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Giant colorful lampshades transform Quebec City streets into cozy interior-like spaces

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SilverWoodHouse is an organic remodel that reflects the surrounding seaside

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First residential building at Domino Sugar site breaks ground

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NYC’s Two Trees Management Company broke ground on the first residential building at the Williamsburg waterfront’s Domino Sugar site this week. The 16-story structure, which is part of a $1.5 billion redevelopment plan to transform the old Domino Sugar Factory site into residential towers designed by SHoP Architects, will include 500 apartments, of which roughly 105 will be affordable housing. The larger project also calls for the addition of commercial and retail space to the area as well as a waterfront esplanade and more than 5 acres of new green space for residents to enjoy.

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IKEA launches new furniture that can wirelessly charge your smartphone!

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Gorgeous Black House Blues home accentuates one couple's love of music

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Suspended Dom'Up tree tents look like flying saucers in the forest

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New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

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One creature’s trash may be another creature’s lunch, according to new research out of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, which suggests that some Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution. While researchers continue to study the affect these microplastics could have on coral and marine health, the reefs will likely keep on eating, and thereby cleaning up, our mess.

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9 green tools for a bountiful spring garden

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Amsterdam is out of bicycle parking spaces, so it's building 40,000 more

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You know your bike culture is strong when people are having a hard time finding a place to park their rides – and that’s just what’s happening in Amsterdam right now. The Dutch city is running out of room for the 880,000 bikes that travel – and park – along its canals. In an effort to deal with the problem, Amsterdam is planning to create 40,000 new bike parking spaces by 2030.

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Thousands of recycled plastic bottles decorate this spectacular LED tree in Nottingham

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Sweden's EcoDataCenter plans be the world's first carbon negative data center

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One big downside to the virtual world we’ve created is the amount of energy needed to power the devices and data centers that sustain it. A new data center planned for construction in the Swedish city of Falun could change the game if others follow. EcoDataCenter calls itself “the world’s first climate positive data center,” and it’s designed to have a negative carbon footprint over the course of a year.

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Buddhist monk may have volunteered to be mummified in 1,000-year-old Buddha statue

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Peace comes from within, or so popular Buddhist quotes would have you believe. If that’s the case, this must be one peaceful monk. Scientists learned last week that a 1,000-year-old statue of Buddha actually conceals the remains of a mummified monk. Like many of its kind, the statue in question shows the buddha seated in the lotus position. Upon further inspection, researchers at the Drents Museum in the Netherlands used a non-invasive CT scan to reveal that the statue holds the remains of a human being who, most likely, volunteered to mummified.

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Win a wonder sponge that removes bacteria using just water + a luxurious Coyuchi air-weight bath towel

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Perchloroethylene, triclosan, phthalates and 2-butoxyethanol: You may have never heard of these toxic substances, but they could be all over your home if you use common household cleaners. In fact, many popular cleaning agents and multi-purpose sprays contain chemicals that can make our families sick, which is ironic considering that’s exactly what we’re trying to protect them against by cleaning. The Zabada Handy is a non-toxic cleaning pad that eliminates the need for harmful cleansers by wiping away dirt and removing bacteria using just water. We recently had a chance to take the Zabada Handy and Marvel for a spin as well as Coyuchi’s luxurious line of air-weight organic towels. Read on for our reviews and enter to win your own bathroom prize pack including a towel from Coyuchi’s Air Weight Bath Towel Collection ($48 value), a Zabada Bathroom Handy ($30 value) and a Zabada Bathroom Marvel ($30 value).

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This giveaway is open to USA residents only. The contest will end at midnight on Thursday, March 12th. Good luck everyone!

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FactoryTwentyOne's new Unique Collection is made from oak, mahogany, and recycled pallets

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Sussex-based home accessories company Factorytwentyone recently launched the Unique Collection, a furniture line constructed from cut oak, mahogany, and recycled pallet wood. Each unique piece is individually hand crafted by Factorytwentyone owner Christopher Berry and is made from the byproducts of other Factorytwentyone products. The Unique Cabinet One and the Unique Cabinet Side Table Two are currently available for purchase on the Factorytwentyone website.

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SpaceX rocket lifts off with the world's first all-electric satellites

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday, sending the world’s first all-electric satellites on their way into orbit. The communications satellites, which were built by Boeing, are the first to use all-electric engines to reach and maintain orbit, and without the need to carry heavy loads of fuel, they are significantly lighter than conventional chemical-propulsion satellites.

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

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

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…

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This tiny Dutch garden house was turned into a gorgeous shutter-clad getaway

This tiny Dutch garden house was turned into a gorgeous shutter-clad…

The summer house was built into the footprint of the existing structure using western red cedar, oak, and slate stone. Two glass walls, one hidden beneath retractable shutters, look out…

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9 exceptionally delicious (and easy) vegan meals you can make on a budget

9 exceptionally delicious (and easy) vegan meals you can make on a…

Tofu Scramble in a Whole Wheat Wrap This is a great way to get an energy burst of protein first thing in the morning, and the amounts listed here will serve 2 hearty eaters. Feel free…

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating…

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible…

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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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