Berlin Baumraum Treehouse Lets You Swap Your City Apartment For a Room Among the Leaves

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8 Amazing Hidden Rooftop Houses You've Probably Never Noticed in New York City

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Curiously Tiny Door Pops Up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Artificial Leaf Can Make Oxygen in Space with Water and Light

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It seems like we are constantly getting a little bit closer to being able to live in outer space, but one teeny-tiny little detail keeps holding us back: oxygen. Plants just don’t like zero gravity environments, and toting around an indefinite oxygen supply isn’t really feasible. Enter the Silk Leaf: a manmade “plant” that can actually create endless oxygen using light and water.

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Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

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Mark Baez‘s MCube is an amazing custom-built modular house in Venice that can be endlessly reconfigured – and it just hit the market for a cool $5,950,000. The home is made from 10-foot cubic modules that can be moved around to change the floor plan, and its translucent skin fills the interior with copious amounts of natural light so there’s almost no need for electric lighting during the day. To top it all off, this modular Rubik’s cube home takes advantage of solar hot water and photovoltaic systems – let the bidding begin!

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

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Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

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Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and their incredible advisory council want to see your vision – enter today!

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California's Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

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Roomoon: Awesome Moon-Shaped Treehouse Tents are Perfect for Summer Glamping

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MAD and Studio Gang to Design George Lucas' Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago

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Filmmaker George Lucas has appointed MAD and Studio Gang to design his proposed art museum in Chicago. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) will present a history of moving images and educate visitors on various topics concerning narrative art. The project will be led by MAD’s Ma Yansong, who was selected as the principal designer.

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Europe is Turning the Iron Curtain Into a Cycling Path to Boost Bike Tourism and Promote Peace

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While East-West tensions are the highest they have been since the Cold War, European Union officials are planning to turn a symbol of that dark period — the Iron Curtain — into a bicycle path that will boost tourism and promote unity on the continent. The $2.4 million (€1.8 million) ”Iron Curtain Trail” project will stretch 4,225 miles (6,800 km) from the Barents Sea on the Norwegian-Russian border to the Black Sea at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey. The cycling route passes through 20 countries, including 14 EU members, along the former death strip that divided Warsaw Pact countries and NATO members from 1945 to 1991.

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change. Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more.

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Iliui Turns Old Tin Cans Into Cool Modern Task Lamps

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Iliui shines new light on old tin cans by turning them into cool modern task lamps. The designers take old tomato or coffee tins and give them a fresh coat of paint before setting them atop wooden bases. The upcycled lampshades look like miniature spotlights, and they swivel to provide directional lighting. Iliui’s FLEXO 001 lamps are available in a range of colors from the Cubo Gallery shop.

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New Jersey College Reduces Energy Costs and Bird Fatalities with CollidEscape Window Film

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Most of know by now that tens of millions of birds die every year from window collisions, but only recently have architects and designers begun to address this devastating issue on both residential and commercial structures. Atlantic Cape Community College, Cape May County Campus, has implemented a simple-yet-innovative solution to reduce bird deaths, and it just happens to curb escalating cooling costs in the process: a bird-friendly film called CollidEscape can be installed over glass, which is generally both highly reflective, and heat conducting. Glass treated with the film appears opaque to birds’ eyes, but is transparent from the inside. It also insulates the glass so it doesn’t heat up, thus reducing the need for increased air conditioning use. It’s a brilliant solution to two major issues, and can be implemented on any existing building.

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Art of Board Turns Old Skateboards into the Coolest Wall and Floor Tiles Ever

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Recycling skateboards is all the rage lately, but these tiles are the coolest upcycled product we’ve seen to date. Art of Board is a lifestyle and design brand that embodies the creative spirit, freedom and individuality of skateboarding. The group’s hard and soft goods pay homage to a used skateboard deck’s scratches, gouges and worn graphics – capturing the true soul of skateboarding. Creators of the first-ever skateboard recycling movement, I Ride I Recycle, the movement allows skateshops, parks, board manufacturers and individual riders to be part of the brand’s designs by recycling their skateboards instead of tossing them in the trash. The brand’s goal is to keep wood waste out of landfills, support skateshops and parks, and empower youth. In addition to turning them into wall and floor tiles, the designers make iPhone cases, key rings, and a smorgasbord of other coolness. How do you say Love?

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Amazing Egyptian Cave Churches are Carved Out of Solid Rock in Cairo

Amazing Egyptian Cave Churches are Carved Out of Solid Rock in Cairo

A marginalized minority of Coptic Christians in a Muslim-majority country, the Zabbaleen were forcibly relocated to the outskirts of Cairo by the government in 1969. After creating a…

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6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

Even though a lot of people may disagree, choices that can help save the environment often save you money as well. By learning from and curbing our regular habits, we can decrease our…

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First Look: See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Futuristic High Line Condos

First Look: See Inside Zaha Hadid’s Futuristic High Line Condos

Just over a year ago, Iraqi starchitect Zaha Hadid unveiled an out-of-this-world concept for a wavy, futuristic building next to the High Line. Now were getting our first look inside…

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Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry…

Another great aspect of harvest season is that it’s the time of year when most plants go to seed, thus ensuring a strong new crop for the following spring. Those of you with food…

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What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Favorite Food or Activity?

What's the Carbon Footprint of Your Favorite Food or Activity?

Did you know that the carbon footprint of a diamond necklace is the same as that of drinking 1,333 pints of beer? Or that a mile traveled by a subway train has the same carbon footprint…

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