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Are Portable Airbags Coming Soon to a Smartphone Near You?

Are Portable Airbags Coming Soon to a Smartphone Near You?

If there’s one thing all smartphone owners have in common, it’s the anxiety about dropping and cracking an expensive piece of hardware while you’re out and about during the day. Most people slide

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Lightweight Laureus Learning Pavilion is an Eco-Friendly Children’s Playground in India

Lightweight Laureus Learning Pavilion is an Eco-Friendly Children’s Playground in India

The structure features a lightweight canopy which provides shade and creates a comfortable environment for kids to play in. The pavilion is open from all sides and its airy, double height space acts as an

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Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects Create a Snug and Playful Pod-Shaped Home

Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects Create a Snug and Playful Pod-Shaped Home

Designed for a family of three, the small home by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects maintains strong connections and sight lines with its surroundings. Natural light streams into large windows and skylights

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Dreamy Japanese Pavilion is Made From Two Sheets of Metal Pierced by a Tree

Dreamy Japanese Pavilion is Made From Two Sheets of Metal Pierced by a Tree

The Fukita Shrine is Nishizawa's latest work. The minimalist floating pavilion is sandwiched between two sheets of iron and pierced by a tree Created as part of this year's Setouchi Arts Festival, the

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Invasive Asian Cockroaches Spotted in New York Can Resist Extreme Cold

Invasive Asian Cockroaches Spotted in New York Can Resist Extreme Cold

It seems that New York City's reputation as a melting pot extends to its 6-legged creatures as well. A species of invasive Asian cockroach was spotted for the first time on U.S. soil at the city's High

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5 Tips to Green Your Home From Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed

5 Tips to Green Your Home From Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed

TIP 1: Wrap Your Home in Insulation - "The More, The Better!" Proper insulation is probably the most important factor you can control in creating an energy-efficient home. I always say insulation is like

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Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

The South Korean artist patiently worked for weeks to even months, laboring on the minutiae of her artwork to achieve each frame’s Alice in Wonderland-like dreamscape. The studio, which measures 11.8' x

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Foster+Partners Unveil Plans for Norton Museum of Art Extension in West Palm Beach

Foster+Partners Unveil Plans for Norton Museum of Art Extension in West Palm Beach

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach is home to the most important art collection in Florida, and Foster + Partners has just been selected to add an extension that will help make it the state's

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Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicles are Powering Office Buildings in Japan

Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicles are Powering Office Buildings in Japan

Nissan’s zero-emission LEAF electric vehicle may be used to power entire buildings in Japan. The car manufacturer successfully completed an early test of the ‘vehicle-to-building’ technology at the

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Prix Pictet Shortlist Reveals 11 Artists’ Visions of Consumption

Prix Pictet Shortlist Reveals 11 Artists’ Visions of Consumption

Motoyuki Daifu - Project Family #10 It’s no secret that living space is at a premium in Japanese households, and in this playful series called Project Family, Motoyuki Daifu tackles the cramped living

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Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Snail Poo Makes Weird and Wonderful New Material

Who would have thought that snail poo could be turned into a new, colorful and flexible material? This exciting new idea was conceived by Dutch designer Lieske Schreuder, who adopted hundreds of snails

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Crazy ‘Luna Ring’ Moon Solar Plant Could Beam Constant Green Energy to Earth

Crazy ‘Luna Ring’ Moon Solar Plant Could Beam Constant Green Energy to Earth

The moon affects the tides on Earth, helps brightens the night sky, and soon it might also provide us with even more solar power. Tokyo-based Shimizu Corporation wants to install a belt of solar panels

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Siew Ming Cheng’s ‘Spike Away’ Vest Repels Pushy Passengers on Crowded Trains

Siew Ming Cheng’s ‘Spike Away’ Vest Repels Pushy Passengers on Crowded Trains

If you’ve ever been on a crowded train you know there’s no such thing as personal space when your head is stuck in the armpit of some random person. In an effort to shoo away pushy jerks on public

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Underwater Volcanic Eruption Creates a New Island in the Pacific Ocean

Underwater Volcanic Eruption Creates a New Island in the Pacific Ocean

An eruption just south of Japan in the Pacific Ocean has created a new island comprised of black volcanic tephra. The latest addition to the Ring of Fire region, known as Nishino-shima, is only 200 meters

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CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

CellEra’s new platinum-free fuel cell could be the cleanest engine ever created. Instead of using an extremely expensive rare earth metal as the fuel cell’s catalyst, CellEra employs a catalyzed,

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Ryue Nishizawa and Nendo’s Sweeping ‘Roof and Mushrooms’ Pavilion Overlooks Kyoto University

Ryue Nishizawa and Nendo’s Sweeping ‘Roof and Mushrooms’ Pavilion Overlooks Kyoto University

Many of the stools take on the forms of wild mushrooms as they extend from the staircase balusters, wrap around columns, and interlock with one another. "We wanted to design architectural elements that

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NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

NOAA Says There is No Island of Radioactive Tsunami Debris Floating from Japan to US

Good news! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assures the public that there is no giant island of radioactive trash headed for the United States. Earlier this month, several news outlets

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Ralf Holleis Unveils Ultralight Custom Track Bike With 3D Printed Lugs

Ralf Holleis Unveils Ultralight Custom Track Bike With 3D Printed Lugs

European product designer Ralf Holleis created this stunning super lightweight track bike using 3D printing technology. The VRZ 2's 3D printed lugs are made from titanium alloy and the bike's frame is

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Fear Of Radiation Exposure Prompts High Tech Underwear In Japan

Fear Of Radiation Exposure Prompts High Tech Underwear In Japan

In case you haven't noticed, the situation in Fukushima is still pretty bad. Radiation contamination still flows from the damaged nuclear plant, and despite early claims that humans weren't in danger,

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Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park Stores Rainwater While Protecting the Environment from Urban Development

Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park Stores Rainwater While Protecting the Environment from Urban Development

Turenscape's plan for Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park sought to leave the natural core of the site untouched. This allows the indigenous plants and animals to maintain their own balance without any

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DIY Gift Idea: 7 Herbed Salts and Sugars for Cooking and Baking

DIY Gift Idea: 7 Herbed Salts and Sugars for Cooking and Baking

Lemon Pepper Although this is a classic seasoning for chicken and fish dishes, it's also fabulous on grilled pineapple rings, roasted vegetables, corn on the cob, and a variety of salads. I love to

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Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Gorgeous Skidmore Passivhaus Blends Contemporary Design and Energy Efficiency in Portland

Two separate structures make up the design: a two bedroom home with an adjoining office space. The surrounding landscape connects the two structures, adding size and unity to the entire project. The

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BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

BDP Design Studio Inaugurates Striking Green-Roofed Planning and Exhibition Hall in Suzhou, China

The combination of the two incongruous structures with opposing geometrics gives off a certain sophisticated character to the project while simultaneously providing an amazing display of energy

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Radioactive Waste Could be Locked Inside Glass for Safer Storage

Radioactive Waste Could be Locked Inside Glass for Safer Storage

The current method used to dispose of radioactive materials requires an excessive amount of concrete, and it's extremely space-intensive due to the increased volume of the material that has to be

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Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists Warn of a Future Rife with More Haiyan-Strength Storms

Meteorologists are asking citizens of the world to prepare themselves for increasingly violent storms such as the devastating Super Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines earlier this month. Weather

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Report Reveals China will Surpass US, EU, and Japan in Renewable Power by 2035

Report Reveals China will Surpass US, EU, and Japan in Renewable Power by 2035

 Photo © Shutterstock  A new report from the International Energy Agency has found that China is on track to build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the US, the European Union and Japan

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Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Fukushima Offshore Wind Farm Starts Producing Clean Energy

Photo of offshore wind farm via Shutterstock Japan’s floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima has begun to produce clean, renewable energy for the national grid. The project, a collaboration

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Honda Fuel-Cell EV Concept to Debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

Honda Fuel-Cell EV Concept to Debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

Honda is going to give the world a preview of its upcoming fuel cell electric vehicle, with the Honda FCEV concept that is going to be unveiled this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. According to Honda,

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Kyoto’s Futuristic Nine Hours Capsule Hotel Offers a First Class Sleeping Experience in Tiny Pods

Kyoto’s Futuristic Nine Hours Capsule Hotel Offers a First Class Sleeping Experience in Tiny Pods

The coffin-sized rooms are not a novelty in Japan. Capsule hotels have been there since the 70s but have gotten a bad rap as the last resort of drunken workers that missed the last train home. Nike Hours

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10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Rescue workers are struggling to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines following the assault of super typhoon Haiyan on the region. Preliminary reports estimate that at least 10,000 people

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