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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

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Hobbit-Style Turf Homes: Sustainable Houses that Lasts for Centuries

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How to Build and Maintain a Community House

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There’s a notable difference between a home and a community: a home is a place you’re forced to be; a place where you might not feel like you belong because your family won’t let you use the backyard to create a compost pit. In comparison, a community is a place you want to be; a place where you feel like you belong; a place you can contribute to and grow with. Building a community takes time, but with the right kind of people it can ultimately help you learn and grow as a person.

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9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

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See How This Handy New App Lets You Create Design Concepts Right on Your Smartphone

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A revolutionary new mobile app is offering designers the ability to use their smartphones or tablets to create concepts on-the-go. Board 2.0, from the masterminds at The Morpholio Project, is quickly becoming a staple for design pros, and is a dream come true for Pinterest fiends who want to take their “board” game to the next level. The app lets users stage rooms virtually on their mobile devices, giving designers the ability to create concepts whenever inspiration strikes them. This could mean big news for the future of design, allowing for more inspired and collaborative designs than ever before!

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

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The Unsung Heroes of Urban Design: How Bike Bollards Protect Pedestrians & Property While Providing Bike Parking

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Sometimes the most well-designed and useful objects are the ones you hardly notice at all. Case in point: bike bollards. You’ve probably encountered a bollard at one time or another (they look like heavy, squat posts), but bike bollards are an elevated version of these common structures that perform double duty by protecting buildings and pedestrians from cars while also providing a place for secure bicycle parking. Read on to learn more about these unsung heroes of urban design, and how they better streetscapes in their own quiet but effective way.

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Explore 6 High Line-Inspired Copy Cats Changing Cities Across the Globe

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France's Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

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

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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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5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

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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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How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer's Sweetness

It’s the height of the summer harvest season here in the northern hemisphere, and the southern one will see a huge influx of berries and early spring fruits in the very near future, all of which can be enjoyed in the moment and preserved for later. Produce never tastes as good as when it’s naturally in season (and local!), and the fruits or vegetables we preserve at this time of year will taste so much better than the pallid, imported offerings we’ll find at the supermarket over the winter. Juices are summery delights that are incredibly easy to preserve, as they only require a water bath instead of a pressure-canner, so grab some local produce and get canning!

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

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Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California's Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

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The worst drought in 500 years Most authorities agree that this is the worst drought in the last 500 years, and many believe that it will continue for at least another year –…

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6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

Even though a lot of people may disagree, choices that can help save the environment often save you money as well. By learning from and curbing our regular habits, we can decrease our…

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Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against…

“It feels good to eat your enemies,” says Andrew Deines, a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University, who studies the ecology of invasive organisms. Far from being a…

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