New Silk light bulbs automatically adjust brightness according to the time of day

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No one can underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Most of us have heard, yet maybe not followed, the advice to turn off bright lights and screens before going to bed because of the rousing effects light has on our brains. A new Kickstarter campaign by the company Saffron is introducing the Silk system of light bulbs to do the work for us. This system is connected through a series of bulbs which automatically adjust color temperature to the time of day and the Sun’s natural shifts in brightness.

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2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles

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In the market for a zero-emissions vehicle that can travel almost as far as a regular gas-powered vehicle? Up until now, you’re only choice has been the Tesla Model S with its 265 mile range, but Toyota has just announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has a driving range of 312 miles, which is longer than any other zero-emissions vehicle on the market.

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Plastic cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation

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Fairphone's new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials

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Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

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London's first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

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London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for their equipment. This week, the city’s first subterranean farm is nearing completion of ‘phase one’ of production, putting the producers just a few weeks away from delivering the first harvest of pea shoots, radishes, and celery to commercial customers.

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These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

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U.S., Brazil, and China make major commitments to clean energy

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Three of the world’s top source of greenhouse gases – the United States, Brazil, and China – all announced new goals on Tuesday that represent a serious commitment to clean energy and the health of our environment. Each of the three nations has announced it will implement efforts to reduce, or at least slow the growth of, greenhouse gas emissions, utilize more renewable energy sources, and protect natural resources like forests. Ramping up climate change initiatives isn’t likely to halt environmental destruction, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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A sprawling dragon with a mane of plants reaches through a Parisian art venue

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Volkswagen is working on a 186-mile range electric car

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In the next few years electric cars are set to finally take a big jump forward with the arrival of several models that will have a driving range around 200 miles – much longer than today’s models. Chevy and Nissan have already announced plans to introduce new longer range electric cars and now Volkswagen has announced that it is also working on new battery technology.

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Gorgeous cantilevering green-roofed home soars over Beverly Hills

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Edith Macefield's 'Up' house may be razed, as new owners say it would cost too much to save

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Back in April, an incredible little house in Seattle went up for auction. Now, Edith Macefield’s 600-square-foot Ballard bungalow may be destroyed, as the auction winners realize how costly it would be to bring the house back up to code. Macefield became the poster child of homeowners fighting corporate developers when she refused offers of up to $1 million, forcing the real estate development company to build a shopping mall around her tiny abode. Prior to the auction, the investment management company that owns the property toyed with plans to raze the house, but decided instead to make a last ditch effort to find a new buyer to restore it.

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MAD Architects unveil green-walled garden homes for Beverly Hills

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MAD Architects unveiled their first residential project in Beverly Hills and it looks like a luscious green hillside in the center of the city. Topped with clustered glass villas, 8600 Wilshire includes 18 residential units blended with commercial spaces on the main level. The project combines private gardens, townhouse architecture and condominiums, wrapped in a water-efficient “living wall” containing drought-tolerant succulents and vines.

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Infographic: Ditch the clutter with this space-saving encyclopedia

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It’s easy to get attached to the things in our lives, but clutter wastes more than just space. We spend nearly 2 years out of our lives dealing with clutter and 40% of cleaning time is spent dealing with stuff we don’t need or use. This infographic will set you on the path to clean, clutter-free home. Use the handy flowcharts to determine what to keep and what to ditch, and then use the storage tips to get your keeper pile in shape.

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Urban beekeeping is safer thanks to Francesco Faccin's sweet Honey Factory

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In an effort to preserve the ancient art of beekeeping and safely bring it to a new, urban audience, industrial designer Francesco Faccin has created the Honey Factory. The metal and wood parallelogram structure features a prominent chimney that forms a focal point for the piece of micro architecture, while protecting the bees from harm. A viewing window towards the base of the structure, meanwhile, provides a close-up view of the hives and beekeeping in action for budding apiarists of all ages.

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We're giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

We're giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

My Green Mattress founder Tim Masters was first drawn to the business not for financial reasons, but as a worried parent. Soon after Tim and his wife Cindy's second daughter Emily was…

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Eat and drink at these fun floating bars and restaurants this summer

Eat and drink at these fun floating bars and restaurants this summer

THE WATER TABLE If the idea of savoring a three-course tasting menu featuring local and seasonal ingredients aboard a historic vessel built during World War II floats your boat, head…

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Exquisite copper-plated Ecumenical Art Chapel ages with the trees in Finland

Exquisite copper-plated Ecumenical Art Chapel ages with the trees in…

The 300 square foot structure is striking without even stepping foot aside. The tall, pointed outer walls are plated with copper. It is no misstep that the siding chosen is one that…

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Could the world's first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to a neighborhood near you?

Could the world's first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to a…

One company seeks to close the gap on the one thing you can’t do in New York City: swim in the river. +POOL is looking at a number of locations to install a floating, water-filtering…

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Testicle-eating fish return to New Jersey

Testicle-eating fish return to New Jersey

"The return of the testicle-eating fish" sounds more like a b-movie that should never happen, let alone an actual news item. But, alas, another of those slightly freaky looking fish…

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