How hot is too hot for humans? Because June just broke another climate record.

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I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before, but the latest data shows this year is on its way to being the hottest year on record, and we are only halfway through 2015. So far, June was the hottest June in all the 136 years that we have been keeping track, and the rest of the year is likely to follow suit.

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Harvard student startup lets you test-drive tiny house living for just $99 a night

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Stephen Hawking backs $100 million project to look for alien life

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Astronomers are preparing to launch humanity’s most intense effort yet to find other civilizations in the universe, and they have Stephen Hawking’s support. Focusing on planets in our galaxy and beyond, some of the world’s leading astronomers will listen for radio signals using two of the largest radio telescopes on the planet. Speaking about the project, Hawking said “Mankind has a deep need to explore, to learn, to know. We also happen to be sociable creatures. It is important for us to know if we are alone in the dark.”

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The bed in this amazing apartment drops down from the ceiling

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Win up to $10,000 in Vectorworks’ Student Design Scholarship

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It’s tough a life for a design student nowadays, with climbing tuition fees and expensive lab fees to consider. To help out the next generation of creatives, Nemetschek Vectorworks launched the 2015 Vectorworks Design Scholarship with awards of up to $10,000. There are two levels to the scholarship: a first round with multiple $3,000 prizes followed by the $7,000 Richard Diehl Design Award. The winners from round one will be eligible to compete for the second round grand prize. The international competition requires students to submit their best work online and answer three short questions by August 31, 2015.

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World's first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything

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SCiO is a new gadget that instantly measures the molecular fingerprint of just about anything you see, and it fits in your pocket. Want to know the alcohol content of that beer you’re about to slurp down or how many grams of sugar are in your apple? This mini spectrometer will tell you. Equipped with some of the capabilities of large, heavy laboratory spectrometers, but built around the kind of optics used in cell phone cameras, the SCiO measures the light reflected off any given object, breaks down its spectrum, and then sends that information to the cloud. Consumer Physics‘ unique algorithms immediately interpret the resulting data and the results show up on your cell phone within 5 seconds on a 3G connection. Designed to empower you with knowledge of your environment, medicine, food, and a near-infinite number of things, the SCiO will also allow you to participate in building the world’s first database of matter.

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Have your wedding or event at this opulent ballroom where all proceeds go towards helping the homeless

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How thousands of rough wooden logs protect this pavilion from solar radiation

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Top 7 highlights of the Italian Pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2015

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Clover Stornetta recalls milk products that may contain plastic

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Clover Stornetta Farms in Petaluma, Calif., has announced a voluntary recall of some of their milk products due to possible contamination. The milk products may contain small pieces of food grade plastic. No complaints have been made but the company is recalling three product lines distributed throughout Northern California just in case.

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Citi Bike to expand through upper Manhattan with 39 new docking stations

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Everyone’s favorite bike-sharing program is movin’ on up! Locations for 39 new Citi Bike docking stations were recently unveiled by the Department of Transportation and from the looks of it, Manhattanites can expect to see new biking stations as far up as 86th Street.

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Yves Béhar's sleek Hive 2 thermostat looks like a polished mirror

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Super designer Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject just gave the thermostat a modern makeover. The studio’s new Hive 2 thermostat looks like a minimalist steel mirror instead of a bulky, blinking technology blob. Hive 2 fuses timeless design with modern technology, allowing users to control utilities at home or remotely using a smart device.

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Apple grows its electric car team but still won’t admit the project is real

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Shape-shifting PortHotel transforms from a 2D symbol into a 3D habitable space

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Aspiring Chinese architect built his office out of 8,500 recycled beer bottles

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World's first luxury airport animal spa comes to JFK in NYC

World's first luxury airport animal spa comes to JFK in NYC

Construction has already begun on the 178,000-square-foot Ark, which will replace the 10,000-square-foot VetPort, an underperforming facility that dates back to the Eisenhower…

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This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

This building made from hundreds of apple crates has a surprise inside

Have you ever seen a building built of thousands of recycled apple crates? That’s the case of the Polish Pavilion at Expo 2015 developed by the Warsaw office 2pm studio. Its…

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Artist paints stunning leaf art from leftover coffee grinds and stains

Artist paints stunning leaf art from leftover coffee grinds and stains

Ghidaq’s #zerowastecoffee artworks often depict landscapes that sometimes involve fantasy themes featuring characters from Harry Potter and Disney. The dreamy subject matter is an…

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Can cameras embedded in rhino horns catch poachers?

Can cameras embedded in rhino horns catch poachers?

Although loved and admired around the world, the rhinoceros is an animal in peril. One of the last and largest remaining megafauna, the rhino is a relic of a time when magnificent…

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Tesla's Model X expected to hit the streets of China by Summer 2016

Tesla's Model X expected to hit the streets of China by Summer 2016

Word on the street from a China-based Tesla rep is that the upcoming Model X will be available for sale in China as soon as next summer. The all-electric SUV with amazing falcon wings…

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