Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks!

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Ryan McNaught, aka, The Brickman, was recently commissioned by the Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia to recreate the ancient city of Pompeii entirely from LEGO bricks! The exhibit, now on display in the museum, shows how Pompeii looked at the moment of destruction in A.D 79, how it looked when it was discovered in the 1700′s, and how it looks today.

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Tiny, beautifully detailed children’s playhouse is made from locally milled spruce in Finland

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Nominate a socially responsible design to win $100K in the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

by , 01/27/15
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The Buckminster Fuller Challenge just launched their 2015 search for “socially responsible design’s highest award”—and they want your help in the nomination process. Every year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute awards a $100,000 cash prize to a deserving project with significant potential to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems. Previous winners include the Living Building Challenge and Operation Hope, a project that reverses desertification in Africa. If you’d like to recommend a visionary project to the 2015 visionary project, keep reading for more details.


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Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

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Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

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World's largest candy carpet made from 13 tonnes of sweets pops up in Chengdu, China

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Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded as PDFs

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OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge into a High Line-style park

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Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

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A striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from harsh Swiss winters

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X-rays allow researchers to read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago

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An ancient scroll buried beneath Mount Vesuvius has been read without ever having been opened. The scroll, which found with other items in Herculaneum—a town near Pompeii that was destroyed by the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE—was preserved by the hot gas and ash of the volcano.

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Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere

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A team of students at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco has developed autonomous, mobile 3D printing robots that could some day be put to work building in outlying areas. The Swarmscapers, as the small robots are called, are capable of traversing difficult terrain and they work with found materials to build shapes and structures. Some day, these little robots could be used to construct entire buildings.

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How Cameroon's exploding "killer lakes" claimed over 1,700 lives

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In 1986, Cameroon’s Lake Nyos was the scene of an extraordinary and devastating natural disaster. The lake quite literally exploded, releasing 80 million cubic meters of carbon dioxide in just 20 seconds, which caused the suffocation deaths of 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock. The lake experienced what is known as a limnic eruption. Lake Nyos is not the only body of water in the region to carry properties that lead some to term them “killer lakes,” but scientists are working to ensure that this never happens again.

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kraftwerk is a fuel cell-powered portable charger that fits in your pocket

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kraftwerk is a tiny fuel cell power plant that can charge your electronic devices no matter where you go. The handheld device can keep your tablets, phones and cameras running off-grid for weeks. The breakthrough technology runs on butane (or your choice of environmentally friendly fuels) and when you are done with the device, it is completely recyclable. Right now, the project is looking for funding on Kickstarter, where it has already beat its goal, and the clever technology has drawn attention from Samsung and Apple.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year with Feng Shui

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This year, Chinese New Year falls on Thursday, February 19th in 2015. We say goodbye to the horse and welcome the year of the wood sheep. There are magnificent parades, dancing in the streets, dragon costumes all around, and the entire continent of Asia is in celebration. But what is Chinese New Year all about?  This momentous occasion marks the beginning of spring in the Lunar calendar, a time for new beginnings and renewal. To ring in this new year, why not make some feng shui adjustments to bring some balance to your home? Feng shui is an Asian art of placement — or as I like to say, the original “green design”. Through observing and shifting the built environment, feng shui teaches us how to live in harmony with nature. Keep reading to learn more.

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NYC farmer Annie Novak shares the ins & outs of rooftop farming in the winter

NYC farmer Annie Novak shares the ins & outs of rooftop farming in the…

Photo © Jackie Snow for Wilder Quarterly, used with permission. This article was originally published in February 2012. Rooftop farming during the winter may seem like a bleak…

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US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

The first day of talks between President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seen the two leaders agree to some renewable energy policies in the developing nation,…

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Make snow tires for your bike with zip ties!

Make snow tires for your bike with zip ties!

Take that bike out of snow storage, people -- the folks at Dutch Bike Co. have a handy way to give your two-wheeled ride some snow tires for cheap -- all you need are zip ties! The…

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Aqua Design's breathtaking vertical gardens weave majestic green tapestries in NYC

Aqua Design's breathtaking vertical gardens weave majestic green…

By developing a unique preserved green wall system (a trade secret that they hold dear to their hearts), Kosovsky and his team of experts create bio walls that require no water,…

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Can Ford's new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone?

Can Ford's new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars…

Ford has announced the opening of its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, which will help Ford accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in…

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