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US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

The US military dropped four bombs weighing a total of 4,000 pounds on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as part of a training exercise last week. The bombs, which were unarmed, were supposed to be

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Birdsong Apps are Harmful to Birds, UK Experts Warn

Birdsong Apps are Harmful to Birds, UK Experts Warn

Image via Shutterstock A slew of new mobile phone apps allow birdwatchers to identify bird calls, but experts in the UK warn that when used improperly, these apps can have a detrimental impact on the

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail

PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail

The first thing you will notice about the ceramic pail composter when taking it out of the box is that it's very simple to set up. After snapping the stainless steel handle onto the knobs on either side

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Infographic Shows the 100 Most Endangered Species in the World

Infographic Shows the 100 Most Endangered Species in the World

Human development, global warming, and changing ecosystems have put many animal species around the world at risk of becoming extinct - and this interactive infographic shows the 100 most endangered

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Floating Mangrove Forest Springs Up in a Wrecked Coal Ship

Floating Mangrove Forest Springs Up in a Wrecked Coal Ship

Artists, designers, filmmakers, and writers often imagine what a post-apocalyptic world will look like - and we think this wrecked ship offers a hopeful clue. Originally built in 1911, the SS Ayrfield had

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5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Summer in a Big City

5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Summer in a Big City

Park it at the Park Parks were designed to be an oasis from the concrete jungle, and every major city has a public park system. We all know the big ones like Central Park or San Francisco’s Golden Gate

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Ny Anstalt Prison Heals With a Connection to Light & Nature

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Ny Anstalt Prison Heals With a Connection to Light & Nature

Schmidt Hammer Lassen's winning design for the prison in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland is an 8,000 sq m facility that plays on the contrast of roughness and the beauty of nature. While designing the

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Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Every year since 2005, the North Pole has shifted several centimeters, and researchers have now attributed those rapid changes to climate change. While the location of each pole is always in seasonal

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Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Rentsch enjoys creating "deceptively clever scenes from the simplest of objects." Using plant matter, she reconstructs weapons of metal and plastic, softening their bodies and pulling the man-made objects

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Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers warn that the cold Arctic seas are undergoing a process of rapid acidification as a result of rising carbon emissions. With its protective ice cap diminishing during

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Grand Canyon Uranium Mine as Big as a Walmart Parking Lot to Proceed Despite Obama Ban

Grand Canyon Uranium Mine as Big as a Walmart Parking Lot to Proceed Despite Obama Ban

Grand Canyon photo from Shutterstock A Canadian company has received federal approval to proceed with a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon despite a ban put in place by President Obama last year.

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6 Fun, Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!

6 Fun, Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!

1. Don't Drive I know, I know. At face value, this doesn't sound like much fun at all. But that's only because you've forgotten how awesome the alternatives can be. Give your car the day off this Earth

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Kiyoshi Mino’s Amazing Felt Sculptures Blow Taxidermy Away

Kiyoshi Mino’s Amazing Felt Sculptures Blow Taxidermy Away

Kiyoshi’s collection of eight animal sculptures are now offered through the Chicago design shop ODLCO. Each bear, lamb, pig, cat, horse, duck, chipmunk, and bird sculpture is started with the face in

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San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

Vacant since 2004, these heavily vandalized buildings had become a local “ghost town” full of transients and ripe with crime. The property was auctioned to new owners recently and developers AREA Real

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Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Photo via Shutterstock Some researchers believe that creating a legal rhino horn trade is the only way to curb runaway poaching of the endangered mammal. At present, roughly two rhinos are killed for

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Snøhetta Wins Competition to Design €50 Million Lascaux IV Cave Painting Center in France

Snøhetta Wins Competition to Design €50 Million Lascaux IV Cave Painting Center in France

Tucked into the side of a hill to retain harmony with the existing topography, the Lascaux IV Cave Painting Center will provide visitors with a rich multi sensory experience that is designed to replicate

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Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Just 250 square meters, the compact D House comprises a perfect blend of home and landscape, private retreat and party house. The double glazed first floor, which is tucked into the earth, boasts

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Sociable Weavers Build Giant Climate-Controlled Nests in the Kalahari Desert

Sociable Weavers Build Giant Climate-Controlled Nests in the Kalahari Desert

Captured by South African photographer Dillon Marsh, these fantastic photographs depict the many designs employed by sociable weavers to build sturdy nests that are safe from intruders such as cobras and

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Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Photopixel / Shutterstock Scientists working on a project to slow down the relentless flooding that has swamped Jakarta since mid January say that cloud seeding is getting the job done. Usually used to

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Shift Architecture + Urbanism Transforms a 1930s Dutch Villa Into a Light-Filled Modern Dental Clinic

Shift Architecture + Urbanism Transforms a 1930s Dutch Villa Into a Light-Filled Modern Dental Clinic

The existing building was a traditional Dutch home with a brick exterior and slate roof. Shift Architecture + Urbanism's renovation honored the history of the existing home and added a new volume

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Meteorite Slams into Russia, Injuring More than 900 People

Meteorite Slams into Russia, Injuring More than 900 People

Image YouTube/Андрей Борисович Королев via Slate A meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia on Friday morning, causing a sonic boom and injuring more than 900 people. Russia's

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Sea Slug Can Throw Away its Penis and Grow a New One

Sea Slug Can Throw Away its Penis and Grow a New One

Red and white sea slugs that roam the warm waters of Southeast Asia just may be the envy of the animal world, given their ability to discard and re-grow a penis again and again. The Chromodoris reticulata

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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who designed

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Birdfreeder: A Flat Pack Bird Feeder That Pops Up in a Snap

Birdfreeder: A Flat Pack Bird Feeder That Pops Up in a Snap

Birdfreeder is a contemporary bird feeder that's light as a feather and packs flat to ship. It comes smartly packed in a recyclable cardboard box, and it can be readily assembled in just a few simple

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Kate MacDowell Masterfully Crafts Porcelain Sculptures Inspired by Nature

Kate MacDowell Masterfully Crafts Porcelain Sculptures Inspired by Nature

Kate MacDowell and her ghostly sculptures are beautiful and somewhat haunting examinations of the human relationship with nature. Each piece is molded by hand and then hollowed. Choosing porcelain for its

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12-21-12 Eco Challenges Are Similar to Those That Collapsed the Mayans

12-21-12 Eco Challenges Are Similar to Those That Collapsed the Mayans

It's the 21st of December 2012, the end of a Mayan calendrical epoch that spanned 144,000 days, and according to some, humanity is expected to shift into a new era of collective consciousness. To mark the

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Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

It is well known that when volcanos erupt and spew ash into the environment, those increased particles can block sunlight from reaching the earth and cause temperatures to drop. But now researchers have

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Shell.ter is a Funky Pergola Tunnel Made From 84 Ordinary Plastic Chairs in Portugal

Shell.ter is a Funky Pergola Tunnel Made From 84 Ordinary Plastic Chairs in Portugal

Instead of inviting people to come to the park and sit on plastic chairs, Shell.ter encourages a whole new association - a funky pergola tunnel that is tall enough to play under. Visitors can lean against

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Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands

Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands

Lacking a foundation, the observation tower has a tiny footprint. This is especially appropriate for a structure designed to harness visitors' appreciation for the surrounding forest and the Vecht river.

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Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

Scientists Invent a Battery Powered by an Ancient Red Dye Made from Madder Roots

This holiday season, it is almost a sure thing that one of the gifts you will receive will require a battery. Instead of a plain old Duracell, you may soon be able to reach for a battery powered by a

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