Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

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Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

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Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this year's Milan World Expo

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Beautiful design meets radical self-reliance at Burning Man 2015

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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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Mexico's sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

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MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

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Textile factories aren’t exactly known for their ethical manufacturing processes. Virginia-based MetaWear wants to change that by launching America’s first Global Organic Textile Standard-certified factory. Solar and geothermal powered using organic cotton, MetaWear wants you to ask: “who made your clothes?”

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Interlocking windmills make green energy as easy as assembling LEGOs

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To protect migrating birds, it's 'lights out' in New York

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New York is stepping up and shutting off to protect migratory birds from light pollution. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all non-essential outdoor lights at state buildings will be shut off from 11PM local time until dawn. This order will be in effect during the peaks of seasonal migration, from April 15 through May 31 and August 15 through November 15. Why turn off the lights? Migrating birds often use the light of the stars to guide them on their epic journey. However, outdoor lighting can disorient birds and cause them to crash, particularly during inclement weather. Between 500 million and one billion birds die annually in the United States due to this “fatal light attraction.” After Minnesota, New York becomes the second state to join National Audubon Society’s Lights Out Campaign. Cities such as Boston, Baltimore and Washington DC also partner with Lights Out to keep birds safe along the East Coast.

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China's World Expo pavilion demonstrates how cities and nature can exist in harmony

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Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

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The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal last week near Kathmandu has devastated the region and left thousands dead. A natural disaster like this leaves people, their homes, and cities torn asunder, and tens of thousands of families have been displaced from their homes and have been left out in the cold, as medical facilities and emergency shelters are overwhelmed. Many of us who are safe and far from the quake’s effects wonder how we can help. We’ve compiled a list of organizations you can support to aid the victims of this traumatic event.

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Brazil's porous World Expo pavilion erases boundaries with net-like ramps and walls

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The UK's immersive hive World Expo pavilion simulates a real live beehive

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The Milan Expo's modular Azerbaijan pavilion is wrapped in wavy timber louvers enclosing multiple different biospheres

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In Milan, New Holland’s Earth Screening pavilion raises skepticism about big-ag and sustainable farming

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Vietnam's sustainable bamboo

Vietnam's sustainable bamboo "lotus pods" sprout on time for Milan…

Vo Trong Nghia architects' unique 'lotus pods' have sprouted in Milan, Italy and they are amazing to see in person. A unique interpretation of the Milan Expo 2015 theme "feeding the…

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Scientists discover the secret to Antarctica's 'bleeding glacier'

Scientists discover the secret to Antarctica's 'bleeding glacier'

Antarctica's Taylor Glacier—better known as 'Blood Falls'—is an awe-inspiring, bone-chilling sight as a deep red, five-storey waterfall steadily seeps through cracks in the…

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Ceramic clad Vanke Pavilion is topped with a vast rooftop garden at Milan Expo 2015

Ceramic clad Vanke Pavilion is topped with a vast rooftop garden at…

This is the first time in the world expo's history that a private company has its own pavilion and it tells quite a story. Designed by Daniel Libeskind and clad in three dimensional red…

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UAE's Foster + Partners pavilion is inspired by traditional desert villages

UAE's Foster + Partners pavilion is inspired by traditional desert…

At the heart of this year's Milan Expo sits the curvaceous, desert-inspired pavilion for the United Arab Emirates. Created by Foster + Partners, the design features dune-like walls and…

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Tesla's new $3,500 10kWh Powerwall home battery lets you ditch the grid

Tesla's new $3,500 10kWh Powerwall home battery lets you ditch the…

Tesla's hotly anticipated home battery is now on the market. Late last evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk kept his promise for a hotly anticipated announcement about the company's next…

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