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Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

It's not easy to break down compounds such as mineral oils, paints, and organic solvents in wastewater, but a group from Germany believe they have found a way. To remove these tricky materials from the

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Spectacular German Metro Station is Made From Glowing Glass Blocks

Spectacular German Metro Station is Made From Glowing Glass Blocks

The Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz S-Bahn station is one of four stops along the 5.3 kilometer (3.3 mile) Leipzig City Tunnel railway line, which will open to the public in December after ten years of

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Governments Give $500 Billion to Climate Change-Causing Fossil Fuels Industry

Governments Give $500 Billion to Climate Change-Causing Fossil Fuels Industry

Governments around the world are contributing to catastrophic climate change and blocking renewable energy alternatives by subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. A new report from British think tank the

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1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

1940′s U-Boat Hall Converted into RS + Yellow Furniture Outlet in Hannover

The Hanomag U-Boat Hall was completed in 1944 at the tail end of WW II, and it was never used for armament production. (Its location in Hannover away from the coast is curious and does not seem logical

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German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes

German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes

Scientists from the Thueringian Regional Institute for Agriculture, the German Biomass Research Center, and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research have concluded that common straw could be used

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BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

BaseCamp Bonn Young Hostel Turns Vintage Trailers and Railcars into Quirky Accommodations

Each of the vintage units are decorated to a theme by a professional interior designer possessing a background in film and TV sets. Lodgers can choose from 120 bed spots across 15 caravans clustered

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Quadruple-Glazed House Uses Geothermal Pump to Maintain a Constant Temperature

Quadruple-Glazed House Uses Geothermal Pump to Maintain a Constant Temperature

The architects constructed the home with laminated timbers that were fastened together using dowels. The lower level of the home can be accessed from a car pad and is shielded by an overhanging roof

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Low Energy House S Boasts Sliding Shutters to Block Sun and Wind in Bavaria

Low Energy House S Boasts Sliding Shutters to Block Sun and Wind in Bavaria

Located at the foothills of the Alps in Wiggensbach, Bavaria, House S is a two-story single family residence. Designed by Becker Architekten to be used as both a home and office space, the building enjoys

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ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

While ZA Architects acknowledges that current technologies are not sufficient to carry out their plans, they believe that robotics will advance enough by 2023 to fabricate the underground dwellings. In

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South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

South Australia Projected to Reach 50 Percent Renewable Energy Within the Next Decade

One in five houses in South Australia already has a rooftop solar array, and 27 percent of the region's power is derived from wind energy. New figures released last week by the Australian Energy Market

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Germany Shatters Monthly Solar Generation Record With 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Clean Energy

Germany Shatters Monthly Solar Generation Record With 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Clean Energy

Image © Tim Fuller Germany just broke its monthly solar generation record by clocking over 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) in July, according to data from the EEX Transparency Platform. The accomplishment

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German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

German Fossil-Fuel Utilities Push Back Against Renewable Energy Initiatives

Germany's largest gas, electric, and water utility has threatened to relocate to Turkey if the government continues to push for renewable energy. E.ON reports that its coal and gas-fired plants are

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Scientists Propose Planting Trees in the Desert to Combat Climate Change

Scientists Propose Planting Trees in the Desert to Combat Climate Change

Desert photo from Shutterstock A group of German scientists led by Klaus Becker of the University of Hohenheim believes that planting drought-tolerant vegetation in arid regions could capture CO2 and

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Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Image via Flickr The sun is shining on solar energy across the world. In 2012, a record 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) was installed, pushing the total global solar power capacity past

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Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Sink and Urinal Combo Saves Water and Encourages Men to Wash Their Hands

Gentlemen, now there is no excuse to leave the bathroom without washing your hands. Doing the right thing for the environment and fellow human beings is a lot easier with the Stand, a combination urinal

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Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

Germany’s Solar Industry is in Peril as Big Companies File for Insolvency

It seems that almost every other month, Germany sets a new solar power record. However, despite the sunny outlook for the current state of power generation, the solar panel industry has been showing signs

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain was once completely reliant on fossil fuels, but that is rapidly changing. On Thursday, the world's largest wind farm was opened in the Thames

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Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

Mid-Century Church Transformed into a Fun, Daylit Kindergarten in Münster

BOLLES+WILSON took first place in a 2009 competition to come up with a creative and engaging transformation of the St. Sebastian Church into kindergarten. Their plan to transform the 1962 church was based

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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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Devastating Floods Across Central Europe Cause Thousands to Evacuate

Devastating Floods Across Central Europe Cause Thousands to Evacuate

This week heavy rainfall in Central Europe caused some of the worst flooding in centuries as rivers across Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic breached their banks. At least 16 people have died in the

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UN Envoys Advised to Develop a Plan B For Failure to Meet Global CO2 Targets

UN Envoys Advised to Develop a Plan B For Failure to Meet Global CO2 Targets

Photo via Shutterstock In an effort to curb global climate change, policy makers and scientists agreed in 2010 that the total levels of CO2 emissions should not exceed 350 parts per million. That magic

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Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

Crumbling Stone Barn Renovated Into Rammed Earth Ihlow House in Germany

The original stone barn has been renovated with a new addition that takes the place of a former timber addition. Designed by Roswag Architekten, the new addition is formed from rammed earth on the ground

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Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

Renewable Energy Could Be Stored in Facilities Deep Underground

Photo via Shutterstock A new study by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Bonneville Power Administration finds that two underground sites in the Pacific Northwest

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State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints

State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints

It has only been a couple of days since the Liberator 3D-printed gun was successfully fired in Texas by Defense Distributed. But after the gun was downloaded over 100,000 times in just two days, the State

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Blueprints for 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Have Been Downloaded 100,000 Times in Just Two Days

Blueprints for 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Have Been Downloaded 100,000 Times in Just Two Days

There are those who will only let their firearms be taken away from their cold, dead 3D printers. Defense Distributed, a group of IT professionals, students, and engineers located in the US and Germany,

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Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050

Study Projects Over Half of World’s Population Could Rely on Food Imports by 2050

Photo via Shutterstock With tomatoes from Chile, salmon from Norway, chocolate from Africa, and coffee from Indonesia, a trip to the local grocery store can seem like a journey around the world. But

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Lenbachhaus Museum Reopens in Munich with Foster + Partners’ Jewel Box Addition

Lenbachhaus Museum Reopens in Munich with Foster + Partners’ Jewel Box Addition

The main wing of the Lenbachhaus Museum was built in 1891 as a studio and villa for the artist Franz von Lenbach, and several additions have been added over the past 100+ years. In the latest set of

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Radhaus is a Glowing Bike Shop & Storage Facility in Eastern Germany

Radhaus is a Glowing Bike Shop & Storage Facility in Eastern Germany

After the new rail station was completed in Erfurt, lots of commuters were riding their bikes to the station and chaining their bikes up to whatever they could find. Plans hadn't been made to accommodate

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Hamburg Transforming WWII Bunker Into Renewable Energy Power Plant

Hamburg Transforming WWII Bunker Into Renewable Energy Power Plant

Construction on the bunker began at the height of the war in 1943, and in 1947 the British attempted to demolish the structure, but because the walls were so thick, they only succeeded in damaging it.

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Hamburg’s WaterHouses Draw Geothermal Heat from Groundwater

Hamburg’s WaterHouses Draw Geothermal Heat from Groundwater

The five buildings that comprise the WaterHouses are designed to demonstrate how residential developments of the future could interact with water from an environmental and recreational perspective. All of

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