It took 11 years of traversing through three different countries for Eric Bigot to develop his Zenkaya prefab housing concept. Designed to bring peace of mind to impoverished South Africans, the...
I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics.
I pride myself on recycling each week, but I'm unhappy with the unorganized mess of bottles and cans in my kitchen. Are there any attractive options for trash bins that integrate re...
My junk drawer is out of control. Can you help me find a way to get it closed?
—Lisa Scofield, Palo Alto, California
Tired of carting supplies back and forth from Ukiah to the commune where he lived in Northern California, John Schaeffer decided to start selling environmentally friendly wares himself.
The tiny staff at the San Francisco affiliate of Rebuilding Together coordinates and works on the rehabilitation of more than 20 homes and roughly the same number of nonprofit facilities on one...
Remember how the Predator had skin that made him invisible? That was cool. But these high-tech materials might be even cooler.
Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and...
Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.
The right lighting can bring warmth and atmosphere to any room.
Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent.
As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought. Houses slip down hillsides, trees float down rivers, and whole cities disappear...
Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year. But since they’re pricey—and, let’s face it, generally unattractive—solar cells are still woefully underutilized...
With our airwaves packed with celebrity chefs, Americans are proving to have a solid appetite for what Julia Child would call cuisine—at least on television.
There's nothing better than settling in to read the Sunday paper, but it's becoming difficult to enjoy with the ever-present clutter of publications getting in our way. Could you steer...
I've been hearing a lot about air purifiers lately. Are they really helpful, and are there any that won't stick out like a sore thumb in my living room?
Dee Koufax, Minnetonka, M...
I'm tired of my old generic broom. Are there any specialized products on the market that are both hip and functional?
—Edward Charles, Austin, Texas
Our dog is spending more time in bed than my husband; I think its time to get her one of her own. Can you recommend designs that a pampered pup will enjoy?
—Ella Zupen, San ...
We'd like to get a modern-looking birdhouse. Which ones will look best in our backyard?
—Erik Edwards, St. Louis, Missouri