Boyan Slat's Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is

Boyan Slat's Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic…

Plastic trash in the ocean is a huge problem - a ‘millions of tons’ type problem. New evidence suggests that in the San Francisco Bay area alone, there will soon be a lot more…

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Stephen Orlando captures kayakers' motions in stunning long-exposure photographs

Stephen Orlando captures kayakers' motions in stunning long-exposure…

Stephen Orlando's photos are both whimsical and beautiful. Human movement and sports like kayaking, karate and swimming inspire him to capture movement through colorful light…

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3 reasons why good parenting means reduced screen time for your kids

3 reasons why good parenting means reduced screen time for your kids

We’ve all heard that common refrain that the iPad is the perfect babysitter of the modern age. While some parents say it in jest, others are perfectly serious—the average kid today…

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Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed Sauna

Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed…

Black outbuildings that act as truncated garages line the path leading to the main house defined by white masonry boxed in by two bookends of sorts. Inside, exposed timber columns lend…

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Elkebana's fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead animal heads

Elkebana's fun botanical wall trophies are so much better than dead…

Here’s a phrase you don’t hear very often: vegan-friendly trophy wall. Akin to a pink elephant, the cruelty-free trophy wall is a rare but wondrous thing, and this botanical…

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Naturepedic helps your tot transition to a big kid bed with their 2-in-1 organic mattress

Naturepedic helps your tot transition to a big kid bed with their…

When it's time to move from a crib to the big kid bed, Naturepedic has you covered. Their 2 in 1 organic quilted mattress has a waterproof side for accidents (and, as an added bonus,…

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Alaska's whimsical Dr. Seuss House is an architectural marvel

Alaska's whimsical Dr. Seuss House is an architectural marvel

This Willow, Alaska house is known as the Dr. Seuss house, for obvious reasons. Looking at the top, for example, one can see why it's considered to be one of the great architectural…

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This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch mark

This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch…

In 1999, Washington state resident John Belles made a smart decision. Knowing that he lived in an area prone to wildfires, he built his home from concrete to reduce the risk of losing…

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Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama's Easy Tutorials

Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama's Easy…

Tolstrup developed her line of pallet furniture while participating in TEN, a dialogue between ten London based designers that was set up with the intention of responding to…

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Film release about the Rana Plaza collapse delayed by India court

Film release about the Rana Plaza collapse delayed by India court

In 2013, over 1000 people were killed in the Raza Plaza collapse in Bangladesh. Now, a movie about the disaster is being banned in India for at least six months for being unfit for…

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The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system by earning more points than they give

The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system…

The Tesla Model S P85D hit the market last December and Consumer Reports did what they do best; they evaluated the heck out of it. The electric luxury car performed so well in nearly…

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NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

Sea levels are rising at a speed that is both shocking and devastating. NASA satellite data suggest that we could be looking at a three foot (one meter) rise in the next 100-200 years,…

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All Netherlands Railways trains will be 100% wind powered by 2018

All Netherlands Railways trains will be 100% wind powered by 2018

The Netherlands have just become an example of the right way to respond to citizens’ demands for clean energy. Following a ruling earlier this year, after countrymen sued their…

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This floating survival shelter rises above floods

This floating survival shelter rises above floods

The alarming rates of sea levels rise have inspired designers Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao to create a floating emergency shelter that could save lives during floods and tsunamis. Instead…

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Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways

Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways

On the heels of the disaster which caused 3 million gallons of toxic waste to spill into the Animas River in Colorado earlier this month, conservationists are rightly freaking out about…

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects unveil plans for tree-topped FPT University campus in Ho Chi Minh City

Vo Trong Nghia Architects unveil plans for tree-topped FPT University…

Vo Trong Nghia Architects have stunned us again with the reveal of their latest design: a lush tree-topped FPT University campus building in Ho Chi Minh City. The verdant project, which…

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First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s oil sands

First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s…

One of Alberta’s biggest solar installations has been built in one of the most unlikely places—the heart of Canada’s Peace River oil sands. The Lubicon Lake Band aboriginal…

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Adorable Wild Thing Cabin is perched in the middle of a rewilding Latvian meadow

Adorable Wild Thing Cabin is perched in the middle of a rewilding…

Like to just sit and contemplate nature? Then the Wild Thing cabin perched above a “rewilding” Latvian meadow is the perfect spot for you!

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Tesla is giving away 100 free electric vehicle charging stations to Airbnb hosts

Tesla is giving away 100 free electric vehicle charging stations to…

In its latest bid to make electric car charging stations available everywhere, Tesla is partnering with Airbnb to provide at least 100 free charging stations to eligible hosts. The…

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Design a portable pop-up hotel room in the 2015 Snoozebox Competition

Design a portable pop-up hotel room in the 2015 Snoozebox Competition

If you’re a fan of Snoozebox’s pop-up hotels, here’s a design opportunity you don’t want to pass up. Snoozebox teamed up with international hotel design event Sleep to launch a…

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Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar House Rises From the Ashes After…

The team includes students from three neighboring universities: the University of Louisville, Ball State University, and the University of Kentucky. Each of the universities provided a…

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Florida governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches

Florida governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika…

The National Weather Service has reported that Tropical Storm Erika is “wobbling” its way toward the Bahamas. We know what you’re thinking: storms don’t wobble, so that can’t…

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Japanese artist transforms oyster pearls into amazingly realistic miniature skulls

Japanese artist transforms oyster pearls into amazingly realistic…

Nakaba carves all manner of skulls into tiny pearls - and other similar items, like melamine resin beads. He mostly does human and animal skulls in the oyster pearls, but also some…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for making sure your next trip is a green one

INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for making sure your next trip is a green one

When the travel bug hits, it's important to make sure that you are exploring the world with the lightest environmental and socio-cultural footprint possible to maintain or improve…

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Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting…

This summer, a series of demonstrations in Paris have launched to show how to use “photonic membranes” to cool large areas of land, buildings, and, conceivably, entire cities.…

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Architects packed five levels into this 'two story' alpine home in Germany

Architects packed five levels into this 'two story' alpine home in…

Architects Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck built Holzhaus am Auerbach, a charming alpine retreat with a surprising interior in Upper Bavaria, Germany. The rentable holiday home may…

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Controversial Cornell Fine Arts Library expansion features soaring stacks of books

Controversial Cornell Fine Arts Library expansion features soaring…

The new Fine Arts Library (FAL) at Cornell University is causing quite a stir. The project, now two years in development, involves lobbing off the top floor of the 100-year-old Rand…

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Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the…

Park officials in the southern Australian province of Victoria say a deepwater reef has been discovered there that may have more coral, sponge, and fish than the Great Barrier Reef.…

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There's not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing wildfires

There's not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing…

This just might be the most cataclysmic forest fire season in history. So far this year, the Forest Service has spent $800 million trying to keep the blazes from raging too far out of…

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Bizarre giant art village is the largest Atelier Van Lieshout installation ever

Bizarre giant art village is the largest Atelier Van Lieshout…

At the center of the settlement is the Refektorium, a large events hall that will house a restaurant, bar, and theater. Outside the Refektorium is BarRectum, a 2005 work which is a huge…

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Norway's 2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block clad in sustainable wood

Norway's 2016 Youth Olympics student housing is a passive house block…

Students attending the upcoming 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Norway will be accommodated in four blocks designed in line with the passivhaus principles and clad in durable wood able to…

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Stunning see-through church is made from stacked weathered steel

Stunning see-through church is made from stacked weathered steel

Our favorite public space interventions often include an artistic angle, much like this stunning semi-transparent church in rural Limburg, Belgium. Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and…

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Tesla drivers make a recordbreaking 452.8 mile road trip on a single charge

Tesla drivers make a recordbreaking 452.8 mile road trip on a single…

Since the advent of electric cars, range anxiety has plagued drivers, limiting their road trips based on the number of miles one could conceivable travel on a single charger. Although…

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Chinese welder spends a year building life-size Transformers model for his lucky son

Chinese welder spends a year building life-size Transformers model for…

Liangsheng took his son to see the Transformers movie last August, and the boy became a huge fan. He gifted his son a Transformers toy, and the boy asked for a bigger one. (Of course he…

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One of the world's largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

One of the world's largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice…

NASA satellites are pretty nifty, in large part because they capture world events that we might not know about otherwise. That’s what happened recently, when NASA’s Landsat 8…

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This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge

This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a…

A new hybrid trike called the GinzVelo aims to radically change the way people travel within cities. The cycle’s inventor Peter Ginzburg calls it a “human-electric hybrid…

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Design Seoul’s new urban space in the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural Space Competition

Design Seoul’s new urban space in the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural…

The Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched the Sejong-daero Historic Cultural Space Design Competition for the redesign of the capital’s former National Tax Service Building Site.…

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5 life-changing projects take home top honors in 2015 INDEX: Design Awards

5 life-changing projects take home top honors in 2015 INDEX: Design…

copenhagen, Denmark, Design, Design for Health, Design to Improve Life, eco design, green design, humanitarian design, index award winners, index: award, Sustainability, Sustainable…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Solar power on the large and small scale

INFOGRAPHIC: Solar power on the large and small scale

The sun has become one of the leading sources of clean and renewable energy in the US. More specifically, during the third quarter of 2014, panels that generate 1,354 MW of solar were…

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Solar-powered Re-ainbow center helps Vietnamese community adapt to climate change

Solar-powered Re-ainbow center helps Vietnamese community adapt to…

The building, called RE-Ainbow, which is coined from re-use and rainbow, is located in the Duc Tho district of Ha Tinh province, notorious for relatively frequent natural disasters and…

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