VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

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In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed, thanks to companies like Voltaic Systems who are leading the charge with a new generation of affordable, durable, and portable solar panels. When they heard that I was converting my Ford Transit Connect XL into a self-sufficient live and work eco-mobile, Voltaic generously donated a pair of 17-watt solar panels, along with accompanying V72 batteries, that I can use to charge my cell phone and laptop far from any electrical outlet. I decided to pop them on the roof of my van and turn my van into a lean, green live-work machine. And the best part? I didn’t have to drill a single hole in my van to install them.

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Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

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Rescue crews are working to contain a four-mile wide oil slick in Santa Barbara, California after a cracked pipeline spilled up to 105,000 gallons of oil into the area’s pristine waters. The area lies within the Santa Barbara Channel and features the popular Rufugio State Beach, which is now coated with tar. While the scope of the damage is not yet fully known, eyewitness reports suggest that sea lions and other marine animals have been caught up in the crude.

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This woman is rowing 6,000 miles from Japan to San Francisco without any support

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No sail, no motor, just a strong woman and her arms, for 6,000 nautical miles from Japan to San Francisco. Sonya Baumstein is a 28-year-old Florida native who is preparing to row her way from Choshi, Japan to San Francisco, California, in a rowboat. She will embark any day now, as soon as the weather gives her a clear path. Oh yeah, and she’s doing it alone, without a support vessel, because she “likes the challenge.”

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This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires

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It's raining millions of spiders in Australia

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First they show up like shooting stars, but as they come closer, it’s clear that they’re some kind of UFO. Then, by the time they’re really close up—perhaps too close—you can see that it is, in fact, a spider with some kind of web-based parachute. The nightmarish phenomenon is known as “spider ballooning” and for the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia it recently brought a rain of millions of tiny baby spiders and their silk down over farms, homes and—yes—people in the area.

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You can sleep like a floating astronaut in this Slovenian hotel

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Solartab is a tablet case with built-in solar charging

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The Solartab is unlike any other power bank or solar charger. The Solartab’s unique built-in cover that works as a stand for the solar panel, so you can angle the panel in three different positions to find the right angle for maximum exposure to sunlight. With two USB ports and a micro USB port, the Solartab is ready to keep any your mobile devices going at all times. It’s an environmentally friendly, portable and never-ending source of energy, always ready for use.

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Japan's zoos and aquariums pledge to stop buying dolphins captured in cruel Taiji dolphin hunts

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Japan’s zoos and aquariums have publicly committed to ending their relationship with the cruel practice of dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan. This move comes out of a vote amongst the leadership of the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), which was necessary in order to decide the fate of the organization, after their suspension last month from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) over the controversial dolphin hunts.

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Sharon Davis's geothermal retreat brings the natural world inside

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Texas Governor bans Texan cities and towns from banning fracking

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Fracking has been banned in by a significant number of nations, as well as by U.S. states and cities; hydraulic fracturing is a no-go in—among others—Tasmania, Scotland, New York State, at least three towns in Colorado and in, of all places, Beverly Hills. These bans have been largely supported by the populous as well as the government, but when the birthplace of fracking—Denton, Texas—voted to ban fracking last November, things got a bit awkward. From oil to natural gas, the Texan economy is heavily dependent on fossil fuels—and the pressure was high on lawmakers to stop other towns from following Denton’s lead. And so, on Monday, May 18, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that prohibits individual towns and cities from banning fracking, stating: “This law ensures that Texas avoids a patchwork quilt of regulations that differ from region to region, differ from county to county or city to city.” Undoubtedly, the law also keeps lobbyists and energy-centric donors thoroughly content. What this means for Denton is still unclear.

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10 Incredible Designs by Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

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Cloud Farms' mini greenhouses let you grow fresh produce right out of your window

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Anyone who has ever tried to grow their own edibles in an apartment knows that lack of light is one of the biggest obstacles. Even in a sunny, south-facing home, plants can end up shriveling because they’re not getting enough rays. The Cloud Farms Biome, developed by designer Bradley Ferrada, is a solution that lets urban farmers break through the barriers of their apartments to allow their indoor plants to soak up outdoor sunlight. Ferrada, a graduate of Pratt Institute’s Master of Industrial Design program conceived Cloud Farms as a way for New Yorkers and other city-dwellers to grow fresh veggies in a small space. The Biome greenhouse and the accompanying Nimbus hydroponic gardening system (which can also be used on its own), just launched today on Kickstarter, so head over to the campaign to see how you can reserve one of these personal greenhouse systems for yourself.

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Wes Anderson designed a cafe and it's almost as good as his movies

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Pratt Institute and twenty2 unveil their mind-bending 3D wallpaper collection at ICFF 2015

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Build a personalized world map for your wall that chronicles your travels, one country at a time

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INFOGRAPHIC: How food waste has become a huge global problem

INFOGRAPHIC: How food waste has become a huge global problem

Every year, an estimated 1.2 to 2 billion tons of food is wasted—a massive amount of food that, if saved, would be more enough to feed the world’s hungry. Food waste isn’t just a…

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Antarctic ice shelf will disappear within the next few years, says NASA

Antarctic ice shelf will disappear within the next few years, says…

The rest of the last piece of one of Antarctica’s huge ice shelves will be gone within the next few years, according to NASA. There is a remnant of the Larsen B Ice Shelf, which has…

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Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

Though contemporary in design, the Faire Chaolais alludes to traditional Highland agricultural building styles with its gabled and cantilevered first floor clad in larch. The home’s…

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Hong Kong's Community Green Station blends bamboo screens and shipping containers

Hong Kong's Community Green Station blends bamboo screens and shipping…

The Community Green Station in Sha Tin was built as a temporary shelter to held exhibitions and workshops that promote the importance of recycling. It consists of a cluster of closed,…

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Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet's big data

Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet's big…

The Hemnet House is an innovative example of data-driven design that’s appropriately nicknamed the “House of Clicks” for the crowdsourced process that determined the building’s…

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