RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees.
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.91
There's a new trend in the cycling community: riding as far as you can in one direction, then taking the train back home. Such multimodal transportation opens up entirely new adventures for those on two wheels. Read the article below for inspiration and check out what is available in your area.
RIDING ONE WAY (article)
Almost 100 years ago, a couple of discoveries led to the theory that there were once ancient trees that towered nearly three times as tall as today's giant redwoods. Imagine seeing a tree like that from 25 miles away!
GIANT ANCIENT TREES (article)
Despite the fact that it is considered socially unacceptable for women to ride bicycles in Egypt, a group called Go Bike is promoting just that. These women find empowerment winding through Cairo's chaotic streets while saving time and money.
EGYPTIAN FEMALE CYCLISTS (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.90
The Fortingall Yew, a 5,000-year-old tree in Scotland, is changing from male to female. This year, for the first time, it produced berries instead of pollen. How is that possible? You'll have to read the story to find out!
THE SEX-CHANGING YEW (short article)
Equally amazing is Red Bull's latest video with BMX cyclist Kriss Kyle. Travel deep into a series of optical illusions that are certain to boggle your mind.
As it turns out, humans have underestimated trees completely. Researches have found some amazing specimens among the estimated three trillion that populate the planet, and have noticed what some describe as signs of intelligent life. They argue that coming to a deeper understanding of their ways may even help us solve some of the toughest problems we currently face. A great read!
HUMANS UNDERESTIMATE TREES (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.89
Beth Moon, an aptly-named photographer from San Francisco, spent the last 14 years photographing the world's oldest trees illuminated by starlight. As she explains, "the series was inspired by two fascinating scientific studies that connect tree growth with celestial movement and astral cycles." Her series of photos is an absolute must see.
OLDEST TREES BY STARLIGHT (photo essay)
This fun, short video starts with a woman walking a baby carriage down the street, then takes an unexpected turn. That's a sweet sidecar!
PRAM CAR - 1951 (video)
Finally, a scientific study that validates tree hugging! Not only is having direct contact with trees good for your health, so is merely seeing them. It also helps with cognitive development and brain function. If you had any doubts, put your mind at ease with this article. Then, go outside and hug a tree.
TREE HUGGING SCIENTIFICALLY VALIDATED (article)
Indian billionaire Manoj Bhargava has a simple solution for the 1.3 billion people living without electricity in the world: ride one of his bikes! 60 minutes of effort on the Free Electric hybrid bike will power a home for 24 hours. Exercise and electricity? Take our money!
PEDAL POWER (article/video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.81
An artist in South Korea has mastered his ability to transform discarded pieces of wood, mostly tree trunks, into magnificent and functional sculptures. This gallery of photos is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. If only we could partner with Jae-Hyo Lee in some of the areas in which we work!
JAE-HYO LEE TREE FURNITURE (photos)
Believe it or not, the image below is of a compact bicycle that, when dissembled, can fit into a large suitcase. The ECO 07 is also a remarkably attractive ride: an urban bicycle that is designed to save space and turn heads.
COMPACT URBAN BICYCLE (photos)
About 1,500 years ago, the Roman Empire completed their campaign to wipeout the Judean date palm tree, formerly a staple crop of the Kingdom of Judea. Previously, the tree was so influential that King David named his daughter after it in the Old Testament. During excavations of Herod the Great's palace, scientists discovered a jar of seeds for extinct tree and several were planted in 2005. In 2011, one even produced its first flower. This ancient tree has been brought back to life and the seed from which it sprung is the oldest know to germinate. What an incredible story!
ANCIENT TREE LIVES ANEW (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.78
Have you ever wondered what keeps a bicycle upright, or how a riderless bike can travel a solid distance without falling? Some feel they understand the basic physics involved, but the true answers might surprise you. Take a minute to learn something new.
THE PHYSICS OF A BICYCLE (video)
Ten years ago, Rob McBride, an IT specialist from Shropshire, England, was saved by a newfound fascination with trees. Now, he returns the favor by participating in Ancient Tree Hunt, an effort to catalogue and preserve the oldest trees in the UK. Read his inspiring story below.
TREES SAVE A MAN, MAN SAVES THE TREES (photo essay)
The future has arrived! Imagine never again having a flat tire, or needing to change one. The Energy Return Wheel, an airless prototype, offers that possibility and so much more. Check it out!
ENERGY RETURN WHEEL (article)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.74
There are some truly monumental bicycle rides out there, among them The Swiss Epic. Watch this stunning short film about five teams from different backgrounds attempting to win "Europe's Toughest Mountain Bike Race," facing a whole host of incredible obstacles along the way.
THE SWISS EPIC: EUROPE'S TOUGHEST MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE (short film)
Electric bicycles are all the rage these days, but a legitimate question remains: how to generate all of the electricity required in a green fashion? Iranian inventor Mojtaba Raeisi has a smart answer. Behold his sleek concept, the Ele Solar Bicycle. Instead of spokes, its wheels have automatically adjusting solar panels that give it the juice it needs to go farther than the competition, in a more Earth-friendly way.
ELE SOLAR BIKE (video)
We love spending time amongst the trees, and revere the advice of our elders. Take a moment to enjoy the company of these trees, the ancient masters that have lasted for millennia. Surely, there is something to be learned.
OUR TREE ELDERS (photo essay)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.61
Beth Moon, a photographer based out of San Francisco, spent 14 years traveling the world photographing the world's most ancient trees. Her collection of shots is beyond gorgeous, and definitely worth your attention.
ANCIENT TREES (photos)
You many have already head of the world's first invisible bicycle helmet, but this video gives some great insight into how it actually works. Peep it!
THE HÖVDING (video)
In a previous edition of SS&T, we shared an article about Jadav Payeng, the widely-proclaimed Forest Man of India. The inspiring tale of Jadav, who has spent the past 25 years planting an entire forest in a barren wasteland, was captured in the this film. Enjoy!
FOREST MAN (video)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.51
Believe it or not, millions of years ago forests covered Antarctica. The weird trees that lived there at the time adapted to survive both for months on end without sunlight during winter, and for one very long day during summer. Learn more about the amazing dead forests of Antarctica.
Then, check out the bicycle Ford produced with Pedego: a stylish super cruiser that can travel up to 20 miles at 20 mph on a single charge. That's certainly the first zero-emission vehicle they have made and a rather desirable ride!
The Nature Conservancy recently created a wonderful new campaign, If Trees Could Sing, through which well-known musicians share stories and facts about their favorite trees. Fun and educational! Definitely worth a look.
STRANGE FOSSILIZED FOREST OF ANTARCTICA
FORD & THE PEDEGO ELECTRIC BICYCLE
IF TREES COULD SING
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.43
The remnants of a petrified forest protrude from the shores of Cardigan Bay off the British Coast, especially after a rough storm. Are these stumps, buried by peat thousands of years ago, Cantre'r Gwaelod, the Welsh Atlantis? The photos are fantastic.
Johnnyrandom's album "Bespoken" was crafted using sounds collected from various parts of a bicycle. How many of them do you recognize? Quite catchy tunes!
There are some amazing places to camp out there, most of which get their character and charm from the nearby trees. Some of the best in world are pictured below.
Have a great week!
PETRIFIED WELSH ATLANTIS (photo essay)
MUSIC FROM BICYCLE PARTS (music and video)
AMAZING CAMPING SPOTS (photo essay)
SUNDAY SHOW & TELL vol.27
This Sunday, start off by taking a tour of Gilboa Fossil Forest in the Catskill Mountains, a 385 million year-old mythical relic first discovered in the 1920s in the base of a quarry. Think you can guess the top 10 countries with the highest bicycle per capita ratio in the world? CLICK HERE to test your knowledge. If you would rather skip to the answers, you can click the link below to read all about it. Before you go, grab a drink in the Sunland Big Baobab, an ancient tree that has been converted into a bar. Cheers!