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Huba Mountain Shelter

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This compact alpine hut is completely self-sufficient

A pair of industrial designers have dreamed up an alpine hut that can be airdropped into remote mountain zones to provide adventurers with a high-tech, self-sufficient home away from home. The “Huba, a design concept by Malgorzata Blachnicka and Michal Holcer, is designed for high-elevation places (3,280 feet above sea level and higher), where wind speeds can reach 100 feet per second.......read more

Golden Rice: Good or Bad?

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A group of activists destroy a 'Golden 'Rice' crop in the Philippines, adding fuel to the GMO debate

Earlier in August, a group of protestors descended on a rice field in the Bicol region of the Philippines, smashing down the fence surrounding it before uprooting the crop. Their target: "Golden Rice," so-called because its yellow tint belies the presence of beta carotene, which it has been genetically engineered to produce. Beta carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A, deficiencies of which are......read more

Ben Howard, "Old Pine"

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Mickey Smith-directed video provides lovely backdrop to Ben Howard's rustic folk.

23 Ben Howard's brand of gorgeous, stripped-down folk has people drawing comparisons to the likes of Nick Drake, Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez. None of which are off base. Howard, who grew up on the rugged shores of western England, makes nostalgic, rustic music that conjures memories of crackling campfires. Take "Old Pine," for example. The title track off his upcoming debut EP......read more

Theo Chocolate: Coffee Salted Caramel

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Coffee + chocolate = happiness. $8.80

Since 2006, Theo Chocolates have been produced in Seattle at the only organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the U.S. It may be hard to wrap your head around that because they taste like gifts from from heaven above. Our favorite is the mindblowingly delicious Theo Coffee Salted Caramel, a collaboration with the expert coffee roasters at Caffe Vita. Each box comes with four pieces. ...read more

Monovolume Architects: Punibach Hydroelectricity Station

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An alpine hydro plant embedded into the hills of northern Italy

Conceived as a fracture in the landscape, monovolume's Punibach hydroelectric power station is harmonically integrated into its alpine surroundings. A concrete slab separates the smooth hilly landscape and the raw building structure made out of natural, earth coloured materials. At night, the thin wood planks that form a lamellar wall allow warm light from the interior to glow in......read more

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

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New exhibition documents famed graphic designers search for happiness in

From therapy to meditation, anti-depressants to religion, the search for happiness takes many forms. For the last ten years, graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister has been exploring the idea of happiness, the results of which are gathered in new show at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art. "I am usually rather bored with definitions," Sagmeister says. "Happiness, however, is just such a......read more

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