New Zealand company turns old carpet into cool bicycles for kids

New Zealand company turns old carpet into cool bicycles for kids

Carpet may not be in style anymore, but they do serve a useful purpose --warming up a floor -- and now they can serve again after they’ve been torn out and thrown away. A New Zealand…

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Nominate a socially responsible design to win $100K in the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Nominate a socially responsible design to win $100K in the 2015…

The Buckminster Fuller Challenge just launched their 2015 search for “socially responsible design’s highest award”—and they want your help in the nomination process. Every year,…

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Gorgeous Catalan building renovated into an eco-friendly hostel in Barcelona

Gorgeous Catalan building renovated into an eco-friendly hostel in…

The project name “Yök”was inspired by the Catalan word “lloc”, meaning place or location. This echoes the design prinicples that drove the renovation process-yök taps into…

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Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide

Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to…

Seventy years ago today, Auschwitz, the Nazi regime’s largest death camp, was liberated by the Soviet troops. In commemoration of the over 7 million Holocaust victims, the U.N.…

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The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any…

It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be, because the…

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Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks!

Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks!

There are not many nicknames cooler than "The Brickman," especially if you're getting paid to play with Legos. Ryan McNaught, aka, the Brickman, was commissioned by the Nicholson Museum…

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Obama protects 12.3 million acres of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against drilling

Obama protects 12.3 million acres of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife…

President Obama’s Administration moved to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world. The…

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This tiny Wedge cabin looks great and has a place for everything

This tiny Wedge cabin looks great and has a place for everything

This "rustic cabin with a modern aesthetic" is the perfect combination of tiny house living and architectural excellence. Designed to everything you need and everything in its place,…

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Plantable Valentines Made From Recycled Paper 1. Gather Your Materials 2. Shred Paper – make sure you don’t use coated paper like magazines. Use a few pieces of colored…

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Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

Luca Vuerich was a mountain guide and well know climber who sadly died some years ago at the age of 34. He was caught by an avalanche while climbing an iced waterfall in the mountains…

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project has passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying…

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INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to clean water

INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to…

The United Nations have a goal to make sure that 75% of the world has access to safe drinking water by 2015. Unfortunately, they are still far short of reaching that goal.  This…

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Australia encourages recycling with

Australia encourages recycling with "Cash for Containers" kiosks

Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called "Cash for Containers". In Sydney and areas of New South Wales, kiosks accept recyclable cans…

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LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

The Weiners purchased their brick townhouse in 1990, but as time went on Lawrence, a renowned conceptual artist, began to outgrow his workspace within the home. To make more room,…

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British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

Winston Howes, green thumb and hopeless romantic, planted 6,000 oak trees in the shape of heart in his South Gloucestershire meadow 15 years ago as a tribute to his late wife, Janet.…

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Construction underway on Canada's first Holocaust memorial designed by Libeskind

Construction underway on Canada's first Holocaust memorial designed by…

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, a day commemorated by International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s a perfect time to unveil the design for Canada’s…

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Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

While New York City managed to remain relatively unscathed by the first big snowstorm of the year, we're still facing a bigger and even scarier emergency - a major shortage of kale. In…

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Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every year

Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every…

Your views on the historic snowstorm of 2015 likely depend largely on where you are; NYC: "wha, that's it?" vs. New England: "we'll dig ourselves out eventually"), and who you are:…

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Reinier de Jong designs minimalist Stip table made from birch plywood and ash

Reinier de Jong designs minimalist Stip table made from birch plywood…

Dutch designer Reinier de Jong completed the Stip table, an elegant wooden furniture piece remarkable for its minimalist design and high-quality craftsmanship. The sturdy dining table…

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zeroHouse offers luxurious living in a fully self-sustaining modular home

zeroHouse offers luxurious living in a fully self-sustaining modular…

Unlike more “rustic” interpretations of off-the-grid living, zeroHouse offers an experience that is near luxury at every turn. Intended to house up to 4 adults, zeroHouse has two…

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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears' penises

Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears' penises

Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably rough time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it…

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Tiny, beautifully detailed children’s playhouse is made from locally milled spruce in Finland

Tiny, beautifully detailed children’s playhouse is made from locally…

Barcelona architecture couple Anna & Eugeni Bach built an adorable, light-filled playhouse for their young children on their grandparent’s farm in Finland. Constructed in just two…

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Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

The 2,690-square-foot house is located in a birch and pine forest on the outskirts of the Swedish city Gothenburg. To maximize views towards the adjacent Gravsjön lake, Kjellgren…

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World's largest candy carpet made from 13 tonnes of sweets pops up in Chengdu, China

World's largest candy carpet made from 13 tonnes of sweets pops up in…

What's sweet, colorful, and covered with adorable panda patterns? Why, it's the world's largest—and sweetest—candy carpet! Made from a staggering 13 tonnes of colorful candy pieces,…

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Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded as PDFs

Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded…

Chapel Hill architect Arielle Condoret Schechter came up with a design for modern small houses for those that might not have the budget for traditional full architectural services.…

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OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge into a High Line-style park

OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge…

The design for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. will feature the proposal submitted by a collaboration between OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and Olin…

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Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed…

Architect and farmer, Patrick Bradley, has created an amazingly sophisticated rustic country retreat out of four repurposes shipping containers. Set in an idyllic Northern Ireland…

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A striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from harsh Swiss winters

A striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from harsh…

Sited on an 8,600-square-foot plot of land, the Vallée de Joux house is located just a few steps from the shores of Lake Joux. The lakeside views and surrounding scenery are framed…

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X-rays allow researchers to read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago

X-rays allow researchers to read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius…

An ancient scroll buried beneath Mount Vesuvius has been read without ever having been opened. The scroll, found with other items in Herculaneum, a town near Pompeii, famously destroyed…

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Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just about anywhere

Architecture students create 3D printing robots that can build just…

A team of students at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco has developed autonomous, mobile 3D printing robots that could some day be put to work building in outlying…

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How Cameroon's exploding

How Cameroon's exploding "killer lakes" claimed over 1,700 lives

In 1986, Cameroon's Lake Nyos was the scene of an extraordinary and devastating natural disaster: the lake quite literally exploded, releasing 80 million cubic meters of CO2 and causing…

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kraftwerk is a fuel cell-powered portable charger that fits in your pocket

kraftwerk is a fuel cell-powered portable charger that fits in your…

kraftwerk gives you electronic freedom with the ability to charge your electronic devices no matter where you go. The handheld device is like a tiny, portable power plant that keeps…

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NYC farmer Annie Novak shares the ins & outs of rooftop farming in the winter

NYC farmer Annie Novak shares the ins & outs of rooftop farming in the…

Photo © Jackie Snow for Wilder Quarterly, used with permission. This article was originally published in February 2012. Rooftop farming during the winter may seem like a bleak…

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US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

The first day of talks between President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seen the two leaders agree to some renewable energy policies in the developing nation,…

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Make snow tires for your bike with zip ties!

Make snow tires for your bike with zip ties!

Take that bike out of snow storage, people -- the folks at Dutch Bike Co. have a handy way to give your two-wheeled ride some snow tires for cheap -- all you need are zip ties! The…

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Can Ford's new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone?

Can Ford's new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars…

Ford has announced the opening of its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, which will help Ford accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in…

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Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

Chinese cities ban bacon smoking due to smog concerns

In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “the criminal culprit” responsible for the increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork…

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'Historic Blizzard' begins covering New York in snow

'Historic Blizzard' begins covering New York in snow

Get those shovels ready, New York. According to the National Weather Service, NYC is about to get clobbered with the first major snowstorm of 2015 and from the looks of it, it's going…

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Lana Crooks' creepy textile sculptures look like something out of a Tim Burton movie

Lana Crooks' creepy textile sculptures look like something out of a…

Chicago-based textile sculptor and artist Lana Crooks makes tiny soft sculptures from hand-dyed wool and silk that look both beautiful and creepy at the same time. These antique-like…

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfoprf37sno Living in a land of supermarkets, convenient stores, and even food home delivery, in our modern society we have successfully pulled…

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