Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

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A new breakthrough in the way we fight sexually transmitted diseases could be a complete game changer. Within the next few months, condoms that can kill HIV, HPV and herpes could be hitting the market. An Australian biotech firm has developed a gel called VivaGel that actually fights STDs and has proven effective in killing 99.9% of viruses.

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Japanese Artist Snaps Mind-Bending Photos of Bonsais in Space

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Over the past few years, a number of people have sent objects into space via giant helium balloons. Hello Kitty, a LEGO space shuttle, and even Breaking Bad’s Walter White have all ascended to the cosmos – and now a Japanese artist has lifted the first bonsai tree into orbit! Azuma Makoto sent several floral arrangements into space and snapped mind bending images of the result.

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McDonalds, KFC and Starbucks Pulled Into Chinese Rotten Meat Scandal

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The latest Chinese meat scandal is spreading, with reports confirming that Chinese McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Starbucks outlets all purchased meat products originally sourced from Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd. Shanghai Husi was shut down by authorities on Sunday after television station Dragon TV showed footage of workers repackaging and relabeling expired beef and chicken products and throwing meat that had fallen onto the factory floor back into mixing machines.

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The Green School's Magnificent Bamboo Tent is Made from Locally-Sourced Materials in Bali

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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You may have heard the riddle about mushrooms being the only rooms with no walls, but David Benjamin is flipping the script on the old joke with some incredible mycotecture built from mushroom bricks! The architect and his firm, The Living, are pushing the boundaries of design by experimenting with biotecture, blurring the lines between biology and built environments. Their latest efforts have culminated in the world’s first tower made from fungus, which debuted at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York last week. We recently had the chance to pick Benjamin’s brain about the future of mycotecture (mushroom architecture), the benefits of biological buildings and what inspired this innovative new Hy-Fi tower in Queens. Read on to see what the biotect, innovator and director of the “Living Architecture Lab” at GSAPP has to say.

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Top Heavy TYIN Tengestue Addition Provides Extra Living Space Without Sacrificing the Garden

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Incredible Fairy Sculptures in Motion are Handmade from Stainless Steel Wire

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"Deafening" Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

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filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

New offshore oil and gas exploration activities are set to start along the U.S. east coast after a three-decade hiatus, but a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision means that companies will be allowed to use sonic cannons as they map the ocean floor. BOEM acknowledges that whales, dolphins and turtles will be affected by the potentially deafening noise, with its own estimates stating 138,000 marine animals are at risk.

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Could a Spillway Bar Pavilion Manage Seine Flooding in Paris?

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With water levels rising worldwide, there’s a very real risk of floods in any city that has a river at its core, and architect Dr. Margot Krasojević has envisioned a dynamic pavilion that could play a vital role in Paris’ flood control infrastructure. An enclosed circular glass bar rests over a bell mouth spillway, allowing water to enter from its entire perimeter and move into the channel. The circular bar directs water through ramps into the spillway, which is situated beneath a moveable glass floor. The bar’s industrial function is combined with a monocoque shell, showcasing the interior’s reflective nature as it supports the water’s weight. Etched glass adds an ethereal feel to the lattice structure, filtering water as it’s channeled upstream into nearby reservoirs via submerged canals.

This manner of flood protection is as beautiful as it is utilitarian, and would certainly do justice to La Ville-Lumière.

+ Dr. Margot Krasojević 

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Support iThemba Tower: Soaring Art Installation Made with 5,000 Plastic Bottles to Promote Recycling in South Africa

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We are a team of South African artists who wish to support the people of Troyeville in downtown Johannesburg to raise up “iThemba Tower.” This is a 30 meter-high permanent art installation made with over 5,000 recycled plastic bottles (that will be a larger scale version of the project illustrated in these images), on a redundant communication tower. The project will collect & register an equal amount of messages from the community and the contributors to this campaign, and each each of them will become a “message in a bottle”. This project is about recycling and giving visibility to a less advantaged community in Johannesburg, by raising up a massive tower in which everyone participates. The bottles will be collected from the local informal waste collectors known in the streets of South Africa as ‘Zama Zamas.’ The project will also get the local schools involved, contributing to raise awareness about recycling among kids in Troyeville.

+ iThemba Tower on Indiegogo

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Meet Bunkie: A Tiny Prefab House from 608 Design and BLDG Workshop

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Have you ever dreamed of having your own little house in the countryside, just big enough for you and friend or two to hang out and take in the outdoors? 608 Design and BLDG Workshop have just the thing: their prefab tiny house, cutely called “Bunkie.” Bunkie is a collaborative effort between the two firms , who’ve always admired each other’s work and decided to join forces to come up with new solutions to an old problem: inexpensive, eco-friendly housing.

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7 Plants That May Save the World

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9 Sexy Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

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SOM's West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida's Rail Network

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The Elegant Teshima Art Museum is a Luminous Droplet in the Japanese Countryside

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Who Put This Mysterious Little Living Room on One of NYC's Most Deserted Islands?

Who Put This Mysterious Little Living Room on One of NYC's Most…

Has someone turned New York's North Brother Island into their own personal outdoor living room? Kayaker Jamie Roderick recently shared the mysterious set-up he spied on the 13-acre…

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Over 200,000 People Apply to Become First Colonizers of Mars

Over 200,000 People Apply to Become First Colonizers of Mars

The numbers are in, and in just six months a phenomenal 202,586 people have applied to join the very first Mars colony. Frequently dubbed a "suicide mission," the $4 billion Mars One…

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vPPR Architects' Ott's Yard is Topped With a Pinwheel Patterned Green Roof!

vPPR Architects' Ott's Yard is Topped With a Pinwheel Patterned Green…

Each of the twin triangular houses has its own courtyard, which are complemented with a shared communal space. The geometry of the development is based on a pinwheel arrangement that…

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Nanoleaf Bloom LED Light Bulb Can Transform Any Standard Light Switch into an Energy-Saving Dimmer

Nanoleaf Bloom LED Light Bulb Can Transform Any Standard Light Switch…

Did you know that dimming your lights by half can cut your electricity use by 40 percent and save up to $30 a year on utilities? To help the average person make the switch to dimmers…

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What is a "Poor Door" and Why Is It Causing So Much Controversy?

Sanctioned racial segregation was abolished in the U.S. in 1964, but a recent housing decision has shown that class segregation is still alive and well in New York City. The NYC…

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