Why didn't the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

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New reports indicate that the California pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean on May 19th is the only pipeline of its kind in the United States without an auto shut-off valve. Several decades ago, the original owner of the Plains All American Pipeline argued in a Santa Barbara County court that since the pipeline is part of an interstate network and federal regulators are not required to have an auto shut off valve, they should also be exempt. They won the argument and the pipeline hasn’t had an auto shut-off valve since.

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Portable, low-energy shipping container office pops up in Copenhagen

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Poop-powered bus breaks world speed record

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The UK’s poop-powered bus has set a speed record for a regular service bus with a top speed of 76.8 miles per hour (123.5kph). The vehicle is called the ‘Bus Hound’ (a tongue-in-cheek homage to supersonic Bloodhound SSC) and it’s powered by biomethane derived from cow manure. Operated by Reading Buses, the Bus Hound is decorated with a black and white skin reminiscent of the Friesian cows used for milk production around Britain, and it’s said to sound like a Vulcan bomber.

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Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

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What design do you think would represent the planet Earth best if we ever got in contact with other civilizations? Designer Oskar Pernefeldt has an idea. He created a white flower-like geometric shape and placed it on a blue background, offering up an emblem that could potentially become our planet’s flag design.

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How one Bay Area couple plans to save the bees by planting one billion wildflowers

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Solar-powered Christian Street House is made from locally sourced materials in Brisbane

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Watch this man set the world record for farthest hoverboard flight

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Catalin Alexandru Duru, an inventor from Canada, set the world’s record recently for the longest flight by hoverboard. Ever since Marty McFly surfed the streets of Hill Valley on a hoverboard, everyone has wanted one. Since McFly’s venture on the hoverboard was actually set in 2015, it only seems logical that Duru’s flight would take place in the same year.

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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

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YOD Design Lab's modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine

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Splyt's LED light trees are made from modular parts - so you can build your own!

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Do you ever look at designers and think, wow, I wish I could do that? Well, there’s a way for you to try out your lighting design skills without having to do all the hard work thanks to Jason Krugman and Scott Leinweber, who teamed up in Brooklyn to create a line of interactive lighting systems that are both simple and affordable. We ran into the duo at the ICFF furniture fair, a giant candy store for design aficionados. Hit the jump for a closer look at the Splyt lights and learn how you can create your own.

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Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions

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Chakour Studios is aiming to provide creative and comfortable spaces for children where they can learn and play using modular design that offers flexibility and ease. Depending on where the pod is used, the user can plug in various materials based on local functional requirements, climate, cost and regional availability.  Called Plug n Play, the very first building will be situated within the grounds of Tsast Altai school in the west of Mongolia, where the module will be designed to take advantage of local conditions and materials. Once completed, the space will host 100 pupils in an environmentally-friendly space that can withstand the extreme Mongolian climate.

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80% of popular sunscreens don't protect your skin and may be harmful to your health

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It’s summertime, which means people are trusting sunscreen to protect them from the sun during outdoor activities. But the 9th annual sunscreen guide released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals that 80 percent of 1,700 sunscreens on the market are not only ineffective, they also contain chemicals that are harmful to human health. Using a scoring system of 1-8 that measures everything from cost to toxicity, with one being the most benign and eight being the most harmful, the EWG rates the best and worst sunscreens available today. The most egregious products were nominated for EWG’s Hall of Shame. Hit the jump to find out why Neutrogena is considered the most shameful of all brands, and which products you can trust.

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Bjarke Ingels chosen to design swanky yet 'affordable' High Line-hugging condos in Chelsea

by , 05/26/15
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It looks like ubiquitous Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group is the latest to join the list of famous names designing buildings along NYC’s High Line. According to Bloomberg, BIG was recently chosen to design the new HFZ Capital condo development located next to the Chelsea park. The project at 501 West 17th Street is expected to have 300 two- and three-bedroom apartments spread out between two 28-and 38-story towers. Although the property sale was one of the most expensive in NYC’s history, it’s reported that the rent of the luxury condos will be set within a reasonable range. Well, reasonable for some, that is.

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New EPA water rule will protect streams and add to Obama's environmental legacy

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A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, expected to be released this week, is a clarification of the Clean Water Act, specifying which streams and wetlands are under protection by the EPA. The move will add to President Barack Obama‘s record of taking executive action on environmental protection.

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FitDesk Lets You Pedal Your Way to Fitness While You Work

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Telecommuting saves workers money on subway or gas costs while conserving energy – but it can also mean less exercise. The folks at FitDesk have a solution – a brilliant bicycle/desk that combines work and exercise! The stationary cycling system has a mount for your laptop, allowing you to burn calories while answering emails.

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Mayor de Blasio opens first rebuilt section of new resilient Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

Mayor de Blasio opens first rebuilt section of new resilient Rockaway…

TEXT “Today is a great day for the Rockaways and for our city. The boardwalk is central to this community’s history and identity – and the new boardwalk will be a…

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Artist creates impossibly realistic murals in Hawaiian waterways while balanced on a surfboard

Artist creates impossibly realistic murals in Hawaiian waterways while…

The attention to detail, such as lighting and making sure the pieces just meet the water line, truly deliver the illusion that giant beauties are bathing in the river. The NYC-based…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How vertical farming could help cities feed themselves

INFOGRAPHIC: How vertical farming could help cities feed themselves

As arable land decreases and urban populations increase, planners and designers worldwide have begun looking at vertical farming as a way to boost urban food security. Like its name…

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Massive storms bring flooding, tornadoes to Texas and Oklahoma

Massive storms bring flooding, tornadoes to Texas and Oklahoma

Flash floods in Texas and Oklahoma have created a disaster situation that Texas governor Greg Abbott likens to a tsunami. On Monday, Abbott declared a state of emergency in 37 Texas…

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Portland shuts down a car lane to make room for more cyclists

Portland shuts down a car lane to make room for more cyclists

The city of Portland, Oregon is giving the city's bikers and pedestrians, if only for a little while. As of Friday (May 22) and through June 5, the city is creating “pop-up” bike…

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