New study links increased stroke risk to NY air pollution

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According to new findings from the NYU Langone Medical Center, high levels of air pollution can cause the arteries in the head and neck to narrow (Carotid Artery Stenosis), limiting oxygen to the brain and potentially triggering a stroke. The study, conducted by Dr. Jonathon Newman, examined 30,000 New York area residents and found that the risk of oxgyen shortage to the brain increases by nearly 25% in the most polluted areas of the state.

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Climbers on Mt. Everest have caused a really crappy problem

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Summiting Mount Everest is one of the greatest achievements in the world. However, so many people are attempting to conquer the world’s highest mountain that the peak is now covered in human waste, mainly excrement. It has become such a problem that Nepal’s mountaineering association believes the amount of human waste could cause pollution and spread disease.

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Design a tiny home community to help fight homelessness and you could win $1,500!

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Unused vacant land and homelessness are two major problems faced by almost every city in the world. To address these issues, the AIA North Carolina Activate14 committee and the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness launched the 2015 Tiny Home Community Ideas Competition. Open to designers, architects, and students from around the world, the competition seeks ideas for a twelve-unit community of low-cost, prefab tiny homes to be located on 4 vacant lots in Raleigh, North Carolina. The goal of the competition is to “generate innovative micro-housing communities that can repair and enliven our social fabric and help people transition out of homelessness.” The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize. There is a registration fee of $50 and registration ends May 22, 2015. The submission deadline is May 31, 2015.


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New documents prove leading climate change denier was paid $1.2M by fossil fuel companies to fuel "debate" about global warming

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For years “scientist” Wei-Hock Soon has attempted to convince the public that the earth’s warming climate is caused by variations in the sun’s energy instead of carbon emissions. Now new documents prove that Soon was paid by fossil fuel companies to lie about climate change. Over the last 14 years, Soon accepted $1.2 million from energy companies in exchange for his “scientific proof” that claims dirty energy is not the primary cause of global warming.

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"Moneyless man" Mark Boyle builds the world's first free pub

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Mark Boyle, better known as the “Moneyless man“, is bringing his message of unconditional giving to a permaculture project in Ireland called An Teach Saor; Gaeilge for “the free house.” When it’s complete, Boyle’s community center will offer workshops and lectures; food from the on-site orchards, gardens, and greenhouses; performances; accommodation; and a pub called The Happy Pig—the majority of which won’t cost guests a dime.

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VIDEO: Google's new California headquarters is a greenhouse utopia by BIG and Heatherwick

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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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Senate fails to override Obama's Keystone XL veto

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The Senate put one more nail in the Keystone XL Pipeline’s coffin yesterday when it failed to override President Obama’s veto of the project last week. With a two-thirds majority needed for the override to succeed, the Senate only managed to get 62 votes in favor of an override, with 37 votes going toward sustaining the veto.

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Tropical Swiss Thai House wraps a reclaimed wood deck around an azure pool

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Infamous climate change denier Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon gets funding pulled amid bribery scandal

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It looks like financial backers are abandoning Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon after documents were released that proved the prominent U.S. climate change denier accepted $1.2M from oil and gas companies in exchange for lying about the causes of climate change. Exxon Mobil and the American Petroleum Institute were among the sources of funding revealed by the documents, and now companies like that are questioning whether they should continue their relationship with Soon.

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Nation’s first luxury, custom tiny home builder lets you live large in small spaces

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Anti-pollution documentary goes viral in China, gaining over 155 million hits in one day

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Millions have viewed a stark, simple 104-minute documentary by Chinese journalist and mother Chai Jing since she uploaded it to popular video-sharing site Youku last week. Titled “Under the Dome,” the documentary captures the filmmaker’s experience as a concerned parent living among the dense smog of Beijing, and investigates the sources of the devastating pollution. The documentary quickly gripped China, receiving over 20 million views by Monday morning, and prompting an outpouring of concerned comments and shared outrage in a nation where the media is strictly controlled. As of the time of writing, the video has been viewed more than 155 million times.

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What do Robert Moses and Batman have in common? A lot, according to this new graphic novel

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Locals could commute in Edmonton using ice skates and sleds on the new Freezeway

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Mecanoo completes the new Delft train station

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Cabin 2 is a gorgeous contemporary extension to a mid-century holiday retreat

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INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping…

INHABITAT: What obstacles did you face in figuring out your design process, and what methods did you try before arriving at Pooktre? POOKTRE: There are many trees in our valley that…

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Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

The 100-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled…

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Gorgeous Hawaiian school features an outdoor auditorium and reef pool so no child is left indoors

Gorgeous Hawaiian school features an outdoor auditorium and reef pool…

This multi-building campus features at its heart a winged-canopy open air auditorium, where students gather for announcements, assemblies, and other events. The eight-paneled pavilion…

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SoNo Arhitekti Unveils Prismatic Slovenia Pavilion for the 2015 World Expo

SoNo Arhitekti Unveils Prismatic Slovenia Pavilion for the 2015 World…

SoNo Arhiteki won the bid to design the Slovenian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the expo's theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," SoNo Arhiteki based their…

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3D-printed “Cool Brick” cools a room using only water

3D-printed “Cool Brick” cools a room using only water

Emerging Objects, frontrunners in the 3D printing industry, has developed a 3D printed ceramic “Cool Brick” that uses nothing but water to cool homes in hot, dry climates. This is…

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