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Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded as PDFs

Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded as PDFs

Chapel Hill architect Arielle Condoret Schechter came up with a design for modern small houses for those that might not have the budget for traditional full architectural services. Custom-designed plans

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X-rays allow researchers to read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago

X-rays allow researchers to read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago

An ancient scroll buried beneath Mount Vesuvius has been read without ever having been opened. The scroll, found with other items in Herculaneum, a town near Pompeii, famously destroyed by the volcanic

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Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere

Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere

A team of students at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco has developed autonomous, mobile 3D printing robots that could some day be put to work building in outlying areas. The

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How Cameroon’s exploding “killer lakes” claimed over 1,700 lives

How Cameroon’s exploding “killer lakes” claimed over 1,700 lives

In 1986, Cameroon's Lake Nyos was the scene of an extraordinary and devastating natural disaster: the lake quite literally exploded, releasing 80 million cubic meters of CO2 and causing the suffocating

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US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

The first day of talks between President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seen the two leaders agree to some renewable energy policies in the developing nation, which is the

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Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone?

Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone?

Ford has announced the opening of its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, which will help Ford accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility

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Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “the criminal culprit” responsible for the increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork is a key component

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Rising Ocean Temperatures Burst Through NOAA’s Charts

Rising Ocean Temperatures Burst Through NOAA’s Charts

Last year was not only the hottest year on record, but the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has just released a terrifying chart showing a sharp increase in the temperature of the world’s

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Melting glaciers reveal items lost in the Stone Age

Melting glaciers reveal items lost in the Stone Age

Losing mittens and other personal possessions isn't a modern-day woe: it appears that our Stone Age ancestors misplaced their personal belongings just as often as we do. An archaeological team working

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MIT researchers reveal the reason rain smells, and capture it on video

MIT researchers reveal the reason rain smells, and capture it on video

Is your favorite smell the smell of new rain? For many, that earthy smell, reminiscent of the first days of spring or putting your hands in newly-turned soil, is their smell of choice. The smell has a

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Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue

Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue

At the beginning of January, Architecture for Humanity closed its doors, surprising the design world and an army of volunteers around the world. Tension had, apparently, been brewing for months and many

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Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

The wild tiger population in India has jumped from 1,706 to an estimated 2,226 since 2011, marking a 30% increase for the endangered big cat. As a result, India is now home to around 70% of the world’s

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“Unchecked climate change” causes atomic scientists to push Doomsday Clock closer to midnight

“Unchecked climate change” causes atomic scientists to push Doomsday Clock closer to midnight

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has issued their first update to the symbolic Doomsday Clock since 2007, announcing that we have advanced by two minutes and are now at "three minutes to midnight," or,

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Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe’s tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its dramatic natural beauty, but the attention it receives—and the pollution that comes with it—may play a role in the alarming decline in populations of small

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Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational

Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational

The Mojave Solar Project has been online and fully operational since December and on Friday, a grand opening ceremony will celebrate this massive achievement. The plant uses advanced parabolic trough

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Watch bloggers interview President Obama on YouTube

Watch bloggers interview President Obama on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbR6iQ62v9k&feature=inp-lt-yti-01 If you're online right now, you might want to stop everything you're doing to listen to this exclusive interview with President

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Snøhetta selected to design Le Monde headquarters in Paris

Snøhetta selected to design Le Monde headquarters in Paris

The Le Monde Group selected Norwegian studio Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in Paris. The architects will work with local studio SRA on the design, which will comprise a twisted structure clad

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Keystone XL pipeline developer attempts to seize Nebraska lands

Keystone XL pipeline developer attempts to seize Nebraska lands

Keystone XL pipeline developer TransCanada filed legal papers in nine Nebraska counties this week in an attempt to invoke eminent domain for the land needed to construct, operate and maintain the

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Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change

Say goodbye to giant trees, as future forests will be less impressive thanks to climate change

Forests will be less magnificent in the future, thanks to climate change, according to a new study. California has lost more than half of its largest trees -- considered to be over those trees over two

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Streetlights powered by solar and wind could be lighting up your neighborhood soon

Streetlights powered by solar and wind could be lighting up your neighborhood soon

The world’s first independently powered street lighting system could be lighting up a neighborhood near you someday soon. Barcelona-based researcher Ramon Bargallo, has developed a 10-meter-high street

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British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou

British Columbia to kill nearly 200 wolves in last-ditch effort to save caribou

In a desperate attempt to save the caribou of British Columbia, the government there has ordered a death sentence for up to 183 grey wolves. Populations of South Selkirk caribou have dwindled into the

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US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

The animal lovers are close to being at war. And this time it's not with meat plants or processing facilities like Smithfield. It's not with PETA over some ridiculous and scandalous ad campaign. It's not

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Hello Kitty turns Hong Kong organic garden into educational tourist attraction

Hello Kitty turns Hong Kong organic garden into educational tourist attraction

Years ago, Hello Kitty notebooks and stickers and little doll houses were coveted by little girls, and not often found in American stores. Now, Hello Kitty is everywhere you looked and as much beloved as

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President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations

second-to-last State of the Union address http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu (is there a direct link to the archived video?)   Obama confirmed prior news reports that he would use the speech to

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Nissan and NASA team up to build autonomous cars for use in space

Nissan and NASA team up to build autonomous cars for use in space

Its predicted that self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020 and now Nissan and NASA have inked a new partnership to further research on autonomous vehicles. The five year research and development

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San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

San Francisco sea birds dying due to mysterious transparent goop

Scientists are investigating a mysterious slime that’s coating and killing San Francisco sea birds. First seen last Friday, the goop is coating hundreds of sea birds and killing “scores” of them,

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UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

A policy paper released by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that climate change is posing a very real threat to the diversity of food crops. Researchers are concerned that many of the

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Mexican accident called “worst environmental disaster by mining industry” ever

Mexican accident called “worst environmental disaster by mining industry” ever

In August of last year, a copper mine owned by Buenavista del Cobre, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, spilled 40,000 cubic meters (or 10.5 million gallons) of copper sulphate acid into Cananea, Mexico’s

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Artist uses poop to paint portrait of Mark Zuckerberg

Artist uses poop to paint portrait of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is not generally thought of as a well-loved person—many, in fact, believe that he single-handedly ruined the Internet by making the surveillance-rife, brand-punishing,

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Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Officials are working to determine the impact of a pipeline breach that occurred Saturday morning, and spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, in eastern Montana.

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