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Pl@ntNet app lets smartphone users identify flora with click of the camera

Pl@ntNet app lets smartphone users identify flora with click of the camera

Whether you're a novice backyard gardener, curious hiker or cautious forager—chances are you've encountered a plant and had absolutely no idea what it was, how to take care of it, or if you can eat

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Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse could be grounded in Japan for a whole year

Solar Impulse 2, the experimental solar-powered aircraft, has kept us on the edge of our seats as we’ve waited, day after day, for news of a second ocean crossing attempt. The first attempt resulted in

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Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer

Amy’s Kitchen to open all vegetarian drive thru near San Francisco this summer

Amy’s Kitchen, already a trusted name in vegetarian frozen meals and convenience foods, plans to open a drive thru restaurant about 50 miles north of San Francisco this summer. The restaurant will

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Here’s what riding the high-speed Hyperloop train could look like

Here’s what riding the high-speed Hyperloop train could look like

The entire Hyperloop system, in Argo Design’s concept, is comprised of four levels, much like an airport terminal. The high-speed tube will be designed to carry vehicles and cargo as well as human

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Could printing synthetic GMO rhino horns help save real rhinos from extinction?

Could printing synthetic GMO rhino horns help save real rhinos from extinction?

After 40 million years roaming the earth, the rhinoceros has reached a point where it is classified as "critically endangered"—the Western black rhino was declared extinct, and only one, single Northern

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New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency has just released what is being called the most comprehensive report on the impact of global emissions on climate change. Titled “Climate Change in the United States:

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Climate change could reverse 50 years of global health progress

Climate change could reverse 50 years of global health progress

Climate change is (still) the greatest global health threat of the century, according to a fresh report from the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change. The commission report, published June

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Cracked cellphone screens will soon be able to repair themselves

Cracked cellphone screens will soon be able to repair themselves

Have you ever been misfortunate or clumsy enough to drop your phone, leaving a spiderweb of cracks that, at best, serves as an embarrassing conversation starter or, at worst, turns your phone into an

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8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

The Foundry by Architecture 00 Architecture 00 repurposed a former shoe-polish factory into the Foundry, an office facility that houses various charities in London. Built on a former brownfield in

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LEGO is investing $150 million to make better, more sustainable toy bricks

LEGO is investing $150 million to make better, more sustainable toy bricks

Whether it's used in architecture or animal prosthesis, we have an enduring affection for LEGO—but it does have a nagging problem; the blocks and all their packaging are made of plastic, which makes it

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Climate Hope City: The Guardian unveils the ideal green city in Minecraft

Climate Hope City: The Guardian unveils the ideal green city in Minecraft

Lush, green rooftop gardens and multi-story farms growing fruits and vegetables for the people in the city. Hydrogen-powered boats that sail down crystal-clear rivers and canals and “strange,

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Gogoro’s electric Smartscooter hits the market this month for $4,140

Gogoro’s electric Smartscooter hits the market this month for $4,140

The next generation of the electric scooter, by Gogoro, will soon be available to consumers for the low price of $4,140. Based in Taiwan, the Smartscooter will be available for preorder on June 27th,

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Ten solutions to California’s drought

Ten solutions to California’s drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog Catchers http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2012/sep/19/peru-fog-catchers-water-supplies Atmospheric Water

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Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

Pope Francis’ leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

We’ve long known that Pope Francis has a great many thoughts about climate change, and that he has been preparing to release a hefty encyclical to illustrate his stance and urge the world’s 1.2

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Astronaut Terry Virts captures images of the Great Pyramids and Earth like you’ve never seen it before

Astronaut Terry Virts captures images of the Great Pyramids and Earth like you’ve never seen it before

NASA astronaut Terry Virts has just returned to Earth, after spending a scenic 200 days aboard the International Space Station. During his lengthy journey, the astronaut has shared some of the amazing

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 5 coolest solar buildings on earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 5 coolest solar buildings on earth

With the ever increasing investment across the globe into solar power, there is an unspoken competition between the world’s brightest organizations to develop the largest, most effective, and impressive

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SolarCity’s new Buffalo plant will create 5,000 jobs in New York

SolarCity’s new Buffalo plant will create 5,000 jobs in New York

Buffalo, New York is one of the many U.S. cities suffering an economic depression in the wake of manufacturing decline, but Elon Musk is taking a chance on the border town with a multi-billion dollar

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These biodegradable burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

These biodegradable burial pods can turn cemeteries into forests

Most of us have likely had the opportunity to visit a cemetery at some point, and walked through the endless rows of cold marble headstones and weeping angel statues. An Italian design company called

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Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

Luminair’s Spherical Tree Tents Let You Camp High Up in the Branches

The Tree Tent is the culmination of three years of work and research into sustainable shelter systems, fabric structures and timber engineering by Luminair. The company sought to create an easily

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A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

Images from the Landsat satellite have provided a devastating look at the scale of deforestation in the Amazon—with Google creating a timelapse video of 40 years of destruction in the region—but those

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10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

It’s a beautiful thing when businesses align profits and purpose for a better world. And with the growth of crowdfunding, the concept of launching a company funded by others, an increasing number of

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Surfer Gary Linden and Jose Cuervo create the world’s first 100% agave surfboard

Surfer Gary Linden and Jose Cuervo create the world’s first 100% agave surfboard

Born out of passion, adventure and the never-ending commitment to positive social impact, Jose Cuervo Tradicional has unveiled the world’s first sustainable, 100% Agave surfboard in partnership with

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Gorgeous eco-friendly Toybox is a tiny dream home on wheels

Gorgeous eco-friendly Toybox is a tiny dream home on wheels

Visually stunning inside and out, the Toybox tiny home boasts a bold and colorful exterior that evokes the pop art artworks of Roy Lichtenstein. Topped by a white, energy-efficient thermoplastic roof

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NASA is going to test a flying saucer over Hawaii

NASA is going to test a flying saucer over Hawaii

There's long been a healthy connection between science fiction and groundbreaking technology, but it's still likely that those who catch a glimpse of NASA's new flying saucer-shaped craft over Hawaii on

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Newly discovered underwater creatures caught on camera for the first time

Newly discovered underwater creatures caught on camera for the first time

The deep seas are host to a vast number of extraordinary, completely alien creatures, ranging from the rare and somewhat terrifying Goblin Shark to 18-foot-long sea serpents—and those are just some of

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NASA is looking for alien life on Europa

NASA is looking for alien life on Europa

“Is there life on Mars?” Perhaps the question is a bit dated. While the past existence of Martian life seems increasingly likely, scientists look towards Jupiter’s moon Europa as one of the solar

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Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states

Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states

China's massive dog meat festival is a annual source of international outrage, and the Humane Society has recently announced extraordinary successes in helping curb the farming of dogs for human

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The Lilypad tiny house in Portland features two loft spaces and a lot of personality

The Lilypad tiny house in Portland features two loft spaces and a lot of personality

Picture Move over, all you clutter-free tiny houses with stark interiors and no sign of personality, there's a new kid on the block. This Portland tiny home, dubbed the Lilypad, is a riot of color,

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Ben & Jerry’s aims to fight climate change using the ultimate weapon – ice cream

Ben & Jerry’s aims to fight climate change using the ultimate weapon – ice cream

Picture Can ice cream save the world? It's no surprise that to Vermont ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's, the answer is a resounding "yes". Their new flavour, Save Our Swirled is sending out an SOS to

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Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

Over the weekend, Solar Impulse finally departed from China to begin its five-day, five-night solar-powered journey across the Pacific Ocean. This leg of the round-the-world expedition had been delayed

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