Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work environment

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PET Lamp's Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

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Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

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Devastating 7.8 earthquake kills hundreds in Nepal

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A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal today, killing hundreds and sending a ripple of aftershocks through the country. The shaking caused buildings to crumble in the country’s capital of Katmandu, including a historic 200-foot watchtower that was occupied by tourists when the quake struck. The earthquake also caused avalanches and shifting on Mount Everest, killing hikers on the mountain.

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JetBlue and Manhattan Portage are turning uniforms into carryalls

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JetBlue is partnering with bag-makers Manhattan Portage to turn decommissioned uniforms into trendy bags. The airliner is taking its its unused flight gear and turning it into a collection of carryalls. “When we launched our new uniforms, it was important to us to keep the fabric from the old and unworn uniforms out of landfills by putting them to good use,” says Sophia Mendelsohn, head of sustainability at JetBlue.

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100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

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Falling Fruit map guides you to local fruit that you can forage for free

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Get ready for harvest season! In a few months, the trees will be overloaded with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from trees on publicly accessible land for free? To make things easy, nonprofit Falling Fruit has created a map that guides you to all of the delicious fruit out there just ready for the taking. With over 600,000 locations, there’s bound to be something in your neck of the woods. Plan ahead now to make the most out of your local harvest.

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

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Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot—or wherever we may be at the moment—and I think: “Wow. This is all I own in the world.” Everything in the world that I have to my name is currently inside a 1975 International Harvester school bus, and really, we don’t have much. We bought the bus in Alaska and have driven it over 4,000 miles in 6 months, exploring the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest.

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FlipCrown lets you flat-pack your bike for easy storage

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As the number of people riding bikes in cities increases, so does the difficulty of finding adequate space to store those bicycles. As a result, bicycles are often stored outside on the street and are vulnerable to harsh weather and thieves. That’s why designers Rob De Schutter and Patrick Jacquet developed FlipCrown, a product that can be retrofitted to most bicycles to allow handlebars to be turned or flipped 90° for easy storage. When combined with FlipCrown’s chrome quick-release pedals and custom bicycle shelf, a bicycle can even be mounted on the wall like a piece of art. Interested in flat-packing your bicycled for easy storage? Head over to the FlipCrown Indiegogo page to support them and to place an early-bird order.

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Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts in a stunning spectacle after 42 years dormant

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Mother Earth let out her own ‘celebration’ of sorts on Earth Day this year, in the form of the eruption of Chile’s Calbuco volcano. For the first time in 42 years, the volcano erupted and sent a billowing tower of ash up toward the clouds. Over 4,000 area residents within a 12-mile radius were forced to evacuate their homes and, thanks to living in the information age, amazing photography and video of the natural spectacle were available online within minutes. The volcano, which showed no signs of activity prior to the first eruption, actually exploded twice within a few hours. Stunning photos of the eruption capture a mystical scene that looks almost too amazing to be real, but it most certainly is.

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine - it's also an incredible circular apartment building

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Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

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Imagine what it would be like to live without electricity. If you wanted to do anything after sundown, such as cook, work or read, you would need a portable lantern like a kerosene lamp. The reality for the 1.6 billion people around the globe who don’t have access to electricity is that they need to rely on kerosene lamps, which are not only air-polluting, bad for respiratory health and create fire hazards, but also are extremely expensive to fuel. The ingeniously adorable Solarpuff solar lantern hopes to change that by providing a portable, safe, healthy and free nighttime light source to the billions of people around the globe who need it.

Solarpuff has just launched a Kickstarter campaign which could help change the world. Help them kickstart this initiative by buying one! They’re awesome for folks in the developed world too—they make a great portable lamp for camping, emergencies, going off grid, or just illuminating your nights with something beautiful.

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La Capsula preserves existing green space with a pod-like home addition

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why gardening is surprisingly good for your health

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Gardening is great for your yard and the environment, but did you know it is also great for your body and mind? It’s true – the humble act of digging in the dirt will do some remarkable things for your health. Not only can it be a great stress reliever, but it can also help protect your brain against aging and reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. Check out the infographic below to find out all the marvelous reasons to dig in to a garden this year. 

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This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might not know

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This powerful video, titled “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic“, uses a Rube Goldberg machine to follow the journey a plastic bottle takes from “factory to home” to shed light on the unintended consequences plastic waste has on our environment, and what we can do to eliminate waste, and save money. For example, did you know that 8 percent of all oil extracted from the planet is used to make plastic? Or that 91 percent of plastic never gets recycled? Every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form… and hopefully this video can shed a bit of light on the planet’s plastic woes, and how they can be addressed.

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The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green…

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected the best green buildings of 2015 that enhance and promote ecological design. The projects feature different integrated approaches to…

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Loopwheels may offer the smoothest ride you've ever felt

Loopwheels may offer the smoothest ride you've ever felt

Why reinvent the wheel? Because sometimes it makes for a better bike. Loopwheels are a completely new type of bicycle wheel. They have suspension within the wheel itself. Instead of…

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Minimalist LED Mould Lamps look like balloons extending from rustic wooden blocks

Minimalist LED Mould Lamps look like balloons extending from rustic…

The collection, named Moulds, have a raw look that reminds of industrial design. With a clean geometric appearance and a combination of contrasting materials, these stunning pendant…

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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los…

Dwell on Design, America’s largest design event, will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this…

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New electric aircraft motor has an output five times that of its competition

New electric aircraft motor has an output five times that of its…

In what could be a breakthrough development for electricity powered aviation, researchers at Siemens have come up with a new kind of electric motor that can delver a continuous output…

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