Stunning see-through church is made from stacked weathered steel

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Tesla drivers make a recordbreaking 452.8 mile road trip on a single charge

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Since the advent of electric cars, range anxiety has plagued drivers, limiting their road trips based on the number of miles one could conceivably travel on a single charge. Although Tesla is rapidly solving that problem for owners of their cars by expanding the Supercharger network at lightning speed, many intrepid Tesla drivers still like to toy with testing the limits. Tesla owners and enthusiasts Bjørn Nyland and Morgan Tørvolt wanted to see how far a Tesla Model S P85D really can travel on a single charge, so they embarked on a test to find out. This pair of friends was able to stretch an amazing 452.8 miles (728 km) out of a single charge in their effort, which they documented on video.

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Chinese welder spends a year building life-size Transformers model for his lucky son

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The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system by earning more points than they give

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The Tesla Model S P85D hit the market last December and Consumer Reports did what they do best; they evaluated the heck out of it. The electric luxury car performed so well in nearly every test that is somehow managed to rack up 103 points in a system that doesn’t go past 100. Essentially, the P85D is the best performing and most energy efficient car Consumer Reports has ever tested – so much so that the test team had to overhaul the scoring system just to make sense of the car’s amazing rating.

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Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

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1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

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One of the world's largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

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NASA satellites are pretty nifty, in large part because they capture world events that we might not know about otherwise. That’s what happened recently, when NASA’s Landsat 8 recorded the image above on August 16 of Greenland’s Jakobshavn glacier, which is one of the world’s largest and fastest melting, which. When researchers compared recent images to images captured two weeks ago, they discovered that the glacier just lost an enormous chunk of ice. So big, in fact, that it may be the largest chunk of ice loss ever recorded.

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Design Seoul’s new urban space in the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural Space Competition

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The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural Space Design Competition for the redesign of the capital’s former National Tax Service Building Site. The 5,188-square-meter site includes two underground areas and a street level space. Design proposals should consider creative ways to repurpose existing structures, retain a historical and cultural sense of place, link the development with Seoul’s neighboring cultural heritage sites, bolster pedestrian-friendly circulation, and develop attractive public gathering spaces. All professionals, whether from architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design, are welcome to enter; however, at least one member of the team must be a licensed architect (from any country). The winning team will be awarded the design contract. Registration ends September 24 and submissions are due by September 25, 2015.

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Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

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The excitement is already building for the world’s largest green architecture event, as this year’s Greenbuild prepares to take over the great city of Washington D.C! The Greenbuild expo is one of the best places for building professionals to discover the latest green building innovations and connect with like-minded industry professionals looking to improve our world through sustainable design. If you’re passionate about this industry, this ‘Monumental Green’ event is not to be missed. The festivities will kick off in Washington, D.C., on Monday, November 16th and continue through Friday, November 20th.

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5 life-changing projects take home top honors in world's largest design awards

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Inhabitat is reporting live tonight from Helsingor, Denmark where the world’s largest design prize was just awarded to five different projects that have the potential to impact people’s lives in a positive way across the globe. With a total prize of €500,000, the INDEX: Awards is the only design competition that focuses specifically on projects that are functional, usable, desirable, and above all, that change the world for the better. A whopping 1,123 nominations were received from 72 countries, which were finally whittled down to five winners by a jury in five categories: community, work, home, body and play and learning. So without further ado, the winners are…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Solar power on the large and small scale

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The sun has become one of the leading sources of clean and renewable energy in the US. More specifically, during the third quarter of 2014, panels that generate 1,354 MW of solar were installed in various parts of the country, which represents a 41% increase in solar power generating capability in comparison to the same period in 2013. While total solar output in the U.S. is still low, new technology, subsidies and the creation of sizable solar farms show that solar is continuing to advance and will remain an important employment avenue for future engineers. To learn more about solar, and how it can change our lives, check out the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Masters in Electrical Engineering degree program.

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Solar-powered Re-ainbow center helps Vietnamese community adapt to climate change

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Obama announces plans to bring energy efficiency to households across the US

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Last month, Obama announced his plan to increase renewable energy use in the United States, saying that he would use all of his powers — including the power of the veto — to defend it. Now Obama is augmenting that plan with initiatives to encourage home owners to get in on the green movement. At this week’s Clean Energy, Obama announced incentives that will allow home owners to install efficient appliances and that will also increase money geared toward supporting clean energy innovations – which could be a real game changer for green energy.

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100,000 giant white balloons invade London’s Covent Garden Market

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This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge

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A new hybrid trike called the GinzVelo aims to radically change the way people travel within cities. The cycle’s inventor Peter Ginzburg calls it a “human-electric hybrid vehicle” or HEH vehicle for short. The contraption relies on a 500 W electric engine to supercharge your pedal power over 30 miles per hour. The main selling point, though, is the range. GinzVelo can travel up to an impressive 100 miles on a single charge.

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Busted! 26 NYC buildings are still using banned No. 6 oil

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According to a new report by DNA Info, more than two dozen NYC buildings are still illegally burning No. 6 oil, although the harmful sludge-like oil was banned under the Bloomberg administration in 2010. Despite building owners having years to switch over to cleaner oils, 26 buildings have been found to be currently using the illegal substance, including the Coach HQ and a luxury Fifth Avenue building.

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Nøjkærhus welcome center features walls made of stacked wood

Nøjkærhus welcome center features walls made of stacked wood

Perched in the center of a clearing in dense highland woods, the initial forest guard buildings served as a homebase for outdoor explorers. The new Nøjkærhus better serves visitors by…

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Austrian scientists create a cheap, flexible solar cell just 3 micrometers thick

Austrian scientists create a cheap, flexible solar cell just 3…

For several years, the age old mineral perovskite has been something of a holy grail of solar cell efficiency; the mineral is abundant, cheap, lightweight, and highly efficient when it…

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NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

Sea levels are rising at a speed that is both shocking and devastating. NASA satellite data suggest that we could be looking at a three foot (one meter) rise in the next 100-200 years,…

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Maine Sail Freight sets course from Portland to Boston full of small farm goodies

Maine Sail Freight sets course from Portland to Boston full of small…

The Eastern Seaboard is about to take a trip back in time with Maine Sail Freight's quest to deliver goods from Maine to Boston.  The adventure starts at Portland on August 27th with…

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Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25…

Wild birds are being hunted by the millions throughout Mediterranean Europe with impunity, despite strong laws against the practice. It is estimated that 25 million birds are hunted…

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