There’s a Booming Business in America’s Forests. Some Aren’t Happy About It.

The fuel pellet industry is thriving. Supporters see it as a climate-friendly source of rural jobs. For others, it’s a polluter and destroyer of nature.

#bioenergy-and-biofuels, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #north-carolina, #wood-and-wood-products

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They Overcame Mutual Loathing, and Saved a Town

Environmentalists and loggers thought they had nothing in common, until they started talking.

#environment, #forests-and-forestry, #labor-and-jobs, #logging-industry, #oregon, #wood-and-wood-products

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16 Global Design Concepts for an Unpredictable Future

The challenges of the past year gave designers every reason to recede into the shadows, but creativity won’t be denied.

#architecture, #area-planning-and-renewal, #art, #building-construction, #culture-arts, #design, #furniture, #sculpture, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wood-and-wood-products

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How the World’s Oldest Wooden Sculpture Is Reshaping Prehistory

At 12,500 years old, the Shigir Idol is by far the earliest known work of ritual art. Only decay has kept others from being found.

#carbon-dating, #russian-academy-of-sciences, #sculpture, #ural-mountains-russia, #wood-and-wood-products, #yekaterinburg-russia, #your-feed-science

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Two Emerging Designers Who Find Comfort in Antiquity

Max Zinser’s new collection of animal-like furniture and Matthew Fisher’s debut offering of marble and wood objects are both rooted in age-old crafts.

#design, #fisher-matthew-designer, #furniture, #wood-and-wood-products, #zinser-max

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When There’s No Heat: ‘You Need Wood, You Get Wood’

Community wood banks, like food banks, help people in need. Climate change is shaping their role.

#environment, #food-banks-and-pantries, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #maine, #new-england-states-us, #unemployment, #volunteers-and-community-service, #weather, #winter-season, #wood-and-wood-products

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Revealed: The Shipworm Sex Tapes

Nature’s weirdest clam surprises scientists once again, this time in video footage of its mating habits.

#animal-behavior, #biology-and-biochemistry, #biology-letters-journal, #clams, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #marine-borers-shipworms, #oregon, #reproduction-biological, #shipway-reuben, #sperm, #wood-and-wood-products, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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What Are You Paying For in a $300 Chess Set? Mostly the Knights

The horses in higher-end wooden sets must be hand-carved, a long, specialized process to make sure all four are exactly the same.

#chess, #the-queens-gambit-tv-program, #wood-and-wood-products

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German Phallus Statue Vanishes From Mountain, Then Reappears (Sort of)

The authorities are stumped by what happened to the wooden phallus, a popular Instagram stop for hikers. Along with all the monoliths, it has been quite a month for mysterious public art.

#bavaria-germany, #kubrick-stanley, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #romania, #social-media, #utah, #wood-and-wood-products

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Glimpses of the Isolated Communities Along a Remote Siberian River

Once a vast prison ground for political exiles, the banks of the Ket River are now home to a range of solitary settlements.

#freedom-of-religion, #railroads, #russia, #russian-orthodox-church, #siberia, #stalin-joseph, #travel-and-vacations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #weather, #wood-and-wood-products

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As Concerns Over Climate Change Rise, More Developers Turn to Wood

With environmental benefits and lower labor costs, mass timber has grown into a market that could rival steel and concrete in the construction industry.

#building-construction, #buildings-structures, #forests-and-forestry, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #wood-and-wood-products

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Throwing Stick Hints at Ancient Ancestors’ Hunting Techniques

Archaeologists in Germany found a throwing stick that might have been used by a species that preceded Neanderthals.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #germany, #hunting-and-trapping, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #wood-and-wood-products, #your-feed-science

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A Forest Submerged 60,000 Years Ago Could Save Your Life One Day

Before this underwater forest disappears, scientists recently raced to search for shipworms and other sea life that might conceal medicine of the future.

#alabama, #antibiotics, #bacteria, #distel-dan, #drug-resistance-microbial, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #forests-and-forestry, #gulf-coast-us, #helmuth-brian, #marine-borers-shipworms, #microbiology, #oceans-and-seas, #raines-ben-h, #research, #wood-and-wood-products, #your-feed-science

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