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Daniel Zellor using his laptop on Terrarium Desk (Photo: Daniel Zeller)

Working exclusively indoors obviously has its advantages, but it isn't completely free of annoying issues. During the winter months especially, the lack of sunlight and absence of nature can have a depressing effect. One solution may be to bring the outdoors indoors, which is exactly what Daniel Zeller has tried to achieve with his Terrarium Desk.  Read More

The ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit lets users raise plants and filter their aquarium's water at ...

The folks at the non-profit ECOLIFE Foundation are dedicated to providing, as they put it, “ecologically sustainable water, food, and shelter to communities through education applied programs.” Part of this mandate involves the promotion of community aquaponics projects – systems that symbiotically combine aquaculture and hydroponics. Now, the group is bringing scaled-down aquaponics to classrooms and homes, in the form of its ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Kit for aquariums.  Read More

Tobacco plants used in the development of the vaccine

A familiar news topic during the flu season is the difficulties that the authorities face in producing enough flu vaccine fast enough to control the outbreak. That’s a serious enough problem, but when the influenza outbreak turns out to be the start of a global pandemic, then hundreds of millions of lives could be at risk. To combat this, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has developed a new way of making vaccines that has turned out 10 million doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine in a month, in a recent test run.  Read More

Flower Power is a wireless device that alerts you via your mobile device when your plants ...

When it comes to plants, do you have a brown thumb? If so, you might be interested in Parrot’s new Flower Power device. Revealed at CES, it’s intended to be stuck in the soil of a plant pot, where it measures parameters that are essential to the health of that particular type of plant. When things are out of whack, it notifies you via your mobile device.  Read More

The Home Aquaponics Kit provides the perfect opportunity to educate kids about the process...

Many of us have completely lost sight of where the food we eat comes from. As long as the product is sitting on the shelf when we visit the supermarket, we pay little attention to the process that led to it being there. The Home Aquaponics Kit is designed to counter this ignorance by educating children in the process involved in growing and cultivating food using a self-cleaning fish tank and a self-maintaining herb garden.  Read More

A diagram of the Purrfect Air Litter Box System

Indoor green walls, for those who don’t know, are essentially flat vertical surfaces that are completely covered in plants. Not only do they look nice, but they also help remove toxins from the air. Now, gardening entrepreneur Mark Prescott has taken that same idea and applied it to a cat litter box deodorizer, known as the Purrfect Air Litter Box System.  Read More

Lettuce grown in transparent soil developed by researchers at the James Hutton Institute a...

Most people’s image of plants is actually upside down. For most of our photosynthetic friends, the majority of the plant is underground in the form of an intricate system of roots. The bit that sticks up is almost an afterthought. That’s a problem for scientists trying to study plants because growing them in media that allow you to see the roots, such as hydroponics, doesn't mimic real soil very well. Now, a team of researchers at the James Hutton Institute and the University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland has developed an artificial transparent soil that allows scientists to make detailed studies of root structures and subterranean soil ecology on a microscopic level.  Read More

Verstraete placed a flesh eating plant in the PHD and designed the body a bit like a trilo...

If finding the perfect spot to place a potted plant to ensure it gets the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day is proving difficult, then the Plant Host Drone (PHD) is here to help. Developed by Belgian sculptor Stephen Verstraete, the PHD is a wheeled robotic pot plant holder that seeks out the sun to keep the plant soaking up the rays as the sun moves across the sky over the course of the day.  Read More

The Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor Outdoor won a 2012 red dot design award

Black thumb? If you're tired of sending your plants to an early compost heap then you might want to thank the industrious gnomes at Koubachi who have released an outdoor version of their Wi-Fi Plant Sensor. Like its indoor stablemate, the new model unveiled at this year's IFA in Berlin measures soil moisture, light and temperature, sending the data to the cloud where you or anyone you've shared your account with can check on the needs of your botanical buddies. What's new is an IPx4 certification, making this sensor fully waterproof and ready for the great outdoors.  Read More

Sprout is the name of a new brand of pencil which comes with a seed in the end – when the ...

We live in a throwaway society, where even large and expensive products are merely trashed when they reach the end of their life and/or usefulness. It's a rather sad state of affairs, with waste that could be recycled or reused extensively placed in the ground to rot ... or, in the case of non-biodegradable materials, not rot. It's against this rather depressing backdrop that one group of product designers have created Sprout, an ordinary, everyday pencil which hides a rather special trick up its sleeve.  Read More

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