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Bees Bummed About Cell Phones

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Signals from mobile phones may be partly to blame for mysterious decline of bee populations around the world

Bee populations around the world are in massive decline, with scientists blaming it on a lack of genetic diversity, urbanization, and increased pesticide use. Now, Swiss scientists have discovered a surprising new culprit that doesn't seem so nefarious from here: our cell phones. The researchers conducted 83 different experiments in which cell phones were placed inside bee hives, and the bees'......read more

Rewriting the Future of Paper

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With its market evaporating, a responsible paper company finds new uses for pulped wood

With more and more of us reading things on digital screens, the future of paper looks very bleak indeed. While trees around the world breathe a cautious sigh of relief, the paper industry is trying to find ways to change its fortune. At Fast Company, Ariel Schwartz informs us about a joint venture between Domtar (a paper company focused on environmental responsibility) and FP......read more

The Acid "Basic Instinct"

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Avant garde dance troupe stars in excellent video by director Dugan O'Neal

The Acid, a mysterious, multicontinential trio bent on creating genre-less music, have commissioned a special video for "Basic Instinct," their first single which combines electronic beats with acoustic guitar and pitched vocals. The video, directed by Dugan O'Neal (of The Directors Bureau), stars Los Angeles dance troupe WIFE, who are captured jumping around in pink suits and wigs in the......read more

Dirt Farmer "She Shakes"

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Stop-motion and digital collage combine in this excellent video for an upbeat Aussie rock jam

Stuck in the mid-week doldrums? Let this lovingly-crafted, good times music video brighten up your day. "She Shakes," an upbeat number from Melbourne pop-rock outfit Dirt Farmer, gets laced with fantastic visuals courtesy of fellow Aussies Jai Kenway and Donna Yeatman, who painstakingly handcrafted the clip using stop-motion animation and digital collage. It was produced by Oh Yeah Wow, a......read more

Salt & Pepper Cellars by Rae Dunn

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Lovely ceramic spice containers handmade in San Francisco $48.00

Berkeley, CA-based ceramicist Rae Dunn operates on both sides of the imaginary line between art and craft. Her work, which ranges from custom-designed housewares to large-scale sculptures, is woven together by common themes like the beauty of simple shapes and natural forms. These square-shaped salt and pepper cellars display both in spades. Made of creamy-glazed porcelain and adorned with......read more

Want Safer and Cheaper Solar Panels? Just Add Salt

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Researchers switch out a toxic chemical in solar cells for a salt found in tofu

Solar power may be one of the cleanest energy sources, but one way of producing solar cells is actually quite toxic. A new study points to a safer and cheaper method, using an ingredient that is also used to make tofu. Researchers at the University of Liverpool discovered that a salt used to produce the fermented bean curd, as well as to de-ice roads, could be a new ingredient in making solar......read more

Beaches, "Send Them Away"

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Check out the excellent animated video for the catchy new tune from Melbourne's Beaches

Australian rockers Beaches are ready to release their their sophomore album, She Beats, and recently dropped this fun, lighthearted video to whet our whistles. Created for "Send Them Away," a bright, catchy number that screams summer fun, the Ben Montero-directed video is suitably lighthearted and sunny, with color-splashed animations of the girls playing along and cruising in a convertible.......read more

Force of Nature

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Supercell thunderstorm looks like apocalyptic tornado. From our friends at Ryot

Basehunters, a storm-chasing team from Oklahoma, captured this unbelievable footage of a supercell thunderstorm forming in Wyoming. Supercell thunderstorms consist of continually rotating updrafts and can cause torrential rainfall, hail and even tornadoes. While in theory it just sounds like a really wild storm, on film it looks like an apocalyptic tornado carrying with it imminent death.......read more

Excellent Photo Experiments by Cedric Yon

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Beautiful images from a new SHFT favorite

We recently discovered the work of Chinese photographer Cedric Yon, and he instantly became one of our new faves. Shooting mostly analog, Cedric experiments with exposures and filters to create haunting images in soft focus. It is some beautiful stuff. With one of his images featured in this year's edition of the Portrait Salon, it's safe to say the he's on the come up. We will be keeping an eye......read more

Excellent Eco Design by Inger Steinnes

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Young Scandanavian designer combines two of our favorite things: sustainability and simplicity

Here's a big thank you to It's Nice That for acquanting us with Inger Steinnes, our new favorite product designer. The young Norwegian creative makes beautiful functional objects that make use of recycled and/or repurposed materials. Take, for example, her Brew series (last two photos), which aims to show "how something we regard as waste actually can become something valuable." The series is......read more

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