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PHOTOS: Take a Look Inside Shigeru Ban's Spectacular New Aspen Art Museum!

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Lucasfilm's New Singapore Headquarters is a Giant Glass Sandcrawler!

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JAHN'S Leatop Plaza Becomes South China's First LEED Gold Certified Building!

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California Considers Waiving Environmental Laws to Win Tesla Gigafactory

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The office of California Governor Jerry Brown has revealed it is considering legislation to ease environmental compliance laws for Tesla Motors in an effort to woo the company to build its first Gigafactory in the state. Despite the electric vehicle manufacturer’s headquarters and assembly line already being based in California, the state lags behind the other four contenders in the competition to secure the Gigafactory development. However, given the green fanfare surrounding the Tesla end product, is making an exception to existing environmental legislation for the company really sending the right message?

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5 Species That Eat Pollution for Breakfast

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Tiny Glass and Timber Cabin Cleverly Folds Open to Blend in With the Dutch Landscape

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The Sanctuaria Project Provides a Last Refuge for Disappearing Plant Species

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Designed by Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar, a Dutch designer who aims to bridge the gap between nature and man-made objects, Sanctuaria is an art installation aimed to preserve miniature pieces of nature. This series of work consists of a series of capsules that carry endangered plant species such as orchids, ferns and mosses from tropical rainforests around the globe. Sanctuaria becomes a final refuge, as its name would imply, since the ecosystems that housed these little life forms have already been destroyed. Currently, the project features 2 as-yet unnamed species of orchid obtained from cut trees in Asia, but they can house any number of different endangered plants. With habitat loss and destruction so prevalent all over the world, Sanctuaria capsules may provide homes to species that would otherwise be lost to the world forever.

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All photos by  Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar; illustration by Paco Kamil


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Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

by , 08/13/14

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Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan while the sounds of the city surround you: the cabbie is honking his horn, the store owner is blasting music, and construction workers are carrying on a loud conversation. Now imagine that all of this noise gives your smartphone a battery boost! This scenario could be a reality soon thanks to scientists from Nokia and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), who have successfully charged a phone using zinc oxide nanowires that convert sound-caused vibrations into electricity — called the piezoelectric effect.

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Explore 6 High Line-Inspired Copy Cats Changing Cities Across the Globe

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Glowing Paper Cave Puts the Cubicle to Shame in Japan

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Theo Jansen's Kinetic Strandbeest Sculptures are Fantastic, Sand-Walking Behemoths

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Gauzy Fabric Shade Extension Protects Kids from the Sun in Paris

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Smart Street Lamps Get Their Own IP Addresses to Help Copenhagen Go Carbon Neutral by 2025

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As part of its quest to be carbon neutral by 2025, Copenhagen is looking hard at the kind of street lamps it should have. The city is setting up an experimental laboratory called the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab (DOLL) in the suburb of Albertslund, where different smart street lamps will be featured and tested. The lab will cover about 9.2 kilometers of road in Albertslund and is intended to be a space where engineers can road test their street lighting solutions and municipalities from around the world are invited to see the industry’s latest innovations. The open-air laboratory will be open to the public on September 18, 2014.

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Port Sunlight River Park: Former Landfill Reborn as Beautiful Park and Wildlife Habitat

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Historic Sydney Office Tower Turns its Paper Waste into Clean Energy!

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"Hipster Twister" Mini Tornado Stuns Park-Goers in Williamsburg,…

"Holy cow! No, don't go in the middle," yelled onlooker Michael Gambale as he shot this video of what looks like a mini tornado at McCarren Park this past Sunday. Park-goers at the…

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Santiago Calatrava's Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

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Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology Building spans 200,000 square feet and is constructed from lightweight aluminum, concrete, and glass. These robust materials are…

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Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of Electricity

Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of…

The annual Shell-Eco Marathon challenges student teams around the world to design the best ultra energy-efficient vehicle, which is then put to the test during racing events in Asia,…

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Kenya's New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million Liters of Water!

Kenya's New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million…

In 2013, PITCHAfrica's Waterbank School in Kenya was named the "Greenest School on Earth." Now another of their projects has just officially opened at the Endana Secondary School in…

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Join Malibu Unites to Help Advocate for Non-toxic American Schools

Join Malibu Unites to Help Advocate for Non-toxic American Schools

Schools in America are more toxic than ever. Luckily, there are groups like Malibu Unites - a coalition of concerned parents, teachers, community members, scientists, public figures and…

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