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Design a New Office for the Modern Mobile Worker and You Could Win $10,000!

by , 09/17/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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With the advent of the Internet and portable technologies, today’s workers are more mobile than ever — but just how effective are their transitory workspaces? To create a superior shared working environment for these new office nomads, forward-thinking furniture company Unbranded Designs has launched a design competition for a Living Office that “allows for more effective collaborations, and a fast-paced, serendipitous work style that has been a catalyst for innovation and new value creation.” All designs must be submitted by October 22. The winner will receive $10,000 and product royalties. Click through for more details!

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Greenland's Snow Isn't White These Days - And it Could Spell Big Trouble

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Pretty much everyone knows that Greenland isn’t exactly green – it’s largely covered in snow-white ice – but what most people don’t know is that this year Greenland is practically black. Jason Box, a member of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, has been studying the snow in Greenland over the summer and he has returned with some startling information. According to Box, the ice in Greenland is darker than ever previously recorded, and it could spell the start of a terrifying  climate change feedback loop.

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Spend the Last Days of Summer Hanging in a Cacoon Tree Tent!

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Help Prevent Wisconsin's Dr. Ned Kalin from Torturing and Killing Baby Rhesus Monkeys

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Dr. Ned Kalin from the University of Wisconsin–Madison is subjecting baby rhesus macaque monkeys to a controversial series of experiments designed to maternally and socially isolate them, then terrify them for over a year, before killing them to examine the effects of fear on their brains. The purpose of the experiments is “to understand the effects of early adversity, as this is the most important environmental component that contributes to risk of developing anxiety and depression.” But many UW alumni are speaking out against the experiments, saying the techniques are outdated, inhumane, unethical, clumsy, oversimplified, and quite simply “relentless torture.” Dr. Ruth Decker, an alumna of UW-M’s School of Medicine, has started a petition on Change.org requesting that the University’s Board of Regents cancel the tests, and alumni group Not In Our Name have a website where UW alumni can express their opposition to the project. Read on for further details.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE

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Iceland's Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

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Rearrangeable Magnetic Block Furniture is Like Your Own Fancy Life-Sized Lego Set

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New Study Reveals the Truth About Wind Turbines and Bird Deaths

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Naysayers like to point to wind turbines as brutal bird-killing machines, wiping out huge populations of birds, but new research sheds some new light on the controversy. According to a massive study supported by the American Wind Wildlife Institute, wind turbines account for around 214,000 – 368,000 deaths each year. While any death is something to be avoided, that number is tiny compared to the fatalities from collisions with radio and cell towers, which kill 6.8 million birds every year.

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called "Footcheball"

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Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

by , 09/16/14
filed under: Botanical, Gardening, How To

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Although you may already be familiar with many of your neighborhood “weeds” and their myriad uses (such as using dandelion leaves in salad), it’s quite possible that you pass by several other important plants on a daily basis, completely unaware of their awesomeness. Those listed below are usually torn from manicured gardens because some people believe that they’re not as refined or pretty as peonies or hollyhocks, but their healing properties are so spectacular that they should earn a place of esteem amongst the most prized rose species. Take a look at these humble little plants, and if you find them popping up around your own yard, maybe you’ll find a new appreciation for them.

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Mysterious Fire Damages Florentijn Hofman's Moon Gazing Rabbit in Taiwan

by , 09/16/14
filed under: Art, gallery

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DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

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We’re now entering the dog days of summer and temperatures are soaring across the states – but don’t reach straight for the AC just yet. Did you know that one of the most efficient ways to cool your home is to simply pull down the blinds? If your drapes could use an update (or if you’re lacking window treatments entirely), fear not – Good to be Home just launched a fun DIY infographic that shows how to make your own Roman blinds! Check out their step-by-step instructions after the jump.

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1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

by , 09/16/14

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If you think trees in the rainforest are pretty tall, a new tower being built in the Amazon to monitor climate change will make them look tiny. The Amazon Tall Tower is a joint effort between Brazil and Germany to determine just how much carbon dioxide actually passes through the greenery of the Amazon Rainforest – a vast carbon sink and vastly important place at the heart of climate change on Earth. According to Gizmodo, the tower will be about 1,000 feet high – which is higher than the Eiffel Tower – and it will help scientists measure how much CO2 the rainforest absorbs or releases each year.

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Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven't Been Built!

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If you love drooling over crazy architectural eye candy, here’s one fantastic infographic you won’t want to miss. In honor of World Architecture Day on October 6, Kon von der Schulenburg of Cantrell & Crowley compiled a visual list of the top ten most amazing building concepts in the world. From the lush ‘Dragonfly‘ vertical urban farm to crazy hashtag-inspired skyscrapers, Von Der Schulenburg has selected some of the most breath-taking designs that could one day shape our future city skylines. Click through to see them all!

+ The Ren Building

+ Wooden Skyscraper

+ Cross # Towers

+ My Dream, Our Vision

+ Vertical Park

+ Eco-Pods

+ Water Droplet Resort

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Help Dogwood & Hastings Launch Their New Eco-Friendly Homeware Line and Get Cool Perks

Help Dogwood & Hastings Launch Their New Eco-Friendly Homeware Line…

Dogwood & Hastings is a new line of eco-friendly homewares designed to bring the beauty of nature to your dinner table. The assortment of organic (GOTS-certified) cotton tablecloths and…

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Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for…

The stunning Mashpi Rainforest Eco-Lodge has been honored with a 2014 World Travel Award as Ecuador's Leading Green Hotel. Located in the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, the…

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EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar Panels in Missouri

EnGo Public Charging Station is Powered by Kinetic Tiles and Solar…

NYC-based tech startup Volta Group has just installed its first EnGo public charging station that powers mobile devices with a clean energy combo of kinetic tiles and solar panels.…

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13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

If you're craving an escape from the city, an agricultural vacation might just be the perfect medicine. You may have considered WWOOFing your way around the planet, but if you'd rather…

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German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources

German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources

Wildpoldsried, a Bavarian village of about 2,600 residents, is leading the way in Germany's extraordinary renewable energy transformation. Over the past 17 years, the village has…

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