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Siew Ming Cheng’s ‘Spike Away’ Vest Repels Pushy Passengers on Crowded Trains

Siew Ming Cheng’s ‘Spike Away’ Vest Repels Pushy Passengers on Crowded Trains

If you’ve ever been on a crowded train you know there’s no such thing as personal space when your head is stuck in the armpit of some random person. In an effort to shoo away pushy jerks on public

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29 Million People Still Live As Slaves According To New Interactive Map

29 Million People Still Live As Slaves According To New Interactive Map

Slavery seems like a barbaric and ancient practice, but a new map shows that it's alive and well all over the world. A new map created by Australia’s Walk Free Foundation shows that more than 29

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Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

As the sea level rises and storms become more intense due to the effects of climate change, a new study predicts that damage to coastal cities will cost $1 trillion every year by 2050. The research, which

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar

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WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

Image of US army drone, Shutterstock The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced plans to deploy aerial drones to get control of the escalating illegal wildlife trade, which is quickly spinning out of

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

Stepping away from the architectural status quo of a residential neighborhood en route to the famed and magical Ha Long Bay, Vo Trong Nghia stacked hundreds of smooth blue stones on top of one another in

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World’s Largest Aquarium Opens Amid Controversy in Singapore

World’s Largest Aquarium Opens Amid Controversy in Singapore

Singapore's new S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark features a host of exhibits, including a large rainbow reef for snorkeling, a manta ray feeding station and the world's largest viewing panel.

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Snøhetta Wins Busan Opera House Competition With Theater that Joins Sea and Sky in South Korea

Snøhetta Wins Busan Opera House Competition With Theater that Joins Sea and Sky in South Korea

The geometry of Snøhetta's Busan Opera House twists and bends in a way to open the flowing public entrances around the building, while still accommodating the programmatic elements in the building. Just

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Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

The Diamond Building (Bangunan Berlian in Malay), so named for its unique shape, is topped with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which generate about 10 percent of the building's energy. Rainwater

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Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

Areva Announces Plans to Build Largest Solar Installation in Asia

The French nuclear engineering company Areva was awarded a contract this week by Indian power company Reliance Power Ltd. to build the largest concentrated solar power installation in Asia, which

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Singapore’s Luminous i Light Festival Will Be Lit Up by Shimmering LED Sculptures

Singapore’s Luminous i Light Festival Will Be Lit Up by Shimmering LED Sculptures

The Urban Redevelopment Authority collaborated with Smart Light Singapore to build on the success of last year's i Light festival. 30 of the most striking works by multidisciplinary artists from across

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Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Makeshift Magazine Launch Celebrates Innovative Design in Unlikely Places

Each issue features in-depth articles and photography focused on a specific branch of informal creativity. In homage to Niti Bhan's blog REculture, the first edition highlights reuse, repair and recycling

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MVRDV’s Vertical Village Exhibition Explores Alternative Urban Densification in East Asia

MVRDV’s Vertical Village Exhibition Explores Alternative Urban Densification in East Asia

East Asian cities have experienced an enormous amount of pressure to build rapidly in order to accommodate the number of people moving into cities. Low-rise traditional villages have been razed to make

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Emergent Architecture Unveils Crystalline, Solar-Powered Sports Center for China

Emergent Architecture Unveils Crystalline, Solar-Powered Sports Center for China

The complex will make extensive use of solar power through the installation of photovoltaic panels on all of its roof surfaces. In addition, Wiscombe has designed a gorgeous transparent window system

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