Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

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SkyTran to Build Futuristic Maglev 'Hover Monorail' in Israel

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SkyTran Inc. and Israel Aerospace Industries just signed an agreement to build a high-speed, levitating, energy-efficient transportation system at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod, Israel. The futuristic “hover-monorail” is a network of computer-controlled, 2-person vehicles that fly through the sky using maglev technology.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

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Renewable energy is one of the keys to securing a sustainable future for people around the world – but do you know where today’s clean technologies came from and what the future holds for the industry? The New Jersey Institute of Technology just launched a new infographic that details the evolution and future growth of renewable energy – from the world’s first major solar plant to cutting edge advances in tidal and wind power. Check out the full infographic here!

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An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

by , 06/27/14

Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they decided to cover it with a corrugated polycarbonate transparent panel to transform it into a greenhouse. Suntuf was chosen because it’s guaranteed to withstand serious hail… and who ever said that roofs have to be opaque? They peeled off the old tar and rotten plywood, kept the preserved beams, added some purlins, and the polycarbonate panels went up in a single weekend. Fast forward to spring: The warm, light-filled garage was ideal for jumpstarting the short Canadian growing season with seeds and seedlings. Now it’s the full height of summer, and the mosquito-free greenhouse is full of tomato, cucumber, pepper, and basil plants; an ideal place for hanging out in with friends and cool beverages.

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Tuomas Markunpoika Turns Everyday Pencils into Extraordinary Vases

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

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Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and you’ve got a massive energy footprint of roughly 12.5 million watts – and that’s just a fraction of the search giant’s 260 million watt total. Juice Electrical Supplies recently ran the numbers and compiled an infographic that shows just how much energy Google uses – and how the company’s investment in renewable energy and offsets has given it a carbon footprint of zero. Check out the full infographic after the break!

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

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Jennie's Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

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On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10) were victims of a needless and brutal crime. Paul Lukez Architecture visited the original location where these horrendous events occurred and met with local community members on how to best memorialize the lives and spirit of Jennie and her brother Karlin. The hillside community of La Nava embraced the idea of building a structure on the footprint of the original house. Over 65 family members helped build the structure. In addition, PLA was able to raise $30,000 for materials and specialized labor. The new structure designed by PLA has three interior spaces; a multi-use community space, a chapel and a rest room. Simple means of construction mined from the local vernacular helps create a space of peace and meditation. Light and nature work their wonders, as the space becomes a place to collect and filter impressions, experiences and memory.

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Do Urban Bees Produce Better, Healthier Honey? (VIDEO)

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Urban beekeeping is quite the rage right now in New York City, but is honey produced by city bees actually healthier as well? A video produced by Marta Franco for TIME takes a look at why honey from urban apiaries might be better for you than its country counterparts. Check out the video after the jump.

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Window Socket: Portable Solar-Powered Outlet Sticks to Windows, Charges Small Electronics

by , 06/27/14

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The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug small devices into the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during nighttime hours.

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How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

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filed under: Animals, News

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Recent years have seen bees dying off en masse, but our flying friends may have found their salvation in an unlikely insect ally – a dangerously poisonous spider. A bite from a funnel web spider could kill a human quickly, but new research by scientists at the University of Newcastle shows a mixture of venom from Australian funnel web spiders combined with snowdrop lectin creates a powerful “biopesticide” that could be used in place of pesticides believed to be killing off bees.

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Giant Man-Shaped Traveling Garden Teaches About Herbal Medicine

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filed under: Botanical, Gardening

Plants have been used as medicine for thousands of years, but the average person might not be aware of just how beneficial these herbal medicines can be. Earthscape is a crew of Japanese landscape designers that travels around during the summer with a 60-meter tall man made of herbs! Well, actually they travel with a few shipping containers loaded with supplies and when they arrive at their next site they unpack and plant a giant herb garden in the shape of a man. The containers get transformed into a shop and cafe where local residents can learn about herbal medicine. At the end of the Herbman’s stay, the supplies get packed up and all the cafe’s proceeds go towards building playgrounds in developing countries.

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JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park 'n' Play

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Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten Casts a Tiny Concrete House from an Old Log Cabin

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INFOGRAPHIC: Retail in Real Time Highlights Trends in Our Consumption-Driven Society

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Did you know that $11 million is spent on US-made apparel every day? To help visualize that staggering number, Retale developed a real-time visualization of how and where Americans are spending their money. This ‘Retail in Real Time’ infographic breaks down spending into popular products such as coffee and e-books. The graphic starts counting after it’s opened on a web browser and offers interesting insights into our consumption-driven society.

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World's First Tower Made from Mushrooms Rises at PS1 in Queens, NY

World's First Tower Made from Mushrooms Rises at PS1 in Queens, NY

More than just a public pavilion, the Hy-Fi tower is an experiment in biological architecture using a new method of bio-design conceived by David Benjamin. Rather than manufacturing the…

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New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted…

Each time a fisherman casts a net, unwanted fish and marine life, known as by-catch, gets caught up in the process. Most of the animals are tossed out, although oftentimes they are…

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and…

Built along the side of a highway, the Salvaged Ring coffee shop features a curved thatch roof that connects the roadway with the riverbank. The sloped roof helps soften the appearance…

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Climate Change Uncovers a Lost Atlantis Swallowed by the Sea in Wales

Climate Change Uncovers a Lost Atlantis Swallowed by the Sea in Wales

In an unexpected turn, the effects of climate change on the coast of Great Britain are revealing insights into how earlier communities coped with the effects of climate change at the…

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