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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Rooftops are tough place for plants: they're vulnerable to intense heat, cold, wind and drought, plus they can’t support a lot of weight, so the plants need to grow in just a few inches of soil

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DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

We're still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated, we've been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets, but it's always fun to

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How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible,

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Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

You might have thought that the bubonic plague was ancient history, but last week a man in Yumen, China died of the disease, prompting the country to seal off an entire city in order to stop it from

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Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows Them Whole

Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows Them Whole

Before building the seaworthy version, Bob constructed a prototype of the house on family land in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It's also managed to survive the test of time, but suffers from a moisture

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Rejuvenate Your Wardrobe with the Swash System by P&G and Whirlpool

Rejuvenate Your Wardrobe with the Swash System by P&G and Whirlpool

We might not have flying cars yet but we are getting a step closer to living like the Jetsons. Soon you'll be able to skip the dry cleaners and use this compact home clothing-care system for all your

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6 Super Common Food Additives That You Should Avoid

6 Super Common Food Additives That You Should Avoid

It’s difficult for even the most dedicated person to make all of the daily meals from scratch and that often means relying on store-bought foods for condiments and other must-have kitchen items. But

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KIDmob Helps Superhero Cyborg Kids Prototype Their Own Prosthetics

KIDmob Helps Superhero Cyborg Kids Prototype Their Own Prosthetics

Imagine being able to design your own super-cool body part, in whatever shape or color you could dream up. Thanks KIDmob, a group of children with a diversity of upper limb capabilities were able to

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England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

Faced with rising sea levels, would you consider a move onto the water? Soon, a community of Londoners will have exactly that option. dRMM Architects has won the Royal Docks competition to design

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Elon Musk for The Colbert Report. As you can imagine, Colbert wheedled out some exclusives from the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and described his ideal version

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One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

While One9 is made up of stacked modules, Hickory Group does not consider their building as modular architecture since they did not use a fixed module size. In keeping with their dedication to minimizing

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BORTOLOTTO’s Daylit King’s Cross House Combines Sculptural Interiors With Energy Efficiency

BORTOLOTTO’s Daylit King’s Cross House Combines Sculptural Interiors With Energy Efficiency

The house is situated on the footprint of a previous building and is incomparable in design and performance with its predecessor. Protective and sheltering, it is built to endure the regional climate.

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Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which

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Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

Used Tear Gas Canisters Become a Living Garden in Poignant West Bank Shrine

Bilin has become a central focus of Palestinian protests against Israeli policies in the West Bank, and was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Five Broken Cameras". The daily conflicts are

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Shipping Container Apartments Cause a Stir in Brookland, DC

Shipping Container Apartments Cause a Stir in Brookland, DC

Shipping container homes aren't exactly unique—they've been used as dwellings all over the world for decades—but they're gaining popularity across the USA and causing quite a stir in this established

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction. She

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Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

Google has added another item to its lengthy list of services, and this one is something you really wouldn’t expect. Google’s Street View cars that map roads across the world are also being used to

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

Did you know that one out of three bites of food that Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Honeybees play a crucial role in the nation's food supply, which means the

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Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Google is offering a million dollars if you can create a power inverter that is smaller than a laptop. If you don’t know what an inverter is, the competition probably isn’t up your alley, but

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OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

If you're in the market for a sublime new lamp, then you might want to check out OLIS, a carefully developed lamp that uses energy-efficient LED technology. Moving away from geometrically defined and

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Help Edible Schoolyard NYC Build Organic Gardens for East Harlem Schools!

Help Edible Schoolyard NYC Build Organic Gardens for East Harlem Schools!

We all know how important being around nature is for boosting morale and health, which is why Edible Schoolyard NYC needs your help to bring organic gardens to several disadvantaged schools in Harlem. The

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Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Children are usually told to stop playing with their food, but those who never grow out of that particular habit tend to end up as rather brilliant, creative adults. Designer Gert Eussen, whom you may

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BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject

BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject

The Chinese brand management company BlueFocus Communication Group (BFCG) is set to acquire a 75 percent stake in the groundbreaking bi-coastal industrial design studio Fuseproject headed by Yves Béhar.

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Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Elephant Comes to Life as a Steampunk LEGO Brick Creation

Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Elephant Comes to Life as a Steampunk LEGO Brick Creation

Korean LEGO artist Jin Kei has given life to one of the giant four-legged mammals from Salvador Dali's painting "The Elephants." The artist added his own steampunk twist to the building brick

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Mosaica: Chissick Design Creates Beautiful Coffee Table From Over Two Thousand Pieces of Salvaged Wood

Mosaica: Chissick Design Creates Beautiful Coffee Table From Over Two Thousand Pieces of Salvaged Wood

Israel-based woodworker Eli Chissick just unveiled the Mosaica coffee table, his latest piece in his furniture collection made from beautifully fused together wood. Composed from 2,385 pieces of scrap

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Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

“It feels good to eat your enemies,” says Andrew Deines, a postdoctoral researcher at Michigan State University, who studies the ecology of invasive organisms. Far from being a confession of

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Dine With Endangered Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Manor Sanctuary-Hotel in Kenya

Dine With Endangered Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Manor Sanctuary-Hotel in Kenya

This unique Kenyan sanctuary stands on a 12-acre section of private land immersed in 140 acres of indigenous forest. The ivy-covered mansion turned hotel can accommodate guests in a luxurious

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

Our bodies are comprised of about 60 percent water, and to stay healthy, we need to drink 8-10 glasses of it a day—even more than that in summertime. But how safe is our drinking water? From lead paint

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Stackable B-and-BEE Colonies Provide Sweet Shelter for Festival Goers in Belgium

Stackable B-and-BEE Colonies Provide Sweet Shelter for Festival Goers in Belgium

Several companies and designers joined forces to design this fantastic stackable honeycomb shelter in Belgium. Appropriately named B-and-BEE, the shelter was developed specifically to provide

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Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

While floating homes have been the norm in the Netherlands for many years, they're just starting to gain in popularity in the UK. Houseboats are increasingly dotting the Thames in London, and waterborne

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