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Gorgeous Beautour Biodiversity Museum Updates Historic French Mansion With Thatched Facade

Gorgeous Beautour Biodiversity Museum Updates Historic French Mansion With Thatched Facade

The historic Durand mansion was used as a starting point for the project, which has been converted to house research labs and event space. The new building is home to permanent and temporary exhibition

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Timber-Clad Villa B is a Green-Roofed Bioclimatic Home Near Lyon

Timber-Clad Villa B is a Green-Roofed Bioclimatic Home Near Lyon

Villa B is oriented for solar exposure, but protected from overheating with a system of Larch wood slats that serve as a rainscreen and encourage natural ventilation. The ground floor features an office,

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X-Men’s Hugh Jackman Funds Global Education With New Laughing Man Coffee

X-Men’s Hugh Jackman Funds Global Education With New Laughing Man Coffee

Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man coffee not only provides a stellar cup of good joe, but also supports struggling communities around the world. Founded in 2011 with his partner David Steingard, Laughing Man

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to Masdar's

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Paul Cocksedge’s Living Staircase Spirals From Floor to Ceiling With Lush Greenery

Paul Cocksedge’s Living Staircase Spirals From Floor to Ceiling With Lush Greenery

Curving planters line the banisters of Paul Cocksedge's Living Staircase, creating lines of swirling greenery that reach from floor to ceiling. The overflowing plants create a welcoming environment while

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Kyocera Opens Japan’s Largest Offshore Solar Power Plant

Kyocera Opens Japan’s Largest Offshore Solar Power Plant

Kyocera Corporation has just launched Japan's largest offshore solar power plant. Clean energy generated by the 70MW Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant will be sold back to the national grid

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Dozens of Venomous Spiders Burst from a Bag of Sainsbury’s Bananas

Dozens of Venomous Spiders Burst from a Bag of Sainsbury’s Bananas

A London mother’s worst nightmare came to life when she found dozens of venomous spiders crawling over a bag of newly-purchased bananas. Just as Consi Taylor was about to bite into one of the

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India Successfully Launches First Mission to Mars

India Successfully Launches First Mission to Mars

Today India successfully launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars. The 3,000-pound Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) named Mangalyaan (Mars Craft in Hindi) took off from the island of

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Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts

Modular Eco-Mobius Phone Cuts Electronic Waste With Upgradeable Guts

The new Eco-Mobius Phone is an upgradable modular phone that helps address the growing problem of electronic waste. Designed by ZTE Corporation, the Mobius phone is made up of a series of individual

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Brooke Shields’ Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Costume Wins Halloween

Brooke Shields’ Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Costume Wins Halloween

It looks like Leonardo DiCaprio has some strong competition when it comes to Citi Bike-loving celebs. For Halloween this year, actress Brooke Shields decided to don a truly unique Citi Bike costume, and

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Glittering, Origami-Inspired High-Rise Pops Up in Paris

Glittering, Origami-Inspired High-Rise Pops Up in Paris

Like iridescent fish scales, the Barclays Headquarters' triangular panels form a pattern on the street-facing façade. Rather than using real marble, the marble effect was achieved by screen-printing

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Scientists Create the World’s First ‘Nutritionally Balanced’ Pizza

Scientists Create the World’s First ‘Nutritionally Balanced’ Pizza

Scientists in Glasgow have created the world’s first "nutritionally balanced" pizza. After careful research in the lab, the scientists created a pizza that has balanced amounts of salt, fat,

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The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

The Global Change Institute Operates in a Net Zero, Carbon Neutral Research Center in Brisbane

Opened in August 2013, the Global Change Institute is a research facility dedicated to finding solutions for global challenges. HASSEL Architects designed the project to 'walk the walk' by operating a

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Google’s Mystery Party Barge is Actually a Floating Google Glass Showroom

Google’s Mystery Party Barge is Actually a Floating Google Glass Showroom

Various news outlets are reporting that Google has a new shipping container party barge called the Google X, and it is invite only. The barge will serve as a floating complex of Google Glass showrooms and

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SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

SunGlacier: A Solar-Powered Leaf That Makes Ice in the Desert

So how does this work? The 200 m2 elm-leaf shaped structure has a PV cell coated underbelly, which powers cooling condensers that in turn convert humidity from the desert air into ice. Verheggen told the

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Hundreds of Vacant Lots to Become World’s Largest Urban Farm in Detroit

Hundreds of Vacant Lots to Become World’s Largest Urban Farm in Detroit

Hundreds of vacant lots in Detroit, Michigan will soon be transformed into the world’s largest urban farm. Governor Rick Snyder has just approved the plan proposed by a private company that has bought

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Scientists Launch ‘ZomBee Watch’ Website to Track Parasite-Infected Zombie Bee Sightings

Scientists Launch ‘ZomBee Watch’ Website to Track Parasite-Infected Zombie Bee Sightings

Bee photo from Shutterstock Last year a team of scientists at San Francisco State University discovered that parasitic flies are attacking bees and turning them into zombies that walk around in circles

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Romanian Scientists Make Artificial Blood from Sea Worms

Romanian Scientists Make Artificial Blood from Sea Worms

Image via Shutterstock Scientists in Romania have developed artificial blood made from water, salt and protein that could one day be used in humans. Made from the protein hemerythrin extracted from sea

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Artist Flips Czech Government a Giant Paper Bird

Artist Flips Czech Government a Giant Paper Bird

Czech artist David Cerny has created a giant middle finger sculpture aimed right at the government buildings of Prague. Cerny’s oversized purple hand sculpture floats in the Vltava River, and is a shot

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University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

University of Chicago’s Daylight-Filled Early Childcare Center Earns LEED Gold

The new Early Childcare Center West is located on a developing section of campus near the medical center. Ross Barney's design for the daycare center sought to create a playful environment for the

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Fiona Roberts’ Creepy Scopophilia Chair is Made From Hundreds of Repurposed Glass Eyes!

Fiona Roberts’ Creepy Scopophilia Chair is Made From Hundreds of Repurposed Glass Eyes!

The eyes have it in Fiona Roberts' spooky Scopophilia chair - which is made from hundreds of glass eyes! The Australian designer didn’t skin a hundred Furby dolls to make the eye-catching chair, but

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Gorgeous Riverside Piampiano Residence Refurbished with Reclaimed Wood Near Aspen, Colorado

Gorgeous Riverside Piampiano Residence Refurbished with Reclaimed Wood Near Aspen, Colorado

Piampiano Residence is actually a remodel of an existing home next to the Roaring Fork river in Woody Creek, CO. Regulations of Pitkin County would not allow a new home to be built so close to the river,

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6 Eco Burial Options for a Green Afterlife

6 Eco Burial Options for a Green Afterlife

Life Gem And Vinyly Eternal Reefs Human Ash Pencils Shelves for Life 3D Cremation Ash Printers Life Gem Your loved ones can forever be reminded of your sparkle, by having your ashes compressed

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Koch Brothers’ Pipeline Leaks 17,000 Gallons of Oil in South Texas

Koch Brothers’ Pipeline Leaks 17,000 Gallons of Oil in South Texas

A Koch Brothers' pipe leaked 400 barrels of oil into an area near Smithville, Texas this week. The spill spewed around 17,000 gallons of crude, and although it has been contained the cause remains

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Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Green-Roofed Tignespace Athletic Center Reflects the Mountains of Southeast France

Tignespace was originally a gymnasium at the base of an apartment complex overlooking the lake. The gym was replaced with a new, high performance athletic center that will better meet the needs of the

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the resources to build

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Global Wine Production Drops as Climate Change Affects Grape Harvests

Global Wine Production Drops as Climate Change Affects Grape Harvests

Vinyard photo from Shutterstock Wine lovers take note - we may have just hit peak wine. Global demand for wine has outstripped supply as production around the world drops - and global warming is to

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Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

The Panasonic Corporation just unveiled plans to launch a new solar LED lantern that will provide light to those living without electricity. The BG-BL03 Lantern can be charged up in just six hours, and it

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Mehrzeller is a Customizable Multicellular Mobile Home in Austria

Mehrzeller is a Customizable Multicellular Mobile Home in Austria

While some of our readers may prefer a more rustic touch, many modern greenies don't want to sacrifice style and comfort for their environmental sensibilities. In which case, the Mehrzeller is right up

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Chinese Man Lives in Portable House He Carries on his Back Like a Snail

Chinese Man Lives in Portable House He Carries on his Back Like a Snail

One traveling man in China has made his home part of his wardrobe by carrying a hand made shelter on his back like a snail. China News caught up with Liu Lingchao, a 38 year old man who makes his living

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