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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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World's tallest and longest glass bridge announced for China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

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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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Responsive bioclimatic skin wraps around LEED Gold ICTA-ICP building in Barcelona

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Uber's test car for self-driving research spotted on the streets of Pittsburgh

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While Google has sought wide publicity for its self-driving car efforts, Uber has been a much quieter force in the movement. Uber confirmed news of the self-driving car project in February of this year but has kept its project under wraps until last week. An Uber-branded Ford sedan test vehicle was spotted for the first time in Pittsburgh. The $40 billion company aims to develop its own fleet of self-driving taxis that will eventually replace its human drivers, the most expensive part of their car service.

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Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

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Taco Bell and Pizza Hut removing artificial ingredients, pledge to use real food

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It’s hard to praise fast food companies for promising to use real black pepper instead of “black pepper flavor,” and yet, when so many artificial colors and flavorings have become ubiquitous in our food, it’s important to point out the effort. Yum! Brands, which owns both Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, announced this week that they will stop putting artificial ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, black pepper flavor, added trans fats and other things in the food they sell.

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Audi unveils self-driving R8 e-tron electric car at CES Asia

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Audi just unveiled its new self-driving R8 e-tron concept car at the CES Asia show in Shanghai, China. The R8 e-tron piloted driving concept is based on the fully electric 2017 R8 e-tron, but features a host of scanners, cameras and sensors to allow it to fully drive on its own. Audi says that the piloted driving technology will be available to customers within the next two years.

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Lilo is an easy-to-grow plant system that connects you to your herbs via an app

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Lilo by Pret a Pousser is the perfect way to grow your own greens right at home by taking the guess work out of growing. All it takes to get going is to just insert a capsule, water it and watch it grow. A mobile app lets you track your plants progress and can even give you tips on caring for your plants and even how to use them at harvest time. Check out Lilo’s Kickstarter page and help give the idea the boost it needs to come to life (and get one of your own while you are at it).

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Yamazaki Kentaro's House in Kashiwa showcases the art of leaving things unfinished

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LMNOP challenges NYC architects and designers to craft creative mobiles out of recycled materials

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IKEA is launching a line of official hacking kits

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IKEA hacks are really popular—in the past we’ve looked at how the modular furniture can be hacked to suit tiny apartments, one of our editors has come up with some hacks of her own, and specialty sellers on Etsy sell their own kits to modify all manner of flat-pack pieces. And IKEA is thoroughly aware of this trend—they’ve even tried to stop people from profiting from it. And now, according to Gizmodo, the furniture giant is looking to jump on the bandwagon and produce its own line of hack kits.

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From the outside, the four-person family N House appears to comprise two separate structures: a low-lying, single-story volume adjacent to the street and a second building that sharply…

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WIDC was designed as both a functional center, but also as a showcase of the durability and design potential of timber. The bottom floor and foundation are made from reinforced…

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