Pro blogger, media architect, student of environmental and computer sciences, social media guy, ultimate frisbee player. I live in Portland, Maine, write for MNN.com, and work anywhere there's a good project.
With winter starting to settle into the Northern Hemisphere, this video seems well-timed. In it, the most Canadian couple who I’ve ever seen take great delight in blowing soap bubbles into the cold crisp, minus 49 degree air. (WHY AREN’T THEY BOTH WEARING HATS AND GLOVES!?!?!)
When this owner of a Donzi 43 ZR found himself in the midst of a tall set of waves off the coast of California last year, he decided the wisest course of action was to gun his engines and point his bow towards the closest incoming wave. It did not go well.
Animals migrate for a lot of different reasons. Some travel long distances on a seasonal basis for food, finding their meal of choice hundreds and thousands of miles away. Others make their journeys to find mates while still others do it to avoid unfavorable weather, staying just ahead of the winter line as it creeps down from the poles every year. […]
Amazon just announced a project that aims to provide customers with drone delivery within 30 minutes of ordering on the website. Ten years ago, that headline could be easily mistaken for one from the Onion, but today it’s all too plausible — obvious even. Of course, Amazon would be working on robotic delivery drones. That’s just the world we live in. […]
San Francisco resident and cyclist Mat Kladney sees his city differently than other people do. His mental map of the City by the Bay is organized in terms of the routes that are best suited for bicycle travel. When asked for directions from one part of San Francisco to the other by someone driving a car, he would find himself giving them a route that makes s […]
Hermine Ricketts and Tom Carroll have been growing vegetables in their front-yard garden for the past 17 years. They estimate that around 80 percent of their food comes from the small plot in front of their Miami Shores home. Their home garden saved them money and provided them with lots of delicious, healthy food. It was a great example of hyper-local food […]
The world's oceans (which is really one giant ocean), are not doing well. The last 100 years have not been kind to the 71 percent of the Earth's surface covered by water. Human industry has dumped an ever-growing amount of trash and pollution into these waters while ripping out an equally growing amount of fish and sea life. We dirty its waters wit […]
Europe was a fairly grim place at the beginning of the Middle Ages. The fifth century, roughly considered to mark the start of the Middle Ages, saw the breakdown of the Roman Empire and the splintering of its once vast empire. Barbarian kings and warlords ruled the lands for many years.
A rocket stove is a super-efficient cooking and heating stove that can be built with a wide variety of materials from bricks to pipes to clay to packed dirt. The design is simple and relies on an L-shape tunnel that creates a hot burn and channels heat onto whatever it is that you want to cook.
War is hell. Nations can wreak enormous destruction over the landscape when they hurl their armies at one another. Towns and cities can be destroyed, entire ecosystems can be ripped apart, and untold misery can be piled up on any human fortunate enough to survive the fighting.