The fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world hits 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds

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A team of students from the University of Stuttgart just designed, built and raced what could be the fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world. During carefully monitored tests, the student-designed E0711-6 electric car successfully managed to accelerate from 0-100km/h in a mind-blowing 1.779 seconds. The team is anxiously awaiting confirmation of a new record from the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Bird-shaped treehouse with a stunning view pops up in Japan’s woods

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New Bubble Greenhouses could produce fresh water and food in drought-stricken regions

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As water shortages threaten to destabilize many of the world’s driest regions, including California, researchers have developed an innovative new type of greenhouse that can provide fresh water and grow food. Engineers from Murdoch University believe that a 1,615 square foot Bubble Greenhouse “could produce around eight cubic metres of freshwater and up to 30 kilograms of crops each day.” The sealed design of the greenhouse will also protect crops from insects and disease, and the researchers say the technology should be easy to implement.

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SNEAK PEEK: Chrysler's electric Town & Country minivan spotted on the streets of LA

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What do we have here? Yesterday on my way to the office I pulled up next to two heavily camouflaged prototypes of Chrysler’s all-new Town & Country minivan, which is expected to arrive sometime next year as a 2017 model. While this isn’t the first time that spy photographers have caught the new minivan driving around the country, what sparked my interest here was the “EV” sticker on the back – providing a hint of the electrified powertrain under all that camouflage.

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Portable Snoozebox hotel wins coveted design award for its redesign by Tangerine

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Bangladesh's abundant tiger population has collapsed to just 100

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In Bangladesh, a new census shows that tiger populations in the Sundarbans mangrove forest are more endangered than ever. The study, which used hidden cameras to track and record tigers, provides a more accurate update than previous surveys that used other methods. The year-long census, which ended this April, revealed only around 100 of the big cats remain in what was once home to the largest population of tigers on earth.

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Help fight California’s water crisis in Archinect’s “Dry Futures” competition

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The clock is ticking for America’s most populous state: drought-choked California is in the midst of a water crisis and only has about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs. In response to the unprecedented water crisis, Archinect launched “Dry Futures,” an open ideas competition that “seeks imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or perhaps even dystopic, design proposals for the future of California’s drought.” There are two competition categories: a Speculative category for proposals that incorporate technologies not yet imagined, and a Pragmatic category for responses that can be implemented with current technology and economic conditions. There will be two first place winners, each of whom will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a custom one-week survival kit that includes a backpack. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2015 at 10 pm PST.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are our homes becoming more sustainable overall?

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Our current climate situation is a complex problem without one simple answer. In order to slow or halt climate change, we are going to need to change many different aspects of modern life. One aspect in particular – the modern home – is going to need some serious adjusting. Buildings account for 40% of global energy use and US buildings alone make up 9% of global carbon emissions. This infographic from Vibrant Doors explores the question of whether our homes are truly becoming more sustainable overall, and how much more work we have to do to make a difference.

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Problem solving architects give Venetian apartment a flood-proof upgrade

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This expanding 'origami' bridge gives victims of natural disasters instant access to supplies

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Natural disasters have a way of showing us how fragile and unpredictable our lives can be. Survivors of such events often find themselves without some of the most basic necessities of daily life, including access to supplies. Which is why engineers at Hiroshima University in Japan developed a portable bridge that can be used to traverse rugged terrain or rivers, and then folded up like origami when it’s done.

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Purina ONE's Cat Camp will let you camp out with cute kitties this week in NYC

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If you’re a feline fanatic who never really fit in at space camp or band camp, you may finally be in luck. Purina ONE has announced that after the success of its pop-up NYC Cat Cafe last year, it will be launching its first-ever Cat Camp starting on July 31st in Soho. The unique (and thankfully air-conditioned) space will feature a full kitty playground, a kibble campfire, and a crew of adoptable furry friends to play with–and hopefully take home to their furever homes at the end of the day.

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FDA bans import of some Mexican cilantro after feces found at farms

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The FDA has announced a ban on imports of cilantro grown on certain farms in Mexico, as well as heightened scrutiny for Mexican-grown cilantro after a series of inspections uncovered sorely unsanitary practices on sites where the herb was being grown. “Objectionable conditions” were noted by the agency at farms in the state of Puebla, Mexico, including the presence of human feces and toilet paper in growing fields, and the FDA believes that these farms are responsible for hundreds of cases of the parasitic illness cyclosporiasis in the US in recent years.

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This gigantic shimmering disc is made from 14,000 eyeglass lenses

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Futuristic self-sufficient vertical city rises from the Sahara Desert

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World's oldest panda celebrates with cake and bamboo. Happy Birthday Jia Jia!

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Celebrations took place Tuesday, July 28 at Ocean Park in Hong Kong as Jia Jia took her place the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest living panda in captivity. Jia Jia was presented with a colorful cake of ice and fruit juice, as well as a handful of fresh bamboo shoots to mark the occasion, as her caretakers at Ocean Park noted that she is remarkably active and healthy for a panda of her highly advanced years.

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Outdoor pop-up libraries bring literary love to little ones in East Harlem and the South Bronx

Outdoor pop-up libraries bring literary love to little ones in East…

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Villa One is an affordable prefab home that accommodates a growing family

Villa One is an affordable prefab home that accommodates a growing…

The architects designed the flexible 136-square-meter home with a Y-shaped floorplan to maximize communal spaces and views out to the landscape, courtyard, and secret garden. The shape…

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Hillary Clinton wants to increase U.S. solar power 700% by 2027

Hillary Clinton wants to increase U.S. solar power 700% by 2027

As the race to the White House heats up, Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight more than ever. Like her opponents, Clinton has begun issuing proposals for responding to climate…

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Amazing wood Pequod caravan comfortably fits a family of four

Amazing wood Pequod caravan comfortably fits a family of four

Currently parked in Indiana, the Pequod is on the larger side of tiny homes. Weighing 11,500 pounds, the tiny house measures 26 feet in length and a maximum of 8.5 feet in width, with…

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Shigeru Ban will reuse earthquake rubble to build Nepal relief shelters

Shigeru Ban will reuse earthquake rubble to build Nepal relief…

Shigeru Ban and his humanitarian organization Volunteer Architects Network (VAN) announced plans to build emergency shelters for Nepal back in May, but it wasn’t until now that the…

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