Leslie Smith

This Houseplant Can Emit Its Own Light

This Houseplant Can Emit Its Own Light

No batteries required. This glowing houseplant gets its luminescence from science. Dr. Alex Krichevsky, a molecular biologist, created a new type of glowing greenery called autoluminescent plants. Uncovering the process that makes this possible, his application is being said to be the first that can create plants capable of generating their own light. Scientists have been looking into light applications for a while; however this plant system is able to produce its own light using a bioluminescent process that does not rely on another source. The plants get their glow by a genetic modification process that alters the structure of the plant… read more

Healthy Snacks You May Want To Try

Healthy Snacks You May Want To Try

Snack foods can often be unhealthy, but hard to resist when a craving strikes. The following are a few go-to recipes that are nutritious but have just the right amount of flavor to satisfy an emergent appetite. Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are nutritious alone or in one of their more popular forms, in hummus. For a different spin, this recipe for roasted chickpeas makes a crunchy snack that is good for you. Just rinse the beans well before using them, toss with olive oil, salt and other favorite seasonings. This recipe calls for oregano, garlic powder, crushed red pepper… read more

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

Recycled Materials Meet Haute Couture

When thinking of recycled and sustainable fashions, haute couture may not be the first style venue to come to mind. However, the past couple of years has seen an increase in the use of recycled materials in high fashion, and has highlighted the imaginative sides of quite a few designers that can do some really creative and new things with old supplies. Fashion designer Michael Cinco has been able to create a variety of impressive styles with some interesting recycled materials. One particularly eco-minded photography shoot showcasing his designs actually took place in a landfill. The designs were made from… read more

Solar Nanotechnology

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Solar technology may have just gotten even more exciting. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have figured out how to utilize sunlight to convert it to energy more efficiently and with more control than a standard photovoltaic cell. Inventing a nanophotonic solar thermophotovoltaic instrument, they have uncovered a process which uses the sun to activate a temperature reactive material. The system uses both photovoltaic cells to generate energy as well as solar thermal energy, which is capable of storing power. Their device employs nanotubes made from absorbent carbon to caputure sunlight that is turned into thermal energy, and can then be… read more

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lakefront houses equal instant outdoor entertainment and often come with expansive, tranquil views. Coming from a part of the globe that has been stuck in an ongoing wintry lassitude, these lake houses seem like warm, sunny escapes from blistery winds and monotonous dreariness. This concept design for a vacation house was formed with the relaxed outside lifestyle in mind and the client’s desire to experience the surrounding wildlife, even while indoors. From designer Robert Bailey, the use of natural materials throughout highlights the waterfront environment. Oak and stone help to create a balance of organic and modern. Gorgeous chunks of… read more

Fruit Energy

Fruit Energy

Fruit can provide some amazing things. It is full of healthful properties and has a multitude of uses. It may seem like an entry level science experiment, but the fruit battery is a pretty neat project. Artist Caleb Charland has taken the fruit powered battery to the next level with his long exposure photography shots. An interesting project in the line of artwork-meets-science-lab, his Back to Light collection showcases how the naturally created batteries can generate enough electricity to provide the lighting for photographs. Charland stated about the series: “…my hope is that these photographs function as micro utopias by… read more

This Vest Can Sense Your Mood While Reading

This Vest Can Sense Your Mood While Reading

Reading enthusiasts can be drawn into books and become engrossed with their characters. However, this curious design from a team of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology takes this idea and puts it into action. The project, called Sensory Fiction, is designed to take the reader through the emotional experiences of becoming completely engaged in a novel. Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope and Julie Legault are the creators of the conceptual design. The slightly uncomfortable looking harness is a fully functioning prototype developed for a course project at the university called Science Fiction to Science Fabrication. The reader wears the vest… read more

A $15,000 Speaker Orb You Can Relax In

A $15,000 Speaker Orb You Can Relax In

Speakers not only amplify sound but can also intensify the effects of music. The AudioOrb speaker system is an entirely different way to listen to music that would certainly change the way you hear and feel what is playing. Users can get up close and personal to the loudspeaker’s components by sitting inside the encasing. There are 18 speakers placed in the interior of the Orb, said to emit a full and impressive audio experience. The Orb is conceptualized from a design called the Micasa Lab Cocoon. The enclosed space includes speakers instead of the previous design which had storage… read more

Wall Treatments With An Edge

Wall Treatments With An Edge

Bare walls can be boring. The following are a few designs that challenge blank walls. From simpler stencil techniques to recycled material applications and art installations, walls make great surfaces for exploring. From ZNAK, this wallpaper has a unique application. Almost like a reusable sticker, it can be placed on the wall and torn off into different strips, shapes and sizes. The kids can also help with the predesign. From this: To this: Check out more pattern examples. This line of wall tiles from Slate-ish uses paper laminate that is leftover from various construction projects. The recycled material creates a textural… read more

Build A Backyard Grape Arbor

Build A Backyard Grape Arbor

Consuming grapes has several health benefits as they are high in many essential nutrients. Rich in manganese, they are potent antioxidants and have proven cardiovascular system benefits. Organically grown grapes, unlike conventional varieties, do not have the extra worry of contaminated soil and water runoff from pesticide residuals. Installing a grape arbor in the backyard can be done on a budget. With a little research, planning and building a main structural support system, establishing a successful start for a grapevine is a project that will pay off. Garden Guides has ideas for basic construction materials to use for a grape trellis. A… read more