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Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

Amphibious Ichthyosaur Fossil Found in China Fills Evolutionary “Missing Link”

A team in China led by researchers from the University of California, Davis have discovered the first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur. Ichthyosaurs were dolphin-like marine reptiles that thrived

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14 Unique and Spectacular Staircases Around the World

14 Unique and Spectacular Staircases Around the World

This post was written by Anne of AH Interiors, an interior designer with other 20 years of experience, based in Henley-on-Thames, England.  Slide Staircase by Rodney Miller Not only does this

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6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins Sedlec Ossuary Monastery of San Francisco   San Bernardino alle Ossa Czermna Chapel Capela dos Ossos Our Lady of the Conception of the

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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Zombie-Powered Vertical Farm Keeps Inhabitants Safe from the Living Dead

Zombie-Powered Vertical Farm Keeps Inhabitants Safe from the Living Dead

Just in case Night of the Living Dead becomes a reality, zombie enthusiasts across the globe are gearing up to plan for the potential zombie apocalypse. The folks at Architects Southwest have devised a

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6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

Tourner Autour du Ried If you're worried about what to do with an overabundance of corn, you could always follow in the footsteps of StAndré-Lang Architectes and build a giant home clad in corn cobs.

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SoNo Arhitekti Unveils Prismatic Slovenia Pavilion for the 2015 World Expo

SoNo Arhitekti Unveils Prismatic Slovenia Pavilion for the 2015 World Expo

SoNo Arhiteki won the bid to design the Slovenian Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo. Inspired by the expo's theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," SoNo Arhiteki based their sawtooth pavilion off the

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Mischer’traxler’s ‘Reversed Volumes’ Bowls are Cast From Fruits and Vegetables

Mischer’traxler’s ‘Reversed Volumes’ Bowls are Cast From Fruits and Vegetables

Vienna-based Mischer'traxler captured the textures and shapes of different vegetables to create a colorful line of tablewear. Called Reversed Volumes, the long-lasting ceramic vessels are imprinted with

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Czech Republic’s Prefab Pavilion is Built Around a Swimming Pool to Keep Cool at the 2015 World Expo

Czech Republic’s Prefab Pavilion is Built Around a Swimming Pool to Keep Cool at the 2015 World Expo

The three-story, prefabricated pavilion features a long rectangular swimming pool with a bar at its entrance. Inside, visitors will have a choice of three restaurants as well as a series of exhibition

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illy Launches sustainArt Cups to Support Emerging Artists and Sustainable Coffee

illy Launches sustainArt Cups to Support Emerging Artists and Sustainable Coffee

Italian coffee roasting company illy has unveiled a new limited edition cup collection to support emerging artists and raise awareness for coffee sustainability. Designed to follow the EXPO 2015 theme

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Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

The world remains perplexed by the mysterious and dramatic decline in our wild bee populations, but that hasn't stopped designers like Dutch artist AnneMarie van Splunter from trying to help out. In a bid

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The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team

The Oldest Pyramid in Egypt is Being Destroyed by its Own Restoration Team

The oldest pyramid in Egypt, the Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, is being destroyed by the very company the Egyptian government has hired to restore it. The roughly 4,600-year-old structure has been in

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Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

German light bulb maker LEDON enlisted Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada to create the impossible- a light bulb made from wood. Fukusada created the illusionary lamp by wrapping an LED bulb in a thin

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Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

People who love architecture tend to love wild spaces as well: after all, buildings and landscapes complement one another, right? Well, imagine being able to study architecture design in a forest

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Towering Bamboo Lotus Pavilion for the World Expo 2015

Vo Trong Nghia's lotus pavilion was inspired by local flora, but it holds a universal message. "Growing from the muddy ponds it rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. The flower is proof

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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 Decathlon Europe 2014

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

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This Simple Laundry Additive Could Turn Your Shirt (or Pants, or Dress…) into a Mobile Air Purifier

This Simple Laundry Additive Could Turn Your Shirt (or Pants, or Dress…) into a Mobile Air Purifier

Air purifiers are great and everything, but what would it be like if you could take that air cleaning power everywhere you go, built right into your clothing? Catalytic Clothing wants to create a liquid

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Azerbaijan’s 2015 Expo Pavilion Keeps a Small Energy Footprint Inside a Slatted Timber Shell

Azerbaijan’s 2015 Expo Pavilion Keeps a Small Energy Footprint Inside a Slatted Timber Shell

The designers created a modular system within the Azerbaijan pavilion so that various levels can be reconfigured to accommodate a variety of different uses. Each floor is connected via an escalator and

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World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

Forming part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algae Canopy marks the culmination of six years worth of research. A custom designed ETFE cladding system,

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This Ring is Made of Smog Harvested From Beijing’s Polluted Skies

This Ring is Made of Smog Harvested From Beijing’s Polluted Skies

Last October we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, who developed a vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air. Now the designer is turning that smog vacuumed from the skies of

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TOBYHouse’s Colorful Inflatable Beach Ball Lamps Bring Summer Loving Inside

TOBYHouse’s Colorful Inflatable Beach Ball Lamps Bring Summer Loving Inside

Unlike their previous resin version, the new lamps are made from real beach balls, and can be deflated. The colorful clustered lamps are outfitted with LED lights and use optical patterns to create a

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Fairytale Treehouse Castle in France Offers the Perfect Forest Getaway for All Ages

Fairytale Treehouse Castle in France Offers the Perfect Forest Getaway for All Ages

There are four different treehouses to choose from, all of which feature a hot tub, and can accommodate between two and six people. Cabone Monbazillac sits at the edge of the forest, offers views of

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The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

The Best Green Designs From ICFF 2014!

We've featured TOBYHouse's resin beach ball lamps in the past - and the designer just unveiled a new inflatable version that will be available in stores! The colorful clustered lights are made from

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Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

What if your lamp and laptop could be powered by plants? Biophotovoltaics' Moss Table is an innovative furnishing that demonstrates the future potential of Bio-Photo-Voltaic (BPV) technology. Here

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Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Not everyone has a green thumb, but Swedish gardening house Coloni has found a way to allow anyone to create a beautiful indoor garden of their own. They've scoured the globe for some of the prettiest

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France’s 2015 World Expo Pavilion Challenges World Hunger with a Farm-to-Table Design

France’s 2015 World Expo Pavilion Challenges World Hunger with a Farm-to-Table Design

X-TU Architects describe the scheme as a "reversed and spectacular landscape," in that food is grown on the vaulted ceiling and walls rather than on the ground. The French pavilion innovates upon the

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IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

There were a lot of creative, efficient designs featured at Milan Design Week, but this one just might be our favorite. The RainHouse's complex rainwater harvesting system is built around IVANKA's unique

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A New Take on Posy Rings: Floral Jewelry that Kids Can Create Themselves

A New Take on Posy Rings: Floral Jewelry that Kids Can Create Themselves

When you were a child, did you ever make rings out of dandelion stems, or weave flowers into a crown to wear? Nearly every kid on the planet will decorate themselves with blossoms at some point, and these

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Exquisite Stacked Lights Are Made From Repurposed Vintage Glassware and Tinted Resin

Exquisite Stacked Lights Are Made From Repurposed Vintage Glassware and Tinted Resin

To make their glazed lights Sander Wassink and Ma'ayan Pesach started by collecting all kinds of glassware from markets and second-hand shops in and around Eindhoven. Once they had a good variety of

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CATable: A Multifunctional Work Desk to Keep Your Cat Entertained and Off Your Keyboard

CATable: A Multifunctional Work Desk to Keep Your Cat Entertained and Off Your Keyboard

The Hong Kong-based designer Hao Ruan fabricated CATable out of a solid piece of wood and hand carved a series of tunnels that run beneath a flat and function workspace. "A proper sized hole could be so

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