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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

The modular shipping container block structures were designed by QED Property in collaboration with WCEC Architecture and are located in a former scrap metal yard, referred to as Richardson's Yard. Set

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Researchers are making super-strong spider silk for regenerative medicine

Researchers are making super-strong spider silk for regenerative medicine

Researchers from UPM have used a technique that made popular the silk from Murcia in the 19th century. The new material can be used for regenerative medicine. Following the same procedure used to

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Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

Growing trees from seeds: which seeds work, and which won’t

If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods,

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Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

In early January 2013, Kenya's oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage system

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How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

Image via Shutterstock Jeans Dirt rarely shows its face on denim until it's really dirty, so unless you're wearing jeans to trek through mud or you always go commando, don't wash them after every wear.

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6 Most riveting projects made from upcycled airplanes

6 Most riveting projects made from upcycled airplanes

Plane as a Hotel Room Standing on the edge of a National Park, in Costa Rica, the amazing Costa Verde Resort has a unique hotel suite made from an old 60s. Boeing 727. A former South Africa Air plane,

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Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables

Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables

As the days lengthen and the sun grows stronger, many of us are champing at the bit to get our gardens started. Seed catalogues are being pored over, dog-eared, and circled, and some folks may have even

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Barbara Wildenboer turns books into complex works of art

Barbara Wildenboer turns books into complex works of art

The canvases on which she explores include books of maps, atlases and science, that she transforms into works of art by finely cutting their pages into thin strips of paper that then splay out from each

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Solar Impulse 2 sets world record for longest solar-powered flight by landing in India

Solar Impulse 2 sets world record for longest solar-powered flight by landing in India

The world watched as Solar Impulse 2 (SI2) landed in India on March 10, marking the first time a solar-powered aircraft has landed in the Asian country, as well as setting the world record for the

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Reclaim Design handcrafts upcycled planter pots for your eco-conscious garden

Reclaim Design handcrafts upcycled planter pots for your eco-conscious garden

Reclaim Design uses recycled and reclaimed materials to craft their handmade line of planter pots, vertical gardens, and even wall-mounted and hanging terrariums, featuring reclaimed glass jars. Inspired

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Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

Recycled diamonds provide an ethical choice for glittering milestone gifts

  "Diamonds are forever" might have been the title of a James Bond film, but that statement is actually very true: these sparkling little bits of ultra-compressed carbon are made of one of the

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Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

The experimental Solar Impulse 2 carries 17,000 solar cells that, coupled with onboard batteries, allow the plane to fly day and night. Despite its massive 72-meter-long (236 feet) wingspan, the

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Tropical Swiss Thai House wraps a reclaimed wood deck around an azure pool

Tropical Swiss Thai House wraps a reclaimed wood deck around an azure pool

Located near the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand in South East Asia, this home is smartly laid out in two stories. The main floor holds the kitchen, dining area, and a large living room surrounded by

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Ringling Bros Circus will stop exploiting elephants for entertainment by 2018

Ringling Bros Circus will stop exploiting elephants for entertainment by 2018

  In an announcement that marks a huge win for animal welfare activists, Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's infamous elephants from performances by 2018.

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World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.’s largest geothermal system

Located a few streets down from the U.S. Capitol, the historic Dunbar High School was founded in 1870 as the nation’s first public high school for African Americans. The school was partially demolished

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Buddhist monk may have volunteered to be mummified in 1,000-year-old Buddha statue

Buddhist monk may have volunteered to be mummified in 1,000-year-old Buddha statue

Peace comes from within, or so popular Buddhist quotes would have you believe. If that's the case, this must be one peaceful monk. Scientists learned last week that a 1,000-year-old statue of Buddha

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China announces one-year ban on ivory imports

China announces one-year ban on ivory imports

In response to growing criticism of Chinese demand for ivory, China's State Forestry Administration has announced that they have implemented a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings. The continued

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Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge invites pedestrians to take a walk among the clouds

Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog Bridge invites pedestrians to take a walk among the clouds

Fujiko Nakaya’s work poses the question, how do we collaborate with nature? Her ongoing cooperation with natural elements has spanned decades and created temporary fog landscapes all over the world. In

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Rollable solar charger provides portable green energy wherever you go

Rollable solar charger provides portable green energy wherever you go

Having a device die when there is no electricity nearby can be very inconvenient. But what if you could bring your electricity with you wherever you go? The new WAACS rollable solar charger pulls out of a

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World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

World’s largest offshore wind farm approved for the U.K. coast

Wind power in the U.K. is about to get a big boost, as the world’s largest offshore wind farm was just approved for the Yorkshire coast. The Guardian reports that the U.K. energy secretary just approved

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Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

When it comes to sustainability, Frankfurt is the place to be. The German city, known widely for its green initiatives, took top spot in the recently released Sustainable Cities Index by Arcadis–

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Aladdin City: Construction to begin on Dubai Creek’s epic fantasy towers next year

Aladdin City: Construction to begin on Dubai Creek’s epic fantasy towers next year

Dubai is no stranger to outlandish architectural endeavors, and the latest project to get the go ahead will be no exception. Based on the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad, the 4,000 acre Aladdin City project

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100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9,000 metric tons of CO2

100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9,000 metric tons of CO2

Roses may be red, but they're definitely not green according to research from Scientific American. As millions of partners exchange bunches of red roses in the run up to Valentine's Day, they may want to

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Herds of gigantic rabbits are wreaking havoc on a North Dakota neighborhood

Herds of gigantic rabbits are wreaking havoc on a North Dakota neighborhood

A North Dakota neighborhood is under attack and not by any conventional enemy. This attacker devours gardens, lawns and even trees - and comes every day in masses. The giant jackrabbit has taken over this

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New report shows Scandinavian countries are best-prepared for the effects of climate change

New report shows Scandinavian countries are best-prepared for the effects of climate change

Worried about rising water levels, increased frequency and strength of storms as well as other potential natural disasters? Well, according to the latest Global Adaptation Index (GAIN) report,

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New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

New documentary ‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates connection between humans and nature

This week, a new documentary series debuts that might finally change the way we look at the world around us. Wildlife biologist Dr. M. Sanjayan hosts Earth: A New Wild and turns the camera around to

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Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy. Costs are set to drop by almost 40 percent in

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Homo sapiens and Neanderthals lived together 55,000 years ago

Homo sapiens and Neanderthals lived together 55,000 years ago

Amateur speleologists stumbled upon an ancient partial skull that indicates Homo sapiens were living alongside Neanderthals in the Middle East. The 55,000-year-old incomplete cranium was found deep in a

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Chinese officials caught feasting on endangered giant salamander

Chinese officials caught feasting on endangered giant salamander

Whether or not a giant salamander is on the critically endangered list matters not, apparently, to Chinese officials determined to have their “treat” anyway. Journalists took pictures at the luxury

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Lush sky garden opens in Rafael Viñoly’s ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper in London

Lush sky garden opens in Rafael Viñoly’s ‘Walkie Talkie’ skyscraper in London

Rafael Viñoly teamed up with landscape studio Gillespies, who were responsible for the garden design, and created a green space that looks like a mountain slope. Three terraces are planted with various

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