Look up at the Empire State Building tomorrow to see giant endangered animals projected on the side

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Empire State Building Lights

If you’re in New York City tomorrow night, don’t forget to look up. The façade of the iconic Empire State Building is set to double as a giant canvas from 9pm to midnight. 33 floors of the landmark will be lit up with a slideshow of endangered animal photos designed by Travis Threlkel and filmmaker Louie Psihoyos in order to spur awareness about the need to take action to protect these imperiled species.

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Seascape cottage is a self-sustaining getaway made from locally-sourced materials

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California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

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California lawmakers are finally getting serious about the worsening drought in California.
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer jointly introduced a bill this week that outlines a host of anti-drought efforts to be paid for with federal funds. The California Emergency Drought Relief Act calls for desalination research, grants for new water-metering and stormwater capture, as well as $200 million for new water recycling projects. All of these measures are a last-ditch attempt to make the most of what water remains in the state before it dries up.

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Cat Camp opens today in NYC (adorable video)

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Removable 3D-printed casts you can wear in the shower speed up the healing process

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If you’ve ever broken a limb, you know how awful it is to live in a clunky old cast for weeks on end. Well, that’s about to end. Bespoke has started using 3d printing to make custom cast prototypes that would stabilize broken body parts just like conventional casts. Unlike the traditional casts which get dirty and suffocate your skin, these 3d-printed casts use a smaller amount of materials, can be worn in the shower and can even make the healing process more efficient.

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Beijing Olympics déjà vu as city is chosen to host 2022 Winter Games

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It was a close vote, but Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Chinese capital beat out Almaty, Kazakhstan 44 to 40 in an International Olympic Committee ballot today in Kuala Lumpur. The decision puts Beijing in the unique position of being the first city ever chosen to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Some of the factors that helped push the city over the top include its plan to reuse some of its existing infrastructure from the 2008 Summer Olympics like Herzog and de Meuron’s famous Bird’s Nest stadium and the award-winning Watercube, as well as talk of a new high-speed rail system that would benefit the area well after the games are over.

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Facebook unveils long-awaited solar-powered Aquila internet plane

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Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

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French architect Jacques Rougerie has envisioned a giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. He discusses his love for the ocean in an interview, where he calls himself a “mérien,” a term he coined which translates to “one belonging to the sea.” His dream is for likeminded individuals to populate his City of Mériens, to conduct research on the surrounding ocean.

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Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

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Famed "Up" house of 84-year-old lady who refused to sell to be rescued by nonprofit

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Earlier this month, we reported the sad news that Edith Macefield’s iconic Seattle home likely faced demolition, after its new owners determined it would be too expensive to renovate as a coffee shop. The bungalow came to share a city block with a shopping center in the downtown neighborhood of Ballard, WA when Macefield, the home’s former owner, refused to sell her property to developers. The now-vacant home, a symbol for anti-corporate struggles, has reportedly been saved from the chopping block and will remain intact, thanks to a yet-to-be-named nonprofit organization.

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Australia reveals the world's first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

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Sydney is leading the way in eco-friendly traffic signs by using the world’s first solar-powered “electronic ink” signs. The signs are completely sustainable and able to be updated at the drop of a hat, so as traffic needs change, the signs can change with it. The technology, which uses displays from E Ink and software from Visionect, has endless applications for the transportation sector and beyond.

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Scientists transform human cells into lasers

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That happy glow you exude may no longer be just your inner light shining. Scientists from Harvard Medical School have developed three ways to use individual cells and turn them into functioning lasers that emit light when they’re excited. Particles and droplets in the skin can be used to emit light and, apparently, it’s “super easy.” Talk about a bright idea.

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Would you buy this wooden bicycle for $11,000?

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Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

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Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum tunnels through an alpine peak

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American public calls for extradition of lion poacher Walter Palmer

American public calls for extradition of lion poacher Walter Palmer

The American dentist who allegedly paid $55,000 to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has come under fire since his identity was disclosed to the public this week. Stories about Cecil the…

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World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish Kapoor's London tower

World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish…

Erected in 2012, the gigantic ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower dominates the Olympic Park landscape. The tower was built from 2,000 tonnes of steel, almost 60 percent of which was recycled.…

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Rotterdam is building the world's largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

Rotterdam is building the world's largest electric vacuum cleaner to…

A Smog Free Tower that stands 23 feet tall is being built to scrub pollution out of the air in parks and other public outdoor spaces in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. On a mission to…

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The UK's largest earth sculpture is a gigantic horse leaping across the land

The UK's largest earth sculpture is a gigantic horse leaping across…

South Wales is home to the UK’s largest earth sculpture in the form: a giant, leaping horse constructed right into a grassy field in Parc Penalta. Photographer Steve Brockett captured…

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Large-scale solar is nearly the same cost as other fuels in world's three biggest markets

Large-scale solar is nearly the same cost as other fuels in world's…

If you remember anything from your first economics class, it probably has something to do with supply and demand. The more abundant a product, the lower the price drops. In the case of…

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