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Sky City: China’s BSB to Break Ground on World’s Tallest Skyscraper in November

Sky City: China’s BSB to Break Ground on World’s Tallest Skyscraper in November

Modular, prefabricated buildings have been catching on in design communities around the world in recent years, but the building techniques are typically limited to low-rise buildings. Chinese developer

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New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

A new study has found that 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors in various parts of the world are at high risk from tsunamis like the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan in March

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The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

Australian shipbuilder Matt Duncan was so affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that he put his engineering skills to use and designed a Tsunami Survival Pod capable of withstanding six tons of

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Earthquake-Proof ‘Wood Luck’ Bed Protects You From Falling Buildings While You Sleep

Earthquake-Proof ‘Wood Luck’ Bed Protects You From Falling Buildings While You Sleep

Many experts suggest that the safest way to ride out an earthquake is to stand in a doorway or hide under a table to protect yourself from falling debris. However a Japanese company, Shinko Industries has

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Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Japan Announces Plans to Completely Abandon Nuclear Power by 2030

Today the government of Japan announced plans to completely abolish nuclear power by as soon as 2030.  The declaration was spurred by last year’s Fukushima disaster, which caused officials to

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17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone

17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone

Hand holding smartphone and heart monitor images via Shutterstock While some teens are twiddling their thumbs away on their phone, checking out Facebook, other teens like 17-year old Catherine Wong are

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US Scientists Develop Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches

US Scientists Develop Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches

  A team of researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique to remotely control and steer cockroaches via an electronic interface. While at first glance it may seem

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Isaac Upgraded to Category 1 Hurricane as Gulf Coast Braces for Impact

Isaac Upgraded to Category 1 Hurricane as Gulf Coast Braces for Impact

The National Hurricane Center just upgraded tropical storm Isaac to a category one hurricane as 75 mph winds close in on the gulf coast. The storm is currently 75 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi

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Stunning Map Details Every Hurricane and Tropical Storm for the Past 150 Years

Stunning Map Details Every Hurricane and Tropical Storm for the Past 150 Years

With Hurricane Issac now in the Gulf of Mexico, John Nelson—a user experience and mapping manager for data visualization company IDV Solutions—has released this stunning map that shows every hurricane

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Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

It's been well over a year since a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. During early stages of the fallout, Japanese officials insisted that

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Folding Door Transforms Into a Life-Saving Earthquake Shelter

Folding Door Transforms Into a Life-Saving Earthquake Shelter

Kingston University graduate design student Younghwa Lee has created an innovative indoor shelter for use during an earthquake—a folding door that not only stands in the safest place in a home, but also

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Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Featuring an unconventional triangular design and a new, sturdy frame that should make this Australia House more resilient than the last (built in an old farmhouse), the double story gallery doubles as a

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Shimizu Corporation’s New Tokyo Headquarters is the ‘World’s Least CO2-Emitting Building’

Shimizu Corporation’s New Tokyo Headquarters is the ‘World’s Least CO2-Emitting Building’

After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami Japan shut down all of its nuclear reactors and set regional energy reduction targets to help meet energy demands without having to increase generating

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How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

How The Nokero SunRay Pro Power Solar Charger Saved My Skin & My Sanity During Hurricane Sandy

This article was originally published in November 2012 When Hurricane Sandy hit last week and the power in my lower Manhattan apartment went out, my first thought, as I dug around for candles and LED

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Incredible Map Shows 11 Years of Major US Fires

Incredible Map Shows 11 Years of Major US Fires

This map by interactive designer John Nelson catalogues 11 years of major US fires. After recent wildfires blazed in Colorado and Utah following long periods of dry weather, Nelson gathered satellite

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Project ARQtainer’s House Liray Is an Earthquake-Resistant Shipping Container Home in Chile

Project ARQtainer’s House Liray Is an Earthquake-Resistant Shipping Container Home in Chile

Five corten steel shipping containers were transformed into a bright yellow earthquake-proof home that sits on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile. The house, by Project ARQtainer, was developed as an

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Three Gorges Complete: China Finishes Construction on the World’s Largest Hydropower Dam

Three Gorges Complete: China Finishes Construction on the World’s Largest Hydropower Dam

The final turbine has now been installed on China's massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam, making it the biggest hydroelectric dam in the world. Work on the dam, which is located in the middle of

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New Report Criticizes Japanese Government and TEPCO Energy Company Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

New Report Criticizes Japanese Government and TEPCO Energy Company Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A new independent report on the cause of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster places most of the blame on collusion between the Japanese government and TEPCO for allowing the plant to be so vulnerable. The

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Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Self-Sufficient Brick Home in China Relies on Pigs for Energy

Lin's design follows a number of sustainable principles so that during the rainy season water is harvested on the roof and filters down to be stored in a large container for the rest of the year. Space is

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Protests Rock Japan As Nuclear Power Restarts

Protests Rock Japan As Nuclear Power Restarts

Japan’s status as a nuclear-free nation was short-lived. Just two months after officials shuttered the country's final nuclear power plant, it has now restarted two reactors amid concerns about energy

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Wellington’s Kumutoto Toilets Resemble Giant Sea Monsters With a Tail for Ventilation

Wellington’s Kumutoto Toilets Resemble Giant Sea Monsters With a Tail for Ventilation

These scaly public restrooms in New Zealand look like giant sea monsters, but their form actually follows function, as the shape of the tail promotes natural ventilation. When commissioned to design a

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Study Finds Western World Must Halve Meat Consumption To Feed Global Population By 2050

Study Finds Western World Must Halve Meat Consumption To Feed Global Population By 2050

Meat in a Shop Window Photo from Shutterstock It is estimated that the world's population will reach 9.3 billion people by 2050, which raises significant questions as to how exactly we are going to

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3D Badger Tracking Technology to Be Modified for Emergency Search and Rescue Situations

3D Badger Tracking Technology to Be Modified for Emergency Search and Rescue Situations

A team from Oxford University has modified technology that was originally developed to track badgers underground so that it can be used to locate people in an emergency situations, such as a natural

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Underground Carbon Capture and Storage Could Cause Devastating Earthquakes

Underground Carbon Capture and Storage Could Cause Devastating Earthquakes

Carbon dioxide storage has long been discussed as a way of offsetting emissions from construction companies and other polluters. However it has also faced severe criticism as being a way for rich firms to

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Japanese Mayor Announces Plans to Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

Japanese Mayor Announces Plans to Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

Nuclear Power Station image from Shutterstock Despite shutting down all their nuclear plants last month in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has hinted that its relationship with nuclear

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Japanese Robotics Lab Launches New Robot for Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japanese Robotics Lab Launches New Robot for Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Meet “Rosemary” – a new emergency response robot prototype developed by the Future Robotics Technology Center for work at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in northern Japan, which

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New Report Unveils the Impact of Fukushima Radiation on Marine Life

New Report Unveils the Impact of Fukushima Radiation on Marine Life

According to a new report published in the highly-respected journal PNAS, the levels of radiation caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster and experienced by marine organisms throughout the food chain

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40 Tons of Japanese Tsunami Debris Land on Alaskan Island

40 Tons of Japanese Tsunami Debris Land on Alaskan Island

40 tons of debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan just washed up on Montague Island in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Today workers today launched a massive cleanup on the largest uninhabited island

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Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Fukushima Radiation Finally Below “Cancer-Causing Levels”

Residents of Japan may be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced that radiation levels in most of the country are “below cancer-causing

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After Closure of All Nuclear Power Plants, Japan Urges Population To Cut Power Use By 15% To Avoid Blackouts

After Closure of All Nuclear Power Plants, Japan Urges Population To Cut Power Use By 15% To Avoid Blackouts

Since Japan shut down all its nuclear power stations in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the country has been exploring ways to replace the 30 percent of national power which was generated by nuclear

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