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President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

This morning President Barack Obama announced sweeping new initiatives to combat illegal fishing and "seafood fraud." Using his executive power in the name of a major environmental issue for the second

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Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

These gardens are not about plants, so much as ideas, and they come from the domain of conceptual art as much as design. The idea is to provoke a reaction in the viewer and arrest their attention with a

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INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

As populations increase and urbanization intensifies, our water and ecosystems are at risk. Today IBM announced a project that will introduce first-in-Canada technology that uses big data to help protect

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Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

Copenhagen office Leth & Gori decided to create sustainable homes by revisiting materials and solutions from historic houses that have proven to be robust and have a long life span. Part of a

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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Auckland Zoo’s Angular New Giraffe House Fits Animals and Zookeepers Under One Roof

Auckland Zoo’s Angular New Giraffe House Fits Animals and Zookeepers Under One Roof

The entrance to the shelter is marked by a bright yellow door set in one of the lower sections of the black-stained timber façade, which shelters an oversized shed with two dens and a keeper area. The

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Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Little known fact: in 2010 my partner and I got rid of almost everything we owned, loaded the rest up into a 26' RV, and set off across American in search of adventure. In retrospect, we weren't really

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CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

The Palo Alto prefab is located on a small lot near Stanford University and replaces an older home. Primarily constructed off site in the Irontown Homes prefab factory in Utah, the modules were then

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Pikaplant: Low-Maintenance, Self-Watering Vertical Gardens and No-Maintenance Plants

Pikaplant: Low-Maintenance, Self-Watering Vertical Gardens and No-Maintenance Plants

Do you love the idea of a home full of lush plant life, but can't seem to keep your plants alive? Dutch company Pikaplant has come up with a couple of great ideas that can help everyone bring a bit of

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Storkstand: World’s Most Affordable Mobile Standing Desk Turns Any Chair into a Work Station

Storkstand: World’s Most Affordable Mobile Standing Desk Turns Any Chair into a Work Station

We all know the ills of sitting all day, but many of us just can't justify buying an expensive dedicated standing desk. That's why product designer Mike Goldberg created StorkStand, a collapsible standing

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Vermont Becomes First State to Create Long-Term Climate Plan

Vermont Becomes First State to Create Long-Term Climate Plan

From experimenting with single payer health care to raising its minimum wage, Vermont always seems to be a step ahead of national policy. Now the forward-thinking New England state can boast the nation's

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Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Heinz uses the pulp of more than two million tons of tomatoes every year to make their iconic ketchup, soups and sauces - but what happens to the leftovers? Ford just announced that they have teamed up

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Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction", an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open House in Susquehanna

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UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

The UK refuses to be left out of the driverless car revolution. Science minister David Willetts is encouraging British companies to develop self-driving cars, and to ease implementation of the vehicles

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Coke is Changing Beverage Cooling with its Electricity-Free Bio Cooler

Coke is Changing Beverage Cooling with its Electricity-Free Bio Cooler

Coca-Cola wants to bring the world icy-cold beverages without the use of electricity or batteries with their new Bio Cooler. The little can dispenser takes advantage of ancient technology that uses

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11-Year-Old’s Fantastical Water-Purifying Machine Wins 2014 Doodle 4 Google Competition

11-Year-Old’s Fantastical Water-Purifying Machine Wins 2014 Doodle 4 Google Competition

Google just announced the winner of the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition: 11-year-old Audrey Zhang from Long Island, New York! For the seventh year, Google asked children from grades K-12 to draw an

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15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

From a sleeping bag that charges your gadgets to entire buildings warmed by body heat, scientists are harvesting the heat emitted by humans as a source of renewable energy. But the latest development in

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FACIT Popularizes Low-Carbon Homes Digitally Manufactured Using CNC Machines

FACIT Popularizes Low-Carbon Homes Digitally Manufactured Using CNC Machines

At the forefront of the practice of digital fabrication in the building industry, FACIT uses CNC routers to manufacture “cassettes” out of sustainably harvested plywood. These are filled with spray

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FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

FOUNDHouse: a Charming Tiny WikiHouse Clad in Recycled Shipping Pallet Tiles

Fndry's Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams created FOUNDHouse as additional student housing needed for the DesignBuildBLUFF (DBB) initiative last year. Designed using the non-profit platform WikiHouse and

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INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

The High Line urban park project in New York City opened last summer to tremendous excitement from locals and tourists alike looking to escape the bustling streets for a more peaceful, green enclave in

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Original Unverpackt: Germany’s First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Original Unverpackt: Germany’s First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Germany is set to unveil the country's very first zero-waste supermarket. Berlin's Original Unverpackt is the brainchild of friends Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski. Frustrated by the overpackaging and

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This Titan 1 3D Printer Can Make Towering Objects in Half the Time

This Titan 1 3D Printer Can Make Towering Objects in Half the Time

The 3D printing revolution has begun, and there's no shortage of hardware available - from a printer that costs just $150 to a portable printer you can carry with you on the go. But if you're looking to

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

Muir Trail Hut in California Muir Trail Hut stands at 12,059 feet within California's rocky peaks, and is one of the trail's greatest landmarks. Built in 1930 by the Sierra Club of California, this

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Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design

Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design

Located in rural Hampshire, UK, the historic paper mill printed banknote paper for the Bank of England and British Empire for over 225 years and is currently registered as a Conservation Area and Site of

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Rhino Cubed’s Zulu Queen Micro Container Home is a Living Sculpture

Rhino Cubed’s Zulu Queen Micro Container Home is a Living Sculpture

Rhino Cubed was founded by former high tech executive Jan Burton and architect Sam Austin to combine their love of art and design with tiny homes. The company offers two different sizes of container home

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New Matter’s Elegant Mod-t 3D Printer Costs as Little as $149

New Matter’s Elegant Mod-t 3D Printer Costs as Little as $149

Even with MakerBot's mass appeal, 3D printers are still too expensive and complex for most people to have at home. Now a new start up called New Matter is introducing a truly affordable printer that costs

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Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Meet LIAM: A Mini Windmill Ideal for Any Home

Rotterdam company Archimedes has created a small windmill that can be installed on just about any roof, anywhere. Meet LIAM: a quiet, affordable wind energy source that's ideal for urban settings; it's

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Fruta Feia Saves a Whopping 21 Tons of ‘Ugly’ Produce from Going to Waste in Portugal

Fruta Feia Saves a Whopping 21 Tons of ‘Ugly’ Produce from Going to Waste in Portugal

21 tons of food is a lot to waste, right? Well, in just six months, the young Portuguese collective Fruta Feia salvaged and sold this much fresh produce after it was rejected for retail sale because of

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Wicked Laser’s Flashtorch Packs Enough Power to Cook an Egg

Wicked Laser’s Flashtorch Packs Enough Power to Cook an Egg

Wicked Laser's handheld laser products are beloved by Star Wars fans everywhere. But they also make a high-end flashlight. The latest tweak to their Flashtorch design packs up to 4,100 lumens of light,

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New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with an innovative addition to the city's public transit system. Called Waterway 365, their project follows the principle that

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