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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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

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filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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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 lion and the hunter who killed him, Walter Palmer of Minnesota, have soared to the top of trending lists on Facebook and Twitter, and numerous angry bloggers, editorialists, and TV hosts have attacked the dentist for his actions. Local hunter Theo Bronkhorst was charged with failing to prevent an illegal hunt in court yesterday, according to NY Daily News, and now members of the American public are calling for Palmer’s extradition to Zimbabwe so he too can atone for his actions.

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

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

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

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

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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 rapidly growing technologies like solar power, a plummeting price tag means an increase in demand, illustrating the economic principles perfectly. Large-scale solar – the avenues that bring sun energy to utility company grids – has seen such substantial advancements recently that solar energy is now at near wholesale price parity with other sources of grid power in the three biggest markets on earth. According to industry experts, things could heat up even more in the future of solar power.

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Daniel Libeskind to build soaring pyramid skyscraper in Jerusalem

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Israel is embracing Egypt’s architectural heritage with a new tower for Jerusalem. Studio Daniel Libeskind and local architect Yigal Levi recently got the green light to build a towering pyramid-shaped skyscraper in the holy city’s downtown area. Called the Pyramid, this multi-purpose tower will offer shopping areas and residential units atop the old Eden theater, near the Machane Yehuda market.

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Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

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Google Street View cars have been patrolling for years now, providing all kinds of information about the world we live in (and creeping us out when we search for our own homes). Recently, Google partnered with Aclima, a company that develops mobile sensor networks, to equip their cars with the ability to collect air pollution data. The sensors can gather data related to common pollutants, including carbon dioxide, carbon monixide, nitrogen dioxide, black carbon, nitric oxide, methane, particulate matter, and more.

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Nendo’s versatile twig chair lets you swap out different wooden backrests

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Prolific Japanese studio Nendo unveiled twig, a versatile chair created for Italian furniture brand Alias. The minimal two-toned chair is made up of a white aluminum base with four twig-like legs and an interchangeable unpainted wooden upper section. Users can easily swap out the wooden upper for one of five other options. The seat can be built out of wood, plastic, or fabric.

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Toyssimi brings together children and designers to create dream toys for charity

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The Triennale Design Museum presents Toyssimi exhibition, an event that showcases the results of the collaboration between 100 children and 100 designers who designed their dream toys at special workshops at various children’s hospital wards. Organized by Scuola Tam Tam with the support of ilVespaio in Milan and other cities, every designer was asked to fill a suitcase with diverse materials, such as rope, wire, mastic, woodsticks, plastic plugs, waste, scraps, and then met a child and formed a creative pair.

At the workshops, traditional roles disappeared: who is the teacher? Who is the pupil? Who is the designer? And who is the child?  During the creative process, designers gave free rein to the children’s creativity, unleashing imagination and generating unpredictable, amazing results. The 100 toys are now showcased at La Balena, an area designed by Blumerandfriends, with photos and videos telling the creative process behind the exhibition.

The toys will be put up for auction and the proceeds will be given to Amani, a non-profit organisation that for 20 years has been helping children in Kenya and Zambia.

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The first humans were smaller and "scrappy," new study shows

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The first humans were smaller, but “scrappy” according to a new comprehensive data set. These humans emerged from South Africa and were from a smaller-bodied species called Homo habilis, also known as “The Handy Man.” This is a complete shake-up of the human family tree. It’s been theorized for many years that the first humans to leave Africa were related to Homo erectus, a tall, muscular human. It wasn’t so, say scientists at Simon Fraser University.

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Gorgeous cantilevering roof made of timber tops Hungary's spectacular new Pancho Arena

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Camp out with cute kitties at Purina ONE's Cat Camp starting tomorrow in NYC (VIDEO)

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8 common weeds you probably never thought you could eat

8 common weeds you probably never thought you could eat

  Violet Leaves   Violets may be known for their beauty, but their petals aren't the only coveted part of the plant. It's amazing that these beautiful plants are considered…

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Richard Branson calls to protect all sharks after surfer Mick Fanning's amazing escape

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Sir Richard Branson is using Mick Fanning's recent brush with death via shark to call for greater protection for all sharks. He urged in a recent blog post that "the coverage of this…

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Eero Saarinen's iconic JFK terminal to be reborn as swanky airport hotel and convention center

Eero Saarinen's iconic JFK terminal to be reborn as swanky airport…

MCR Development will revamp JFK's Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center into a lavish hotel and convention center, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday at a luncheon in…

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Roger Partners and ASD unveil plans for a new public pier in St. Petersburg, Florida

Roger Partners and ASD unveil plans for a new public pier in St.…

New York studio Rogers Partners, landscape architect Ken Smith and local firm ASD were selected to design the new hybrid pier and park that will replace the existing inverted-pyramid…

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