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Sustainable Earth Lab

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From National Geographic, an excellent environmental science kit for kids $44.95

This environmental science kit is the perfect tool to teach kids about the problems faced by our planet -- and how sustainable practices and technology can help us can overcome them. The kit is organized into five main sections: renewable energies, natural resource usage, climate change prevention, waste and water management, and energy conservation. From constructing a miniature water treatment......read more

Young Farmers: Aileen

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Aileen, a talented cellist, locates the links between music and gardening

Is gardening an art form? Well, it's a form of creation, so it should be. The difference between growing food and, say, playing in a symphony, is that a gardener's collaborator is nature itself. In this episode of Young Farmers, we meet Aileen, a high school cellist who likens gardening to music. You work hard at both, and in both cases, something eventually clicks, and the next thing you know......read more

Mohammadreza Mirzaei: The Encounters

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Heavy meta: Excellent photos of tourists taking photos

Young, up-and-coming Iranian photographer Mohammadreza Mirzaei explores meta territory in The Encounters, a series of pictures of people taking pictures. Shot from an aerial perspective, the tourists in Mirzaei's images act less as commentary about tourist culture than as graphical elements that complete the photos. Which isn't surprising, given that the Tehran-based photographer pursued graphic......read more

Marble Sounds, "Sky High"

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Animation par excellence.

The best animated videos always hit on three key notes: good music, good animation, and good character design. The vid for "Sky High," from indie pop group Marble Sounds, has 'em all and then some. Created by compatriot Belgian creatives Eugene and Louise (who did the character design) and Birg,  the song and animation provide a warm antidote to a cold winter's day. ...read more

Out Of A Forest

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Stop motion excellence from young Danish director Tobias Gundorff Boesen.

This bit of stop motion genius comes to us from bachelor students at Danish animation school The Animation Workshop. Directed by Tobias Gundorff Boesen, it was shot in the forests surrounding Viborg, Denmark. It's an emotional piece that has all the hallmarks of a good story: powerful plot, lots of tension, and bunnies. If you're wondering about that song (we were), it's "Slow......read more

TV on the Radio "Me-I"

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Animated excellence co-directed by Daniel Garcia and Mixtape Club.

Brilliantly executed animated video for "Me-I" by TV on the Radio, from Adult Swim's Warm & Scratchy music comp, about a fantastical pigeon-man who can't tell the difference between consciousness and dreams. Also features dancing trees and a murderous ham sandwich. Co-directed by Mixtape Club and Daniel Garcia of Bent Image Lab, the vid won Best Music Video at both the......read more

UCLA Creates Transparent Solar Film for Energy-Producing Windows

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Clear polymer solar cells could cover skyscrapers and tablets

Imagine, if you will, a world where building windows and computer screens produce electricity via clear solar cells. Well, it may not be as far off as you think. Researchers at the UCLA have developed a new transparent solar cell that can absorb radiation without compromising your ability to see through it. That means that the film can be attached to glass and......read more

Recycled Outdoor Furniture by Loll Designs

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Excellent eco furniture made from post-consumer plastic

It's always a score when you discover that a stunning bit of design has tight eco credentials to boot. Such is the case with the colorful outdoor furniture creations of Loll Designs. The Duluth, Minnesota company crafts stylish and durable outdoor chairs, tables, benches, and accessories from post-consumer, industrial high-density polyethylene. What the hell is that, you ask? It's the same......read more

T-Shirt Converts Sound to Electricity

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Cell phone-charging T-shirt tech to debut at the Glastonbury Festival.

The Sound Charge may look like an ordinary T-shirt, but it contains some seriously next-level energy tech within. The ingenious invention, borne of the simple observation that people at loud concerts tend to wear T-shirts, contains technology that converts sound waves into electrical energy. A collaboration between global telecom giant Orange and the renewable energy experts at Got Wind, the......read more

Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell

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This ain't no Prius.

Mercedes-Benz announced that its SLS AMG supercar will now be made in an "E-Cell" version that will go into production in 2013. This electric road beast will contain a 48 kWh lithium-ion battery that will power four electric motors, achieving a combined output of 392 kW and 880 Nm (or 526 bhp and 649 lb-ft of torque!). That will make it one of the fastest cars on the road, and it will do it with......read more

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