This $169 gadget turns your TV into a computer and works even when your internet is down

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Designer Matt Dalio hopes to bring affordable computers to emerging middle class families across America. His project, the Endless computer, works directly with the family flat screen television, making for a lower cost operating system. Endless is packed with 150 useful apps, and at just $169, the computer may soon be popping up in every home as Dalio imagined.

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Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

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Nozomi Nakabayashi's dreamy house in the sky is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials

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10 Innovative, eye-opening products from Designjunction EDIT NYC

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World’s first multi-story skatepark coming to Kent, England

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Artist Steve Messam built a 16-foot paper bridge without glue or bolts

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500 Kayakers stage "Paddle In Seattle" to protest Shell Oil Rig

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Last Thursday, Shell brought its enormous Polar Pioneer drilling rig into Seattle. On Saturday, about 500 kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing and even solar-powered party rigging protesters surrounded the rig, shouting “Shell No!” or #sHellno. Shell Oil plans to use Seattle as its staging area for drilling operations off the coast of Alaska this summer. Hopefully, Shell can avoid spilling massive amounts of the oil into the Chukchi Sea, but if its drilling attempts of 2012 are any indication, according to Grist.org, we can likely expect a “big, fat mess.”

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Contemporary cabin-like cafe pops up in the heart of Bucharest

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This entire house is built from loaves of bread!

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UNplug lets you reduce your dependence on the grid and stay powered during outages

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Software engineer Markus Loeffler wants to help consumers reduce dependency on the electric grid while saving on electric costs. “One Fridge off the Grid” was initially conceived during a power outage caused by severe storms in 2011, when Loeffler was without power for days, and the food in his fridge spoiled. Determined to avoid the same situation in the future, Loeffler spent four years developing the perfect solution, called UNplug: a simple, inexpensive and fully­ automatic power savings solution.

UNplug is revolutionary because it provides consumers with their own home-based power grid using a single solar panel and battery to ensure uninterruptible power during good times and bad. In addition to realizing uninterruptible energy security and real cost savings, UNplug users will help address environmental challenges. An average fridge/laptop/modem combination consumes approximately 622kWh per year – dumping 326 pounds of CO2 into the environment! UNplug lets users disconnect, providing clean, uninterrupted power to the things you need most.

+UNplug on Kickstarter

 

Tato Architects turned this congested Japanese home into an open, modern marvel

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DIY: Learn How to Make a Knotted String Hanging Planter from Recycled Materials

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Testosterone-like beef hormone lingers in environment far too long

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A study published last week in the journal Nature focused on the longer term environmental effects of trenbolone acetate or TBA, which is the steroid commonly given to beef cattle that mimics testosterone and speeds up muscle growth. That is, it helps a cow grow “beefier” in a shorter period of time, to maximize the efficiency of cruel livestock farming. Cows given TBA excrete it as a compound called 17-alpha-trenbolone, which washes away into groundwater and shallow stream beds. The compound is known to break down in sunlight and it was previously thought that it had no lasting effect on the environment, but the study proves that the compound reverts back to its original state in darkness. Effectively, that means it temporarily disappears and then reappears elsewhere in the environment—namely, in the fish living in those stream beds. The study reveals a wicked side effect of the meat industry: a host of reproductive-related problems in minnows living downstream from cattle farms, including “reduced reproduction rates, partial or complete sex reversal, and alterations to their endocrine system,” all attributed directly to the run-off from hormones given to cows raised for the mere purpose of becoming hamburgers and steaks.

Via Modern Farmer

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500 solar-powered street food carts are coming to NYC

by , 05/18/15
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You might be grabbing your next pretzel or hot dog from an eco-friendly food cart if MOVE Systems gets its way. The start-up has been working with the NYC City Council on plans to provide 500 new energy-efficient food carts to street food vendors around the city. The company’s sleek MRV100 Hybrid cart comes equipped with solar power, rechargeable batteries, plug-in hybrid technology and alternative fuel hookups.

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Sony’s new $200 LED bulb doubles as a Bluetooth speaker

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Have you ever wanted to play loud music in your house, but were annoyed by the fact that the sound’s intensity gets lower when your ‘voguing’ gets you too far away from the speakers? With Sony‘s new release, an energy-efficient LED bulb that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, the sound comes from above and creates a simple-to-install surround-sound experience anywhere you have a light fixture.

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House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four separate volumes

House of Four Houses is a cohesive residence formed out of four…

This beautiful holiday house in Portugal, inspired by the vernacular architecture of the region, has four simple volumes that create myriad playful spaces. Portuguese design studio PROD…

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Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Suspended green pathway is an unexpected alternative to a balcony

Who says balconies need to follow the line of a building? In a new concept for a space to relax up high, Zalewski Studio have designed a wonderfully unexpected green pathway that…

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HOW TO: Make a scrumptious homemade vegan Nutella-like spread

HOW TO: Make a scrumptious homemade vegan Nutella-like spread

Just because a food is vegan, doesn't mean it's not sweet and decadent! The combination of cocoa and hazelnut is a classic pairing that often causes hearts—and tastebuds—to flutter.…

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This Star Wars retrofitted Volkswagen van is just the droid you're looking for

This Star Wars retrofitted Volkswagen van is just the droid you're…

The classic Volkswagen Camper Van has been given custom paint jobs for almost as long as it's been around; admittedly the vast majority by the free-loving, tie-dyed and Deadhead crowds.…

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MIT develops advanced fog harvesting material that pulls 5x more water from thin air

MIT develops advanced fog harvesting material that pulls 5x more water…

Fog photo from Shutterstock Plants and certain animals like the fog beetle can survive in very arid regions because they've developed ways of absorbing minute amounts of water from…

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