Yunak Evleri is a 5-star hotel built into ancient Turkish caves

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Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

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Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a centrifuge, which enables medical professionals to test for issues like anemia, bone marrow failure and leukemia. The low-tech device was developed to help people living in rural regions across Africa.

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Berlin T-shirt vending machine shows shoppers real cost of cheap fashion

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Would you be tempted to buy a T-shirt from a flashy-looking urban vending machine for less than $3? Berliners recently had the opportunity and many pounced, unaware that their attempted purchase was part of an awareness-raising campaign related to Fashion Revolution Day. The aqua-and-black painted machine offered T-shirts for just €2 or roughly $2.25 USD, but instead, would-be T-shirt buyers received a surprise: images of sweatshop labor with statistics on the abysmally low wages textile workers earn by making cheap T-shirts and such. Click through to learn more about this campaign and see a video of the vending machine in question, as well as find out how you can get involved.

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Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

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Undulating German pavilion brings a "field of ideas" to 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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Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

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

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Tesla’s long awaited home battery is now on the market. Late in the evening on April 30, Tesla CEO Elon Musk kept his promise for his hotly anticipated announcement about the company’s next product line. Musk admitted the week prior that the announcement would indeed be about the home battery he promised earlier in the year, the details of which have been quite secretive until, well, the announcement. Musk took the stage at 8pm PST on a Thursday evening to make the announcement, in which he wowed the crowd by directing people to the Tesla website, where the stationary battery is already available for pre-order and scheduled to ship within a few months.

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Jon Stewart and his wife are turning NJ farm into a sanctuary for rescued animals

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It’s pretty much the understatement of the century to say that Jon Stewart, departing host of The Daily Show, has a lot of fans. However, Stewart will gain some new fans as he prepares for his post-TV days, and a lot of them will be furry. Stewart and his wife, Tracey, have purchased a New Jersey farm and plan to turn it into an animal sanctuary, where rescued farm animals can live out their natural lives in peace. Can you hear the collective “awwww” from animal-loving fans of The Daily Show?

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This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

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What happens to a drone when it crash lands? Besides polluting or damaging a potentially sensitive environment, it could also mean, at least for the military, that people you are spying on will know, well, that you are spying. This clever bio-drone is made from mushrooms, so it simply degrades into an inconspicuous smudge when it makes a crash landing.

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Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

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A mysterious green rock called olivine could be the key to fighting climate change. The unique mineral has a curious property – it’s able to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere – and it could potentially turn the tide in the losing battle against global warming. Retired geochemist Olaf Schuiling believes the rock could remove enough CO2 from the atmosphere to halt climate change.

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Abandoned Torpedo Station Transformed Into the Coolest Water Sports Venue in the Baltic Sea

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Unatti Foundation girls selflessly cook for thousands of earthquake victims

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The young Nepali women of the nonprofit Unatti Foundation have responded to Nepal’s devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake in a big-hearted way. These young humanitarians, aged from 4 to 20, are helping cook for over 3,500 people affected by the earthquake in Bhaktapur. The 18 girls and women are a part of Unatti Foundation’s group home, which works to educate and empower underserved girls who are often rescued from child labor. You can click here to find out how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake or learn more about the Unatti Foundation girls’ noble efforts in the link below.

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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

This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel

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…

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

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

A giant corn on the cob has popped up in Milan, but it's probably not very tasty. Logeur Design conceived Mexico's pavilion for Milan Expo as a representation of the country's immense…

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MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

MetaWear wants to make textile manufacturing ethical and sustainable

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…

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Interlocking windmills make green energy as easy as assembling LEGOs

Interlocking windmills make green energy as easy as assembling LEGOs

The German company EMAMIDESIGN has developed an innovative way to harness the power of wind. Interlocking, compact windmills combine to make the Windflock energy system capable of…

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

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

  New York State is stepping up and shutting off to protect migratory birds from light pollution. On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all non-essential outdoor…

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