Posts by Leah Pellegrini

November 25, 2017

Ingenious Pencil Design Includes a Built-In Sharpener

Ordinary graphite gets a sharper outfit with designer Andrew Pyza‘s pencil+, a pencil holder and extender that includes an eraser at one end and a sharpener at the other. The tool fits any average pencil from full-size down to 14mm long, and any time the tip breaks, all you have to do is unscrew the nub and spin it through the sharpener before getting back to writing or doodling.

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September 8, 2016

Winners of the 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards Reveal Gorgeous Diversity of Animal Kingdom

We've already shared and celebrated the top photographs from the London Natural History Museum's annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, featuring feisty foxes, gargantuan underwater whales, and more. However, if you haven't yet had your fill of awe-inspiring animal shots, here's another astounding collection: the British Wildlife Photography Awards has just announced its 2016 winners, revealing the depth, breadth, and beauty of diverse creatures and critters in the U.K.

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September 7, 2016

Canada’s 15,000-Mile “Great Trail” Will Be the Longest Car-Free Route on Earth

Almost 25 years ago, back in 1992, Canada began building its cross-country course called The Great Trail. Today, it’s 87% completed, spanning 20,770 kilometers (over 12,000 miles) between 13 provinces and territories from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Slated for completion in 2017, the full route will stretch 24,000 kilometers (nearly 15,000 miles), representing the longest recreational trail on earth.

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September 5, 2016

Jewelry Designs Cleverly Ward Off Zika with Beautifully Decorated Bug Repellent Beads

In Chinese culture, jade is traditionally considered a bearer of good luck, symbolizing benevolent forces like nobility and immortality. The jewelry designers behind By Invite Only have created a clever and artful way to render the gem’s fortune more palpable: their Yu Ahn Collection features necklaces and bracelets that string authentic jade, onyx, and rhodium-plated charms together with beads of jade-toned citronella, warding off not only evil spirits, but mosquitoes.

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