Mobile House of 28 Hammocks Allows Visitors to 'Hang' for Free in Vienna

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Who Put This Mysterious Little Living Room on One of NYC's Most Deserted Islands?

by , 07/27/14
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Has someone turned New York’s North Brother Island into their own personal outdoor living room? Kayaker Jamie Roderick recently shared the mysterious set-up he spied on the 13-acre islet off the Bronx with The Gothamist, and it’s really got us wondering.

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Tour Kickstarter's Beautiful New Green-Roofed Headquarters Inside an Old Pencil Factory

by , 07/27/14
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Why Did This Chinese River Turn Blood Red Overnight?

by , 07/27/14
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Perplexed citizens and officials of a city in eastern China are curious about the mysterious transformation of their local river. China has experienced these red rivers before when the water gets polluted, but so far, officials say no industrial chemical dumps have taken place. Illegal dumping hasn’t yet been ruled out, however. Follow the link to learn more about the river’s weird change.

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

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

by , 07/27/14

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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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Is Another High Line Park Coming to This Manhattan Garbage Station?

by , 07/27/14
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New York’s High Line has helped liven up Manhattan’s West Side and soon another elevated park could do the same for a garbage station on the Upper East Side. The NY Daily News reports that the city is considering a proposal to dress up the Asphalt Green complex with a planted roof. The plan would also convert a curved elevated ramp currently used by 500 garbage trucks into a green walkway modeled after the High Line.

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

by , 07/27/14

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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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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

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DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

by , 07/27/14
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We’re still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated, we’ve been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets, but it’s always fun to try something new, right? If you’ve never had horchata, it’s certainly worth the bit of effort required to make it. Although a hot version of this drink is popular in autumn for El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) this gorgeous Mexican beverage is just as perfect for summer barbecues, beach lounging, and days spent reading in the sunshine.

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How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

by , 07/27/14
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Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible, baby blue blood – are used to test for bacterial contamination, thus saving countless lives each year during medical procedures. The only trouble is, we have to catch a quarter of a million horseshoe crabs each year to do this, and then we have to drain their blood.

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World's First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

by , 07/27/14

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Proving that there’s life beyond the dumpster for wasted food, a U.K. store just became the first in the country to be totally powered by leftovers. The Guardian reports that a Sainsbury’s store in the West Midlands of the U.K. is set to leave the national power grid in favor of food power created through the anaerobic digestion of food scraps – via a partnership with waste recycling company Biffa.

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Ambitious Teenager Sicily Kolbeck Builds Tiny 128-Sq.-Ft. Home for $10,000

by , 07/27/14
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The youngest tiny house builder on record recently completed building her micro-home for just $10,000! Ambitious fourteen-year-old Sicily Kolbeck started constructing her 128-square-foot home two years ago as part of a school project and decked out the cozy dwelling with a loft bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. She received help along the way from her successful Indiegogo campaign as well as from community members in the burgeoning tiny house movement. Click through to see Sicily give a tour of her wonderful new abode!

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Herman Miller Buys Design Within Reach for a Cool $154 Million

by , 07/26/14

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Herman Miller and Design Within Reach (DWR) are some of the biggest names in the modern furniture world – and they are about to join forces to create one glorious design behemoth. Herman Miller recently announced plans to purchase DWR for a cool $154 million in cash, which will nab Herman Miller an 84% controlling interest in the furnishing company.

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Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

by , 07/26/14
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You might have thought that the bubonic plague was ancient history, but last week a man in Yumen, China died of the disease, prompting the country to seal off an entire city in order to stop it from spreading. The man contracted the disease after coming in contact with a dead marmot that was carrying the bacteria. Now, about 30,000 people in Yumen have been placed under quarantine and no one is being let in or out of the city.

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Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows Them Whole

Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows…

Before building the seaworthy version, Bob constructed a prototype of the house on family land in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It's also managed to survive the test of time, but suffers from…

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India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment

India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth…

India’s government is killing two birds with one stone by hiring youth to plant two billion trees along highways throughout the country. The plan to put as many as 300,000 youth to…

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Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline's Third Annual Anti-Gala Fundraiser

Spike Jonze and Lena Dunham to Host Lowline's Third Annual Anti-Gala…

The LowLine could be the world's first underground park--if it gets the funding to happen. Promoted as New York City’s next revolutionary green space, the design concept flips the…

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7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food Forest

7 Easily Propagated Fruits for Transforming Your Backyard into a Food…

Fruit trees cost anywhere from $20 to $100, which can be cost-prohibitive for some, especially if you’re looking to establish a neighborhood-scale orchard. Some people attempt to grow…

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Rejuvenate Your Wardrobe with the Swash System by P&G and Whirlpool

Rejuvenate Your Wardrobe with the Swash System by P&G and…

We might not have flying cars yet but we are getting a step closer to living like the Jetsons. Soon you'll be able to skip the dry cleaners and use this compact home clothing-care…

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