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A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

A Timber Off-Grid Cabin That’s Tough Enough for the Formidable Australian Outback

Among the home's numerous sustainable features is a rainwater collection system that feeds back into the house from an elevated tank. The bathroom is still outside in a storage shed topped with solar

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency

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Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

On Thursday, the newly installed Australian Senate voted to repeal Australia's carbon pricing scheme, fulfilling an election promise made by the country's Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Unfortunately, no

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World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

World’s First Integrated Solar System Generates Electricity and Heat

In what could be a game changer for the solar energy industry, a house in suburban Sydney, Australia has installed the world's first building integrated solar system that generates electricity and heat.

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CSIRO Solar Thermal Plant Sets World Record with Solar-Generated Supercritical Steam

CSIRO Solar Thermal Plant Sets World Record with Solar-Generated Supercritical Steam

In what is being described as a major breakthrough for renewable energy, researchers at Australia's national science agency just set a world record by using solar power to generate supercritical steam at

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Spark Architects’ Bass and Flinders Gateway Mimics Rolling Silver Waves in Australia

Spark Architects’ Bass and Flinders Gateway Mimics Rolling Silver Waves in Australia

To strengthen the development's connections with the surrounding urban fabric, Spark Architects created a series of pedestrian-friendly public spaces between the buildings. The building is terraced and

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Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

The oddly shaped Nannup Holiday House is accessible by a long ramp that stretches across the Australian landscape. Hugged by a forest on one side and a flood plain on the other, the area is known for

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Room11 Designs Light-Filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

Room11 Designs Light-Filled Cargotecture Headquarters for Shipping Container Company

To dispel the image of shipping container architecture as cramped and uncomfortable, Room11 painted the interior bone-white to create the illusion of space. Abundant floor-to-ceiling glazing and planted

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Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

Striking Prefab Margaret Whitlam Pavilion Completed at Canberra’s National Arboretum

After bush fires decimated areas around Canberra in 2001, the city decided to rebuild by creating the National Arboretum Canberra. Plans for the Arboretum actually date back over 100 years ago, when

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Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Wolveridge Architects Use Almost All Recycled Timber to Build Beautiful Blairgowrie House in Australia

Most of the house is encircled by patterned geometric screens, which not only reference the concrete blocks used by Knox, but also create spaces that can be used as courtyards. These screens also act as

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Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Clad in black panels of corrugated iron, the Pump House is a small and quiet lakeside retreat that blends a rustic aesthetic with elegant simplicity. The architects and client used a simple materials

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Australia’s Largest Cargotecture House is a Modern Masterpiece Built from 31 Shipping Containers

Australia’s Largest Cargotecture House is a Modern Masterpiece Built from 31 Shipping Containers

Miller superbly combines textures to create a rich sense of depth in the house's facade. In the front of the house, the corrugated steel of the shipping containers are juxtaposed against warm wood

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few

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10 Reasons to Quit Coffee and Drink LSD

10 Reasons to Quit Coffee and Drink LSD

Sydney and Melbourne are home to some of the greatest coffee shops and biggest coffee snobs in the world. Coffee is a cult in Australia, but as with any addiction, there are side effects. Perhaps that

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Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Rotating Girasole Home Follows the Australian Sun

Girasole House Rotation from Liz Eve on Vimeo DNA Architects were commissioned by builder John Andriolo of MAG Constructions, who, as a youth studying in Italy, dreamed of building a house that

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The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line will be a 500-meter-long urban pedestrian and cycle network stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The park will serve as a hub that connects 80,000 students,

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Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Australian officials recently announced that the state of Queensland is in the midst of the most widespread drought on written record, with over 80% of the territory desperate for water. While drought is

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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120

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Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old

Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old

If you thought that diamonds were forever, they have absolutely nothing on the zircon of Jack Hills, Australia. Professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin, John Valley has confirmed that this

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Asymmetrical Karri Loop House is Built Around Indigenous Trees in Australia

Asymmetrical Karri Loop House is Built Around Indigenous Trees in Australia

The project took on a protectionist angle from the start, with the architects convincing the property owners that it was possible to build a beautiful home on the land without cutting down the native

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Australia Plans to Dump One Millions Tons of Mud Near the Great Barrier Reef

Australia Plans to Dump One Millions Tons of Mud Near the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is home to a vibrant marine ecosystem that fosters thousands of different species, many of which may now be threatened due to plans signed off by the Australian government. The

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Scientists Discover Older Trees are Better at Absorbing Carbon

Scientists Discover Older Trees are Better at Absorbing Carbon

Redwood Trees photo from Shutterstock A team of researchers from the University of Melbourne has discovered that old trees are better at storing carbon dioxide than young trees. The study revealed that

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Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

Melbourne’s Prahran Hotel Pub is Made From Gigantic Concrete Pipes!

The rear of the pub was renovated this year from a tiny back area into what is essentially a play area for adults. The design work was completed by Techné Architects, who envisioned a space that was very

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Fan-Like Roofs and Slits Cool the Undulating Abedian School of Architecture in Australia

Fan-Like Roofs and Slits Cool the Undulating Abedian School of Architecture in Australia

Built on a hilltop, the Abedian building varies between two and three levels and contains a floating mezzanine, a spiral stair case and an internal walkway. For climate control on the structure's

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Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Every animal is the end result of millions of years of evolution, and when you remove particular species entire ecosystems become vulnerable to instability. An international team of scientists from the

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Waterfall photo via Xseon/Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet

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Australian Billionaire to Reenact Titanic Voyage for $1 Million a Ticket

Australian Billionaire to Reenact Titanic Voyage for $1 Million a Ticket

An Australian billionaire named Clive Palmer has apparently decided to tempt fate by building a full-sized, working replica of the Titanic. Already, 40,000 people have expressed an interest in attending

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Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Australian Coal Port Expansion Will Hasten the Great Barrier Reef’s Death, Activists Say

Photo via Shutterstock With an apparent disregard for warnings from scientists, fishermen and even UNESCO, Australian environment minister Greg Hunt has approved plans for a massive expansion of a coal

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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Humanity just found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor, and it's more precious than fossil fuels or minerals. Scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water underneath the

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Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek Wins First Place in Shipping Container Vacation House Competition

Ales Javurek beat out 300 entries to take home first prize thanks to his stellar contemporary and sustainable design made out of steel shipping containers and wood panels. The home's ability to blend in

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