Homeless People Are Moving Onto the Manhattan Bridge and Turning It Into a Shanty Town

by , 04/16/14
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Some of New York’s most resourceful homeless residents are making the Manhattan Bridge their new home. The New York Post reports that several people have been spotted turning the cozy confines between the bridge’s metal beams into coffin-sized living spaces. Apparently the bridge has become a popular “neighborhood” comparable to a shanty town with multiple denizens.

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Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California's Drought, Denies Accusation

by , 04/16/14

Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the pool to film a video for her song G.U.Y., and reports claim that the water was wasted because it was treated with an excessive amount of chlorine. Gaga denies the accusation and is making an effort to draw attention to California’s water shortage.

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Miguel Chevalier Transforms a Former Church Into a Colorful Pixelated Setting for a 'Magic Carpet' Ride

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Artist Miguel Chevalier transformed the entire floor of the former Sacred Heart of Casablanca Church into a mesmerizing pixelated Magic Carpet. His interactive installation uses sound and lights to create multicolored patterns and mosaics that adjust to the movement of visitors. This virtual carpet creates choreographed movements of light accompanied by echoing sounds of music by Michel Redolfi.

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16 Year Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

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World's First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

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Missed the Blood Moon? Watch the Event Unfold Through NASA's Stunning Footage

by , 04/15/14
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On the off chance that you weren’t one of the many people who stayed up late to watch the blood moon, NASA has got you covered with a video of the crimson event. Last night an event known as a blood moon appeared between 2 and 4:30 am ET in the North American sky. A blood moon happens when Earth blocks sunlight from reaching the moon, but instead of going dark, the moon is eerily lit by refracted light that leaks around the planet – essentially reflecting all of the Earth’s sunsets and sunrises onto the surface of the moon at once.

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Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

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Tesla Model S Blazes Across the United States on Record-Setting 12,000-Mile Road Trip

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Summer is almost here, and thousands of US travelers are gearing up for the great American tradition of road tripping across the States. But what if those trips could be taken by electric cars instead of pollution-spewing gas vehicles? Norman Hajjar is setting out to prove once and for all that electric cars can go the distance by driving a Tesla Model S on a record-breaking 12,000-mile trip across the USA!

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James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

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Beneath their spotless surfaces, rivers are often incredibly filthy and not particularly easy to clean up. After all, you can’t just bust out your vacuum and suck up all of the debris lingering there, or can you? James Dyson believes that cleaning our rivers is just as simple as creating a sort of larger version of his vacuum to remove all of that unwanted gunk. He calls his idea the M.V. Recyclone and it is essentially a river barge equipped with the same cyclone technology used in his vacuums.

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The Iconic Eames Shell Chair is Now Available in New Recyclable Fiberglass!

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In a furniture lineup, few chairs are be as recognizable as the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair. This design, by everyone’s favorite Modernist design duo Charles and Ray Eames, has become one of the most exalted works of mid-century modernism, sought after by design enthusiasts everywhere. First released in 1950 by Herman Miller, the Eames chair shell was originally manufactured in fiberglass but the material was eventually abandoned in the 1990s due to concerns associated with fiberglass being, in Ray Eames’ words, “detrimental to the environment”. Though the chair has continued to be produced in 100% recyclable polypropylene, collectors’ love for the original fiberglass iteration has stayed strong throughout the decades, prompting Herman Miller to see if they could come up with a more sustainable version of the original fiberglass shell. Now, nearly a quarter century later, this most iconic of chairs is returning to its original material roots, thanks to more environmentally-friendly developments in manufacturing technology. Herman Miller has just released its brand new Eames Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair in eight eye-catching vintage colors, fully configurable to suit personal tastes. Keep reading to learn the history behind this famed chair, how Herman Miller is keeping with the Eames’ eco-conscious vision, and where to purchase one of these newly minted icons!

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NL Architects' Mixed Use Center Mimics Lush Green-Roofed Hills in Xiamen

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Injectable Oxygen Particles Could Be the Only Way to Breathe in a World Smothered By Air Pollution

by , 04/15/14

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There’s nothing more satisfying or more cleansing than sucking in a deep breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, clean air is increasingly hard to find. Cities, especially in quickly industrializing countries like China and India, are choking in clouds of smog and particulate. A recent scientific breakthrough provides a possible window into what life on Earth might be like if the air becomes truly un-breathable. The study details the development of an oxygen gas-filled microparticle that could keep us alive, even if we can’t perform the physical act of breathing. Meet us after the jump to learn more about how it works.

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Open-Source Self-Replicating FoldaRap 3D Printer Prints Objects On the Go

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The FoldaRap open-source 3D printer can be folded to fit into your rucksack and prints objects on the go. French designer Emmanuel Gilloz developed the 140x140x140mm device over the course of seven months and has now, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, created new prototypes and beta-testers.

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Could a Monster El Niño Wreak Havoc in 2014?

by , 04/15/14

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El Niño became infamous when it killed an estimated 23,000 people and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage in 1997 and 1998 – and according to scientists, we could experience another El Niño of that magnitude this year. The NOAA Climate Prediction Center recently posted a bulletin stating there’s over a 50 percent chance that El Niño will develop later this year. Australian government meteorologists expressed higher odds, stating that there’s over a 70% chance the weather pattern will develop this summer.

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All I Own: Swedish Students Photographed With All Their Possessions Show How to Live With less

All I Own: Swedish Students Photographed With All Their Possessions…

"All I Own" was inspired by Kvist's own experiences - she moved to a flat in Stockholm in a truck full of stuff, then left the city with just an IKEA bag with her computer, camera, and…

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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Shockingly Expensive Homes in San Francisco

The cost of living is rising at an unprecedented rate in San Francisco, and recent reports show that the city has some of the most expensive housing prices in the nation - but just how…

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End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC Unless GHG Significantly Reduced, Warns UN Climate Panel

End of Century Temperatures to Exceed Pre-Industrial Levels by 4.8ºC…

Unless the world acts with a sense of urgency to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming is on pace to reach the catastrophic level of 4.8ºC above pre-industrial…

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Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront Home

Bronx Box Prefab Fills a Narrow Urban Lot with a Charming Waterfront…

The Bronx Box is a charming waterfront home that adds up to much more than the sum of its prefab parts. The two-module prefabricated structure features multiple skylights that fill it…

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Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronauts’ pee already gets recycled into water on space missions, but now NASA has found a way to transform their urine into fuel. Scientists have devised a process called forward…

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