Towering Qatar World Cup Memorial raises awareness about immigrant worker death toll

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Unlock a New App Experience on Your Windows Devices

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Windows Store gives you access to tons of gaming, lifestyle, entertainment and social apps. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find some gems.

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VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

To learn how to make an incredible DIY edible snow globe that will impress all of your friends at your next holiday party, read on….

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New treeless, inkless paper could save entire forests of trees

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In research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, a team at the University of California developed a multi-use option for one of our most ancient mediums: a reusable “paper” that has been created without harming a single tree. Right now, the “paper” is actually a thin plastic film that comes coated in one of three shades of nontoxic dye: blue, red, or green. To “write” on the paper, it’s exposed to ultra-violet light and the dye is rendered colorless in the areas of text. It can be reused up to 20 times and never needs new ink.

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Green-roofed Casa Playa will be a stunning $36 million oceanfront retreat in Florida

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NASA's robotic airships could create a cloud city on Venus

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We haven’t even laid eyes on the surface of Venus yet, but that’s not deterring NASA from daydreaming about sending manned missions to the planet. Although much of Venus is still a completely mystery, we do know that the surface of the planet is far too hot, and the atmospheric pressure too high, to sustain human life. As such, rather than targeting the planet itself, NASA is shooting for the clouds: the space agency recently announced its intention to send the robotic airship HAVOC (High Altitude Venus Operational Concept) to collect initial observations before delving into the planning of a manned mission.

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Scania is testing Sweden's first wirelessly charged hybrid city bus

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A wirelessly charged electric city bus is about to hit the streets of Sweden. Scania is launching a sustainable public transit project in the streets of Södertälje, Sweden in June 2016 to see if the technology could be viable across the world. The system works by allowing the bus to charge in just six or seven minutes wirelessly from the road surface at a bus stop, eliminating the need for long recharges or bulky plugs so the bus can keep going on its journey.

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Ethical fashion lookbook offers a glimpse into true sustainable style

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Inspired by a Twitter exchange about street style earlier this year, ethical fashion bloggers Sabina Eichmann (Consciously Sartorial) and Sonia Flotats (soGOODsoCUTE) from Spain, launched a challenge for fellow style bloggers from around the globe. The challenge consisted in submitting a look created from exclusively ethical brands, and eventually sharing it on social networks with the hashtag #SlowStreetStyle. The main aim was to prove that dressing ethically does neither entail style sacrifices nor other limitations, and secondly, it created an opportunity for readers to get to know a large variety of ethical/sustainable fashion brands from different countries. The result of this challenge is a beautiful ISSUU Lookbook for the current A/W 2014/15 season, including a cover illustration by French blogger ApollineR.

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Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

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Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

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Texas is not widely known for its eco-friendly nature – but Austin has long stood apart from the rest of the oil-rich, frack-friendly state as a bastion of sustainability. Keeping with that trend, the city recently passed a law that lays out plans for Austin to add 950MW of solar PV in order to get a phenomenal 55 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025—a move that will cut carbon emissions from the city’s electricity generation by 75-80 percent.

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it’s not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience real snow once they venture out for the first time. This little guy is catching a glimpse of the snowy world around him, and his reactions are just priceless.

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The WiVes' Table is an elegant, orgami-like coffee table with a bent metal base

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New York City-based designer J. S. Nero created the WiVes’ Table, a versatile coffee table that can be set up in a variety of different styles. The designer heat-bent an equilateral steel triangle into a sturdy three-point, origami-like base. The folded metal base can be used as a table on its own or it can be paired with a slab of wood for greater surface area and a different look. Currently, the line is available in raw steel, custom patina, semi-gloss white, and high-gloss yellow powder coats.

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Crumpled paper transforms a gallery into grotto-like Yorunoma bar in Japan

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Construction of New York Ferris Wheel begins in Staten Island

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Although the official groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated NY Ferris Wheel is scheduled for February of next year, work has already begun on the parking area around the mammoth project. The 650-foot observation wheel, which is slated for completion in 2017, will have 36 slow-moving capsules and provide stellar views of the Manhattan skyline. Not only will it be the largest Ferris wheel in the world upon completion, but also the greenest!

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VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

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WARNING: video contains scenes that may disturb some viewers (but, then again, that’s the point!)

Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject. However, now the Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker director is looking to a conflict of a different kind: the illegal ivory trade and its devastating effects on the African elephant population. In an unflinching animated short that tracks the path of a coveted ivory adornment in reverse, Bigelow drives home the demonstrated connection between the ivory trade and the terrorist organizations that profit from it. Bigelow takes the view that since gut-wrenching images of slaughtered elephants don’t seem to be slowing demand for ivory, getting ivory purchasers to understand that they are funding terrorism will hopefully be more of a deterrent.

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20 Verdant Gift Ideas for the Green Thumb

20 Verdant Gift Ideas for the Green Thumb

Gardening is a wonderful pastime that can soothe the soul and nourish the body all in one go. From vegetables to culinary herbs, flowers, or even cacti, plants make every living space a…

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Enter the Mobile Architecture for Strategic Healing Competition and help alleviate the Ebola crisis

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Ebola continues to wreck havoc in West Africa and is still spreading at an exponential rate. According to the WHO, the virus has infected nearly 4,000 people in Africa and over 2,000…

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Could these “wearable biospheres” help us survive on alien planets?

Could these “wearable biospheres” help us survive on alien…

Nothing says "fashion forward" like a living garment designed to help support human life in outer space, right? MIT researchers and German designers teamed up to create these…

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species' latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the…

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Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

Most people have heard of China’s appalling dog meat trade, but did you know that dog and cat skin is also used to create leather goods like gloves, belts and pet toys? According to a…

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