Escape Traveler is a tiny luxury cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

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SunPort lets you support solar power anytime, anywhere, without the need for solar panels

sunport, paul droege, solar power, clean energy, renewable energy, kickstarter, crowdfunding campaign, smart device to support solar power, solar power usage app, solar credits, tracking energy usage, matching energy usage with solar creditsA little company called SunPort has launched a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way. SunPort is a smart device that looks like an ordinary outlet extender, save for the neon hues in which it is available, but it does something pretty spectacular. This smart little gadget utilizes solar power without the need for solar panels. It’s completely portable, too, so green-minded techies can take advantage of renewable energy at home, at school, or on the road, all with one little plug.

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Modular parasitic pods could help shelter London's many "rough sleepers"

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Since 2010, the number of homeless people “sleeping rough” on the streets of London has risen 77 percent, according to James Furzer, an architectural assistant at Spatial Design Architects. In response to this humanitarian travesty, he conceived a conceptual parasitic pod to help provide temporary shelter. The winning design of the 6th Space for New Visions design competition, which called for comfortable, functional, naturally-lit spaces with a low environmental impact, “Homes for the Homeless” demonstrates how FAKRO products can be used to create detachable pods that not only attach to existing buildings, but also blend in.

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This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs

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Dolphins are struggling to reproduce thanks to chemical pollution

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Dolphins are having trouble reproducing according to a new study, and it’s because of industrial chemical pollution. Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB’s, which can last in an animal’s body for a lifetime because they are stored in fat, were commonly used in industrial equipment and paint over the past few decades. As the chemicals were released into waterways, they worked their way into dolphin’s bodies, and are now threatening future generations of harbor porpoises, since the chemicals can be passed down from the mother to offspring.

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A classic Baroque church is reimagined as a glowing Orangery in Denmark

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8 common weeds you probably never thought you could eat

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Cecil the lion's killer identified as American dentist Walter Palmer

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Cecil was one of Hwangwe National Park’s favorite animal residents, but the 13-year old lion was recently slaughtered by hunters, and now his killer may face poaching charges. A dentist from Minnesota, Walter Palmer of River Bluff Dental, claims he paid $50,000 to kill the lion in Zimbabwe. Cecil was reportedly lured from within the Park’s boundaries with bait, and then shot with a crossbow. Only 40 hours later, on July 1, did the hunters find the wounded lion to finish him off with a rifle. They then skinned and decapitated him, according to the BBC, leaving his carcass undiscovered for several days.

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Brilliant rainbow mural unites a community in the drug capital of Mexico

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The fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world hits 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds

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A team of students from the University of Stuttgart just designed, built and raced what could be the fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world. During carefully monitored tests, the student-designed E0711-6 electric car successfully managed to accelerate from 0-100km/h in a mind-blowing 1.779 seconds. The team is anxiously awaiting confirmation of a new record from the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Bird-shaped treehouse with a stunning view pops up in Japan’s woods

by , 07/28/15
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New Bubble Greenhouses could produce fresh water and food in drought-stricken regions

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As water shortages threaten to destabilize many of the world’s driest regions, including California, researchers have developed an innovative new type of greenhouse that can provide fresh water and grow food. Engineers from Murdoch University believe that a 1,615 square foot Bubble Greenhouse “could produce around eight cubic metres of freshwater and up to 30 kilograms of crops each day.” The sealed design of the greenhouse will also protect crops from insects and disease, and the researchers say the technology should be easy to implement.

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SNEAK PEEK: Chrysler's electric Town & Country minivan spotted on the streets of LA

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What do we have here? Yesterday on my way to the office I pulled up next to two heavily camouflaged prototypes of Chrysler’s all-new Town & Country minivan, which is expected to arrive sometime next year as a 2017 model. While this isn’t the first time that spy photographers have caught the new minivan driving around the country, what sparked my interest here was the “EV” sticker on the back – providing a hint of the electrified powertrain under all that camouflage.

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Portable Snoozebox hotel wins coveted design award for its redesign by Tangerine

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Bangladesh's abundant tiger population has collapsed to just 100

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In Bangladesh, a new census shows that tiger populations in the Sundarbans mangrove forest are more endangered than ever. The study, which used hidden cameras to track and record tigers, provides a more accurate update than previous surveys that used other methods. The year-long census, which ended this April, revealed only around 100 of the big cats remain in what was once home to the largest population of tigers on earth.

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Help fight California’s water crisis in Archinect’s “Dry Futures” competition

Help fight California’s water crisis in Archinect’s “Dry…

The clock is ticking for America’s most populous state: drought-choked California is in the midst of a water crisis and only has about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs.…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are our homes becoming more sustainable overall?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are our homes becoming more sustainable overall?

Our current climate situation is a big problem without one simple answer. In order to slow or halt climate change, we are going to need to change many different aspects of modern life.…

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Problem solving architects give Venetian apartment a flood-proof upgrade

Problem solving architects give Venetian apartment a flood-proof…

The city of Venice, Italy celebrates its commitment to history by preserving, and still utilizing, its canals throughout the city. Citizens have seen a need, however, to address some…

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This expanding 'origami' bridge gives victims of natural disasters instant access to supplies

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Natural disasters are Mother Nature’s way of showing us just how powerful she is and how fragile and unpredictable our lives can be. Survivors of such events find themselves without…

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Purina ONE's Cat Camp will let you camp out with cute kitties this week in NYC

Purina ONE's Cat Camp will let you camp out with cute kitties this…

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