Kinetic "Cloud Seeding" pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles

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Sky Greens is the world’s first hydraulic-driven vertical farm

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When it comes to growing food, the sky’s the limit thanks to innovations like the Sky Urban Vertical Farming System. Designed and pioneered by the Singapore-based company Sky Greens, the vertical farming system is a revolutionary modern spin on the ancient practice of agriculture. Using cutting edge technology, the system demonstrates an energy efficient, environmentally friendly method of producing food that could be a powerful tool in feeding the ever-growing, increasingly urbanized, global population.

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Life-changing Peek Retina app could reduce global blindness by 80%

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The good people at Peek Vision have developed an adaptor that fits over smartphone cameras and can inspect the health of people’s retinas. Combined with the Peek Retina app, vision care is no longer confined to doctors’ offices with giant ophthalmology machinery; quality care can now go wherever a smartphone can go. With 90 percent of visually-impaired people living in low-income to middle-income countries, this technology is a game changer.

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NYC announces $100M for Lower Manhattan storm protection infrastructure

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As the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy nears closer, Mayor de Blasio recently announced an incredible $100 million in funding that will be focused on implementing numerous storm protection infrastructure systems around Lower Manhattan. The mayor made the announcement at a preparedness fair at the Alfred E. Smith playground on Manhattan’s Lower East Side last Thursday as he passed out emergency “go bags” to the students.

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Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun

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India's sweeping 20 million LED streetlight retrofit will save $890 million each year

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India’s government announced a major commitment to energy efficiency earlier this year when the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) was launched, calling for 20 million lightbulbs in streetlights to be replaced with LED bulbs. The largest project of its kind, the upgrades will take about two years to complete, and comprise part of a larger effort to reduce the national power load and save hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

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Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

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1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

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Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley

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Russia is burning tons of European foods to protest against sanctions over Ukraine conflict

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In perhaps one of the dumbest headlines of the day, we sadly must report that Russian authorities have destroyed over 1.5 tons of food earmarked for the BMW car racing team. Was it because Russia has something against high-performance automobiles? They might, but the real reason for destroying the food was a much more eyeroll-worthy offense. The act was in retaliation for sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, and Russia has been burning European foods for weeks.

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Use this amazing fall foliage map to predict where the most colorful leaves will be all season

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Fall is coming! In North America, whether we like it or not, summer is drawing to an end. For some, that’s a sad annual occurrence, but those of us who crave cozy sweaters and the crunch of leaves under our feet are psyched when the foliage starts to turn. If you’re the sort who gets inspired by nature’s technicolor display of autumn leaves, you’ll want to check out this awesome tool that predicts the changing of leaves across the continental United States.

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Nest's new Learning Thermostat 3.0 is sleeker and smarter than ever before

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Adventure awaits at the charming Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods

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Obama heads to Alaska to highlight climate change right after approving Arctic oil drilling

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About two weeks after Barack Obama gave Shell the green light to drill for oil in Arctic waters off the Alaska Coast, the president is embarking on an ironic three-day visit to Alaska aimed at highlighting the drastic effects of climate change on the state’s environment. According to Grist, along with traveling the state to see what climate change is doing to glaciers and permafrost in the state, Obama is also expected to call for more action on climate change and push for commitments to reduce carbon emissions – ahead of the UN Climate Summit taking place in Paris this December. Environmentalists were quick to call out the president for the hypocrisy of these two seemingly conflicting decisions.

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NowLab's daylit Haus JJ has its own emergency escape fireman's pole

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Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

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By 2040, 33 countries are expected to face extreme water stress, according to the World Resources Institute, making the race to develop innovative solutions more furious than ever. Ap Verheggen has been on the cutting-edge of solar thought experiments for several years. You may recall his SunGlacier – a conceptual solar-powered leaf that produces water in the desert. Now he’s back with WaterDrop, a handheld solar-powered device that produces condensation for drinking. Ap acknowledges the concept is a bit like science fiction, but solar technology has taken huge strides in recent years, so it’s worth giving it a closer look.

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Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously…

Bill McKibbem warned us three decades ago that climate change would create a series of devastating phenomena that we have never before seen, and we are already starting to see that…

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Arizona judge rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

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A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona just ruled that all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from animal shelters or non-profit organizations.

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Obama's Mt McKinley renaming as Denali infuriates Ohio lawmakers

Obama's Mt McKinley renaming as Denali infuriates Ohio lawmakers

Over the weekend, President Barack Obama announced that, during his trip to Alaska this week, he will formally rename Mt. McKinley—North America's highest peak—"Denali," an…

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Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the concrete jungle

Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the…

Hristova describes her inspiration for this portable marvel, “Our limited budget as a young family kept the idea of buying a plot and building on it distant and impossible. And by…

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Register now for San Francisco's 2015 Architecture and the City festival

Register now for San Francisco's 2015 Architecture and the City…

AIA SF's Architecture and the City Festival is bringing a great program of design events to San Francisco this September - sign up now before spots fill up!

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