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Monkey Magic Eco Art Raises Awareness of Environmental Issues in the Peruvian Amazon

by , 10/31/14

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Peru’s region of Madre de Dios is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth–but the lush Amazonian area is under serious threat by deforestation and illegal gold mining. Although Peru is home to the second-largest amount of rainforest in the world, the rise of gold mining has devastated nearly 370,000 acres of the country’s Amazon. To raise awareness of these environmental issues and spark dialogue on how best to balance resource conservation with the economic needs of the community, the nonprofit Eco Art Installations created inspiring eco art from locally sourced leaves, flowers, seeds, and trash. The artists involved include Sue, an orphaned howler monkey; Gypsy Voyager’s Char Evans, Christine Ashley Guckert, and Anthony Zaccone; and KamranJon’s Kamran Pakseresht. Prints and photos of the artwork can be purchased at Saatchi Art.

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World's First Water-Filtering Pool Closer to Fruition with Support from Kanye West and Olympian Conor Dwyer

by , 10/31/14
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Fans and supporters of +POOL, the world’s first water-filtering pool, gathered at Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo on Wednesday night for the initiative’s first Fall Swim Benefit. US Olympian swimmer Conor Dwyer hosted the event, and rapper Kanye West attended in support of the innovative project, which is currently considering several different locations for its projected 2017 opening. When built, the floating, plus-shaped pool is expected to clean about 500,000 gallons of river water a day while offering visitors a unique and educational way to take a dip.

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Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

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The crumbling stones of the Giza pyramids may be a sight familiar to most people, but the original look of these ancient structures was considerably different. In a recent short documentary made by the Smithsonian Channel Harvard University, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson explains the way each of the stones was manually polished to create glistening outer shells of the famous pyramids.

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Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

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Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

by , 10/31/14
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Pope Francis has continued to turn heads as the most liberal pope in decades by declaring that “the Catholic Church sees no conflict between science and religion” and stating that he accepts the universe was created in a Big Bang rather than what is detailed in the Book of Genesis. While he is not the first pope to side with science over certain issues, he is certainly the first to state outright that humans may be descended from other species, marking a significant change to the stance of the Catholic Church.

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Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus

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High in the Himalayas grows a highly sought after medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra. And while many global leaders fail to enact policies to protect their own resources, two remote Tibetan communities who harvest the fungus have managed to implement a system to secure a sustainable harvest year after year. Using an innovative resource management system that would likely give most capitalists a regulatory headache, the harvesters work hard to ensure that their livelihood is protected from over use.

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Enter the d3 Housing Tomorrow 2015 Competition and You Could Win $1,000

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Forward-thinking organization d3 recently launched their annual Housing Tomorrow competition, a call for innovative architecture, art, and design ideas that advance sustainable design in residential urbanism. The d3 2015 Housing Tomorrow international competition is open to students and professionals from a variety of disciplines. Three cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the general category however, all projects will also be eligible for typology-specific special mentions. The registration deadline is January 20, 2015 and the registration fee is US$50 per entry. Submissions are due February 1, 2015.

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Austria's Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

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Egyptian Windcatchers Cool Vincent Callebaut's 'The Gate' Residence Inspired By Coral Reefs

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Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

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In the city of Vernal, Utah, midwives and scientists are noticing an alarming trend: in 2010 newborn babies accounted for one in every 95 burials, but by 2013 that rate jumped to one in every 15 burials, with a steady increase in the intervening years. And now researchers are probing a link between this increasing infant mortality rate and increases in oil and gas drilling in the region.

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Multicolor Recycled Shipping Containers Provide a Bright Learning Environment for Kids in South Africa

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Sign This Petition to Help Stop Fracking in National Parks

by , 10/30/14
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Want to help protect your national parks from toxic fracking activities? There’s an opportunity to do so right from your computer screen. Left Action aims to keep the oil and gas industry out of U.S. parks and public lands, and they need you to sign their latest petition. According to Left Action, “The oil and gas industry is already fracking in some national forests like the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. They are also fracking on lands adjacent to national parks like Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California.”

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SPONSORED: Meet Perfection

by , 10/30/14
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From seed to sip, every drop of Absolut Vodka is expertly crafted by generations of farmers and distillers from the small village of Åhus, Sweden —in a region with more than 400 years of superior vodka-making expertise. What’s their secret? High quality, locally sourced ingredients— pristine aquifer water & pure winter wheat (the latter carefully selected in partnership with 450 local farmers).

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Get Ready to Flip Out Over the reCAP Flip Cap Mason Jar Lids, Now on Kickstarter

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Who doesn’t love Mason jars? Not only are they great for canning tomatoes and other preserves at home, they’re also ideal for storing everything from bulk food to craft supplies. The problem with the average Mason jar is the 2-part lid that has to be fussed with—anyone who’s dealt with leaking jars can relate to this all too well. Enter the reCap Flip Cap; the latest member of the reCap family, which solves this problem rather perfectly: it fits onto any sized wide-mouth Mason jar for easy opening and closing, and even has a perforated screen for contents that can be shaken out, like grated cheese, flour, cinnamon sugar, or dried herbs.

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One-Third of Scotland Could Soon Be Powered by the World's Biggest Underwater "Windmill" Tidal Plant

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In between the Scottish mainland and the Orkney Islands lies the Pentland Firth, a turbulent sound with tides that can reach up to a startling 18 miles per hour. That’s a lot of untapped power. MeyGen is taking advantage of all that renewable energy with the installation of the world’s largest tidal power plant, and if everything goes as expected, the underwater windmills could eventually power a full third of Scotland.

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Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Why Building With Bottles Makes Sense

Here at Build Abroad, we have found that it is best to build with local materials. Local materials can vary from mud bricks to bamboo depending on the region, but the one thing they…

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Empathy Garden is an Immersive Space that Combines Sustainable Design with Music and Nature

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Empathy Garden was designed as a hybrid space—a meeting point, a stage for events, and a showcase for farm products. It's a place where people and plants can thrive together in…

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Urban Skärvet Neighborhood Will Have a Lush Park at its Heart in Sweden

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The block is organized around a large, green park and offers different types of housing units – from smaller spaces for students to large apartments for big families with children.…

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Spanish Artist Lucas Munoz Challenges You to Get Some Sweet Air on His Stone Skateboards

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Created out of Munoz's student thesis work, Bastardism, his design method seeks to juxtapose functionality and aesthetics, provoking a curiously strong desire to test the artist's…

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13 Architecture-Themed Costumes Seen at Storefront for Art & Architecture's Halloween Bash

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Stormy weather couldn't keep guests away from dressing to the nines and traveling to the West Village where they entered a fantastical room filled with Christian Wassman air dressing…

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