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Urban-Think Tank’s Empower Shack Could Reshape the Face of Slums Across South Africa

Urban-Think Tank’s Empower Shack Could Reshape the Face of Slums Across South Africa

Design collective Urban-Think Tank recently released plans for housing that could help improve the infrastructure and general living conditions for residents of South Africa's informal settlements.

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Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Internet access is what keeps companies like Facebook and Google in business. The more people who have internet connectivity, the more demand there is for their services. That's presumably why Google is

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Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Ghana is Adding a Whopping 600 Megawatts of Solar to its National Power Grid

Image of solar panels / Shutterstock Ghana just made a major investment in solar energy with plans to build over 600 megawatts worth of photovoltaic power parks. Better still, the companies working

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Thomas Heatherwick’s V&A Waterfront Gallery in Cape Town Will be Carved From an Old Grain Silo

Thomas Heatherwick’s V&A Waterfront Gallery in Cape Town Will be Carved From an Old Grain Silo

42 vertical concrete tubes and a distinct lack of open space might not sound like ideal conditions for an exhibition of modern African art, but for Thomas Heatherwick it's just another puzzle to solve.

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Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House Could Be Lost to Rising Sea Levels

Statue of Liberty photo from Shutterstock A new study warns that world cultural landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House and the Tower of London will be lost to rising sea levels

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The World’s Diet has Changed to Rely on Just a Few Standard Crops

The World’s Diet has Changed to Rely on Just a Few Standard Crops

Researchers from the International Center of Tropical Agriculture have noticed that the global diet over the past 50 years has come to rely on a few main food types. The crops that have become popular

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Le Atelier Builds Low Budget Tiny Family Home in Leafy Moscow Area

Le Atelier Builds Low Budget Tiny Family Home in Leafy Moscow Area

The Low Budget Home is located on a tight but high value plot belonging to the customer’s parents. Mainly made from wood, its shape is clean, features a sloped roof and the bright orange door stands out

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Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

You've probably heard of poachers targeting tortoises and rhinos, but the latest poaching threat in North America doesn’t involve an animal. Poachers have been sneaking into California's ancient redwood

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Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Spectacular Lion Sands Treehouses Let You Sleep Under the Starry Night Sky in Africa

Adventurous guests can sleep in the wild of South Africa, safely elevated above the beautiful landscape. Guests can choose from three stilted treehouses. The Chalkley Treehouse hugs an old tree in the

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Portable BRCK Router Could Revolutionize Internet Connectivity in Africa

Portable BRCK Router Could Revolutionize Internet Connectivity in Africa

At the recent Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, Kenyan technology firm Ushahidi unveiled a lightweight and portable internet router designed to work anywhere in the world - even in places with

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Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Tortoises are among the most endangered species on the planet, and a good shell can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. In order to protect the world’s tortoises, conservationists are defacing their

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school,

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then hoist himself into

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Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

 Photo © Shutterstock The UK tabloid the Daily Mail isn’t exactly known for its compassionate or nuanced take on the environment (or its journalistic respect for the facts), but a recent article

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Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

New 3D maps released at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu show that a huge mass of Atlantic seawater is infused with traces of lead - a pollutant that was widely used in the automobile industry

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Richard Rogers’ Stackable Y-Cube Prefabs Provide Affordable Housing in the UK

Richard Rogers’ Stackable Y-Cube Prefabs Provide Affordable Housing in the UK

The red Y-Cube might look like a house from the Monopoly board game, but it's not playing around when it comes to innovative design. Each Y-Cube unit costs around $50,000, and they're built in a factory

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Treehouse-Like Huts at WOHA’s Goodwood Residences Serve as Cozy Gathering Spaces

Treehouse-Like Huts at WOHA’s Goodwood Residences Serve as Cozy Gathering Spaces

The Goodwood Residence has 210 apartments that surround a central courtyard dominated by a large swimming pool and clubhouse. It is a community gathering space complete with a concierge, reading room and

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Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

Freya Jobbins Creates Disturbing 3D Collages With Disused Doll Parts

South African artist Freya Jobbins recycles doll parts into disturbing new assemblages that will give you and your child nightmares. Inspired by Guiseppe Archimboldo's work with fruit and vegetables, and

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Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

Top image: A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa. © Marcus Bleasdale/National Geographic Captured during a 2004 visit to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Bleasdale's

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the world.

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Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

Skateistan Uses Shipping Containers to Build Massive Skatepark for Afghani Youth

In 2007, Skateistan began working with children aged 5-17 in Kabul as a "sport through development" project. Skateboarding was the best option for the program because Afghanistan law prohibits girls from

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Zulu Church Replaces Leopard Pelts with Faux Fur to Protect Big Cat Population

Zulu Church Replaces Leopard Pelts with Faux Fur to Protect Big Cat Population

In a rare instance of globalization aiding animal welfare, the South African Shembe church announced that they will swap out leopard skins used in ceremonial dress for synthetic furs imported from China.

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VIDEO INTERVIEW: Stewart Brand Says Nuclear Power Could Save the World

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Stewart Brand Says Nuclear Power Could Save the World

Stewart Brand is an author, environmentalist, and above all, best known for his work as the founder of the Whole Earth Catalog. In 1966 Brand was one of the first environmentalists to push NASA --

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WWF Recruits Spider-Man as Earth Hour’s First Superhero Ambassador

WWF Recruits Spider-Man as Earth Hour’s First Superhero Ambassador

WWF and Sony Pictures Entertainment have joined forces to make Spider-Man the first superhero ambassador for Earth Hour. The global grassroots movement organized every year by WWF since 2007 recruited

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Virginia Tech Biological Pest Control in India Saves Farmers $309 Million

Virginia Tech Biological Pest Control in India Saves Farmers $309 Million

The papaya mealybug is a particularly nasty pest that rips through papaya, eggplant, and tomato crops in southern India, but it's hard to control since it is resistant to conventional pesticides. Without

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Leaf Miner Moths Devastate Tomato Crops Across Africa and Drive Up Prices

Leaf Miner Moths Devastate Tomato Crops Across Africa and Drive Up Prices

A plague of leaf miner moths is devouring tomato crops across Africa, driving the fruit's price up five times. The moth, which is also known as Tuta absoluta, poses a very serious threat to farmers in

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INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

INTERVIEW: Architect and Author Alejandro Bahamon on ‘REMATERIAL From Waste to Architecture’

What is most impressive about the curated collection of material reuse architecture that Bahamón and Sanjinés found is the creativity. Peach pits are used as flooring, tire treads are used as roofing

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EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

EcoMow, a startup founded by engineers and business students from George Mason University, is working on an automatic lawnmower that literally creates its own fuel. Between the tailpipe emissions and

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11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

11 Green Valentine Gifts for Earth-Loving Sweethearts HAND IN HAND SOAP If you have a sweetie who likes to smell sweeter than roses but hates the idea of applying harmful ingredients to their skin,

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Conservationists to Move Rhinos Threatened by Poaching from South Africa to Botswana

Conservationists to Move Rhinos Threatened by Poaching from South Africa to Botswana

After years of unsuccessful cries for protection, some of South Africa’s threatened rhinos are finally being rescued. Conservationists have announced a plan to relocate the endangered animals to

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