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Japanese Artist Creates Tasty Vegetable Weapons to Show the Stupidity of War

Japanese Artist Creates Tasty Vegetable Weapons to Show the Stupidity of War

Since 2001 Tokyoite Tsuyoshi Ozawa has taken portraits of women holding vegetable weapons in countries around the world - including Iceland, Uganda, China and of course Japan. He first finds a local model

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Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy Creates a Pen Plotter from Cardboard and Common Office Supplies

Designer Niklas Roy has created an incredible miniature plotter made from Finnish cardboard, rubber bands, glue, tape, glue, and a welding rod. Roy designed the gadget while teaching a workshop at the

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New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from Demolition Process

Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan's Taisei Corporation is pioneering a new

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Japan’s Tiny Coffin-Sized Apartments Make Your College Dorm Room Look Like a Palace

Japan’s Tiny Coffin-Sized Apartments Make Your College Dorm Room Look Like a Palace

To combat a lack of affordable housing in the capital city of Tokyo, landlords have developed what are known as 'geki-sema' or share houses: tiny cabinets barely bigger than coffins that can only be used

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Japan Tests Driverless Trucks, Report Shows 15% Less Fuel Consumption

Japan Tests Driverless Trucks, Report Shows 15% Less Fuel Consumption

With companies like Google and Audi already testing driverless vehicle systems, self-driving cars could hit the road in a matter of years. Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development

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Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

A fan of antiques and do-it-yourself projects, the client was responsible for a great deal of the interior furnishings. These include frames as decorative wall objects, antique chairs and mirrors, moody

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Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Shigeru Ban’s Gorgeous Nine Bridges Golf Club House is Inspired by Traditional Bamboo Cushions

Located an hour's drive south of Seoul, the clubhouse for this 18-hole golf course stands out for its elegance and intricate design. Taking full advantage of advanced technologies in woodworking and

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Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Japanese Prime Minister Announces Plans to Start Bringing Nuclear Power Plants Back Online

Photo via Shutterstock Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced today that Japan plans to begin restarting its idled nuclear plants later this year. All 50 of Japan's nuclear reactors were taken

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WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima

WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima

The 2011 Fukushima disaster was incredibly devastating, but the event's full impact may not be realized for years to come. According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, people living

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Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Pasona HQ is an Urban Farm That Grows Food For Its Employees in Tokyo

Located in downtown Tokyo, Pasona HQ is a nine-story building for the Japanese recruitment company. Rather than build a brand-new building, the company took over a 50-year-old structure and renovated it

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Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

Photo via Shutterstock Wind energy has surpassed nuclear power to become the third largest energy source in China. The country's Wind capacity has grown rapidly over the years, and in 2012 China's wind

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Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Japanese Restaurant Fines Diners For Not Finishing Their Meals

Thought your mom was harsh about finishing your meal? At least she didn't charge you for leaving food on your plate. The Hachikyo seafood restaurant in Sapporo, Japan will fine diners for not eating every

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Japanese Loggerhead Turtle Swims Again With Prosthetic Flippers After Shark Attack

Japanese Loggerhead Turtle Swims Again With Prosthetic Flippers After Shark Attack

A 25-year-old loggerhead turtle that lost her fins to a shark attack received a new pair of prosthetic limbs on Tuesday. Scientists at the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, designed the new limbs using

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Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s Towering MAS Museum Boasts Astonishing City Views From its Corrugated Glass Windows

Antwerp’s MAS Museum opened its doors back in May 2011. Its name stands for Museum Aan de Stroom, which means Museum on the River. Each of the building’s ten stories is twisted 90 degrees to form a

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Sea Slug Can Throw Away its Penis and Grow a New One

Sea Slug Can Throw Away its Penis and Grow a New One

Red and white sea slugs that roam the warm waters of Southeast Asia just may be the envy of the animal world, given their ability to discard and re-grow a penis again and again. The Chromodoris reticulata

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Sou Fujimoto Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London

Sou Fujimoto Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London

Each year, the Serpentine Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens invites an architect to design a temporary structure in the park. This year, 41-year-old Sou Fujimoto will become the youngest architect to

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13 Green Design Valentines for the Designers, Architects and Visionaries We Love!

13 Green Design Valentines for the Designers, Architects and Visionaries We Love!

Shigeru Ban Roses are red, Shigeru is the man. We love cardboard architecture & we love Shigeru Ban! Forget Bieber, Gosling and Pitt. When it comes to our crushes, we're absolutely BANanas for

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Kengo Kuma’s Jenga-Like Cafe Kureon is Made from Stacks of Locally Sourced Logs

Kengo Kuma’s Jenga-Like Cafe Kureon is Made from Stacks of Locally Sourced Logs

Cafe Kureon consist of an enclosed glass box surrounded by columns of piled blocks and topped with a corrugated metal roof. Kuma used local untreated wood and held the timber stacks together with thin

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby mountains and

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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who designed

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Shigeru Ban’s Carbon Neutral Tamedia Office Fits Together Like Building Blocks

Shigeru Ban’s Carbon Neutral Tamedia Office Fits Together Like Building Blocks

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is building a new carbon neutral office for Swiss media company Tamedia. Located in the heart of Zurich, the 4-story building features a beautiful wooden structure that fits

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Cube 6: Naho Matsuno’s Clever Wood Cube Transforms Into Six Individual Stools

Cube 6: Naho Matsuno’s Clever Wood Cube Transforms Into Six Individual Stools

Spotted at Dezeen, Cube 6 is an innovative piece of space-saving furniture that transforms from a cube-shaped stool into 6 distinct benches or tables. Designer Naho Matsuno used a system of rails to allow

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Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

Ultra Compact ‘Petit Laundry Swoosh’ Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Only a Gallon of Water

As far as washing machines go, the pedal-powered GiraDora and the Laundry Pod are pretty small - but the new ultra compact Petit Laundry Swoosh can fit on a countertop! Designed by Japanese company King

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Humannature: Craig Walsh’s Video Projections Transform Trees into Spooky Glowing Faces

Humannature: Craig Walsh’s Video Projections Transform Trees into Spooky Glowing Faces

Australia-based artist Craig Walsh has been projecting human faces onto trees across the globe, from Havana to Japan’s Fuji Rock, London’s Hyde Park, Adelaide and Singapore, to name a few. Projecting

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Horse Meat Scandal May be Linked to International Mafia Gangs

Horse Meat Scandal May be Linked to International Mafia Gangs

Image of mafia guy smoking, Shutterstock The horse meat scandal in the UK and Europe has taken a new turn since it has emerged that food contaminated with equine DNA may be linked to international

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New Map of Sea Level Rise Projections Highlights World’s Most At-Risk Cities

New Map of Sea Level Rise Projections Highlights World’s Most At-Risk Cities

Skynavin / Shutterstock.com A new map of global sea level rise projections highlights the cities that are expected to experience the highest of rising tides by 2100. The map, put together by Mahe

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Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Shuhei has built a series of structures using industrial-chic metal facades, but few are as striking as Rooftecture OT2 in Osaka. Designed to shut out the street while still permitting air and light to

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WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

Image of US army drone, Shutterstock The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced plans to deploy aerial drones to get control of the escalating illegal wildlife trade, which is quickly spinning out of

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Interface is Creating Recycled Carpet Using Discarded Fishing Nets

Interface is Creating Recycled Carpet Using Discarded Fishing Nets

Fishing net photo from Shutterstock The UN reports that about 10 percent of all marine trash is made up of discarded fishing gear, and while some programs have sought to clean up the waste, flooring

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