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Tent – Sleeping Bag All-In-One

The Polarmond sleep system is designed as a warm, cozy shelter for one

The Polarmond sleep system is designed as a warm, cozy shelter for one (Credit: OutDoor Friedrichshafen)

A waterproof shelter, sleeping bag and sleeping pad are three of the most important pieces of kit you’ll need when bedding down in the great outdoors on a cold night. Usually those three things are purchased, packed and set up separately, but Swiss startup Polarmond has a different idea. Its All-In-One sleep system rolls all three components into one unit with the goal of delivering a warmer, more comfortable night of sleep in temperatures down to -22° F (-30° C).

The primary component of the All-In-One sleep system is what Polarmond calls the sleep shell. This unit blends the features and functions of a bivouac sack, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. When compared to the tight confines of a mummy bag, the design opens things up with a multi-layered inner chamber. read more

Growing More With Less

Okay, I don’t buy into the whole overpopulation nonsense, but this is ingenious.

The world’s population, which stood at 2.5 billion in 1950, is predicted to increase to 10.5 billion by 2050.

But at the same time, farmland is shrinking and crop productivity is stagnating, leading many to fear there may not be enough food to feed the planet.

Now scientists claim they have come up with a novel solution; hack the process by which plants convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into sugar.

Scentists claim they have come up with a novel solution to feed the world; hack the process by which plants convert sunlight and carbon dioxide. This graphic shows how environmental changes throughout the canopy affect photosynthesis. For instance, relative humidity (RH) tends to increase from top to bottom
Scentists claim they have come up with a novel solution to feed the world; hack the process by which plants convert sunlight and carbon dioxide. This graphic shows how environmental changes throughout the canopy affect photosynthesis. For instance, relative humidity (RH) tends to increase from top to bottom

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Man Made Reclaimed by Nature

Eerie empty streets, buildings taken over by vines, rusting underwater tanks inhabited by fish, these are the dramatic images of the places that time forgot.

Vines climb old stone walls, weave through windows and doors and creep along crumpling paths. In an abandoned village which has been reclaimed by mother nature, there is no sign of life other than the animals, birds and insects which have taken over.

Time stands still in the village on Shengshan Island – one of almost 400 that make up the Shengsi Islands to the east of China’s Zhejiang province. What was once a thriving fishing hub has been long deserted and naturally transformed into a green jungle of tangled plants and neglected buildings.

In Paris, you might be surprised to find a beautiful 19-mile belt of neglected green space in the centre of the city, which has lain abandoned since 1934. Now it is a treasure trove for graffiti artists and nature-lovers, and the people of Paris are passionate about saving it.

In another set of pictures, the shifting sands of the Namibian Desert have totally taken over a formerly opulent mining village built in the middle of the desert by wealthy Germans seeking their fortune. Now the only visitors are tourists and ghost hunters.

But the pictures all share one theme – that once nature finds a way, it soon takes over and transforms the space into something compellingly beautiful.

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In this abandoned fishing village on Shengshan Island, Zhejiang province, China, vines climb the old stone walls, weave through the windows and doors and creep along the crumpling paths. The fishing village has been 'reclaimed' by mother nature
In this abandoned fishing village on Shengshan Island, Zhejiang province, China, vines climb the old stone walls, weave through the windows and doors and creep along the crumpling paths. The fishing village has been ‘reclaimed’ by mother nature

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Google Street Underwater

Google partnered with XL Caitlin Seaview Survey and Underwater Earth to compile the images over the last four years

Google partnered with XL Caitlin Seaview Survey and Underwater Earth to compile the images over the last four years

In an effort to raise awareness ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8, Google has expanded its Street View service to let users explore a range of stunning coastal and underwater scenes.

Just as Street View allows you to click to navigate across dry land, users can move around beneath the surface with interactive imagery taken from 40 sites around the world. read more

The Source of Modern Liberalism

by: the Common Constitutionalist

I, yes I, the Common Constitutionalist, have discovered the source – the cause of the affliction known as liberalism, and its simpler than you might think.

The causes of modern liberalism are noise and light pollution. Allow me to explain by describing it in a way even liberals may understand – in terms of the animal kingdom. This should be easy being that many liberals are also wacky animal-rights advocates.

I’d also like to preface this by reminding you that liberals are liberals first and foremost and thus will often support knee-jerk policies to the detriment of any long-term negative effects, even to themselves.

Take for example, wind farms. You cannot be a good liberal without blindly supporting “renewable energy” such as wind. Yet every year, if not several times a year, we see a new study of the ill effects wind farms have on wildlife. read more

Dinobat Discovered in China

A bizarre new dinosaur with bat-like wings has been discovered by a farmer in China and is now helping to shed new light on the evolution of flight.

Palaeontologists in China say the impeccably preserved fossil belongs to a small dinosaur thought to have lived 160 million years ago.

The strange-looking creature had small stiff feathers on its body and long finger-like bones extending from each wrist that were covered in a membrane like a bat’s wing.

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The new dinosaur, named Yi qi (shown above in the artists reconstruction), had unusual bristle-like feathers and bat-like wings that were covered in a membrane. The dinosaur may have been able to glide and even flap
The new dinosaur, named Yi qi (shown above in the artists reconstruction), had unusual bristle-like feathers and bat-like wings that were covered in a membrane. The dinosaur may have been able to glide and even flap

Scientists believe the dinosaur, which they have named Yi qi, meaning ‘strange wing’, may have glided or even flown through the air.

The discovery has provided new insight into how vertebrates first began to take to the air.

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Volcano Celebrates Anniversary

Picture of the Tambora volcano taken from abovePicture of the Tambora volcano taken from above. The violent eruption of the Tambora volcano in 1815 created a massive crater about 3.7 miles (six kilometers) across and 3,600 feet deep (1,100 meters). PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY
Two hundred years ago on April 10, the Indonesian volcano Tambora erupted, obliterating an entire tribe of people, cooling the Earth by several degrees, and causing famines and disease outbreaks around the world.
It remains the largest eruption on historical record: larger than the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and roughly 20 times bigger than Mount Vesuvius, which wiped the Italian town of Pompeii off the map. If such a cataclysmic event happened now, the results would be even messier, experts say. read more

California Drought Conditions Were Preventable

by: the Common Constitutionalist

In December 2014 NBC Nightly News reported on a massive amount of rainfall that fell in a 24 hour period. In Southern California it was 8” or more in spots.LA River

During the broadcast an NBC reporter interviewed Fritz Coleman, a Southern California Weathercaster for KNBC who stood aside the swelled Los Angeles River and said: “All of our water – we sit and watch it run down the L.A. River and we go – see ya.” The reporter then claimed that in fact “85% of all the rain water that falls in Southern California is wasted.” It is not collected or diverted. It is allowed to simply run out to sea.

And why is that? Well of course – it’s radical environmentalism and the extremist policies they push, with the aide of their willing accomplices in the California State House and Governor’s Mansion.

Just as they do nationwide to our energy sector – forcing the closure of hundreds of coal plants, not allowing drilling on federal lands or permitting the construction of nuclear plants, these environmentalist wackos have all but caused the drought conditions in California.

No, they didn’t cause the actual drought. To my knowledge they are not gathering in field to perform a no-rain dance, but the policies pushed for decades by these loons have certainly caused the conditions we see today. read more

Earths Plates Don’t Move Like We Thought

Back when dinosaurs were just starting to skulk, Earth had just one giant land mass, a supercontinent that scientists call Pangea. pangea2It broke up about 200 million years ago, and since then its fragments—riding on chunks of crust called tectonic plates—have been gliding, merging, and splitting their way into their present—temporary—positions. Now, geoscientists have unveiled a computer model that maps the details of that tectonic dance in 1-million-year increments—practically a frame-by-frame recap of geologic time. It shows that the plates speed up, slow down, and move around in unexpectedly short bursts of activity. It also suggests that researchers may have to rethink what drives much of that incessant motion. read more

Daredevil Biker Traverses Cliff

This breathtaking video captures the moment a cyclist traverses an almost-vertical rock face to conquer the world’s most dangerous trail – before making a return journey.

Michal Kollbek was filmed defying gravity as he made his way over the famed White Line in Sedona – a near impossible route carved into a rock in Arizona.

The stunning one-minute clip was filmed using a drone flying overhead and sees Polish rider Kollbek gradually make his way along the path with Red Rock State Park seen in the background.

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Death-defying: Daredevil Michal Kollbek rides his bike across the famed White Line in Sedona, in Arizona’s Red Rock State Park

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