Stunning Sculptural Sound Walls Sweep Across Melbourne's Freeway

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These clever backpacks charge your devices with built-in solar power

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Everyone has experienced the frustration of being on the go and needing to use your phone, only to find that it is completely dead. Project Solaire is changing that with these innovative solar backpacks. These simple packs capture sunlight as you go about your day so that you can charge your smartphone, camera or tablet when you need them most.

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Fly through Ecuador's cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

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New study shows that hand-washing dishes may help prevent allergies

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Could dishwashers cause allergies? A recent study found that children who come from homes where dishes are washed by hand have fewer allergies than those in homes where the dishes are washed by machine. Although the research is still in its infant stages, it is an interesting starting point for solving modern allergies.

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There's so much snow in the US and Canada that people are digging snow tunnels to get around

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Scientists Create World's First Self-Healing Plastic

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Spanish scientists have developed the world’s first self-healing polymer – a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention. Nicknamed “Terminator” after the shape-shifting T-100 robot in the film “Terminator 2,” the polymer could be used to help everyday items last longer through normal wear and tear. This could reduce the amount of broken products sent to landfills and help avoid costly repairs. Check out a video of the plastic in action after the jump.

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Leandro Erlich Unveils Gravity-Defying Floating Room in France!

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Five mile Hyperloop test track to be constructed in California

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Just two years ago, Elon Musk proposed a new 700mph mass transit solution called the Hyperloop, and now it has taken a big step closer to becoming a reality. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a company inspired by Musk’s idea has just signed a deal to build a five mile test track in central California. The track will be built at a cost of $100 million, and is expected to be operational in 2019.

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Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

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What once used to be a thriving farming community in India, teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families that used to live in the village of Ramdegi in central India’s Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve made the decision to give their land back to nature. Part of an ongoing effort by the Indian government to reduce conflict with wildlife, the reserve is now free for a plethora of life to flourish.

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

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There’s a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change – but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set to impact the physical, biological and ecological life support systems on which human health depends. The infographic below outlines the various ways climate change will affect our health, and the ways in which the healthcare system needs to adapt to deal with these effects.

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VIDEO: Google is building a giant bubble in Mountain View!

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Earlier in the week, we brought you news that Heatherwick Studio and BIG are collaborating on the design of Google’s new Mountain View campus. And now, Google has just published a video in which the two architecture stars discuss their plans for the upcoming Googleplex, and give a sneak peek at renderings for and models of what looks to be a stunning biosphere-filled utopia for the Silicon Valley giant.

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Elkebana's fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

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China announces one-year ban on ivory imports

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In response to growing criticism of Chinese demand for ivory, China’s State Forestry Administration has announced a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings. The continued demand for ivory, for which China is the world’s largest market, has decimated the African elephant population, with one elephant killed every 15 minutes for its tusks. While some animal rights’ groups have hailed China’s temporary ban as a step in the right direction, it has also been criticized as nothing more than “window dressing” that fails to address the larger problems of ivory demand.

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What happened to Architecture For Humanity?

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Nonprofit architecture firm Architecture for Humanity rallied the world around the cause of humanitarian design, inspiring designers and idealists everywhere with the idea that design can make a difference in improving people’s lives. That’s why, when AFH announced their closure several weeks ago, there was a collective gasp heard round the world – followed by tears and much water-cooler speculation about the question on everyone’s mind: “WHY?”

Architecture for Humanity, one of the foremost humanitarian building initiatives in history, shut down operations on January 1st, 2015. Despite the significant public funding and grants that it received over the past 15 years, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy and cited “serious funding challenges” as the reason. So, what happened?

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HWKN unveils designs for University of Pennsylvania’s bold Pennovation Center

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LAST CHANCE: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year!

LAST CHANCE: Win a DIY Feng Shui prize pack for Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is just a few days away and, according to Feng Shui principles, now's the time to get your home in order for 2015. During this time of renewal, we can think of no…

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Google investing $300 million in SolarCity to finance 25,000 residential solar installations

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Installing solar panels on your home just makes sense; they turn empty space into green power. One thing stopping some from taking the plunge could be the cost of installing a system,…

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Bulgaria's National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with historic architecture

Bulgaria's National Museum complex fuses sustainable design with…

In lieu of their recent accession to the European Union, Bulgaria has commissioned Yanko Apostolov Architects to design a gorgeous new National Museum Complex to house the country’s…

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Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps, blenders, and more

Maya Pedal transforms old bikes into pedal-powered water pumps,…

We've seen some incredible innovations in bicycle technology lately - from self-charging components such as the Copenhagen Wheel to designer fixies by Diesel. But what happens to these…

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MAP: Citi Bike reveals new station locations in Williamsburg and Greenpoint

MAP: Citi Bike reveals new station locations in Williamsburg and…

North Brooklyn residents who've been waiting with bated breath for news about Citi Bike's expansion into the area will be pleased to learn that the locations of the planned stations are…

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