Volkswagen close to building a 186-mile range electric car

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In the next few years electric cars are set to finally take a big jump forward with the arrival of several models that will have a driving range around 200 miles – much longer than today’s models. Chevy and Nissan have already announced plans to introduce new longer range electric cars and now Volkswagen has announced that it is also working on new battery technology.

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Gorgeous cantilevering green-roofed home soars over Beverly Hills

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DELVA Landscape Architects created a community oasis for the city of Utrecht

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The Great Wall of China is slowly disappearing

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The Great Wall of China is one of the most awe-inspiring man-made structures in the world. And now it is showing signs of decay at the hand of its maker. The effects of tourism and non-sanctioned recycling of its stone elements are starting to take a noticeable toll on the wall, with 30 percent the massive structure now gone.

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Norwegian students build a contemporary wooden sauna on the sea

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Tesla’s newest Superchargers are lighter, faster, and cooled by liquid

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In the never-ending quest for technological advancement, Tesla has started rolling out the newest version of its Supercharger stations, which have a handful of obvious differences from the previous models. By far, the “coolest” new feature is the liquid-based cooling system, which keeps the Supercharger’s temperature close to ambient, up to and including the charging cable itself. The previous versions were air-cooled, but the chillier liquid model allows the Supercharger to be smaller, lighter, and possibly produce a faster charge.

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How one app fed almost 600,000 homeless people

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A simple lunch with a homeless vet forever changed the life of Komal Ahmad, who was then a student at University of California, Berkeley and is now a CEO. Ahmad was walking near campus a few years ago when a homeless man asked her for money. She bought him lunch instead. The meeting left a deep impact, so she soon devised, along with classmate Chloe Tsang, a way to get campus food waste onto the plates of local people who were going hungry. Her initiative sparked food waste “forwarding” programs on other campuses and inspired an app that has fed almost 600,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area alone.

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Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

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Incredible bricklaying robot can build a house in just two days

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Environmentalists outraged as protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

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Wetlands and mangroves along much of the Gulf Coast are vital coastal ecosystems that also defend against sea level rise and storm surges. For decades these wetlands have been under attack from coastal development and the oil and gas industry, which is why large swathes are now protected. All of this makes it all the more baffling that a private contractor has destroyed a 300-foot stretch of mangrove trees near Miami as part of preparations for the 2016 Miami International Boat Show, yet Mayor Tomas Regalado appears largely unconcerned.

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Europe will be 50% powered by renewable energy by 2030

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As a whole, the European Union has some of the boldest renewable energy goals out there; their current commitment is to source at least 27 percent of final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. But a new report from the EU commission, which has been leaked to The Guardian, shows that this goal is set to be far exceeded, with EU nations getting a full 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the end of the next decade.

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Researchers develop energy-generating car tires

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Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed an innovative car tire that harvests energy from friction. The tire is embedded with a new nanogenerator and electrodes, and when it rubs against the road it produces a small electric current. This occurrence is known as the triboelectric effect, and it reclaims energy that is otherwise lost during transit. The development has obvious applications for electric cars, and it could also improve the fuel efficiency of petrol-sucking vehicles.

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California governor signs law mandating vaccines for all kindergarteners

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial mandatory vaccination bill into law today, June 30, making California only the third state in the nation to enact such legislation.“The science is clear,” Brown wrote in his signing statement, “that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.” By adopting this bill as state law, California becomes the state with the toughest mandatory vaccine legislation on the books. The law effectively bans religious and philosophical exemptions for childhood vaccines for any child who enters public school in the state, beginning with kindergarten. Children currently enrolled in public schools who have an exemption on file will be grandfathered in until they reach the 7th grade, at which time they will be required to catch up with the state-mandated vaccination schedule. The two other (and much smaller) states with similar laws are Mississippi and West Virginia.

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Submit your sustainable design proposals to d3’s Natural Systems competition for a shot at $1,750

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New York-based stewardship organization d3 is inviting students and professionals to participate in their Natural Systems competition. The annual contest focuses on ecological design solutions that can change our world for the better. In the brief, the organizers seek “exemplary ideas that redefine architecture as an ecological project through the implementation of advanced technologies, materials, and social interventions that engage adaptability, globalization, and emergence.” There are no restrictions on site, scale, program, or building typology. The registration deadline is July 15, 2015 and the submission deadline is August 1, 2015.

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KAYIWA DINO is a 3D-printed, modular clothes rack that reinvents storage

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Just when you thought that clothing racks are to remain forever mundane, KAYIWA excavates the DINO. During the last decade, 3D printing technology advanced considerably, which allowed the DINO concept to be properly realized. Like all KAYIWA products, this clothes rack blurs the line between design and art. Suspended along an electro-polished stainless steel bar between spacers, hangers stay neat and organized to smoothly swing forward and back and/or move side-to-side for efficient hanging or removal of clothing. Hangers can be made in varying heights, to leave hanging space for long coats or to make them easy to reach for children or wheelchair users. Moreover, hangers can be loaded onto the bar in any order, according to the customer’s preference, to optimize the way they will be used.

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Ford's new Peer-2-Peer car sharing will let you rent your car to other…

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If your government gave you enough money every month to cover your bills, would you stay home at watch Netflix all day, or go out into the world and do meaningful things? This is the…

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