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National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter's Magical Life with Animal Companions

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Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

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A recent study carried out in Japan warns of yet another unexpected consequence of climate change: the study shows that male human fetuses are more sensitive to temperature differences than female fetuses and are more likely to spontaneously abort when exposed to extremes of heat and cold in utero. While similar studies in New Zealand and Finland have not confirmed this finding, the Japanese team believe they have an explanation for that.

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Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris

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High-Tech Rogue C6 May Be the First Carbon Commuter Bike on the Market

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David Lupafya recently launched a Kickstarter for the Rogue C6, an intelligent carbon hybrid bike that combines the ultra-lightweight and responsive features of a road bike with the technology and comfort of a commuter. Weighing in at just 20.5 pounds, the Rogue C6 is poised to be the “first carbon commuter bike on the market” and is equipped with an oil free and waterproof carbon belt drive to cut down on maintenance. Two separate GPS devices are integrated into the bicycle: the first maps your routes and tracks your activity, and the second system will track and text you your bicycle’s location in the event that it is lost or stolen. The Rouge C6 also comes with integrated bike lights and is fitted with the high quality Shimano Alfine group set. If the Kickstarter is successful, the Rouge C6 will retail for $1,950.

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Is Harlem Next in Line For Its Own High Line-Style Park?

by , 10/24/14
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Could Harlem be the next NYC neighborhood to get its own High Line-style park? Non-profit organization Housing Partnership thinks so and has proposed the Harlem Promenade, a project to construct affordable residential units and an elevated green space along the Amtrak rail lines in Hamilton Heights. Although the Harlem Promenade plan may be similar to other elevated urban park schemes, the money needed to fund the project would come from a unique fundraising idea.

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Tom Fruin's Candy-Colored Plexiglass House Sparkles Under the Brooklyn Bridge

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Lyft and Uber Can Now Legally Give You a Ride to San Francisco International Airport

by , 10/24/14

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Lyft and Uber can now legally pick you up or drop you off at San Francisco’s International Airport as both companies have just signed a new agreement with the airport. This is big news since prior to the signed agreements, for-hire vehicles operating at the airport without permission were considered to be trespassing. Now, if you need a ride to the airport or a ride to your hotel after your land at SFO, a Lyft or Uber driver can help you without getting in trouble.

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Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

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Join Architecture for Humanity NY and Make a Difference on Day of Impact 2014

by , 10/24/14
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If you’ve been enjoying all of the wonderful architectural activities that Archtober has to offer this month, why not show your appreciation by helping out some communities that could really use it? This Saturday, October 25th, Architecture for Humanity‘s New York chapter will be hosting Day of Impact 2014, a chance for volunteers to put in some sweat equity to rebuild and revamp areas of the city that are in need. Though the registration date has technically passed, there are still a few spots left to participate, so sign up here and make a difference!

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Plants Know When They're Being Eaten and They Don't Appreciate it

by , 10/23/14
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Vegetarians and vegans pay heed, new research shows plants know when they’re being eaten. And they don’t like it. That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to Modern Farmer, a new study from the University of Missouri shows plants can sense when they are being eaten and send out defense mechanisms to try and stop it from happening. The study was carried out on thale cress or Arabidopsis as it’s known scientifically – that is closely related to broccoli, kale, mustard greens and other siblings of the brassica family and popular for science experiments. It’s commonly used in experiments because it was the first plant to have its genome sequenced, and scientists are intimately familiar with how it works.

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Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

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Researchers who examined the bones of Roman gladiators say that some of the mightiest fighters in history were in fact vegetarians. The researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni Vienna claim the bones collected from the city of Ephesos (now Turkey) reveal that the gladiators enjoyed a diet of mostly grains and meat-free meals, suggesting that even super athletes can thrive without meat.

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Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

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Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has just opened the world’s largest single turbine geothermal power plant, which will add 140 Megawatts (MW) to the country’s national electricity grid. The project is viewed as a major boon for development initiatives and poverty reduction in Kenya and is anticipated to reduce electricity costs in the nation by 50 percent by early 2015. The Olkaria IV power plant cost $126.5 million to build and is expected to have an immediate effect on power prices, which will result in flow on benefits to the price of essential goods and the cost of living.

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

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South Miami Wants to Secede From Florida Due to the State's Climate Change Apathy

by , 10/23/14

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What do you do if your state is ignoring the threat of climate change and putting your home and family in peril? Well, if you’re a group of officials from South Miami, you take matters into your own hands and pass a proposal to secede from northern Florida and attempt to make a difference on your own!

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INFOGRAPHIC: What's Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet

INFOGRAPHIC: What's Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet

Right now there are 7 billion people on the planet and that number keeps growing. To support that many people, the planet's natural resources have been stretched to capacity. Now add…

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Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green…

The Garden Factory consists of the Manufacturing Plant and Global Parts Center located in the arid climate of northeast Rajasthan in India. The buildings boast photovoltaic panels…

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Refold Cardboard Standing Desks Let You Customize Your Workspace in Style

Refold Cardboard Standing Desks Let You Customize Your Workspace in…

Most of us already know the many benefits of standing desks, but buying new office furniture can get expensive. These standing desks by Refold are an ideal solution, as they're…

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Sewage Water: Silicon Valley's Answer to California's Deepening Drought

Sewage Water: Silicon Valley's Answer to California's Deepening…

In response to California's deepening drought, officials are turning to transforming sewage into potable water. The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, which opened this…

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The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central…

The Infinity Centre was designed to draw students back to the library by making it the central heart of the campus. Radiating out from the library are two wings that together form…

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