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NASA to Undertake Massive Pollution Cleanup

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Polluted soil beneath launch pads could cost $1 billion to remediate

When it comes to its environmental effects on Earth, space exploration is a dirty business. NASA says it could take a century to clean up the chemical messes left behind by launching shuttles and rockets into space. The liftoffs have created plumes of carcinogenic chemicals in the sandy soils beneath Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral in Florida.  NASA said it will spend $96......read more

Wasteland

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How America can save money and stop wasting less food, water and energy

Waste is just that – a waste. A waste of time, money, and valuable resources, like food, clean water, fertile soil, or energy.  As pointless as waste is, and as much as we dislike it, it is all around us. We waste almost half the food we grow or raise. We waste more than half our energy through inefficiency, we waste three-quarters of our fuel in gas guzzlers, we waste water......read more

Sustainable Landscaping

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Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Start with the soil around your home.

The grass lawn is as conventionally American as the white picket fence. Most homes in this country are surrounded by green grass. To stay healthy and green, grass requires large amounts of inputs, including water, fertilizer, and energy. Sure, grass lawns have some aesthetic and recreational benefits, but so do parks. Considering the state of the climate, it may be due time to reconsider the idea......read more

Woven Society: SHFT Pop-Up

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SHFT and Woven Society team up to curate this selection of top-quality products for men

One of the best parts of doing SHFT is hooking up with like-minded folks working on their own inspiring projects. Among them are the good people behind Woven Society, the well-curated online retailer of quality products for guys. We linked with them to hand-pick this selection of WS offerings,  carrying the common themes of good craftsmanship and timeless design. Running the gamut from......read more

Talisman Active Speakers by Serene Audio

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Audiophile-quality sound in bamboo and leather $495.00

Audiophiles we are not, but one need not be an audio nerd to know that computer and iPhone speakers deliver less-than-ideal sound. Canadian company Serene Audio really steps it up with its Talisman Active range of speakers, featuring full-range drivers and a built-in 40W amplifier that ensure top-notch performance in smaller spaces. The speakers are finished using solid bamboo with leather trim,......read more

Single Blade Knife by Scout Seattle

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Top quality, US-made pocket knife in bone and stainless steel $98.00

Scout Seattle is our go-to label for carefully considered, expertly crafted outdoors goods. Founded by Ben Masters, the company makes a small array of products, using a deliberate design process that focuses on a single piece at a time. This Single Blade Lock-back Knife is another fine example of Masters' straightforward, pragmatic approach to product design. Featuring a bone handle......read more

Bringing Solar Power To Remote Hospitals Is Saving Lives

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One startup working in Nepal learned that delivering high-quality health care often means having to innovate in unexpected ways--such as building new energy systems.

Founded by three Yale University Medical School students, Possible is a nonprofit health care company that runs medical facilities in remote Nepal. These include the 25-bed Bayalpata Hospital, in Anchham, a series of local clinics, and a small army of community health care workers. Part of its model revolves around importing Western standards of medicine and management, including modern......read more

Tabletop HiFi Stereo by Symbol Audio

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Reclaimed wood stereo delivers audiophile-quality sound $1,800.00

For most of us, the price of this Tabletop Hifi from Symbol Audio is likely a bit, er, prohibitive. But for the audiophile with plenty of expendable income, it might be hard to resist. This particular version is finished in reclaimed peroba rosa wood from Brazil, an exclusive to SHFT favorite Environment Furniture, who describes it thus: "The design incorporates two 4" high efficiency full range......read more

Woodchuck Tribal Case for iPhone 5

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Quality materials combine in sturdy, US-made protective shell $60.00

Minneapolis company Woodchuck has added a flashy new product series to its array of wooden protective covers for gadgets. The Tribal Edition Cases for iPhone 5, part of Woodchuck's Adventure Series, feature a gridded, Southwestern-inspired design produced by laser-cutting three different types of wood and placing the pieces into a recycled plastic shell by hand. With quality materials and a......read more

Woodbuds

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Hardwood earphones merge sustainable design with audiophile quality sound $40.00

Newly launched UK company Woodbuds ups the sustainability levels on the mobile audio game with these hardwood earphones. Made from sustainable plantation hardwood the design also features renewable bio-plastic cables and fully recyclable packaging. But the company's lofty green goals go beyond the design realm. From co-founder Chris Holmes: Woodbuds was born from a passion to do something......read more

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