This home in rural Ghana was built from rammed earth and recycled plastic

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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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Monsanto may be to blame for soaring suicide rates among farmers in India

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In India, the suicide rate among farmers is an alarming 47 percent higher than workers in other sectors, and the figures continue to rise year after year. Environmental activists are blaming the deaths on Monsanto, the multinational corporation that has the market cornered on the insecticide-infused crop known as Bt Cotton. The genetically modified cotton contains Bacillus thuringiensis bacterium, from which it gets its name, and Monsanto‘s fierce restrictions concerning the saving and selling of seeds has put an enormous stress on farmers. Read on to learn more about the controversy between Monsanto and environmental activists in India.

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Tres Birds Workshop's Wooden Nests Mimic Bird Habitats in Vail, CO

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

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Edith Macefield's famed "Up" house is being saved by a 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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Prince Charles turns royal gardens into a woodland playground for grandson Prince George

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Even England’s royalty can’t resist a good treehouse. Prince Charles recently renovated a portion of the Highgrove gardens into a royal woodland playground with a treehouse for his two-year-old grandson, Prince George. The new toddler wonderland is located in The Stumpery, a playground designed by William Bertram for the then five and three-year-old princes, William and Harry. The original design included a thatched roof treehouse, designed for William’s seventh birthday, which has now been relocated and passed down to Prince George.

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UPDATED: Cecil the lion's brother Jericho confirmed to be alive

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While the world is still mourning the loss of Cecil the lion, news circulated that his brother Jericho was killed yesterday by poachers hunting illegally in the park. However, Brent Stapelkamp, the Oxford University researcher tracking the lion, dismissed the erroneous reports of death and confirmed that Jericho is still alive and well. Oxford University tweeted a photo of Jericho earlier today as proof of life.

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Architects 'Turn Around' an Aging Victorian Home to Flood it With Natural Light

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Refuge Tonneau: Cassina's 1930s Pod Home Looks Like a Futuristic Space Shuttle

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Colossal Green Value Farm Flourishes Within a Former Factory in China

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Escape Traveler is a tiny cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

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This Brilliant Rekindle Candlestick Turns Melted Wax Into a Fresh New Candle

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Designer Benjamin Shine has created a brilliant regenerative candle holder that transforms melted wax into a fresh new candle! The Rekindle Candlestick lets users reuse a candle over and over again by collecting the wax in a tube as it burns. To reuse the candle wax, a fresh wick just needs to be introduced into the tube of newly melted wax. Although the quantity of wax reduces slightly with each cycle, a typical candle can be reused at least twelve times after the first burn.

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The SunPort lets you support solar power any time, anywhere

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A little company called SunPort has launched a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way. SunPort is a smart device that looks like an ordinary outlet extender, but it does something pretty spectacular. This smart little gadget lets you power anything with solar energy without the need for solar panels. It’s completely portable, too, so green-minded techies can take advantage of renewable energy at home, at school, or on the road, all with one little plug.

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Cacoon is a hanging tent that lets you get away from it all

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The Cacoon hanging tent is the perfect place to escape from it all. Part hammock, part tent, it’s an indoor/outdoor cocoon that can travel wherever you go – even if you never leave your home. Built to resist wind, rain and sea, the Cacoon comes in two handy sizes and any color you can dream up.

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Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

Since 2010, the number of homeless people 'sleeping rough' on the streets of London has risen 77 percent, according to James Furzer, the architectural assistant at Spatial Design…

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Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

Nabire was a 31-year-old Northern White Rhino who called Czech Republic's Dvur Kralove Zoo home until her death, which was announced Tuesday. Nabire suffered from uterine cysts, which…

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Exclusive video: The Barr Brothers perform at the Pickathon Music Festival

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Somewhere between a dusty Americana and West African groove lies the soulful grit and instrumentally diverse folk-rock sound evoked from The Barr Brothers. The Montreal-based quartet…

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Patrick Nadeau's Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

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The Wave Home has two floors. On the ground level the living room, kitchen and multimedia space open up towards the exterior by sliding walls. The upper level houses two bedrooms and a…

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Facebook unveils solar-powered Aquila plane that will beam the internet to remote locations

Facebook unveils solar-powered Aquila plane that will beam the…

It has long been in the works, but Facebook’s solar-powered, internet-giving plane is finally ready to take to the skies. The social media giant recently unveiled the Aquila, a…

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