West Virginia gas pipeline explodes in a giant fireball

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On January 26, a gas pipeline exploded in Brooke County, West Virginia, sending an enormous fireball into the morning sky. Nearby residents watched in amazement, capturing snapshots and videos with their smartphones as the flames rose. The pipeline, owned by Texas-based Enterprise Products, L.P., runs adjacent to a residential area and one home was evacuated as the fire raged, but no injuries were reported.

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Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

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Could mining helium-3 from the Moon solve Earth's energy problems?

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Could a rare gas collected from the moon provide the answer to Earth’s energy problems? Many scientists believe helium-3 could provide us with all the power we need for 10,000 years. Even now, NASA and start-ups like Planetary Resources (a venture of James Cameron and Google billionaires Larry Page and Eric Schmidt) are looking into tapping this extraterrestrial resource.

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Artisan Moss’ plant paintings effortlessly bring the beauty of green walls indoors

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If you’ve always wanted an indoor green wall but were too intimidated by the hassle of upkeep, look no further than Artisan Moss’ zero-maintenance living walls. Made from 100% real plants, each beautiful and lightweight “plant painting” can last for decades if kept out of direct sunlight. These effortless pieces of botanical art come in a variety of sizes and are preserved using environmentally friendly and non-toxic materials.

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The Hiroshima Hut's transparent skin allows local deer to watch you while you cook

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Get those green thumbs ready! North Brooklyn Farms is relaunching its organic garden this spring

by , 01/28/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Who’s ready to play in the dirt? After temporarily closing last September, North Brooklyn Farms will soon be reopening in a new and improved location. Still located in Williamsburg, the organic cooperative will be plowing new dirt at a larger space next to the former Domino sugar refinery building.

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New Zealand company turns old carpet into cool bicycles for kids

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Carpet may not be in style anymore, but it does serve at least one purpose, warming up a floor. And now, thanks to a New Zealand company that has found a way to turn old carpet into children’s bicycles, it can also serve another purpose when it’s been torn out and thrown away.

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Nominate a socially responsible design to win $100K in the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

by , 01/28/15
filed under: Design Competitions

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The Buckminster Fuller Challenge just launched their 2015 search for “socially responsible design’s highest award”—and they want your help in the nomination process. Every year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute awards a $100,000 cash prize to a deserving project with significant potential to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems. Previous winners include the Living Building Challenge and Operation Hope, a project that reverses desertification in Africa. If you’d like to recommend a visionary project to the 2015 visionary project, keep reading for more details.

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Gorgeous Catalan building renovated into an eco-friendly hostel in Barcelona

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Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide

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The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

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It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but for jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be – because the solar power jobs sector grew 20 times faster than any other sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, the number of solar jobs has surpassed the number of coal mining jobs – a hopeful sign for both alternative energy and job growth.

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Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks!

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Architecture, Art, gallery

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Ryan McNaught, aka The Brickman, was recently commissioned by the Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia to recreate the ancient city of Pompeii entirely from LEGO bricks! The exhibit, now on display in the museum, shows how Pompeii looked at the moment of destruction in A.D 79, how it looked when it was discovered in the 1700′s, and how it looks today.

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Obama protects 12.3 million acres of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against drilling

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Conservation, News

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As President Obama put it in his State of the Union address, he has “no more campaigns left to run.” Therefore it looks like he is using his remaining time in office to make as much of a difference as possible. Amongst his final efforts are plans to keep potential drilling and exploitation out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world.

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The true story behind Groundhog Day

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Animals, Features

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This year, as poor Punxsutawney Phil is hoisted into the air to divine our future weather, you might find yourself wondering how on earth this became a “thing”. The modern Groundhog Day holiday is based on ancient celebrations of the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, prompted by the early signs of spring. But the holiday’s origins are much weirder than that, and they involve a wood-gathering witch, a Roman hedgehog, and a whole lot of candles.

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This tiny Wedge cabin looks great and has a place for everything

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Plantable Valentines Made From Recycled Paper 1. Gather Your Materials 2. Shred Paper – make sure you don’t use coated paper like magazines. Use a few pieces of colored…

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Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

Luca Vuerich was a mountain guide and well know climber who sadly died some years ago at the age of 34. He was caught by an avalanche while climbing an iced waterfall in the mountains…

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project has passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying…

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INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to clean water

INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to…

The United Nations have a goal to make sure that 75% of the world has access to safe drinking water by 2015. Unfortunately, they are still far short of reaching that goal.  This…

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Australia encourages recycling with "Cash for Containers" kiosks

Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called "Cash for Containers". In Sydney and areas of New South Wales, kiosks accept recyclable cans…

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