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A Chair that Welcomes Plants and Insects Into Your Home

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This set of chairs by Analog Media Lab is more than just a nouveau ant farm, or an atrium fused with antique seating. Chair I: Rococo Armchair Retrofit and Chair II: Ghost Chair Retrofit are part of an experimental series created by a group of designers set on exploring the interface between human and insect life. By bringing nature into the home, particularly with domesticated insects (e.g., ants, termites, moths), individuals can examine the impact that human evolution has had on insects through time – insects which have consequently come to be considered only as unproductive and problematic pests that have a penchant for taking up house in our humble abodes.

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RECIPE: Decadent Vegan Chocolate Cake (That's Actually Full of Vegetables!)

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Finding a knockout vegan chocolate cake recipe that’s going to appeal to all comers is one thing, but a recipe that also packs in a serve of veggies and extra protein is on a whole other level again. This incredible chocolate cake gets its moistness and some of its sweetness from roasted beetroot, and its protein content is boosted by the addition of pureed black beans into the mix and a tofu-based frosting. The recipe can be adapted to suit a gluten-free diet too. While the ingredients may be unconventional, this cake has the same moist, fluffy texture as regular mixes, so kids and suspicious adults will be none the wiser. With so much healthy goodness baked into one cake, it would be bad for you not to eat it, right? Click through for the recipe and step-by-step instructions.

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The Netherlands Unveils the World's First Solar Bike Path

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The Netherlands has an international reputation as a bike-friendly nation; it’s home to some 18 million bicycles and 21,748 miles of bike lanes. Now, an innovative project—SolaRoad—aims to make even greater use of all that green infrastructure by paving the bike paths with solar cells. On November 12, 2014, the first such path will open: a 70-meter (230 feet) stretch of Krommenie’s bike path will become the first solar-paved right of way in the world.

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France Breaks Ground on Europe's Largest Solar Plant

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While Germany has spent the last few years stealing the headlines for its remarkable advances in renewable energy infrastructure, neighboring France has, up until now, remained relatively silent on the matter of green energy. But this week Paris-based company Neoen broke ground on a 300 MW, $450 million photovoltaic grid-connected installation at Cestas, which will provide power to nearby Bordeaux from October 2015—and the facility will be the largest photovoltaic power plant in Europe.

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Live in Harmony with Nature in These Super Sexy Tree House Cabins

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14 Unique and Spectacular Staircases Around the World

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filed under: Architecture

This post was written by Anne of AH Interiors, an interior designer with other 20 years of experience, based in Henley-on-Thames, England. 

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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

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3 Ways to Improve Your Beauty Routine With Affordable DIY Baking Soda Recipes

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filed under: Ecouterre

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Baking soda is a kitchen pantry necessity, but did you know that this common household product could do wonders for your beauty regime as well? From restoring the luster of your hair to skin exfoliation, baking soda provides an all-natural and affordable option to taking care of your body. Click through to see how you can use ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to create easy DIY beauty hacks for just pennies a day.

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HOW TO: Raw Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry Recipe

by , 11/08/14

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Need a good last-minute recipe for dinner tonight? This tasty broccoli and mushroom stir-fry will not only hit the spot, but it is completely raw, which means lots of nutritious deliciousness without the heat of the stove. Use whatever vegetables you have handy, whip up the super easy marinade and dive right in.

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Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods - All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

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World's First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

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filed under: Design for Health, News

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Ebola has been ravaging parts of Africa, and the deadly virus shows no signs of stopping. Now a new needle-free vaccine has proven to be 100% effective at stopping the transmission of ebola in monkeys, and it could spell a breakthrough in the battle against the disease. The vaccine is administered through a nasal spray using a common cold virus genetically engineered to carry Ebola DNA, and it keeps protecting for at least a year after it is first administered.

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Elderly Madrid Man Builds Incredible Spanish Cathedral Entirely From Trash

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Tiny 86-Square-Foot Flat in Paris Transforms Like a Swiss Army Knife

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'Monsieur Plant' Grows Nike Sneakers using Flowers

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The French artist known as Monsieur Plant is living up to his name with a fashionable line of sneakers made out of flowers, moss, bark and dirt. Aptly named Just Grow It, the collection even features Nike’s famous swoosh made using seeds. The incredible creations are the artist’s way of showing the dichotomy between marketing, media and ethics.

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

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It’s hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that’s exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo, a single-use, biodegradable bag that acts as both toilet and natural fertilizer.

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel…

Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this…

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The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

One of the quieter surprises of this week's elections took place in Denton, north Texas, pop: 123,000. The city is home to some 272 active fracking wells, with 212 additional wells…

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23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing…

James Roberts, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Loughborough University in the U.K., has just been announced as the international winner of  the 2014 James Dyson Award. His winning…

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North America's Tallest Wood Building Opens in British Columbia

North America's Tallest Wood Building Opens in British Columbia

The project officially opened to the world on October 31, 2014, on budget and on time, showing that wood construction can serve as a functional and reliable option for sustainable…

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Berkeley Passes the First Soda Tax in the United States

Berkeley Passes the First Soda Tax in the United States

Voters in Berkeley, California passed a historical measure earlier this week when they voted in favor of the first-ever soda tax in America, which will see sugary soft drinks taxed in…

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