This Gigantic Solar Hourglass Could Power 1,000 Dutch Homes

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MVRDV's Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

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The UK's First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

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The UK’s first floating solar farm was just installed in Berkshire. The floating array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200W. The project cost £250,000 ($405,400) and has been installed on a reservoir at Sheeplands Farm near Wargrave. Farm owner, Mark Bennett, has partnered with floating solar pioneers Ciel et Terre, and hopes to spur interest in applying the technology on reservoirs throughout the UK.

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First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in the United States

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For the first time, a patient has been diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Although patients have been treated in the U.S. before, they had been diagnosed outside of the country and brought to America for treatment. But a Dallas hospital announced today that one patient, who had been traveling abroad, was confirmed with the disease while residing in the country.

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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei's Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

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California Just Signed the Nation's First State-Level Plastic Bag Ban Into Law!

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California Governor Jerry Brown just signed the nation’s first state-level ban on plastic bags into law! Several cities across the United States have already outlawed plastic grocery bags, but this is the first time a bag ban has been signed into law on the state level. The new measure is a big step forward for waste reduction and the preservation of the environment, and it sends a clear signal to consumers and manufacturers about the consequences of using non-renewable materials for packaging.

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The World's Tallest Vertical Garden Lives and Breathes in Sydney

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Zinc-Clad Leaning House Tilts Upwards to Let in Buckets of Sunlight

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Half the World's Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

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The World Wildlife Fund‘s annual Living Planet Report surveys over 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The 2014 report has just been released and it shows populations of wild vertebrate species declined 52 percent between 1970 and 2010. The report points the finger at habitat loss and destruction and the exploitation of animal populations as the primary causes of the die-off. The effects of climate change are also having a significant impact and are anticipated to have an even greater impact in the future. While the WWF admits the report “is not for the faint-hearted,” they hope that the information will prove useful so “humanity can make better choices that translate into clear benefits for ecology, society and the economy today and in the long term.”

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New Biomass Plant for the UK Looks Like a Giant Green Volcano

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This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

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Meet Nixie, the World's First Wearable Drone

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The selfie just went airborne thanks to Nixie, a drone you can wear on your wrist like a watch! According to the inventor, with just a simple gesture, the drone takes off, turns its camera to you to snap a video and returns to your wrist, letting you capture those moments where a simple selfie just won’t do.

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Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

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Canada’s Hayley Todesco has developed a method to speed up the detoxification of oil sands tailings ponds using 5th grade science. The 18-year-old Google Science Fair 2014 finalist won a $25,000 scholarship for her idea, which involves using sand filters to accelerate the biodegradation of toxic naphthenic acids.

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire Distillery

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Germany's Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country's 2014 Green Roof Prize

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The oldest green roof association in the world, FBB (Fachvereiningung für Bauwerksbegruenung e.V.), has awarded a prize for Green Roof of the Year 2014 to a 30-year-old green roof atop the Allianz Insurance Company in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1981, Allianz decided to build their local headquarters in the heart of Stuttgart, and its green roof was designed and created by a team consisting of Jörg Breuning, CEO at Green Roof Service LLC/Green Roof Technology, architecture firm Brümmendorf, Müller, Murr, Reichmann, and landscape architect Prof. Hans Luz. The team worked together to lower the environmental footprint of the building by utilizing porous pavements for the green roofs. 30 years later, the greenery is still growing strong, and is a model inspiration for similar buildings around the world.

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"What's That Smell?": Artist Kate McLean Creates a Smellmap of NYC

Let's face it: NYC stinks. Garbage, dog poop, sewage...that guy squished up next to you on the train who forgot to wear deodorant (lucky you). You might not be able to avoid the stank…

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