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Backyard BI(h)OME is a tiny, low-cost house with a light environmental footprint

Backyard BI(h)OME is a tiny, low-cost house with a light environmental footprint

This tiny low-cost, low-impact home which contains a bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom and dining room, was designed as a semi-permanent housing solution that can be recycled and reinstalled in

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The mega-earthquake that will probably someday wipe Seattle off the map

The mega-earthquake that will probably someday wipe Seattle off the map

As evidence we’re living in the future, next week’s issue of the New Yorker debuted online a week early and contains a somber warning entitled “The Really Big One” which is about “the earthquake

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Dazin Fuel Cookie helps save lives by eliminating deadly cooking smoke

Dazin Fuel Cookie helps save lives by eliminating deadly cooking smoke

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSw1MAdf3hE&w=537&h-302 Open fire cooking is a silent killer that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) claims the lives of 491 people each hour,

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6 barns converted into beautiful new homes

6 barns converted into beautiful new homes

A good barn conversion can look stunning. An old and derelict work building can be brought back to life with a sensitive and imaginative transformation. Here are five ideas. Barns need imagination A

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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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Bolivia’s charming Wiracocha offers pilgrims a thatched adobe refuge

Bolivia’s charming Wiracocha offers pilgrims a thatched adobe refuge

We found out about Wiracocha because its owner, Alfonso Choque Tricona, was also the captain of the boat that took us from Copacabana right across to the island. But instead of sailing, he spent most of

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Stekke + fraas’ Brutopia brings idyllic communal living to Brussels

Stekke + fraas’ Brutopia brings idyllic communal living to Brussels

Brutopia is a sprawling role model of cohousing in Brussels, which combines residential living with urban gardening, business spaces and a service center in the Belgian capital. Designed by stekke +

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Honda Civic Tourer breaks world record for fuel efficiency with 83 mpg across 24 countries

Honda Civic Tourer breaks world record for fuel efficiency with 83 mpg across 24 countries

Honda’s Civic Tourer just made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for lowest fuel usage in a month-long trek across 24 adjoining European nations, coming in at an average of 83 mpg for its

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Philips’ new GrowWise indoor farm will revolutionize food production

Philips’ new GrowWise indoor farm will revolutionize food production

Related: The world's largest indoor farm produces 10,000 heads of lettuce a day in Japan + Philips All images courtesy Philips

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Pod-like Survival Capsule protects those who can’t flee a tsunami

Pod-like Survival Capsule protects those who can’t flee a tsunami

While the rest of us watched in horror as tens of thousands died in the tsunamis of 2004 and 2011, two Seattle aerospace designers felt compelled to design a shelter that could protect people in such a

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White House rolls out plan to install solar panels on subsidized housing

White House rolls out plan to install solar panels on subsidized housing

Solar power is a booming industry, thanks to technology that is more affordable than ever. Yet, only one percent of grid power in the United States comes from the sun. President Barack Obama seeks to

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Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi 3D-prints masterpieces with light

Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi 3D-prints masterpieces with light

Though the technology is in its infancy, 3D printing has already found a wide range of uses. 3D printers have been used to create prosthetic limbs, meat, entire two story homes, and much more. 3D printers

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WIN a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

WIN a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

My Green Mattress founder Tim Masters was first drawn to the business not for financial reasons, but as a worried parent. Soon after Tim and his wife Cindy's second daughter Emily was born she began

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SketchUp’s Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

SketchUp’s Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

What if you could assemble your house like Legos using free modeling software and a 3D printer? That's the idea behind Eric Schimelpfening's WikiHouse - a home designed entirely in SketchUp that can be

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Austin, Texas is now home to the world’s cheapest solar power

Austin, Texas is now home to the world’s cheapest solar power

In basically the craziest news in clean energy this week, the Texas city of Austin has become the site of the world’s cheapest solar power, priced at just $0.04/kWh. This beats the previous record set

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Incredible bricklaying robot can build a house in just two days

Incredible bricklaying robot can build a house in just two days

Bricklaying is one of humanity’s most ancient trades; however, the backbreaking work is extremely time intensive and can result in worker injuries. In contrast, the Hadrian robot works nonstop and uses

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Google’s self-driving “Koala” cars hit California roads

Google’s self-driving “Koala” cars hit California roads

As 2015 speeds by, now so will Google’s self-driving prototypes, adorably referred to as “Koala” cars, albeit at a safe and steady 25 mph. It has been a few months since the announcement that

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House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

House votes to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, 247-180, to stop the EPA’s Clean Power Plan until litigation on the plan has finished. The bill, called the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) goes to

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Genetically modified pig farms could grow 100,000 organs per year for human transplant

Genetically modified pig farms could grow 100,000 organs per year for human transplant

It may sound like a disturbing idea plucked straight from a dystopian science fiction novel, but work has already begun on a company that aims to build a factory where genetically modified pigs grow

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archimania’s Conservation Hall is a sunken extension that preserves a historic governor’s mansion

archimania’s Conservation Hall is a sunken extension that preserves a historic governor’s mansion

Memphis-based architecture firm archmania designed an extension to a historic governor’s mansion in Nashville, Tennessee, and created an "unbuilding"-the architects created a sunken courtyard building

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8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

8 Sustainable British buildings from the 2015 RIBA awards

The Foundry by Architecture 00 Architecture 00 repurposed a former shoe-polish factory into the Foundry, an office facility that houses various charities in London. Built on a former brownfield in

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Google brings in Heatherwick to design its London headquarters

Google brings in Heatherwick to design its London headquarters

The original one million square foot Google headquarters in Lonon, designed by London-based architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris(AHMM), has reportedly been deemed too boring and British designer Thomas

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Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change

Pope’s official encyclical: “a bold cultural revolution” can halt climate change

This morning, the Vatican released the official version of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. The final draft skewers climate change skeptics and demands global cooperation of people and

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General Motors finds a new use for used Chevy Volt batteries

General Motors finds a new use for used Chevy Volt batteries

The number of electric vehicles hitting the market continues to grow each year and with that comes the concern about what we'll do with all the lithium-ion batteries that power the EVs. General Motors has

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Electric vehicle sales in the UK soar 366% in the first quarter of 2015

Electric vehicle sales in the UK soar 366% in the first quarter of 2015

UK research firm Business Green has announced that electric vehicle sales have grown a whopping 366% percent in the first part of 2015. This leap in the direction of green and sustainable transportation

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Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Two teens from Hong Kong have created a new door handle that wipes out 99.8 percent of all germs on contact, potentially revolutionizing the hygiene industry. Realizing how many germs are spread through

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Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic pastoral tribe that migrated spread across Kenya and Tanzania, and globalization has not been kind to them. Vulnerable to wildlife that steal their livestock and powerless

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Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Solar-Powered Green Revolution Pavilion Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles Unveiled in the Philippines

Stephen Lamb from Touching the Earth Lightly and Ilac Diaz from My Shelter Foundation teamed up for the first time at last year's Shanghai Biennale. They share a vision to provide environmentally-friendly

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10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

10 Successful kickstarters creating a better world

It’s a beautiful thing when businesses align profits and purpose for a better world. And with the growth of crowdfunding, the concept of launching a company funded by others, an increasing number of

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Texas-based EzGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically

Texas-based EzGro Garden allows anyone, anywhere to grow crops vertically

Larry Johnson used to be a computer guy, but he decided he wanted to work outside instead. Although he didn’t know much about plants at the time, Johnson got into vertical farming and designed a growing

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