EXPO 2015 ENEL Pavilion is a virtual LED forest that visualizes the smart energy grid

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Google Signs Agreement with NYC Mayor to Replace NYC Taxis With Driverless Google Cabs

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If you’re sick of dealing with rude New York City cab drivers, we’ve got some welcome news for you. Yesterday Mayor de Blasio signed a contract with Google to start bringing Google’s patented driverless cars into the New York Taxi fleet. The mayor’s office said that there would be 5,000 driverless cabs on New York City streets by 2016. The driverless vehicle, which first came onto our radar in 2010, has already been legalized for street-use in the state of Nevada and was recently “driven” by a blind man through a Taco bell drive-thru. The driverless taxi cabs will be customized to meet the needs of busy New Yorkers, and each vehicle will come equipped with ATMs, food vending machines, and “better entertainment options” according to the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

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California's drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

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As California enters its fourth year of drought, there’s still no relief in sight. According to NASA, the state has just one year of water left, and in a last ditch effort cities are drilling wells to tap water that rained 20,000 years ago. Desperate times call for desperate measures – and California Governor Jerry Brown has come up with a bold solution inspired by a recent conference on climate change that he attended in freezing, snow-covered Boston: ship the East’s over-abundance of snow westward to quench the parched Golden State.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian buy entire NYC micro-apartment building to turn it into an "urban mega-mansion"

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After several months of highly publicized apartment hunting in New York City, Kim Kardashian and hubby Kanye West have closed on a new pad – but the tone-deaf purchase has many New Yorkers saying, “Oh, Yeez”. The celebrity couple considered several other posh addresses, including a penthouse in same building as Leonardo DiCaprio’s Greenwich Village eco-friendly digs, before deciding to buy out an entire micro-apartment building being constructed under the adAPT NYC plan to create smaller, more affordable housing options for New Yorkers. According to reports, the Kardashian-Wests paid three times the amount it cost the developers of MicroCube NY to erect the 7-story Soho tower, and have already begun consulting with their personal architecture team about how to gut the project and turn it into a “massive, urban mega-mansion.”

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Limestone Skyscrapers salvage mining sites with beautiful design

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Tesla unveils designs for a plug-in hybrid mobile home, the Model H

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The best designed products these days generally come with a hefty price point, and the Tesla brand epitomizes this. Elon Musk understands that many people are so desperate to own one of Tesla’s incredible sexy electric cars that they make great sacrifices to afford such an extravagant purchase. In an attempt to ease the burden, and perhaps expand their market share, Tesla unveiled plans for their next ground-breaking innovation: a plug-in hybrid mobile home.

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Source reveals Apple's new car will be autonomous—and powered by Siri

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Last month, rumors began swirling about a new Apple car after it was revealed that the company had hired a group of engineers from electric car battery manufacturer A123. In typical Apple fashion, the company hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumors, but some new details have surfaced after someone close to the project talked to reporters last week. While there are still few details, we do know two things: first, the new Apple car will be autonomous and second, it will be controlled by that voice that everyone loves to hate: Siri.

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Uber to roll out self-driving cars after receiving numerous complaints against drivers

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Hot on the heels of Elon Musk’s comment that he expects self-driving Teslas to be available by summer, Uber has announced that it is rolling out its own fleet of autonomous vehicles in select markets. The troubled transportation company, which has been at the center of controversy surrounding its driver screening process and passenger safety, said the move was a way to “better protect [its] customers by removing the human element.”

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Chevrolet unveils 2016 Malibu Hybrid at the New York Auto Show

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Chevrolet just unveiled its brand new 2016 Malibu Hybrid at the New York Auto Show – and it’s stylish, lighter, and more efficient thanks to a jolt of technology borrowed from the 2016 Chevy Volt. The brand new Malibu Hybrid gets over 45 miles to the gallon, and it features an 80-cell, 1.5 kw-h lithium-ion battery pack that can power car up to 55 mph before a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine kicks in.

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Noah Oasis Skyscraper transforms offshore oil rigs into vertical bio-habitats

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World's Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

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Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular, and new design ideas seem to pop up every other day. We’ve seen some pretty impressive micro dwellings from all over the world, but this miniature masterpiece from Tucson Arizona is officially the teensiest house on Earth – so small in fact that it is almost impossible to fit inside. Measuring a mere 2′ long by 2′ wide, the 4 square foot home is approximately the size of person, but thanks to a bit of ingenuity and space-saving design principles, it has everything its owner, 32-year-old Randall Walker, could possibly need.

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NYC's High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

by , 04/01/15
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Jeff Koons may want to hang a train over the High Line, but the park’s creators, Friends of the High Line, have decided to put a train back on the High Line in order to keep up with the park’s extreme popularity. Because of the park’s growing crowds every summer, which are anticipated to double when the final section is complete, the architects and engineers have decided it is time to put a people-mover style tram on the High Line to help pedestrians get from one side of the High Line to the other. While the original rails will still be daintily planted with wildflowers and grasses, a high-speed levitating train line will be built alongside the park to transport tired and crowd-weary tourists the 1.3-miles, end to end.

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The Grama Eco Vehicle Comes With A Green Roof!

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Innovation sometimes strikes from the least likely places, and this concept is proof of this statement. The Grama, by Portuguese luxury car company Tolos, is a hydrogen-powered vehicle that compliments its sleek design with a brand new fueling solution. Whereas most hydrogen vehicles face the problem of a lack of fueling stations, the Grama solves this by turning water into hydrogen thanks to its unique green roof!

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People-Powered Skyscraper to Claim New "World's Tallest" Crown in Dubai

It’s been just three months since the Burj Khalifa took the title of “world’s tallest building”, and already the shifting sands of Dubai have spawned a successor! A paragon of modern architecture, the iconic ICARUS tower is currently soaring towards the sky to become the next “World’s Tallest Building”. Designed by Daedalus Architects, the timeless skyscraper blends seamlessly into its surrounding environment and harnesses a nearly inexhaustible resource to provide for 100% of it’s energy needs: human labor.

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Man Hacks Prius to Run on San Francisco MUNI Electric Bus Power Lines

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When we first spotted this crazy picture of a Prius driver hitching a free energy ride on San Francisco’s MUNI power lines, we couldn’t believe it! Equipped with a giant trolley pole, the Franken-Prius hacks into the same overhead electrical system that propels the city’s buses, getting free power from San Francisco‘s public transportation infrastructure.

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Scientists Create World's First 3D-Printed 3D Printer!

Scientists Create World's First 3D-Printed 3D Printer!

Researchers at Germany's Doppelbock University just opened the door to the future of rapid prototyping technology by developing the world's first 3D-printed 3D printer! Dubbed the…

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Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

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China's copycat architecture trend has been well documented - so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian…

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NYC Will Replace Taxis With New Driverless Google Cabs

NYC Will Replace Taxis With New Driverless Google Cabs

News has just broke that NYC Mayor de Blasio has signed a contract with Google to replace all the city's yellow cabs with Google’s patented driverless cars. The mayor’s office…

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McDonald's to Add Lab-Grown 'Chicken' McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald's to Add Lab-Grown 'Chicken' McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald's just announced it will be the first fast food restaurant in the United States to add lab-grown meat to its menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin's lab-grown burger…

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Google Purchases Dubai’s World of Islands to Reconfigure into Google Shaped Floating Cities

Google Purchases Dubai’s World of Islands to Reconfigure into Google…

At the beginning of 2011, Dubai's most notorious man-made islands, a.k.a. The World, made a splash with news that they were slowly but surely sinking into the sea. Now, in a bizarre…

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