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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

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

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

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

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

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