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World’s Largest Ghost City Lies 98% Abandoned After Failed Real Estate Investments

World’s Largest Ghost City Lies 98% Abandoned After Failed Real Estate Investments

When coal was discovered in the Northern Chinese city of Ordos 20 years ago, it underwent a massive boom that was expected to create a wealthy city of one million people, but now it's home to a mere

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Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

UK-based Cyclehoop has found a way to use pieces of recycled plastic to keep cyclists safe on the road. Their clever "Armadillo" lane dividers can be easily installed on roads to divide bike lanes from

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Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights

Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights

Bright orange reflective vests might keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe at night but they don't exactly scream cool, which often discourages their use. Enter Halo Belt 2.0 -- the glowing LED, USB

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SOLO Home Design Creates Chic Contemporary Furniture From Recycled Materials

SOLO Home Design Creates Chic Contemporary Furniture From Recycled Materials

SOLO creates chic one of a kind furnishings and home accessories using recycled and repurposed materials. Based out of Chicago, the studio works with many local businesses to collect objects and give them

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Airplane Trolleys Recycled Into Wine and Whiskey Bars by Skypak

Airplane Trolleys Recycled Into Wine and Whiskey Bars by Skypak

German start-up Skypak has created a truly unique collection of mobile furniture brought down from the sky! Using old airplane trolleys, Skypak designed their “La Barrique” cart as a streamlined

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Melbourne Zoo’s Lemur Exhibit Features Nestled Pods Made From Recycled Timber

Melbourne Zoo’s Lemur Exhibit Features Nestled Pods Made From Recycled Timber

The project was built in collaboration between the Melbourne Zoo, Urban Initiatives as landscape architects and Arterial Design as interpretive designers. The exiting rainforest trail was complemented

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‘Cuff’ GPS-Enabled Jewelry Is Next Gen Life Alert For Women With Style

‘Cuff’ GPS-Enabled Jewelry Is Next Gen Life Alert For Women With Style

If you're a senior who lives alone, or a woman working second shift, it's important to be concerned about safety. As anyone who watches the ID channel knows, danger can be lurking in plain sight. This

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Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw Architects won an international competition in 2007 to design the Pulkovo Airport, which was recently opened up to passengers. While Grimshaw has retained control as concept guardians, the

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10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

10 Million Scallops Killed by Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels in the Ocean

Scallop photo from Shutterstock British Columbian company Island Scallops has reported a loss of three year’s worth of product due to high ocean acidity caused by carbon dioxide pollution. Around 10

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USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers and farmers nurture bee colonies for food production.

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No Polar Vortex Can Stop Yvon Martel’s Hard Core MTT-136 Electric Sled

No Polar Vortex Can Stop Yvon Martel’s Hard Core MTT-136 Electric Sled

Brammo's high-performance electric motorcycle demonstrates that eco-friendly vehicles can be cool, and now we've got even more proof. The MTT-136 is a rugged 280 lb machine wrapped in aluminium that

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Dynamic Twisted Terraced Tower Unveiled for Mexico City’s Design and Architecture Archives

Dynamic Twisted Terraced Tower Unveiled for Mexico City’s Design and Architecture Archives

The environmentally-centered design of the new building is influenced heavily not only by the importance of its future contents, but also the natural setting around the structure. Made up of six layered

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Samsung to Donate Sochi Olympics Pavilion Made From 16 Recycled Shipping Containers

Samsung to Donate Sochi Olympics Pavilion Made From 16 Recycled Shipping Containers

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics may have come to a close, but Samsung's colorful shipping container pavilion will live on. As featured on Treehugger, the pavilion was designed by Samsung Galaxy Studio and

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a

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Eco-Chic Corkit Flower Pots Are Made From Recycled Wine Corks

Eco-Chic Corkit Flower Pots Are Made From Recycled Wine Corks

Corkits are eco-friendly pots made from recycled cork and non-toxic materials that put a green twist on the traditional flower pot. Corkits are great for small plants such as herbs, spices, and flowers.

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Creepy or Cool? Haunting Sculptures Made From Upcycled Doll Parts

Creepy or Cool? Haunting Sculptures Made From Upcycled Doll Parts

Throughout the course of his or her life, the average child will break more than a few toys. Some will be loved to death, while others might meet a more sudden demise in a childhood experiment gone

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Sited high on a hilltop, the home has a series of decks organized around a central patio for entertainment and optimal viewing of the expansive views of San Salvador, the surrounding mountains and the

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Hot Pockets Recalled Due to Concern Over Diseased Meat

Hot Pockets Recalled Due to Concern Over Diseased Meat

Spoiler alert (literally): Hot Pockets may contain diseased animal products. The microwavable monstrosities produced by Nestlé and reportedly filled with "real meat" may be at risk of contamination. The

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Artist Builds a Bicycle-Propelled Micro Wagon as a Traveling Art Studio

Artist Builds a Bicycle-Propelled Micro Wagon as a Traveling Art Studio

Not only is Mr. Howard able to travel at leisure with his compact, yet comfy traveling art studio, the 12 square foot mini wagon is a veritable mine of recycled and repurposed materials. Built by the

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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Harwyn Pods are Tiny Prefab Workspaces That Can be Assembled in Hours

Harwyn Pods are Tiny Prefab Workspaces That Can be Assembled in Hours

Inspired by the mechanical strength and high protection levels found in European luxury car design, Harwyn pods can be used as art studios, recreation spaces or just a quite, distraction-free place to

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Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

Obama Blames Global Warming for California Drought, Pledges $183 Million in Aid

In response to one of the most serious droughts to hit California in decades, President Obama has promised hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid to help residents cope. The past three years have

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Two Russian Climbers Scaled the World’s Second Tallest Tower and Captured These Amazing Photos

Two Russian Climbers Scaled the World’s Second Tallest Tower and Captured These Amazing Photos

Vitaliy and Makhorov travel the globe capturing spectacular images from vantage points that few of us would venture to, and they do all this without the use of safety gear. They're presently in the middle

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Construction Starts on La Vita Tower, Nanjing’s First Building to Implement a Chilled Beam System

Construction Starts on La Vita Tower, Nanjing’s First Building to Implement a Chilled Beam System

Just one part of the first phase of a mixed-use project slated for the center of Nanjing's up-and-coming central business district, the 14 story mixed-use building has three floors of retail at its base,

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Michael Neville’s Colorful Rockers Are Made From Recycled Cardboard

Michael Neville’s Colorful Rockers Are Made From Recycled Cardboard

Designer Michael Neville created these colorful recycled rockers as a material exploration of post-consumer cardboard pulp and natural dyes. The rockers are designed as functional furniture for young

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How Russia Turned Subtropical Sochi into a Snow-Filled Winter Olympic Resort

How Russia Turned Subtropical Sochi into a Snow-Filled Winter Olympic Resort

Photo via Shutterstock Amidst well-documented instances of contaminated tap water, broken doors, broken elevators and seemingly ill-placed surveillance, there's another absurdity casting a shadow over

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Clever LED Cork Light Transforms Any Wine Bottle into a Lamp

Clever LED Cork Light Transforms Any Wine Bottle into a Lamp

This clever LED bottle light lets you turn any old empty bottle into a glass lamp! The rechargeable light is shaped just like a cork, so it can slip into the empty bottle of your choice. The light charges

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Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

Panasonic Introduces World’s First Microwave-Controlled Ultra Compact Power Converter

The age of giant AC power convertors (like those fat power bricks that covert 120v to 240v power) might fade into obscurity if Panasonic has anything to say about them. The Japanese electronics firm

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