Stallo: Practical and Elegant Cups Upcycled from Glass Bottles

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Three Italian product design students from Portugal’s Matosinhos School of Art and Design have created Stallo, a set of elegant cups upcycled from glass bottles. Created as an act of protest against throwaway consumerism, Stallo celebrates the notion that everyday objects have potential for reuse. Each Stallo cup comprises an upper body made from an inverted and cut recycled glass bottle set atop a glazed ceramic base.

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InsideOutHouse: Packwood Follies Repurposes Junk Furniture to Build a Creepy Cottage

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The National Trust’s historic Packwood House is home to three new upcycled art installations by artist Hilary Jack. Using found materials and discarded Tudor furniture, Packwood Follies turns garbage as a folkloric bed and cabin. The quirky cabin evokes historical fairy tales while transmitting a valuable message about resource conservation.

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New York's Nordstrom Tower Set to Be the World's Tallest Residential Building

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It looks like New York has trumped Chicago once again. Willis Tower recently lost to One World Trade Center when the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat counted 1 WTC’s spire as a permanent feature, bringing the height to a symbolic 1,776 feet compared to Willis’s 1,451 feet. Now a new Midtown NYC residential building is set to become the world’s tallest residential building and will beat out Willis Tower again with the highest roof in the nation, topping out at 1,579 feet. A spire at the top of Nordstrom Tower will bring the skyscraper just one foot shy of 1 WTC at 1,775 feet.

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Apple Set to Build its Third Enormous Solar Farm in North Carolina

by , 07/10/14

Apple this week signed a development agreement with the City of Claremont, which will allow it to build its third massive solar farm in North Carolina. When finished, the 100-acre farm is expected to produce 17.5 megawatts at a development cost of $55 million.

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Solar Philéas: Modular Apartment Upgrade for 120-Year-Old French Building Wins Energy Efficiency Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe

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All Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles Are Now Tax-Free in China

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In an effort to foster the adoption of more electric vehicles, China has announced that all electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles will be exempt from the purchase tax until 2017. Currently China’s car buyers have been slow to adopt electric and hybrid vehicles because of the higher prices and charging infrastructure, but the Chinese government hopes that the new tax cut will make them more attractive.

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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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