DIY: Recycle last year's Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

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How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

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It’s one thing to make the decision to go solar, but depending on where in the U.S. you live, the ease with which one connects a household rooftop array to the grid—i.e., actually gets it up and running—can vary greatly. Produced by the advocacy groups Vote Solar and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Freeing the Grid ranks each of the 50 states based on two key clean energy programs: net metering and interconnection procedures. Now in its eighth year, the report is showing marked improvements in many states, but some troubling stagnation in others.

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Astronauts can sip espresso in space thanks to PSU’s 3D-printed zero gravity cup

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filed under: 3d Printing, News

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Astronauts have a pretty rough time living in a microgravity environment. Sure, at first there’s exhilaration at the whole floating experience, but then one has to learn to pee into a vacuum cleaner and season food with liquid salt. And as for a morning espresso with that perfect crema? Well, that was pure fantasy, until a team at Portland State University developed an ingenious 3D-printed cup that lets astronauts sip their morning latte in style. Check out a video of the cup in action below!

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Flou’s Duetto is an elegant and multifunctional upgrade to the classic sofa bed

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The sofa bed is a popular staple piece in many homes because of its versatility, but the transforming piece of furniture often leaves much to be desired in terms of style. Italian furniture company Flou’s Duetto, however, introduces elegance and improved functionality to the transformable sofa bed. The customizable Duetto easily transforms into two separate beds—the fixed bed-base and the trundle bed that fits underneath—or into a single double-size bed when the trundle bed is raised to the same height as the bed-base. The trundle bed can be swapped out for two shelving units and the structure comes with completely removable fabric covers.

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World's rarest cetacean could be extinct by 2018 due to illegal gillnetting

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filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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The vaquita is the rarest, smallest and most endangered cetacean in the world. It’s estimated that fewer than 100 of the small porpoises remain in their wild habitat in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California. To make matters worse, a surge in illegal gillnetting in the area — including in a marine refuge set up to protect the creatures — is resulting in about 18 percent of the vaquita population dying each year as a result of being caught as bycatch. At this rate, it is estimated the vaquita will be extinct in the wild by 2018.

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11 Buy-Nothing Gifts of Time

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Giving someone a great gift they’ll really treasure doesn’t mean dropping a ton of cash. Sometimes the best gift you can give a friend or loved one is something much less tangible: your time. This year skip the store-bought gifts and give your loved ones a little bit of your time instead. We’ve come up with 11 lovely ideas that are sure to yield plenty of love and memories this holiday season. From cooking them their favorite meal to hosting a movie night featuring all of their favorite flicks, read on for our favorite gifts of time.

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Studio Gang's LEED Gold-seeking human rights center is a futuristic log cabin

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Uber's new uberPOOL feature lets you share rides with strangers

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Uber is already one of the most convenient methods to get around NYC, but now the company is hoping to make its service more affordable with a new innovation. Last week, the transportation tech company unveiled uberPOOL, a feature that would allow people who are riding along a similar route to share a ride together, at a fraction of the price of a New York City taxi.

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VIDEO: Wolf Pups Get the Hiccups Too

We have a lot more in common with our furry wolf friends than most people realize, and an annoying little case of the hiccups is no exception. The star of this little video is Nikai; an 8-month-old gray wolf who lives at the New York Wolf Conservation Center. He’s probably the most adorable hiccup-er we’ve ever seen, and watching him is a perfect pick-me-up for a chilly winter day. (Be sure to crank up the volume so you can hear his little meeps.)

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Dazzling LED skylight illuminates an old rooftop in Midtown NYC

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Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

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14 Great Green Gifts Your Parents Will Love

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They taught us how to tie our shoelaces, cleaned our poopy diapers and, no biggie, created us — so they definitely deserve some heartfelt thanks in the form of a fabulous holiday gift! From geometric, fair-trade planters to cozy recycled throws to mushrooms they can grow right in their kitchen, check out our awesome gifts for mom and dad right here.

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OMA wins competition for the Lujiazui Exhibition Center in Shanghai

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Peter Pichler's Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

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A brilliant rainbow lights up Amsterdam Central Station

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Pope Francis never said all dogs go to heaven

Pope Francis never said all dogs go to heaven

A story circulating on the internet claims that Pope Francis recently said that animal companions can go to heaven. According to reports, while speaking to a boy grieving for a dog…

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Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia

Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside…

Built for a young family, the 990-square-foot, two-story home features a pitched concrete roof and is clad in light-colored limestone. The monolithic form is interrupted by skylights…

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Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male…

A 44-year-old Northern White Rhino died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo safari park. His death means there are only five of the species left in the world. Known as Angalifu, the…

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HOK's new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California's high speed rail

HOK's new ARCTIC Center paves the way for California's high speed rail

HOK Architects drew inspiration from classic transit halls including Grand Central Terminal in New York along with the elegance of local airship hangars. At the same time, they…

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Jägnefält Milton's leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Jägnefält Milton's leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere…

Studio Jägnefält Milton has developed a lovely leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion that can pop up in practically any wooded area in Sweden. Thanks to the country's new Attefallshus clause,…

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