Peer inside Bloomberg Tower's dramatic glass-clad

Peer inside Bloomberg Tower's dramatic glass-clad "urban room”

Thousands of people pass by Bloomberg Tower at 731 Lexington Avenue every day, but many are unaware of the unique "urban room" that lies within its block-long commercial base. Designed…

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Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

Smart Seattle dog rides the bus by herself to the dog park

This cute canine has cracked the code on the Seattle Metro Transit bus routes. Two-year-old Eclipse, a black labrador mix, boards alone and then hops off when the bus reaches her stop:…

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Naturally striped Antarctic icebergs are almost too beautiful to be real

Naturally striped Antarctic icebergs are almost too beautiful to be…

Stunning, no? Apparently some icebergs have stripes, and it's not the result of Photoshop or internet pranks or penguin sledding or any outside manipulation. You might have seen these…

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New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are

New study finds life on Earth at risk as humans are "eating away" at…

An international team of researchers has identified nine planetary boundaries that must be maintained in order to sustain life on earth as we know it. Of those nine, we have already…

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Sanders' amendment to Keystone bill states climate change is real and human-caused

Sanders' amendment to Keystone bill states climate change is real and…

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on new amendments put forth by Democrats and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on whether or not climate change is real and a myriad of other…

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HAO unveils cloud-inspired 3D movie museum for Tianjin

HAO unveils cloud-inspired 3D movie museum for Tianjin

Holm Architecture Office (HAO) unveiled designs for the Bolong 3D Movie Museum & Mediatek, an 80,000-square-foot entertainment complex in Tianjin, China. Created as part of an invited…

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Shocking maps show how much pavement covers the United States

Shocking maps show how much pavement covers the United States

What if you stripped away all of the rivers, streams, mountains and other topographical elements of a map and just left the roads? What would you see? Boston-based design firm Fathom…

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California chefs face death threats for foie gras dishes

California chefs face death threats for foie gras dishes

California chefs are facing death threats after a federal judge overturned a law stating that foie gras must be off menus in California restaurants. Foie gras is a duck's liver and the…

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Citi Bike operator peddles a new name in hopes of a fresh start

Citi Bike operator peddles a new name in hopes of a fresh start

Looking to turn a new leaf in 2015, Alta Bicycle Share has rebranded under the new name Motivate. It's no secret that the organizers behind Citi Bike, the popular bike sharing program…

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Could these covert X-ray vans be giving New Yorkers cancer?

Could these covert X-ray vans be giving New Yorkers cancer?

The New York Police Department has been ordered to release details on the covert X-ray vans they have been using to search for bombs around they city. The equipment in the…

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US coastlines will be flooding 30 times a year by 2050

US coastlines will be flooding 30 times a year by 2050

By 2050, huge areas of the US coast could be subjects to 30+ days of flooding a year, thanks to accelerating sea level rise from global warming, according to the National Oceanic and…

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€4,000 in prizes up for grabs in inNATUR 4’s nature interpretation center design competition

€4,000 in prizes up for grabs in inNATUR 4’s nature interpretation…

Opengap recently launched inNATUR 4, a competition that invites designers—professionals and students alike—around the world to submit their proposals for a nature interpretation…

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Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

The house was built from a single shipping container measuring 40 feet long by 10 feet wide. Ceardean Architects designed the home, which they envisioned as a working prototype for…

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France's new Musée des Confluences looks like an interstellar spaceship

France's new Musée des Confluences looks like an interstellar…

The entrance of the building is a drop-shaped structure referencing the confluence of the two streams where the building sits on the rivers Rhône and Saône. The exhibition areas are…

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EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

The European Union just opened the door for genetically modified crops in Europe after the Member Elected Parliament voted to allow countries to decide whether or not to grow them. If…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

Avoiding the worst germs isn't as simple as dodging hand rails and hovering over toilet seats. Did you know that there is 200 times more fecal bacteria on the average kitchen cutting…

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Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans thrive

Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans…

Kala cotton is indigenous to the Kutch region of northwest India, and hand-weavers there have been working with that cotton for centuries to create all manner of textiles. Stitch by…

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Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped…

In July, Chevron abandoned its plans to drill for gas in Zurawlow, Poland, after farmers and families from Zurawlow (and four nearby villages) blockaded a proposed shale drilling site…

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Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View

Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View

  Thanks to Google, residents of its hometown of Mountain View, California can now get around the city on electric shuttles—for free. Google provided funding and teamed up…

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Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing…

Airbnb has seen its fair share of controversy in New York City - is it legal or isn't it? - but now it's getting a chance to set the record straight. The New York City Council will be…

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Obama's new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry emissions

Obama's new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry…

Barack Obama’s new plan for cutting methane emissions will fall short, according to critics, because it won’t require oil and gas companies to repair existing leaky equipment.…

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Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more 'blood money' in fossil fuels

Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more 'blood money' in…

“Blood money,” they’re calling it, and it’s a lot of blood—a total of $79.5 million that Harvard ploughed into oil and gas companies during the third quarter of 2015. That’s…

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Bring the wild indoors with PaperTrophy’s cruelty-free paper animal trophies

Bring the wild indoors with PaperTrophy’s cruelty-free paper animal…

If you’re looking to spice up the blank white space in your house, look no further than Berlin-based PaperTrophy’s eye-catching paper craft sculptures. Made from vibrantly colored…

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This mobile smart flower pot chases sunlight to help your plants grow

This mobile smart flower pot chases sunlight to help your plants grow

http://vimeo.com/113915779 What if instead of moving your plants during the day or depending on the season, they moved themselves to find the optimal position in your flat? That…

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Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA's new garbage policy

Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA's new garbage policy

“Burn baby, burn” is an old chant for a new generation of Americans who can't be bothered to put a bottle or two in a blue bin instead of a brown one. Americans produce 4.4 pounds…

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BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn's premier home furnishings trade show

BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn's premier…

“The Brooklyn Chamber is very excited to begin accepting applications for BKLYN Designs 2015,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.…

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"Billion Oyster Pavilion" and "Organic Growth" win 2015 City of Dreams…

Organic Growth by Madrid and London-based Izaskun Chinchilla Architects In a surprising move, the jury of the fifth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition has chosen not one,…

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American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

Although the American Farm Bureau is tied to conventional agriculture and its conservative base, the organization is worried about climate change, and it's preparing for the future…

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Thoughtful loft-within-a-loft adds 250-sq-ft of usable space to this NYC apartment

Thoughtful loft-within-a-loft adds 250-sq-ft of usable space to this…

RES4's Loft-Within-a-Loft is essentially a single, over-sized piece of millwork that divides up a large main room into three separate spaces: a new bedroom, a play space beneath it, and…

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Incredible ICEHOTEL shows off stunning fantasy-like rooms carved from ice and snow

Incredible ICEHOTEL shows off stunning fantasy-like rooms carved from…

Constructed from 30,000 tonnes of snice, the ICEHOTEL features 61 hotel rooms, an ice bar, restaurant, main hall, reception area, and a special anniversary-edition ice theater. The most…

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The 'Carbon Black' is the slickest wheelchair you've ever seen

The 'Carbon Black' is the slickest wheelchair you've ever seen

Made from ultra-lightweight carbon fiber, the Carbon Black wheelchair is not just a piece of medical equipment; it’s a work of art. Six years in development, the Carbon Black…

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Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in…

Built in 1994 and designed by Finnish architects Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen, the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. became the first embassy in the U.S. to achieve an Energy…

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A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

2014 was a record-breaking year for the solar power industry around the world, and here in the U.S. we were installing new solar systems at a faster rate than ever before. New data from…

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Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn

Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn

The famous Autobahn freeway is getting a green upgrade, as Hamburg just announced plans to build three new public parks on top of it. The 8,000-mile road network runs through…

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You can buy one of Wheelys’ new bicycle cafés on Indiegogo!

You can buy one of Wheelys’ new bicycle cafés on Indiegogo!

The team behind Wheelys, the world’s smallest and arguably most eco-friendly café, just launched a new coffee shop on wheels and an Indiegogo campaign to allow entrepreneurs around…

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This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and which countries are in big trouble)

This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and…

As the global climate changes, some countries are going to feel the impact of global warming more than others. Notre Dame has created an annual index showing which countries will get…

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Help the Food is Free Project transform your community

Help the Food is Free Project transform your community

Have you heard about the Food is Free Project yet? If not, it's worth looking into! It began in 2012 as a way for people to build community while also growing their own food, and has…

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Twelve common toxins that are killing your kids' brain cells

Twelve common toxins that are killing your kids' brain cells

They’re calling it a silent pandemic. Children all over the world are losing brain power because they’re exposed to toxins in our water, food, furniture, and clothing. Dr. David…

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New York's fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

New York's fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

The ban on fracking in New York State is a great catalyst to inspire grassroots environmental groups to come together. Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking…

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NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn…

Each month, the Sunset Park MRF in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal processes over 15,000 tons of recycling waste from the NYC boroughs, and the new wind turbine was one of the first…

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