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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

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If you’ve ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you’re sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He’s also the designer behind pioneering projects for social good like the One Laptop Per Child Project, the NYC Condom, and these free VerBien glasses for Mexican students. We recently had a chance to chat with Yves about his favorite projects, the future of green technology, and his first foray into architecture – check out our interview after the break!

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LED Mushroom Lights Sprout From Reclaimed Wood

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Yes, your eyes are playing tricks on you. What looks like a mythical treasure one would stumble upon in a storybook tale, is in fact a beautiful eco-friendly combination of reclaimed wood and LED lights. Great Mushrooming is taking inspiration from the world’s best designer, Mother Nature, to create these luminous mushrooms whose only magic lies in their ability to charm.

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6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern California, Injuring Nearly 100

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Early Sunday, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook Northern California’s wine country near Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa. At least 90 people were injured and many homes have burned down after the earthquake triggered six major fires. At least 30 water mains have broken or started leaking and there have been reports of many gas leaks and downed power lines, leaving many people without electricity or gas. Historic buildings in Napa have been extensively damaged in what is the strongest quake to hit the Bay Area since 1989.

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Abandoned Buildings Turned Into Incredible Art Installations by Marjan Teeuwen

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Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Transformed Into Town for Sheep

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Pregnant Women Shouldn't Use Antibiotics Because of Risk to Fetus, Study Shows

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As if there weren’t reason enough to avoid triclosan and triclocarban already, a new report indicates that the common antibiotics may pose a threat to pregnant women and their fetuses. Researchers found traces of triclosan in umbilical cord blood of mothers who had triclosan in their urine, meaning that expectant mothers who use antibiotic products may be transferring the chemical to their children. What makes that particularly concerning is that other studies have shown that antibacterials can lead to developmental and reproductive problems.

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Artist Melts 1,527 Guns to Make Shovels for Tree Planting!

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The city of Culiacán, in western Mexico has the highest rate of gun deaths in the country. After speaking with family members of victims of drug crimes in the city, artist Pedro Reyes decided to use its prolific amount of firearms to help the local botanical garden. In the ultimate act of recycling, Reyes and the garden started a campaign for residents to hand over their guns to the artist in exchange for a coupon that they could use to buy electronics or household appliances. He collected 1,527 guns for the project — Palas por Pistolas — had them melted down and transformed into 1,527 shovel heads that are now being used to plant trees in the community.

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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Shipping Container Home Pops Up in NY

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! it’s a… Hostel?!

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8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

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Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

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As the world’s population continues to skyrocket and cities strain under the increased demand for resources, skyscraper farms offer an inspired approach towards creating sustainable vertical density. One of three finalists in this year’s Evolo Skyscraper Competition Eric Vergne’s Dystopian Farm project envisions a future New York City interspersed with elegantly spiraling biomorphic structures that will harness cutting-edge technology to provide the city with its own self-sustaining food source.

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Living Moss Carpet Adds a Touch of Green to Your Bathroom

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There’s nothing like the feeling of fresh cut grass under the toes, especially when stepping out of the shower. This Moss Carpet by Nguyen La Chanh brings the outside indoors in an unconventionally natural way by placing it underfoot. The lush green lawn thrives in humid environments, which makes your bathroom a perfect place to grow.

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Cambodian Garment Workers Die While Making Clothes for Big Brands like Old Navy and Gap

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Labor-rights group IndustriAll Global Union recently reported that two Cambodian garment workers have died from exhaustive working conditions–making 2014 the first year that garment workers have died on the job. The labor group blames the garment factories, which manufacture clothes for major Western brands such as Old Navy and Gap, for forcing the workers into long overtime hours for meager pay in unsafe conditions. Poor working conditions and chronic malnutrition due to “poverty pay” have also been blamed for mass faintings in the past.

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Falling Fruit Guides You to Local Fruit That You Can Forage

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It’s harvest season! The trees are overladed with fruit and while you may be spending your hard-earned cash at the farmer’s market to get your hands on it, did you know that you can pick fruit from trees on publicly accessible land for free? To make things easy, nonprofit Falling Fruit has created a map that guides you to all of the delicious fruit out there just ready for the taking. With over 600,000 locations, there’s bound to be something in your neck of the woods:

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Airbus Unveils Incredible Design for a Transparent Plane

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If you’re a jet-setter who feels that air travel has lost some of its luster, then put your seat back in its upright position and get ready for a thrilling ride. Aerospace company Airbus has just announced that in the future, their planes will not only mimic the flight efficiency of a bird’s skeleton, but that the cabin walls will also be see-through! Although the new design may alarm those with a fear of flying and/or vertigo, the less faint-of-heart are sure find the prospect of soaring through the sky in a transparent plane quite enthralling.

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New Wetsuit Helps Prevent Shark Attacks by Deterring Sharks and Hiding Swimmers

New Wetsuit Helps Prevent Shark Attacks by Deterring Sharks and Hiding…

If you like swimming in the ocean, but you aren’t so fond of shark attacks, get your beach gear ready. Scientists in Australia have created shark-deterrent wetsuits that keep the…

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A BRILLIANT STORAGE IDEA: Staircase Drawers

A BRILLIANT STORAGE IDEA: Staircase Drawers

Here's a brilliant idea that leaves us wondering - why didn't we think of this first? Despite our penchant for 2-in-1 furniture, we've never seen anything quite like this before.…

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The Ryno Electric Unicycle is a One-Wheeled Muscle Machine

The Ryno Electric Unicycle is a One-Wheeled Muscle Machine

If you love turning heads when you take a ride around town, then the Ryno electric unicycle is probably for you. Designer Chris Hoffmann had his eyes set on the Segway crowd when he…

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PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical University's School of Design

PHOTOS: Incredible Swirling Green Roof Tops Nanyang Technical…

We visited NTU's School of Art, Design and Media as part of a recent trip hosted by Singapore's Buildings and Construction Authority. We'd always known that the 5-story building had a…

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Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses!

Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like…

A series of moats and fortresses were built over the West Brabant Water Line region of the Netherlands during the 17th century in order to provide protection from invasion by France and…

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