A Green-roofed Hobbit Home Anyone Can Build in Just 3 Days: “Can you imagine living in a 400-square-foot tiny home that is eco-friendly and energy-efficient, yet boasts all the amenities of a conventional house? Magic Green Homes fabricates such structures using prefabricated vaulted panels and covers them with soil, creating flexible green-roofed living spaces with a Tolkienesque charm.”

Living in Car-dependent Suburbs Can Make You Fat and Sick, Study Finds: “Research to be presented Monday in Vancouver at the weeklong World Diabetes Congress concludes that residents of Metro Vancouver’s most walkable neighbourhoods are 30 per cent less likely to be overweight or obese than their counterparts in the least walkable areas.”

Meet The (Other) Musk Brother, Who Wants To Change The World Of Food: “Kimbal Musk was 25 when he and his brother Elon (perhaps you’ve heard of him?) sold their first tech company, called Zip2, for around $300 million. Elon poured some of his money into his next venture, which later became PayPal. Kimbal invested, but left Silicon Valley for culinary school, and later started opening a series of highly regarded restaurants in Colorado. Now he’s on a mission to help America eat healthier, more sustainable food.”

Making and Taking: 2015’s Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture: “For broken, derelict, and underutilized urban space, 2015 was a good year. In North American cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto and elsewhere, landscape architects contributed to the ‘urban renaissance’ through excellent design, thoughtful urban planning, and prescient environmental management.”

Ancient Seeds Sprout After Lying Dormant for 850 Years: “After sitting in a clay pot for 850 years, ancient squash seeds are bearing fruit. In 2008, archaeologists uncovered a sculpted clay ball used to store seeds at a dig site on the Menominee reservation near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Within this seed ball, seeds from a previously unknown variety of squash were found. Squash-growing pioneers successfully germinated these ancient seeds and produced the first Gete-okosomin squash crop in centuries.”


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