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Best of 2012: Reappropriating City Spaces

Instead of leaving unused objects for the scrap yard, many city dwellers are realizing the opportunity to think creatively about underutilized spaces.

Not everyone is a natural handyman or MacGyver—seeing dozens of uses in a paper clip or knowing how to masterfully use duct tape. Nevertheless, a Dutch design firm believes that all of us can work to find new uses for broken and unused items, rejecting our knee-jerk reaction to dispose of anything that can be replaced.

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Ridding the Ocean of Plastics, One Expedition at a Time

How the Sea Education Association is striving to rid the ocean of plastics, one expedition at a time.


Though recycling has increased every year over the past decade in the U.S., in 2011, plastics were recycled at a mere 29 percent. And even for those environmentally conscious consumers, placing a water bottle in a recycling bin may not be enough.

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An energy company in northern Sweden is working to make the winter doldrums a little brighter.

Umea Energy has installed light therapy panels in 30 bus stops in a town north of Stockholm that gets only about five hours of daylight during its darkest winter months. The back-lit advertisements that once hung in the bus stop shelters will be replaced with these light panels for several weeks.

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Thanksgiving—my favorite holiday of the year. Family, turkey, stuffing, football, naps, pumpkin pie…Nintendo Wi for $89?

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Starting today and through the weekend, Ohio citizens will experience something very different on their televisions: silence.

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