Insect hotels

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An insect hotel  is a man made structure created to provide shelter for insects. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the specific purpose or specific insect it is catered to. Most consist of several different sections that provide insects with nesting facilities – particularly during winter, offering shelter or refuge for many types of insects. Their purposes include hosting pollinators.
Many insect hotels are used as nest sites by insects including solitary bees and solitary wasps. These insects drag prey to the nest where an egg is deposited. Other insects hotels are specifically designed to allow the insects to hibernate, notable examples include ladybugs and butterflies.
Good materials to build insect hotels with can include using dry stone walls or old tiles. Drilled holes in the hotel materials also encourage insects to leave larvae to gestate.
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Scribit robot can turn your wall into a wonderwall

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has created Scribit, an internet-connected writing robot that can draw and erase images on any vertical surface. Requiring just two nails and a power plug, the device can be installed in less than five minutes. The digital device works on a two-axis plane, moving up and down two cables that hang from a vertical wall.  Scribit uses markers to reproduce the content dictated by the user.

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Living Light – a lamp powered by photosynthesis

Living Light is a lamp which harvests its energy through the photosynthetic process of the plant. As the plant photosynthesizes, it releases organic compounds into a soil chamber below. The organic matter is broken down by bacteria fostered through a microbial fuel cell. When this happens, electrons are created and transported away from the soil. The electric current is passed along a wire and fed into a ring fitted with LEDs. These light up when a user touches the plant’s leaves.
Dutch designer Ermi van Oers and her team will start off with a small production in 2018. Plans are already in place with Rotterdam to illuminate a city park.

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10 Japanese product designs characterized by minimalist aesthetics, simplicity and elegance

Japan is one of the few countries that can balance age-old tradition with modernity in such a harmonious fashion. This is especially true in the field of aesthetics and design. Japanese aesthetics encompass a variety of ideals, some of these are traditional while others are modern and sometimes influenced by other cultures.

Flower vases that swing as petals fall.
Designer: Keisuke Fujiwara

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