The first humans were smaller and "scrappy," new study shows

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The first humans were smaller, but “scrappy” according to a new comprehensive data set. These humans emerged from South Africa and were from a smaller-bodied species called Homo habilis, also known as “The Handy Man.” This is a complete shake-up of the human family tree. It’s been theorized for many years that the first humans to leave Africa were related to Homo erectus, a tall, muscular human. It wasn’t so, say scientists at Simon Fraser University.

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Gorgeous cantilevering roof made of timber tops Hungary's spectacular new Pancho Arena

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Large-scale solar is nearly the same cost as other fuels in world's three biggest markets

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If you remember anything from your first economics class, it probably has something to do with supply and demand. The more abundant a product, the lower the price drops. In the case of rapidly growing technologies like solar power, a plummeting price tag means an increase in demand, illustrating the economic principles perfectly. Large scale solar – the avenues that bring sun energy to utility company grids – has seen such substantial advancements recently that solar energy is now at near wholesale price parity with other sources of grid power in the three biggest markets on earth. According to industry experts, things could heat up even more in the future of solar power.

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The UK's largest earth sculpture is a gigantic horse leaping across the land

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Camp out with cute kitties at Purina ONE's Cat Camp starting tomorrow in NYC (VIDEO)

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum tunnels through an alpine peak

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World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide to be installed on Anish Kapoor's London tower

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Rotterdam is building the world's largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

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Daniel Libeskind to build soaring pyramid skyscraper in Jerusalem

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Israel is embracing Egypt’s architectural heritage with a new tower for Jerusalem. Studio Daniel Libeskind and local architect Yigal Levi recently got the green light to build a towering pyramid-shaped skyscraper in the holy city’s downtown area. Called the Pyramid, this multi-purpose tower will offer shopping areas and residential units atop the old Eden theater, near the Machane Yehuda market.

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American public calls for extradition of lion poacher Walter Palmer

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filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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The American dentist who allegedly paid $55,000 to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has come under fire since his identity was disclosed to the public this week. Stories about Cecil the lion and the hunter who killed him, Walter Palmer of Minnesota, have soared to the top of trending lists on Facebook and Twitter, and numerous angry bloggers, editorialists, and TV hosts have attacked the dentist for his actions. Local hunter Theo Bronkhorst was charged with failing to prevent an illegal hunt in court yesterday, according to NY Daily News, and now members of the American public are calling for Palmer’s extradition to Zimbabwe so he too can atone for his actions.

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8 common weeds you probably never thought you could eat

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Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

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Google Street View cars have been patrolling for years now, providing all kinds of information about the world we live in (and creeping us out when we search for our own homes). Recently, Google partnered with Aclima, a company that develops mobile sensor networks, to equip their cars with the ability to collect air pollution data. The sensors can gather data related to common pollutants, including carbon dioxide, carbon monixide, nitrogen dioxide, black carbon, nitric oxide, methane, particulate matter, and more.

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Richard Branson calls to protect all sharks after surfer Mick Fanning's amazing escape

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Sir Richard Branson is using Mick Fanning’s recent brush with death in South Africa to call for greater protection for all sharks. He urged in a recent blog post that “the coverage of this highly unusual event should not be used as an excuse to mount further campaigns to kill even more sharks.” Fanning fought off a shark during the J-Bay Open surfing competition by punching the shark and then swimming away. Though he escaped unharmed, Fanning has said that it could be months before he can get back into the water.

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Eero Saarinen's iconic JFK terminal to be reborn as swanky airport hotel and convention center

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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JFK’s Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center is one of NYC’s most iconic structures, but has sat empty and unused on the grounds of the airport for the past 14 years. Now all of that is about to change with the announcement that MCR Development will revamp the famous architect’s building into a lavish hotel and convention center and open it back up to the public. According to Governor Cuomo, who delivered the good news this week at a luncheon in Manhattan, the project will seek LEED certification and include a 505-room hotel, a museum dedicated to the Jet Age and 40,000 square feet of conference space. The renovation will aim for a “complete rehabilitation of the national landmark to its 1962 glory,” according to an MCR press release.

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Roger Partners and ASD unveil plans for a new public pier in St. Petersburg, Florida

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Ford's new headlights can automatically shine a light on pedestrians and animals

Ford's new headlights can automatically shine a light on pedestrians…

Driving at night can be a bit unnerving on unlit roads, since it can be a bit difficult to see potential hazards on the road. Ford has revealed that it is working on new advanced…

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NEXT Architects reveals undulating Shouxi Stone-inspired Fuzhou apartment complex

NEXT Architects reveals undulating Shouxi Stone-inspired Fuzhou…

Architecture firm NEXT completed an apartment complex inspired by the famous local 'seal-stone' or 'shouxi-stone' of Fuzhou, the capital of the Fujian Province. The meandering balconies…

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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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This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs

This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs

Located next to the regular stairwell, the pooch-friendly staircase has smaller steps and even a doggy balustrade. The short riser height and shallow incline translates to a much longer…

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