This pot harnesses photosynthesis and a USB port to charge your phone

usb pot plant

A team of engineers piggy-backed photosynthesis using a nifty pot called the Bioo Lite. Just place almost any plant inside, add water and plenty of sunlight and you’ll be able to charge your phone via the provided USB port up to three times a day. Or so they claim.

Crowdfunding campaign reimagines apartment plant growing


As anyone who grows plants in an apartment will tell you, it can be quite a challenge. Space is limited, as is light and it’s so easy to make a mess – this is why I love this new project. It’s really easy to set up a small, cute garden in only minutes. It’s called Livi. Designer  Hooman Koliji came up with this

How to see if your nail polish is toxic

Photo by Flickr user amOuna

As I’ve learned more and more in recent years, it’s very difficult to find good, healthy cosmetic products. Words like “organic” and “natural” are not well regulated and are often misleading, with numerous “natural” products containing toxic substances. We’ll walk through the toxic substances often included in nail polish, how to spot them, and how to avoid them. The toxic trio

Brilliant pictures show life through a tent door


A photo posted by Michael Patrick (@mike_pgregory) on Jun 8, 2015 at 6:07am PDT Few things in life are as rewarding as leaving everything behind and going camping. The sheer serenity and pleasure that often accompanies camping is something that’s hard to rival – and hard to replace. I was quite happy to see the #ourcamplife tag blooming on Instagram, with

Suffering from anxiety? Breathe and watch this GIF – it’ll help you


  The GIF was first posted by Dr. Christina Hibbert, a clinical psychologist and author of several books. I’m not sure if it helps with anxiety, but it’s quite satisfying to watch – over and over again. It starts out as a simple line, then blooms into a triangle, then a square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon and octagon. MNN reached out to

Pseudoscience and conspiracy theory are not victimless crimes against science


Astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.”

These cute “big-mouthed” underwater creatures digest their own organs

Sea squirts, or tunicates can't smile - because they have no face. Image via Twitter.

It’s hard to believe that something so cute can lie at the bottom of the sea, but don’t let the appearances fool you.

Enlightening Facts about Solar Energy You Should Know

Image via ppswest

What you need to know about solar energy and solar panels. Get your solar energy facts straight.

Why your CV should never be over one page long – featuring Elon Musk


Elon Musk is one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the tech industry, being involved (among others) in spaceflight, solar energy, and electric cars. But as a new start-up illustrated, even his CV can be brilliantly displayed in a single page. Resumes (or CVs, whatever you may call them) have gotten longer and longer in recent years, and this trend

Fossil Friday: Dicranurus monstrosus

Dicranurus monstrosus.
Image credits wikimedia user Daderot

When a species almost one hundred times bigger than you, who has access to nukes and can go to space, discovers your remains a few million years after you die and still decides to call you “monstrosus” you must be doing something very right survival-wise.