Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans

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Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah's Ark to the Public

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East Coast Flooding Will be 10 Times Worse in 30 Years Due to Climate Change

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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) just released a new report warning that rising sea levels from global warming could increase flooding during high tides on the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States — potentially tripling flood events in 15 years and inundating coastal communities with a ten-fold increase in 30 years. The study, ominously titled “Encroaching Tides,” analyzed 52 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tide gauges in Atlantic and Gulf cities stretching from Portland, Maine to Freeport, Texas. The study projects that by 2030, more than half of the 52 communities will experience, on average, at least 24 tidal floods per year and by 2045, most of the towns would see at least 48 floods at high tide each year. At least nine of those communities are expected to experience a whopping 240 tidal floods per year in 30 years, when sea levels are expected to rise at least one foot.

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EMBT and Elizabeth de Portzamparc Unveil Plans for Two New Paris Metro Stations

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Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

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The World's First 3-D Printed Rocket is Ready for Lift-Off

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Is there anything 3D printers can’t do? From internal organs to cars, 3D printers around the world have been churning out just about anything you can imagine. But now a British team of amateurs is about to break new ground by launching the world’s first 3D printed rocket. NASA has already been printing rocket parts, but this is the first time that an entire rocket has been made using the technology.

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Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

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Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

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China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The Guardian reports heavy smog is enveloping parts of northern China and causing visibility levels to drop as measurements of small (PM 2.5) pollutant particles are rising. The particles are dangerous because they can embed themselves deep in the lungs, and they’ve reached more than 500 micrograms per cubic meter in parts of Hebei, near Bejing. The World Health Organization’s level for maximum health exposure to PM2.5 particles is 25 micrograms per cubic meter, and current levels are 20 times higher. The situation has led authorities to issue an “orange alert.”

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Now You Can Watch the London Zoo's Otters LIVE on YouTube

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filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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Need a jolt of real, live cuteness to brighten up a dull work day? London Zoo has just the thing for you. In a groundbreaking partnership with Google and British regulators Ofcom, the Zoological Society of London’s Whitespaces for Wildlife project uses small gaps in television frequencies to transmit live footage of the Zoo’s otters, meerkats and giant Galapagos tortoises to a central location, where the streams are then forwarded to YouTube. And it’s not just about the adorableness of it all; the developers hope that the technology might be used to monitor animals in the wild.

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Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon's Espaço Espelho d'Água

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

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We tend to take for granted the bridges that bind the world around us, but where would we be without gap-spanning marvels of modern construction? The Ohio University’s Masters in Civil Engineering program put together a handy infographic that lays out five different major bridge designs that we’d be lost without – from the humble clapper-type bridge to the iconic suspension bridge and several in-between.

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Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

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The amazing ColorUp lamp can mimic any color from a surface or physical object, allowing you to customize your lighting again and again to fit the mood or room. The giant bulb-shaped lamp, designed by PEGA Design & Engineering, takes advantage of LED lights’ ability to illuminate in millions of colors. The innovative lamp’s base acts as a swatch sampler, reading a color from a surface that is then magically transformed into the lamp’s hue!

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Old YMCA Building Transformed into a Brooklyn Heights Loft with Cozy Reading Nook

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This well-appointed Brooklyn Heights loft makes us want to break out into the YMCA dance. A couple living in a converted YMCA building hired Ensemble Architecture/Elizabeth Roberts Design to transform their top two floors into a warm place for reading and entertaining guests. The result is a tranquil oasis surrounded with the couple’s extensive book and art collections. See more photos of this worldly home here.

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Steel from San Francisco's Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into Public Art

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The old San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, deemed earthquake unsafe a few years ago, is being torn down piece-by-piece after its replacement was completed nearby. But rather than sending all of the valuable steel out-of-state and overseas, parts of the 77-year-old structure, which is comprised of around 58,000 tons of steel and 245,000 tons of concrete, will be set aside for public art in the Bay Area, allowing the historic bridge to remain a part of the community.

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Pronounced Bounciness Causes Popular Bridge in Brooklyn to Close

Pronounced Bounciness Causes Popular Bridge in Brooklyn to Close

It looks like Brooklyn's favorite bouncy bridge has just been bounced out of commission. Although the zigzagging Squibb Park Bridge was intentionally designed to spring up and down…

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Enter Inhabitot's 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest!

Enter Inhabitot's 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest!

Inhabitot’s Green Halloween Costume Contest is back! Know a tot with a particularly awesome costume this year? Want a chance at $200 in prizes and to be featured on our site? Think…

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Airport Screening Heightened After First US Ebola Patient Dies

Airport Screening Heightened After First US Ebola Patient Dies

Last week, Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan died from Ebola at hospital in Dallas, Texas. Duncan was the first patient diagnosed in the United States with the virus. Duncan’s death has…

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Step Inside NYC's Greenest Pizza Restaurant

Step Inside NYC's Greenest Pizza Restaurant

Pizza by Certé is New York City's only 3-star certified pizza restaurant (as awarded by Dine Green). The staff's commitment to sustainability is apparent from the moment you step…

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Scientists Discover What May Be the World's Oldest Art in Indonesia

Scientists Discover What May Be the World's Oldest Art in Indonesia

Move over Europe: a new discovery in Indonesia could knock the western continent from its popular position as the cradle for early human creativity. According to the journal Nature, an…

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