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Avocados with laser-printed labels go on sale at M&S in bid to cut paper waste
"The labels, which are etched onto fruit's skin with lasers instead of stickers, will save 10 tonnes of paper and five tonnes of glue every year according to M&S."
light  paper  food  plants  technology  litter 
june 2017 by kevan
Trade in invasive plants is blossoming
"Of all the plants for sale [on eBay], 510 are known to be invasive in at least one region somewhere in the world. And out of that group, 35 are on the IUCN's list of the 100 worst invasive species."
plants  pollution  internet 
october 2015 by kevan
Chelsea Fringe — a festival of flowers, gardens and gardening across London
"The first ever Chelsea Fringe will begin on Saturday 19th May and run for three weeks, at a host of different venues and settings across London."
plants  london 
march 2012 by kevan
Bloom: 28,000 Potted Flowers Installed at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center | Colossal
"The basement of the building was covered with 5,600 square feet of live sod, which was raked and watered throughout the day, and continued to grow."
plants  dereliction  demolition 
march 2012 by kevan
Bus Top Gardening — The Pop-Up City
"If each of the 4,500 buses of New Yorks’s MTA will have a green micro park on their roof, 35 acres of new green space will be added to the city, says Castro Cosio."
transport  plants 
march 2012 by kevan
Dutch PlantLab Revolutionizes Farming: No Sunlight, No Windows, Less Water, Better Food | Singularity Hub
"When grown outdoors plant photosynthesis is only about 9% efficient. With the correct balance of colored LED light, PlantLab has increased that efficiency to 12 or 15%, aiming for 18%."
plants  science  light  future 
august 2011 by kevan
Bees Use Flower Petals For Nest Wallpaper : NPR
"To begin construction, she bites the petals off of flowers and flies each petal - one by one - back to the nest, a peanut-sized burrow in the ground."
bees  plants  art 
may 2010 by kevan
Phenomenica: Honeybees can serve as bodyguards to plants
"These sensory hairs are not fine-tuned. Therefore, caterpillars cannot distinguish between hunting wasps and harmless bees."
bees  wasps  insects  plants  sound 
march 2009 by kevan
Companies developing biomass robot engine - Biomass Magazine
"Through the duration of the project, the EATR will be tested to demonstrate its ability to identify suitable biomass sources of energy—such as wood, grass or paper—and distinguish them from unsuitable materials such as rocks, metal or glass."
robots  electricity  plants  paper  apocalypse 
february 2009 by kevan
Martin Kim Luge: rose of jericho - mood data sculpture
"The rose of jericho [is] able to survive very long times without water. When watered, the branches rapidly spread out. The process of curling up and opening is completely reversible and can be repeated many times. In this project, the water supply for the rose is controlled by the friend's mood as described on mySpace."
plants  web  via:infosthetics 
january 2009 by kevan
Ford's Green Plan to Drive Sales - BusinessWeek
"[One] high-resolution LCD screen on the dash features an eye-catching rendering of curling vines blooming with green leaves. [...] If a driver wastes gas by aggressively accelerating or slamming on the brakes, for example, the vine withers and leaves disappear. More leaves appear if individuals drive more economically."
transport  design  technology  plants 
january 2009 by kevan
Landshare - What is Landshare
"With allotment waiting lists massively over-subscribed and people right across the country keener than ever to grow their own fruit and veg, the aim for Landshare is to become a UK wide initiative to make British land more productive and fresh local produce more accessible to all."
food  plants  society 
december 2008 by kevan
Wingless Fruitflies | Carnivorous Plant Nursery
"Wingless fruit flies are a natural genetic variation of the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. They will remain wingless as long as they are kept in plugged containers and only allowed to breed with other wingless fruit flies. [...] The fruit flies are easily sprinkled into the traps for quick, natural feeding."
insects  plants  genetics  food 
december 2008 by kevan
Clive Thompson on How the Next Victim of Climate Change Will Be Our Minds
"They're suffering symptoms eerily similar to those of indigenous populations that are forcibly removed from their traditional homelands. It's [that] the familiar markers of their area, the physical and sensory signals that define home, are vanishing."
memory  nostalgia  psychology  depression  australia  society  plants  pollution 
january 2008 by kevan
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
A refreshingly quick cut to the chase, but it loses its way for the middle third of the film, only touching on the interesting logistics of invading a planet with clones, and undermining its own quiet malevolence with silly noises at the end.
filmlog  3stars  aliens  secrets  plants 
june 2007 by kevan
Enzymatic Browning in Fruits, Vegetables and Seafoods
"The mechanism of wound healing in aquatic organisms is similar to that which occurs in plants in that the compounds produced as a result of the polymerization of quinones exhibit both antibacterial and antifungal activities."
food  plants  fish  science 
december 2006 by kevan
Orchid Fever - Eric Hansen
Scattered interviews on the trail of collectors, judges, and smugglers. Some good historical angles, but the smuggling issue is laughably one-sided, CETIS never being interviewed, and Kew Gardens built up as a den of tea-drinking British supervillains.
booklog  plants  law  crime  police  mutation 
november 2006 by kevan
Pink Tentacle - Rooftop lawn-planting made simple
"The mats act as a foundation upon which to grow Toyota’s TM9 brand of Korean velvet grass (korai shiba), which only needs to be cut once a year (as opposed to 3 to 4 times for other varieties) due to its slow growth."
japan  design  techology  plants  architecture  via:jones 
september 2006 by kevan
American Scientist Online - Rethinking the Fall of Easter Island
"Reason to blame rats more than people may also be revealed in the analysis of sediments obtained at Rano Kau, which, like the Hawaiian evidence, appears to show that the forest declined [before] the extensive use of fire by people."
history  apocalypse  rodents  plants  via:richardr 
august 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Bees get a buzz from warm flowers
"Bees need to warm up to fly, they need to have body temperatures of at least 30C. [...] In that sense, seeking out flowers with warmer nectar is a direct metabolic reward; it supplies them with energy that they would otherwise have to invest."
bees  plants  food  evolution 
august 2006 by kevan
New World Notes: God Game
"If I was to turn off the clouds the whole system would die in about six hours. Turn off the bees and [the plants stop] growing, because nothing gets pollinated. And it's the transfer of pollen that signals the plants to drop seeds."
simulation  emergence  evolution  weather  mmorpgs  plants  bees  via:wonderland 
june 2006 by kevan
Miracle Fruit - The Old Sweet Lime Trick
"Placing a quantity in the mouth together with a sour substance initially tastes sour, but will slowly change to a sweet taste as the protein binds gradually to the receptors of the taste buds, modifying their function."
food  plants  illusions 
may 2006 by kevan
Owen Piette's wxSand
Desktop version of the Falling Sand toy, with a few extra components to make it possible to build interesting machines - I've finally been able to build a cyclic and stable plant-burner.
games  emergence  water  fire  plants  download  via:zarba 
march 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Guerrilla gardeners wage turf war
"Mr Reynolds said he has never run into any problems with the authorities - in fact he even entered one of his guerrilla gardens into a local 'in bloom' competition and got a nomination."
plants  london  hacking  via:arbroath 
march 2006 by kevan
Site of Reversible Destiny - Yoru Park, Gifu
"By guiding visitors through various unexpected experiences as they walk through its component areas, the Site offers them opportunities to rethink their physical and spiritual orientation to the world."
art  design  plants  japan  via:holly  architecture 
march 2006 by kevan
Independent - Scientists hail discovery of hundreds of new species in remote New Guinea
"An astonishing mist-shrouded 'lost world' of previously unknown and rare animals and plants high in the mountain rainforests of New Guinea has been uncovered by an international team of scientists."
birds  mammals  plants  secrets  science  via:holly 
february 2006 by kevan
"Lumberjacked is a project that makes it possible to play a computer game against a tree. [...] Each leaf hides a vibration sensor which picks up movement in the tree and translates that movement to the game through an adapted game controller."
games  art  plants  via:mcios 
november 2005 by kevan
The Top Secret Language of Flowers
"Red roses: Initiate assault strategy according to plan. Multiple red roses indicate an increased level of urgency for the mission."
plants  language  secrets  humour  via:holly 
november 2005 by kevan
Landscape - A Most Unusual Garden
Landscaping around a slaughterhouse and gelatine factory. "[...] airborne particles from the factory buildings needed to be filtered by passing through trees; and amenities had to be provided for workers at lunchtime."
plants  design  death  food  via:boynton 
october 2005 by kevan
Information Design Lab - Growable Media Design
Plants as ambient information. "If users have a friend whom they often meet, corresponding plants will grow up well. In this case, they will feel happy. If users have a friend whom they have not met for months, corresponding plants will wither."
plants  computers  technology  water  via:wmmna 
october 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Ants use herbicide on their gardens
"[Myrmelachista schumanni] could be responsible for cultivating large clumps of trees in the Amazonian rainforest that are made up almost entirely of one species, Duroia hirsuta, which, according to local legend, are cultivated by an evil forest spirit."
ants  plants  poison  religion 
september 2005 by kevan
Space Invader Crop Circle at Telegraph Hill
Great photos of a 20-point space invader cut into a crop circle, with auto-generated-sounding lunatic commentary.
plants  aliens  games  art  lunacy  via:wonderland 
september 2005 by kevan
History of chewing gum and the vending machine
"Thomas Adams attempted to make toys, masks, rain boots, and bicycle tires out of the chicle from Mexican sapodilla trees, but every experiment failed. One day in 1869, he popped a piece of surplus stock into his mouth and liked the taste."
food  history  technology  money  plants  via:holly 
august 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Art-loving bees prefer Sunflowers
"About 11% of approaches to the flower paintings ended with a landing, compared to just 4% with the other paintings, the study found."
art  bees  plants  evolution  eyes  via:holly 
august 2005 by kevan
Moss Graffiti
How to make living spraypaint. "To begin the recipe, first of all gather together several clumps of moss [...] and crumble them into a blender. Then add the beer and sugar and blend just long enough to create a smooth, creamy consistency."
plants  graffiti  drinks  via:holly 
july 2005 by kevan
Elephant Pepper
"Rural farmers in the Zambezi Valley have discovered a natural elephant deterrent to help protect thier crops. Chillies not only deter elephants from crops, but also serve as a lucrative cash crop for the farmers." Buy their sauces online.
elephants  food  poison  plants  via:quin 
july 2005 by kevan
Web Japan | Underground Urban Farm
"This urban farm - in what used to be the vault of a major bank - is maintained using computer-controlled artificial light and temperature management."
plants  light  underground  japan  via:anne 
june 2005 by kevan
russell davies: Derby In Gloom
"The Derby In Bloom people are aware, but aren't sure whether it's due to vandalism or just the way the plants have grown."
plants  via:holly 
june 2005 by kevan
Flashlights on Nature - Grant Allen
Wonderful random-interesting-aspects-of-nature book from 1899; spider-webs and butcher birds, all written in a breezily enthusiastic and anthropomorphic tone, if inevitably dated: "The morals of spiders are scarcely better than those of Chinamen."
booklog  plants  spiders  birds  insects 
may 2005 by kevan
National Be Nice to Nettles Week
18th of May onwards. "It is difficult to imagine how we would manage to live in a world without them." In a fantastic Fist-of-Fun-events-diary-style coup, the week's opening event has John Nettles as a special guest.
plants  events  via:mcios 
may 2005 by kevan
New Scientist: Killer tree-ants snare prey in gruesome traps
"The ants are always hiding just under the holes, waiting with their mandibles open. When an insect arrives they immediately grab the legs and antennae [...] stretching it out as though being tortured on a mediaeval rack."
ants  death  construction  plants  insects  via:holly 
april 2005 by kevan | More than 30% of our food is thrown away
"According to Biffa, one of the largest waste handlers in Britain, households now throw out more than supermarkets and the food processing industry combined. Food waste is roughly one third by weight of all the waste produced by households."
food  litter  famine  plants  shops  via:qwghlm 
april 2005 by kevan
Palm Beach Post: Bee Killer Imperils Crops
Varroa mite parasites are destroying hives in California. "If honeybees ceased to exist, two-thirds of the citrus, all of the watermelons, the blueberries, strawberries, pecans and beans would disappear."
bees  plants  apocalypse  food  famine 
april 2005 by kevan
AlterNet: The Food Detective
Michael Pollan interview; the tentacles of GM corn in America. "If you look at a fast-food meal, a McDonald's meal, virtually all the carbon in it - and what we eat is mostly carbon - comes from corn."
food  genetics  birds  politics  interviews  plants 
february 2005 by kevan
we make money not art: GM experiment stamp project
"The reverse of the stamp carries a message thanking users for taking part in the experiment although users are unaware of what this means until they lick the stamp and coloured dye is transferred to the tongue."
paper  poison  plants  genetics 
january 2005 by kevan
Art installation that adds giant, plantlike tentacles onto visitors' shadows.
art  illusions  light  plants 
december 2004 by kevan
Kudzu Covered Houses in North Georgia
"Few houses are abandoned and allowed to be taken over by vegetation. However, in parts of the south including the city of Atlanta those that are, are susceptible to being engulfed by kudzu."
apocalypse  architecture  dereliction  photos  plants 
december 2004 by kevan
California Computer News: Phones into Flowers
"[There is] a small transparent window in the case or cover in which they can embed a seed. The seed is visible to the environmentally aware mobile phone user but will not germinate until the phone cover or case is recycled."
litter  phones  plants 
december 2004 by kevan
Aresa Biodetection
Using genetically-engineered cress to detect landmines; tweaked to turn prematurely red when it soaks excessive heavy metals of NO2 from the soil.
genetics  plants  secrets  war  weapons 
november 2004 by kevan
Reuters | Singing Japanese plants
"A Japanese invention that turns petals and leaves into amplifiers." (I've just recently read Ballard's 1956 singing-plants "Prima Belladonna".)
ballard  japan  music  plants  sound  technology 
july 2004 by kevan
ic Coventry - Invasion of weed thug
"Just days later eight-inch stalks of the plant have returned, with knotweed already bursting up through the pavement and road."
plants  triffids 
july 2004 by kevan
Terra Grass Armchair
Grass-and-soil garden furniture - small, comfortable, dormant volcanos.
furniture  plants 
july 2004 by kevan

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