Zootopia: BIG Unveils Bold Plan to Build the World's Most Animal-Friendly Zoo

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Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

by , 07/31/14

It’s happening! After much speculation, Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors have struck a formal agreement over the Japanese company’s manufacture and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer’s first Gigafactory. Under the terms of the deal, Panasonic will make initial investments of between $200–300 million, with eventual investment reaching around $1 billion of the anticipated $5 billion cost of the project.

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Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

by , 07/31/14

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A new report warns that in less than three decades, the United States (and the rest of the world) could face a full-blown water crisis if we don’t change the way we generate power. As the population increases, so does water consumption and power usage. Right now, energy production is the biggest water guzzler in the country – slurping 41% of all freshwater. Unless the country moves to less water-hungry power sources like wind and solar by 2030, water needs could grow to the point where there is a huge gap between what is needed and what is available, plunging the planet into a water crisis.

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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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Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

by , 07/31/14
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It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory Coast recently had the opportunity to do just that when they tasted the chocolate made with their beans for the first time. A correspondent from Metropolis TV visited the farmers and gave them their first-ever chocolate bar – hit the jump to see a video of their reaction.

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NAS Architecture's Spectacular 'Breath Box' Reflects the Landscape With 345 Mirrors

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

by , 07/31/14

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It's Important to Say Goodbye to Your Old Incandescent Light Bulbs

by , 07/31/14

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Governments around the world are gradually phasing out the energy-inefficient incandescent light bulb, but many homeowners have yet to make the switch. To help break down the differences between light bulbs and explain how buying more energy efficient alternatives is a sound economic and environmental investment, Angie’s List put together an infographic that covers everything from the definition of a lumen to the a cost comparison of electricity output. Read on to see all the illuminating reasons why it’s important to say goodbye to your old incandescent light bulbs!

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Mysterious Sinkholes Found at the Construction Site of Korea's Largest Tower

by , 07/31/14
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Sinkholes have appeared at the construction site of the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, the Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed skyscraper set to become the tallest structure on the Korean peninsula. At first, the appearance of holes has been reported on two roads close to the site-half a meter wide and 20 centimeters deep. Now it appears the adjacent lake is shrinking.

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

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Lucid Design's Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

by , 07/31/14

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Lucid Design just unveiled a full-sized bicycle that fits into a tiny backpack! The lightweight bike can be broken down into 21 parts that fit snugly within a high quality circular bag. The Kit Bike is perfect for those who travel often and want to bring their bike along on planes, trains, and buses.

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Can Zappos Billionaire Transform Downtown Las Vegas into a Sustainable Urban Center?

by , 07/31/14
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Back in the 1940s, an entrepreneur named Bugsy Siegel had big dreams for a shimmering oasis in the heart of the Mojave desert, and from his vision, the Las Vegas as we know it today was born. 70 years later the heart of the city is crumbling, but another visionary has appeared with an entirely new dream for the struggling downtown area. Today, Zappos billionaire Tony Hsieh is working hard along with the Downtown Partnership to change Sin City into a flourishing, sustainable urban center.

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

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Artemide's Flat-Pack Copernico Pendant is a Heliocentric Starburst of LED Light

by , 07/31/14

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Artemide’s Copernico Luminaire is an out-of-this-world pendant lamp that consists of nine concentric rings stamped from a single plate of lightweight aluminum. 384 white LEDs line the rings, which rotate independently on two different axes, enabling the light emission to be directed and numerous spatial configurations to be obtained. Corpernico was designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua, who drew inspiration from the heliocentric theory of Nicolaus Copernicus.

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What's a Pop-Up Cornfield Doing in the Heart of Milan?

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Commuter X4: Powerful Strap-on Fiber Optic Light Makes Cyclists Super Visible at Night

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Cyclists don't ever have to worry about riding at night again! Veglo’s award-winning safety light, the Commuter X4, is a fiber optic light worn over cyclists’ shoulders to create a…

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Tree Rings Unlock Mystery of Strange Ship Found Beneath World Trade Center Site

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In July 2010, excavators digging up the World Trade Center site to build a new foundation found a mysterious seafaring ship buried under hundreds of feet of dirt. The unexpected…

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DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

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The supple branches of willow trees are a prime material to start with. We’ve all seen baskets woven from willow branches, but it’s possible to weave the branches while they're…

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Check Out This Giant Map of NYC Neighborhoods Made From Hundreds of Smaller Maps

Check Out This Giant Map of NYC Neighborhoods Made From Hundreds of…

It's rare to see anyone using paper maps nowadays since we've become so accustomed to pulling up directions on our phones. But for artist Martin McCormack, creator of The Great NYC…

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Summer Streets NYC Will Once Again Ban Cars from 7 Miles of Manhattan in August

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NYC's annual Summer Streets festival is returning once again this August to turn almost 7 miles of Manhattan into a car-less haven for pedestrians. Residents, visitors and tourists…

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