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Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Whether it is a fruity Napa merlot or an oaky and acidic Chablis chardonnay, any wine lover will tell you that each variety of grape and the region in which it is grown gives each wine a unique character.

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Big Air Package: Christo Unveils the World’s Largest Inflated Indoor Sculpture in Germany

Big Air Package: Christo Unveils the World’s Largest Inflated Indoor Sculpture in Germany

Big Air Package is Christo's latest installation, designed and completed entirely after his wife, Jeanne-Claude passed in 2009. It is the largest of the Package projects and considered the largest indoor

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Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

Even during an economic and political crisis, Greece has reason to boast. The country installed an amazing 300 MW of solar PV in the month of January alone, a third more than was installed last year and

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LaserOrigami Uses a Laser Cutter to Create 3D Objects Faster than 3D Printers

LaserOrigami Uses a Laser Cutter to Create 3D Objects Faster than 3D Printers

It's widely assumed that 3D printing represents the next frontier in fabricating objects of all types, but researchers at Germany's Hasso Plattner Institute have come up with a novel way of creating 3D

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J. Mayer H. Architects Transform a Drab 1950s Hamburg Building into a Playfully Modern Office

J. Mayer H. Architects Transform a Drab 1950s Hamburg Building into a Playfully Modern Office

The building, which has been dubbed "Schlump ONE," was built as a plain, drab administration building in the 1950s. J. Mayer H. Architects completely gutted and renovated the building, expanding the

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Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

Solar Power Generation to Increase by 35 Times in Argentina

There is a good reason why Argentina's flag sports a shining sun. At present, Argentina only produces about 10MW of solar power, but that figure is soon about to receive a giant boost as the country plans

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Awesome Stealth ‘Clarity Bike’ Has a Transparent Trivex Frame

Awesome Stealth ‘Clarity Bike’ Has a Transparent Trivex Frame

There are safety advantages to decking out your bike like a shining beacon when sharing lanes with petroleum-powered traffic, but the Clarity Bike explores the opposite end of the spectrum. This

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Feldheim, Germany Generates 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources!

Feldheim, Germany Generates 100% of its Energy From Renewable Sources!

Over the past decade, no country has embraced renewable energy with as much enthusiasm as Germany. Despite phasing out nuclear power, the country is exporting more energy than ever, thanks largely to its

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KM Architektur’s Geothermal Heilbronn House is a Timber-Clad Home in the Forests of Germany

KM Architektur’s Geothermal Heilbronn House is a Timber-Clad Home in the Forests of Germany

Located on a slope at the edge of a forest on the outskirts of Heilbronn, this three-story house is perfectly positioned to take in its surroundings. The ground floor, which is buried into the hillside,

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Germany Boosted Its National Wind Power Capacity by 20% in 2012

Germany Boosted Its National Wind Power Capacity by 20% in 2012

German wind farm photo from Shutterstock Last year, Germany made headlines when it met half of its weekend power demand using solar energy alone. But that's not all - the nation just announced that it

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The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

The Folding EV ‘Hiriko’ is Slated to Become Part of Germany’s Car-Sharing Program

Germany is no stranger to car-sharing programs, but a novel new vehicle is about to join Berlin's car-sharing network. The EV company Hiriko, originally called City Car, is planning to test run its

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Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Audi’s E-Fuel is a Carbon Neutral Way to Power Cars That Acts Like Gasoline

Do you feel a twinge of guilt every time you fill your tank with dirty gasoline? What if you could power your car with a carbon neutral fossil fuel substitute? Introducing Audi's new e-fuel, an energy

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Hamburg’s New HafenCity Subway Station is Lit with Shipping Container-Size LED Light Boxes

Hamburg’s New HafenCity Subway Station is Lit with Shipping Container-Size LED Light Boxes

The new HafenCity subway station's design is industrial in nature, and the gravity-defying installation of 6-ton boxes above the platform create a modern ambiance. The light boxes are made from steel

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Dratz&Dratz Unveil Office Made From Recycled Paper in Essen, Germany

Dratz&Dratz Unveil Office Made From Recycled Paper in Essen, Germany

From upcycled shipping containers to concrete pipes, we love seeing architects find new and clever ways to turn discarded materials into functional structures. Designed by architects Ben and Daniel Dratz

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World’s Longest Treetop Walkway is Shaped Like a Giant Egg!

World’s Longest Treetop Walkway is Shaped Like a Giant Egg!

The Bavarian Forest National Park bills the massive tree top walkway as "riskless adventure" since users are protected by a wooden fence and transparent nets. But for those who like a little adrenalin in

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Schneid Enlightment’s Beautiful Lamps Are Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Schneid Enlightment’s Beautiful Lamps Are Made from Locally Sourced Wood

German lighting maker Schneid Enlightment set out to produce a line of lamps that produce warm, indirect light for living rooms. The company's gorgeous pendant lamps achieve that, and they're made from

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TimberTower: The World’s First Wooden Wind Turbine Erected in Germany

TimberTower: The World’s First Wooden Wind Turbine Erected in Germany

According to a Department of Energy report released in August, roughly $14 billion was invested in the wind industry last year, which accounts for a 32 percent increase in U.S. generating capacity and

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Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

According to a report by the international Renewable Energy Industry Institute based in Germany, the total levels of global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high last year at 34 billion tons.

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Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject

Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject

Beauty is only skin deep - but try telling that to supermarkets who reject an apple or carrot with even the slightest hint of a blemish. Fortunately, there are those among us who are willing to look past

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Audi Scraps Plans to Sell its R8 E-tron Electric Car

Audi Scraps Plans to Sell its R8 E-tron Electric Car

Bad news, luxury car fans - Wired just confirmed Audi has scrapped its plans to sell the all-electric R8 e-tron coupe. Sources at the company cited shortcomings in battery technology and differing

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LAYWOO-D3 Lets You Print 3D Objects From Recycled Wood Instead of Plastic!

LAYWOO-D3 Lets You Print 3D Objects From Recycled Wood Instead of Plastic!

Who says 3D printers are only for tech nerds and engineers? Traditional craftsmen may take want to join the 3D revolution after getting a load of LAYWOO-D3, a 3D printer material that is made from 40%

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Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

Henning Larsen Wins Prize to Design Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart

ZSW, Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Stuttgart, is one of the leading renewable energy research centers in Germany and soon they will have a new facility in which to conduct their

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German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

German Scientists Double the Efficiency of Black Silicon Solar Cells

Photo via Shutterstock The future of solar power is about to get a little brighter with new developments in black silicon, a material that can absorb almost the entire spectrum of light - including

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Amazing Modern Day Trojan Horse Made From Over 18,000 Salvaged Computer Keys

Amazing Modern Day Trojan Horse Made From Over 18,000 Salvaged Computer Keys

Artist Babis Panagiotidis has got us keyed up with his beautiful work "Hedonism(y) Trojaner" - a giant resin rocking horse encrusted with over 18,000 recycled computer keys! Modeled after the Trojan

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Blom & Blom Rescues and Restores Industrial Lamps from Abandoned East German Factories

Blom & Blom Rescues and Restores Industrial Lamps from Abandoned East German Factories

Sparked by a passion for "authentic items with a story to tell," the Blom brothers launched a web store last month where they sell refurbished lamps. Most of the factories they mine for lighting

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Koma Modular’s Live-Work Store in Lüneburg, Germany is Made from Recycled Shipping Containers

Koma Modular’s Live-Work Store in Lüneburg, Germany is Made from Recycled Shipping Containers

Czech company KOMA MODULAR's newest design store, located near the town of Lüneburg, Germany provides storage, office and sales space all in one compact building. The building is made from recycled

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Germany’s Hemp-insulated ECOLAR House Scoops the Solar Decathlon Engineering Prize!

Germany’s Hemp-insulated ECOLAR House Scoops the Solar Decathlon Engineering Prize!

ECOLAR's basic construction, comprised of beams and columns, essentially stays the same but can be configured differently based on the homeowner's preferences. In keeping with the mandates of genuine

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A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

A Revolving Curtain Shades Germany’s Counter Entropy House at the Solar Decathlon Europe

Counter Entropy also experimented with a range of unique energy generating and saving systems, including the transfer of heat flow through carrier-fluids. As a result of this innovation, no thermodynamic

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6 Examples of Innovative Architecture Inspired By Music

6 Examples of Innovative Architecture Inspired By Music

You can see, feel and touch architecture, but what if you could hear it too? Innovative architects and designers across the globe are finding inspiration in music to create sound-producing structures

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Pop-Up Bowooss Bionic Research Pavilion Inspired by Nature’s Efficiency

Pop-Up Bowooss Bionic Research Pavilion Inspired by Nature’s Efficiency

The shell-like structure is called Bowooss, which, roughly translated, stands for "bionic optimized wood shells with sustainability". The pavilion's perforated design resembles a bug's shell or

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