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The Productive Potential of Vacant Lots

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Can the Ultra-Ex project save Cleveland?

There are about 20,000 vacant lots in Cleveland, with 1,000 more being added every year. Across other Great Lakes cities, the picture is much the same. To most, the empty parcels of land are a painful reminder of American economic decline. To Ultra-Ex, a team of Cleveland-area scientists, they represent space for ecological experimentation. The Ultra-Ex scientists (the "ultra stands for......read more

Tank House: NYC Water Tower Transformed into Urban Retreat

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Apartment with water tank getaway could be yours for a mere $3.6 million

New York's quirky, iconic water towers are being used for more than just great art projects these days. On the roof of a penthouse apartment in Greenwich Village, architecture firm Messana O'Rorke has transformed a terra cotta water tower into a Zen-like urban retreat.  Called "Tank House," the space was conceived as the quintessential getaway zone -- a room for reading, relaxing......read more

Bill Maher Slams BP

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Bill unleashes -- the last item of New Rules - Thank you.

When entertainment and environmental politics collide so beautifully, as they often do on Real Time, SHFT needs to share. Nobody does it better than Mr. Bill Maher. Not only does he take the piss out of the boneheads at BP who are "trying" to curtail this messs, but he frequently lands on answers that need to be seriously considered. Van Jones has been talking about the green economy......read more

And Here's To You Bill Maher

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BP and Obama's Big Opportunity

When entertainment and environmental politics collide so beautifully, as they often do on Real Time, SHFT needs to share. Nobody does it better than Mr. Bill Maher. Not only does he take the piss out of the boneheads at BP who are "trying" to curtail this messs, but he frequently lands on answers that need to be seriously considered. Van Jones has been talking about the green economy......read more

Elkskin Chopper Mitts by Best Made Co.

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Keep those paws toasty with these woodsy US-made mittens $82.00

For a Manhattan-based company, Best Made Co. sure knows how to make quality goods for the outdoors. Beginning with its now-famous axes, Best Made has built a nice stable of woodsy products, all with an eye on good design and local manufacturing. These new Elkskin Chopper Mitts continue the trend. Made from natural 3.75oz American elkskin, a washable material that remains warm even when wet, the......read more

Is Real Time Farms the Wikipedia of Food?

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A new website aims "to collectively document the whole food system"

The locavore craze, once the domain of a handful of hardline foodies, has gone mainstream. A seeming majority of restaurants now list describe their food as "local." But do we know where precisely each ingredient was produced? Not now, but if Real Time Farms has its way, we will soon. Launched by an ex-Google software engineer in the spring of 2010, Real Time Farms is a web-based, crowdsourced......read more

Ben Hai

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Surreal Animation Through China's Southeast Countryside

This is just plain different.  Animation by Rob Jabbaz with music by Howie Lee....read more

Modest Mouse "Coyotes" Video

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In a real-life-inspired video, a furry passenger hops a ride on public transit

“Coyotes” is a gentle, folky number from Modest Mouse's upcoming album, Strangers To Ourselves. It comes to us alongside a video starring a furry protagonist. According to fan site Interstate 8, “The video is inspired by the true story of a coyote that rode Portland’s MAX light rail train in 2002,” an incident that also inspired a track by Sleater-Kinney. The video......read more

24 Hours of Reality

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24 reasons for hope

The good people at Climate Reality Project produced this epic programming in their "24 Hours of Reality."  We applaud them....read more

The Dumplings "Technicolor Yawn" Video

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Polish electropop duo release surreal clip for upbeat new single

One of the infinite reasons to love the internet is the way it can expose us to awesome stuff we would otherwise never know about. Like this video from upstart Polish band The Dumplings, which we discovered via Vimeo Staff Picks, and which would have never hit any American eyeballs were it not for the wonders of the web. The "Technicolor Yawn" clip was crafted by fellow Pole director and motion......read more

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