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Kyocera Opens Japan’s Largest Offshore Solar Power Plant

Kyocera Opens Japan’s Largest Offshore Solar Power Plant

Kyocera Corporation has just launched Japan's largest offshore solar power plant. Clean energy generated by the 70MW Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant will be sold back to the national grid

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Toyota’s New Fuel Cell Vehicle Can Produce Enough Electricity to Power Most Japanese Homes for a Week

Toyota’s New Fuel Cell Vehicle Can Produce Enough Electricity to Power Most Japanese Homes for a Week

Toyota just unveiled its new FCV concept ahead of the car's official debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) concept is a preview of a hydrogen vehicle that Toyota

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Russia Develops World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant, The Akademik Lomonosov

Russia Develops World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant, The Akademik Lomonosov

Russia has announced that the world's first floating nuclear plant will be online by 2019. Shipping corporation LLC Baltiysky Zavod Shipbuilding and the state nuclear power company Rosenergoatom have

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Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

Hovering Rescue Robot Can Crash Into Obstacles and Keep On Flying

A new flying robot built to withstand mid-air crashes could play a key role helping disaster victims. The great minds at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne created a flying spheroid robot that can

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Offshore Wind on Track for Seventh Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Offshore Wind on Track for Seventh Consecutive Year of Record Growth

Offshore wind power generation is on track for a seventh consecutive year of record growth with 1,080 megawatts going online worldwide in the first six months of 2013. Total wind energy capacity has

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Japan’s Governing Party Says TEPCO Should Not Handle Fukushima Nuclear Plant Decommission

Japan’s Governing Party Says TEPCO Should Not Handle Fukushima Nuclear Plant Decommission

As the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) prepares for the most dangerous phase of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan's Liberal Democratic party (LDP) is calling for

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Whales and Dolphins Face Extinction Because Japan Uses Obsolete Hunting Data

Whales and Dolphins Face Extinction Because Japan Uses Obsolete Hunting Data

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) recently released a report highlighting Japan's use of obsolete data to set hunting quotas for whales, dolphins and porpoises. Even though this year's catch

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Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box

Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box

Composting toilets present a very green way of disposing and reusing your poop as a natural fertilizer, but they haven't been widely implemented. Most people don’t want to sit on top of a box of poop or

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Japanese Shipwright Sueshiro Sano Creates Stunning Wooden Bicycles

Japanese Shipwright Sueshiro Sano Creates Stunning Wooden Bicycles

Tokyo-based Sueshiro Sano comes from a long legacy of shipwrights - however he’s using his skills to design and produce beautiful bespoke wooden bicycles. Sano’s bicycles are crafted from Honduran

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Turkey Unveils the World’s First Intercontinental Underwater Rail Tunnel

Turkey Unveils the World’s First Intercontinental Underwater Rail Tunnel

The ambitious idea to link Europe and Asia via a sea tunnel was first conceived in 1860 by a sultan of the Ottoman Empire, but Abdoul Medjid lacked the technology and funds to turn the idea into reality.

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Zaha Hadid’s Spaceship-Like Olympic Stadium in Tokyo to Be Scaled Down

Zaha Hadid’s Spaceship-Like Olympic Stadium in Tokyo to Be Scaled Down

Zaha Hadid has been asked to redesign her winning proposal for the new Tokyo National Olympic Stadium due to its high cost and enormous size. Although the 80,000-seat stadium was approved by the

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Modern Minimalist Sengokubara Villa With a Teardrop-Shaped Courtyard

Shigeru Ban Unveils Modern Minimalist Sengokubara Villa With a Teardrop-Shaped Courtyard

Shigeru Ban highlights the Villa at Sengokubara’s geometric forms by encircling the green courtyard with a dark sloping roof constructed from a single piece of material. The roof’s uninterrupted curve

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7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Coast of Japan

7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Coast of Japan

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 1:10 p.m. EDT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Japan Meteorological Agency announced a tsunami watch for the

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Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japan’s Millennium City Commune Provides an Earth-Friendly Utopia in Gigantic Greenhouses

Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi has once again shown us that greenhouses are more than just homes for plants and veggies. To demonstrate how humans can also benefit from spending time in these large

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Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Post-Fukushima Japan Constructs First of 140 Offshore Floating Windmills

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has nearly completed construction on the first of 140 floating windmills that will eventually provide a safer alternative to its nuclear energy infrastructure. When

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New Tubes Using Hydraulic Pistons Could Harness Ocean Waves for Energy

New Tubes Using Hydraulic Pistons Could Harness Ocean Waves for Energy

Capturing energy from ocean waves isn't as straightforward as it might sound—especially as most existing technologies rely on a single axis that requires waves to be moving in one direction to generate

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Could a Second Monstrous Oarfish in California Signal an Impending Earthquake?

Could a Second Monstrous Oarfish in California Signal an Impending Earthquake?

Just five days after divers discovered a huge 18-foot oarfish off the coast of California, a second 14-foot sea serpent has washed up on a beach in San Diego county. The only other times more than one of

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Next-Gen SolarVolt Generator Uses Lighthouse Glass to Capture the Power of 20 Suns

Next-Gen SolarVolt Generator Uses Lighthouse Glass to Capture the Power of 20 Suns

Fresnel lens photo from Shutterstock You might not expect it, but lighthouses are leading the way to more powerful solar panels in outer space and here on earth. The key is Fresnel lenses, which

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HOW TO: Protect Your Plants Over the Winter

HOW TO: Protect Your Plants Over the Winter

Frozen leaf image via Shutterstock Here in the northern hemisphere, nights are growing chillier, and it's not unusual to wake up to a light frost clinging to car windshields and lingering garden

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Artists Haas & Hahn Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Paint and Repair Rio de Janiero’s Favelas

Artists Haas & Hahn Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Paint and Repair Rio de Janiero’s Favelas

Haas & Hahn's murals are inspired by the beauty of the favelas poised on the hilltops of Rio de Janeiro. They see the project as an opportunity to improve social conditions while creating beautiful

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Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

The Fukushima nuclear power plant remains a toxic disaster more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami struck coastal Japan. While damages to local residents and the environment are still being

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Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

Kengo Kuma’s Folding Art Museum Takes Inspiration from Origami and Nature

The low, angular profile of the striking museum was created to emulate the mountainous landscape and the flow of nearby Yabe River. Different materials and textures, including green walls and solar

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Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Beloved Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban continues to impress the public with designs using cardboard as a construction material. This time Shigeru Ban Architects has designed a mountain lodge hut on

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17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

A "once-in-a-decade" typhoon has hit the Japanese coast, and while its winds weakened from a peak of 130-156 mph—Category 4 status—heavy rain and landslides have claimed 17 lives on Oshima Island and

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

The 495 square foot public art project stands in a beautiful forest hillside surrounded by pine trees, from where one can look down to the intimate valley and river. Located next to a forest path, the

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Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Kengo Kuma Unveils Gorgeous Geometric Pavilion For Japan’s Kyushu Geibunkan Museum

Visitors at the recently opened Kyushu Geibunkan museum in Japan will be thrilled to discover the museum's flexible wooden annex. Designed as a space for pottery and art, the wood pavilion provides great

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CORKIGAMI: Cool Seating Designs Made from Eco-Friendly Cork!

CORKIGAMI: Cool Seating Designs Made from Eco-Friendly Cork!

Cork is very flexible and it is also quite strong. The creatives at Carlos Ortega Design wanted to apply the versatile material to their new furniture designs and so they created a series of CORKIGAMI

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Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

Citizen Group Warns of Elevated Radiation Levels at 2020 Olympic Venues in Japan

As Japan readies for the 2020 Olympic Games, a group of concerned activists is calling into question the safety of Tokyo's proposed venues. The Citizens' Group for Measuring Radioactive Environment at

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$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

Our current health care system is built around reaction: doctors wait for patients to fall ill and only then find a way to heal them. But what if, some time in the future, doctors can predict what disease

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Virginia Students Reject All-Beef Burgers and Demand Return of Processed Fake Meat Patties

Virginia Students Reject All-Beef Burgers and Demand Return of Processed Fake Meat Patties

Photo via Shutterstock For most restaurants across the country, claiming an all-beef burger patty is a brag-worthy selling point. Even so, students in Virginia have have made it clear that they prefer

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