Animal holocaust victims to be mourned tonight at memorial procession in NYC

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PETA's animal Holocaust campaign

While many pay their respects to the millions of human lives lost in the Holocaust today, some will also be observing Holocaust Remembrance Day by holding a candlelight vigil procession for the victims of the another type of mass extermination. Brooklyn’s Shimon Shuchat will be leading animal lovers on a march tonight to protest the ongoing atrocities committed against animals on factory farms. One of the participants of the peaceful protest will be a Holocaust survivor from Hungary who committed her life to preventing the mass slaughter of animals after losing her father and sister to Nazi concentration camps.

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Space X rocket fails to land, but success is still not far off

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SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space flight company, successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket on April 14, but their plan to land the rocket on a floating barge failed when the rocket tipped over on landing. The rocket was carrying an unmanned cargo spacecraft called the Dragon. The Dragon is loaded with 4,300 pounds of supplies and is expected to deliver them to the International Space Station on April 16. Meanwhile, once the rocket and the payload separated, the goal was to land the rocket back on Earth on a floating barge. They came oh so close… until the rocket swayed and fell over.

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Max Lamb's "Exercises in Sitting" is a primitive investigation of materials at Milan Design Week

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Jesse Garlick's Sky House is an off-the-grid vacation retreat in Washington

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Design a sustainable future for the world’s most remote inhabited island—Win £5,000!

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Tristan da Cunha is the world’s most remote inhabited island—so remote, that it’s only accessible by sea on approximately 60 days of the year. While life on the volcanic island is simple for its 270-people population, the government wants to make the community more self-sufficient through sustainable and energy efficient design. Thus, the Government of Tristan da Cunha teamed up with RIBA Competitions to launch an open ideas competition seeking a more sustainable future for the island’s community, buildings, and agricultural systems. The competition will be conducted in two phases and the five shortlisted teams will be granted £3,000. The winning team will receive an additional £2,000. The deadline for Stage 1 submissions is June 2, 2015.

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12 Brilliant designs from the Ventura Lambrate exhibit at Milan Design Week

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IKEA's wireless charging furniture to hit U.S. stores in late spring

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IKEA wowed the world with common sense design when the Wireless Charging Collection was revealed earlier this year. In a time when people are so reliant on their smart phones and other electronic devices, many are clamoring for the opportunity to make life easier with a lamp that can passively charge those gadgets wirelessly. In a press release, IKEA has announced that the first products in the Wireless Charging Collection will be available in select U.S. stores in late spring of this year. The lamps and other accessories range in price from $9.99 to $119, representing a variety of styles. In addition to furniture and lighting pieces, IKEA’s wireless line also includes a number of USB ports, which are essentially little plugged-in platforms that allow a user to charge their smartphone by setting it down on the charging pad, making is faster and more convenient than fiddling with a charging cable.

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Offshore wind is already cheaper than gas or nuclear power

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Team ‘green energy’ recently scored another goal in the ongoing match for power affordability supremacy, when a recent analysis showed wind energy is already cheaper than both gas and nuclear power. The analysis, done by energy consultant Mike Parr, looked at public data on offshore wind energy in Denmark (where world record wind power is generated) and revealed that the technology is already financially viable and no longer needs subsidies from the UK government.

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Stunning green-roofed Autofamily House features a drive-thru art gallery in Poland

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10 Handcrafted Brazilian designs from Milan Design Week 2015

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Cosmic Messenger records your messages and sends them into outer space

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2015 Chevy Spark EV price slashed to $14,995 after tax credits in some states

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A few years ago electric cars were far out of reach for most buyers, since they had sticker prices that were way too expensive for the average car buyers. Today, electric cars continue to get cheaper, while the technology continues to improve. Chevy has just announced that it is dropping the starting price of the 2015 Chevy Spark EV from $26,820 to $25,995. The best part is that after available tax credits the final price for buyers in some states could be as low as $14,995, thanks to additional tax credits.

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12 Low-Impact designs from Superstudio at Milan Design Week 2015

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Panda bamboo watches blend sustainability with style

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Panda is already known globally for its sustainable bamboo sunglasses, and now they’re releasing the Panda Watch; the first of its kind. Elegant and minimalist, the watches are handcrafted from sustainable bamboo and have straps made of Portuguese cork. The cork is extremely soft to the touch and also incredibly durable, and its textures complement the sleek wood-like grain of the bamboo watch face. The timepieces themselves have Swiss Movement internal mechanisms, creating classic watches that are as stylish as they are sustainable.

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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed an "electronic vacuum cleaner" that could potentially suck up urban smog. The new cleaner uses copper coils to create an electrostatic…

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This video camera captures light to generate its own power

This video camera captures light to generate its own power

A team from Columbia University's School of Engineering has created a groundbreaking video camera that converts the light captured when creating an image into electrical power to create…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How urbanization affects the environment

INFOGRAPHIC: How urbanization affects the environment

Urbanization has fostered greater conveniences, cross-cultural collaborations, and ideas exchange—but what about its costs? The humane wildlife removal service Gotcha Wildlife…

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12 fresh designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week 2015

12 fresh designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week 2015

Every year, Designersblock showcases emerging and established designers through different events ranging from product design to graphics and illustration, architecture and fashion…

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Super-skinny home's private library boasts its own sunken bathtub

Super-skinny home's private library boasts its own sunken bathtub

Looking for the ultimate bubble bath experience? New York-based PARA Project architects have installed a sunken bathtub smack dab in the middle of the Haffenden House library. Already…

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