IKEA is launching a new line of ultra low-cost furniture made entirely of paper!

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Swedish flatpack furniture manufacturer IKEA keeps pushing the envelope when it comes to affordable design – and the company is currently developing a new line offurniture made entirely out of paper! The new sofas, chairs, tables, bookshelves and stools will be made from a composite of repurposed pulp, and the company has developed a process for pressure-molding paper into hyper-resilient forms.

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India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the streets

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A complete guide to growing your own bridal blooms

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So you’ve put yourself in charge of your own wedding bouquets and arrangements? Some may tell you it’s an ambitious project that you should fear, but believe me, there’s nothing to be afraid of and it is deeply rewarding. Much like the love you are celebrating, your floral garden must be cultivated, nurtured and treated with patience. But in the end, you’ll walk down the aisle with the assurance that your floral decor is totally you—not to mention it’s cheaper and greener than going the traditional route, which is notorious for its environmental destruction. Here’s a little advice to get you growing.

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How a 15,500-pound door protects the Whitney Museum against the effects of climate change

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New York’s art world elite came out to ooh and ahh over the new Whitney Museum earlier this month, but The Atlantic’s John Whitaker was much more interested in the structure’s unique 15,500-pound door than the art beyond it. Part of a flood-mitigation system informed by the same engineers who work on U.S. Navy Destroyers, the river-facing door is capable of withstanding 6,750 pounds of debris in the event of another super storm like Hurricane Sandy. In fact, it was because of the 2012 disaster that Renzo Piano and his team made moves to fortify the museum and its precious contents.

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California is giving away free solar panels to its poorest residents

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Roy Rivera is a disabled man who lives on a fixed income in Sacramento – and he’s also the first California resident to receive a free rooftop solar system. But he won’t be the last. Thanks to legislation first introduced by Senator Kevin de León, the Oakland-based non-profit GRID Alternatives plans to give 1,600 free solar panels to California’s poorest residents by 2016. The initiative was launched with funds gathered under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GCRF), the state’s cap-and-trade program designed to discourage carbon dioxide emissions.

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New bionic lens could give you perfect vision for the rest of your life

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Wearing corrective eye glasses could soon be a thing of the past. The Ocumetics Bionic Lens, invented by Dr. Garth Webb of Ocumetics Technology Corp, claims to be a painless implant that could change impaired vision forever. In fact, Webb claims the lens will go beyond the standard 20/20 vision, giving patients the super power of seeing three times better.

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Tesla's new pop-up shipping container store fits on a flatbed truck

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Tesla has had a bit of a rough road when it has come to selling its own electric cars, fighting for the right to do so in a number of states. They have come up with a new idea that is almost as inventive as their cars and batteries. The new store, called the “Tesla Mobile Container Store” can fold inside a container, be hauled on a flatbed truck, and set up practically anywhere. The mobile container store tour launched over Memorial Day weekend in Santa Barbaera, California and Tesla has a number of other U.S. and European stops planned for this summer.

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85,000 endangered antelopes died this month and nobody knows why

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Saiga antelopes are among the strangest-looking creatures on Earth, and they are dangerously close to extinction. They are native to the northern part of the Asian continent, where they have been popular among poachers since the decline of the Soviet Union’s strict hunting controls. Last year, researchers estimated there were approximately 250,000 saiga still living in the wild, but the population has taken a huge hit recently, as around 85,000 of the antelopes have mysteriously died within the past few weeks. The cause (or causes) of death are still unknown.

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How to Save Food and Money with a Fridge Triage Box

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Samsung's new Iron Man phone will make you feel like an Avenger

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While it didn’t come out of Tony Stark’s workshop, the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, looks like it may have. Samsung released its Iron Man phone on Tuesday to celebrate the release of Marvel’s new movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Samsung and Marvel have been working together since last summer to cross-promote products and entertainment.

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FAT and Grayson Perry complete bizarre "House for Essex" dedicated to a fictional character

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Modern and resilient Northwest Harbor Residence is elegantly elevated eight feet above sea level

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Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal sculptures

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Bjarke Ingels will be youngest architect to speak at the Annual Architecture Lecture in London

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Young starchitect Bjarke Ingels has been named as this year’s guest speaker for the Annual Architecture Lecture at London’s Royal Academy of Arts. At just 40 years old, the Danish architect is the youngest architect ever to be invited to deliver the speech. Ingels, founder of BIG Architecture, will speak to an audience of architectural professionals on July 13.

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Obama's new "Waters of the United States" rule limits water pollution and protects wetlands

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A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, announced by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, is a clarification of the Clean Water Act, specifying which streams and wetlands are under protection by the EPA. The move will add to Obama‘s record of taking executive action on environmental protection.

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HOW TO: Transform a waste bin into a beautiful designer lamp

HOW TO: Transform a waste bin into a beautiful designer lamp

Those were the days when every little office wanted to go paperless, so a lot of wire mesh trash bins were removed to motivate people to use less and less paper for work. I grabbed one…

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Tidal Vision upcycles Alaskan fishing industry waste into wallets

Tidal Vision upcycles Alaskan fishing industry waste into wallets

Getting out of the shower and pulling on a bunch of crab shells really doesn’t sound like fun. But what if you could do that -- and have it look like any other athletic-style shirt?…

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Gymnastic rings hang in the center of Naturehumaine’s innovative home renovation in Montreal

Gymnastic rings hang in the center of Naturehumaine’s innovative…

Rather than confine themselves to the original layout, Naturehumaine removed the floor separating the two levels to create three double-height spaces: two on opposite ends of the…

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Write a letter for the “Dear Architecture” Competition and you could win $1,500

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What do you think architecture’s place is in society? Blank Space Project wants to know. The online platform recently launched “Dear Architecture,” a competition that invites…

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The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

London-based architecture firm DSDHA completed their daylit Covert House in Clapham Old Town, London, UK. The semi-underground home clad in glass and cast concrete features several…

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