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Grandparents Build an Amazing Victorian-Style Treehouse for their Lucky Grandkids

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Back in the day, our grandparents didn’t give us much more than a handful of toffees and a few shiny nickels. But these lucky grandsons received something much more spectacular from theirs—an unbelievable treehouse complete with decks, a pitched roof, a tube slide, a suspension bridge, and much more! Steve and Jeri Wakefield hired architect James Curvan to design a multi-level treehouse for their little ones using found objects and antiques. What resulted was an enchanting treehouse that brings together formal architecture and child-like imagination.

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Designer Transforms Old Bike into Pedal-Powered Elevator

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After completing his gorgeous 30 foot high treehouse, Ethan Schussler scoffed at the idea of having to climb up and down a giant ladder all day. Rather than abandoned his tree top escape, the designer put an old bicycle to the test. Customizing it to move along a giant chain, Schussler transformed the bike into a personal elevator, which slowly rises to the treehouse’s entrance by pedaling.

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

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New Book 'Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air' Features 50 Breathtaking Tree Houses from Around the World

by , 09/06/14
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Nothing captures our collective imagination quite like a majestic treehouse. Tashen’s new book Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air features stunning images of 50 of the world’s most amazing tree house designs. Structures range from traditional A-frame homes in miniature, to bulbous, futuristic dwellings that cling to behemoth branches. There is a true wealth of images to be savored in the glossy photos captured of each arboreal abode in Taschen’s 352 page book.

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HippopoThames: Giant Hippo Spotted on London's River Thames!

by , 09/05/14
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A giant hippo was recently spotted floating on London’s River Thames! No, it’s not a freakish migration caused by global warming; rather it’s a work of art by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, who is famous for his scaled-up sculptures (like this gigantic Rubber Duck). The 21-meter-long HippopoThames was inspired by prehistoric mammals that once inhabited the river. The sculpture will remain on display at Nine Elms on the South Bank until September 28, 2014.

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Police Officer Only Gets 4 Years Probation After Killing Beloved Boulder Neighborhood Elk and Attempting to Cover it Up

by , 09/05/14
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A former police officer was convicted of three felonies after killing a beloved bull elk in Border, Colorado. Sam Carter was on duty in the Boulder area on New Year’s Day 2013 when he shot and killed an elk known to locals as “Big Boy.” The killing sparked an outrage, a memorial and an investigation which revealed that Carter had committed forgery, tampered with evidence, and attempted to influence a public official in order to cover up the killing.

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Vikings Built This Amazing Green-Roofed Village 1000 Years Ago!

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Part Skyscraper, Part Thrill Ride: SkyRise Miami Approved

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BP Faces up to $18 Billion in Fines for Gross Negligence Over Deepwater Horizon

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BP was yesterday found guilty of being “grossly negligent” and “reckless” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout. The blowout killed 11 workers and caused the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that was the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history. In the latest phase of the ongoing trial investigating BP’s liability for the incident, Louisiana District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling means the U.K. oil company could be liable for up to $18 billion in additional fines under the Clean Water Act, on top of the $43 billion in charges the company already anticipated.

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Compact Prefab House is Made from a Single Shipping Container in Milan

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Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History?

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Did you know that climate change denier David H. Koch is a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and an advisory board member of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History? “So, what’s in it for him apart from unlimited free entry?” I hear you ask. Well, allegations abound that Mr Koch is exerting influence on programming at the public institutions, causing omissions or misrepresentations of climate science and global warming in exhibitions. In response, Brooklyn-based arts collective Not An Alternative has established The Natural History Museum to make “a point to include and highlight the social and political forces that shape nature, yet are left out of traditional natural history museums.” Their first exhibition will run from September 13 to October 4, 2014, at the Queens Museum.

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Humanity Could Face Global Famine by 2050 Due to Plague of Pests

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A new U.K study warns that humanity could face a famine of biblical proportions by 2050 due to a plague of pests brought on by climate change. Research from the University of Exeter published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography paints a picture of crop producing countries saturated with pests by the middle of the century. The plague of pests pose a ‘grave threat to global food security,’ according to Dr. Dan Bebber of the Biosciences department at the University of Exeter.

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Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

by , 09/05/14

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When the country with the largest oil reserves in the world decides to start investing in renewable energy, it may well be a sign that the age of big oil is coming to an end. While the US is still focused on fossil fuels – whether drilling, importing, or otherwise – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has realized that relying on a finite energy resource is not the smartest move, and it has begun to implement more solar systems into its electrical grid instead of older diesel generators.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

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Small actions taken by many people can lead to great change, and it’s startling to see how some of the smallest changes can result in enormous benefit to all. Did you know that switching out just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent (CFL) one prevents the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gases? Or that just running your washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full reduces water pollution while lowering your bills? Swapping out nasty chemical cleaners for homemade products is healthier for both us and all life that depends on the local water table, and composting kitchen scraps reduces landfill waste while providing our gardens with vital nutrients. This infographic details some of the little, simple changes that everyone can do, and can make an enormous difference to the entire world in the long run.

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New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona's Organics Restaurant

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Urbanarbolismo and Unusualgreen just unveiled one of their latest vertical gardens, this time at the entrance to the Organics Restaurant in Barcelona. Low maintenance design and operation plus hardy plants makes for a delicious looking installation. The lush vertical garden is the perfect complement to the restaurant’s menu, which features slow food dished up fast!

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New Alternative NYC Natural History Museum Calls Out Other Museums Bankrolled by Koch Brothers

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A new Natural History Museum is opening in Queens as a response to concerns of corruption at NYC's American Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.'s Museum of Natural History and…

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See How This Tiny West Village Apartment Uses Double Duty Furniture to Maximize Its Small Space

See How This Tiny West Village Apartment Uses Double Duty Furniture to…

James’ home may be the size of a shoebox, but she made it look spacious and homey by painting the main living area in a bold plum color. The color not only brings out James’…

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Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Are we approaching the end of fish? It's been widely reported that at current fishing levels all commercial stocks of wild-caught fish will have collapsed by 2050. But there's hope -…

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The Squirrelz: China's First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai's Eco Village

The Squirrelz: China's First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in…

Although the practice of recycling and reuse still remains an integral part of China's resourceful and low-income populations, booming middle and upper-class consumer power in Chinese…

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Friends Pop-Up Replica Coffee Shop Coming to NYC This Month

Friends Pop-Up Replica Coffee Shop Coming to NYC This Month

Image Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Get ready to feel old, people. Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and fans who loved watching Rachel, Ross, Monica,…

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