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World’s first hotel run entirely by robots opens in Japan

World’s first hotel run entirely by robots opens in Japan

At the Henn-na Hotel guests check in via an automated system and greet a multi-lingual pretty humanoid robot or a vile-looking dinosaur. Other robots in the lobby welcome visitors serving coffee or

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Giant mysterious ‘chicken church’ roosts atop a hill in the Indonesian jungle

Giant mysterious ‘chicken church’ roosts atop a hill in the Indonesian jungle

Deep in the Indonesian jungle, a giant chicken roosts atop a hill. But this huge bird doesn’t peck at the ground or lay eggs. The enormous chicken-shaped building was hatched by a Jakarta man who claims

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Hankook’s airless car tires should hit the market very, very soon

Hankook’s airless car tires should hit the market very, very soon

We are in the midst of a generational shift in environmentally friendly vehicles with electric cars becoming more of a practical reality each day, yet there are also other innovations being perfected,

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Floating villas with submerged bedrooms let you sleep under the sea

Floating villas with submerged bedrooms let you sleep under the sea

The market for luxury living at sea will soon no longer be cornered by yacht industries, as an Asian firm is seeking commission to build standalone villas that float pontoon-style on the sea. Complete

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Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

The best way to start to get a grasp of how huge and busy the Bolivian capital is, it's from one of the gleaming flying pods. Measuring 6.2 miles long, the system currently has three lines (red, yellow

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Hydro Hammock turns a relaxing camping trip into a hot tub party

Hydro Hammock turns a relaxing camping trip into a hot tub party

(embed video from Kickstarter page) Hot tubs can utilize hundreds of gallons of water, need regular maintenance, and require the use of often-harsh chemicals - not so easy on the environment or the

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Shrinking Lake Mead reveals surprising treasures as Southwest drought deepens

Shrinking Lake Mead reveals surprising treasures as Southwest drought deepens

Although the California drought is a scary nightmare for many throughout the Southwest, and the once mighty Lake Mead is no longer so mighty, a strange benefit of the receding waters is bringing tourists

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Bolivia’s charming Wiracocha offers pilgrims a thatched adobe refuge

Bolivia’s charming Wiracocha offers pilgrims a thatched adobe refuge

We found out about Wiracocha because its owner, Alfonso Choque Tricona, was also the captain of the boat that took us from Copacabana right across to the island. But instead of sailing, he spent most of

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Crystalline Skylodge offers sky-high accommodations above Peru’s Sacred Valley

Crystalline Skylodge offers sky-high accommodations above Peru’s Sacred Valley

Getting to one of the Skylodge Adventure Suites is the first challenge. Visitors must scale the 1,300 feet up to where their accommodations are dangling, or use a zipline to hike the ascent. The approach

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The Bringley bike is car alternative for busy urban environments

The Bringley bike is car alternative for busy urban environments

The Bringley model is designed to work as a car alternative in modern urban environments, whilst being compact enough to fit in a normal domestic elevator and be stored in an apartment hallway. Each bike

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Bright and bold QUO shipping container mall springs up in Buenos Aires

Bright and bold QUO shipping container mall springs up in Buenos Aires

QUO Container Center is a bold and bright idea by architect Cecilia Bertezzolo, founder of BZZ Arquitectura, and built by EcoSan.  It is situated in a leafy up and coming small town, and hour and a half

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Google’s RideWith takes on Uber in Israel

Google’s RideWith takes on Uber in Israel

Look out Uber, the mighty Gorg is on your tail. Google is now entering the “hire a ride” business with RideWith, a chance for you to pay to carpool with someone else. Or vice versa. Using their Waze

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Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

With the population booming and housing expansion taking place in all corners of the world, catching wind of a swanky new high-rise in a distant land can lead to some raised eyebrows. The EcoSky living

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Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

Traveling cross-country is an adventurer’s dream, but it often means you have to adjust to lower comfort levels. Conqueror Australia is set to bust that myth with a camper trailer that features almost

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The Great Wall of China is slowly disappearing

The Great Wall of China is slowly disappearing

The Great Wall of China is one of the most awe-inspiring manmade structures in the world. Paradoxically, people are noticing that it is showing signs of decay and collapse at the hand of its maker. The

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China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is a land known for its beauty, but also a lack of practices by which to protect that beauty. The times are a’slowly changing, though, and Chinese officials are making a commitment to protect at

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This crazy sci-fi waterslide is like sliding through a trippy wormhole

This crazy sci-fi waterslide is like sliding through a trippy wormhole

https://youtu.be/KBP7LMfhB6k Like the wet version of Disneyland's Space Mountain, this waterslide is a journey through darkened tubes lit by trippy colorful strips and spinning star-like lights, all

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Google’s self-driving “Koala” cars hit California roads

Google’s self-driving “Koala” cars hit California roads

As 2015 speeds by, now so will Google’s self-driving prototypes, adorably referred to as “Koala” cars, albeit at a safe and steady 25 mph. It has been a few months since the announcement that

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The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a Coast Guard lighthouse

The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a Coast Guard lighthouse

This ex-Coast Guard light station located off the coast of North Carolina once helped ships avoid the nearby shallow areas, but today it functions as an extreme hotel with eight ocean-facing rooms. The

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Hanging spherical lodge is a treetop retreat in Laos

Hanging spherical lodge is a treetop retreat in Laos

Spherical eco-lodges that hang from the trees could allow eco-tourists to observe and immerse themselves in the flora and fauna in the Nam Et-Phou Louey Biodiversity Conservation Area in northern Laos.

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CasaBubble’s inflatable prefab domes let you enjoy 360 degree views of nature in comfort

CasaBubble’s inflatable prefab domes let you enjoy 360 degree views of nature in comfort

The term 'glamping' has come into relative prominence in recent times to describe the phenomenon of glamorous camping—encountering nature in comfort, sleeping in stylishly designed structures. And while

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Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

The Tree Tent is the culmination of three years of work and research into sustainable shelter systems, fabric structures and timber engineering by Luminair. The company sought to create an easily

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PHOTOS: Step inside the world’s largest bamboo maze!

PHOTOS: Step inside the world’s largest bamboo maze!

It takes 1 second to get in and at least 2 hours to find your way out of the world's largest maze. This is the unique and appealing experience offered by the Labirinto della Masone officially, which

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Airbnb makes it easy for architecture fans to sleep in style with their favorite architects

Airbnb makes it easy for architecture fans to sleep in style with their favorite architects

Picture Cookie-cutter hotels can be the bane of a travelling architecture buff's existence: all those awkward proportions and functional but formless spaces can really get on your nerves. Airbnb is

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Is Bhutan the world’s most eco-friendly travel destination?

Is Bhutan the world’s most eco-friendly travel destination?

THIMPHU, BHUTAN--My first meal in the land of Gross National Happiness was prepared by Five Diamond star chef Mario Fernandez, of Aman Resorts. When asked point blank whether GNH is indeed a measurement

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Airbnb and other rentals linked to more frequent evictions in San Francisco neighborhoods

Airbnb and other rentals linked to more frequent evictions in San Francisco neighborhoods

According to a report released by Budget Analyst Harvey Rose, between 950 and 1,960 units in San Francisco have been removed from the housing market by hosts like AirBnB and VRBO renting out entire units

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ZOKU Amsterdam is an innovative loft-like space that spells the end of the hotel room as we know it

ZOKU Amsterdam is an innovative loft-like space that spells the end of the hotel room as we know it

ZOKU's loft-like innovative concept of making global living easier comes just at the right time, as more people are going nomad and working remotely. Designed for traveling professionals to live, work and

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SpaceX retro travel posters make Mars look like the ultimate vacation destination

SpaceX retro travel posters make Mars look like the ultimate vacation destination

Elon Musk started SpaceX to get to Mars. Simple as that. That elusive red planet holds a lot of allure for the man who wants to help us all ditch the power grid. SpaceX, and certainly Musk himself, wants

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Build a personalized world map for your wall that chronicles your travels, one country at a time

Build a personalized world map for your wall that chronicles your travels, one country at a time

The designers at Bold Tuesday have developed a clever “analog” version of everyday apps that record the countries one has visited: one that can be mounted on the wall and updated as you work your way

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Designers build rural Chinese resort around mystical hot springs

Designers build rural Chinese resort around mystical hot springs

The resort buildings are constructed with the simplest of materials: glass, stone, wood, and pebbles. Walkways between the buildings are experiences in and of themselves, both graveled and paved with

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