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MAD Architects’ Glacial Structure Blends in to the Icy Surroundings of Northern China

MAD Architects’ Glacial Structure Blends in to the Icy Surroundings of Northern China

On closer inspection the building has a smooth undulating form that echoes the course of the river through the surrounding terrain, a feature that strategically directs the flow of people to the entrance

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The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

Do you love your Blackberry or iPhone, but worry about the cost to the environment? Do you wonder whether the workers who mined the materials or assembled the device were exploited? Whether your purchase

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China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

China to Issue Monthly List of 10 Worst Air-Polluted Cities

Photo via Shutterstock Environmental scandals have hit China hard this year. This summer, thousands of dead animals were found floating through major waterways, and air pollution hit record levels,

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3D Printed Bowls and Plates Made From Sugar Mean You’ll Never Have to Do the Dishes Again

3D Printed Bowls and Plates Made From Sugar Mean You’ll Never Have to Do the Dishes Again

3D printing technology has already been used to create elegant, edible 3D printed sweets made out of sugar. But now designer Philippe Malouin is using a 3D printer to create a variety of sugar-based

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9 Exceptionally Delicious (and Easy) Vegan Meals You can Make on a Budget

9 Exceptionally Delicious (and Easy) Vegan Meals You can Make on a Budget

Tofu Scramble in a Whole Wheat Wrap This is a great way to get an energy burst of protein first thing in the morning, and the amounts listed here will serve 2 hearty eaters. Feel free to halve the

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BOOK REVIEW: Climate Cover-Up

BOOK REVIEW: Climate Cover-Up

Conspiracy! Author James Hoggan realizes the ridiculousness of that word, asserting that it "strains credulity and is offensive in its own right." Yet the massive media sway that he details in his

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Giant Lane-Straddling Land Airbus Could be Coming to China

Giant Lane-Straddling Land Airbus Could be Coming to China

Three years ago the 3D Fast Bus got everybody excited about the prospect of a lane-straddling bus that would eliminate traffic congestion by traveling over lines of cars. Now, as Treehugger reports, TBS

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China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

China Bans New Coal-Fired Plants in Most Polluted Regions

As part of its ongoing plan to fight pollution and promote renewable energy, the Chinese government has announced a ban on new coal-fired power plants in parts of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, "Those who are

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Germany’s Skyline Plaza Garden is a Versatile Green Roof Like We’ve Never Seen

Germany’s Skyline Plaza Garden is a Versatile Green Roof Like We’ve Never Seen

Active spaces are divided by a network of paths that create areas for complimentary gardens. If Frankfurters need serenity, but don't have time to leave the city, they can enjoy Yoga or Tai Chi or stroll

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Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Food Waste is the World’s Third Biggest Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A recent study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the 1.3 billion tons of food discarded around the world account for more greenhouse gas emissions than those emitted by any

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Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

Chinese Scientists Successfully Produce a Living Kidney Using a 3D Printer

We've all seen the cool things that can be done with 3D printers, but now scientists at a Chinese university in eastern Zhejiang Province have made an incredible leap for medical technology by producing a

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Report Reveals Unoccupied “Vanity Space” in the World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

Report Reveals Unoccupied “Vanity Space” in the World’s Tallest Skyscrapers

Just as a sugary dollop of frosting can double the height of a cupcake, it turns out that today's tallest skyscrapers are topped with useless space to inflate their height. The Council on Tall Buildings

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8 Great Green Designs Coming to Tent London 2013 at the London Design Festival!

8 Great Green Designs Coming to Tent London 2013 at the London Design Festival!

Tent London will bring together two floors of pure design - including over 200 companies from 25 countries, 8 gallery shows and 40 super global brands present a vast and diverse range of furniture,

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100,000 Kilograms of Dead Fish Surface in Polluted River in China’s Latest Environmental Disaster

100,000 Kilograms of Dead Fish Surface in Polluted River in China’s Latest Environmental Disaster

Another shocking environmental disaster has hit China's waterways. Earlier this summer, 16,000 dead pigs floated through Shanghai's river and then 1,000 dead ducks emerged in the Sichuan river; now, an

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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) - a proposed flower shaped solar power energy collector that beams down concentrated microwave energy

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Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Pee power is often heralded as a sustainable design solution that can yield plant fertilizer or even power your cell - but using urine to prepare a delicious springtime snack is a whole different story.

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Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

Bike Share Revolution: U.S. Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

San Francisco's launch of Bay Area Bike Share has pushed the United States bicycle sharing fleet above 18,000, more than double the number of bikes in service since the beginning of the year. Bay Area

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GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

GDS Architects Unveils New Jinshui Science Park Concept with Zero Carbon Footprint

In order to reduce energy use the studio has a solution to prevent dependency on air conditioning: the towers will each have a double skin facade of Low-E glass and horizontal sunshades on the inside - to

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Coop Himmelb(l)au Unveils Incredible Changsha Entertainment Ice World Atop an Abandoned Quarry

Coop Himmelb(l)au Unveils Incredible Changsha Entertainment Ice World Atop an Abandoned Quarry

Architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au's winning design proposal for Changsha's Entertainment Ice World poetically bridges architecture with landscape history. The proposed 120,000 square-meter structure

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Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

Three animals at an Indonesian zoo died after eating poisoned meat earlier this month. An endangered Sumatran tiger named Peter and two lions, Gebo and Sonia, were found dead on August 17, 2013 at the

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2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

Smart Highway While car technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century, roads have remained basically unchanged since the late 1800s. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard plans to change

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Testing Resumes for the Fastest-Ever Maglev Passenger Train in Japan

Testing Resumes for the Fastest-Ever Maglev Passenger Train in Japan

The trials for the world’s fastest magnetic-levitation train planned for Japan resumed yesterday, continuing work to extend the 24-kilometer test track built over five years by the Central Japan Railway

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Hong Kong Smog is So Bad Tourists are Getting Their Picture Taken with a Clean Backdrop

Hong Kong Smog is So Bad Tourists are Getting Their Picture Taken with a Clean Backdrop

Hong Kong has famously got one of the largest smog problems in Asia. This has proven to be problematic for tourists who have hoped to get pictures of themselves in front of the city's famous skyline.

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Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

Beijing’s Cola-Bow Turns 17,000 Plastic Coke Bottles Into a Curvaceous Shelter

As its name suggests, Penda's fantastic plastic arch was designed for Coca-Cola China (unfortunately and ironically). The creative studio collected used bottles from universities around Beijing to make

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Nike’s Shanghai Concept Store is Made With 50,000 Old CDs, 5,500 Used Soda Cans

Nike’s Shanghai Concept Store is Made With 50,000 Old CDs, 5,500 Used Soda Cans

Everything inside Nike’s newest concept store in Shanghai is made from trash,except for the products on sale of course. Taiwanese architectural firm Miniwiz Sustainable Development Ltd. used 5,500 soda

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Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Storey Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen

Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Storey Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen

A Chinese microblogger recently noticed a curious architectural object built upon the roof of a housing complex in Shenzhen. A mysterious temple has been sitting atop the 21-story luxury apartment

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Zaha Hadid and UN Studio Shortlisted to Design Kazakhstan’s World Expo 2017

Zaha Hadid and UN Studio Shortlisted to Design Kazakhstan’s World Expo 2017

The theme of the 2017 World Expo is "Future Energy," which offers a chance to spotlight innovative, but practical energy solutions and their global impact. This is a tantalizing topic full of many

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The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

The US is Banned From Exporting Garbage to China Through the ‘Green Fence Initiative’

Photo via Shutterstock The US has a big trash problem. How big is it? So big that the country has to export rubbish to other nations in order to control the incredible volume of stuff tossed away each

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250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels

250 MW Nevada Solar Farm To Be Built With Chinese Solar Panels

Chinese company Trina Solar will supply 1.1 million 250-watt solar panels for a 250-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Nevada. When the project is completed, it will be one of the biggest solar photovoltaic

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