Tree-Inspired Indoor Soccer Complex Provides Luminous Interior for Players and Fans

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Audi Unveils A7 Sportback H-Tron Quattro Hydrogen Car at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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WeWOOD's Kappa Nut is a Handsome Watch Made From 100% Natural Walnut

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Wooden watch brand WeWOOD recently launched the Kappa Nut, their latest addition to their line of natural wooden watches. Made from 100% natural walnut, the Kappa Nut is hypoallergenic and toxin-free. The large watch face is covered with hardened and scratchproof mineral glass, and the internal workings are carved from wood. In addition to their eco-friendly wares, WeWOOD has pledged to plant a tree from every watch sold. The company has planted 300,000 trees thus far, and hopes to plant 1 million trees by 2020.

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First Passengers Ride on Japan's 311mph 'Floating' Maglev Train!

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The first 100 passengers hopped aboard Japan’s new blazing fast ‘floating’ Maglev train last week. The Series L0 train developed by Japan’s JR Central Railway Company is set to go into full service in 2027, but fans of super high-speed rail got their first taste of the 311mph train along a 27 mile route between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki.

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Marks & Spencer Announces Plan to Install UK's Largest Rooftop Solar Array

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Marks & Spencer recently announced that it will be installing the UK’s largest solar roof by mid 2015 at its distribution centre at Castle Donnington. The roof array will be linked to one of Europe’s largest solar thermal walls, which when combined will make the site close to self sufficient during daylight hours. ‘This further enhances the sustainability credentials of our BREEAM Excellent Castle Donnington site’ says Director of Property at M&S, Hugo Adams.

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BKSK Architects' LEED Gold-Seeking Complex Boasts Modern Amenities and Green Space in the East Village

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New York-based BKSK Architects is aiming high with their latest project, The Jefferson. The 115,000-square-foot, multi-family complex located on the East Village site of a former vaudeville theater by the same name is on track to earn LEED Gold certification for its many sustainable features. Particularly impressive is the building’s water management scheme, which is poised to collect 100% of the available LEED stormwater credits, a rare achievement for an urban building.

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Raumlaborberlin's Grass-Covered Fountain House Reactivates a Lonely Square in Montreal

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I Drove Toyota's Mirai Future Car to a Sewage Plant and Filled it With Poo Power

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Senate Votes to Stop Keystone Pipeline - For Now

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The Keystone Pipeline is dead – for now. The US Senate voted Tuesday to block a measure that would have allowed construction on the controversial pipeline. The measure fell short by one solitary vote, which means that though the project is on the shelf for now, it could very well be showing up in congress again this January, when Republicans take control of the Senate.

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Small Spruce-Clad Home Sits on Stilts Above a Natural Swimming Pool in Austria

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$8M Artificial Floating Surf Park Proposed for Melbourne's Waterfront

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Forget napping beneath a tree–Australians could soon be surfing waves on their lunch break in this artificial floating surf park in Melbourne. Damian Rogers Architecture and Arup recently unveiled their designs for the Surf Park Docklands, a beach and heated saltwater pool at Docklands Victoria Harbor. The proposed wave pool project would cost at least $8 million to construct and would be complemented by a green-roofed recreational facility and boardwalk.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Ultra-Efficient Homes of the Future

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Resources are dwindling, prices are rising, and energy efficiency has never been more important. Commercial buildings have long been designed with conservation in mind: Taiwan’s national stadium is covered almost entirely with solar panels, and the CaixaForum Museum in Madrid boasts a living wall of 15,000 plants. However, with the world’s population predicted to exceed 8 billion by 2050, architects are turning their green design skills to residential homes. Potential structures range from ancient mudbrick domes, to space-age Earthships. Some designs are more viable than others, but the Big Deal team have identified five of the most promising candidates. For a glimpse of the future, check out their infographic below.

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The First CityPod Composter Has Been Installed in a Canadian University

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The University of British Columbia has a new, eco-friendly addition: a 15-foot stainless steel in-vessel composter called the CityPod. Recently installed in the university’s new recycling room, the composter takes care of all food waste and compostable tableware from the school’s catering and food service operations. Food waste from all around the building is collected in 35-gallon bins lined with compostable bags, and those are shredded with a Bokashicycle Pulveriser before being tossed into the composter, where it’ll be processed in a short 6 weeks. Compost taken from the CityPod will be used to nourish the herbs and crops growing in the UBC rooftop garden.

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South Africa's New 96MW PV Plant is the Continent's Largest Solar Power Facility

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South Africa is a historically coal-hungry nation, producing around 225 million tonnes of the stuff each year. But just two years ago, government leaders pledged to invest an incredible $5.4 billion in renewable energy, and the products of that investment are taking shape. The Jasper PV Project in Kimberly, South Africa, became fully operational in October, and produces enough power to serve an impressive 80,000 homes. It’s now the largest solar power plant in Africa. The better news? It’s soon to be eclipsed by an even bigger facility nearby.

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Trek-In Prefab Cabin Offers Luxury Sustainable Lodgings for Campers

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Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

Psychedelic Rainbow Makeover Gives an Old Farmhouse a Vibrant New Glow

O'Sullivan purchased the property, which dates back to 1840, in 2009, and has been renovating it with her partner, Mason Brown. The ongoing renovation project is largely funded by the…

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US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast's Largest National Forest

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Despite the objections of environmental groups and Virginia's Governor Terry McAuliffe, the U.S. Forest Service has left the door open to allow fracking in the East Coast's largest…

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3,000 New Jobs Expected Thanks to $140 Million Investment in Brooklyn Navy Yard

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Yesterday, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $140 million investment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which is expected to facilitate the creation of about 3,000 new jobs. According to…

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

Image © Marcie What you’ll need: A selection of porcelain teacups Wax (we recommend soy wax because it burns without smoke, but you can also use paraffin or beeswax). This is…

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This Funky Camper Conversion Turns Your Toyota Prius into a Home on Wheels

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The Toyota Prius is by far the most popular hybrid on the market, but even though it has a stellar reputation for being fuel efficient, there's one thing that you can't really do with…

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