Unbelievable Challenge unveils winning designs for Santa Claus' Arctic logistics center

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Steven Holl Architects wins precedent-setting competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing

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25 DIY gifts you can put together in mere minutes

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25 DIY gifts to make in minutes

It’s likely that we’ve all been in situations where we’ve been short on cash at the holidays, or scrambled at the last minute to put together presents for people we forgot to add to our shopping list. Fortunately, there are several fabulous DIY gifts that can be created in 10 minutes (or less), and this infographic lists 25 of them! So, if you’re running short on time but have some cool supplies on hand, you can whip together anything from a body scrub to a recipe book, snow globe, or even a jar full of dog biscuits. Read on after the jump to find some great DIY presents for your friends, neighbors, and co-workers today.

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DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

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The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia from their house! However, the rapidly changing climate, which is changing faster in Alaska than anywhere else in the nation, is keeping the Chukchi Sea from freezing as early as it used to – leaving the shoreline exposed to fall and winter storms. It’s also melting the permafrost upon which the town’s nearly 600 residents have built their homes, and the island is eroding as the permafrost melts.

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

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Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

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You’ve probably seen heatmaps showing your area’s real estate prices, but they often don’t show the whole picture. Hoping to tell a more comprehensive story about average home prices in NYC, real estate developer Constantine Valhouli came up with a detailed illustration – sort of a bar chart overlaid upon a city map – showing the city’s 325 neighborhoods extruded based on sales price per square foot. The resulting images demonstrate how areas within the same boroughs (and often right next to one another) are composed of incredibly different sub-markets, and even point out pockets of value that exist within close distance to Manhattan. For example, Jersey City apartments go for about $400/sq.ft despite being about a 10-minute commute whereas comparably priced neighborhoods in upper Manhattan, northwest Queens, or emerging parts of Brooklyn can be up to 35 minutes away.

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Video: Mona Caron’s blooming murals pay homage to resilient weeds

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BMW's i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

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Several cars on the market already have technology that allows them to park themselves without total interaction from the driver, but none of them allow you to completely get out of the car while it parks itself—until now. BMW has revealed a unique i3 prototype that features the company’s newest technology, which allows the i3 to drive to a parking spot and fully park itself while its driver walks off.

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

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Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary material for the home’s furniture and a distinguishing dividing feature within the compact layout. The finished Plywood Trio apartment offers residents an elegant, efficient living space.

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Espresso is a compact urban bicycle designed for Asian cities

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Most bicycles on the market today cater to Caucasian riders, which is why Taiwanese design studio Gearlab designed Espresso, a smaller and more compact bicycle created for the average East Asian rider. Designed to help convince Taipei locals to swap their cars for two wheels, the Espresso Urban Bike is equipped with smaller 20-inch-rim wheels, making it easier to tout around in the cramped living spaces characteristic of high-density Asian cities. The majority of the bike is hand-assembled in Gearlab’s Taipei studio and comes with a front basket, chain guard, kickstand, fenders, and a built-in locking solution. Espresso was awarded with the 2014 Best Design award in the Golden Pin Design Awards.

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VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

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New York City's First Cat Cafe opens on the LES (PHOTOS)

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Want to know what it’s like inside the Meow Parlour cat cafe? Come along with me…

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Greenland's ice is melting faster than previously thought

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Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at a much faster rate than expected according to a new study released Monday in Nature Climate Change. Data from satellites led the study to conclude that Greenland is likely to develop more lakes “that speed up melt,” which would add as much as 20 feet to sea levels.

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15 Affordable Green Gifts Under $50

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Want to get your friends and family great green gifts but don’t have a lot to spend? Our 2014 Gifts Under $50 Guide is chock full of interesting, eco-friendly and off-the-beaten path presents everyone will love. From this cool cutter that turns old bottles into glasses to a handmade scarf that doubles as a purse to a handy kit that lets you can your own food at home, check out all of the affordable gift ideas in our guide here.

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Glumac's pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac's pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener…

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural…

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INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

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Studies show that sustainable learning environments can be a big advantage for students, improving their well-being, happiness and even their cognitive processes. But how can parents…

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The new male birth control pill could be up to 99% effective!

The new male birth control pill could be up to 99% effective!

Men! The responsibility for whether you have children or not could soon be completely upon you. According to scientists from Airlangga University in Indonesia, a male contraceptive…

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Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of escape

Wooden Flight House is a mountain home inspired by the prospect of…

The two wings of the house offer very different experiences – in the main living space the large room has polished concrete floors that extend outside, while the bedroom wing rests…

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VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats your home for pennies a day

VIDEO: How to make an electricity-free radiant space heater that heats…

Would you believe that you can heat your space with a few candles and a couple of flower pots, all for just pennies a day? It might be difficult to imagine, but it's easy to do, as this…

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