Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

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Christian Schallerton has retrofitted a tiny apartment up with a vast view of Barcelona into an incredible transforming home that packs a lot of living space into a tiny footprint. Inspired by boat design, Japanese homes, and Zen minimalism, the 258 square-foot apartment 90 steps above the street is a multi-functional space that can transform from a kitchen to a living room, bedroom, or dining room with some clever built-in furniture.

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MIT researchers reveal the reason rain smells, and capture it on video

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Do you love the smell of freshly-fallen rain? If so, you’re one of many who love that earthy smell, reminiscent of the first days of spring or putting your hands in newly-turned soil. In case you ever wondered, that smell has a name, Petrichor. Now, scientists at MIT may have figured out just what releases that smell — and other aerosols — into the air. And they  have managed to captured it all on video.

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Celebrate National Handwriting Day today with a handwritten tweet

National Handwriting Day

Did you know that writing things out by hand keeps your brain cells active, and even helps you retain information? It also improves hand-eye coordination, and has a soothing, meditative effect on your entire body. January 23rd is the third annual National Handwriting Day, and people around the country (and beyond!) are celebrating by writing tweets, blog posts, Facebook updates, and even Instagram posts by hand. Join people like Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Katie Couric, and countless other folks as we celebrate the pen and all that’s wild and wondrous about writing by hand. Those who tweet or post with the #HandwritingDay and #mHDay hashtags will be featured in Moleskine’s realtime gallery, and people can also win Moleskine products like pens, notebooks, and sketchbooks by submitting handwritten pieces here.

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Israeli architects transform an abandoned storage building into a flexible, cozy home

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Nothing says "I love you" quite like a 3D-printed steampunk gear heart

3D-Printed Gear Heart

If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s gift for someone special, check this out: you can download plans on Thingiverse for a 3D-printed steampunk-style gear heart to give as a fun, weird little present. The different sections interlock like puzzle pieces (like you and your sweetheart click together? Awww…), and take just a few hours to print on a standard 3D printer. Each heart measures approximately 10cm across, so they’re just a big bigger than the average human heart. If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, you can also purchase pre-made hearts on Etsy—just order soon if you’d like to get yours in time for V-day!

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Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue

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On January 1, Architecture for Humanity (AFH) quietly closed its doors in a move that took the design world and AFH’s own global network of over 20,000 volunteers by surprise. Problems appeared to have been brewing for months and many of those in contact with headquarters could tell all was not well – but staff in international field offices and 59 volunteer chapters were left largely in the dark. But as the dust begins to settle, leaders of many of AFH’s volunteer chapters have come forward eager to continue the organization’s mission.

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Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

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Self-supporting Dome Homes can be lit with the energy equivalent to boiling a kettle

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Resolution 4's gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

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Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

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Green ideas for Valentine's Day

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Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s day is right around the corner. Some may argue that the holiday is a Hallmark fabrication to encourage consumption of useless goods, but whatever your thoughts, its a nice day to show your loved ones that you care and even treat yourself to some love as well. Of course, you can easily do all of this without fancy jewelry or chocolates or flowers. The best gifts come from the heart, and simply cooking a special dinner for someone would make a much appreciated treat. If you do want to go the route of more traditional gifts, here are some of our green suggestions:

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This new Times Square restaurant hides a giant living wall

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Midtown’s brand new Hunt & Fish Club Restaurant may echo old New York glamour, but its sprawling living wall elevates the venue into modernity. Designed by Studio Iyor, the lush vertical garden hugs the eatery’s rear marble dining room. The verdant focal point spans the entire length of the room, and is equipped with a built-in self-watering system that keeps it looking fresh and beautiful.

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Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

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The floating village of Prek Toal in Cambodia is putting the natural filtering power of wetland plants to work by using them to soak up contaminants from their raw sewage. Local floating villages on  Tonle Sap lake have flushed human waste directly into the water for years, where bacteria has caused sickness and disease to those who call the lake home. Now, floating Handy Pod toilets supplied by Wetlands Work will soon keep locals healthier by providing an natural, effective and affordable way to cleanse their water from diarrhea and cholera-causing agents.

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Indian tiger population climbs by 30 percent thanks to conservation efforts

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The wild tiger population in India has jumped from 1,706 to an estimated 2,226 since 2011, marking a 30 percent increase in numbers for the endangered big cat. As a result, India is now home to around 70 percent of the world’s tigers. That’s much better than good news; it’s downright spectacular.

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"Unchecked climate change" causes atomic scientists to push Doomsday Clock closer to midnight

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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists just issued their first update to the symbolic Doomsday Clock since 2012, announcing that we have advanced by two minutes and are now at “three minutes to midnight”—with midnight referring to the end of the planet. The reason for this alarming stance? “Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity,” explains the Bulletin.

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Alpestudio’s Antia is a steel varnished chair that boasts a simple, timeless design

Alpestudio’s Antia is a steel varnished chair that boasts a simple,…

Architecture studio Alpestudio recently won Formabilio’s “Iron Age” metalworking contest with their design of Antia, a minimalist steel chair. As part of the grand prize,…

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New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from future super storms

New York City moves forward with BIG U plan to protect Manhattan from…

Remember BIG U, the giant, storm-resilient green strip proposed by the Bjarke Ingels Group to protect Manhattan from future super storms? The ambitious design was one of the winners of…

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Passive solar Martin-Lancaster House is wrapped in glass and cedar shingles

Passive solar Martin-Lancaster House is wrapped in glass and cedar…

Overlooking the rugged Atlantic coast, the Martin-Lancaster House’s spatial layout is designed like a “procession toward the sea.” The courtyard home is divided into four primary…

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Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe's tiniest creatures is changing the entire ecosystem

Dramatic decline in population of Lake Tahoe's tiniest creatures is…

Lake Tahoe is world renowned for its dramatic natural beauty, but the attention it receives—and the pollution that comes with it—may play a role in the alarming decline in…

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Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational

Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully…

The Mojave Solar Project has been online and fully operational since December and on Friday, a grand opening ceremony will celebrate this massive achievement. The plant uses advanced…

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