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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Life-size hot rod made entirely from LEGO bricks runs on air!

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LEGO savants Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida have constructed a life-sized car made almost entirely out of LEGO bricks – and it runs entirely on air! The pair put out a message on Twitter asking for support to fund the Super Awesome Micro Project (SAMP), and supporters quickly stepped up to the plate. The hot rod required over 500,000 pieces to build and, apart from a few load bearing elements, everything – including the air-powered engine – is made out of LEGO.

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Can drones plant one billion trees?

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Each year, the earth loses about 26 billion trees to lumber, mining, agriculture, and development. About 15 billion trees are replanted annually worldwide. It does not take an advanced math expert to see that an annual deficit of 11 billion trees is not a sustainable trajectory. We need trees. Enter drones. Best known in recent years for their military applications, and as a potential means of parcel delivery, remote-controlled drones used to plant trees could begin to equalize rates of reforestation with the current level of deforestation. That is the idea behind Oxford, England-based BioCarbon Engineering’s concept: counter industrial-scale deforestation with industrial-scale reforestation.

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Ancient Graeco-Roman papyrus offers a curious natural hangover remedy

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At some point, many of us have found ourselves in the unfortunate position of being willing to try just about anything to rid oneself of the morning-after curses of a night of excessive inebriation. So here’s an option to consider for the future: an ancient Egyptian hangover cure found on a recently translated Graeco-Roman papyrus. The only tricky part? You’ve got to be able to lay your hands on an Alexandrian laurel shrub, and be in such as state that you can twist its twigs together.

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Terraced wooden nursery school brings the Japanese landscape indoors

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Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

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If you find yourself wandering the countryside north of Auckland, do not be alarmed if you encounter a very funky rubber tree. No, this forty foot folly is not a giant Wookiee or a rejected Muppet. Named Belly of the Beast, this tower of tires was built by postgraduate students at Victoria University in Wellington to demonstrate the use of recycled materials in architecture and sculpture.

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HOW TO: Make a hanging planter with a recycled plastic soda bottle

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Earthquake levels Nepal's beautiful historic buildings

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

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Home Depot to phase out use of toxic phthalates in vinyl flooring

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Various forms of ortho-phthalate chemicals have been associated with developmental and reproductive problems—especially in male infants—and linked to liver tumors in animals. So while the plasticizing chemicals may have the positive effect of making vinyl floors bendy, you probably don’t want you child or your pet crawling around on phthalate-laden flooring in your kitchen. Which makes it rather good news that Home Depot has committed to eliminating all phthalate-containing floors from its stores by the end of the year. The DIY giant has reportedly asked around half a dozen suppliers to cease use of the controversial chemicals, explaining to the New York Times, “This change is part of our effort to continually challenge our suppliers to develop new, innovative options for our customers.” The move comes as more designers and consumers seek out non-toxic alternatives for their homes—and with Home Depot leading, hopefully other retailers will follow.

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World's First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

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Bees are addicted to the nicotine in neonicotinoid pesticides, and it's killing them

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Think a nicotine addiction is bad for you? Well, it’s nothing compared to the bees who are getting addicted to it from neonicotinoid pesticides. Made by companies like Bayer and Syngenta, proponents of the pesticides say they benefit crops by boosting yields and destroying pests, but they also affect the reproduction rates and colony growth of several bee species.

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Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living 'Fields of Tomorrow' Wall for the 2015 Milan Expo

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NY Attorney General announces $1.8 million community program to combat climate change

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New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced an exciting new program that aims to foster the development and creation of local response systems to climate change. The Community Climate Initiative is a $1.8 million program that will provide grants to local NY organizations that contribute in some way to promoting issues such as climate change initiatives, energy efficiency and renewable energy within their communities.

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Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

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Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Do-gooder teenagers have built an incredible tiny home community for homeless adults in Seattle. The project, called Impossible City and run by Sawhorse Revolution, teaches teens basic…

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Could Audi's new carbon-neutral diesel drive out dirty oil?

Could Audi's new carbon-neutral diesel drive out dirty oil?

Watch out oil barons, Audi recently announced it has invented a new diesel fuel that could revolutionize the automobile industry and dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Even…

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Gustavo Penna completes the Elegant Forluz skyscraper in Brazil

Gustavo Penna completes the Elegant Forluz skyscraper in Brazil

The building is located on Av. Barbacena, in the Santo Agostinho district, in the central region of Belo Horizonte. It is meant to establish an aesthetic relationship with the…

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Enter the Triple Bridge Waterfront Competition for a chance at US$5,000!

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Homemade Dessert (HMMD) just launched their latest architecture competition: The Triple Bridge Waterfront, which seeks visions for a proposed development along the Liepaja Canal in…

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WING multi-use loft transforms a derelict warehouse into a cultural hub in Hong Kong

WING multi-use loft transforms a derelict warehouse into a cultural…

This breezy loft in Hong Kong, designed by LEED-Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design, is the latest addition to the city’s up-and-coming Chai Wan neighborhood.…

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