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Tesla's Diamond-Shaped Nevada Gigafactory Will be Powered by Solar and Wind Energy

by , 09/08/14

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After a recent leak finally revealed that Tesla Motors’ new Gigafactory is to be built in Nevada, the company confirmed the news late last week and released a new image of the proposed design. In a joint announcement with Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that the $5 billion project will be powered by renewable energy and run at net zero energy.

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Newly Discovered 'Dreadnoughtus' Dinosaur Was Seven Times Larger Than T-Rex!

by , 09/08/14
filed under: Animals, News

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A team of scientists from Drexel University just discovered the largest dinosaur that ever lived – a creature seven times bigger than the legendary predator Tyrannosaurus Rex. The super-dino, called Dreadnoughtus, is believed to have been 85 feet (26 m) long and weighed about 65 tons (59,300 kg). Over 70% of a complete skeleton has been found, which gives researchers a a unique opportunity to explore how these massive creatures lived.

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Loguer Unveils Corn-Inspired Mexican Pavilion for the 2015 Milan Expo

by , 09/08/14

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Architecture firm Loguer Design recently unveiled plans for the Mexican pavilion that will be constructed at the upcoming 2015 Milan World Expo. Winner of a national competition, the pavilion mimics the shape of overlapping dried corn husks, paying homage to one of the most important food staples in Mexico as well as the 2015 Expo’s theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”

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JAHN Unveils Net-Zero Plans for Mexico City’s International Airport

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This Family is e-Biking 6200 Miles Across the US to Set a World Record!

This Family is Biking 6000 Miles Across the US to Set a World Record!

How do you top crossing the Americas by car with the entire family in tow? If you are the Camper Clan family, you do it by setting a Guinness World Record by traveling 6,200 miles across the the United States on an electric bicycle! The family’s journey began August 23 in Missoula, Montana and they have already traveled 500 miles through Glacier National Park and Montana’s badlands. That leaves just 5,700 miles – from Montana to Maine to Florida – to go.

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The Urban Glider Lets You Zip Through Town on Just One Wheel

by , 09/08/14
filed under: Green Transportation, News

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Forget about getting around town on four wheels, three or even two – now you only need one, thanks to the Urban Glider! Designed by Austin Marhold, this tiny electric unicycle weighs just 24 pounds and it fits between your shins. It’s designed to be intuitive to ride, lightweight, and portable.

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Reverse Graffiti: Street Artists Tag Images on Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

by , 09/08/14
filed under: Art, gallery

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Amazing LEGO Kitchen is Made From Thousands of Toy Bricks!

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A lot of us can recall spending hours upon hours of stacking colorful LEGO bricks into shapes and sizes that tickled our imagination when we were kids. While some of us outgrew that phase, thankfully some of us didn’t forget the charm of the little Lego man’s smile or the amazingness contained within every little block. As Parisian designers Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti have proven with their chromatic Munchausen Lego Kitchen, you’re never to old to play with Legos!

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Why Using Gas as a "Bridge Fuel" is Worse Than Burning Coal

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In his 2014 State of the Union Address President Obama stated of coal seam gas: “if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.” Many arguments against fracking aside (purely due to lack of space, I assure you), scientists are demonstrating that the U.S.’s growing reliance on gas-run power stations could actually be releasing more greenhouse gases than burning coal due to the amount of methane leaked during the extraction process. They also argue that by switching to gas for the next 100 years or so, we are delaying investment in the renewable energy sources that we will ultimately have to rely on when fossil fuels are depleted.

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Old Clock Company Building Converted into a Timeless Duplex Loft

by , 09/08/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Despite its former life as an old 1880s clock factory, 420 12th Street in Park Slope is now a timeless three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath duplex. 6sqft reports that Hurley & Farinella Architects worked diligently to maintain original details like exposed brick, factory beams and wood ceilings, combining them with modern updates that mesh seamlessly with the building’s historic bones. See more of the character-filled new space here.

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Cape Town's PLAYscapes Skatepark Enlivens a Dead Underpass, Wins Major Design Competition

by , 09/08/14
filed under: News, Urban design

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Cape Town’s much-anticipated PLAYscapes Skatepark opened last month to much fanfare. Although the Mill St Skatepark is certainly not the first skating facility in the South African city, it may well be one of the most exciting! Built entirely under a city underpass, the repurposed public space has just won first place in an international design competition that sought inventive ways to re-design disused spaces in urban neighborhoods around the world.

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2015 Volvo XC90 Plug-in Hybrid is World's First Vehicle to Offer Automatic Braking

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With a completely new platform, more fuel efficient engines and new safety technology, the all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 SUV signals a new direction for the Swedish automaker. Volvo has officially unveiled the 2015 XC90, including the new plug-in hybrid version that not only generates 400 horsepower, but also has ultra-low emissions and can travel up to 25 miles in EV mode. Yet its most salient quality might be the auto braking function.

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Stunning Passive Residence Allows Three Generations of Canadians to Lighten Their Environmental Load

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Final Section of High Line Park Set to Open This Month

by , 09/08/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Rustic Modern Home Built from Salvaged Wood Acts Like a Bridge in Chile

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Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in Amsterdam

Support the Urban Biotope Buzzbench to Help Save Wild Bees in…

The world remains perplexed by the mysterious and dramatic decline in our wild bee populations, but that hasn't stopped designers like Dutch artist AnneMarie van Splunter from trying to…

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Shenzhen's Vanke One City Mimics the Surrounding Forest and Waterfront

Shenzhen's Vanke One City Mimics the Surrounding Forest and Waterfront

The project’s retail areas mimic the transition from forest to sea, as it gradually changes its structure and appearance towards the waterfront. This part of the development comprises…

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Scientists Just Mapped the Coffee Genome - Is GMO Decaf On the Way?

Scientists Just Mapped the Coffee Genome - Is GMO Decaf On the Way?

Proving that nothing in the world is sacred, your favorite coffee beans could soon be genetically modified - as scientists have finally sequenced the coffee genome. According to a new…

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Tiny Shelter Made From Recycled Window Shutters Opens Up to the Outside World

Tiny Shelter Made From Recycled Window Shutters Opens Up to the…

Dennis Vullings and Lotte de Moor's Ont-luik pavilion is a small wooden structure that provides a transformable space for reflection and meditation. The pavilion was chosen as one of…

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture Showcases 40…

James&Mau's Casa El Tiemblo is an energy-efficient home made of four stacked shipping containers. Urgent Architecture is an organized, straightforward, no-nonsense collection of…

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