How to shift gears on your bike…with your mind

Shift gears on your bike by thinking it

You’d expect a clever pun and funny video to follow with a title like this right? But you’d be wrong. This technology is real. Toyota partnered with design house Deeplocal and bicycle builder Parlee Cycles to make an aerodynamic road bike that can be shifted with nothing but brain waves.

What do orangutans have to do with your shampoo?

Orangutans have good reason to be scared of shampoo...it's production destroys their home.

What do toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and many other hygiene products have to do with orangutans? There is a commodity that comes from palm trees called palm oil. The lauryl alcohol found in palm and coconut oil is used to produce a synthetic product called sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate or SLS for short. So no problem right? […]

The cold lunch revolution: Better school lunches

brown bag lunch

Public school lunches have been the butt of jokes for generations. Upon closer inspection of the school cafeteria, however, we’re finding that mystery meat ain’t so funny anymore. As the second largest nutritional assistance program in the nation, the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) [.pdf] should come under scrutiny. It serves over 30 million kids […]

Make a healthier Starbucks frappuccino for $.32

A tasty and healthier recipe for a Starbucks frappuccino

Got a craving for a caffeine fix? Don’t pay $4 for a frosty coffee treat at a coffee shop. If you’ve got 5 simple ingredients and just a couple of minutes, you can make your own frappuccino for about 92% less than the one you’ll buy at Starbucks…and yours will be healthier and taste better too.

Green beer guide for International Beer Day

Mmmm, beer!

Mass-marketed domestic beers can really barely be called beer. What makes a truly good beer? Beer that has been made locally (micro-brew) or is sustainably brewed or certified organic has the best flavor and drinking experience. Check out these tips, reviews, and recycled bar tools that will help you graduate to a big boy beer.

Hank D and the Bee: Summer Snow

Hank D and the Bee: Summer Snow

I hope you all take full advantage of the health benefits of dandelions in order to prolong your life and be around when wind power finally surpasses coal power. For today, I hope a little “summer snow” falls peacefully on you and yours. Follow the rest of the Hank D and the Bee series at […]

Nuclear VS renewable energy [INFOGRAPHIC]

pros and cons of energy sources

The energy debate doesn’t seem like it will ever be settled. A lot of the reason for the argument is a lack of understanding on all sides. Sure, nuclear energy plants melt down and people base jump off of broken down wind turbines, but our energy future will probably be a combination of many sources, not just a domination of one.

Chic hanging candles made from wine bottles

Recycled Wine Bottle Candle

Wine bottles have so many uses…and containing tasty fermentation for your sipping pleasure is only one of them. We’ve talked about several uses for empty wine bottles before, but this one definitely deserves a spot on that list too. Imagine your deck or patio adorned with wine bottle tiki torches in tandem with these hanging candles. Par-tay!