Roger Partners and ASD picked to give St. Petersburg, Florida an exciting new public pier

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Ford's new headlights can automatically shine a light on pedestrians and animals

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Driving at night can be a bit unnerving on unlit roads, since potential hazards can be difficult to see. Ford has revealed that its engineers are working on new advanced headlights that use radar and infra-red camera systems to detect pedestrians and animals that may be in a vehicle’s path. Traditional headlights can only show a part of the road ahead, which may not fully illuminate potential hazards, but Ford’s new headlights use radar and camera systems to detect everything front of the vehicle and making it easier for the driver to take action before something bad happens.

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Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum tunnels through a mountain peak

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NEXT Architects reveals the undulating Shouxi Stone-inspired Fuzhou apartment complex

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Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

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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 home to 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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Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

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Nabire was a 31-year-old Northern White Rhino who called Czech Republic’s Dvur Kralove Zoo home until her death, which was announced Tuesday. Nabire suffered from uterine cysts, which made it impossible for her to breed naturally, and a ruptured cyst led to her demise. In December 2014, the world’s Northern white rhino population dropped from six to five after the 44-year-old male named Angalifu died at the San Diego Zoo. With Nabire’s passing, there are now just four of the rhinos left on earth – three females and one male. Because none of the females are capable of carrying babies, there is a ticking clock on the survival of this subspecies.

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This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs

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Is Bernie Sanders our best defense against climate change?

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Could Bernie Sanders be our best hope to save the planet from catastrophic climate change by leading a clean energy revolution in the United States? The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, whose populist message has been drawing big crowds across the country, is gaining on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, the Clinton campaign announced her plan to combat climate change. The following day, in an email to supporters, Sanders laid out the problem and solution. Sanders put the climate crisis in stark terms: “The scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us that climate change is real, is caused by human activity, and is already bringing catastrophic damage to our planet. Yet, the Republican Party is prepared to reject science in order to gain campaign contributions from the Koch brothers, Big Energy companies and others who make billions on fossil fuels. If we do not act boldly on climate change, the planet we leave to our grandchildren may be uninhabitable.”

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The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

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A 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, but it does something pretty spectacular. This smart little gadget lets you power anything with solar energy 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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Escape Traveler is a tiny cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

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Urine-deflecting walls in San Francisco will make you think twice about Number One

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Though public urination is best is done in natural spaces with some privacy, city folk sometimes just gotta go too. Innocent walls or sidewalks are often the victims of such crimes, but San Francisco is doing something about it. Nine SF city walls have been painted with an anti-urine agent, which deflects the stream back onto the streamer.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 12 of the world’s most iconic man-made structures

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No great civilization is complete without at least one iconic man-made structure. Pennywell takes a look at such structures from around the world in this infographic exploring twelve great buildings that have stood the test of time. These amazing structures range from the ancient Newgrange tomb in Ireland to the modern Burj Khalifa in Dubai. A small description accompanies each structure, along with information on the structure’s location, building type, style, and building material.

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FeltForms are handmade felt acoustic panels that merge art and function

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FeltForms are a series of organically-inspired handmade felt acoustic 3D panels. Merging art with function, FeltForms were created to accent the beauty of a space and to provide acoustic improvement at the same time. They can be used as a wall panel, room divider or a window curtain and each FeltForm panel is handmade out of high quality wool felt modules.  The whole collection consist of 6 different modules, offering original patterns. The size of the panels can be easily adjusted to the spacial needs and they can be purchased in over 40 colors. Each panel’s sculptural shape allows the appearance to change over time, depending on the time of day or type of lighting used in the space.

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Studio Vara converts a boring old box building into a refreshing green office space in San Francisco

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Give your succulents their own spacesuits with this 3D-printed planter

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Let your succulents and cacti explore other worlds, or at least your windowsill, with this adorable 3D printed planter. Created by industrial designed Emmanuel Carrillo, the table top planter repurposes a second-hand bell jar into an air-sealed space age dome. Sitting atop a pair of 3D printed ABS and acetone legs, the dome transforms the planter into a cartoony astronaut, ready to boldly go where no man – or cacti –  has gone before. Cute and affordable, the Space Explorer Planter is a quirky way to bring some greenery to your workspace.

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Researchers discover massive new carbon sink that stores GHG emissions

Researchers discover massive new carbon sink that stores GHG emissions

Scientists are always looking for ways to combat carbon emissions, and it’s common knowledge that plants consume carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen, effectively cleaning our…

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See what LaGuardia Airport's massive $4 billion makeover will look like

See what LaGuardia Airport's massive $4 billion makeover will look…

The majority of the cost, according to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport in northern Queens, will go toward tearing down the existing Central…

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Activists who freed thousands of fur industry animals charged as “terrorists”

Activists who freed thousands of fur industry animals charged as…

This week, two individuals were charged with “conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” after allegedly freeing thousands of animals from the fur industry and…

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139 new Citi Bike stations to be rolled out in NYC this August

139 new Citi Bike stations to be rolled out in NYC this August

Summer cruising is about to get even sweeter, with Citi Bike’s new expansion planned for August. The popular bike share will hit even more neighborhoods, bringing new bike stations to…

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Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

Dolphins are having trouble reproducing according to a new study, and it’s because of industrial chemical pollution. The chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB’s, can last in…

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