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Tablo upcycles lamps upcycled from the most unexpected household items

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Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

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Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

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Move over Tesla, this is the Toroidion. It’s Finnish. No one knows how to pronounce it, so don’t worry about that. All you need to know is that it’s very pretty and — oh yeah, it’s electric. In fact, it’s described as a megawatt supercar - that’s right, a supercar. It’s full name is Toroidion 1MW Supercar and it is the result of a four year effort by Pasi Pennanen, a former designer for Jaguar and Zagato.

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Vineyard Schmidt's striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

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UK artist transforms salvaged circuit boards into gorgeous lifelike insects

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Kengo Kuma's striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

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Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint

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The Casa Caja "Box House" by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

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MIT's self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now)

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The future is here. We have in our midst self-sustaining homesself-charging cell phones, and even a variety of self-driving cars. MIT engineers are digging on the autonomous vibe, and working to develop furniture that puts itself together. Whaaaat?

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Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

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filed under: Human Relief Efforts, News

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The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, near Kathmandu, has devastated the region and left thousands dead. Rescue and recovery efforts are still underway in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh, as many people are missing. A natural disaster like this leaves people, their homes, and cities torn asunder, and 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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Nepal quake leaves widespread devastation and thousands dead

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A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal a few minute before noon local time on Saturday, April 25, killing hundreds and sending a ripple of aftershocks through the country and into India, China, and Bangladesh. The shaking caused buildings to crumble in the country’s capital of Kathmandu, 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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Scientists discover the world's strongest natural material

by , 04/26/15
filed under: biomimicry, News, Science

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Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—at least, their teeth are. According to a new study from the University of Portsmouth, the strongest material found in nature is the tooth of a tiny sea creature. The aquatic, snail-like creatures’ millimeter-long teeth feature a biological structure so strong that it could provide us with a way to build tougher cars and planes in the future.

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Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids & adults

by , 04/26/15
filed under: DIY, Health, How To, Inhabitots

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Sleep troubles? Not for long! What you might not know about sleep is that human bodies (and brains) rely on magnesium to make that possible. Magnesium is in many foods we eat, as well as available in multivitamins and in other supplements, but it’s also easily absorbed through the skin. Homemade magnesium lotion is a great way to get a little extra boost of magnesium at bedtime and, best of all, it’s ideal for all members of your family—even your newest addition. Read on to learn how to make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium that could help you get a better night’s sleep tonight and every night.

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Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

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Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees

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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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Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

New to the Kickstarter scene, the SolarPuff lantern is an ingenious little creation with the power to revolutionize the way we illuminate our world. This portable origami-like light…

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Anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse prompts reflection over changes in garment industry safety

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Friday marked the second anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, the deadliest garment factory accident in history that claimed 1,129 lives and injured over 2,000 more in Dhaka,…

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

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

Harvey and Yu’s design team spent one month researching the preferences of the Portland team members before designing the space for the over 200-person staff, most of whom were…

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

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Spanish manufacturer of hand-made lamps, PET Lamp, creates colorful collections of pendant lamps using indigenous craft techniques from all over the world. Their latest collection,…

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