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Unofficial Leak: Tesla’s New Gigafactory is Headed to Nevada

Unofficial Leak: Tesla’s New Gigafactory is Headed to Nevada

After months of waiting and speculation, word is out that the much-anticipated Tesla Gigafactory has finally broken ground in Reno, Nevada. Nevada governor Brian Sandoval and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are

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Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

Where to Pee and Other Day-to-Day Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

1. Food This is an obvious one, but conscientious and green-minded consumers won't want to settle for any old food on the road. Unless you plan ahead, you'll end up eating at Starbucks and Chipotle

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Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

Samoa Opens Largest Solar Photovoltaic Array in South Pacific

The South Pacific Island of Samoa has opened the region's largest solar array, the Faleata Racecourse. Located in the capital city of Apia, the 2.2 MW photovoltaic array was built in the middle of the

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First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

As the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc in West Africa, a new Ebola vaccine will be tested on humans for the first time this week. The vaccine is being developed by the National Institutes of Health

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Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

All along California’s coastline fisheries have been shuttered, marine hospitals have been flooded and birds have been dropping dead right out of the sky. The problem? A dangerous neurotoxin called

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Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory Coast recently had the

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that's what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace

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Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

The long-awaited promise of prefab construction is that it would bring us higher quality homes for less money with significant increases in sustainability and resource efficiency. While prefab is

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Inspired by the affordability of the material, Bilbao decided to build the walls using rammed earth in order to provide the home with optimal temperature control through its thermal mass properties. In

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McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

McDonald’s Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

A new program at McDonald’s in Stockholm is even more affordable than their Dollar Menu. Through an collaboration with DDB, the fast food chain is now accepting recycled cans in exchange for food.

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25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

The tiny home revolution has reached Portland, Oregon, as the city nears approval for a massive new tiny house community. The project, which is pending the perfect plot of land, will provide modern

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Screen-free Time Can Improve Kids’ Recognition of Nonverbal Emotion Cues, UCLA Study Indicates

Screen-free Time Can Improve Kids’ Recognition of Nonverbal Emotion Cues, UCLA Study Indicates

A new study released by University of California Los Angeles researchers shows that children who were denied screen time for five days improved their ability to read nonverbal emotion cues by a greater

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Algal Turf Scrubbing After spending years studying natural solar bio-energy in Caribbean coral reefs, Walter H. Adey, PhD. developed Algal Turf Scrubber, a biomimetic system that generates a fast-growing

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Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Heads up architects and green building buffs - the world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild, is coming up in New Orleans from October 22-24! This year the Big Easy is hosting this

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3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

Now anyone can have their very own backyard library! 3rdSpace's prefab rooms have been popping up all over as extra bedrooms and offices - and the amazing prefab structures can even make a bibliophile’s

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Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

Flying cars belong more in a Jetson's episode than in real life, right? Wrong, flying cars are here, but will they take off? The Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), an

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Kickstarter for Gorgeous Wooden Bike Grips Helps Fund Social Programs in Haifa

Kickstarter for Gorgeous Wooden Bike Grips Helps Fund Social Programs in Haifa

Nisnas Industries recently launched a Kickstarter for Daily, a new line of affordable wood bike grips designed to feel great and last a lifetime. Available in Maple or Mahogany, the wooden body is press

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Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing windows. Instead, the

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How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

Could the tiny house phenomenon solve America's homeless epidemic? Andrew Heben, urban planner and professional tiny house builder, says it can. His new book Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps

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DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

I deliberately bought the longer wheel base Ford Transit Connect XLT, which has no infrastructure in the back and enough height and length that I and others can sit comfortably on a raised platform. Since

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Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

San Francisco-based startup Hampton Creek already has a couple of wins under its belt with its egg-free mayonnaise and dairy-free cookies. But its recent announcement that Dan Zigmond, formerly lead data

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Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Although many people now read the news online or on their e-readers, actual printed newspapers are still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately all those papers add up to a lot of waste at

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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Officials Approve $13.5 Million Plan to “Re-wild” East London

Officials Approve $13.5 Million Plan to “Re-wild” East London

The banks of the Upper Lee Valley in East London are to be "re-wilded." By 2017, a vast stretch of riverbanks beginning just north of the Olympic Park will be restored to flood-mitigating marshland. The

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6 Innovative, Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

6 Innovative, Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

Water has been prevailing theme over the past few years, especially in the wake of multiple natural disasters that involved polluting our oceans, flooding and access to clean water. Not only is it the

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Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

The City of Oakland just announced its first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). "What's that?" I hear you ask. Well, the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC) is "dedicated to

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This Massive Rooftop Sky Farm Might Just Make Hospital Food Taste Good

This Massive Rooftop Sky Farm Might Just Make Hospital Food Taste Good

The team who designed the CommonGround was led by David Rubin, principal at LAND COLLECTIVE, the two fountains were designed in collaboration with design studio Fluidity, while Diller Scofidio Renfro

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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures. The

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Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Spectacular Wood Pavilion Stretches Across a Norwegian Beach

Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Spectacular Wood Pavilion Stretches Across a Norwegian Beach

Rintala Eggertsson Architects' temporary installations were inspired by traditional structures used by arctic residents for drying fish in order to preserve them for the long northern winters. The

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