This fairytale-like house called “Dragspelhuset“ is an extension to an original cabin dating from the late 1800s, located on the shore of the lake Övre Gla, in the nature reserve of Glaskogen in Sweden. Due to building regulations, construction is not allowed along the lake shore, yet, exceptions are made when it comes to an extension ..read more..
Mike Shaw loves the wilderness. The self-described naturalist also studies these cool little species called the Tardigrades. These microscopic creatures, who are sometimes called Water Bears or Moss Piglets, are biological oddities. While their nervous system looks and acts like us, they are wholly different and they can enter a state of suspended animation (cryptobiosis) which allows them to survive temperature ..read more..
The photography of Russian biologist Alexander Semenov’s “Underwater Experiments” is simply beautiful. Semenov captures some of the most jaw-dropping photographs of underwater life I’ve ever seen, most frequently an animal called lion’s mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) which is the largest known species of jellyfish in the world. What you see here only scratches the surface of his work ..read more..
Forget the notion of a reverent nature photographer tiptoeing through the woods, camera slung over one shoulder, patiently looking for perfect light. Robert Buelteman works indoors in total darkness, forsaking cameras, lenses, and computers for jumper cables, fiber optics, and 80,000 volts of electricity. Buelteman’s technique is an elaborate extension of Kirlian photography (a high-voltage ..read more..
Some people are deciding to leave it all behind. For various reasons — from seeing the effects of modern society on the natural world, to the way people are increasingly connected to electronic devices, or the way the consumerism envelops the fabric of our communities — a number of people are choosing to live a more ..read more..
Biomimetic, also known as bionics or biomimicry, is a science that reproduces characteristics of one or more biological systems. The term means “imitation of life”. In the 70s Wilhelm Barthlott, a botanic and bionic professor, discovered that the leaves of the Lotus flower are always clean. They clean themselves. Today this effect is patented and ..read more..
Tentsile has engineered a treehouse for adults (and children) that can be strung up easily in the forest of your choosing. A combination of tent and giant hammock, the three-sided Tentsile could bring childhood dreams right back into your adult world. Amongst a long list of other cool possibilities, the Tentsile website recommends use of the tent ..read more..
Ondrej Pakan, from Myjava, Slovakia, captures stunning macro photos of bugs covered in tiny water droplets. The photographer, who specialises in capturing insects seconds after a downpour, said, “I get soaked waiting for the rain to finish, but it all seems worth it when you get really great shots of the insects with drops on ..read more..