Solar-powered POD-Idladla is a tiny flat-pack home for two that lets you live almost anywhere

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Chinese-funded $13.8bn railway to slice through Kenya's oldest national park

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A $13.8 bn railway project, linking Nairobi to Mombasa, will cut right through Nairobi National Park in Kenya. The Chinese-funded railway line is set to replace the colonial-era Lunatic Express, so-named for the dangerous building process that exposed workers to disease, drought, and man-eating lions. Though the park and the wildlife within it attracts tourists from all over the world, the government has said this should not keep Kenya from building much-needed infrastructure.

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Obama's Climate Action Plan is the strongest in US history

Posted by The White House on Saturday, 1 August 2015

At midnight on Saturday August 1, the White House posted a video to Facebook (above) announcing that today, Obama will unveil the first Federal limits on carbon emissions from power plants. This move aims to curb climate change and usher in a new era of renewable energy growth. Under the new Clean Power Plan—which will undoubtedly face legal challenges from the coal industry—power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

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8 common weeds you probably never thought you could eat

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Chevy Volt battery covers recycled as adorable nesting boxes for endangered birds

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Electric cars may be better for the planet than we thought. In addition to their potential mitigating effect on climate change, their physical components are proving to be excellent homes for wildlife, such as the endangered scaly-sided merganser. A mohawked duck native to temperate East Asia, the merganser is the most recent species to have benefited from GM’s nesting boxes crafted from recycled Chevy Volt battery covers.

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Tesla's updated Model S autopilot mode will make long road trips even better

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As if the Tesla Model ‘S’ wasn’t already cool enough with its semiautonomous autopilot mode, now it’s even cooler. The vehicle’s ultrasonic radar system can already sense obstacles, change lanes for you, and avoid vehicles and pedestrians – and Elon Musk just announced that the car will also be able to steer for you on the highway and parallel park.

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Wood and metal sandwich panels clad PAN Architects' striking Marseille Architecture School extension

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A new 60,000-sq-ft food court is coming to Brooklyn

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Last year, Mayor de Blasio announced a $140 million redevelopment plan for the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and now it looks like the scheme will be even more attractive to the public now that it includes something everyone loves–food. Designed by Marvel Architects, a new 60,000-square-foot food court is expected to draw hungry crowds to the Navy Yard when complete. The giant space will serve not only as a place for the neighborhood to grub, but also as a gathering space and lunch spot for the building’s many employees.

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Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50 percent

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The secret to cheaper, more efficient solar power may lie in the unassuming wings of butterflies. The Cabbage White butterfly folds its wings in a v-shape in order to heat up their flight muscles before launching into the air. Scientists at the University of Exeter found that by replicating this posture with solar panels, they could increase solar output by nearly 50 percent.

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Cybele Young folds Japanese paper into intricate sculptures of everyday objects

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World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

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In countries where smartphones are popular, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, tiny screen in hand, as they navigate to a new cafe, text with a buddy, or read an email from their boss. Smartwatches, although not so pervasive, essentially help people do the same things. But you never see a blind person transfixed to their iPhone or honed in on their smartwatch, because the technology simply isn’t compatible with the vision-impaired way of life. Enter the Dot—the world’s first Braille smartwatch—which could close the gap that precludes many blind people from interacting with information the way sighted folks can.

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San Francisco college student upcycles old skateboards into one-of-a-kind guitars

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Double domed Copagri Pavilion in Milan can be reassembled again and again

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

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

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This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled…

Anna Webster, fourth-year student at the Cass, London Metropolitan University’s School of Architecture, has designed a simple but sturdy house that fits right into the Ghanaian…

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

Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100%…

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…

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Monsanto may be to blame for soaring suicide rates among farmers in India

Monsanto may be to blame for soaring suicide rates among farmers in…

In India, the suicide rate among farmers is an alarming 47 percent higher than workers in other sectors, and the figures continue to rise year after year. Environmental activists are…

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Tres Birds Workshop's Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitats in Vail, CO

Tres Birds Workshop's Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitats in Vail, CO

Sun Bird Park’s giant wooden nests were inspired by surrounding bird habitat and even evoke the imagery of flowers. The curving, ski-inspired ribs were constructed from various wood…

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just…

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected…

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