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Living

Breathtaking video of Earth seen from space

It’s worth cleaning off your monitor before you watch this extraordinary video — full-screen, of course — so there’s no dust or smudges interfering with your sense that you’re hovering over the glowing planet as it turns beneath you.

Green Home

Life-size LEGO garden sprouts up in Australia

In the Age of the Anthropocene, nature is what humans make it. LEGO took this idea quite literally when it graced the Australian town of Broken Hill, in New South Wales, with these giant versions of LEGO flowers and trees.

Living

Fit in with the masses with this reusable tote that looks like a plastic bag

If those reusable “I am not a plastic bag” totes earn glances of hippie-hating scorn from the populace, the THANK YOU THANK YOU bag helps green-minded people blend into the crowd while still sticking to their principles.

Animals

Baby pandas on a slide

Need we say more?

This image of the Colorado wildfire scar will blow your mind

This image from NASA (click to embiggen) shows the scar from the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado. It’s a false-color image — the fields aren’t actually running red with blood out there, yet — but the size of that burned patch is no illusion. Compare it to the city of Colorado Springs in the lower right corner, or the Air Force Academy airfield in the upper right.

Animals

Cute bushy-tailed fossil suggests most dinosaurs had feathers

The dinosaur shown in this new fossil, which is so great it almost looks fake, is called Sciurumimus albersdoerferi — Sciurumimus means “squirrel mimic.” That’s undoubtedly because of its lush, bushy tail, perfectly preserved in fine-grained sediment. But that’s not a furry squirrel tail you’re looking at; it’s all feathers, and the discovery of S. albersdoerferi suggests that most dinosaurs had them. The smooth, scaly dinosaurs you remember from your childhood pajamas are a myth.

Living

I Am Not a Virgin makes cute clothes out of beer bottles and yogurt cups

These are maybe the most attractive “green” clothes we have ever seen: They’re trendy, they make your ass look good (or at least they make her ass look good), and they’re made in part from recycled glass bottles.

Business & Technology

Seaweed toothpaste can kill bad plaque bacteria

Researchers in England were studying seaweed enzymes to see if they could clean bacteria off the hulls of ships, when they were suddenly struck by inspiration. We imagine it went something like this: Bob: Dick, your breath stinks! Dick: Sorry. Bob: It smells like the hull of a ship that’s been out to sea too long! Dick: Bob! Bob: … Dick: Oh my god! Bob: We’re going to be rich! In short, the seaweed enzymes also are good at neutralizing the bad, tooth-decaying parts of dental plaque. And although we’re sure that there’s a healthy market for seaweed-based hull cleaners, …

Animals

Antarctic moss eats 8,000-year-old penguin poop

Earlier this year, a slightly horrifying factoid made its way around the internet: Penguins poop so much that piles of their poop can be seen from space. But take heart, people who don’t like thinking about mountains of bird guano: It turns out that today’s penguin dung heap could be tomorrow’s source of nutrition for beautiful, fuzzy moss. A team of Australian researchers were looking into the source of nutrients for these Antarctic plants, the BBC explains, and had narrowed it down to “nitrogen that’s gone through algae, krill and fish.” That food chain leads to seabirds — penguins — …

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