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Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

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Scientists at the University of Glasgow have made an exciting clean energy production breakthrough: they’ve discovered a new method for extracting hydrogen from water that is not only safer than current methods, it’s also an incredible 30 times faster. The process, published in the journal Science, also resolves issues associated with storing electricity generated by renewable resources by using that electricity to produce hydrogen, which can then be stored for later use.

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Kia Prices the All-Electric 2015 Soul EV at $33,700, Slightly Higher Than the Nissan Leaf

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Kia just announced pricing for its first electric car! The 2015 Kia Soul EV will arrive later this year starting at $33,700. With a price tag just shy of $34k before any tax incentives, the Soul EV will be pricier than the Nissan Leaf.

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

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India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world – the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing communication network, the Indian government has announced plans to erect as many as 2,200 solar-powered mobile communication towers in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

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Can Americans Rediscover Their Love of Rail Travel?

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“Trainsforming America” is a new documentary that takes a hard look at why America has fallen behind the rest of the world when it comes to properly investing in an efficient passenger rail system. Filmmakers Rebecca Autumn Sansom and Katie Chen interview rail riders, experts and policymakers to find out what people think about the future of passenger rail in the country. Chen travels to Europe to experience their passenger rail system and compares the ease of train travel on the other side of the Atlantic to America’s antiquated rail system. Once the envy of the world, U.S. rail has fallen into disrepair and forces most Americans to rely on overloaded roads and overburdened airports.

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Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

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Astana Installs Philips LED Lighting to Create an Energy-Efficient City Skyline

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Following in the footsteps of New York’s Empire State Building and the London Eye, the city of Astana recently replaced the lighting systems of three major city landmarks with LED lighting from Philips Color Kinetics. By installing LEDs, the city has managed to slash the energy costs of illuminating the three iconic symbols of Astana–the Baiterek Monument, Tulpar Bridge, and Maral Bridge–by 85%. The LEDs are also hooked up to a wireless control system that can be used to create a light show through the customization of the lights’ brightness, pattern, and color.

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st for what organizers are predicting will be the largest climate march in history. The People’s Climate March is timed to coincide with a UN summit on the climate crisis where Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will be facilitating talks with world leaders on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of reaching a significant agreement at the 2015 climate conference in Paris.

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Coniferous Clock Shows the Passing of Time With Browning Cedar Leaves

by , 09/12/14

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Japanese collective Bril has created a clock without ticking hands or numbers – instead, it marks the passage of time through browning of cedar leaves. Inspired by cedar boughs used in sake production, the Coniferous Clock consists of cedar branches tied together and clipped into a sphere. As the months go by the branches slowly turn brown to signal the passing of the year.

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Four Visionary Designs Unveiled for D.C.'s First Elevated Park

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Enter the 2015 Better Philadelphia Urban Planning Student Challenge for a Chance to Win $5,000!

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filed under: Design Competitions

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The Philadelphia Center for Architecture just launched the 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge, an annual competition (formerly the Ed Bacon Student Design Competition) that challenges university-level students from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia. This year’s brief focuses on the ‘Future of Petty Island,’ a largely forgotten and underutilized landmass located on the Delaware River. Competition participants are asked to develop visionary new uses for Petty Island that will creatively address today and tomorrow’s cultural, environmental, and economic needs. Pre-registration for the competition is free. The first place winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize.

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Horse-Drawn Carriages Anger Animal Lovers at New York Fashion Week

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Argentine designer Victor de Souza’s New York Fashion Week show drew crowds last week, but not everyone was there to see the clothes. Many were protesters from PETA, NYCLASS, and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages denouncing the designer’s decision to have horse carriages pull his models down a “moving runway.”

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Creating Change: Sunshine Sustainability

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Every entrepreneur has a story. For Will Breiholz, President of California Solar, his biggest challenge was landing his first job, while still working on earning the trust of his clients by developing a track record. Will has found success in his business by remaining even-keeled throughout the process, which is tough to do through the successes and setbacks.
 
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Traffic Lights of the Future Will Predict and React to Traffic in Real-Time

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Traffic lights haven’t changed much over the years. We’ve added cameras here and sensors there, but the basic concept is the same. Now, traffic engineers across the country are working with traffic light technology that will be able to change the future of driving. Someday soon, traffic lights will be able to manage traffic by predicting driver behavior and reacting instantly to traffic patterns, making traffic move smoothly and even reducing emissions.

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National Parks Now Competition: Submit Your Ideas to Reshape the National Parks Visitor Experience!

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In celebration of its centennial in 2016, the National Park Service has teamed up with the Van Alen Institute to launch National Parks Now, a competition that seeks design strategies for a more modernized National Parks experience. Open to multidisciplinary teams of young professionals, the competition highlights four parks in the Northeast Region: the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (Paterson, NJ), a historic birthplace of American textile manufacturing; Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, NY), the estate of President Theodore Roosevelt; Steamtown National Historic Site (Scranton, PA), one of the world’s most important monuments to the steam locomotive; and the Weir Farm National Historic Site (Ridgefield, CT), the summer estate of the artist Julian Alden Weir. Four teams—one for each park site—will be selected to receive a $15,000 stipend each to participate in a six-month, collaborative research and design process that explores the themes of region, engagement, narrative, and place. At the conclusion of this phase, one team will be selected to receive an additional $10,000 to create a prototype for one of their strategies, which will be implemented at their site in summer of 2015.

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Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the Power of Digital Prefabrication

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Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

A consortium from Australia's CSIRO and Melbourne and Monash Universities just announced that its printable solar cells are on the verge of commercialization. The technology uses a…

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Dino Pet is a Living Toy That Glows in the Dark With Bioluminescence

Dino Pet is a Living Toy That Glows in the Dark With Bioluminescence

Have you dreamed of owning your own living dinosaur, but just haven’t been able to find the space or time (or dinosaur)? Don’t worry, your dreams are about to come true. Meet…

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Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

The Boa Nova Tea House was one of Álvaro Siza's first completed projects, and it served as a restaurant for many years. Located about 300 meters from the road in Motosinhos to the…

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World's First 'Stealth' Wind Farm Will Not Interfere With Radar Systems

World's First 'Stealth' Wind Farm Will Not Interfere With Radar…

French energy company EDF is joining forces with wind turbine firm Vestas to create the world's first 'stealth' wind farm, which is designed to minimize interference to radar systems.…

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Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

The Amazon Rainforest saw a 29 percent jump in deforestation last year, spelling bad news for one of the world’s most important forests and the future of humanity. According to the…

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