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Hitachi Invents Waterproof Glass ‘Disk’ That Can Store Data Forever

Hitachi Invents Waterproof Glass ‘Disk’ That Can Store Data Forever

A simple square of glass may hold the key to the vexing problem of storing data indefinitely. Developed by Hitachi, the technology prints a binary series of dots upon a sliver of quartz glass which can

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The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

If you've ever been freaked out over the dangers of riding your bicycle at night, the Xfire Bike Lane Safety Light might be able to offer you a little more security. This battery-powered safety light

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CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

CiclaLabs’ Pedal-Powered Mobile Entertainment System On Show at the European Solar Decathlon

Utilizing the combined power of a couple of efficient photovoltaic panels and bicycles employed as dynamos, the Ciclalab team provided the crowds with music and entertainment all weekend. Both the panels

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USC Libraries Unveils Amazing 3D Fractal Model Made of 49,000 Folded Business Cards

USC Libraries Unveils Amazing 3D Fractal Model Made of 49,000 Folded Business Cards

The art of origami is serious business, especially when involves folding over 49,000 business cards as part of a three-dimensional representation of an enormously complex mathematical object. On September

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Design, Sketch and Communicate With Morpholio’s New Trace App – Now Available for Free!

Design, Sketch and Communicate With Morpholio’s New Trace App – Now Available for Free!

Created by architects, Trace addresses a number of questions about how a digital culture affects the way creative work and connect with one another. It has been predicted that in 2020, there will be 50

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MVRDV Chosen to Create Green Garden Paradise in the Netherlands for Floriade 2022 Horticultural Expo

MVRDV Chosen to Create Green Garden Paradise in the Netherlands for Floriade 2022 Horticultural Expo

As the current Floriade 2012 expo wraps up in Venlo, Almere and MVRDV are excited to begin with their plans for the next expo site, which will be the greenest event yet. Almere, which is a suburb of

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A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Counter Entropy also experimented with a range of unique energy generating and saving systems, including the transfer of heat flow through carrier-fluids. As a result of this innovation, no thermodynamic

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Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

Newly Opened Los Gatos Library by Noll & Tam Architects Pursuing LEED Gold

The $14.2 million building is constructed at the foot of a wooded hillside across from the newly renamed Pageant Park. The design team at Noll & Tam Architects worked to minimize the footprint of the

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World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

Baca Architects and ZM Architecture have teamed up with Floating Concepts to design what has been dubbed the world’s first “floating leisure village” at Canting Docks in Glasgow. The

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South Korean Scientists Create Laser-Based Injection System to Replace Hypodermic Needles

South Korean Scientists Create Laser-Based Injection System to Replace Hypodermic Needles

It's fair to say that no-one likes receiving injections, yet for foreign travelers, children requiring immunizations, and flu shots, needles are an unfortunate necessity. However a team of scientists from

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New Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Aiming for LEED Silver

New Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Aiming for LEED Silver

  The design of the City Hall is marked by the iconic ‘sail’ of the council chambers room as well as the rhythmic, wave-shaped roof structure, which extends throughout the length of the

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Preparing Your Home for Green Certification

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: Preparing Your Home for Green Certification

Our Green Guide to Prefab series has explored a number of considerations that need to be made when planning for a prefab home, from siting to personal style to financing and loans. But how do you

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Vanderbilt University Students Create Green Spinach Solar Cells

Vanderbilt University Students Create Green Spinach Solar Cells

Everyone knows that Popeye got his strength from spinach, but a team of researchers at Vanderbilt University believe we harness certain properties from spinach in order to generate electricity. The team

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UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

UK Retailer Marks and Spencer Earns BREEAM Rating for New Daylit Store Near London

One of UK’s biggest retailers Marks & Spencer just opened a store on the outskirts of London - and even though it is the chain's largest retail location it has managed to attain a BREEAM

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The Netherlands’ Medieval Centraal Museum Gets a Beautiful Glazed Renovation

The Netherlands’ Medieval Centraal Museum Gets a Beautiful Glazed Renovation

The Centraal Museum features fashion, design and contemporary art alongside works by the old masters. A luscious central courtyard provides plenty of natural light and fresh air to the building's

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West African Forests Capture More Carbon Despite Drought

West African Forests Capture More Carbon Despite Drought

A research project headed by a joint team of UK and Ghanaian scientists has led to the discovery that the carbon storage capacity of protected forests in West Africa has increased, despite the region

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Cannon Design Transforms Municipal Power House into Sleek LEED Gold Headquarters

Cannon Design Transforms Municipal Power House into Sleek LEED Gold Headquarters

Originally built in 1928, the Power House occupies an entire city block, and has been designated a landmark by the National Historic Register. The red brick façade is lined with three story arched glass

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Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books in Record Breaking DNA Bio-Library the Size of a Thumbnail

Harvard Stores 70 Billion Books in Record Breaking DNA Bio-Library the Size of a Thumbnail

DNA photo from Shutterstock A team from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has discovered a way to store 70 billion books in a space the size of your thumbnail!

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UK Scientists Suggest ‘Cloud Brightening’ Could Reduce the Severity of Hurricanes

UK Scientists Suggest ‘Cloud Brightening’ Could Reduce the Severity of Hurricanes

As Hurricane Isaac approaches the Caribbean and is set to continue into the Gulf of Mexico, a team of British scientists from the University of Leeds has proposed that Marine Cloud Brightening (MCB)

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Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Solar-Powered House Lindau Blends In With Its Lakeside Setting in Germany

Lindau is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance, which sits in between southern Germany and Austria. This lakeside home is 190 sq m (2,045 sq ft) and has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an

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Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

Next-Generation High School Built in an Abandoned Mall 55 Days After Joplin Tornado

The devastating Joplin tornado killed over 150 people and destroyed many of the area schools including the high school. Rather than bus students to neighboring schools districts, the superintendent

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The Hague’s Stadskantoor Leyweg by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau Rise from the Dutch Urbanscape

The Hague’s Stadskantoor Leyweg by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau Rise from the Dutch Urbanscape

Built by Uytenhaak Architectenbureau—directed by Rudy Uytenhaak, a TU of Eindhoven's graduate and professor at TU Delft—the Hague's City Offices are one of the most striking city landmarks. The

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Willamette University’s Ford Hall is a State of the Art Academic Building in Oregon

Willamette University’s Ford Hall is a State of the Art Academic Building in Oregon

Completed in 2009, the LEED Gold Ford Hall is now home to an unusual mix of departments including mathematics, rhetoric and media studies, computer science, film studies, Russian, digital arts and music.

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Researchers Find Potential UV Exposure Risk from Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Researchers Find Potential UV Exposure Risk from Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

CFL bulb photo from Shutterstock A study by the State University of New York at Stony Brook revealed that manufacturing flaws in some compact fluorescent bulbs can lead to potential UV exposure.

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Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Ta Phin’s Bright Red Solar-Powered Community House is Made by and for Local Vietnamese

Easily visible from afar, the Ta Phin community house sits amid a verdant setting 17km from Sapa, which is popular among tourists. It comes with an herb garden to promote sustainable agriculture, along

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Dutch Scientists Create Self-Healing Nano Coating That Could Keep Your Car Permanently Clean!

Dutch Scientists Create Self-Healing Nano Coating That Could Keep Your Car Permanently Clean!

Hydrophobic surface photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a coating with a surface that repairs itself after damage. Based upon the

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Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye Architects Create A Modern and Eco-Friendly Studio On The Ruins Of An Old Barn

Nicolas Tye started his architecture firm in his private home, but soon he had more employees than he had space, so they needed to expand. Tye chose to keep the office on-site and to build a modern space

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Book Forest: Berlin Turns Fallen Tree Trunks Into a Free Book Exchange!

Book Forest: Berlin Turns Fallen Tree Trunks Into a Free Book Exchange!

The book exchange kiosk is set amidst a tree lined block in Prenzlauer Berg, in front of a quaint dessert café. All throughout the day, neighborhood residents young and old busily use the Bucherwald,

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Dieter Roth’s ‘Gartenskulptur’ Is an Ever-Growing Art Installation Celebrating Recycled and Decaying Materials

Dieter Roth’s ‘Gartenskulptur’ Is an Ever-Growing Art Installation Celebrating Recycled and Decaying Materials

Roth’s piece has traveled to museums around the world, portraying the cycle of life and objects to its international visitors. At first the structure looks like a hodge podge of found objects

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German Scientists Develop Aerographite – The World’s Lightest Material

German Scientists Develop Aerographite – The World’s Lightest Material

Last year, researchers at the University of California Irvine developed a material that was as strong as metal yet 100 times lighter than Styrofoam — but now a team of German scientists claim to have

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