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"Why not create a comfortable, well designed hotel which allows visitors to live in harmony with nature amongst trees?" From that question, Treehotel was born. Located in northern Sweden, 60 k south of the Arctic Circle, you can stay in one of the four rooms that officially opened last week. There's the Mirrorcube, the Bird's Nest, the Cabin and the Blue Cone--all designed by 4 separate architects. Two more rooms will be available in October, just in time for your husky sled safari or skijoring (towed on skis by a galloping horse). It costs about $3000+ for a night, but--memo to the ladies of Teen Mom--0-2 year olds are free of charge. See more pictures of the rooms below. Via: NYT
In a few decades, we could be living like Milla Jovovich in the Fifth Element, as an article in the BBC News reports that engineers are--amongst various projects--inventing fake trees to soak up carbon emissions. "The prototype artificial tree was about the same size as a shipping container and could remove thousands of times more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than an equivalent sized real tree," reports BBC. Initially this sounds a tad apocalyptic but we should look on the bright side. Firefighters will no longer be pestered to get sad cats down from trees and kids won't break any bones from climbing on real ones. And sans Douglas Firs, Christmas clean-up won't be a hassle. With science like that, who really needs real trees?