Bamboo Warka Water towers pull drinking water out of thin air


Italian architect Arturo Vittori and his colleague Andreas Vogler designed a low-tech machine, based on passive design, that can produce between 50 and 100 liters of clean drinking water daily, without electrical equipment and independent of land-based water sources. This inexpensive, easily assembled tower was designed specifically for rural communities in Ethiopia that lack access to safe […]

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Safely swap your streetlight for a glowing tree?


Could the built environment take cues from Mother Nature? When Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde puzzled this, a light popped on in his head, a light created by genetically modified plant life!  He imagined a self-illuminating streetscape (image above). He told Dezeen, “I mean, come on, it will be incredibly fascinating to have these energy-neutral but at the […]

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A Desert Shrub That Outwits Mice


While humans inch closer to their eventual demise by burning up the resources upon which they so richly depend, the earth’s “lower” species are making moves to ensure their longevity. US and Israeli researchers published a joint study in the journal Current Biology that unveils how a desert shrub called Ochradenus baccatus outwits the spiny mice […]

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