Cantilevered timber-clad retreat overlooks lakeside views in Canada

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Famed "Up" house of 84-year-old lady who refused to sell to be rescued by non-profit

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Earlier this month, we reported the sad news that Edith Macefield’s iconic Seattle home likely faced demolition, after its new owners determined it would be too expensive to renovate as a coffee shop. The bungalow came to share a city block with a shopping center in the downtown neighborhood of Ballard, WA when Macefield, the home’s former owner, refused to sell her property to developers. The now-vacant home, a symbol for anti-corporate struggles, has reportedly been saved from the chopping block and will remain intact, thanks to a yet-to-be-named nonprofit organization.

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Australia reveals the world's first solar powered “e-paper” traffic signs

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Sydney is leading the way in eco-friendly traffic signs by using the world’s first solar-powered “electronic ink” signs. The signs are completely sustainable and able to be updated at the drop of a hat, so as traffic needs change, the signs can change with it. The technology, which uses displays from E Ink and software from Visionect, has endless applications for the transportation sector and beyond.

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Scientists transform human cells into lasers

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That happy glow you exude may no longer be just your inner light shining. Scientists from Harvard Medical School have developed three ways to use individual cells and turn them into functioning lasers that emit light when they’re excited. Particles and droplets in the skin can be used to emit light and, apparently, it’s “super easy.” Talk about a bright idea.

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Would you buy this wooden bicycle for $11,000?

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Cantilevered shipping container coffee shop pops up in Johannesburg

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Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum tunnels through an alpine peak

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American public calls for extradition of lion poacher Walter Palmer

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The American dentist who allegedly paid $55,000 to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has come under fire since his identity was disclosed to the public this week. Stories about Cecil the lion and the hunter who killed him, Walter Palmer of Minnesota, have soared to the top of trending lists on Facebook and Twitter, and numerous angry bloggers, editorialists, and TV hosts have attacked the dentist for his actions. Local hunter Theo Bronkhorst was charged with failing to prevent an illegal hunt in court yesterday, according to NY Daily News, and now members of the American public are calling for Palmer’s extradition to Zimbabwe so he too can atone for his actions.

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World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish Kapoor's London tower

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Rotterdam is building the world's largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

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The UK's largest earth sculpture is a gigantic horse leaping across the land

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Large-scale solar is nearly the same cost as other fuels in world's three biggest markets

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If you remember anything from your first economics class, it probably has something to do with supply and demand. The more abundant a product, the lower the price drops. In the case of rapidly growing technologies like solar power, a plummeting price tag means an increase in demand, illustrating the economic principles perfectly. Large-scale solar – the avenues that bring sun energy to utility company grids – has seen such substantial advancements recently that solar energy is now at near wholesale price parity with other sources of grid power in the three biggest markets on earth. According to industry experts, things could heat up even more in the future of solar power.

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Daniel Libeskind to build soaring pyramid skyscraper in Jerusalem

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Israel is embracing Egypt’s architectural heritage with a new tower for Jerusalem. Studio Daniel Libeskind and local architect Yigal Levi recently got the green light to build a towering pyramid-shaped skyscraper in the holy city’s downtown area. Called the Pyramid, this multi-purpose tower will offer shopping areas and residential units atop the old Eden theater, near the Machane Yehuda market.

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Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

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Google Street View cars have been patrolling for years now, providing all kinds of information about the world we live in (and creeping us out when we search for our own homes). Recently, Google partnered with Aclima, a company that develops mobile sensor networks, to equip their cars with the ability to collect air pollution data. The sensors can gather data related to common pollutants, including carbon dioxide, carbon monixide, nitrogen dioxide, black carbon, nitric oxide, methane, particulate matter, and more.

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Nendo’s versatile twig chair lets you swap out different wooden backrests

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Prolific Japanese studio Nendo unveiled twig, a versatile chair created for Italian furniture brand Alias. The minimal two-toned chair is made up of a white aluminum base with four twig-like legs and an interchangeable unpainted wooden upper section. Users can easily swap out the wooden upper for one of five other options. The seat can be built out of wood, plastic, or fabric.

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