Create a Bedroom Wherever You Need One with Dan Hisel's Awesome Z-Box

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Lundberg Design's Moss Room Adds a Dramatic Breath of Fresh Air to the California Academy of Sciences

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Towering Magic Mountain Lodge is a Hill-Like Hobbit Highrise Straight Out of Middle Earth

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The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

by , 07/17/14
filed under: Animals, green technology, News

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As bacteria become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, we’re going to have to find a different way to fight the diseases that threaten us. After all, we tend to take for granted that we can tackle a small infection with a course of drugs – but without antibiotics, a small infection can mean big trouble. Scientists are looking for a new source of bug-killing power, and they may have found it in the hair of the jungle’s most notoriously sedate creature: the sloth.

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Why is this Abandoned Warehouse Filled With Live Jellyfish?

by , 07/17/14
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If you go to Liverpool anytime soon, you might encounter a strange sight – a warehouse filled with floating jellyfish. This mesmerizing and otherworldly setting is the work of two London-based artists, Walter Hugo and Zoniel, who positioned a giant tank right behind the door of an abandoned department store.

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Lundberg Design Transforms a Historic Palo Alto Church into a Stunning Daylit Office Space

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A Third of Borneo's Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

by , 07/17/14

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The fact that the world’s tropical forests are disappearing at an astonishing rate is cause for real concern, but the rate of destruction in Borneo’s forests is particularly shocking. That’s because Borneo’s tropical forests are disappearing twice as fast as those in other areas – in the past 4 decades, nearly a third of the total forest has been completely wiped out.

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Rowan Tindale's Beautiful Wood Sustrans Bike is Made Entirely from Waste Materials

by , 07/17/14

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Designer Rowan Tindale teamed up with sustainable transport charity Sustrans to make a bike that is as sustainable to produce as it is to use. The frame is made of wood salvaged from Brighton’s sea defenses, and it has been laminated using a bio-epoxy resin. The back fork is made of wood salvaged from a tree affected by ash dieback that was steam bent to accommodate the rear wheel. The rest of the parts have all been salvaged from broken bikes to produce a bike made entirely from waste or recycled material.

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Anna Leschinger's "Given Coat" Provides Warmth and Comfort in Troubled Times

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When disaster strikes, one of the first items that’s handed out as a means of humanitarian aid is a blanket. Not only will it keep the recipient warm, but also gives a protective hug to the wearer, which is of vital importance to those who have lost everything. The “Given Coat”, designed by textile artist Anna Leschinger, is a warm blanket that transforms into a coat without any need for sewing—just a few minor adjustments. Each coat consists of a 60 x 78-inch blanket that has 8 holes and 14 feet of straps, which wrap around and through the blanket to convert it.

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Tom Vered Unveils the World's First Spirulina Home Growing Machine

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Tom Vered has unveiled the world’s first Home Growing Spirulina machine! Spirulina, the blue-green algae superfood that contains over 100 different nutrients, thrives in both fresh and salt water and has been known to mankind for hundreds of years. In the last 40 years, it has been produced in large-scale factories around the globe as dried powder. Vered’s machine is ground breaking not only because it now allows consumers to grow Spirulina at home, but also because one can consume it in its healthiest form – fresh! The new Spirulina home growing machine contains 10 liters of fresh Spirulina and comes with a specially designed 20 ml glass. With the simple push of a button you get your daily amount of filtered and dense superfood – right in the comfort of you own home!

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REVIEW: Darby Smart Kits Take All the Stress Out of DIY

by , 07/17/14
filed under: Art, DIY

If you’re anything like the average Pinterest user, you’ve likely collected a gazillion projects that you’re dying to DIY. Home decor, pillow-making, garden decorations… there are so many fabulous ideas out there, and chances are you’ll look at a dozen of them today and think “I can make that!” Of course, reality doesn’t always match ambition, and amassing the right tools and materials and sorting out exactly how to fit them all together can be a bit daunting. This is where Darby Smart steps in: with their kits, everything you need to create a fun, fabulous project comes in one cute package (including instructions).

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VIDEO: See the Cool New Way This Brooklyn Whole Foods is Delivering Groceries

by , 07/17/14
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Just when you thought the Gowanus Whole Foods couldn’t be any more Brooklyn – what with its rooftop farm, bearded shoppers, vinyl aisle and kale everything – it goes and starts a cargo bike delivery program! The Third and 3rd location of the supermarket giant is partnering with People’s Cargo to offer customers solar-powered bike delivery. The new initiative will cut down on truck emissions, and may also speed up delivery times as well since traffic will be less of a factor.

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Lundberg Design's Autodesk Workshop is an Industrial Chic Dream Office on San Francisco's Waterfront Pier

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Olle Lundberg Transformed a Salvaged Ferry Boat into a Dynamic Live/Work Space

by , 07/17/14

Have you ever wished that you could trade your apartment & crappy office space for a floating live/work houseboat in the San Francisco Bay? I know I have. A few years ago, The New York Times published a piece about which refuelled my hope that one day, those houseboat dreams could actually come true. The inspiring article featured Olle Lundberg; a modernist architect who works with salvaged industrial materials. Lundberg is one of our favorite architects, and his designs never cease to amaze and inspire us.

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New Report Reveals the Most Water-Stressed Cities in the World

by , 07/17/14
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The Nature Conservancy has published a global database of over 500 cities around the world to determine their level of water stress. Based on the number of water sources available to each city, the results are both suprising and disturbing, and underline how globalization has exacerbated climate change’s impact on our lives. After all, a large number of people in a relatively small area puts a lot of pressure on water supplies, especially during times of drought. Hit the jump for details.

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See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog Drops Next Month

See 15 Space-Saving and Green IKEA Products Before the New Catalog…

“Everyone goes to sleep and wakes up, but everything in between those moments is very personal," said Patty Lobell, Sales Manager, IKEA U.S. "We all have individual needs when it…

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OVA Studio Transforms Shipping Containers into Modular, Jenga-Like Urban Farming Ecosystem

OVA Studio Transforms Shipping Containers into Modular, Jenga-Like…

OVA Studio just unveiled plans for the Hive-Inn™ City Farm, a modular farming structure that aims to bring fresh and locally grown greens to urban centers. Constructed out of shipping…

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Miami's New Science Museum to Feature an Incredible 500,000 Gallon Gulf Stream Aquarium

Miami's New Science Museum to Feature an Incredible 500,000 Gallon…

http://youtu.be/qxLmYEUC70o Just one of the many displays, the Gulf Stream Tank will be open to the sun and sky and viewable from all five floors of the Museum, which will collect…

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Tesla's $35,000 Model III Electric Car is Coming in 2017 With a 200-Mile Range

Tesla's $35,000 Model III Electric Car is Coming in 2017 With a…

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the automaker's latest sedan will be called the Model III when it goes on sale in 2017. Both cheaper and smaller than the Model S, the Tesla…

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Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63…

Global clean energy investment surged in the second quarter of 2014, driven by big wind and solar deals and installations of small-scale rooftop solar photovoltaics. Bloomberg New…

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