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Energy Company Increases Transparency

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US natural gas driller to disclose chemical use.

In light of the Gulf oil spill, many citizens are becoming increasingly distrustful of energy companies and the methods they employ. In a very positive step, Range Resources has decided to voluntarily disclose the chemicals that it uses in order to break through sediment and acquire natural gas. The decision comes under mounting concern from citizens who live near the natural gas extraction......read more

Billionaire-Backed Company Unveils Asteroid Mining Plans

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Planetary Resources looks to expand our resource base to include the solar system

In a press release that reads like sci-fi writing, a startup called Planetary Resources announced plans to identify, explore, tag, and finally mine asteroids for materials ranging from precious metals to water. The audacious venture is an attempt to locate and exploit a sustainable resource supply for  Earth's ever-growing population. "Many of the scarce metals and minerals on Earth are in......read more

Come Back Around - Strange Babes

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And now, here's a bit of psychodelic pop to brighten up your day.

Shot in LA on 16mm cross processed Color Reversal film then using different markers, inks and paints we hand drew the animation right onto the physical film.  Dir. Sam Kristofski @kristofski Animation: Foothead foothead.net...read more

SHFT presents 'no strangers' at the Annenberg Space for Photography

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Meet some of the photographers behind the epic group show at LA's Annenberg Space

"Within a generation or two, fully half of humanity's accumulated wisdom and knowledge will be sacrificed upon the alter of progress," says Wade Davis, curatorial advisor of no strangers: ancient wisdom in a modern world and one of the world's most influential advocates of indigenous cultures. The group exhibition at the Annenberg Space for Photography is a celebration the extraordinary......read more

Orange Bowls by Vegetabowls

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Colorful earthenware bowls slip-cast from molds of actual oranges $68.00

For every dozen or so Etsy stores hawking homemade crafts, there is one that offers something truly special. Melanie McKenney's Vegetabowls, spotted recently on Etsy, belong to that unique minority. Using molds from real fruits and veggies scored from her local farmer's market, Melanie creates slip-cast earthenware bowls that look just like the pieces of produce from which they are cast. Each......read more

A Year on the Road: Brooklyn Grange Farm

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A rooftop farm thrives just beyond the Manhattan skyline

A few years ago, a sprawling urban farm was started in one of the most improbable places of all: Queens, NY. On top of the mammoth Standard Motor Products Building, ground broke and an acre was cultivated using over a million pounds of soil to supply local restaurants, shops and foodies with fresh, organic produce.  As the last days of the summer season loomed, I ventured out to Brooklyn......read more

Casiokids, "Det Haster!"

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Beautifully deranged new video for Norway's electro pop darlings

Oslo-based director Kristoffer Borgli takes us on an oddball journey in the video for "Det Haster!" ("It's Urgent!"), the latest single from fellow Norwegians Casiokids. The bizarre clip follows members of a mysterious youth cult as they engage intimate moments with toy animals (including Alf), fire raising and self-mutilation. It's decidedly weird and dark, but coupled with the......read more

Arrangement of Succulents from Big Red Sun

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Gorgeous array of sustainable greenery $25.00

We love us some succulents. The fat little plants thrive with only a little moisture and barely any maintenance. Our friends at the sustainable gardening outfit Big Red Sun create succulent arrangements that are nothing short of magical. They're the perfect gift for livening up a friend's space. ...read more

TreeScreen by William Stranger

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"Functional sculpture" straddles the line between art and design $3,200.00

Pasadena-based artist/designer William Stranger makes unique pieces from salvaged walnut wood -- landfill-bound urban trees that have been downed by development, storm or disease. “Tree Screen” merges art with functional design, and can be installed as a piece on the wall or used as a headboard or even a door. ...read more

Light (gets in) Table by William Stranger

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Clean-lined table crafted from salvaged walnut wood $3,200.00

Pasadena-based artist/designer William Stranger makes unique pieces from salvaged walnut wood -- landfill-bound urban trees that have been downed by development, storm or disease. Stranger’s Light (gets in) Table is a finely-crafted piece of furniture constructed from a fallen Bay Area tree. ...read more

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