Tinplate Girl Upcycles Old Tin Cans into Airships, Toys, and Sculptures

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Illegal Wild Cheetah Trade for Luxury Pets is Pushing Species to Extinction, CITES Report

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A new report has confirmed that the status-driven, illegal trade in live cheetahs is pushing vulnerable wild populations of the big cats to extinction. Cheetah cubs are poached from the wild and transported to the Gulf States across the Horn of Africa, and research reveals that up to 70 percent of the cubs do not survive the journey. The report, issued by CITES, has finally led the countries affected by the trade to agree to take urgent counter-measures.

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Young Architect Builds Awesome Green Retirement Home for Her Mum in Uruguay

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Apostrophy’s Conwood Pavilion Showcases an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Wood

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Students Build Dynamic FIBERwave Pavilion Out of Carbon Fiber Layers

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Students in the College of Architecture at IIT recently completed FIBERwave, a full-scale carbon fiber pavilion that was built following a successful Kickstarter campaign. Designed as part of the student design research studio Carbon_Lab, the armadillo-like lightweight pavilion is built entirely of carbon fiber to provoke discussion on the architectural potential of the flexible but strong material. The pavilion was created from a series of identical geometric “shells” held together with metal rings and tension cables. The tension cables can be loosened or tightened to change the shape of the pavilion in response to the environment.

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Hydros Smart Irrigation System Saves Water and Slashes Your Bills by 60%

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Water is a valuable resource – and it will only get more expensive if we continue use wasteful old-fashioned irrigation techniques such as sprinklers. One smart alternative is Hydros, an irrigation controller that uses sensors, regional weather forecasts, and smart algorithms to conserve water and slash your monthly bills by as much as 60 percent. Plus, it saves you time because you don’t have to learn about different soil and grass types, most of which have watering requirements that change with the weather.

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NYC Announces $5.8M for New York State Pavilion Renovation

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Philip Johnson’s iconic New York State Pavilion is finally getting the restoration funding it deserves. New York recently announced that it’s setting aside $5.8 million for the World’s Fair landmark in Flushing Meadows Park. The money will go towards restoring the Tent of Tomorrow as well as the site’s two towers, which you may remember from the first Men in Black movie.

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Salvage Supperclub: Would You Dine on Food Scraps in a Dumpster for $50 a Head?

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Would you pay $50 to eat food scraps in a dumpster? Grad student Josh Treuhaft’s supper club offered up exquisite culinary creations by chefs from the Natural Gourmet Institute – all made from vegetables bound for the garbage bin. Last month, Treuhaft organized the Salvage Supperclub in Williamsburg, where guests were invited to sit at a long dining table set inside of a dumpster for $50 a head. But the cuisine wasn’t garbage – instead, six delicious courses made by gourmet chefs using overripe fruits and vegetables that shops and farm stands would normally throw away were served to call attention to the waste we discard every day.

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2014 Could Be the Worst Year in Nearly a Decade for Rhino Poaching

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It’s no secret that rhinos are being poached in record numbers, and despite efforts to protect the animals, 2014 is on track to be the worst year in nearly a decade for rhino deaths. So far poachers have killed more than 500 rhinos, the majority of which lived in South Africa. Last year the number of rhinos poached ended at 1,004 – the highest number since 2006.

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Herzog & de Meuron Complete Rammed Earth Herb Center for Ricola

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Herzog & de Meuron just completed a new production facility for Ricola, the Swiss manufacturer of herbal cough drops and fresh mints. The new building is one of six projects designed for the company by the studio, and it’s built from rammed earth extracted from local quarries and mines.

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Casa Futebol: Architects Want to Turn Brazil's Stadiums into Affordable Housing

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Gigantic 'Energy Duck' Could Generate Solar and Hydro Power for Copenhagen

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A 15-Year-Old is Developing a 3D Printer That's 10 Times Faster Than Anything on the Market!

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When it comes to global innovation, teenagers are leading the way. The latest teen genius to cross our radar is Thomas Suarez, a 15-year-old who claims to have designed a 3D printer that is ten times faster and more reliable than anything on the market.

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Legendary Architect Moshe Safdie Unveils Indoor Bio-Dome for Singapore's Changi Airport

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Family of Three Thrives Inside a Beautiful, Modern 269 Sq Ft Tiny Studio Outside Madrid

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RhOME for denCity's Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

RhOME for denCity's Passive Solar Home Wins Grand Prize at Solar…

The RhOME for denCity team consists of professors and researchers from the Architecture, Business Studies and Engineering departments of the UniversitĂ  degli Studi Roma Tre, and a…

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Ferrari Designer Ken Okuyama Unveils Super Luxurious Cruise Train for Japan

Ferrari Designer Ken Okuyama Unveils Super Luxurious Cruise Train for…

The new luxury sleeper train will feature standard suites with sofa chairs that fold into beds, and split-level Deluxe Suites with a living area on top, a sleeping area below, and a…

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Helsinki Wants Residents Car Free Within Just 10 Years

Helsinki Wants Residents Car Free Within Just 10 Years

Finland's capital and largest city Helsinki has put forth a bold plan to integrate public and shared transportation so that in 10 years residents will not need to own a car. The…

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A Junior Polar Vortex is Returning to the Eastern US

A Junior Polar Vortex is Returning to the Eastern US

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, the dreaded polar vortex is about to rear its ugly head once again. This week, a pocket of cool air is making its way from the Gulf of…

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Bangkok Residents Turn Abandoned Mall into a Giant Fish Pond

Bangkok Residents Turn Abandoned Mall into a Giant Fish Pond

It’s no secret that the American shopping mall is going the way of the dodo as big box stores and online shopping take over. But what to do with the abandoned buildings? Perhaps we…

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