Bjarke Ingels' Concave BIG Maze Takes Over DC's National Building Museum

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Solar-Powered Techstyle Haus’ Futuristic Fabric Shell Drastically Reduces Energy Consumption

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Federal Government Creates Largest 'Critical Habitat' Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

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Yesterday, 300,000 square miles of ocean along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts was set aside as critical habitat in the largest designation ever in U.S. history. The ruling seeks to protect the nesting and roaming habitat of loggerhead sea turtles, which were declared endangered in 1978 and continue to struggle against threats from climate change, fishing nets and ocean pollution.

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Say Goodbye to Disposable Chopsticks Forever with Penstix

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Did you know that over 80 BILLION pairs of disposable chopsticks were thrown out worldwide last year? It might seem inconsequential to toss out that used pair of bamboo or wooden sticks after you’ve finished hoovering your take-out sushi, but if you think about how many other people are doing the same thing, every day, several times a day, around the globe… the numbers are staggering. In this modern era of eco-awareness, most people are aiming to reduce their garbage waste as much as possible, and litterless lunch options are among the best ways to do that. Penstix is a pair of eco-friendly chopsticks that tucks neatly into a pen, can be cleaned easily, and if cared for properly, can last a lifetime.

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Net-Zero Boulder Home for Two Attorneys Produces 140% of the Energy it Needs

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This net-zero home designed for two Boulder, CO environmental attorneys by HMH Architecture & Interiors is built with sustainable materials throughout. The window design optimizes the amount of sunlight that comes in to keep the home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, while a 10kW rooftop solar array and hot water solar system produces 140 percent of the home’s energy every year. The excess power is sold back to Xcel Energy, which will eventually help pay off the initial investment. A beautiful showcase of cutting edge solar technology and green materials, the home is warm and livable – an essential component of this impressive design.

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

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Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off to your neighbors? The good news is that you don’t have to build a brand new home in order to reap the benefits of sustainable building techniques. Here are 6 ways to passively solarize your current home so you can slash electricity costs, cut emissions, and impress your friends with science.

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Artist Cheong-ah Hwang Transforms Recycled Paper into Intricate Works of Art

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Underwater Robot to Investigate Radiation Leak at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant

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After a radiation leak was detected at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY in March, officials are finally planning to investigate the source of the problem using an underwater drone. The plan is to deploy a camera-equipped robot to seek out the source of the radioactive leak next week. The issue was first discovered when elevated levels of tritium in two monitoring wells were found and it was noticed that radioactive material was leaking out into the groundwater below the plant.

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Tec Team Costa Rica's Tropika Home Facilitates Stronger Communities for Senior Citizens

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Urban Cultivator Grows 100% Organic Hydroponic Greens in a Stylish and Fully Automated Indoor Garden

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Many of us would love to eat fresh and local produce all year round, but doing so can be difficult and expensive unless you have the time and space to grow your own food. With the Urban Cultivator, however, growing organic and nutritious greens for your family has never been easier. No bigger than the footprint of a standard dishwasher, this fully automated kitchen appliance plugs into the existing water and electrical systems for easy installation. Once you add the all-organic plant food into the Urban Cultivator, the pre-programmed indoor garden will regulate the water and air conditions so that all you need to do is harvest and chow down on the healthy, hydroponic greens.

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Decaying Hurricane Sandy Debris May Have Released Toxic Fumes in New Jersey

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Just when they thought they were finally beginning to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, some New Jersey residents are now saying that debris from the super storm is making them sick. When people in Roxbury, NJ began suffering from headaches, nosebleeds and vomiting, the cause was traced to fumes emanating from the nearby Fenimore landfill. The locals claim that their illnesses were caused by decaying Sandy wreckage dumped at the site, but an investigation has yet to confirm.

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Did the Masonic Pyramid on the Dollar Bill Inspire the Design of This Famous Park?

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Many of famed architect Louis Kahn’s works have an air of mystery about them, but his design for the FDR Four Freedoms Park may be the most enigmatic of all. Built four decades after his death in 1974, the posthumous memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt and his policies has today become one of the architect’s, and NYC’s, most popular urban spaces. While the memorial has been met with plenty of accolades for its seamless fusion of FDR’s core beliefs and Kahn’s signature style, its main inspiration is still unclear: Is it modeled after a boat’s prow referencing FDR’s love of the sea? Or is the shape speaking to something deeper? Recently unveiled sketches reveal that the design may have been influenced heavily by the masonic pyramid found on the back of the U.S. dollar bill.

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Climate Change Could Dramatically Increase UV Storms and Radiation

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When it comes to radiation, fearsome disasters like Fukushima and Chernobyl capture the headlines. But for most people, the real radiation risk comes from the sun – and global warming could make the problem much worse. A study published this week reveals that an intense two-year UV storm caused solar radiation to spike in some areas – and the situation will get more severe as the ozone layer continues to thin.

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Ice That Doesn’t Melt: Ice Cast Bronze Collection by Steven Haulenbeek

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During the Polar Vortex that hit Chicago this past winter it wasn’t uncommon to see Youtube videos of water freezing in mid-air and other fun science experiments. However, designer Steven Haulenbeek used the arctic temperature to his advantage and created an entire collection of objects and even furniture in his own backyard. Haulenbeek’s Ice Cast Bronze Collection captures the random yet lush texture of melted ice.

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Team Mexico's Tiny, Space-Saving CASA Home Wins Engineering Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014!

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Mercedes-Benz' Self-Driving Future Truck Completes its First Autonomous Test on the Autobahn

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In the next few years self-driving cars will finally become a reality, and while several automakers have revealed prototypes with autonomous technology, Mercedes-Benz is taking it a…

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Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

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The team from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main took a unique approach to this year’s Solar Decathlon by trying to solve urban housing issues. OnTop is a modular unit…

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Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

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For many people who lack access to electricity, the day ends when the sun goes down. But Philips aims to slowly change that through their Gift of Light program. Through it, employees…

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Chiba University's Post-Disaster Renai House Wins Second Place in Architecture at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

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Deeply affected by the Tohoku-Oki earthquake that decimated northeastern Japan in March 2011, the students of Chiba University focused on creating post-disaster architecture and…

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Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

Why Oklahoma is the New California When it Comes to Earthquakes

When you think of earthquake country, you probably picture California with its all-too-frequent seismic rumblings. These days the state you should be imagining is Oklahoma. Between 1978…

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