Interacting with Animals Helps Autistic Children Connect with Peers

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Research conducted by author, engineer, and activist Temple Grandin has shown that cultivating a bond between animals–even domesticated ones like the chickens above–and autistic children can make it easier for them to interact with their peers. Understanding relationships and the nuances of social interactions is extremely difficult for those with autism. Animal Assisted Interaction Programs now popping up around the country designed to help humans heal and create a natural relationship with animals while simultaneously strengthening their own social and emotional skills. Follow the link to learn more about these ground breaking programs.

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Would You Strut The Beach Wearing Nothing But Sand?

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We’re all for living ‘au naturale’ but sometimes clothing made from natural materials can get a little weird. Like the show-stopping sand bathing suit that recently appeared on the runway during Bondi Bather’s presentation at an Australian fashion show. Yes you read that right: a bathing suit–and a tiny one at that–made from nothing but sand painted on model Imogen Anthony’s body in the shape of a halter top and string bikini bottom. Keep reading to see what the 23 year-old thought about performing with no clothes on.

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Mongolian Girls Carry On a Cherished 6,000-Year-Old Tradition With Golden Eagles

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Panasonic's Sliding Nature Home 'Breathes' as it Shimmers With LEDs

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

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Marjan van Aubel's Solar-Powered Current Table Uses Photosynthesis to Charge Your Gadgets

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Amazon Wasn't Joking About Those Drone Deliveries

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On Thursday CEO Jeff Bezos sent Amazon shareholders an annual letter that disclosed information about the company’s employee pay-to-quit program, grocery deliveries and – oh yeah – they are still moving forward with that drone delivery program. According to Bezos, Amazon is testing the fifth and sixth generations of their Prime Air aerial delivery vehicles, and the seventh and eighth generation drones are already in the design phase.

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IKEA's New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

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There are companies who talk about going green, and companies who do something about it. This week, for the 206th time, IKEA proved that it belongs in the latter category. The popular home furnishings retailer recently announced its first wind power investment in the U.S., a 98 megawatt wind farm in Hoopeston, IL. Although it’s IKEA’s first wind wind farm here in the States, the company has purchased or heavily invested in over 200 wind power operations around the world. And it’s all part of the firm’s quest for total energy independence by the year 2020.

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The Lui Cat Scratcher Lets Form Follow Function Purrrfectly

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The handmade Lui Cat Scratcher by Modko gives your cat a couple of great reasons to leave the couch alone: not only is it made of corrugated cardboard (which naturally attracts cats, providing your furry friend with an ideal surface to scratch), it’s also a perfect nook to curl up in. Cardboard isn’t just a perfect texture for claw-sharpening—it retains heat, providing a welcoming surface for lounging upon. Lui comes in either white or an unbleached natural color, and is proportioned to complement any sized cat. As an added bonus, its curvy shape and interesting texture make it an eye-catching piece of modern art whenever Mr. Fluffles isn’t twining around it.

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IKEA-Inspired Wood Boske Bike Can be Assembled With a Single Allen Wrench

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Dan Gestoso RiversBoske bike is a beautiful wood cycle inspired by the design of IKEA‘s flat-pack kit furniture. The bike’s frame is made from curved laminated wood, and the mechanical pieces (such as the front fork and the seat base) are made of aluminum extracted from recycled cans. The whole bike can be easily assembled using one Allen wrench, and parts can be replaced in a snap. Boske is a different approach to bicycle design that plays with tradition and technology at the same time.

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Studio Osk's Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

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Studio Osk are the brains behind this amazing shape-shifting pavilion, which is set to take shape this summer in Berlin. The creative public space will rise in the ZK/U sculpture park, and it will host temporary exhibitions by a range of international artists in addition to workshops and performances. To meet these needs Osk designed a lively platform that can be transformed into different forms for any occasion.

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Artist Swoon Tackles Climate Change in Superstorm Sandy-Inspired Exhibit

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Swoon, a Brooklyn artist famous for her use of recycled materials, has just unveiled her newest exhibit: Submerged Motherlands. Inspired by Superstorm Sandy, this sprawling and immersive art installation calls attention to the consequences of climate challenge on the environment and everyday people. Located in the Brooklyn Museum, this site-specific installation mixes salvaged art with Swoon’s signature life-size figure drawings.

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Stilted Solar-Powered Pakkred Office Protects Against Flooding in Thailand

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Gorgeous Glazed House at Rupanco Lake Blends With the Woods in Chile

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Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq's First LEED Gold Certified Building

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Submerged Motherlands: Swoon's Intricate Recycled World Calls Attention to Climate Change

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Swoon has worked on similar environmentally focused projects, such as her "junk rafts" made of salvaged materials that are also included in the Submerged Motherlands installation. The…

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Google Announces New Details for Their Modular Ara Smartphone

Google Announces New Details for Their Modular Ara Smartphone

If you have always thought that you could design a better smartphone than any of the current phones on the market, Google’s Project Ara is giving you the opportunity to put your money…

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The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

The Best 6 Places to See Spring Bloom in NYC

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Arguably our favorite garden in the city, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an ideal place to see the first signs of spring in New York City. Bright yellow buds on…

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Team Behind Floating East River + Pool Launches a Lab to Test the Proverbial Waters

Team Behind Floating East River + Pool Launches a Lab to Test the…

If implemented, the East River swimming pool would be located off of the Brooklyn Bridge River Park, and would be accessible via a long pier-like walkway. The public pool would draw…

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Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a Glowing Lantern in Amsterdam

Beautiful Mashrabiya-Like Metal Facade Transforms Metro Station into a…

The new 5,900 square-foot Kraaiennest metro station was built to replace the original station from 1970. The overhaul of the station is one of the latest efforts turning Bijlmermeer…

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