iPhone 5, part of Woodchuck's Adventure Series, feature a gridded, Southwestern-inspired design produced by laser-cutting three different types of wood and placing the pieces into a recycled plastic shell by hand. With quality materials and a......read more

Woodbuds

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Hardwood earphones merge sustainable design with audiophile quality sound $40.00

Newly launched UK company Woodbuds ups the sustainability levels on the mobile audio game with these hardwood earphones. Made from sustainable plantation hardwood the design also features renewable bio-plastic cables and fully recyclable packaging. But the company's lofty green goals go beyond the design realm. From co-founder Chris Holmes: Woodbuds was born from a passion to do something......read more

Area Rugs: Buy Well, Go Vintage

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Quality craftsmanship, character mean handmade rugs retain and even increase in value over time

When it comes to shopping for the home, we are big believers in the practice of buying once and buying well. Whether it's a stereo or bed linens, a crib or tableware, it's always better to pay more for something that will proudly live in your home for your entire life, than to pay less for something that will end up in a landfill in a few years. We are also big believers in going vintage. After......read more

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