Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

by , 07/09/14

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When you think of earthquake country, you probably picture California with its all-too-frequent seismic rumblings. These days the state you should be imagining is Oklahoma. Between 1978 and 2008, the state experienced only two 3.0-magnitude or greater earthquakes, but in just the first four months of this year, it has already had 145 earthquakes. The likely cause? According to one new study, the problem is fracking.

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LEGO's Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids' Imaginations Along with the Planet

by , 07/09/14

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling characters take part in any number of cool adventures. In this particular LEGO set, huskies and polar bears frolic about on ice floes while folks with families fish in the water nearby. Now, picture those same kids pouring crude oil all over the scene for accuracy’s sake. Sounds horrific, doesn’t it? Well, it may not be all that far-fetched: LEGO’s partnership with Shell has toy sets and bricks branded with the oil company’s logo in one of the most inappropriate partnerships imaginable.

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ASMO Phone Charger Stops Eating Energy When You Unplug Your Phone

by , 07/09/14

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ASMO is the first mobile phone charger in the world that does not consume standby power. Every year, energy waste from the world’s 6.8 billion mobile phones costs us the equivalent of power produced by two nuclear plants. And the figures and waste are growing all the time. Which is why this simple gadget has the potential to revolutionize global electricity consumption. Unlike other chargers, ASMO automatically stops drawing energy when the phone is unplugged, yet it also fires right back up when the phone is plugged back in. The most common question we hear is: “How come no one has not come up with that idea yet?” Honestly, we don’t know. Luckily, we’ve got a patent pending. Just replace your old mobile charger with this unique technology, keep calm and start saving. If you’d like to own one of your own, check out the ASMO Kickstarter campaign.

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6 Fun Summer Staycations That Help Neighborhoods Recovering from Sandy

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Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

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New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education

by , 07/09/14

Nature lovers have always enjoyed being out in the woods and immersing themselves in the wild, and there’s a stunning center in the UK that can help to make that experience even more magical. Commissioned by the Countryside Education Trust (CET)New Forest Study Centre is a large, sustainable treehouse retreat in the countryside where people can go to learn about rural life and build a connection to nature; an experience that some one million children in the UK have never had. With two classrooms and a large outdoor space that has farm animals, gardens, and study areas, this treehouse project is a major catalyst for environmental awareness.

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Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws

by , 07/09/14

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Footage of what happens on factory farms has horrified people in the past – so much so that several states have made it illegal to document livestock operations. But investigative journalist Will Potter hopes to get around the “ag gag” laws by using drones to photograph the farms from the air – and he needs your help. He’s currently raising finances to undertake the project so he can pay for the equipment, legal expenses, video production and other equipment he needs to make a short documentary, create an e-book and document abuses at factory farms. His Kickstarter campaign (which ends today) has already raised $48,000, with a promise to match all donations above $45,000.

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Eco-Friendly Blackbird Clara Ukulele Boasts a Rich Sound within an Ekoa Composite Body

by , 07/09/14

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Ukuleles are beloved by travelers and artists for their compact, easily transportable frame that packs a surprisingly loud sound. Blackbird Guitars took the small and simple instrument to the next level by introducing the world’s first flax-fiber string instrument. Constructed from earth-friendly and lightweight Ekoa natural composites, this wooden ukelele boasts a vintage sound and feel within a durable, travel-friendly design. The Blackbird Clara Ukulele was also the recent recipient for the 2014 Industrial Designers Society of America IDEA product design award.

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Rollin' Coal: Trucks Modified to Spew Clouds of Smoke Mark the Most Pointless Anti-Environmentalist Movement Ever

by , 07/09/14
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Rollin’ Coal is a charmless form of antisocial behavior that involves modifying a truck’s engine to burn extra diesel fuel at will and emit a choking cloud of black smoke – usually all over somebody else. It’s not a recent phenomenon, but lately it’s become a misguided way of ‘getting back’ at President Obama, liberals, Prius drivers and anyone else its proponents don’t like.

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Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

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10 Transforming Furniture Designs Perfect for Tiny Apartments

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The Easy Trick That Turns Your Regular Blender into a Magic Bullet Smoothie Machine

by , 07/09/14

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Want to make individual smoothies and juices for everyone in the family without having to shell out dough for a special blender? Check out this DIY video for an easy trick that will save you money and counter space!

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Adorable 35-Sq.-Ft. Study Cabin Was Built for $400 Using Recycled and Salvaged Materials

by , 07/09/14
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Spectacular Lotus Building and People's Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

by , 07/08/14

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Three-Wheeled Toyota i-ROAD Electric Vehicle Becomes Part of France's Smart City Car Sharing Program

by , 07/08/14

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Adorable EV alert! With its unique three wheel design and compact footprint, Toyota’s i-ROAD electric vehicle represents the future of personal transport. And now drivers in Grenoble, France will have a chance to drive one this fall when Toyota plans to test its real world capability as part of a new car sharing program called “Smart City.”

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public…

The transportation sector accounts for a whopping 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Improving public transit is one of the best ways to cut that figure down -…

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Dubai to Build World's Largest Shopping Mall for Expo 2020

Dubai to Build World's Largest Shopping Mall for Expo 2020

While the impending Expo 2020 undoubtedly gives a timeline to the project, in unveiling the plans His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum commented: "We announced recently…

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Massive Supertyphoon Neoguri Pummels Southern Japan

Massive Supertyphoon Neoguri Pummels Southern Japan

The first supertyphoon of 2014 is sweeping across Japan, bringing violent waves and devastating 150 mph winds. Areas have been evacuated and airports closed as the storm landed on the…

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Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

Population density is a major issue all over the world, and Bucharest is no exception. As the urban core continues to fill with residents, innovative new ideas for living spaces have to…

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Even McDonalds Can Build Green

Even McDonalds Can Build Green

McDonald’s is probably near the bottom of the list of transnational corporations that support the environment and human health. But among the 35,000 McDonalds restaurants, there are a…

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