Lucie lamps are brilliant lights made out of orange peels

Lucie lamps are brilliant lights made out of orange peels

Orange Sessions Lucie lamps are brilliant lamps that are covered in orange peels to provide a warm, natural glow in any space.  Inspired by the sun and handcrafted in the central…

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China pledges to stop domestic ivory trade and protect elephants

China pledges to stop domestic ivory trade and protect elephants

For the first time ever, China has committed to phasing out the legal manufacture and sale of ivory. Conservation groups have applauded the measure as the single greatest effort in the…

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How sustainable is wood?

How sustainable is wood?

The human race has caused irreversible devastation this planet, but perhaps one of the most immediately visible is deforestation. Deforestation threatens countless animals and plants…

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Local yarn bomber outfits NYC trees with colorful knit cozies

Local yarn bomber outfits NYC trees with colorful knit cozies

Luisa Cerutti bringing messages of joy to the West 44th area with her hand knitted tree cozies. Cerutti, the co-owner of Domus Housewares Store has outfitted three with colorful “tree…

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See how this NYC apartment's hidden 'active wall' allows it to transform depending on the situation

See how this NYC apartment's hidden 'active wall' allows it to…

The wall serves as a secret room of sorts, hiding features such as the dining room table. Related: 10 Transforming Furniture Designs Perfect for Tiny Apartments +…

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New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent carcinogen

New evidence points to methadone in wastewater as source of potent…

We have all heard or read the evidence that the pills or cleaners you rinse down the drain goes into the water. But that stuff all gets filtered out at the water treatment plant,…

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The Urbanite Home rescues oil barrels from landfills to create upcycled modern furniture

The Urbanite Home rescues oil barrels from landfills to create…

Every single day MILLIONS of oil barrels are produced and disposed of across the globe, and since they have little scrap value, most of them are tragically discarded into landfills,…

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Solar-powered Valley House blends industrial chic with rural Tasmanian elements

Solar-powered Valley House blends industrial chic with rural Tasmanian…

Clad in profiled metal and cement sheet, the Valley House’s long and strategically bent structure stretches southwest to northeast along the existing topography. The angular home…

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Retirement home in China emphasizes communal living in a natural setting

Retirement home in China emphasizes communal living in a natural…

Though many in China choose to forget much of the Cultural Revolution, architects Atelier Alter have used lessons from the period to inspire the design for a senior's home in the city…

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This is what Uber’s futuristic new headquarters will look like

This is what Uber’s futuristic new headquarters will look like

After backing away from Gensler's design for its San Francisco headquarters, taxi app Uber has unveiled a new design by New York-based Shop Architects that features two separate…

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Step into the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm with these amazing landscape photos

Step into the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm with these amazing…

Wanderings continues the theme of imagining how the backdrop of Grimm’s fairytales would look. Schönberger roamed Europe to capture beautiful these sights with a mystical flair…

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Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

Do you think this flag should represent planet Earth?

What design do you think would represent the planet Earth best if we ever got in contact with other civilizations? Designer Oskar Pernefeldt has an idea- he created a white flower-like…

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Why didn't the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

Why didn't the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil…

The Plains All American Pipeline that burst on May 19 and spilled oil into the Pacific Ocean is the only pipeline of its kind in the United States that was not required to have an auto…

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Photographer & mom of 14 makes special needs kids feel like superheroes in her Superhero Project

Photographer & mom of 14 makes special needs kids feel like…

Photographer Renee Bergeron is a superhero, being the mother of 14 children. She began, as many parents do, capturing her own children in photos. Her son Apollo, who was born with a…

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight

Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of…

Solar Impulse 2, solar-powered aircraft with room for only one person, lifted off from China at 2:39am local time May 31, beginning the five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to…

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Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees

Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch…

In order to illuminate contemporary social issues, Beitz creates numerous artworks that include a 18-foot-long looping table entitled Not Now, as well as functional 50-foot-long picnic…

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Artist creates impossibly realistic murals in Hawaiian waterways while balanced on a surfboard

Artist creates impossibly realistic murals in Hawaiian waterways while…

The attention to detail, such as lighting and making sure the pieces just meet the water line, truly deliver the illusion that giant beauties are bathing in the river. The NYC-based…

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How a 15,500-pound door protects the Whitney Museum against the effects of climate change

How a 15,500-pound door protects the Whitney Museum against the…

Many of New York's elite came out to play when the new Whitney Museum was inaugurated on May 1, 2015, but nobody, except John Whitaker, noticed the 15,500 pound door. Part of a…

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World's tallest and longest glass bridge announced for China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

World's tallest and longest glass bridge announced for China's…

Hunan Province in China has commissioned Israeli firm Haim Dotan to design a completely transparent bridge across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. The structure, meant to be built out of…

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Actress Blake Lively tries her hand at eco-fashion design

Actress Blake Lively tries her hand at eco-fashion design

“Age of Adaline” star Blake Lively recently unveiled the first of 12 pieces in her new eco-friendly clothing line. Unveiled on her Instagram, the “Champagne” dress is made from…

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine - it's also an incredible circular apartment building

The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine - it's also an…

Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a sustainable landmark that houses 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame that also serves as a silent,…

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The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital…

The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists access data from spy satellites and subs to study global warming. The program, called MEDEA -- Measurement of Earth Data for…

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Snøhetta, DIALOG and Mayer/Reed picked to revitalize Oregon's Willamette Falls

Snøhetta, DIALOG and Mayer/Reed picked to revitalize Oregon's…

The area around second largest waterfall in the United States is about to experience a serious revitalization. Oregon governor Kate Brown recently announced an impressive team of…

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Taco Bell and Pizza Hut removing artificial ingredients, pledge to use real food

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut removing artificial ingredients, pledge to use…

It’s hard to praise fast food companies for not using something like black pepper “flavor” instead of just plain old pepper, and yet, when such items have become ubiquitous in our…

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Crayola is asking people to stop using crayons as makeup

Crayola is asking people to stop using crayons as makeup

File this one under advice that you didn't know you needed. Some enterprising beauty bloggers are encouraging make-up lovers to ditch the pricey eyeliners and pick up a Crayola instead.…

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Tesla's new pop-up shipping container store fits on a flatbed truck

Tesla's new pop-up shipping container store fits on a flatbed truck

Tesla has had a bit of a rough road when it has come to selling its own electric cars. But they have come up with a new idea that is almost as inventive as their cars and batteries. The…

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Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy feature that brakes for humans

Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy…

There are many plausible reasons to believe that self-driving cars are safer than those operated exclusively by humans—Google's recent announcement that the 11 incidents its…

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India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the streets

India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the…

India is a country known for its sweltering heat, but this spring has brought unprecedented (and early) high temperatures to the region, with a deadly outcome. Early Thursday morning…

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Herzog & de Meuron complete the gorgeous solar-powered Bordeaux Stadium

Herzog & de Meuron complete the gorgeous solar-powered Bordeaux…

Herzog & de Meuron just completed their stunning solar-powered Bordeaux Stadium and the real thing certainly doesn't disappoint. The firm initially unveiled its design in 2011 and…

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U.S. avian flu outbreak drives up the price of eggs as supplies are threatened

U.S. avian flu outbreak drives up the price of eggs as supplies are…

In 2014, migratory birds carrying highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 infections brought the disease to the United States, sparking an outbreak that has affected more than 21…

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France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France has just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas must be partially covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not…

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This pop-up

This pop-up "Room in a Box" snaps together in 30 minutes flat

The dreaded dorm move-out day is stressful for both students and parents. The creators behind Room in a Box know that feeling well—the designers, who graduated in 2011, were inspired…

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Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years

Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five…

In the last five years, poachers in Mozambique have killed almost half of the elephants in the country for the ivory. The government in Mozambique sponsored a study that shows a…

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Nanoleaf's Gem LED light bulb shines like a glimmering jewel

Nanoleaf's Gem LED light bulb shines like a glimmering jewel

Unlike the rounded conventional lightbulbs, the Nanoleaf bulbs are crafted with striking dodecahedron shapes. The geometric Nanoleaf Gem is sheathed in frosted white glass and casts the…

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World's smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

World's smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years…

Mill Ends Park in Portland, OR, is officially the world's smallest park. The tiny 2-foot-wide space is well-loved city landmark and rumored home to a leprechaun colony!

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HueRay's rechargeable bike grip lights protect cyclists from the side

HueRay's rechargeable bike grip lights protect cyclists from the side

Today, HueRay! is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the pilot run of its flagship product, revolutionary light emitting bicycle grips. HueRay! aims to deliver safety, comfort and…

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Rural writer's nook overlooks the English channel in northern France

Rural writer's nook overlooks the English channel in northern France

A family in France commissioned Ziegler Antonin to add a writer's nook and garage to an existing home in Senneville sur Fécamp, located in the Normandie region of northern France.…

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28 inspiring lighting designs from New York Design Week

28 inspiring lighting designs from New York Design Week

A photo posted by Inhabitat NYC (@inhabitatnyc) on May 16, 2015 at 10:08am PDT

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Did Curiosity detect methane on Mars, or just its own exhaust?

Did Curiosity detect methane on Mars, or just its own exhaust?

There is a methane situation on Mars. Maybe. NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected methane on the planet, which excites researchers to no end, but some believe that the methane samples…

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She Sheds: Women embrace new trend of building female versions of man caves

She Sheds: Women embrace new trend of building female versions of man…

Forget all about that stinky old man cave. According to NBC TODAY, women are building their own special getaway space, the She Shed. According to Sandra Foster, who built her own sassy…

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