Give your succulents their own spacesuits with this 3D-printed planter

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Let your succulents and cacti explore other worlds, or at least your windowsill, with this adorable 3D printed planter. Created by industrial designed Emmanuel Carrillo, the table top planter repurposes a second-hand bell jar into an air-sealed space age dome. Sitting atop a pair of 3D printed ABS and acetone legs, the dome transforms the planter into a cartoony astronaut, ready to boldly go where no man – or cacti –  has gone before. Cute and affordable, the Space Explorer Planter is a quirky way to bring some greenery to your workspace.

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Researchers discover massive new carbon sink that stores GHG emissions

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A new study suggests that an unlikely source is holding on to more carbon than all the plants on land: massive aquifers under the world’s deserts. This kind of “carbon sink” is a phenomenon researchers have been aware of for some time, but new data reveals how much carbon might be captured in the desert, and the report’s authors suggest that this information can help determine the amount of fossil fuels humans can burn before exceeding the planet’s capacity.

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See what LaGuardia Airport's massive $4 billion makeover will look like

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Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

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Since 2010, the number of homeless people “sleeping rough” on the streets of London has risen 77 percent, according to James Furzer, an architectural assistant at Spatial Design Architects. In response to this humanitarian travesty, he conceived a conceptual parasitic pod home to provide temporary shelter. The winning design of the 6th Space for New Visions design competition, which called for comfortable, functional, naturally-lit spaces with a low environmental impact, “Homes for the Homeless” demonstrates how FAKRO products can be used to create detachable pods that not only attach to existing buildings, but also blend in.

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The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

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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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Activists who freed thousands of fur industry animals charged as “terrorists”

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This week, two individuals arrested by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force were charged with “conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” after allegedly freeing thousands of animals from fur farms. Effectively labeled as “terrorists,” Joseph Buddenburg, 31, and Nicole Kissane, 28 could face up to 10 years in prison.

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Urine-deflecting walls in San Francisco will make you think twice about Number One

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Though public urination is best is done in natural spaces with some privacy, city folk sometimes just gotta go too. Innocent walls or sidewalks are often the victims of such crimes, but San Francisco is doing something about it. Nine SF city walls have been painted with an anti-urine agent, which deflects the stream back onto the streamer.

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Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

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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 made it impossible for her to breed naturally, and a ruptured cyst led to her demise. In December 2014, the world’s Northern white rhino population dropped from six to five after the 44-year-old male named Angalifu died at the San Diego Zoo. With Nabire’s passing, there are now just four of the rhinos left on earth – three females and one male. Because none of the females are capable of carrying babies, there is a ticking clock on the survival of this subspecies.

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Is Bernie Sanders our best defense against climate change?

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Could Bernie Sanders be our best hope to save the planet from catastrophic climate change by leading a clean energy revolution in the United States? The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, whose populist message has been drawing big crowds across the country, is gaining on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, the Clinton campaign announced her plan to combat climate change. The following day, in an email to supporters, Sanders laid out the problem and solution. Sanders put the climate crisis in stark terms: “The scientific community is virtually unanimous in telling us that climate change is real, is caused by human activity, and is already bringing catastrophic damage to our planet. Yet, the Republican Party is prepared to reject science in order to gain campaign contributions from the Koch brothers, Big Energy companies and others who make billions on fossil fuels. If we do not act boldly on climate change, the planet we leave to our grandchildren may be uninhabitable.”

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139 new Citi Bike stations to be rolled out in NYC this August

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Summer cruising is about to get even sweeter with a huge new Citi Bike expansion, which is set to begin in August. The popular bike share program is set to hit even more neighborhoods, bringing blue bike stations to Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. The 139 additional stations will feature new and improved software and hardware and should roll out just in time to facilitate some late summer biking adventures.

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

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This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs

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Dolphins are struggling to reproduce because of chemical pollution

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Dolphins are having trouble reproducing according to a new study, and it’s because of industrial chemical pollution. Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB’s, which can last in an animal’s body for a lifetime because they are stored in fat, were commonly used in industrial equipment and paint over the past few decades. As the chemicals were released into waterways, they worked their way into dolphin’s bodies, and are now threatening future generations of harbor porpoises, since the chemicals can be passed down from the mother to offspring.

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A classic Baroque church is reimagined as a glowing Orangery in Denmark

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8 common weeds you probably never thought you could eat

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Cecil the lion's killer identified as American dentist Walter Palmer

Cecil the lion's killer identified as American dentist Walter Palmer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4a2htZ2wIQ Cecil the lion was one of Hwangwe National Parks favorite attractions, and now his killer may face poaching charges. A dentist from…

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Brilliant rainbow mural unites a community in the drug capital of Mexico

Brilliant rainbow mural unites a community in the drug capital of…

So many souls, so many colors starts to express Germen Crew's approach to a multicolored mural in a small Mexican pueblo. Commissioned by the Las Palmitas municipality of the state of…

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The fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world hits 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds

The fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world hits 100 km/h…

A team of students from the University of Stuttgart are anxiously awaiting to hear from the Guinness Book of World Records, who will bring them news as to whether or not they have…

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Bird-shaped treehouse with a stunning view pops up in Japan’s woods

Bird-shaped treehouse with a stunning view pops up in Japan’s woods

The nine-meter-tall treehouse comprises two main components: the two-piece angled painted roof that forms the bird’s body, and the unpainted wooden staircase arranged to look like the…

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New Bubble Greenhouses could produce fresh water and food in drought-stricken regions

New Bubble Greenhouses could produce fresh water and food in…

A bubble greenhouse sounds just like the kind of thing one would put in a preschool to grow bubbles or use as a bouncy house or some such thing. Instead, researchers are looking to…

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