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Outrider USA Builds Electric Hybrid Recumbents that Can Reach up to 40 mph

Outrider USA Builds Electric Hybrid Recumbents that Can Reach up to 40 mph

Looking to burn a little rubber while also burning some calories? Outrider USA manufactures and sells their Ultralight Adventure Vehicles that let you pedal while reclining comfortably on their electric

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New Leak at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Raises Yet More Safety Concerns

New Leak at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Raises Yet More Safety Concerns

Efforts to repair damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant in Japan suffered yet another setback on Sunday when workers found a small leak in pipes leading from the facility's cooling pools. Last

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Fukusada and Pereira Unveil Multifunctional Bathroom Furniture at Milan Design Week 2013

Fukusada and Pereira Unveil Multifunctional Bathroom Furniture at Milan Design Week 2013

Japanese-Portuguese duo Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira used renewable Portuguese cork to create their 'Bug Collection' of multifunctional furniture, which is now on show at this year’s Milan Design

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MOST Challenges the Status Quo With Fresh Green Designs at Salone del Mobile 2013

MOST Challenges the Status Quo With Fresh Green Designs at Salone del Mobile 2013

Piet Hein Eek brought an immense amount of pieces, dating back to their founding in 1990. Piet Hein Eek is a company of 100 craftsmen located in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Their business model treats waste

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Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Tezuka Architects’ Amazing Fuji Kindergarten Wraps Around a 100-Year-Old Zelkova Tree

Situated in the city of Tachikawa, Fuji Kindergarten follows the Japanese architectural tradition of welcoming nature in. In this case, Tezuka Architects built around nature, leaving the classroom’s

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3,587 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle Wins 1st Place at the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon!

3,587 MPG Hypermiling Vehicle Wins 1st Place at the 2013 Shell Eco-Marathon!

The event featured an impressive collection of vehicles with low fuel consumption, powered by all types of sources, including gasoline, solar, electric, fuel cell, and more. The vehicles competed in two

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FabCafe Lets You 3D-Print a Gummy Version of Yourself

FabCafe Lets You 3D-Print a Gummy Version of Yourself

Gummies aren’t just for bears and worms anymore. Tokyo's FabCafe in Shibuya recently offered nine lucky customers the chance to create a 3D-printed gummy version of themselves! Using the café’s 3D

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Up to 120 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak from Fukushima Daiichi Storage Tank

Up to 120 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak from Fukushima Daiichi Storage Tank

Tens of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked from an underground storage tank at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant this past Saturday. It is still uncertain how much water has reached

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Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Many of the survivor stories we have heard from the 2011 earthquake and and Fukushima disaster in Japan involve worrying levels of radiation - but now we have a happy fish tale to tell. A small fishing

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Snøhetta’s New Library at North Carolina State University Aims for LEED Silver

Snøhetta’s New Library at North Carolina State University Aims for LEED Silver

The glass façade of the Hunt Library not only reflects the carefully landscaped trees on North Carolina State’s campus, but also flushes the interior with natural light, making for comfortable lighting

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Fukusada + Pereira’s Faro Eco-Fireplace Is Designed for Impromptu Gatherings

Fukusada + Pereira’s Faro Eco-Fireplace Is Designed for Impromptu Gatherings

Faro is a portable fireplace designed for bringing people together in a era saturated by technology. Made with clay, an iron frame and an EcoSmart ethanol burner, the piece was designed by Japanese

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Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Habitat World: Seven Sustainable Habitat for Humanity Projects

Empowerhouse Habitat for Humanity Washington, D.C. The first Passive House in the District of Columbia, the Empowerhouse won first place in the affordability category of the U.S. Department of

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Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Global Wind Power Production to Break 300,000 MW This Year, Could Top 425,000 MW by 2015

Photo via Shutterstock After reaching record levels of production in 2012, the world's wind power capacity is projected to grow to reach 300,000 MW by the end of 2013. With major projects announced in

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China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

As an extension of China's $16 billion plan to combat air pollution in its cities, today the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced an ambitious plan to export the nation's emissions to

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Obama Administration to Move Forward with Regulations Requiring Cleaner-Burning Gasoline by 2017

Obama Administration to Move Forward with Regulations Requiring Cleaner-Burning Gasoline by 2017

Photo via Shutterstock Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to push ahead with regulations that will require the production of cleaner gasoline and impose fleet-wide pollution limits

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Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

A little over two years since a devastating earthquake struck Japan and triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Google has collaborated with the town of Namie-machi, which sits inside the

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Issey Miyake Designs Sustainable Lighting Sculptures Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Issey Miyake Designs Sustainable Lighting Sculptures Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Many of you may already recognize this stunning lighting collection, but few realize the conceptual research and green experimentation that went into developing the IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE project. Designed

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Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers

Japanese Scientists Develop Pollen-Free Cedar Trees to Help Allergy Sufferers

Japanese Cedar photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists from the Japan-based Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute just announced they have “successfully developed the first

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Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Sun And Cloud: Hand-Cranked Solar Camera Can be Charged Anytime, Anywhere

Digital cameras are a part of many of our lives these days - they're in our phones and computers, and film-loaded cameras are rapidly becoming obsolete. Unfortunately, digital cameras need to be

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Fukushima Cooling System May Have Been Knocked Offline by a Rat

Fukushima Cooling System May Have Been Knocked Offline by a Rat

When a partial power outage caused the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to fail earlier this week, concerns were renewed as to the vulnerability of the now infamous power

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Peanut: The Story Behind a Poor Turtle Deformed by a Six-Pack Ring

Peanut: The Story Behind a Poor Turtle Deformed by a Six-Pack Ring

You may recognize Peanut, the small waisted turtle that obviously didn’t get her slender figure from exercising. Photos of this poor turtle have been making the rounds across the internet over the

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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Cardboard Cathedral Breaks Ground in New Zealand

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Cardboard Cathedral Breaks Ground in New Zealand

The structure - known as the Transitional Cathedral - will be the largest temporary building to date designed by Shigeru Ban. The Japanese architect is famous for his innovative use of cardboard as a

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Toyo Ito Awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize!

Toyo Ito Awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize!

The Pritzker Prize jury, which included Lord Peter Palumbo, an internationally known architectural patron of London, and renowned architects Glenn Murcutt, Yung Ho Chang, Juhani Pallasmaa and Alejandro

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New Report Predicts Deadly Earthquake and Tsunami for Pacific Northwest

New Report Predicts Deadly Earthquake and Tsunami for Pacific Northwest

Photo via Shutterstock A massive earthquake followed by a powerful tsunami is likely to hit the Pacific Northwest, a new study warns - and it's expected to kill as many as 10,000 people and cause as

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Hitachi Unveils Smartphone-Operated Autonomous ROPITS Robocar

Hitachi Unveils Smartphone-Operated Autonomous ROPITS Robocar

Turn on your smartphone or tablet, pick a destination on the map and ROPITS self-driving vehicle will do the rest! Hitachi’s new single-seat transport robot was designed to maneuver its way through city

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Volkswagen Unveils its First Electric Vehicle – the e-up!

Volkswagen Unveils its First Electric Vehicle – the e-up!

Volkswagen just took the wraps off its first ever production electric vehicle - the e-up! Unveiled today at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg, the four-seater e-up! is powered by an

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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects focused on

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Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan Successfully Taps ‘Flammable Ice’ as an Energy Source for the First Time

Japan is faced with a number of challenges when it comes to domestic energy production - the country is the world's largest importer of natural gas, and since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown it has

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Former TEPCO Executive Builds a Solar-Agriculture Park Near Fukushima

Former TEPCO Executive Builds a Solar-Agriculture Park Near Fukushima

Former Tepco executive Eiju Hangai, who quit the company a few months before the 2011 devastating tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, has built a solar agricultural park near the power plant. The

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