Espresso is a compact urban bicycle designed for Asian cities

Espresso is a compact urban bicycle designed for Asian cities

Most bicycles on the market today cater to Caucasian riders, which is why Taiwanese design studio Gearlab designed Espresso, a smaller and more compact bicycle created for the average…

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New York City's First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

New York City's First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

Want to know what it's like inside the Meow Parlour cat cafe? Come along with me... The first thing I noticed about the Meow Parlour is that these folks take their cat cafe…

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Greenland's ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland's ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland's ice sheet is melting at a much faster rate than expected according to a new study released Monday in Nature Climate Change. Data from satellites led the study to conclude…

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15 Affordable Green Gifts Under $50

15 Affordable Green Gifts Under $50

Want to get your friends and family great green gifts but don't have a lot to spend? Our 2014 Gifts Under $50 Guide is chock full of interesting, eco-friendly and off-the-beaten path…

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Glumac's pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac's pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener…

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural…

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INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen…

Studies show that sustainable learning environments can be a big advantage for students, improving their well-being, happiness and even their cognitive processes. But how can parents…

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The new male birth control pill could be up to 99% effective!

The new male birth control pill could be up to 99% effective!

Men! The responsibility for whether you have children or not could soon be completely upon you. According to scientists from Airlangga University in Indonesia, a male contraceptive…

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Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of…

The two wings of the house offer very different experiences – in the main living space the large room has polished concrete floors that extend outside, while the bedroom wing rests…

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VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats your home for pennies a day

VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats…

Would you believe that you can heat your space with a few candles and a couple of flower pots, all for just pennies a day? It might be difficult to imagine, but it's easy to do, as this…

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Kinematope installation turns Parisian railway station into a trippy science fiction world

Kinematope installation turns Parisian railway station into a trippy…

http://vimeo.com/113798262 A fantastic light installation by artist Pablo Valbuena lit up the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris using light projectors, sounds systems and architecture…

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L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of buildings

L.A. Mayor proposes bold earthquake retrofits for thousands of…

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti just unveiled an unprecedented plan to retrofit LA to deal with what some scientists say could be the next "Big One" - a massive earthquake that could…

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The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the office

The end of sitting? RAAAF and Barbara Visser radically reimagine the…

The End of Sitting presents an office without any of that sitting-is-the-new-smoking business -- an office far more concerned with the physical and mental well-being of its…

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5…

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This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

This typographic calendar shows the date using keyboard keys

Every year for the past 6 years, artist Harald Geisler has been creating a brilliant Typographic Wall Calendar made entirely out of recycled keyboard keys. Geisler uses the exact…

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Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back to rural settings

Traditional earthen cave dwellings in western China draw farmers back…

In a project that aims to attract China’s farmers back to the rural landscape and address the ecological and social problems that are a result of China’s rapid urbanization, a team…

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DIY: Recycle last year's Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

DIY: Recycle last year's Christmas cards into a colorful bunting…

Step One:  Gather your materials Old Christmas cards Colorful paper or card stock Twine, string, yarn or thin ribbon Double-sided tape Ruler Pen Scissors Needle and…

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How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds…

It's one thing to make the decision to go solar, but depending on where in the U.S. you live, the ease with which one connects a household rooftop array to the grid—i.e., actually…

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Astronauts can sip espresso in space thanks to PSU’s 3D-printed zero gravity cup

Astronauts can sip espresso in space thanks to PSU’s 3D-printed zero…

Astronauts have a pretty rough time living in a microgravity environment. Sure, at first there's exhilaration at the whole floating experience, but then one has to learn to pee into a…

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Flou’s Duetto is an elegant and multifunctional upgrade to the classic sofa bed

Flou’s Duetto is an elegant and multifunctional upgrade to the…

The sofa bed is a popular staple piece in many homes because of its versatility, but the transforming piece of furniture often leaves much to be desired in terms of style. Italian…

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World's rarest cetacean could be extinct by 2018 due to illegal gillnetting

World's rarest cetacean could be extinct by 2018 due to illegal…

The vaquita is the rarest, smallest and most endangered cetacean in the world. It's estimated that fewer than 100 of the small porpoises remain in their wild habitat in…

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Studio Gang's LEED Gold-seeking human rights center is a futuristic log cabin

Studio Gang's LEED Gold-seeking human rights center is a futuristic…

Developed as an initiative of Kalamazoo College, the 10,000-square-foot Arcus Center works to teach, promote, and sustain the pursuit of human rights and social justice within an…

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Uber's new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

Uber's new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

Uber is already one of the most convenient methods to get around NYC, but now the company is hoping to make its service more affordable with a new innovation. Last week, the…

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai; an…

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Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

The renovated brownstone bordering Hell's Kitchen on 353 West 46th Street originally housed a brilliant geometric skylight on its rooftop terrace and Cezign foresaw its great potential.…

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Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of…

Located in Nou Barris, Barcelona, the 55-foot-long site was a challenge not only because of its size and relation to the adjacent buildings, but also because of the extremely noisy…

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14 Great Green Gifts Your Parents Will Love

14 Great Green Gifts Your Parents Will Love

They taught us how to tie our shoelaces, cleaned our poopy diapers and, no biggie, created us -- so they definitely deserve some heartfelt thanks in the form of a fabulous holiday gift!…

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OMA wins competition for the Lujiazui Exhibition Center in Shanghai

OMA wins competition for the Lujiazui Exhibition Center in Shanghai

The new Exhibition Center will serve as a major culture and event hub for the famous financial district of Lujiazui. Set atop a ramp, the building is designed as a "spatial armature"…

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Peter Pichler's Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler's Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the…

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and…

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A brilliant rainbow lights up Amsterdam Central Station

A brilliant rainbow lights up Amsterdam Central Station

Daan Roosegaarde's site-specific rainbow was installed last Thursday, just in time for the holiday rush at the highly-trafficked Amsterdam Central Station, which sees approximately 50…

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Pope Francis never said all dogs go to heaven

Pope Francis never said all dogs go to heaven

A story circulating on the internet claims that Pope Francis recently said that animal companions can go to heaven. According to reports, while speaking to a boy grieving for a dog…

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Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside…

Built for a young family, the 990-square-foot, two-story home features a pitched concrete roof and is clad in light-colored limestone. The monolithic form is interrupted by skylights…

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Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male…

A 44-year-old Northern White Rhino died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo safari park. His death means there are only five of the species left in the world. Known as Angalifu, the…

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HOK's new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California's high speed rail

HOK's new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California's high speed rail

HOK Architects drew inspiration from classic transit halls including Grand Central Terminal in New York along with the elegance of local airship hangars. At the same time, they…

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Jägnefält Milton's leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Jägnefält Milton's leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere…

Studio Jägnefält Milton has developed a lovely leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion that can pop up in practically any wooded area in Sweden. Thanks to the country's new Attefallshus clause,…

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Egloo heats your room without electricity for 10 cents a day

Egloo heats your room without electricity for 10 cents a day

Can you heat your room for just 10 cents a day? Egloo can. Egloo is a clever little heater that harnesses candle power to heat a room without wasting electricity. Egloo works by…

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Rotterdam's floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this week

Rotterdam's floating, plastic waste-trapping Recycled Park opens this…

This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An…

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This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all barriers

This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all…

Meet Honey the dog and Kwanza the white lion cub: a pair of best friends at the Darling Downs Zoo in Queensland, Australia. Kwanza's mum wasn't producing enough milk for him, so the…

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Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous…

  The main idea of the masterplan is to provide more connectivity within the area and improve transport facilities like the local metro, bus and tram routes and cycling and…

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Mazda unveils exterior car parts made from plants!

Mazda unveils exterior car parts made from plants!

Ford already uses plants like tomatoes to make several parts for the interiors of its vehicles and now Mazda has announced that it has furthered the technology to produce exterior car…

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Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate…

Forman began capturing the wonder of the waterways around the world early in life after traveling to remote landscapes with her family. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the artist…

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