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Artist creates impossibly realistic murals in Hawaiian waterways while balanced on a surfboard

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How a 15,500-pound door protects the Whitney Museum against the effects of climate change

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New York’s art world elite came out to ooh and ahh over the new Whitney Museum earlier this month, but The Atlantic’s John Whitaker was much more interested in the structure’s unique 15,500-pound door than the art beyond it. Part of a flood-mitigation system informed by the same engineers who work on U.S. Navy Destroyers, the river-facing door is capable of withstanding 6,750 pounds of debris in the event of another super storm like Hurricane Sandy. In fact, it was because of the 2012 disaster that Renzo Piano and his team made moves to fortify the museum and its precious contents.

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World's tallest and longest glass bridge announced for China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

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Actress Blake Lively tries her hand at eco-fashion design

by , 05/31/15
filed under: Ecouterre

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“Age of Adaline” star Blake Lively recently unveiled the first of 12 pieces in her new eco-friendly clothing line. Unveiled on her Instagram, the “Champagne” dress is made from 100 percent silk and recycled polyester crepe. Lively’s new clothing line was created in collaboration with Amour Vert, a leader in the sustainable fashion movement, and will be sold on the website Preserve.

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine - it's also an incredible circular apartment building

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The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

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The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists to access data from spy satellites and submarines in order to study global warming. Prior to the announcement, scientists could study global warming data in extreme detail thanks to a program, called MEDEA — Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis. Now the CIA is shutting down the program, saying that there is no longer a need to study the implications of climate change.

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Snøhetta, DIALOG and Mayer/Reed picked to revitalize Oregon's Willamette Falls

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Taco Bell and Pizza Hut removing artificial ingredients, pledge to use real food

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It’s hard to praise fast food companies for promising to use real black pepper instead of “black pepper flavor,” and yet, when so many artificial colors and flavorings have become ubiquitous in our food, it’s important to point out the effort. Yum! Brands, which owns both Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, announced this week that they will stop putting artificial ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, black pepper flavor, added trans fats and other things in the food they sell.

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Crayola is asking people to stop using crayons as makeup

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File this one under advice that you didn’t know you needed. Some enterprising beauty bloggers are encouraging make-up lovers to ditch the pricey eyeliners and pick up a Crayola instead. And while many people are embracing the DIY beauty trend, Crayola is begging people to stop using art supplies as makeup, because it can cause a whole range of nasty problems.

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Tesla's new pop-up shipping container store fits on a flatbed truck

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Tesla has had a bit of a rough road when it has come to selling its own electric cars, fighting for the right to do so in a number of states. They have come up with a new idea that is almost as inventive as their cars and batteries. The new store, called the “Tesla Mobile Container Store” can fold inside a container, be hauled on a flatbed truck, and set up practically anywhere. The mobile container store tour launched over Memorial Day weekend in Santa Barbaera, California and Tesla has a number of other U.S. and European stops planned for this summer.

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Self-parking Volvo crashes into people because owner forgot to buy feature that brakes for humans

by , 05/30/15
filed under: Green Transportation, News
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There are many plausible reasons to believe that self-driving cars are safer than those operated exclusively by humans. One is Google’s recent announcement that the 11 incidents its autonomous autos have been involved in can all be attributed solely to human interaction. But the technology is still nascent, and the potential for pitfalls is alarming. A newly released video shows a group of besuited journalists testing out Volvo’s fancy new self-parking feature: the car gently reverses itself, waits, and then accelerates rapidly into two soon-to-be-bruised men. The cause of this horrific event? The XC60 in question apparently wasn’t equipped with the “Pedestrian Detection” feature—that option requires an extra fee.

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India’s scorching month-long heatwave kills 1,400 and melts the streets

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Herzog & de Meuron complete the gorgeous solar-powered Bordeaux Stadium

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U.S. avian flu outbreak drives up the price of eggs as supplies are threatened

by , 05/29/15
filed under: Agriculture, Animals, News

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In 2014, migratory birds carrying highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 infections brought the disease to the United States, sparking an outbreak that has affected more than 21 million egg-laying hens in Iowa alone, according to IOWA Public Radio. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Protection reports that as of May 20, 2015, 20 states in the country have reported outbreaks of the HPAI H5 virus, causing concern that national supplies of eggs are at risk.

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France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

by , 05/29/15

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France just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas to be partially-covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring dramatic changes to the nation’s skylines and bolster the efficiency of all new commercial construction, but the law will help France pick up the pace the solar adoption—which has lagged behind other European nations in recent years.

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This pop-up "Room in a Box" snaps together in 30 minutes flat

The dreaded dorm move-out day is stressful for both students and parents. The creators behind Room in a Box know that feeling well—the designers, who graduated in 2011, were inspired…

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Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five years

Poachers have killed half the elephants in Mozambique in the last five…

In the last five years, poachers in Mozambique have killed almost half of the elephants in the country for the ivory. The government in Mozambique sponsored a study that shows a…

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Nanoleaf's Gem LED light bulb shines like a glimmering jewel

Nanoleaf's Gem LED light bulb shines like a glimmering jewel

Unlike the rounded conventional lightbulbs, the Nanoleaf bulbs are crafted with striking dodecahedron shapes. The geometric Nanoleaf Gem is sheathed in frosted white glass and casts the…

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World's smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

World's smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years…

Mill Ends Park in Portland, OR, is officially the world's smallest park. The tiny 2-foot-wide space is well-loved city landmark and rumored home to a leprechaun colony!

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HueRay's rechargeable bike grip lights protect cyclists from the side

HueRay's rechargeable bike grip lights protect cyclists from the side

Today, HueRay! is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the pilot run of its flagship product, revolutionary light emitting bicycle grips. HueRay! aims to deliver safety, comfort and…

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