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SHFT Sampler 7-7-10

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From swimsuit architecture to biodiesel desalination, here are your weekly links from around the web.

In London, the "seriously water stressed" UK capital confronts summer water shortages with a creative — and very British — solution: A new bio-diesel desalination plant that will run partly on used vegetable oil from fish-and-chip shops. Also in London, the newly erected Speedo Swimsuit Pavilion is made from obsolete swim suits. True story. Upgrade the grid: The US electricity grid,......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-15-10

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From a next-gen EV charger to the top eco-volunteer vacations, here are your weekly links from around the web.

Plug and play: The Yves Behar-designed GE WattStation will juice up electric vehicles and spruce up the streets. Oh, the humanity! When Humans Ruled the Earth explores the human consumption machine in animated form. An efficient water solution in the rural West: Farmers and ranchers are replacing windmills with solar power wells. Want to take an exotic holiday AND help the environment? Try one......read more

In Deep

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There's water, water everywhere in this collaborative photo essay from Pictory Mag.

We know you're bummed it's Monday so here are some tranquil images of water to daydream about. Pictory is an interesting web project that lets click-happy photographers showcase their snaps by submitting a photo and caption to any of Pictory’s editorial themes. This is the latest, In Deep, a collection of photos of bodies of water from people in the Pictory community. Some lovely......read more

SHFT Sampler 10-8-10

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Weekly links: Bruce Mau on climate change, a massive new marine park, and a must-have pair of kicks.

“I think you have to paint the stick orange." - Canadian designer Bruce Mau, asked whether a carrot or stick is the more effective way to change people's habits. The Massive Change author discussed sustainability and rebranding climate change on Need to Know. An ordinary car did something extraordinary in Europe last week, when a production model Volkswagen Passat set a world record......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

Move Collective LLC - Bobble

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Filtered Water Bottle for Life on the Move $9.95

We all love bottled water. In fact, we are obsessed with the convenience of it. But unfortunately, drinking bottled water doesn’t lead to a sustainable future. So what should we do about it? We chose to reinvent bottled water. We developed Bobble, a revolutionary product that takes care of the planet, keeps your body hydrated, your wallet fat, and your taste buds satisfied—all while......read more

Water City

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Martin de Thurah's wet and wonderful short debuted at Shanghai Expo.

Danish director Martin de Thurah created this breathtaking bit of filmmaking for his country's exhibit at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. The quietly stunning "Water City" follows good-looking Danes as they dive, swim and splash in super slo-mo, all to the soothing sounds of Jonsi and Bach. With its focus on H2O, de Thurah's short is subtly reminscent of......read more

Greywater is Good Water

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A new report looks into the reuse potential of wastewater.

With freshwater reserves becoming more and more scarce, strategies that save and recycle water are becoming more and more important. Greywater systems, which reuse wastewater generated by sinks, baths, showers and clothes washers, are one such strategy. According to a new report published by the Pacific Institute, an Oakland, CA-based eco think tank, 50% of the water used inside U.S. homes can......read more

Yu Kawakita: Water Paintings

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H2O as material and metaphor.

The abstract works of Japanese painter Yu Kawakita capture both the rhythm of nature and the event of creation between artist and media. She makes them by applying paint or ink onto a thin layer of water covering a primed surface, then blowing on the liquid to create patterns. When the water evaporates and the paint dries, the process is frozen in time and the work is complete. "There are......read more

Water Tight

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EPA tightens regs on drinking water toxicity.

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced standards on a new set of toxic chemicals in drinking water, including perchlorate, a compound found in rocket fuel and fireworks that has already seeped into the drinking water supplies of 26 states.  The decision to control perchlorate and other chemicals in drinking water reverses a 2008 Bush administration ruling that deemed the......read more

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