Breathtaking images capture the magical shine of glowworms in a limestone cave

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Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

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Last week we reported that the Solar Impulse 2 could be grounded for up to a year if the experimental solar-powered airplane missed its window to take off across the Pacific Ocean. When the June 23 attempt was canceled due to worsening weather forecasts, co-founder Bertrand Piccard lamented via live web feed about the difficulty of making flight decisions with the whole world watching. It was hardly surprising to hear the news, then, that Solar Impulse successfully took off early this morning from Nagoya, Japan. Pilot André Borschberg has embarked on a solo five-day, five-night flight to Hawaii with nothing but the sun to fuel the journey.

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Terrifying flying car is powered by 16 spinning propeller blades (video)

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Just how much do we want a flying car? If it looks as dangerous as this one Thorston Crijns built, some of us might think, “umm….maybe not.” On the other hand, one has to commend Crijns for the insane amount of engineering necessary to get this thing off the ground. Crijns’ flying car has 16 separate motors and props as well as a pack of lithium-ion batteries to power it. Keeping it lightweight is critical, so the computer-optimized frame is made of lightweight 6060 aluminum. The control system is the MultiWii Autopilot, a well-known gadget that can adjust the power on each individual motor.

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Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

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A Palestinian man living in Gaza is helping his community overcome chronic energy shortages with affordable DIY solar ovens. Life in the Gaza Strip is challenging, to say the least. The day-to-day Gazan experience is riddled with fuel and food shortages, unreliable electricity, and a rapidly growing population that stretches the limits of already degraded infrastructure. The everyday struggles are compounded by periodic episodes of warfare, such as last year’s month-long conflict with Israel which left 2,310 Gazans dead, at least 65 percent of whom were civilians. Despite the rough conditions, Gaza has no shortage of human resilience or sunlight. Case in point? Khaled Bashir, of Deir al Balah in the Gaza Strip, has constructed a solar oven to take advantage of natural resources that not even an Israeli blockade can disrupt.

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Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

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Bill Gates has announced plans to invest another $2 billion in renewable energy technology to help the fight against climate change. At the same time, the philanthropist emphasized he will not join a movement spearheaded by 350.org to divest from fossil fuel companies emitting the bulk of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Rather than divest, Gates says he will double renewable energy investments over the next five years.

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Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explode during ascent (video)

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An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded around two and a half minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, destroying over 5,200 pounds of cargo bound for the International Space Station. The rocket was traveling at around 2,900 mph some 27 miles up when it encountered what SpaceX referred to as an “anomaly on ascent,” ceased providing data to ground control, and was engulfed by a growing cloud of smoke before exploding and sending shards of the craft flying into the Atlantic Ocean.

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The world's first Blobfish Café is coming to London

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Not everyone likes to snuggle up to a cuddly kitty while they’re sipping a double-foam soy latte, as you can in the popular cat cafés of the world. No. In fact, many of us want to stare deep into the disappointed eyes of a puffy, fleshy creature from the depths of the sea. The owners of London’s new Blobfish Café are about to fill this gaping hole in the market with a venue that gives diners the opportunity for some quality one-on-one time with a blobfish, 2013’s World’s Ugliest Animal, according to the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. Along with constant internet ridicule and mocking, blobfish are also victims of Australia’s deep sea trawling industry and are now an endangered species.

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Think Forward’s multifunctional 5 ROOMS encourages student imagination

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Bulgaria-based design firm Think Forward designed 5 ROOMS, an unusual educational space created to develop students’ senses, imagination, artistic talents, and mental abilities. The multifunctional space combines a classroom, a playroom, a dancing room, a music room. Each area is characterized by individually designed graphics. While the space appears strange and illogical at first, the mirror wall helps makes sense of the spatial boundaries and uses. The boundary between the magical reality and the reflected logical non-reality is a confirmation that educational projects may be different and successful.

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Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

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Things are looking up for clean energy in the US thanks to state programs and policies. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition working to advance clean energy, released a new report titled Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies, creating this infographic to highlight achievements in the wind and solar sector. Check it out after the jump to learn about the wind and solar leaders and how they are changing the face of clean energy.

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This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

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VeloMetro Mobility to launch the first VeloCar-sharing program in Vancouver

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Though it’s fun, cost-effective, and great for the environment, replacing your car with a bicycle isn’t without its snags. Biking in the rain isn’t for everyone, sweating up hills can make you unpopular when you get to the office and bike thieves are a constant problem in many cities. Enter VeloMetro Mobility, who hope to solve many of those problems with their VeloCar that will be available in Vancouver through a car-sharing program early next year.

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DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

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Martha and the Vandellas were on the right track — heatwaves can definitely tear you apart. The current temperature in parts of the US has our “heads in a haze“, and being as energy conscious as we are, we’re torn between being unbearably hot or turning on the electricity-eating AC. Well, we just might have a wonderful compromise — a DIY AC that you can make out of inexpensive and readily available materials!

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China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

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China is a land known for its beauty, but also a lack of practices by which to protect that beauty. The times are a-slowly changing, though, and Chinese officials are making a commitment to protect at least some of the natural areas in their country. To achieve that goal, China is looking to create a network of national parks much like the system the United States launched over 140 years ago.

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Could cloning bring back Astoria's beloved 100-year-old tree?

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A lonely stump now reminds residents of 34th Street in Astoria of the spot where their beloved 100-year-old tree used to stand. The Parks Department cut down the massive American Elm in March after it began showing signs of decay. Although the tree has been gone for months, there is a chance the nabe could have it back – in a way. An arborist has stepped in to try to regrow the tree from cuttings salvaged by a sentimental local.

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9 low-maintenance plants for the office

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Redesigned 3 WTC axes rooftop spires to fit in with new neighbor

Redesigned 3 WTC axes rooftop spires to fit in with new neighbor

Silverstein Properties has revealed a change to the design of 3 World Trade Center, which broke ground in 2013. Instead of being topped with towering masts, the roof of the building…

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Giant water-purifying vertical garden pops up at MoMA PS1

Giant water-purifying vertical garden pops up at MoMA PS1

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Schacht Center for Health and Wellness seeks to change attitudes about mental health

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For the Schacht Center, the architects wanted to shatter norms associated with mental health facilities, instead creating a place where all could feel welcome regardless of their…

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This crazy sci-fi waterslide is like sliding through a trippy wormhole

This crazy sci-fi waterslide is like sliding through a trippy wormhole

https://youtu.be/KBP7LMfhB6k Like the wet version of Disneyland's Space Mountain, this waterslide is a journey through darkened tubes lit by trippy colorful strips and spinning…

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Kindergarten principal transforms an airplane into an amazing classroom

Kindergarten principal transforms an airplane into an amazing…

We were pretty astounded when we came across an airplane in Oregon that had been turned into a home, but it's possible that this spectacular kindergarten-in-a-jet might just top it. The…

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