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Bio urn

Bio urn
You don't find many designers working in the funeral business thinking about more creative ways for you to leave this world (and maybe they should be). However, the product designer Gerard Moline has combined the romantic notion of life after death with an eco solution to the dirty business of the actual, you know, transition. His Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose and inside it contains the seed of a tree. Once your remains have been placed into the urn, it can be planted and then the seed germinates and begins to grow. You even have the choice to pick the type of plant you would like to become, depending on what kind of planting space you prefer. I, personally, would much rather leave behind a tree than a tombstone. Related Content If You Liked the 'Bios Urn,' You'll Love 'The Spirit Tree' Daniel Honan Managing Editor, Big Think Related:  death

Eternal Reefs: le urne funebri si trasformano in nuovi habitat per gli animali marini Le urne biodegradabili e i nuovi metodi di sepoltura sostenibile stanno prendendo piede negli Stati Uniti già da alcuni anni. Vi avevamo già parlato, ad esempio, delle urne ecologiche da cui, dopo averle sotterrate, potrà nascere un albero. Ora da Oltroceano arriva una novità. Si tratta di urne funebri sottomarine in cui poter raccogliere le ceneri e che, una volta posizionate sui fondali, si trasformeranno in nuovi habitat per gli animali marini. Le nuove speciali urne sono state pensate inizialmente come strumenti per ricreare in maniera artificiale le barriere coralline. L'idea è nata negli anni '80 dalla mente di due universitari appassionati di immersioni subacquee, che si erano resi conto di come i fondali e le barriere coralline fossero soggette ad un deterioramento molto rapido. I due decisero dunque di creare delle "Reef Balls", che ora, sotto forma di urne, sono state ribattezzate con il nome di "Eternal Reefs". Per ulteriori informazioni e prezzi: Marta Albè

Will you weigh the same amount at the equator as at the North or South Pole You will weigh more at the North or South pole than you will at the equator. The difference will be extremely small. (from the physics book) You'll weigh more at the pole because you're closer to the earth's center of gravity. That happens because the earth is not a perfect sphere. In other words: You weigh LESS at the equator because of --greater distance from the center of gravity and --acceleration due to the rotation of the earth. Either effect is very small; the difference in a person's weight will be less than one half of one percent. Your mass through all this remains the same no matter where you are.

What Does Your Body Language Say About You? How To Read Signs and Recognize&Gestures Art by LaetitziaAs we all know, communication is essential in society. Advancements in technology have transformed the way that we correspond with others in the modern world. Because of the constant buzz in our technological world, it's easy to forget how important communicating face-to-face is. When conversing old-school style, it's not only speech we verbalize that matters, but what our nonverbal gestures articulate as well. Body language is truly a language of its own. We all have quirks and habits that are uniquely our own. 10% from what the person actually says40% from the tone and speed of voice50% is from their body language. Lowering one's head can signal a lack of confidence. Pushing back one's shoulders can demonstrate power and courageOpen arms means one is comfortable with being approached and willing to talk/communicate

Joe Scanlan | DIY Joe Scanlan DIY, or How To Kill Yourself Anywhere in the World for Under $399 Ghent, Belgium: Imschoot Uitgevers, 2002 112 pp., 21 x 15 cm., softcover Edition of 1000, special signed and numbered edition of 30. Produced in the style of an IKEA instruction manual (with minimal text and mechanical drawings), Scanlan's title provides the reader with all the information required to produce a functional coffin from existing Ikea furniture. The book also features a cameo by AnnLee, a Japanese manga character that artist Pierre Huyghe purchased and 'liberated'. Student science experiment finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi router Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific community. It started with an observation and a question. The girls noticed that if they slept with their mobile phones near their heads at night, they often had difficulty concentrating at school the next day. The students placed six trays filled with Lepidium sativum, a type of garden cress, into a room without radiation, and six trays of the seeds into another room next to two routers that according to the girls' calculations, emitted about the same type of radiation as an ordinary cellphone. Over the next 12 days, the girls observed, measured, weighed and photographed their results. The experiment earned the girls (pictured below) top honors in a regional science competition and the interest of scientists around the world. Related on MNN: The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of

how to: pore strips You know those Biore pore strips you buy at the drugstore for about $12 a pop? Yeah, those. Today I’m going to teach you how to make your own homemade pore strips. Why? I’m obsessed with beauty productsI’m obsessed with cheapHomemade {mostly} = cheap. Ready? Pore Strips Ingredients: Dudes, 2 ingredients and your pores will look like magic. 1M+Measure 1 Tablespoon of Knox Unflavored Gelatin – 8 oz unflavored gelatin into a disposable container {if you put say, green jell-o on your face, there might be trouble}Add 1-2 Tablespoons of milk into the gelatinUntil it looks like thisMix it up, and be quick about it, until you get a chunky consistency. Microwave the gelatin for about 10-15 seconds. This is pre-pore strip. I chose to put the stuff all over my face because I have thirty-year-old acne. 1M+Smokin’. Let it dry for about 15+ minutes. Grab whatever you can and start peeling. It’s a good thing you can’t see the photo all that well. Clean, practically hairless, with clean, dirt-free pores.

W E L L - T E C H Poetree Margaux Ruyant Urna funeraria ecologica, realizzata a partire da materiale biodegradabile; può semplicemente contenere le ceneri del defunto, oppure trasformarsi in vaso e terreno fertile per la crescita di un albero o di una pianta. Infatti il recipiente può essere riempito di terra, così che la famiglia possa piantare al suo interno l'albero; quando la pianta sarà grande abbastanza, il contenitore potrà essere interrato direttamente in giardino o in un parco, per permettere la sua completa crescita. Alla fine l’urna, proprio per il materiale in cui viene realizzata, scomparirà del tutto; intorno all'albero appena piantato, il disco di ceramica che funge da lapide funeraria, con nome e dati del defunto. In questo modo viene data una dimensione più poetica e sostenibile a un tema sentito ma molto delicato, trasformando un prodotto in occasione per innalzare un monumento del tutto naturale e rispettoso dell'ambiente al proprio caro scomparso.

Bill would require builders to recycle 60% of waste material Curtis Lum Pacific Business News Honolulu City Councilman Donovan Dela Cruz has introduced a bill that would require applicants for building permits to submit plans to recycle or reuse at least 60 percent of construction and demolition waste. The measure passed first reading last week and has been referred to the Council’s Public Infrastructure Committee. No hearing has been set on the bill. While the intent of the measure is supported by many local contractors, some have expressed concerns that the bill, if passed, would place an unrealistic burden on them. “The potential amount varies significantly depending on the type and size of the project. The bill would require that 60 percent of the weight of all construction and demolition waste be reused or recycled. The measure also would require applicants to verify within 30 days after the completion of a project that the plan to recycle or reuse the waste had been followed. “It’s time,” he said. About the bill

19 Outstanding Words You Should Be Working Into Conversation There are some of our favorite words that appeared in mental_floss stories in 2011. Some are foreign words. Others come from medical dictionaries. And there's a surprising amount of hobo slang. Have fun working these into conversation this holiday season! Gene Lee / 1. 2. 3. 4. milliHelen: The quantity of beauty required to launch just one ship. 5. 6. 7. 8. © Joe Giron/Corbis 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. Thanks to Stacy Conradt, Adrienne Crezo, Bill DeMain, Haley Sweetland Edwards, Jamie Spatola, Ethan Trex and a reader named John .

Garments for the Dead Stay Close to Nature EmailEmail Forget the eco-friendly dresses or brands we always recommend to you. These bio-degradable garments we have here are made for the dead. Dubbed “Garments for the Grave,” this brand has been introduced by Australian fashionista Pia Interlandi and includes fabrics such as cotton, linen and hemp. According to Interlandi, the human body is a gift, which is full of nutrients, water and protein. At that moment, she realized that normal clothes are not designed for death. While creating this eco-friendly grave dress, she focused on creating a garment that literally and symbolically returns to the earth. According to her, these garments neither deny nor do flirt with death.

The 15 Craziest Things In Nature Mother Nature is beautiful and amazing because we can see many amazing stuff like these 15 things that you won’t believe they actually exist. All these places are real. It is hard to believe in that, but that is true. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.