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Japanese artist transforms oyster pearls into amazingly realistic miniature skulls

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INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for making sure your next trip is a green one

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When the travel bug hits, it’s important to make sure that you are exploring the world with the lightest environmental and socio-cultural footprint possible to maintain or improve conditions in any community you come across. For instance, which method of travel is ideal for getting to your destination, and how do you pack in order to make the least impact? Whether your headed for a year across the world or a hike in your own backyard, this infographic from marine biologist Andrea Moore will give you all the details you need on making your trip as green as possible for you, your host and the environment.

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Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

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This summer, a series of demonstrations in Paris have launched to show how to use “photonic membranes” to cool large areas of land, buildings, and, conceivably, entire cities. Designers from the international climate engineering firm Transsolar and architect Carlo Ratti have teamed up to showcase three different models of this unconventional and high-tech method of addressing climate change. You can check them out yourself from 20 August to 4 October.

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Architects packed five levels into this 'two story' alpine home in Germany

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Controversial Cornell Fine Arts Library expansion features soaring stacks of books

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We don’t usually think of libraries as provocative places, but Cornell University‘s new Fine Arts Library (FAL) is causing quite a stir. Characterized by massive walls of books in a cavernous, light-filled space, the redesign by Vienna-based architect Wolfgang Tschapeller will essentially lop off the top of the school’s iconic Rand Hall building so that the soaring stacks can jut through dramatically. While architecture college leaders are excited about updating the 104-year-old campus icon, the project is also getting a lot of criticism from those who feel the expansion is too extreme.

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Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

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Park officials in the southern Australian province of Victoria say a deepwater reef has been discovered there that may have more coral, sponge, and fish than the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park near Melbourne, and researchers have been exploring it using a remote-controlled vessel. The footage that came back from these explorations leads officials at Parks Victoria to say the reef is a “particularly exciting find.”

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There's not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing wildfires

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This just might be the most cataclysmic forest fire season in history. So far this year, the Forest Service has spent $800 million trying to keep the blazes from raging too far out of control. This cost amounts to more than 50 percent of their budget, draining coffers so much that they can’t perform other critical services, like forest management. Adding insurance costs, damage to buildings and infrastructure, and further damage caused by flash floods and mudslides, this year’s fire bill is estimated to ring in at around $2.5 billion.

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Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

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The excitement is already building for the world’s largest green architecture event, as this year’s Greenbuild prepares to take over the great city of Washington D.C! The Greenbuild expo is one of the best places for building professionals to discover the latest green building innovations and connect with like-minded industry professionals looking to improve our world through sustainable design. If you’re passionate about this industry, this ‘Monumental Green’ event is not to be missed. The festivities will kick off in Washington, D.C., on Monday, November 16th and continue through Friday, November 20th.

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Bizarre giant art village is the largest Atelier Van Lieshout installation ever

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Norway's 2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block clad in sustainable wood

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Stunning see-through church is made from stacked weathered steel

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Tesla drivers make a recordbreaking 452.8 mile road trip on a single charge

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Since the advent of electric cars, range anxiety has plagued drivers, limiting their road trips based on the number of miles one could conceivably travel on a single charge. Although Tesla is rapidly solving that problem for owners of their cars by expanding the Supercharger network at lightning speed, many intrepid Tesla drivers still like to toy with testing the limits. Tesla owners and enthusiasts Bjørn Nyland and Morgan Tørvolt wanted to see how far a Tesla Model S P85D really can travel on a single charge, so they embarked on a test to find out. This pair of friends was able to stretch an amazing 452.8 miles (728 km) out of a single charge in their effort, which they documented on video.

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Chinese welder spends a year building life-size Transformers model for his lucky son

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One of the world's largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

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NASA satellites are pretty nifty, in large part because they capture world events that we might not know about otherwise. That’s what happened recently, when NASA’s Landsat 8 recorded the image above on August 16 of Greenland’s Jakobshavn glacier, which is one of the world’s largest and fastest melting, which. When researchers compared recent images to images captured two weeks ago, they discovered that the glacier just lost an enormous chunk of ice. So big, in fact, that it may be the largest chunk of ice loss ever recorded.

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This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge

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A new hybrid trike called the GinzVelo aims to radically change the way people travel within cities. The cycle’s inventor Peter Ginzburg calls it a “human-electric hybrid vehicle” or HEH vehicle for short. The contraption relies on a 500 W electric engine to supercharge your pedal power over 30 miles per hour. The main selling point, though, is the range. GinzVelo can travel up to an impressive 100 miles on a single charge.

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Design Seoul’s new urban space in the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural Space Competition

Design Seoul’s new urban space in the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural…

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural Space Design Competition for the redesign of the capital’s former National Tax Service Building Site.…

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5 life-changing projects take home top honors in world's largest design awards

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INFOGRAPHIC: Solar power on the large and small scale

INFOGRAPHIC: Solar power on the large and small scale

The sun has become one of the leading sources of clean and renewable energy in the US. More specifically, during the third quarter of 2014, panels that generate 1,354 MW of solar were…

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Solar-powered Re-ainbow center helps Vietnamese community adapt to climate change

Solar-powered Re-ainbow center helps Vietnamese community adapt to…

The building, called RE-Ainbow, which is coined from re-use and rainbow, is located in the Duc Tho district of Ha Tinh province, notorious for relatively frequent natural disasters and…

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Obama announces plans to bring energy efficiency to households across the US

Obama announces plans to bring energy efficiency to households across…

President Obama said he will use all of his powers -- including the power of the veto -- to defend his plan for climate change, the White House said. This announcement comes on the eve…

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