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The Living Beauty of Wicken Fen

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The Oldest Nature Reserve in Britain Says A Lot About Us Today

ON NATURE By Helen Macdonald for The New York Times On a foggy morning last spring, I took my brother and 11-year-old niece for a long walk in one of Britain’s oldest nature reserves, Wicken Fen, a tiny fragment of a lost marshland ecosystem that once covered around 2,500 square miles of eastern England. We spent hours walking through a mosaic of grassland and sedge, past wet fields cut......read more

Fenix's Velo Generates Pedal Power

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New device captures energy from riding your bike

When you ride a bike, your legs generate power (duh), and no small amount, either. According to Mapawatt, pro cyclists riding the Tour de France generate as much as 430 watt-hours. What if we could capture that energy and use it to power other stuff?  That's the question asked -- and answered -- by Fenix, an SF-based tech company focused on creating renewable energy products for emerging......read more

Surreal Photos by Fenk Zhang

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Young Chinese photographer shoots gauzy and ethereal images of nature

Fenk Zhang is a 20-year old photographer from Chengdu, China whose Flickr-folio is chalk full of gorgeous images that show off his experiments with light and shadow. Hazy and dreamlike, the photos harken Ryan McGinley in their gauzy portrayal of beautiful people in nature. "I've been photographing seriously 1 year ago," says Fenk in endearingly broken Engrish. "Most of my photographs were made......read more

Overdue Love for Underrated Fennel

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From City Kitchen, a versatile baked fennel dish that delights and surprises

There was a time not so long ago that fennel was scarcely available except in specialty markets. Today, you can find it in the produce section of most supermarkets, right alongside the carrots and celery. With a vague flavor of black licorice, the elegant and curvacious bulb has plenty of uses in the kitchen.  Even so, fennel is still underappreciated in North America, especially compared......read more

FreshPaper by Fenugreen

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Protect food organically with this biodegradable paper $4.99

Food waste is a big problem, and we're all guilty of it. Besides being a waste of money, time and energy, unused food that ends up in landfills is one of the main sources of greenhouse gases.  Enter Fenugreen FreshPaper, a sheet of herb-infused paper that inhibits mold and bacteria growth when slipped into a bowl of fruit, pantry, or vegetable drawer. Developed by entrepreneur......read more

Mark Wickens Snaps Sweet Wilderness Pics

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Photos shot in NorCal convey the ethereal beauty of the outdoors.

Born in London, England, Mark Wickens lived in New York and New Orleans before settling to San Francisco, where he currently spends his days working as an architect. On the weekend, when he feels inspired, he packs up his camera and heads for the Great Outdoors to shoot photos.  "Usually, I’ll head out into the wilderness and see how things develop," he says. "Here in Northern......read more

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