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Magic Mushrooms

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"Mycotecture" exploits the green building potential of mycelium—the sturdy network of fibers that connect mushrooms underground.

At an organic farm just outside Monterey, Calif., a super-eco building material is growing in dozens of darkened shipping containers. The farm is named Far West Fungi, and its rusting containers are full of all sorts of mushrooms--shiitake, reishi and pom-pom, to name a few. But Philip Ross, an artist, an inventor and a seriously obsessed amateur mycologist, isn't interested in the fancy......read more

U.S. Cities Take Bike Sharing for a Ride

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Denver, Minneaopolis and Boston set to launch bike share programs in 2010.

Good news on the city transportation front, as three U.S. cities get ready to set the wheels in motion on large-scale public bike share systems. Denver, Minneapolis, and Boston will join Washington D.C. this year as the first U.S. cities to adopt bike rental programs. Generally, bike share works like this: Users pay an annual or monthly subscription fee and receive a membership card, which they......read more

Obama Announces Government Emissions Targets

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The largest consumer of energy in the US aims for 28% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade. “As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” said President Obama. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce......read more

Doug Aitken 'Migration'

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Outdoor film installation captures wild animals in the unlikeliest of settings – motel rooms.

Doug Aitken's film installation 'Migration,' in which wild animals of North America are placed in curiously human domains, makes a powerful statement on the domestication of the wild and our isolation from nature. For the piece, the California artist hired animal wranglers from the TV and movie industries to bring the creatures in front of cameras in rented motel rooms. The work......read more

Light Touch

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New laser projector from Light Blue Optics transforms any flat surface into a touch screen.

With its newly unveiled Light Touch product, UK company Light Blue Optics envisions a total revolution in the way people interact with personal media. By freeing multimedia content from the confines of the small screen, it has the potential to do just that. Using holographic laser technology, Light Touch is said to transform any flat surface into a touchscreen, making the applications almost......read more

Bono Solves Climate Change

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U2 singer hums the polluter-pays tune in New York Times op-ed piece.

Never one to withhold his opinion on how everyone should make the world a better place, Irish rocker Bono proffered ten ideas with the potential to change the world in a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times. Among them is the "equal right to pollute" idea, a controversial climate change solution which is a sort of spin on the "cap-and'trade" idea. Says the singer:......read more

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