Alarming research shows sea levels are rising 25 percent faster than we thought

Alarming research shows sea levels are rising 25 percent faster than…

A new study indicates that sea levels are rising 25% faster than previously thought. The Harvard-led research reevaluated measurements from 600 tidal gauges across the globe to…

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Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green roof in Lund

Sweden’s greenest City Hall is topped by solar panels and a green…

Equipped with solar panels and earth water cooling, Lund City Hall only uses a fraction of the energy normally consumed by typical government buildings. Its dynamic, W-shaped facade was…

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VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

VIDEO: How to Save Money and Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

If your wallet is already feeling the pinch from your monthly energy bill as we head into the colder months, you'll be happy to know that you can keep those expenses down using a simple…

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Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

As promised, billionaire inventor Elon Musk has revealed plans for his Hyperloop test track. Musk announced the news on Twitter, as is his habit, saying that the test track will “most…

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HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

HWKN unveils verdant 100,000-sq.-ft. YOTEL hotel in Brooklyn

HWKN's Matthias Hollwich, Brad Engelsman, Jerry Figurski, Fan Zhang, Brandon Conde and Andrew McBride designed the inventive structure in collaboration with YOTEL and Synapse…

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Pope Francis announces that climate change is mostly man's fault

Pope Francis announces that climate change is mostly man's fault

Pope Francis made his clearest—and likely most divisive—statement on the environment Thursday, when he announced that man is primarily responsible for climate change. Speaking to…

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Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to power streetlights, Wi-Fi, and cell phones

Plant Power: Dutch company harvests electricity from living plants to…

A Dutch company harnesses electricity from living plants, and then uses it to power cell phone chargers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and now over 300 LED streetlights in two sites in the…

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Could super-insulated clothes eliminate need for indoor heat?

Could super-insulated clothes eliminate need for indoor heat?

When you complained about the cold as a kid, Dad used to say, "Put on a sweater." He might have be onto something. A research team at Stanford University has been working on textiles…

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Amazing Replica of Harry Potter's Hogwarts School of Wizardry Made from 400,000 LEGO Bricks

Amazing Replica of Harry Potter's Hogwarts School of Wizardry Made…

The project features architecturally accurate recreations of the Harry Potter sets such as the Great Hall, the Quidditch Courtyard, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom and the…

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DIY: How to build a sweet set of cabinets from disused shipping pallets

DIY: How to build a sweet set of cabinets from disused shipping…

Handy with a table saw and a hammer? If you're looking for a new furniture project to take on, then check out the latest tutorial from avid DIY builder and passionate recycler James…

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Tokyo apartment retrofit makes space for incredible spa

Tokyo apartment retrofit makes space for incredible spa

This incredible rooftop garden is the product of an inspired retrofit that re-imagined a mediocre three-story home into six bright and beautiful apartments in Ekoda, Tokyo. Designed…

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Should we be worried by Oxford Junior Dictionary’s omission of numerous nature-related words?

Should we be worried by Oxford Junior Dictionary’s omission of…

Numerous nature-related words, such as “acorn” and “blackberries,” have been omitted from Oxford University’s recently updated Junior Dictionary—and it’s been the cause…

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Dolfi is a washing machine that fits in your hand

Dolfi is a washing machine that fits in your hand

The future of washing on-the-go fits in the palm of your hand and uses ultrasound to get your garments clean. Called Dolfi and designed by MPI Ultrasonics, the little handheld clothes…

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DIY: Learn how to make a beautiful braided rug from old fabric

DIY: Learn how to make a beautiful braided rug from old fabric

What You'll Need: Long strips of fabric (old sheets and curtains are ideal, and far easier to work with than t-shirt scraps sewn together to make them longer) Sewing scissors A…

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HOW TO: make your own decadent vegan chocolate mousse

HOW TO: make your own decadent vegan chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse is the ultimate decadent dessert, but if you want to make yours just a little bit healthier (and better for the environment), try our delicious vegan mousse topped with…

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3D-printed Solar Bytes Pavilion pushes the boundaries of architectural innovation

3D-printed Solar Bytes Pavilion pushes the boundaries of architectural…

DesignLabWorkshop 3D-printed the Solar Bytes Pavilion’s 94 modules using a 6-axis robot arm in the Robotic Fabrication Lab at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and…

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Green Box: Gorgeous studio completely wrapped in living plants by Act_Romegialli

Green Box: Gorgeous studio completely wrapped in living plants by…

Rather than renovating the exterior of the garage with paint or siding, Act_Romegialli decided to let nature take its course, extending the idea of a green roof all the way to the…

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Welsh couple transform old vans into rustic campers with wood interiors

Welsh couple transform old vans into rustic campers with wood…

The Goddards are based in the Welsh border town of Presteigne, where Bill works as a tree surgeon and carpenter. Bill uses locally sourced wood, and he tries to allow the wooden…

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Tim Van Cromvoirt's trippy thermophores change color with heat

Tim Van Cromvoirt's trippy thermophores change color with heat

Dutch designer Tim Van Cromvoirt wanted to create a wall application that would look organic and act like living organism. So he used his final year at the ST. Joost Academy, in…

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This Argentinian ghost town resurfaced after spending 25 years underwater

This Argentinian ghost town resurfaced after spending 25 years…

Villa Epecuen, located about a six hour drive south of Buenos Aires, was once a bustling tourist destination. Visitors would come to vacation at the picturesque resort and bath in the…

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FCC Arquitectura gives a crumbling stone farmhouse a modern facelift

FCC Arquitectura gives a crumbling stone farmhouse a modern facelift

Sited on a steep slope, Casa RM overlooks sweeping views of the Portuguese city down below. Outdoor balconies and large glazed windows take advantage of those views and bring natural…

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Two endangered monkeys die after zoo leaves them out in the cold

Two endangered monkeys die after zoo leaves them out in the cold

Two tiny endangered monkeys died at a Louisiana zoo last week after being left out in the cold overnight, as temps dipped into the 30s F. A third monkey survived the exposure, and the…

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House in a Meadow is an affordable modular home that brings the outside in

House in a Meadow is an affordable modular home that brings the…

Who says affordable houses can't offer great design and magnificent views? This small wooden cabin combines the economic advantages of small budgets and spatial qualities that give new…

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GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

Increasing traffic congestion—along with energy, pollution, parking and maintenance hassles—are definitely creating a demand for smart, two-wheel solutions for getting around…

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Italian graphic designer helps to beautify

Italian graphic designer helps to beautify "ugly" organic produce

Have you ever noticed that organic produce isn't always as "pretty" as its conventionally grown kin? Most people avoid produce that's misshapen because they assume there's something…

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TEST DRIVE: 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the cheapest electric car you can buy, but can you live with it?

TEST DRIVE: 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the cheapest electric car you…

Lets say you’re in the market for an electric car, but can’t swallow the idea of paying over $40k for something like the BMW i3. Well there is one electric car that has a price tag…

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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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