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

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Rockaway Beach Boardwalk

Just in time for Memorial Day, Mayor de Blasio officially inaugurated the first full section of the newly rebuilt resilient Rockaway Boardwalk last week. The historic Queens boardwalk, which runs 5.5 miles in length, was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The new section, which runs from Beach 86th Street to Beach 97th, is just one portion of the massive reconstruction project, which is expected to be fully complete by 2017.

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

by , 05/26/15
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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). Dubbed the ‘Bus Hound’, a tongue-in-cheek homage to supersonic Bloodhound SSC, is powered by biomethane derived from cow manure. Operated by Reading Buses, it was decorated with a black and white skin, reminiscent of the Friesian cows used for milk production around Britain and it is said to sound like a Vulcan bomber.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How vertical farming could help cities feed themselves

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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 implies, vertical farms are located in vertical spaces, like buildings, where crops are grown in highly controlled environments. Dickson explores vertical farming’s many benefits in an infographic packed with interesting data, including the estimate that a 30-story farm could feed 50,000 people a 2,000 calorie-per-day diet for an entire year. Click through to learn more about the advantages of vertical farming and some of the obstacles that are holding the non-traditional farming system back.

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Massive storms bring flooding, tornadoes to Texas and Oklahoma

by , 05/26/15
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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 counties as the weather service issued warnings that the floods may not be over. The peak of the floods occurred Monday afternoon, when over 20 high-water rescues were performed as emergency services personnel fanned out across the area south of Austin, where the worst of the floods occurred. The storm that caused the torrential rains then traveled eastward toward Houston, where the damage continued.

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

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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 and pedestrian lanes by partitioning off a 15-foot wide, one-mile-long stretch of road that is usually reserved for northbound traffic. Portland has the highest rate of commuter cyclists in the U.S. (between six and eight percent), but there has been angst between the cyclists and walkers.

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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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Low-energy and portable office is built out of shipping containers in Copenhagen

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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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Haworth Tompkins completes $1.2 billion renovation of London's brutalist National Theatre

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

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YOD Design Lab's guest houses disappear into the forest in Ukraine

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The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

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The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists to access data from spy satellites and submarines in order to study global warming. Prior to the announcement, scientists could study global warming data in extreme detail thanks to a program, called MEDEA — Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis. Now the CIA is shutting down the program, saying that there is no longer a need to study the implications of climate change.

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Peruvian cockfighting arena transformed into a vibrant garden

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Scientists used public images on the web to create amazing time-lapsed photos

by , 05/25/15
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Researchers from Google and the University of Washington are combining their efforts to gather time-stamped and geo-tagged photos from all over the internet to build an amazing mine of time-lapse photography. The team is using photos uploaded from the public of major landmarks and creating these incredible images.

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be…

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

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

It's summertime, which means people are trusting sunscreen to protect them from the sun during outdoor activities. But a new guide released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)…

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France forces big supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity

France forces big supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity

In an effort to tackle the dual problems of food waste and poverty, France has passed a groundbreaking law that requires supermarkets to give unsold food to charity, or face fines of up…

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Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a…

The Paleisbrug raised park and pedestrian and cycle bridge is a 250-meter-long connection between the historic center and the Paleiskwartier neighborhood in 's-Hertogenbosch, The…

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Florist converts a dilapidated Detroit home into a vibrant floral display

Florist converts a dilapidated Detroit home into a vibrant floral…

Florist Lisa Waud has some grand ideas to turn a long-forgotten home in Detroit into a spectacular display of flower blossoms and growth. The Flower House will serve as a testament to…

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