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

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Experimental eco-hostel promotes Andean culture and Pachamama love in Bolivia

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

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

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Archohm wants to connect all of Helsinki's museums with a massive loop

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Artist Olafur Eliasson invites you to build a giant LEGO city on the High Line

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Just when you think that the High Line couldn’t get any more enjoyable, Olafur Eliasson goes and invites you to play with thousands of LEGO bricks at the popular elevated park. Starting on May 29th, the Danish-Icelandic artist will host The Collectivity Project, a large art installation that challenges parkgoers to design and build a collaborative cityscape out of white toy bricks.

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Nendo creates timber-like furnishings out of Alcantara artificial suede

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Don’t be fooled by the swirling wood grain-like textures—these beautiful gray-toned furnishings are actually made from Alcantara artificial suede. Prolific Japanese design studio Nendo created these timber-like materials by layering different colored textiles, rolling them into a “log” shape, and finally slicing the Alcantara layers into timber-like planks. The studio used the sturdy material, selected for its resistance to fraying, to construct a table and several chairs. Nendo showcased these furniture pieces at the ‘Alcantara, Technology of Dreams’ exhibition, which runs until May 31 at Milan’s Palazzo Reale.

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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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Dramatic timber-clad N House turns difficult terrain into a design advantage

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Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world's largest timber office building

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Villa Mortnas nails the cool factor on the icy Stockholm archipelago

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Why didn't the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

Why didn't the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil…

The Plains All American Pipeline that burst on May 19 and spilled oil into the Pacific Ocean is the only pipeline of its kind in the United States that was not required to have an auto…

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Portable, low-energy shipping container office pops up in Copenhagen

Portable, low-energy shipping container office pops up in Copenhagen

Arcgency constructed Unionkul’s cargotecture framework in just two days by stacking the shipping containers atop a series of minimal site impact pillars. Although the shipping…

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Poop-powered bus breaks world speed record

Poop-powered bus breaks world speed record

PLEASE ADD HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0SLywYl_zI   The UK's poop-powered bus has set a speed record for a regular service bus with a top speed of 76.8 miles per…

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Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

What design do you think would represent the planet Earth best if we ever got in contact with other civilizations? Designer Oskar Pernefeldt has an idea- he created a white flower-like…

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How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers

How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion…

Bee populations have been in decline for over a decade now as the alarming phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder sees worker bees vanish from their hives. But Bay Area parents…

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