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SHED Architecture Merges Concrete, Wood and Aluminum in a Cozy Refuge for an Elderly Seattle Couple

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VIDEO: This New IKEA x Apple "Device" Will Surprise You with Its Easy-to-Use Features

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“Once in a while, something comes along that changes the way we live. A device so simple and intuitive, using it feels almost familiar.” IKEA recently hired Singapore-based agency BBH to create an Apple-inspired video for its newest 2015 device and we have to say it really impressed us with its clever approach. We hope you enjoy the video below and let us know what you think about the product’s eternal battery life and expandable, no-lag display in the comments!

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Sacred Soil: Berlin's Rammed-Earth Reconciliation Chapel is Part of the Berlin Wall Memorial

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Look Up! NYC Water Tanks Converted into Vibrant Works of Art for Water Conservation

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Join Green Drinks NYC for a Dutch Eco-Fashion Showcase During NYFW

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Take a detour to The Netherlands during New York Fashion Week by joining Green Drinks NYC for an exciting event exploring the latest in Dutch eco-fashion. See how Dutch innovators – from a brand that allows you to lease your jeans to a company that offers a wide range of sustainable fabrics and guidance to fashion designers – have been designing smarter to adapt and react to the world’s increasingly limited natural resources. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT) at citizenM Hotel Times Square located at 218 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019. Click here for tickets.

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UK Scientists Make Renewable Propane Using E. Coli Bacteria

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Scientists at the U.K.’s Imperial College London just made a major breakthrough in the renewable production of the fuel propane. In a study released this week in the journal Nature Communications, they demonstrate a way to produce propane from glucose by using genetically engineered Escherichia coli bacteria. Yes, the same E. coli that naturally occurs in your gut (and which can make you spectacularly unwell should you have the misfortune to ingest certain nasty strains of it). Previous studies have successfully produced diesel-like and gasoline-like fuels from E. coli, but propane is a lower emission fuel so it makes an attractive alternative.

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At 127, Mexican Woman is the World's Oldest Person

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At 127 years of age, Leandra Becerra Lumberras is the oldest person in the world – but she unfortunately won’t be recognized for setting the record. Lumbreras was reportedly born on August 31, 1887, and she attributes her 127 years of existence to eating chocolate, sleeping for days, and never getting married. While it’s uncertain whether she’s seeking the recognition or not, The Independent notes that Lumbreras has lost her birth certificate, so she can’t officially be declared the world’s oldest person – a slot currently occupied by 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan.

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Pierce's Park Combines Art, Play, and Stormwater Management into a Stunning Urban Oasis in Baltimore

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Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

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Sweden now recycles or reuses an incredible 99 percent of its waste, an improvement on the already impressive 2012 figure of 96 percent. The country uses a waste management hierarchy system that focuses in descending order on prevention, reuse, recycling, recycling alternatives, and as a last resort, disposal in landfill. While only one percent of the average annual 461 kilograms of waste that each Swede produces winds up at the landfill stage, it is the “recycling alternatives” stage that is still causing controversy, as it involves the incineration of around two million tons of trash a year in the country’s Waste-to-energy (WTE) program.

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Wood-Fired Wa_Sauna is a Floating Refuge for Water Lovers in Seattle

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Brazil Set to Elect World's First Environmentalist President

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Brazil is on the verge of electing their Barack Obama. Except Marina Silva would not only be the country’s first black president – but also the world’s first green president. Silva was born into a poor Amazon family of mixed race ancestry — indigenous, African and Portuguese. She rose the political ranks to become Brazil’s environmental minister, and an unexpected turn of events has catapulted her to the front in the race against incumbent Dilma Rousseff.

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Providence's Hummingbird Palace Will be Blooming Gorgeously for Years

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Blending modern sculpture with the beauty of the natural world, The Hummingbird Palace is a large outdoor installation created by Esther Solondz that will evolve and change over time. Thin welded steel rods and translucent threads form the main structure of the 15-foot-tall piece, giving it the appearance of spun sugar. After the frame was built, flowering perennials and annuals were planted along its base, as well as around its boundary fence. Since the sculpture is built to look like a giant lattice, it’s a perfect support structure for flowering vines to grow and twine through. All the vines chosen attract various species of hummingbirds, so the piece not only becomes a living piece of art; it also provides a vital habitat for these little flying wonders. The Hummingbird Palace will be left to evolve indefinitely, so visitors can enjoy its ever-changing nature for years to come.

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Tesla's Destination Charging Adds High-Powered Chargers to Restaurants and Hotels

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Tesla Motors has been very vocal about its Supercharger charging network that will soon be expanded throughout North America, Asia and Europe, but there’s another charging network that Tesla isn’t talking about. The automaker has quietly launched a new “Destination Charging” program that gives 106 restaurants, hotels and resorts high power wall chargers that are twice as powerful as typical EV chargers.

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Bird Lovers Flock Together to Save Endangered Peregrine Falcon Family on UWS

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Upper West Side bird lovers have gotten their feathers in a ruffle thanks to a ritzy condo’s plan to evict a pair of beloved peregrine falcons and their babies from the property. The endangered birds first took up residence on millionaire Steve Nis­lick’s penthouse window sill in 2010. Four years later, the condo board at 25 CPW is ready to oust the family of falcons, but many local animal lovers are calling fowl.

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Get a Free Apple During Big Apple Crunch Next Month!

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Attention all NYC apple lovers! GrowNYC will once again be giving out free apples next month for Big Apple Crunch 2014! The event will take place on Friday, October 24th at locations across the city (click here to find the one nearest you), or you can even register your group or class to organize your own healthy group crunch! Once you’ve got your shiny Red Delicious, Granny Smith or McIntosh in hand, join fellow New Yorkers to crunch together and try to break the record for the biggest apple-crunching event in the world! And don’t forget to spread the word using #bigapplecrunch!

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Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in Norway

Snøhetta Turns Old Wooden Boathouse into a Sweet Camping Retreat in…

When the Snøhetta studio arrived on Hudøy Island, the old wooden cabin was about to be torn down. Even though only the wooden framework and old doors were left standing, the…

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Soaring Greenwich St. Condo Would Be Tallest Residential Building in Downtown NYC If Built

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Midtown's Nordstrom Tower is set to become NYC's tallest residential building, but now another skyscraper is hoping to give it a little competition downtown. While it actually falls a…

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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…

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Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel's Negev Desert

Dramatic Video Captures Rebirth of the River Zin in Israel's Negev…

While the Hollywood version of the biblical Noah's Ark story recently hit movie theaters, some lucky Israeli residents of the Negev Desert's Wadi Zim region got to see a real flood in…

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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…

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