General Motors finds a new use for used Chevy Volt batteries

General Motors finds a new use for used Chevy Volt batteries

The number of electric vehicles hitting the market continues to grow each year and with that comes the concern about what we'll do with all the lithium-ion batteries that power the EVs.…

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NYC's oldest bridge renovated into biking trail

NYC's oldest bridge renovated into biking trail

Highbridge Park “The quality of the work is phenomenal,” said Ellen Macnow, a parks department official who has worked on the project, off and on, for 18 years. “We had…

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HAO’s repurposed Wood Shed mimics Taiwan’s forest landscape

HAO’s repurposed Wood Shed mimics Taiwan’s forest landscape

The building envelope’s tree-like silhouettes were inspired by the cypress forests of Alishan National Park, a national gem and popular destination located in Taiwan’s mountainous…

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Barcelona artists use old tires as street art to revitalize the city

Barcelona artists use old tires as street art to revitalize the city

Related: This building in Venice is covered in 1,000 used car tires Via Behance Images © Pneumàtic Pneumàtic, reused tires, salvaged tires, artwork, barcelona, barcelona…

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California rules that Uber driver is an employee, not a contractor

California rules that Uber driver is an employee, not a contractor

Uber is well known to city dwellers as a welcome alternative to the taxi cab. At the swipe of a smartphone, a driver magically appears to whisk the rider away. While Uber may seem a…

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Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion…

Over the past several decades, the cost of solar power has declined dramatically, from $40/watt in 1977 to $0.74/watt in 2013. This trend is expected to accelerate as improvements in…

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These living algae lamps produce light, heat, and a protein-packed snack

These living algae lamps produce light, heat, and a protein-packed…

The future of furniture might also be the future of food. Or is that the other way around? Designers are increasingly turning to microalgae, which is effectively a “liquid plant,”…

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Indiana's first black bear in over 140 years spotted in the wild

Indiana's first black bear in over 140 years spotted in the wild

Wildlife officials have evidence that a black bear has visited Indiana for the first time in 144 years. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says a young male black bear left paw…

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Google's Nest unveils new Protect smoke alarm, first security camera

Google's Nest unveils new Protect smoke alarm, first security camera

At a much-hyped press conference in San Francisco today, Nest rolled out a significant batch of new and updated products for their smart home brand. In addition to updates to the Nest…

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These affordable bamboo houses were built for just $2,500 each

These affordable bamboo houses were built for just $2,500 each

Atelier COLE, Building Trust International, and Habitat for Humanity Cambodia teamed up to design an affordable and eco-friendly housing scheme for families affected by HIV/AIDS. The…

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Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to climate change

Largest toxic algae bloom in West Coast history may be linked to…

The west coast is awash in the largest toxic algae bloom ever for the region, according to researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz. The bloom first appeared in May and…

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Thousands of keys strung from blood-red yarn evoke Japan's Great Tohoku Earthquake

Thousands of keys strung from blood-red yarn evoke Japan's Great…

One of the most evocative spaces of Venice Art Biennale 2015 is, no doubt, the Japanese Pavilion. Once you step inside of it, you dive into a suggestive world tangled by hundreds of…

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Electric vehicle sales in the UK soar 366% in the first quarter of 2015

Electric vehicle sales in the UK soar 366% in the first quarter of…

UK research firm Business Green has announced that electric vehicle sales have grown a whopping 366% percent in the first part of 2015. This leap in the direction of green and…

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California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and nobody is stopping them

California oil refineries use 94 million gallons of water a day and…

In California, the ground is dry, cracking, and sinking faster than ever. Farmers are walking away from hundreds of thousands of acres of croplands because there is no water to…

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Timber-clad Linnebo House is built into the hillside overlooking Oslo

Timber-clad Linnebo House is built into the hillside overlooking Oslo

Halfway between the urban Norwegian capital and miles of forest, House Linnebo stands out with its darkened wood façade, which was treated with oil and charred to accentuate the…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

INFOGRAPHIC: Why solar panels are an affordable and smart investment

Want to save some green while going green? You may want to start with solar: a source of renewable energy that’s more affordable now than ever. As one of the most energy efficient…

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Paxton Gate founder launches RareField Design/Build office in San Francisco

Paxton Gate founder launches RareField Design/Build office in San…

Who is RareField? If you live in San Francisco and enjoy eating out, there's a good chance that you've visited one of their projects without even realizing it. Flour and Water, Central…

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Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Auneau Cultural Center in France mimics local covered market

Set back from the street, the Auneau Cultural Center is clad in a high performance concrete skin and glazed glass curtains, together keeping energy use low while efficiently making the…

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Ten solutions to California's drought

Ten solutions to California's drought

Desalination systems Carlsbad, plus small scale solar alternatives Fog…

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New Astoria ferry service can get you to Manhattan faster than the subway

New Astoria ferry service can get you to Manhattan faster than the…

Hallet’s Cove in Astoria will be home to a new ferry terminal, the New York City Economic Development Corp. announced June 4. The terminal is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s larger…

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Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed

Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt…

If you live in the US or the UK, you are probably familiar with the scourge of Japanese Knotweed, even if you don’t know it. Japanese Knotweed is one of the world’s most invasive…

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Gorgeous forest home in Sweden makes living deliberately stylish

Gorgeous forest home in Sweden makes living deliberately stylish

Thoreau went to the woods to live deliberately, but the future inhabitants of Villa Altona will live in the woods with deliberate style.

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Hungarian artist creates a living, breathing wall of plastic bags to connect people with nature

Hungarian artist creates a living, breathing wall of plastic bags to…

Using over 250 plastic shopping bags in blue, white, and yellow, Koronczi built a “living” wall along the riverfront in Budapest. The installation was erected in early May and was…

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Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable energy

Obama Administration announces $4 billion fund to bolster renewable…

The Obama Administration’s support for clean energy took on a new dimension this week, as the White House announced plans to invest $4 billion to help generate capital investment for…

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Susanna Bauer crochets dead leaves into delicate mini masterpieces

Susanna Bauer crochets dead leaves into delicate mini masterpieces

Dead leaves, with their satisfying crunchy textures, can be so brittle that they break with the slightest touch. In the hands of German artist Susanna Bauer, however, these delicate…

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Abandoned Chinese fishing village is completely covered in lush vegetation

Abandoned Chinese fishing village is completely covered in lush…

Related: Gouqi island is located in the Shengsi archipelago of about 400 islands. Jane Qing captured the stunning images of this city of seemingly endless buildings, which were a…

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The FDA just officially banned artificial trans fats

The FDA just officially banned artificial trans fats

Artificial trans fats are now officially banned by the FDA. Partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of artificial trans fats in processed foods is linked to heart disease.…

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The spectacular Palazzo Italia building in Milan is a smog-eating machine

The spectacular Palazzo Italia building in Milan is a smog-eating…

Going to Expo-2015? Don’t forget to drop in Palazzo Italia, one of the best exhibition’s pavilions at this year Expo. Its striking and sustainable exterior as well as the unique…

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Zaha Hadid unveils sinuous skyscrapers for Australia’s Gold Coast

Zaha Hadid unveils sinuous skyscrapers for Australia’s Gold Coast

Zaha Hadid Architects just unveiled designs for a pair of proposed sculptural skyscrapers for Mariner’s Cove on Australia’s Gold Coast. Designed with Hadid’s signature sinuous…

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Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Teenagers create $13 door handle that kills 99.8% of germs on contact

Two teens from Hong Kong have created a new door handle that wipes out 99.8 percent of all germs on contact, potentially revolutionizing the hygiene industry. Realizing how many germs…

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Tesla's upcoming Model 3 will be a family of electric vehicles

Tesla's upcoming Model 3 will be a family of electric vehicles

The world is eagerly awaiting Tesla's mass-market Model 3 and although we've yet to see the $35,000 electric car, Tesla has just revealed that it will be offered in more than one body…

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Pope Francis' leaked encyclical calls for global government action against climate change

Pope Francis' leaked encyclical calls for global government action…

We’ve long known that Pope Francis has a great many thoughts about climate change, and that he has been preparing to release a hefty encyclical to illustrate his stance and urge the…

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Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Tesla's Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever, and the home battery has already sold out through 2016. The company is currently constructing the…

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Astronaut Terry Virts captures images of the Great Pyramids and Earth like you've never seen it before

Astronaut Terry Virts captures images of the Great Pyramids and Earth…

NASA astronaut Terry Virts has just returned to Earth, after spending a scenic 200 days aboard the International Space Station. During his lengthy journey, the astronaut has shared some…

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Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New Zealand

Solar-powered hospital heals patients with sustainable design in New…

Completed late last year, the three-story-tall and spacious Kathleen Kilgour Centre is estimated to provide local cancer-treatment options for approximately 600 patients. The…

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New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by 2030

New FBI Florida Headquarters will be completely self-sustaining by…

“This building expresses the dignity, enterprise, vigor, and stability of the United States government, while the landscape connects to the native environment by restoring wetlands…

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Eden furniture is made from tree branches found in the woods

Eden furniture is made from tree branches found in the woods

Everything in the economy revolves around consumption. Manufacturers constantly provide new designs or models, making existing products redundant or old fashioned. This phenomenon…

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Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change

Polar bears are eating dolphins stranded by climate change

  Arctic polar bears have been forced to rethink their diet, thanks to climate change. No, they aren’t considering vegetarianism to help offset the droughts in other parts…

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NOTlab unveils modular LEGO-like planters for succulents

NOTlab unveils modular LEGO-like planters for succulents

The new Plant Experiment by NOTlabs is a limited collection of LEGO-like walnut planters. The different rectangular shapes and sizes were CNC milled from a single block of walnut and…

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Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Old city buses to be reborn as homeless shelters in Hawaii

Honolulu has come under fire in the past year for it's ways of addressing homelessness on the island of Oahu; with police officers citing the homeless for a variety of pedestrian…

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