Japan's Hanazono Kindergarten was designed to keep kids safe during typhoons

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

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

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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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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 of furniture 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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Street artist Bordalo II turns Lisbon trash into wild animal sculptures

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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Our ocean plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control

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Try to imagine your life without plastic: it’s in your smartphone, your car, your clothing, your toiletries. All that plastic ends up somewhere, and more and more, that place is the ocean. In fact, every year, 6.4 million tons are dumped into the world’s oceans. Cleaning it up is becoming an overwhelming challenge – to put it into perspective, it would take 67 ships working for 1 year to clean up just 1% of the plastic in just the Northern Pacific. This infographic reveals the depth of the situation and how our plastic problem is quickly spiraling out of control.

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ZOKU Amsterdam is an innovative loft-like space that spells the end of the hotel room as we know it

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ISIS claims it will not destroy ancient architecture in Palmyra

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filed under: Architecture, News, Politics

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As violence escalates in the ISIS-occupied city of Palmyra in Syria, the Islamic State group claims they will not bulldoze the ancient city’s architectural wonders. The group released a video on YouTube this week, showing the buildings intact, and the accompanying audio states that ISIS “will not destroy them,” but instead will target historic statues they believe were “worshiped by heretics” in the past. The video comes just before the group is said to have executed twenty people in front of a crowd at a Roman theater in Palmyra.

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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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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

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

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 coincide with the…

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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 is 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…

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Obama's new "Waters of the United States" rule limits water pollution…

A new EPA water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, expected to be released this week, is a clarification of…

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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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