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Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Have Been Avoided, Tepco Admits

Last year's Fukushima nuclear disaster in Northeast Japan could have been avoided, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) admitted at a recent conference in Tokyo. A parliamentary inquiry found that bad habits

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Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Hitachi Rolls Out a New Robot to Help With Fukushima Daiichi Cleanup

Robots venture where humans fear to tread. The ASTACO-SoRa developed by Hitachi is destined to roll into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant next year to clean up radioactive and toxic rubble. The

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Barcode Room is a Space-saving Apartment That Can be Configured in Multiple Combinations

Barcode Room is a Space-saving Apartment That Can be Configured in Multiple Combinations

The twelve bars include a kitchen bar, a sleeping bar and a living bar that together create a customizable space that changes with the occupants' daily needs. Furniture and storage is built into each of

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Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Onagawa Housing is Made from Paper Tubes and Shipping Containers

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Onagawa Housing is Made from Paper Tubes and Shipping Containers

In March 2011, the town of Onagawa, Japan was devastated by a powerful earthquake. In the months that followed, Shigeru Ban Architects designed a temporary housing complex for survivors who had been

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Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

The challenge of dividing the burden of reducing global carbon emissions is the main issue preventing world leaders from agreeing on a binding climate treaty. But this week at the UN Framework

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B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

The initial shell cost $154,000, which is said to be on the low end of local home prices, and was constructed off site before it was assembled on its present lot in 2009. All of the basics of sustainable

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House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

House in Yamasaki is an Energy Efficient and Naturally Daylit Greenhouse Home

The House in Yamasaki is a 119 sm (1,280 sq ft) home in Japan located in a new residential area built on what used to be fields. The area is known for its often cloudy days, and Yo Shimada of Tato

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Honda’s New Micro Commuter is Small, Efficient, and Features a Swappable Body

Honda’s New Micro Commuter is Small, Efficient, and Features a Swappable Body

Honda's Micro Commuter is a compact, fuel-efficient vehicle with an innovative design that enables its body to be swapped out to suit different purposes. Close to being production-ready, the lightweight

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Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Daylit House is Split Down the Middle for an Independent Couple in Japan

Two triple level wooden shells exist on either side of the home, which has an extremely compact footprint, one for her and one for him. These spaces are exposed and separated by a cavernous core that

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Mind-Blowing LEGO Temple Folds Together Like a Pop-Up Book!

Mind-Blowing LEGO Temple Folds Together Like a Pop-Up Book!

LEGO bricks were some of our favorite toys as children - hidden in those brightly-colored blocks was the potential to build practically anything, so long as that something involved a lot of right angles.

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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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Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Kurion, Inc. Turns Nuclear Waste Into Glass for Safer Long-Term Storage

Photo via Shutterstock One of the greatest challenges facing the nuclear power industry is the question of what to do with the dangerous radioactive waste it creates. California-based Kurion, Inc.

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Mika Aoki Crafts Hauntingly Beautiful Glass Sculptures Inspired by Microscopic Life

Mika Aoki Crafts Hauntingly Beautiful Glass Sculptures Inspired by Microscopic Life

Taking a cue from nature, glass artist Mika Aoki transforms tiny grains of sand into flowing, organic forms reminiscent of spores, sperm, and viruses. For her pieces, Aoki frequently travels to labs for

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Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

Fury and Fragility: A Sustainable Rebuilding Plan for the Town of Ishinomaki, Japan After the Tsunami

In Northern Japan, where the rugged coast meets pristine beaches, the town of Ishinomaki has long enjoyed the beauty and bounty of the surrounding sea. But benefit rarely comes without hazard and

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Macaon Transforms Aluminum Cans Into Cartoon, Video Game, and Superhero Characters

Macaon Transforms Aluminum Cans Into Cartoon, Video Game, and Superhero Characters

When knocking back a cold beer, you hardly ever pay attention to the can. Yet, Japanese artist Macaon notices every picture, letter, and label printed on its surface. Using both alcoholic and

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The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The Starbucks Espresso Journey Pops Up in a Shipping Container in Tokyo

The idea behind the pop-up job is twofold: to reinforce the near-intrinsic relationship between coffee and reading and also to encourage consumers to look deeper into the drink they are enjoying. Let's

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Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Sharp Unveils See-Through Transparent Solar Panels Perfect For Balconies And Windows!

Rooftop solar installations are great for homeowners, or those with eco-conscious landlords - but what about the rest of us? Sharp recently announced a break-through in home solar technology that could

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New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

A new study has found that 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors in various parts of the world are at high risk from tsunamis like the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan in March

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The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

The $8500 Havana Tsunami Survival Pod Can Withstand 6 Tons of Debris!

Australian shipbuilder Matt Duncan was so affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that he put his engineering skills to use and designed a Tsunami Survival Pod capable of withstanding six tons of

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Nendo’s Ando Momofuku Center Tree House is an Apartment Building for Birds!

Nendo’s Ando Momofuku Center Tree House is an Apartment Building for Birds!

Lead by founder Oki Sato, Nendo produces refined, simplified forms that evoke emotion in viewers. In this piece, we see that repeated forms of various shaped pitched roof houses with circular openings are

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Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

Japan’s Modernist Spread House is an Elegant, Low-Impact Home with a Tree Growing Through It

The single-story home is held by stilts above a sloping hillside in a forest in Japan. The 10.85 meter square building has a 4.4 meter square courtyard centered within the plan of the home. This box-like

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Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Edogawa Garage Club Receives a Modern Woven Shade Screen Facelift in Tokyo

Located in Edogawa, Tokyo, the Edogawa Garage Club is a renovated warehouse with a modern new perforated metal screen skin. The owners with the help of Jun’ichi Ito Architect & Associates decided to

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Breezy Japanese Micro House is Only 7 Feet Wide – But It Accommodates 2 Families

Breezy Japanese Micro House is Only 7 Feet Wide – But It Accommodates 2 Families

Called "House K", the structure is almost 30-feet-high and it holds 1,700 feet of living space. At the most narrow space in the house, a normal adult could almost touch both walls at once. Because space

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Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Tiny Timber Unuo House in Japan Has a Tall Narrow Entrance and Wide Western View

Katsutoshi Sasaki & Associates believe that a residence should be comprised of just one room, but there are no rules in Japanese design that says this room should be boring and monotonous. In addition

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Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

Renovated Timeline Machiya House Preserves Japan’s Architectural History

The Kyo-Machiya has been empty for the last decade, but when its new owners moved to Japan following a long stint in San Francisco, they commissioned Q Architecture to restore the original Kyo-machiya as

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Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Mutant Butterflies Found in Japan After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

It's been well over a year since a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. During early stages of the fallout, Japanese officials insisted that

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Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Soaring Australian Art Gallery Replaces Building Destroyed by Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Featuring an unconventional triangular design and a new, sturdy frame that should make this Australia House more resilient than the last (built in an old farmhouse), the double story gallery doubles as a

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Penguins ‘Fly’ Through the Skies at Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium!

Penguins ‘Fly’ Through the Skies at Tokyo’s Sunshine Aquarium!

The Sunshine Aquarium is a small aquarium located on the roof of a nine-story building in Tokyo's Sunshine City. On the roof, the open-air "Aqua Ring" is elevated about 7.5 feet off the ground, giving

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Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects’ Hilltop House in Rokko, Japan Provides Both Dramatic Views and Privacy

Tato Architects' House in Rokko consists of a home and atelier overlooking a beautiful Japanese cityscape. Yo Shimada, a graduate from Kyoto City University of Arts in Environmental Design led the

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SABAOARCH’s CLOUD Treehouse in Japan is a Relaxing Space Perched High in the Treetops

SABAOARCH’s CLOUD Treehouse in Japan is a Relaxing Space Perched High in the Treetops

Each of the oval “rooms” in the treehouse are connected, but designed for separate activities -- one for standing, one for sitting down, and one for sleeping al fresco. Each area is intersected by a

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