California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

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As California’s drought deepens, state regulators just accepted a historic offer by a group of farmers to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 25 percent. Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are giving up some of the water that is historically theirs to use, so long as the state does not impose deeper mandatory cuts in the future. The delta is a major part of California’s water system, and the fertile land around it produces nearly half of the fruits and vegetables grown in the United States.

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Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

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California Assembly votes to ban all products with toxic plastic microbeads

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California has just voted in favor of what could become the strictest ban in the U.S. on all products that contain plastic microbeads—the tiny gritty flecks found in a wide array of toothpastes and exfoliating body washes. Microbeads are typically smaller than five millimeters in diameter, but are a significant source of water pollution, with one jar of facial cleanser containing up to 300,000 tiny plastic pieces that wash down drains and accumulate in lakes, rivers and oceans. The bill to ban microbeads from California was passed this morning by the state assembly by 58 votes to 11, and must now pass the senate in order for it to go into effect as law on January 1, 2020.

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28 inspiring lighting designs from New York Design Week

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This Star Wars retrofitted R2D2 Volkswagen van is just the droid you're looking for

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The classic Volkswagen Camper Van has been given custom paint jobs for almost as long as it’s been around. Admittedly, the vast majority of those alterations done by the free-loving, tie-dyed and Deadhead crowds. But mimaki cg60—an Instructables user in Brazil—had slightly different plans for his family’s beaten up VW; as he puts it, after a marathon viewing of Star Wars he found exactly the droid he was looking for. About 50 hours of Photoshop work went into recreating all of R2-D2‘s various components, which were then printed onto vinyl to provide a modular custom car wrap. The project isn’t quite finished yet—so if you have thoughts on hubcaps, or whether or not a Millennium Falcon should be added atop the bus, head over to mimaki cg60′s Instructables page!

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Rent a herd of goats on Amazon to mow your lawn

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Amazon never ceases to amaze us with their product and service offerings. Sure, they started out as a speedy way to get cheap books, but those days are a faint memory as their lineup has expanded to include groceries, streaming movies, and a host of other necessities and not-so-necessary things. Now, you can turn to Amazon for your lawncare needs as well, using their Hire a Goat Grazer service to rent a herd of goats to mow your lawn.

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Gianluca Gelmini transforms a medieval tower into a modern library space in Italy

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This solar-powered 'water ATM' provides fresh drinking water in troubled areas

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Pakistan is short on water, but soon, people in need will be able to scan a card and get clean drinking water, right out of a machine. What’s better is that this ‘water ATM’ is completely solar-powered, making it easy to install just about anywhere water is needed.

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This stunning Argentinian house is buried under a sacred Patagonian site

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Trekkie-run Chinese gaming company builds HQ as homage to Star Trek

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China… the final frontier. These are the voyages of a building that looks remarkably similar to the starship Enterprise. In truth, there are not going to be any voyages for this Enterprise, because it is an earthbound building. The wonderfully named gaming and mobile company NetDragon Websoft has taken Trekdom where no one has gone before by designing its headquarters in Fuzhou, Fujian, China to be a remarkable accurate homage to one of the most iconic ships in the galaxy (though whether the Enterprise could make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs is still up for debate). Give in to the geekiness; resistance is futile.

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'The Invisible Store of Happiness' wooden installation produced less carbon emissions than an iPhone 6

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Project B connects urban beekeeping with the needs of restaurants

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Fundamental to the biodiversity cycle, and essential to our food chain, bee populations in industrial countries are decreasing at an alarming rate due to changes dictated by the industrialization of nature’s environment. As a result of this phenomenon, urban beekeeping has recently gained popularity as the practice becomes more of an interest for citizens of major urban cities. Project B aligns within this global effort of bee preservation by offering a beekeeping service adapted to the needs of restaurants with the objective to develop this millenary art. At the heart of this offer is an innovative beehive optimized to the well-being of the colony that also promotes introductory methods to beekeeping.

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NYC's first prefab micro-unit apartment building starts to rise in Manhattan (PHOTOS)

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Twinkling solar bike path inspired by Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night pops up in the Netherlands

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House Republicans vote to restrict National Science Foundation climate change research

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Last month, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted along party lines to cut funding allocations that enable NASA to study changing climate patterns through their Earth Science program. This week, House Republicans voted 217 to 205 to take a second swipe at the government-funded study of global warming, this time by seeking to impose regulations on how the National Science Foundation utilizes its money, via the pending America Competes Reauthorization Act.

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This $129 foot-powered clothes washer is now available for pre-order in the U.S.

This $129 foot-powered clothes washer is now available for pre-order…

A people-powered washing machine is a dream come true for some who live in remote areas, off-the-grid or in places where a washer and dryer are a hike to get to. The Drumi is…

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Enter the International Tropical Architecture Student Competition for a shot at US$15,000

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Calling all university architecture students—the International Tropical Architecture Competition has just opened its doors for submissions and there’s a USD$15,000 prize pool!…

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Unilever uses food waste to save over 1 million metric tons of C02

Unilever uses food waste to save over 1 million metric tons of C02

Unilever has long stood proud as a food manufacturer with lofty sustainability goals—from their adoption of sustainable palm oil to their efforts urging consumers to cut back on…

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Locally-sourced rock fence creates a natural wind break for Melbourne's Whitehall Road Residence

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It's great to see more of the vernacular in contemporary architecture, like this sturdy rock fence that frames a summer home just south of Melbourne. Designed by b.e. Architecture and…

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Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding

Due to poor insulation and disrepair, the original brick-and-timber house was prone to leaking. Edgley Design wrapped the renovated building in insulation and sheathed most of the…

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