Airport Screening Heightened After First US Ebola Patient Dies

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Last week, Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan died from Ebola at hospital in Dallas, Texas. Duncan was the first patient diagnosed in the United States with the virus. Duncan’s death has brought even more awareness to Ebola, and has raised security questions about travelers coming from West Africa, prompting airports to increase screening.

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Step Inside NYC's Greenest Pizza Restaurant

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Scientists Discover What May Be the World's Oldest Art in Indonesia

by , 10/12/14
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Move over Europe: a new discovery in Indonesia could knock the western continent from its popular position as the cradle for early human creativity. According to the journal Nature, an Australian-Indonesian team of researchers made the surprising discovery that cave paintings found in Sulawesi, Indonesia date back to at least 35,000 to 40,000 years old, making them some of the oldest art known. The breakthrough research challenges the Eurocentric view of the origins of art and suggests that the earliest artists may have come from Africa.

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6 Tasty Pumpkin Seed Recipes for Healthy Fall Snacks

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You’ve been to the farm or market, picked out your jack-o’-lantern pumpkins and now you’re ready to carve – but what are you going to do with all the seeds from your cleaned out pumpkins? If you are running a little low on recipe inspiration for roasted pumpkin seeds, or have maybe never even tried to make these delicious, nutrient-packed, harvest season power snacks, here are six easy, crowd-pleasing recipes to try this fall. There’s even a sweet, cinnamon-dusted recipe. Handy hint: to make the seeds easier to separate from the fibrous pumpkin innards, try soaking the pulp and seeds in water for a few hours or overnight and they’ll detach more easily. Happy snacking!

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Barbie's First Dream House Was a Tiny Studio Apartment Made from Cardboard

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Before Barbie went platinum blonde and traded up for a mega-mansion made from pink plastic, she was just like many of us city dwellers living it up in a modest apartment with minimal furnishings. Spotted at a MoMA exhibit a few years ago, Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000, this 1960s design is in fact Barbie’s first ever Dream House. With its modern furniture and surprisingly efficient use of a small space (ok, so it doesn’t have a kitchen… or bathroom), it definitely caught our eye, and our curiosity for this relic was piqued — check out what we learned ahead.

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Sistine Chapel to Illuminate Michelangelo's Masterpiece with 7,000 LEDs

by , 10/12/14

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Art lovers can now take in the Sistine Chapel’s sprawling painted ceiling with ease, thanks to a new installation of 7,000 LED lights. Viewers have been admiring Michelangelo’s 16th century fresco in dimly lit conditions since the 1980s, when the Vatican blocked off the windows due to light damage to the paintings. Next month, according to the Wall Street Journal, the chapel ceiling will be fully illuminated with LEDs, allowing visitors to see every detail and nuance painted by Michelangelo’s hand—without damage to the artwork.

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Could 3D Printing be the Future of Earthquake-Proof Building?

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Architecture is tapping into 3D printing technology in a major way through the production of building elements and structural components. Recent developments have also begun to work on creating seismically resistant structures. California-based architecture firm Emerging Objects has developed a design called the Quake Column, which draws on the ancient Incan building technique known as “ashlar” and merges it with modern technology.

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Diem Chau Carves Pencil Tips Into Incredible Miniature Animal Sculptures!

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Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

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Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest-Ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

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17-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for supporting the “struggle against the suppression of children and young people.” Yousafazai, a Pakistani teen who addressed the UN on her 16th birthday, is particularly well known for her advocacy of the rights of all children to an education, after she was shot in the head by the Taliban while on her way to school in 2012. She shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a 60-year-old Indian activist who works in the tradition of Mahatma Ghandi to lead peaceful protests that focus “on the grave exploitation of children for financial gain.”

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U.S. Government to Award $1 Million for Best Ebola Hazmat Suit Design

by , 10/12/14
filed under: Ecouterre

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The White House has teamed up with USAID, the CDC, and the U.S. Department of Defense to offer a $1 million award for a superior and improved HAZMAT suit design in hopes of better assisting healthcare workers in their fight against Ebola. Due to the humid environments of Ebola-affected countries, current personal protective equipment used by health workers cannot be comfortably worn for long periods of time. Titled ‘Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development,’ this crowd sourcing initiative asks innovators across the world to improve the design of protective wear and is accepting proposals from now until December.

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Gerry Barry's Incredible Land Art Installations Harmonize with the Irish Landscape

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The Nautilus - Giant Snail-Shaped Home Fit for a Family

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The Nautilus, designer Javier Senosiain’s bizarre, snail-shaped dwelling, is a mind-bending union of artistic experimentation and simplified living. Inspired by the work of Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright, Senosiain has brought to Mexico City another sparkling example of what he calls “Bio-Architecture” — the idea that buildings based on the natural principles of organic forms bring us back to local history, tradition and cultural roots, in turn creating harmony with nature.

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Robotic Fabric Could Be Used to Create Moving Clothing

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We’ve all heard of electronic fabrics, but robotic fabrics? That’s a new one. Researchers are Purdue University are developing an electronic skin-like fabric that can move on its own, twisting and turning into endless shapes. So why do we need such a thing? Robotic fabrics could be used to create active clothing for sports, soldiers and astronauts or help those with disabilities move while wearing the fabric, changing the way we interact with our clothing.

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Jenga-Like Bamboo PixelTable Can be Pushed or Pulled to Create Storage Space

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Need more shelf space? A cupboard? A table? The Jenga-like PixelTable from Studio Intussen can be transformed into a variety of furnishings to suit your needs. The 45 x 45 x 45 cm cube is composed of eco-friendly bamboo slats which can be pushed or pulled to create spaces for storing objects and flat surfaces for shelving.

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Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48 Hours

Portable Snoozebox Shipping Container Hotel Can Be Set Up in Just 48…

Snoozebox’s cozy rooms carry all the comforts of home. The rooms sleep two to four guests comfortably, with double beds and adjacent bunk beds. The adaptable rooms also feature…

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WG3's Hypercubus Micro Hotel is a Tiny Home Tilted Towards the Sky

WG3's Hypercubus Micro Hotel is a Tiny Home Tilted Towards the Sky

A new concept for a mobile hotel, the Hypercubus sits on the edge of almost any landscape - as well as on the edge of itself. The designers envision the units used for the tourism…

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Employees Grow Herbs and Veggies at Google's New Super-headquarters in London

Employees Grow Herbs and Veggies at Google's New Super-headquarters in…

Located in Renzo Piano's Central St. Giles Building in Covent Garden, the new super headquarters feature a series of indoor and outdoor workspaces, a gymnasium and dance studio, along…

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Designer Robert DuGrenier Makes Hand-Blown Glass Shells for Hermit Crabs

Designer Robert DuGrenier Makes Hand-Blown Glass Shells for Hermit…

Glass blower Robert DuGrenier has been blowing glass for over 30 years, but for the last 15 he has been creating hand-blown glass terrarium sculptures to house living art compositions…

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Zaha Hadid's Sleuk Rith Institute Sprouts like a Forest in Cambodia

Zaha Hadid's Sleuk Rith Institute Sprouts like a Forest in Cambodia

The building features tapered wooden structures that range from three to eight levels. The volumes will house a huge archive, a museum, a library, a graduate school on genocide studies,…

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