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Moving on the Dirty Air Act

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Lisa Murkowski's effort to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases betrays her ties to the oil lobby.

The liberal nonprofit Moveon.org unveiled an ad campaign this week attacking three Democratic senators co-sponsors of Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AL) effort to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. The effort, which has earned the nickname “the Dirty Air Act,” has nearly unanimous Republican support. Murkowski dismissively referred to any such EPA regulation......read more

A Year on the Road: Once Upon a Blue Moon

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You never know what you'll find on a dirt road, which is exactly why you should take the journey

About a month ago, I got that familiar nagging that often happens when I've been a couple of weeks in once place. On this particular afternoon, I dipped off Interstate 17 heading North to explore a string of ghost towns along a winding dirt road. Immediately off the exit, I dove onto a perfect, dusty highway straight into the sun. A little dot on the map, Cleator, Arizona is a town that has been......read more

Dirt Farmer "She Shakes"

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Stop-motion and digital collage combine in this excellent video for an upbeat Aussie rock jam

Stuck in the mid-week doldrums? Let this lovingly-crafted, good times music video brighten up your day. "She Shakes," an upbeat number from Melbourne pop-rock outfit Dirt Farmer, gets laced with fantastic visuals courtesy of fellow Aussies Jai Kenway and Donna Yeatman, who painstakingly handcrafted the clip using stop-motion animation and digital collage. It was produced by Oh Yeah Wow, a......read more

The Acid "Basic Instinct"

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Avant garde dance troupe stars in excellent video by director Dugan O'Neal

The Acid, a mysterious, multicontinential trio bent on creating genre-less music, have commissioned a special video for "Basic Instinct," their first single which combines electronic beats with acoustic guitar and pitched vocals. The video, directed by Dugan O'Neal (of The Directors Bureau), stars Los Angeles dance troupe WIFE, who are captured jumping around in pink suits and wigs in the......read more

Deep Sea 'Mushrooms' Defy Classification In The Tree Of Life

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This is Dendrogramma enigmatica. And as its name suggests, it's quite the enigma.

In fact, the tiny, mushroom-shaped organism is so mysterious that it seems to defy just about everything we know about animals. It doesn't fit into any of the known categories in the animal kingdom, scientists say, and as of now, its links to other animal groups remain hazy. Recently, D. enigmatica was thrown into the spotlight when Jean Just, a zoologist at the Natural History Museum......read more

Ninth Grader Invents A Devise That Harnesses Power From The Ocean

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Millions of People Live In "Energy Poverty" Like Her Pen Pal In Ethiopia

A few startups have spent millions developing massive underwater power plants that gather energy from ocean waves. But a Florida teenager has invented a small-scale alternative, designed for the developing world, that costs just $12. Hannah Herbst, age 15, started thinking about renewable energy after talking with her nine-year-old pen pal in Ethiopia. "I found out that she's living in energy......read more

Green Wall Medium DIY

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A gravity-defying garden plot to liven up any space. $52.80

Gravity is a real jerk. Only a mean and spiteful force of nature would make people fall down and prevent them from flying. But we're not going to let it stop us from growing plants on our walls, no way. Thanks to this Dutch-made green wall kit will, defying gravity is as easy as 1-2-3. Just find some suitable plants (try asparagus, ferns, or ivy -- anything goes as long as the roots don't go too......read more

DIY Project: Recycled Pallet Vertical Garden

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Pallet recycling and vertical gardening combined for some good green fun

Summer may be officially over, but there's still time for a good gardening project. This vibrant vertical pallet garden is just the one. Spotted on Design*Sponge, this DIY idea comes from Fern Richardson at Life on the Balcony, a gardening blog with tons of great growing ideas. It's been modified by Steph from the local spoon, whose directions are excerpted here.  Materials a pallet......read more

Recompute Desktop Computer

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The world's most sustainable computer. $799.95

Recompute is the world's first and only sustainable desktop computer. With an external case made from die-cut corrugated cardboard, and laminated together with non toxic white glue, Recompute is designed with its full life cycle in mind. The product's inner hardware is designed for easy dismantling, allowing for easy recycling. When it reaches the end of its useful life (around three......read more

100x100 Lamp

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Crowdfunded recyclable lighting from Dutch designer Daniel Schipper. $100.00

Daniel Schipper's 100x100 lamp features a pendant shade made from white or transparent recyclable plastic. We'd be more stoked if it was recycled instead of recyclable, but Schipper's production model is pretty interesting. To secure demand and finance production, the Dutch designer won't start producing the geometric lamp until he gets 100 orders. At only 100 euros, it's......read more

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