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Chicago prize winners reveal their visions for the Obama Presidential Library

Chicago prize winners reveal their visions for the Obama Presidential Library

With two years left in his presidency, Barack Obama is wasting no time on the future Obama Presidential Library. While proposals stream in from Chicago, New York, and Hawaii, the three cities vying for

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Would you want to stay the night in this fiery dragon-inspired bed and breakfast?

Would you want to stay the night in this fiery dragon-inspired bed and breakfast?

The design comes from South Korean architecture firm Moon Hoon. The dragon-inspired structure is located in Jeju, an island just south of the Korean mainland, which is largely a vacation

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VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed,

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night, next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot -- or in the parking lot of a Walmart -- or wherever we may be at the moment, and I

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This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build

For the past 25 years, adventurer Dan Price has lived in a series of adorable hobbit-like tiny homes on two acres of breathtaking forested land in Eastern Oregon. His most recent structure may be teeny

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Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple is the latest player in a movement by American corporations to make big investments in renewable energy. The tech company just announced a deal to put $848 million into the California Flats Solar

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How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

When the city of Berkeley kept shutting off power to his unconventionally-zoned artists compound, Jim Mason took matters into his own hands; he built a gasifier to turn plant waste into a source of off

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Asif Khan creates spectacular furniture with flowers

Asif Khan creates spectacular furniture with flowers

No longer a background flower, designer Asif Khan has taken the subdued aesthetic of Gypsophila (better known as Baby's Breath) and let it bloom into something splendid to sit on. Kahn began working

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you prepared to weather a winter storm?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you prepared to weather a winter storm?

With climate change causing historic blizzards from New York to Hawaii, many people might be caught unprepared when the skies explode all over us. This infographic offers some great advice on how 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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Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

The Bangladeshi government intends for every household in the nation to be powered by solar energy by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing

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Visitors can climb all over the new cafe at Lisbon’s Vertigo Climbing Center

Visitors can climb all over the new cafe at Lisbon’s Vertigo Climbing Center

João Quintela and Tim Simon’s innovative café for a climbing gym in Lisbon invites visitors to climb up and over it! The design team collaborated for the Vertigo Pavilion, creating a multi-use timber

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kraftwerk is a fuel cell-powered portable charger that fits in your pocket

kraftwerk is a fuel cell-powered portable charger that fits in your pocket

kraftwerk gives you electronic freedom with the ability to charge your electronic devices no matter where you go. The handheld device is like a tiny, portable power plant that keeps your tablets, phones

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This cleverly designed bamboo bike charges mobile devices

This cleverly designed bamboo bike charges mobile devices

Bambootec, a consortium from Yucatán, Mexico, has created a bamboo bicycle that turns pedaling into electricity for charging mobile devices. (It even has a navigation dashboard in the handlebars which

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Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

Christian Schallerton has retrofitted a tiny apartment up with a vast view of Barcelona into an incredible transforming home that packs a lot of living space into a tiny footprint. Inspired by boat

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Snøhetta selected to design Le Monde headquarters in Paris

Snøhetta selected to design Le Monde headquarters in Paris

The Le Monde Group selected Norwegian studio Snøhetta to design their new headquarters in Paris. The architects will work with local studio SRA on the design, which will comprise a twisted structure clad

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6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

Musicians have sung about environmental stewardship and preservation forever. Think about Woodstock back in the 70's and now the more recent Bonnaroo festival held in Tennessee every summer. Amount of

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Streetlights powered by solar and wind could be lighting up your neighborhood soon

Streetlights powered by solar and wind could be lighting up your neighborhood soon

The world’s first independently powered street lighting system could be lighting up a neighborhood near you someday soon. Barcelona-based researcher Ramon Bargallo, has developed a 10-meter-high street

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How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

  With its capacity to power 160,000 average-sized American homes, the Topaz Solar Farm in southern California is one of the largest solar farms in the world. This sea of 9 million solar panels

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Charles Wright’s self-sufficient Alkira House in Northern Australia on sale for $15 million

Charles Wright’s self-sufficient Alkira House in Northern Australia on sale for $15 million

The Alkira Resort House shocked the design world when it emerged like a spacecraft from the World Heritage rainforests of Queensland, Australia, in 2012. After serving as an off-the-grid vacation rental,

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Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

In 2014, Germany’s capacity for wind power generation jumped to more than double the previous year’s figures. The work of 543 offshore wind turbines establish Germany’s offshore wind power capacity

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Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Solar power and biogas solutions are helping residents of a remote Thai village to create their own grid. Those who live in Pa Deng in Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi, have homes that seem to have remained

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GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

Increasing traffic congestion—along with energy, pollution, parking and maintenance hassles—are definitely creating a demand for smart, two-wheel solutions for getting around cities, university

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California chefs face death threats for foie gras dishes

California chefs face death threats for foie gras dishes

California chefs are facing death threats after a federal judge overturned a law stating that foie gras must be off menus in California restaurants. Foie gras is a duck's liver and the fatty delicacy is

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Detroit Electric’s SP:01 will be the world’s fastest two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in 2016

Detroit Electric’s SP:01 will be the world’s fastest two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in 2016

Detroit Electric just unveiled the production version of the SP:01 electric sports car, which the automaker says will be the fastest pure-electric, two-seater electric car when it hits the streets in

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to be the hottest

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Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that’s big on contemporary style

Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that’s big on contemporary style

Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses had two main design goals when they started the Boulder project: first, to design a tiny house with a more contemporary aesthetic, and second, to complete a high-quality model

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This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge

If you’re in the produce business, getting your goods to the market while they're still fresh is imperative. In some countries where the climate is fairly warm, that can be a daunting, if not almost

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Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

While renewable energy has been getting more affordable for residential installations, that has not always been the case on a commercial scale. For years, the solar and wind industries were unable to

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Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm in Morocco will power 1.5 million homes

Africa’s largest wind farm, the Tarfaya Energy Project, has finally begun producing green energy off Morocco’s Southern Atlantic Coast. Sprawling over 22,000 acres, the 131 wind turbine project began

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