This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

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What happens to a drone when it crash lands? Besides polluting or damaging a potentially sensitive environment, it could also mean, at least for the military, that people you are spying on will know, well, that you are spying. This clever bio-drone is made from mushrooms, so it simply degrades into an inconspicuous smudge when it makes a crash landing.

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Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

by , 05/03/15
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A mysterious green rock called olivine could be the key to fighting climate change. The unique mineral has a curious property – it’s able to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere – and it could potentially turn the tide in the losing battle against global warming. Retired geochemist Olaf Schuiling believes the rock could remove enough CO2 from the atmosphere to halt climate change.

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Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

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Unatti Foundation girls selflessly cook for thousands of earthquake victims

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The young Nepali women of the nonprofit Unatti Foundation have responded to Nepal’s devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake in a big-hearted way. These young humanitarians, aged from 4 to 20, are helping cook for over 3,500 people affected by the earthquake in Bhaktapur. The 18 girls and women are a part of Unatti Foundation’s group home, which works to educate and empower underserved girls who are often rescued from child labor. You can click here to find out how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake or learn more about the Unatti Foundation girls’ noble efforts in the link below.

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Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

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Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

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Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this year's Milan World Expo

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Beautiful design meets radical self-reliance at Burning Man 2015

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This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel

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For several years now, tech companies have been at work to develop clear solar panels that can double as windows, but the Current Window provides a gorgeous stained glass twist on that idea. Created by Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel, the window generates an electrical current by harvesting the energy created when sunlight hits a colored pigment—much like photosynthesis in a plant—and sends that power to a USB port in the window ledge.

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Mexico's sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

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MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

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Textile factories aren’t exactly known for their ethical manufacturing processes. Virginia-based MetaWear wants to change that by launching America’s first Global Organic Textile Standard-certified factory. Solar and geothermal powered using organic cotton, MetaWear wants you to ask: “who made your clothes?”

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Interlocking windmills make green energy as easy as assembling LEGOs

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To protect migrating birds, it's 'lights out' in New York

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New York is stepping up and shutting off to protect migratory birds from light pollution. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all non-essential outdoor lights at state buildings will be shut off from 11PM local time until dawn. This order will be in effect during the peaks of seasonal migration, from April 15 through May 31 and August 15 through November 15. Why turn off the lights? Migrating birds often use the light of the stars to guide them on their epic journey. However, outdoor lighting can disorient birds and cause them to crash, particularly during inclement weather. Between 500 million and one billion birds die annually in the United States due to this “fatal light attraction.” After Minnesota, New York becomes the second state to join National Audubon Society’s Lights Out Campaign. Cities such as Boston, Baltimore and Washington DC also partner with Lights Out to keep birds safe along the East Coast.

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China's World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

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Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

by , 05/02/15
filed under: Human Relief Efforts, News

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The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal last week near Kathmandu has devastated the region and left thousands dead. A natural disaster like this leaves people, their homes, and cities torn asunder, and tens of thousands of families have been displaced from their homes and have been left out in the cold, as medical facilities and emergency shelters are overwhelmed. Many of us who are safe and far from the quake’s effects wonder how we can help. We’ve compiled a list of organizations you can support to aid the victims of this traumatic event.

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Brazil's porous World Expo pavilion erases boundaries with net-like ramps and walls

Brazil's porous World Expo pavilion erases boundaries with net-like…

Brazil has taken a proactive approach at the World Expo and brought a design that, under the slogan “Feeding the world with solutions,” explores the possibility of efficient global…

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The UK's immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

The UK's immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live…

The UK's Hive is one of the first pavilions to open at Milan Expo 2015 and we are buzzing. Designed to simulate a real bee's hive, the soaring 1,910 square meter pavilion "grown in…

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The Milan Expo's modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber louvers enclosing multiple different biospheres

The Milan Expo's modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber…

The Azerbaijan pavilion at Milan Expo 2015 is a three-level structure flanked by wavy timber louvers, constructed from recyclable materials. Three Italian design firms- Simmetrico…

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In Milan, New Holland’s Earth Screening pavilion raises skepticism about big-ag and sustainable farming

In Milan, New Holland’s Earth Screening pavilion raises skepticism…

The Expo Milan 2015 is upon us and for the next six months the world will see varying incarnations of the future of sustainable agriculture. Notable is Holland’s contribution, named…

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Vietnam's sustainable bamboo

Vietnam's sustainable bamboo "lotus pods" sprout on time for Milan…

Vo Trong Nghia architects' unique 'lotus pods' have sprouted in Milan, Italy and they are amazing to see in person. A unique interpretation of the Milan Expo 2015 theme "feeding the…

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