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World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

SCiO is a brand new consumer device that measures the molecular fingerprint of anything that reflects light, except it fits in your pocket. Equipped with some of the capabilities of large, heavy

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How thousands of rough wooden logs protect this pavilion from solar radiation

How thousands of rough wooden logs protect this pavilion from solar radiation

The big surprise of this year World Expo is the striking entry of Uruguay. Participating for the first time in a Universal Exposition with its own national pavilion designed by Javier Díaz Charquero, an

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This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

Have you ever seen a building built of thousands of recycled apple crates? That’s the case of the Polish Pavilion at Expo 2015 developed by the Warsaw office 2pm studio. Its exceptional façade is a

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Tesla’s Model X expected to hit the streets of China by Summer 2016

Tesla’s Model X expected to hit the streets of China by Summer 2016

Word on the street from a China-based Tesla rep is that the upcoming Model X will be available for sale in China as soon as next summer. The all-electric SUV with amazing falcon wings hasn’t even rolled

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The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

The energy-positive UK Solcer House proves that zero carbon living can be affordable

Great Britain’s first affordable energy positive house has just opened its doors in Stormy Down, Wales. Dubbed the Solcer House, the residence can produce more electricity than its occupants can use.

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4a Architekten transformed a 1926 Barry Dierks villa into an airy escape on the French Riviera

4a Architekten transformed a 1926 Barry Dierks villa into an airy escape on the French Riviera

The villa was originally built for a the architect, Barry Dierks, and his partner. It was built in 1926, sold in 2011, after which 4a Architekten were commissioned to renovate the building. The team

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Bird-friendly Invisible Barn camouflages itself against trees

Bird-friendly Invisible Barn camouflages itself against trees

You've may have seen montages of this structure that camouflages itself against a forest, but the designers at New York-based studio stpmj have now built the actual building which looks as impressive as

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Thailand’s $7.8 billion seafood industry is built on human trafficking and slave labor

Thailand’s $7.8 billion seafood industry is built on human trafficking and slave labor

A new investigation has uncovered the inhumane and often gruesome reality lurking behind Thailand’s fishing industry. For the past decade, hundreds of Rohingya migrants have been sold from trafficking

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Timber-clad school weaves between the trees in a French commune

Timber-clad school weaves between the trees in a French commune

Created to provide after-school and summer school facilities for young children, the school heavily references its surrounding environment. The curvaceous facade is clad in strips of vertical battens of

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Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

Scientists develop functioning computer chips made out of wood

We love technology and even those of us who don't love it, probably still use it to some degree. Even some of our common appliances like TV's, some refrigerators, microwaves, watches and other items use

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Hankook’s airless car tires should hit the market very, very soon

Hankook’s airless car tires should hit the market very, very soon

We are in the midst of a generational shift in environmentally friendly vehicles with electric cars becoming more of a practical reality each day, yet there are also other innovations being perfected,

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Solar-Powered Tags Give Threatened Shark Species a Fighting Chance

Solar-Powered Tags Give Threatened Shark Species a Fighting Chance

Great White photo / Shutterstock Studying sharks' movements and how they behave in their natural environment is an integral part of keeping them safe from overfishing. To aid these efforts, scientists

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Clever guerrilla birdhouses provide urban nests for our feathered friends

Clever guerrilla birdhouses provide urban nests for our feathered friends

The Nest Project’s colorful birdhouses are built for easy assembly and to withstand the elements. While citizens can purchase or build their own birdhouse to put up in the neighborhood, Robin Howie, the

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Leonardo DiCaprio donates another $15 million to save the world

Leonardo DiCaprio donates another $15 million to save the world

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is a favorite in environmental circles for many reasons, and his eco-conscious actions aren’t new to us. Over the years, he’s spent millions (and millions and millions) on

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These life-sized willow whales swim through a sea of plastic bottles to raise pollution awareness

These life-sized willow whales swim through a sea of plastic bottles to raise pollution awareness

A sculpture of two life size whales, made from Somerset willow and 70,000 upcycled plastic bottles, has been unveiled in Bristol to mark the city’s status as the UK’s first European Green

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London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year

London air pollution responsible for 9,500 deaths each year

Just living in London can kill you, apparently, according to a new data presented by King’s College. Almost 9,500 people die each year from long-term exposure to air pollution, more than twice the

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Did SeaWorld send this employee undercover to infiltrate animal rights protests?

Did SeaWorld send this employee undercover to infiltrate animal rights protests?

Strange things are afoot at SeaWorld these days. We’ve known that for a while, what with the practice of sedating orcas with anti-depressants and proposed legislation that would make it tough for

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Compressed-earth bird-watching center in Switzerland celebrates ancient building methods

Compressed-earth bird-watching center in Switzerland celebrates ancient building methods

The rammed earth walls, created by compacting layers of damp earth in a mould, form the centre's load-bearing structure. The ancient building method was used for its low environmental impact and the

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This carnivorous pitcher plant uses sonar to lure bats to come poop in it

This carnivorous pitcher plant uses sonar to lure bats to come poop in it

It is well documented that human beings struggle to communicate with each other. Given our inability to communicate within the species, it’s not surprising that we are only now learning of the amazing

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Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO

Future Dutch roadways made of recycled plastic will snap together like LEGO

The Dutch city of Rotterdam may soon be the first city to have roads made of recycled plastic waste, fished out of the oceans. The city is collaborating with VolkerWessels, a construction firm with some

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3,800 critically endangered turtles found stacked in a shipping crate headed for China

3,800 critically endangered turtles found stacked in a shipping crate headed for China

For much of the 20th century, the existence of the Philippine forest turtle was little more than a myth, fueled by a spare handful of specimens. But in 2001, a survey of the Palawan islands uncovered

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Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

Bottled water companies fight plans to reduce plastic pollution in National Parks

We’re already pretty mad at some bottled water companies for sucking the water out of California and other drought-threatened areas, but this latest news is really one for the history books. In a last

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Trending story about the coming mini ice age is flooding the internet – but it isn’t true

Trending story about the coming mini ice age is flooding the internet – but it isn’t true

While the Earth is heating up due to climate change, the sun could have something to say about it -- and send us into a mini ice age sometime in the next 15 years. Solar scientists at the National

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Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

Bolivia boasts the world’s longest cable car system

The best way to start to get a grasp of how huge and busy the Bolivian capital is, it's from one of the gleaming flying pods. Measuring 6.2 miles long, the system currently has three lines (red, yellow

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Sharks have been discovered living inside an active volcano

Sharks have been discovered living inside an active volcano

There's little doubt that sharks are a force to be reckoned with, but it turns out that the natural world can provide something more baffling and fearsome that any cable network special: a phenomenon that

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Climate change threat is as serious as nuclear war, UK minister warns

Climate change threat is as serious as nuclear war, UK minister warns

A new UK Foreign Office report warns that threats posed by climate change, especially to the world’s food supply, should be taken as seriously as nuclear war. In a devastatingly honest report on the

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Even a tiny temperature spike could cause sea levels to rise 20 feet

Even a tiny temperature spike could cause sea levels to rise 20 feet

From record-breaking, deadly heat in India to unprecedented drought in California, unusual polar bear predatory behavior in the Arctic to increased volcanic activity in Iceland, climate change is already

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Emergent Structures challenges furniture design students to transform waste into striking work desks

Emergent Structures challenges furniture design students to transform waste into striking work desks

Jobs needed one. Gates needed one. Even Alexander Graham Bell needed one. Without a table to work on, there’s not an entrepreneur in history who could’ve gotten their ideas off the ground (bad pun

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Hydro Hammock turns a relaxing camping trip into a hot tub party

Hydro Hammock turns a relaxing camping trip into a hot tub party

(embed video from Kickstarter page) Hot tubs can utilize hundreds of gallons of water, need regular maintenance, and require the use of often-harsh chemicals - not so easy on the environment or the

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Nightmarish figures made from old VHS tapes wander in frozen Iceland

Nightmarish figures made from old VHS tapes wander in frozen Iceland

Philip Ob Rey’s V project was designed in collaboration with Louie Otesanek and photographer Mailie Viney. The black-and-white photographs show the mysterious Lovecraftian figures in a desolate

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