Tesla Unveils the D: An All-Wheel-Drive Model S

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At long last, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has finally unveiled the mysterious D: a faster all-wheel-drive version of the electric Model S sedan. Earlier this month, Musk hinted about the new model in a cryptic message on Twitter that said it was “about time to unveil the D and something else.” The letter “D” stands for the new model’s dual-motor system, which will power the front wheels and give the car a significant boost in speed.

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Climate Change Blamed for Alarming 26% Increase in Ocean Acidity

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The effects of climate change seem to know no bounds: new research shows carbon emissions have dramatically increased the acidity of our oceans to the point where our entire food web is at risk of collapsing. In a recent report to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), scientists said the ocean’s acidity level has gone up 26 percent in the past 200 years, since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. According to Phys.org, that increase in acidity directly mirrors the proportion of carbon dioxide oceans have been absorbing ever since humans started burning massive amounts of fossil fuels for energy.

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i29 Transforms a Dark Garage Into Gorgeous Daylit Home in Amsterdam

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New Fusion Reactor Concept Could Generate Unlimited Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

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Fusion energy is often associated with Hollywood fantasy – think Tony Stark’s miniature Arc Reactor in “Iron Man.” But could a virtually unlimited source of zero-emission power actually become a reality? University of Washington engineers have designed a fusion reactor concept that could be cheaper than a coal-fired power plant with a similar electrical output. According to the results of their analysis, which will be presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fusion Energy Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, a fusion power plant producing one gigawatt of energy would cost $2.7 billion compared to $2.8 billion for a coal plant.

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PalletFest is the Nation's First Upcycling Festival Made Entirely From Shipping Pallets

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A unique new festival is coming to Denver, Colorado this weekend – PalletFest is the nation’s first major upcycling festival, and it has been selected to be the city’s first certifiably green event. On October 10th and 11th attendees will get to explore a giant shipping pallet maze, see the first ever pallet build off, view sustainable living demos, watch an upcycled fashion show, and shop from numerous art vendors. Live musical entertainment will be on hand, along with professional parkour athletes on an upcycled obstacle course.

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Taniguchi Aoya Washi Unveils Luminous Paper Lampshades for Nendo

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Washi paper has been created in Japan for centuries, and now, the Taniguchi Aoya Washi company teamed up with Nendo to create three-dimensional forms with it—like these gorgeous lamps. Using traditional methods, they pass screens through mulberry pulp and water, then dry them to create delicate paper sheets. Rather than pasting these sheets together in order to create forms, however, Taniguchi Aoya uses sculpted screens in order to create stunning, seamless items that are three-dimensional right from the start. With a bit of experimentation, they also discovered that by layering pulp in a particular way, they could create lampshades that have pale, interior colors that are perfect for light diffusion, while the exteriors can have more intense, saturated hues.

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The Colour House in Melbourne Wins 2014 Australian Living Green Interior Award

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Don't Miss Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn's Design Open Mic Tomorrow

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Architecture for Humanity and Design Like You Give a Damn invite you to hear about innovative humanitarian designs directly from designers and architects themselves at their Design Open Mic on Saturday, October 11th. The PechaKucha-powered discussion will be presented in a high-energy, rapid-fire format and will be open to questions and suggestions from the audience. The Design Open Mic will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and the agenda will be broken down into six areas – materials and sustainability, health and education, disaster recovery, political discourse, community engagement, and building fabric. See the full schedule here.

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Minimalist Timber-Imprinted Concrete Home in Argentina Pays Homage to The Surrounding Forest

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6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

 

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The motto “always be prepared” is a good one to keep in mind, but one might not understand the importance of that until immersed in a situation that one hasn’t prepared properly for at all. With climate change wreaking havoc on the planet, superstorms, floods, tornadoes, and droughts are becoming more frequent, and it’s not uncommon for people to be without power for a few days. Although some people might feel a bit paranoid or weird about keeping a supply of certain items in the house “just in case”, it’s always better to have them and not need them, than vice-versa. Read on to learn about the supplies that everyone should keep on hand if the power goes out for a few days.

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Could Lasers Be Used to Save the Earth's Most Important Architecture and Monuments?

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When the Taliban destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001, Ben Kacyra and his wife Barbara were devastated. While they grieved the loss of a significant site of international cultural heritage, they also knew that they had developed the technology that could have at least preserved a record of the sculptures. Kacyra is the founder of CyArk, and he developed a 3D laser scanning system that records architectural details of heritage sites and culturally significant buildings down to a few millimeters. CyArk is now a nonprofit, and after scanning 40 “Exemplar Projects,” including Mount Rushmore, Pompeii and Rapa Nui, they are calling for letters of interest from governments and the community to develop a list of 500 further sites worthy or in need of digital preservation.

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Analog Watch Co. Designs Comfortable and Chic Wooden Watches From Reclaimed Lumber

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Analog Watch Co. has designed a gorgeous set of minimalist watches made from the offcuts of lumber. Unlike other wooden watch manufacturers, this Philadelphia-based company is the first to fit each watch with a flexible wooden and leather strap, rather than clunky wooden links. The sturdy unisex watches are 80% biodegradable and are presented in recyclable packaging. The company will plant a tree for every watch sold through a nonprofit partner.

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6 Inspiring Designs to See at Dwell on Design NY This Week

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SoNo Arhitekti Unveils Prismatic Slovenia Pavilion for the 2015 World Expo

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SoNo Arhiteki won the bid to design the Slovenian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the expo’s theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” SoNo Arhiteki based their sawtooth pavilion off the slogan “I FEEL SLOVENIA. Green. Active. Healthy.” The wood-clad geometric design is reminiscent of a cultivated field symbolic of the country’s diverse landscape.

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Korean Artist Transforms a Greenhouse Into a Kaleidoscopic Rainbow Palace

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Fracking Company Paints Drill Bits Pink to Fight Breast Cancer

Fracking Company Paints Drill Bits Pink to Fight Breast Cancer

Accusations of "pinkwashing" have recently been leveled at a partnership between breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen and "oilfield services" company Baker Hughes. To help raise…

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Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

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Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts this week at 82 Mercer in SoHo, NY. Join 5,000 design elite as Dwell upends the standard ‘trade show’ format and…

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LEGO Dumps Partnership with Shell Oil in Wake of Greenpeace Campaign

LEGO Dumps Partnership with Shell Oil in Wake of Greenpeace Campaign

After 50 years, LEGO will finally end its co-marketing campaign with Shell Oil. The move comes in the wake of a viral video from Greenpeace which brought attention to a branding effort…

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Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island Hillside

Modern Metal-Clad House Husarö is Nestled High on a Swedish Island…

Working within the constraints of a modest budget, Tham & Videgård decided to use tectonic rationality, an approach that minimized ground disturbance on the flat and smooth…

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AeroMobil's Flying Car Set to Hit the Market This Month

AeroMobil's Flying Car Set to Hit the Market This Month

Flying cars have been a dream for decades, but they've yet to make the leap from the the drawing board to reality. Now Slovakian company AeroMobil is about to bring the flying car one…

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