Beijing Olympics déjà vu as city is chosen to host 2022 Winter Games

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It was a close vote, but Beijing has been selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Chinese capital beat out Almaty, Kazakhstan 44 to 40 in an International Olympic Committee ballot today in Kuala Lumpur. The decision puts Beijing in the unique position of being the first city ever chosen to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Some of the factors that helped push the city over the top include its plan to reuse some of its existing infrastructure from the 2008 Summer Olympics like Herzog and de Meuron’s famous Bird’s Nest stadium and the award-winning Watercube, as well as talk of a new high-speed rail system that would benefit the area well after the games are over.

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Facebook unveils long-awaited solar-powered Aquila internet plane

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Long in the works, Facebook’s solar-powered, internet-giving plane is finally ready to take flight. The social media giant recently unveiled the Aquila, a V-shaped drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, which will be used to deliver Internet services to developing regions around the world. There are currently 5 billion people who lack access to the information superhighway. That number represents a lot of untapped Likes. Facebook hopes its autonomous plane will help to bring these potential Friends into the fold.

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Fascinating floating city shaped like a manta ray would be 100% self-sustaining

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French architect Jacques Rougerie has envisioned a giant floating city which bears a striking resemblance to a manta ray. He discusses his love for the ocean in an interview, where he calls himself a “mérien,” a term he coined which translates to “one belonging to the sea.” His dream is for likeminded individuals to populate his City of Mériens, to conduct research on the surrounding ocean.

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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 nonprofit

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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

by , 07/30/15
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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

Daniel Libeskind to build soaring pyramid skyscraper in Jerusalem

Studio Daniel Libeskind and local architect Yigal Levi, unveiled  new renderings of the high-rise design in Jerusalem's downtown area, first unveiled in 2011. Dubbed the Pyramid, this…

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Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

Google Street View cars have been patrolling for years now, providing limitless information about the world we live in and creeping us out when we search for our own homes. Recently,…

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

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

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…

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Toyssimi brings together children and designers to create dream toys for charity

Toyssimi brings together children and designers to create dream toys…

TOYSSIMI 100 Children + 100 Designers = 100 Extraordinary Toys and even more 24 July – 11 September 2015 TDMEducation - La Balena At the TDMEducation - La Balena area,…

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The first humans were smaller and

The first humans were smaller and "scrappy," new study shows

The first humans were smaller, but “scrappy” according to a new comprehensible dataset. These humans emerged from South Africa and were from a smaller-bodied species called Homo…

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