Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hundreds of mysterious stone structures discovered near ancient volcanoes in Saudi Arabia

Like all things, technology is a double-edged sword. Without it, however, Professor David Kennedy of the University of Oxford would never have discovered hundreds of mysterious structures located near ancient lava domes in Saudi Arabia. Using the resource Google Earth, Kennedy found there are approximately 400 stone walls on ancient lava domes that are believed to be more than 9,000 years old. Because the structures appear similar to others found in the Middle East, they have been dubbed “gates” The...

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Newly-discovered hermit crab species uses living coral as shells

For the first time ever, a hermit crab has been documented to have found its “forever” home. Off the coast of Japan, a new species of the crab has partnered with a living coral. The coral grows as the crab ages, which means it has no need to continue searching for a bigger shell to live in. Unlike its counterparts, this new species has a perfectly symmetrical body to fit the coral that grows with it. The discovery of the Diogenes heteropsammicola is described in the journal PLOS...

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11-year old inventor becomes "America's Top Young Scientist" for lead-detecting sensor

Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year old resident of Lone Tree, Colorado, earned the title of "America's Top Young Scientist" when she won the this year’s Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her inspired invention of a sensor that can more efficiently detect lead in water than traditional methods. Rao was first inspired to create such a tool after learning about the Flint water crisis. "I feel every individual has the right to know if their drinking water is safe," said Rao in her National...

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3,000 new solar-powered homes in Arizona to be equipped with Sonnen batteries

Prescott, Arizona has around 277 days of sunshine every year. Arizona-based house builder Mandalay Homes plans to take advantage of all that sunshine in 3,000 new homes to be built in the city, all equipped with rooftop solar panels and batteries from German company Sonnen GmbH. The companies said the community would be the first one like it in America. Related:

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Plummeting insect population signals potential "ecological Armageddon"

Over the past three decades, the insect population has collapsed by 75% in nature reserves studied by scientists in Germany. Although the data gathered for this study was from a specific region of the world, it carries implications for a global ecology struggling to adapt to rapidly changing climate and environmental conditions. While many entomophobes may cheer the decrease in numbers of insects, it may have grave consequences for the broader ecosystem. “We appear to be making vast tracts of land...

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Antony Gibbon's Lucent House is a serene minimalist retreat made of glass and stone

"The Lucent house comprises of a series of geometric forms which twist and turn creating a series of angled rooms supported by 4 stone walls that form the main structure of the building. Minimal glass windows throughout the structure create a very exposed open space opening out onto the terrace which runs all around the outside with the shelter from the over hanging roof. The Lucent house can be built in any environment not just on the edge of water. It can be scaled, resized and extended...

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LEGO launches Women of NASA set

Trailblazing women who have been instrumental in NASA's space program are being honored in a very fun way: as LEGO toys. The company just displayed the final design, with an official launch date for the 231-piece set which includes four women: Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Margaret Hamilton, and Nancy Grace Roman. Related:

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This gorgeous shipping container ski resort is tucked into a Georgian mountainside

The architect Sandro Ramishvili and Irakli Eristavi are the minds behind this extraordinary creation. ‘Built in a minimalist style, the hotel seems to repeat the local terrain, cascading down the mountainside. The philosophy behind the project was to safeguard the environment from the harmful effects of work and leisure. Related: Green-roofed shipping containers give Montreal’s floating Bota Bota spa an eco boost + Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort Images via Quadrum Ski and Yoga Resort ...

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Light-manipulating algae could boost solar power technology

You probably learned about diatoms, a prolific type of algae, back in grade school. But you may not have learned these single-celled organisms can manipulate light - and scientists are putting them in organic solar cells to enhance efficiency. Diatoms are inexpensive and can be found in different types of water and even tree bark. Study lead author and Yale University Ph.D. student Lyndsey McMillon-Brown said, "They help trap and scatter light for the algae to photosynthesize, so we're...

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Solar-powered skyscraper with worlds tallest ceramic facade unveiled for Dubai

UNStudio and Werner Sobek have unveiled plans for a new Dubai skyscraper guaranteed to turn heads with its twisted form and a ceramic-tile façade said to be the world’s tallest. Sculptural and functional, the beautiful Wasl Tower will cut down on energy costs with its use of solar panels and optimization of natural light. Hotel group Mandarin Oriental will operate the mixed-use skyscraper that will comprise a 250-room five-star hotel along with offices, residences, and public spaces. Located...

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Portable fog-harvesting AQUAIR harvests clean drinking water from thin air

Water scarcity doesn’t just affect those in arid climates—areas in humid tropics also lack access to freshwater sources. National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) students in Taiwan tackle these water issues with AQUAIR, a portable fog-harvesting device that pulls potable water out of the air. Designed for use in remote mountainous areas in tropical latitudes, AQUAIR can be easily assembled with the addition of locally sourced materials with future aims of open source production. Though...

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You can stay in this tiny treehouse made out of locally-sourced materials in Hawaii

Related: 8 inspiring tiny Airbnb homes for a taste of living small + Airbnb Hawaii Tiny Home, tiny home living, tiny houses, tiny home hawaii, tiny home hawaii airbnb, Hawaii tree cottage , volcano hawaii tiny home, off grid retreat hawaii,

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World's first 3D-printed bridge opens in the Netherlands

History has been made in The Netherlands, where the world’s first 3D-printed bridge is finally in commission. On Tuesday, Dutch officials celebrated the opening of the innovative bridge, which is 8 meters (26 ft) long and located near the town of Gemert. By using reinforced, pre-stressed concrete and 3D-printing techniques, the bridge (which is primarily intended for cyclists) can safely bear the weight of 40 trucks. In total, the structure took just three months to build.   Said Theo...

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Toyota and Mazda establish a new company for electric cars

Toyota, Mazda and Denso have signed a new partnership that will see the three companies establish a new company for the development of electric cars. Toyota and Mazda both don't offer any fully electric vehicles in their lineup yet, so the new partnership will give both automakers the basic structural components for EVs. For automakers to survive the changing automotive industry, they need to be able to produce several types of powertrains, including electric and fuel cell vehicles. Toyota,...

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Greening the Earth could fight climate change as efficiently as cutting fossil fuels

Planting trees, revitalizing soil, and other natural environmental actions could prove as effective in fighting climate change as ceasing all oil use across the planet, according to new study published by an international team of scientists in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Toronto's waterfront to undergo major futuristic redesign thanks to Google's Sidewalk Labs

In collaboration with Sidewalk Labs, a start-up created by Google to "accelerate innovation in cities around the world," the city of Toronto will embark on a futuristic redesign of its waterfront that will incorporate cutting edge technology and sleek modern design to build an urban gathering place for businesses, locals and visitors. Innovations on the Toronto waterfront may include free public Wi-Fi, automated trash systems, robust renewable energy sources, and self driving cars. "This project...

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First floating wind farm in the world begins generating power

Five massive wind turbines floating in the ocean near Scotland have started sending energy to the grid. Statoil, a Norwegian power company, has been working on the 30 megawatt Hywind Scotland project for several years, and it's now up and running. The wind farm can power around 20,000 homes. Related: The world's largest floating wind farm is planned for the California coast Via the BBC and Statoil Images via

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Spectacular origami pavilion made of recycled plastic pops up in Columbus, Indiana

Origami-inspired Synergia pavilion in Columbus is a complex, LED-lit public structure made from recycled plastic. Students of the IU School of Art, Architecture + Design in Bloomington, led by Professor Jiangmei Wu, designed the pavilion as an experiment in building complex structures that grow similarly to biological forms, soap bubbles, and crystal patterns. The temporary pavilion sits on the site of Eero Saarinen’s North Christian Church in Columbus, and references the famous architect’s...

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Bloomberg gives $64 million to anti-coal campaign

The Donald Trump administration had made a lot of noise about bringing back coal. But with renewable energy soaring, and coal plants retiring, their efforts may go in vain - and a new $64 million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies could facilitate progress towards cleaner sources of power. Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and philanthropist, said, "The Trump administration has yet to realize that the war on coal was never led by Washington - and Washington cannot end it." The...

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Fantastical off-grid home is the perfect pad for Fred Flintstone and Bilbo Baggins

Related: This Oregon dome home could be yours – if aliens don’t come for it first + Zillow Via The Register Guard Nolan Scheid, Nolie Scheid, dome homes, concrete lord of the rings home, odd architecture, dome architecture, stone homes

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Stanford sodium-based battery could be more cost-effective than lithium

The quest for the best battery is of vital importance as the world transitions to renewable energy. A Stanford University-led team turned to salt to design a sodium-based battery that can hold the same amount of power as a lithium-ion one for a cheaper price. While it's not the world's first sodium ion battery, the Stanford design costs under 80 percent of a lithium-ion battery that can store the same amount of energy. Related:

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MVRDV wins bid for green-roofed Zhangjiang Future Park in Shanghai

MVRDV just unveiled competition-winning designs for Zhangjiang Future Park, a 100,000-square-meter park and cultural center—the latest in a rapidly growing list of large-scale developments in Shanghai. Designed for the city’s Pudong district, the Future Park expands on the existing Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, a bustling business and industrial district for national and international companies established in 1992. The Future Park will serve the over 100,000 workers that live in the area and add 10,000...

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Undulating green-roofed resort gets green light for coastal Turkey town

A new health and wellness resort planned for a Turkish coastal town appears to lift out of the ground into a series of rolling hills. Designed by architecture firm ENOTA, the sprawling green-roofed Tetusa Oasis Thermal Resort just received the green light for construction in Cesme, Turkey. Designed to mimic the surrounding hilly terrain, this lush resort taps into the landscape’s thermal waters to offer a spa, waterpark, hotel, medical prevention center, elderly care facility, and other health...

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Angular cedar-clad home in New Zealand is set to go completely off-grid

Related:See how the “Kiss-Kiss House” snaps in half like a branch to embrace the landscape + Herriot Melhuish Oneill Via <a href="http://www.archdaily.com/879477/peka-peka-house-i-herriot-melhuish-oneill-architects?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ArchDaily+%28ArchDaily%29"Archdaily Herriot Melhuish Oneill architects, Peka Peka House

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This startup is training crows to throw away cigarette butt litter

Did you know? The average cigarettes take twelve years to decompose. This is a problem, as they are the most littered item on Earth. Every year, approximately 4.5 trillion cigarettes are discarded with little regard for the environment. Fortunately, the new startup Crowded Cities has a plan to rid streets of this type of pollution, and it involves training crows to exchange them for food. It is now a well-established fact that crows are one of the smartest animals in the world. Not...

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California becomes first state to require pet stores to sell rescue animals

In a move which is being applauded by animal rights activists, California is officially the first state to ban puppy mills. The revised measure AB485 requires pet stores to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits from animal shelters, rescue groups or adoption centers. The goal to ensure better treatment of animals and to secure homes for some of the 1.5 million animals which are euthanized across the United States each year. Governor Jerry Brown signed the legislation last Friday, which will...

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As the permafrost thaws, entire villages may be forced to move

Vulnerable permafrost thawing thanks to climate change could alter the landscape of northern parts of the United States, like Alaska. Roads, homes, and infrastructure built atop permafrost can crack or collapse as it melts. And whole villages may have to relocate - in fact, Vladimir Romanovsky, University of Alaska in Fairbanks geophysics professor, told the BBC "by now there are 70 villages who really have to move because of thawing permafrost." Related:

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Google maps the solar system for armchair space travelers

Not merely content with dominating this planet, Google, with its sights set on the solar system, has recently added twelve additional celestial bodies to its Google Maps application. Although Google Maps has for several years enabled explorers to virtually cruise around the Moon and Mars, the list of planets and moons to discover now includes Mercury, Venus, the dwarf planets of Ceres and Pluto, six of Saturn's moons, and three moons of Jupiter, including Io and Europa, the latter of which may contain...

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The fearless dog who refused to leave his goats during the Santa Rosa wildfire

It would seem that dogs, in addition to being man's, are also best friends with goats and deer. Odin, a loyal, headstrong Great Pyrenees who guards his owner's goat herd, refused to leave their side even when fierce wildfires bore down around his home in Sonoma County, California. “Even under the best of circumstances it is nearly impossible to separate Odin from the goats after nightfall when he takes over the close watch from his sister Tessa," wrote Roland Tembo Hendel, Odin's owner. "I made...

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Ai Weiwei installs huge fences in New York City to challenge Trumps border control measures

Ai Weiwei continues to address the refugee crisis through his latest multi-site, multi-media exhibition in New York City. The famous Chinese artist and human-rights activist designed three temporary metal structures that resemble security fences, in a campaign against Donald Trump’s border-control measures. The project, titled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, includes a huge golden circle placed in Central Park, and a fence-like enclosure embedded in the Washington Square Arch. In 2016, Weiwei...

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More than 50% of New York Citys public schools now have gardens

There’s a food revolution brewing in over half of New York City’s public schools, and it’s just getting started. Thanks to the local nonprofit GrowNYC, The Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, and Grow to Learn, five boroughs have been established to set up sustainable gardens in public schools. There are now at least 700 gardens across the city, and teachers are witnessing a myriad of changes in the kids who are spending more time outdoors and less time in a “traditional” classroom setting. From...

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A luscious open-air 'urban forest' tops this formerly abandoned penthouse

lush green and sustainable intervention with a very low carbon footprint. Estimate completion is for the end of 2018. Related: Explore Andrew Franz’s Greenery-Covered West Village Penthouse Addition and Townhouse Renovation + Matteo Cainer Architects La Foret Urbaine, Matteo Cainer Architects Ltd

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Villagers in Peru stumble across what may be an ancient Inca city

Locals in the southern rainforest of Peru may have stumbled across an Inca city while grazing cattle. The Provincial Municipality of La Convención shared images of the site, close to the National Sanctuary of Megantoni. In a space around two hectares big, residents found houses, walls, passageways, platforms, and streets, that could date back to the Inca civilization. Related:

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Skinny micro-apartment can pop up in any city in just one day

The thought of living in an apartment with the footprint of a parking space may seem improbable and uncomfortable, but the chic Tikku micro-apartment shows us that it can be done. In response to pressures of the housing crises, Finnish architect Marco Casagrande of Casagrande Laboratory designed and built a prefabricated mobile micro-apartment that can pop up in as little as a day. The three-story-tall micro-apartment is designed to be mobile so it can go almost anywhere a car can—with enough overhead...

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Stefano Boeri Architects envisions a Vertical Forest City on Mars

What will Shanghai look like 100 years from now? Some with grim outlooks say the Chinese metropolis will be submerged under water and engulfed by rising sea levels. In response, Stefano Boeri Architects—the designers behind the vertical forests and China’s planned forest cities—teamed up with the Chinese Space Agency and Tongji University’s Future City Lab to conceptualize a Shanghai colony on the planet Mars. Envisioned as a Vertical Forest City, this “New Shanghai” would use “eco-systemic...

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Greenbuild: The world's biggest green building expo is coming to Boston

The world's biggest conference dedicated to green building is coming to Boston this November, and you won't want to miss it. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will bring together experts, professionals and leaders in sustainable building for mind-blowing exhibits, learning activities, a Net Zero zone, and pavilions with the latest in green building technology.

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10 Trumpkins that are making Halloween great again

[Trump 1] The first Trumpkin on our list, and possibly the most terrifying entry, is painted on the face of the pumpkin rather than carved. A tuft of real hair finishes off the eerie image. It was posted on Instagram by user @ktmod with the tasteful caption, "Grab 'em by the pumpkin."   [Trump 2] This next Trumpkin by Instagram user @petermartindk takes a more classic approach, transforming the presidential candidate into a glowing jack-o-lantern. We dig the minimalist approach here.   [Trump...

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Edgy black slats conceal a surprisingly light-filled interior in this Brisbane home

Related: Elegant timber extension uses angular volumes to maximize natural light + Bureau Proberts Via Dwell Bureau Proberts, sloping homes, homes built on slopes, angular homes, architecture, australian architecture,

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Scientists witnessed a neutron star mashup for the first time - and it transformed our understanding of the universe

A new era of astronomy, known as “multi-messenger astronomy,” has begun, now that scientists have detected gravitational waves stemming from the crash of two ultra-dense neutron stars. It is believed that cataclysmic events such as these generated at least half of the gold in the Universe. Though astronomers have witnessed ripples in the fabric of space in time before (created by objects moving in the Universe), this is the first time in history the event was detectable by regular light telescopes....

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Nike calls "Flyleather" its most sustainable leather material yet

When Nike introduced the Flyknit Racer in 2012, the sportswear giant literally broke the mold of sneaker construction. Featuring a lightweight, pliable and nearly seamless upper, the shoe had the flexibility of a sock yet the support of a trainer.

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Dubai police unveil Star Wars-esque electric hoverbikes

Law enforcement in Dubai could zip through the city on electric hoverbikes in the future. At the GITEX technology week, the Dubai Police announced a police hoverbike, the Hoversurf Scorpion 3 manufactured by Russian company Hoversurf, that can speed around at 43 miles per hour, 16 feet up in the air. The Dubai police force are considering deploying the hoverbikes to respond to emergencies. Related:

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This Arctic Apple has been genetically engineered to never brown

The Arctic Apple, a variety of fruit that has been genetically engineered to never brown, even when cut into pieces, may be coming to a grocery store near you this November. The endearing little fruit was first envisioned as a means to increase apple consumption among picky consumers while decreasing food waste. “There’s an awful lot of apples that go to waste,” Carter “We’ve seen apple consumption decline on a per capita basis over the last few decades, because they’re not seen as convenient....

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Oil rig explodes in the middle of Lake Pontchartrain, injuring several near New Orleans

An oil rig on Lake Pontchartrain exploded on Sunday night in Kenner, Louisiana, home of the Louis Armstrong International Airport and only a few miles from New Orleans. Authorities began receiving calls about the explosion around 7:18 PM on Sunday; although no official explanation has been offered, authorities on scene believed that the explosion was caused by flammable cleaning chemicals on the oil rig's surface. At least seven people were injured in the blast and, according to initial reporting,...

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"This is unprecedented": Irish Minister of State for Flood Relief on tropical storm Ophelia

When you hear the word 'hurricane,' you probably don't think about the United Kingdom...but an ex-hurricane is about to hit Ireland. Tropical Storm Ophelia is on a path towards the country, with warnings of high seas, power outages, and hazardous conditions. Minister for flood relief Kevin Moran said at a Dublin press conference, "This is unprecedented." Related: Via The Guardian Images via

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A puzzle-like aluminum faade wraps around Bergens National Academy of the Arts

A faceted prefab façade made of raw aluminum elements wraps around Snøhetta’s recently completed National Academy of the Arts in Bergen. The new eco-friendly facility is built to withstand the rainy climate of the Norwegian west coast and offer a durable, robust space where KMD’s 350 art and design students can learn and collaborate under one roof. The building replaces the former Bergen Academy of Art & Design (KHiB) and assembles assembling the previously scattered faculty...

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Huge battery in the UK holds the energy equivalent of 500K smartphone batteries

A large new battery storage project could help the United Kingdom's national grid handle power from more renewable sources. The 10 megawatt battery, on the grounds of a biomass plant at Blackburn Meadows, is contained inside four 40 foot shipping containers. It can hold the same amount of energy as around 500,000 smartphone batteries. Related: While the battery plant is currently one of the largest in Britain, The Guardian pointed out it won't be long before others even bigger are built. Via...

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This terrifying glass walkway in China cracks as you step on it

Would you trek across this “cracking” glass walkway? In the Taihang Mountain range, in China’s northern Hebei Province, there is a frosty glass walkway that gives visitors a memorable experience. The skywalk is approximately 266 meters long and is located 1,180 meters off the ground. Somewhere in the middle, however, there is a high-tech panel with the “special effect” of breaking glass. It’s so realistic, it has caused more than one person to nearly lose themselves in fright. https://youtu.be/Oo0NJsr5m4I The...

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Kenyas Bird Nest is a breathtaking safari suite in the African wilderness

If we ever won the lottery, this breathtaking Bird Nest in Kenya is where we’d like to spend the night. The award-winning Segera Retreat and NAY PALAD just unveiled a breathtaking luxury escape that lets lucky guests sleep beneath the stars in one of Africa’s most iconic safari locations. Designed by architect Daniel Pouzet near a river full of wildlife, this unique suite above the treetops is surrounded by pristine nature and 360-degree panoramic views of the Laikipia plains. Perched...

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Northern Europes largest aquarium unveiled for former Oslo airport site

Aquariums are always good fun for families, but the New Aquarium slated for the outskirts of Oslo is sure to bring in architecture and design lovers too. London studio Haptic Architects unveiled renderings for a curvaceous aquarium modeled on local “svaberg” rock formations that hugs the waterfront and offers new public spaces, including an accessible roof. Planned for the former site of the Oslo airport in Bærum, the aquarium backed by developer Selvaag will house 7 million liters of water...

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Switzerland's NeighborHub wins first place in the Solar Decathalon 2017

This past month, eleven university-led teams designed, built and presented futuristic houses at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon 2017. The competition took place in Denver, near the 61st and Peña Station. Though the challenge was simple it was by no means easy: create a building that integrates solar and energy efficiency technologies seamlessly in the design. Today, the winners of the highly-anticipated event have been announced. For the first time in history, the...

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Beijing's five-star, LEED-certified Hotel clat is a green as it is swanky

. In March 2017, the building also earned Asia Pacific’s first LEED Dynamic Plaque, which, according to George Wong, executor of Hong Kong Parkview Group, is “Parkview Green’s architectural Bible. It focuses our construction around function and the surrounding environment, creating a firm sense of corporate commitment.” The building currently uses 44% less energy than industry standards. Related: Stunning Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Will Rise Like the Morning Sun in Beijing + Hotel Éclat +...

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Worlds first negative emissions power plant opens in Iceland

Go, Iceland! On Wednesday, the nation flipped the switch on the world’s first power plant that eliminates more CO2 than it produces. The pilot program, which is operated by Climeworks, can remove an estimated 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air each year. The gases aren’t just contained; rather, they are turned into limestone where they will remain for at least one million years.

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5 Mouthwatering plant-based fall recipes

Fall is in the air and seasonal fruits and veggies like pumpkins and apples are available once again in grocery stores and farmer's markets. If the season makes you think of warming spices like cinnamon or curry, you'll enjoy whipping up these 6 delicious plant-based recipes that make use of Fall's bounty.

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Daan Roosegaarde unveils mind-expanding 295-foot SPACE installation in Eindhoven

Most of us won't have a chance to blast off to outer space and glimpse the beauty of Earth at night. But designer Daan Roosegaarde's firm Studio Roosegaarde recently brought that image of light and darkness to the Eindhoven Station in the Netherlands. Their interactive art installation gives travelers the opportunity to, in the words of Roosegaarde, "experience a new dimension of light, just as an astronaut sees it in an orbit of the Earth." Studio Roosegaarde Related: INTERVIEW: Designer...

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Google will be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2018

After ten years as a carbon-neutral company, Google has announced that all of its data centers and offices will be powered by 100% renewable energy, mostly from solar and wind sources. The corporate giant made quick progress towards meeting their goal, which was set in 2016. In its 2017 Environmental Report, Google, self-described as the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy, declared that in making its big shift to clean energy, it had pioneered “new energy purchasing models that others...

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Virgin Hyperloop One: Richard Branson invests in Musk-inspired high-speed transportation

A Hyperloop project just got a huge boost - from none other than business magnate Richard Branson. Hyperloop One will rebrand as Virgin Hyperloop One, as the Virgin Group invests in the high-speed transportation effort. The investment follows a July full-scale test, which co-founder Shervin Pishevar described as their Kitty Hawk moment. Related:

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Architects seek to give eternal life to a temporary wooden market hall in Stockholm

Related: + Mark Humphreys Mark Humphreys, Eternal Life of Tengbom's Temporary Market Hall

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Dutch team Nuon wins world solar car challenge - again

The Dutch have done it. Nuon, the superstar team from the Netherlands, won its third straight championship in the World Solar Challenge, a 1,860-mile (3,000k) solar car race across Australia's outback.

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Sleep like an angel in this renovated 18th-century church in Tuscany

Travelling through Tuscany can be a life-changing experience, especially if you stay in this 18-th century church turned into a luxury hotel suite. As part of the conversion project, architecture firm O2 Studio redesigned the church by preserving and restoring original frescos and the central altar, and introducing luxury furniture and fixtures to give it a modern feel. The former church is located on the premises of the new Villa Marta hotel, near the city of Lucca in Tuscany. For years the structure...

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The world's mightiest river is dying

The Nile River, the longest in the world at 4,258 miles (6,853km), is suffering and shrinking in the face of several harsh environmental challenges. An exploding human population and continued exploitation of communities and natural resources along the river has put unprecedented strain on the Nile, threatening ecosystems and the long-term economic prospects of the region as competition over dwindling water resources escalates. Meanwhile, climate change and its effects on weather patterns, including...

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12 Solar-powered homes that show the future of architecture

What will the future of architecture look like? If the impressive solar structures at this year’s Solar Decathlon are any indication, they’ll be smarter, more energy efficient, and a joy to live, work, and play in. This month, a dozen of university-led teams designed, built, and presented their futuristic homes at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado. In the lead up tomorrow’s unveiling of the winner, we’ve rounded up the 12 sustainable dwellings to give...

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Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio spruce up Shanghais waterfront

Shanghai’s most famous street, the Bund, is undergoing the “starchitect” treatment. Foster + Partners teamed up with Heatherwick Studio to design the Bund Financial Center as the “end point” to the city’s iconic waterfront. The 420,000-square-meter masterplan recently saw the completion of a pair of 180-meter-tall skyscrapers as well as an arts and culture center with a kinetic curtain-like facade. Shanghai is a city of contrasts. The Bund, renowned for its old colonial-era...

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Extraordinary treehouse is a climber's dream with its own indoor climbing wall

This narrow angular extension of a house in Brisbane, Australia, captures the freedom and beauty of the outdoor-indoor lifestyle. The Taringa Treehouse, designed by Phorm Architecture + Design, is nestled under a large existing tree and houses a study, bedroom and a climbing wall. The building is detached from the main residence and occupies a cozy spot under an existing tree in the backyard of the property. It's wedge-like form points toward the residence, with its wider side facing the...

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New super concrete makes buildings strong enough to withstand magnitude 9 earthquakes

In the wake of recent natural disasters, including hurricanes in the Caribbean and earthquakes in Mexico, it makes sense that residents and architect aficionados would want to reinforce the structure of local buildings. Thanks to a new invention developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC), it is now possible to do this in an eco-friendly and affordable way. Eco-friendly ductile cementitious composite, or EDCC, is predominantly comprised of an industrial by-product called...

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Airstream unveils new off-grid ready Globetrotter trailer

One of our favorite travel trailer companies, Airstream, is debuting a modern new travel trailer called the Globetrotter. Almost 70 years ago the company's founder Wally Byam set out on a European trip in an Airstream, and adorned the side with the words 'Globe Trotters.' Now, Airstream is bringing back the storied name with their new modern Globetrotter, designed in collaboration with United Kingdom-based design firm Astheimer Limited. Hit the jump to hear more from Airstream CEO Bob Wheeler, who...

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MIT battery that inhales and exhales air can store power for months

Could this air-breathing battery help solve energy storage woes? Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers developed the battery able to store electricity for months - for around one fifth of the cost of technologies we have today. MIT professor Yet-Ming Chiang said, "This battery literally inhales and exhales air, but it doesn't exhale carbon dioxide, like humans - it exhales oxygen." Related:

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Cover installs its first prefab dwelling for the masses in L.A.

Thoughtful prefabricated design for the masses just moved one big step closer to reality. Tech company Cover just completed and installed its first computer-designed dwelling—and it’s begun taking pre-orders worldwide and delivering in Los Angeles. Cover, which describes their work as “doing for homes what Tesla is doing for the car,” uses proprietary computer algorithms to design beautiful custom spaces crafted to meet the user’s needs and optimized to meet rigorous Passive House standards....

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Oxford, UK to create first zero-emissions zone in the world

Oxford, England, with a history of learning that dates back to the 11th century, is now shifting into the future by creating an electric-vehicle only zone in the city center. In banning all internal combustion engine vehicles, the city is establishing what it says is the first zero-emissions zone in the world. Starting in 2020, six streets in Oxford's city center will be free of smaller gas-guzzling vehicles, including buses and taxis. By 2035, the ban will have expanded to all fossil-fuel powered...

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This ultra-sustainable home has moveable walls for endless reconfigurability

Related: + Enable House Northwestern Enable House Northwestern, Solar Decathlon 2017, Northwestern house, solar energy, solar buildings, solar panels, solar decathlon houses,

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First ever video footage of wild sand cat kittens in Morocco

Get ready for a cuteness overload. Panthera France researchers recently filmed sand cat kittens in the Moroccan Sahara, and they're crazy adorable. The team thinks this could be the very first time scientists "documented wild sand cat kittens in their African range." Related:

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TAXA unveils ultra-lightweight Mantis camper with pop-up roof

Related: + Taxa Mantis Via Uncrate Taxa Mantis camper, camper trailers,

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This giant Cup Monster wants Starbucks to use recyclable cups

A monster created with over 500 old Starbucks cups prowled outside a Seattle hotel yesterday. Advocacy group Stand.earth created the Cup Monster to call on the company to deliver a better, recyclable cup. Although they've trialed recyclable cups, the container that holds your pumpkin spice latte still can't be recycled. Starbucks pledged to utilize only 100 percent recyclable and recycled cups by 2015, according to advocacy group Stand.earth. Related:

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Incredible green dreamscape made of recycled threads takes over a Taipei lecture hall

Taipei’s lush jungle landscape has crept indoors in the form of a “green dreamscape.” MVRDV and Argentinian textile artist Alexandra Kehayoglou transformed a 180-person lecture hall into an incredible sight with wall-to-wall carpets woven out of recycled threads that mimic natural textures like moss, water, trees, and pastures. Located at JUT Group’s head office, this public wall-covering artwork references Taiwan’s sub-tropical environment while providing acoustic control and an unforgettable...

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Sleep among the treetops in a nomadic hotel design with minimal impact

Reconnection with nature doesn’t always mean roughing it on a campsite. Environmental consulting firm EoA Inc created Living the Till, a unique treetop hotel resort concept that rescues guests from the stresses of everyday life by elevating them into the tree canopy. Conceived as a nomadic resort, the Till can be easily assembled in a variety of environments and then disassembled and moved without impacting the environment. Described by the team as a camping on a “hovering, transparent...

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Incredible Ottoman-era bird palaces reveal how Turkish people pampered wild birds

Related: Artist creates thousands of urban birdhouses out of recycled scrap wood + Via This is Colossal   Photography via Caner Cangül architecture, birdhouses, birds, Turkish architecture, ottoman empire, birdhouses turkish palaces

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World's first ocean pollution-eating Seabin launches in the UK

Waterways in the UK — and as an extension, the ocean — are about to get a lot cleaner, now that the country has installed its first Seabin. The device, which was introduced by a pair of Australian surfers, works by sucking in various kinds of pollution (including oil) and spitting out clean water. The Seabin can collect approximately 1.5 kg of waste each day and has a capacity of 12 kg — that’s the equivalent of 20,000 plastic bottles or 83,000 plastic bags every year. Today, the world’s...

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Boston man crosses harbor in a pumpkin boat

Tis the season... to get nuts with pumpkins. Christian Isley of Boston, Massachusetts took the autumn's often absurd infatuation with that adorable, orange squash to a new level when he crafted a boat out of his homegrown Atlantic Giant pumpkin to sail across Boston Harbor. “If there’s something odd to be done, he’ll do it,” said Steve Ilsley, the squash sailor's father. “Once he puts his mind to something it gets done, no matter how crazy it is.” Appropriately on the morning of the...

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is almost ready to launch into outer space

After over a decade in development, Virgin Galactic, a private space travel service founded by billionaire Richard Branson, is almost ready to blast off and enter orbit. “We are hopefully about three months before we are in space, maybe six months before I’m in space,” said Branson at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki, Finland. If accurate, this moment for Virgin Galactic represents a culmination of years of hard work and setbacks, which included a fatal crash, delays, and technical problems....

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Renewables keep booming despite Trump administration's attempts to axe Obama's Clean Power Plan

Wind power and solar power are here to stay, even as President Donald Trump's administration works to shut down President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. Bloomberg found since Trump signed an executive order back in March calling for a repeal, nearly $30 billion has been spent on wind and solar projects. Bloomberg described the investment in renewables as a "seemingly unstoppable boom" that's been "driven more by economics and state governmental policies than federal regulations." Rela...

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Mysterious giant hole cracks open in Antarctica

A giant hole the size of the American state of Maine or Lake Superior has suddenly, ominously, appeared on the surface of Antarctica and scientists are not quite sure how it came into being. "It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice," said atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus. The phenomenon, known as a polynia, occurs when open ocean water is surrounded by solid sea ice, leading to changes in the surrounding ice and...

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This hurricane-proof home can withstand a whack from a 200mph two-by-four

Related: + University of Alabama Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat Solar Decathlon: University of Alabama

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New EV charging system lets Nissan Leaf owners sell power back to the grid

UK residents who plan on purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) next year should hold out for a Nissan Leaf. This is because, through the energy company Ovo, anyone who has a garage will be able to sign up for a brand-new program that will install a special charger, and then manage the charging. During off-peak hours, when electricity costs are low, the charger will power up batteries. When rates increase, the battery switches back to charging up a home or even selling energy back to the grid. Essentially,...

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The TreePod is a serene retreat that swings from the treetops

Related: This quirky pink hammock doesn’t need trees to rock your world + New whack at a hammock TreePod Cabana, New whack at a hammock

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This new energy concept from Sweden can make any building net zero

A new Swedish energy concept can turn any building into a net zero energy structure. Pioneered by Malmö-based company Innenco, the concept utilizes a building's thermal energy mass to drastically reduce energy use - by around 85 percent. By then adding their active elements systems, heat pumps, chillers, and solar panels, Innenco can bring new or existing buildings to net zero energy consumption. Related:

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Perkins + Wills KTTC building blends beauty and sustainability in Ontario

The built environment can have a big effect on our health—and even on what we study. Perkins + Will used design to rekindle interest in the skilled trades with their completion of Kawartha Trades + Technology Centre (KTTC), a beautiful energy-efficient building for the Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. Since its opening in 2014, the warm and welcoming light-filled technology center building has seen an uptick in enrollment as well as a shift towards more female applicants in...

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You can now buy tiny shipping container homes on Amazon

Amazon has come a long way since its bookselling days—the tech giant now has tiny shipping container homes available for sale that can be shipped straight to your door. Produced by MODs International, these cargotecture dwellings might not be pretty, but their availability on Amazon is a fascinating sign of the tiny house movement’s growing popularity. The 320-square-foot homes sell for $36,000 with appliances and ships for a hefty $4,500 freight fee—no Prime discount included. Shipping...

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Folkets House pavilion is an inclusive space where refugees can learn skills and find jobs

This palm-shaped temporary pavilion recently popped up at the Enskifteshagen Park in Malmö, Sweden, as an inclusive space where refugees and longtime residents of Sweden can learn new skills, find jobs and make connections. The pavilion, named Folkets House ("People's House), was designed for the Opportunity Space Festival in Malmö, as the winning proposal for the design competition organized by the Van Alen Institute, the City of Malmö, White Arkitekter, Skanska, Individuell Människohjälp,...

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The entire world could be powered by one deep-sea wind farm

What if the world’s energy problems could be solved with one deep-sea wind farm? A new study, conducted by the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University, California, suggests it could. Scientists determined that if a renewable energy project the size of India were to be constructed in the ocean, enough energy could be generated to fulfill all nations’ energy needs. Though there would be major hurdles — most likely in the form of international cooperation and astonishing levels...

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How to cook a whole pumpkin (seeds, guts and all)

Food waste is a big topic these days - While many towns and cities are moving toward composting, its more cost effective and less impactful to keep food out of the waste stream in the first place. Its officially pumpkin season, and that means Halloween pumpkin carving, pumpkin quick breads, (do we even need to mention the ubiquitous seasonal drinks, like pumpkin beers and Starbucks' infamous latte?) Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Veggie Scrap Stock

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This incredible floating tent is the stuff of camping dreams

We know what you need for your next camping adventure: a floating tent. Outdoor equipment company SmithFly has designed what they say is the world's first floating tent, the Shoal Tent. With the floating tent, according to SmithFly, "the world is your waterbed." Related: + SmithFly Images via SmithFly

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Scientists locate half of the universe's missing ordinary matter

Scientists have discovered the location of the universe's missing matter, the other half of ordinary matter in the universe that could not be previously observed but which scientists knew to exist. Two independent teams of astronomers, one at the Institute of Space Astrophysics (IAS) in Orsay, France and the other from the University of Edinburgh,

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IKEA is offering furniture for pets - and it's adorable

It's here - the modern, inexpensive pet furniture of your dreams. Ikea is now selling furniture and accessories for dogs and cats, and they're just as well-designed and affordable as the company's furniture for humans. From a cute cat house to a cozy dog bed, you'll drool over the Swedish giant's pet collection. Related:

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Inferno rages through North California, killing at least 10 people

Since Sunday night, fifteen ferocious wildfires have been burning across at least 119,032 acres throughout Northern California. The inferno has claimed the lives of at least ten people, a number that is expected to grow,

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This prefab concrete house harvests rainwater with food-growing vertical gardens

Related: 8 amazing homes that are 100% powered by the sun + Crete House Crete House Washington University Solar Decathlon, prefabricated concrete, concrete homes, solar decathlon 2017, green design, sustainable design, solar homes, solar power,

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Hippos could be threatened with extinction due to demand for their teeth

Poachers are turning to a surprising animal to satisfy black market-demand for ivory: hippos. Hippopotamus teeth offer an alternative as elephant populations plummet, and many in many countries they're well-protected. But now hippos are under the threat of extinction - with one estimate suggesting the species could vanish within 100 years. Related:

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These Dutch designers are harvesting stardust from rooftops

In what could be the first rare earth metal harvested from space, Dutch designers are collecting fallen stardust from rooftops to be converted into usable materials. Related: Scientists May Have Found 4.6 Billion-Year-Old Space Dust From the Beginnings of the Solar System + Dutch Invertuals Collected Dutch Invertuals Collected, As above, so below, star dust, extraterrestrial dust, rare earth metal from space

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Alphabet X to beam wireless service to Puerto Rico with a fleet of balloons

Help is coming to Puerto Rico in the form of a giant fleet of balloons. Alphabet X’s Project Loon — a former enterprise of Google — was recently issued an “emergency license” by the FCC. The project, which had its first test run in Peru, provides mobile data to rural areas and disaster zones via high-altitude weather balloons. In the coming months, Alphabet X will deploy its technology to Puerto Rico, where 11.7 percent of the island’s population has access to electricity, 55.5 percent...

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Net-zero prefab home stacks together and expands like childrens blocks

Wish you could expand the size of your home without breaking the bank? A group of architecture students from the University of California, Berkeley and University of Denver created RISE, an affordable and sustainable housing solution that lets you do just that. Conceived for urban infill lots, the adaptable and scalable solar-powered home stacks together like children’s blocks and can expand up to three stories with up to five units of multifamily living. RISE—which stands for...

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Cozy egg-shaped treehouses offer stunning views of the Italian Alps

A pair of adorable egg-shaped treehouses is hidden away in one of Italy’s oldest forests. Architetto Beltrame Claudio designed these dreamy retreats, called Pigna, that overlook stunning views of the Italian Alps. Inspired by the shape and texture of pinecones, these shingled dwellings are carefully designed to blend into the landscape while serving as a cozy and elegant getaway. Pigna was originally conceived for an architecture competition in 2014 but was only recently completed...

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Monday, October 9, 2017

10 groundbreaking designs by Shigeru Ban that changed our ideas about architecture

Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in 2011. Built with his signature paper-tubes, the transitional church can hold

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz on how to build with old planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3 decades. My early explorations with the Syndecrete

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Net-zero Genesee Park residence in Seattle is built out of recycled materials

This high-performance home in Columbia City is clad in responsibly harvested white oak siding and offers plenty of outdoor areas with native landscapes and gardens. The Genesee Park residence, designed by First Lamp Architecture and built by Seattle-based contractor Dwell Development, has a number of sustainable features, thanks to which it will achieve net zero energy and 5-Star Built Green certification. The 3,700-square-foot home is located across from Genesee Park in Seattle, near the shores...

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Japanese mutant chickens are laying eggs with cancer-fighting drugs

Most people eat chicken eggs for their high protein content and healthy fats. In the future, eggs may become a staple for those who seek to ward off diseases, such as cancer and hepatitis. This is because, in Japan, researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have genetically engineered chickens to lay eggs that contain drugs capable of boosting the immune system. The controversial technique was developed to make pharmaceutical drugs more affordable...

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Researchers detect 100-million-year-old virus in pregnant women's blood

Your genome contains ancient viruses. It's a startling thought, and researchers detected a 100-million-year-old virus - that would have infected our ancestors when dinosaurs roamed the Earth - in the blood of pregnant women. This virus is a human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) - and although it doesn't act like a virus any longer, having been subsumed in the human genome, scientists are still trying to figure out how they might impact us. Eight percent of the human genome is made up of ancient...

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Muscle-packed pigs in Cambodia raise alarms

Videos and images of Cambodian pigs with extremely muscular physiques have gone viral in recent weeks, raising concerns and questions over the origin and well-being of these augmented animals. Although PETA claims that these animals have been genetically modified, there is no clear evidence to confirm this theory. It is possible that the animals were simply bred to display these characteristics. “We could do this through breeding,” said Jin-Soo Kim, a researcher at Seoul National University,“but...

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Uber deploys 50 Tesla electric vehicles to Dubai

Under the UberONE service, which includes only electric vehicles, Uber will add 50 new Tesla electric cars to its ride-sharing fleet in Dubai. "We are tremendously excited to be the exclusive ride-hailing partner for this fleet of premium electric vehicles in Dubai, in partnership with Dubai Taxi Corporation, and for the clean vehicle technology to deliver our driver-partners and riders with more efficient, less-polluting mobility," said Chris Free, General Manager for Uber UAE. "We will continue...

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Getaway is launching new tiny house rentals in Washington DC and Boston

Harvard Innovation Lab startup Getaway builds collections of tiny houses on wooded plots of land just outside the city where you can go to recharge in nature. Their rentable tiny houses can be wheeled out to locations outside Boston and New York, and since recently, Washington D.C, offering visitors fully furnished mini-residences with fresh linens, shower products, and kitchenware, plus coffee, tea, and a variety of pay-as-you-eat snacks. At $99 a night, users of Getaway houses get a hotel-level...

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Airbus' electric flying taxi is on track to soar next year

Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle projects are really taking off, and Airbus is on track to start flying their VTOL, CityAirbus, in 2018. The multi-passenger aerial taxi - that will be designed to one day operate autonomously - will be powered by electric motors. The CityAirbus could allow commuters to escape the traffic below in an affordable, environmentally friendly new mode of travel. Related:

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Student-built solar-powered tiny home represents new vision for the American dream

The future of tiny home is looking very bright. A team of students from Sacramento State, working under the name Sol Vespiade, have designed and built a beautiful 400-square-foot self-sustaining home. A group of graduate and undergraduate engineering students, Sol Vespidae are building a 400-square-foot self-sustaining home for the SMUD Tiny House Competition. Related: Luxury Fireside tiny house resort carries an important message for sustainability + Fauna House

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Mike Pence says America will send humans back to the moon

Humankind took steps on the moon for the first time in 1969, and now vice president Mike Pence says it's time to go back. He penned an opinion editorial piece for The Wall Street Journal stating "America will lead in space again," and also spoke on the topic at the first meeting of the new National Space Council in Virginia at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Related:

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Solar SILO home uses light to feel much larger than its actual size

Daylight, fresh air, and greenery fill this self-sufficient solar home that feels much larger than its actual size. Students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology designed this net-zero dwelling, named SILO, short for ‘Smart Innovative Living Oasis.’ Inspired by farmhouse architecture, SILO blends a rustic aesthetic with cutting-edge technology to create a homey and completely automated dwelling that ensures stress-free comfort year-round. Home automation is at...

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Canadas tallest building breaks ground in Toronto

Canada’s tallest building has just begun construction in Toronto. Designed by Foster + Partners and CORE Architects, The One is a 1,004-meter-tall mixed-use building that stacks luxury condominiums atop high-end retail. This outstanding new addition to the Toronto skyline will be located at One Bloor West between the downtown and the upscale Yorkville neighborhood. At 85 stories tall, The One will be Canada’s tallest building and the second tallest man-made structure after Toronto’s...

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14 spectacular lamps unveiled at the London Design Festival

london design festival, design, lighting, green lighting, sustainable lighting, eco lighting, green interiors, sustainable design, green design, green products, interior design INTRO Frost Light by EDHV Studio EDHV Studio's Frost Light is powered by melting ice! A chunk of ice is set on a block of solid aluminum, and as it melts it generates enough electricity to power an LED for 3 hours. edhv, lighting, lamp, light, ice, energy, renewable, sustainable, frostlight, ldndesignfair...

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Elon Musk declares Tesla could rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid

Elon Musk, CEO and co-founder of Tesla, has made clear that his company is willing and capable of rebuilding Puerto Rico's power grid from the ground up. "The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world," said Musk, "but there is no scalability limit so it can be done for Puerto Rico too. Such a decision would be in the hands of the Puerto Rico government, PUC (Public Utilities Commission), any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of Puerto Rico.” Most...

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Why natural stone is the best choice for your fireplace

Now that fall has started to settle in across the United States, there's nothing better than getting cozy next to a roaring fire. If you aren't thinking about natural stone when it comes to creating a green fireplace, maybe it's time you did. Natural stone retains heat better than just about anything out there, is practically maintenance-free and resists wear and tear. On top of that, it can handle the extremes in temperature that are an inherent part of fireplaces and doesn't suffer from rot and...

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70-mile wide group of butterflies shows up on radar, confuses weather scientists

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a flock of migrating butterflies!” After spotting a colored mass flitting over Denver and nearby counties, weather scientists at the National Weather Service supposed the phenomenon was just a group of birds. With the help of social media users, however, they later realized that the group of loosely spaced insects with big wings was butterflies! It turns out, there are so many butterflies migrating across central U.S., they showed up on the radar. https://twitter.com/NWSBoulder/status/915274142341042178 Weather...

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Food-producing reACT home sustainably and intelligently adapts to your needs

The homes of the future will be smart, responsive, and even save us money. University of Maryland students let us take a peek into what the future may hold with reACT, a smart sustainable home that rethinks architecture as living organisms. Created as a “kit of parts,” this modular solar-powered dwelling is likened to a home-building kit that can be easily shipped out and readily adapted to different needs and environments. Most impressively, reACT—short for Resilient Adaptive Climate Technology—is...

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Greenbuild: The world's biggest green building expo is coming to Boston

The world's biggest conference dedicated to green building is coming to Boston this November, and you won't want to miss it. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will bring together experts, professionals and leaders in sustainable building for mind-blowing exhibits, learning activities, a Net Zero zone, and pavilions with the latest in green building technology.

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FEMA scrubs statistics on Puerto Rico's lack of water and electricity from website

Something smells like propaganda... After Hurricane Maria — a category 4 storm — knocked out power for Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million citizens, the FEMA website became a major lifeline for Americans to stay informed of recovery efforts. Yesterday, however, statistics on the agency’s website — which revealed things such as people have access to electricity and clean water — disappeared. Now, information that only showcases recovery efforts in a positive light is available. As a result, it is...

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Scientists warn CO2 from warming soils could lead to uncontrollable temperature rise

There's a lot scientists don't know about how global warming could impact Earth's natural systems. A 26-year-study of soil in Massachusetts' Harvard Forest provides new insight. Researchers discovered warming soils are releasing more carbon than once thought, and could reach a tipping point, kicking off an unrelenting increase in warming temperatures. Related:

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LEED-seeking brick building in Montreal hides funky geode-like courtyard

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New Orleans declares state of emergency in anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate

In the midst of one of the most active hurricane seasons in modern United States history, New Orleans braces for impact as Tropical Storm Nate barrels through Central America en route to the American Gulf Coast. Nate, which has already claimed the lives of at least 22 people in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, may make landfall in New Orleans as a hurricane after having gained strength over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, warned those living in vulnerable areas...

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Ole Scheeren's modular office building looks like a giant Jenga tower

Architect Ole Scheeren unveiled images of his first project in Europe- a residential tower that will offer panmoramic views of Frankfurt's skyline in Germany. The designer will overhaul an entire 1970s office block to create 200 living units on the banks of the River Main. The Riverpark Tower will be developed in cooperation with GEG, one of Germany’s most prestigious real estate investment platforms. It will house 220 units on 23 floors, ranging in size from small apartment to four-room...

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EPA cancels plan to clean up polluting Texas coal plants

Big Brown, a coal-fired Texas power plant, spews out sulfur dioxide at rates as much as 50 times higher than coal plants fitted with newer technology. Under President Barack Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed to clean up Big Brown and six other Texas plants in three to five years. But President Donald Trump's EPA, headed by Scott Pruitt, just released a rule that will enable these polluting plants to keep on pumping lung irritants into the air. Related:

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Breathtakingly beautiful tiny home is surprisingly luxurious inside

Meet “The Escher”—a stunning tiny home that’ll steal your breath away. Designed and built by New Frontier Tiny Homes, this gorgeous mobile home uses clever space-saving design, high-end materials, and craftsmanship to prove that living large is possible in small spaces. The Escher combines rustic appeal with contemporary design into a surprisingly luxurious and dreamy abode. The Escher model was designed and built as a full-time family home for a couple with a child. Although...

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Off-grid camping just got so much better with these solar-powered teardrop trailers

Explorers could venture way off the grid thanks to the new collaboration between teardrop trailer maker Vistabule and solar power company Sunflare. Sunflare makes bendy solar panels a few micrometers thick that can be taped to any surface - so they're the perfect solution to adorn the top of a teardrop trailer, conforming to the trailer's unique shape. The lightweight solar panels add virtually no weight to the Vistabule trailer. Related: Sunflare's new ultra-thin

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Transformable solar building changes shape to teach people how to live sustainably

How do you persuade people to adopt sustainable lifestyles? A team of Swiss architecture students believes in the power of demonstration—and they’ve designed and built the eco-friendly NeighborHub to prove their point. Conceived as a collaborative community space, the NeighborHub is a transformable, shared space that demonstrates innovative solutions, from renewable energy and water management to biodiversity and sustainable mobility. The NeighborHub is a community space that...

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Floating Olson Kundig home makes way for Washington wildlife

Seattle-based firm, Olson Kundig Architects has built Rimrock, a spectacular T-shaped home in Spokane, Washington that Related: Olson Kundig Architects’ Transforming Micro Cabin Folds Up to Protect Against the Elements + Olson Kundig Architects Via Yatzer Photography by Benjamin Benschneider and Kevin Scott Olson Kundig Architects, Rimrock, spokane washington home, kundig architecture, home design, home architecture, olson kundig homes,

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Scientists say ice may fizz and bubble like champagne when floating in outer space

In space, no one can hear you... fizz and bubble like champagne, which is exactly what scientists think ice may do when it is floating in outer space. This discovery was made when researchers at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan first created a mixture of three substances commonly found on comets and interstellar clouds from which stars form: water, ammonia, and methanol. Next, the team exposed this mixture to ultraviolet radiation to imitate the harsh environment beyond the atmosphere. As the...

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This house made of drought-felled wood is a water-saving wonder

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World's first solar-powered, indoor vertical farm sprouts in Philadelphia

Future-farming experts Metropolis Farms have opened what they claim to be the world's first solar powered, indoor vertical farm in the heart of Philadelphia. Although the City of Brotherly Love currently hosts only about eight acres of urban farming due to lack of traditional agricultural land, Metropolis Farms seeks to take advantage of the urban jungle to provide a new model for local agriculture in the city. In its latest undertaking, Metropolis Farms has installed a 500 kilowatt solar array composed...

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Nissan's new EV ecosystem could give free power to EV owners

The future looks bright for electric vehicle (EV) owners. Nissan recently unveiled plans for the four pillars of their EV ecosystem, with plans to expand the biggest fast charger network in Europe by 20 percent. They also have a plan to offer free power for EV owners who have a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system, which feeds power from a car's battery pack to the grid or a home. Related: People in Denmark are earning up to $1,530 just by parking their EVs

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Japanese mutant chickens are laying eggs with cancer-fighting drugs

Most people eat chicken eggs for their high protein content and healthy fats. In the future, eggs may become a staple for those who seek to ward off diseases, such as cancer and hepatitis. This is because, in Japan, researchers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have genetically engineered chickens to lay eggs that contain drugs capable of boosting the immune system. The controversial technique was developed to make pharmaceutical drugs more affordable...

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Researchers detect 100-million-year-old virus in pregnant women's blood

Your genome contains ancient viruses. It's a startling thought, and researchers detected a 100-million-year-old virus - that would have infected our ancestors when dinosaurs roamed the Earth - in the blood of pregnant women. This virus is a human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) - and although it doesn't act like a virus any longer, having been subsumed in the human genome, scientists are still trying to figure out how they might impact us. Eight percent of the human genome is made up of ancient...

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Muscle-packed pigs in Cambodia raise alarms

Videos and images of Cambodian pigs with extremely muscular physiques have gone viral in recent weeks, raising concerns and questions over the origin and well-being of these augmented animals. Although PETA claims that these animals have been genetically modified, there is no clear evidence to confirm this theory. It is possible that the animals were simply bred to display these characteristics. “We could do this through breeding,” said Jin-Soo Kim, a researcher at Seoul National University,“but...

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Uber deploys 50 Tesla electric vehicles to Dubai

Under the UberONE service, which includes only electric vehicles, Uber will add 50 new Tesla electric cars to its ride-sharing fleet in Dubai. "We are tremendously excited to be the exclusive ride-hailing partner for this fleet of premium electric vehicles in Dubai, in partnership with Dubai Taxi Corporation, and for the clean vehicle technology to deliver our driver-partners and riders with more efficient, less-polluting mobility," said Chris Free, General Manager for Uber UAE. "We will continue...

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Getaway is launching new tiny house rentals in Washington DC and Boston

Harvard Innovation Lab startup Getaway builds collections of tiny houses on wooded plots of land just outside the city where you can go to recharge in nature. Their rentable tiny houses can be wheeled out to locations outside Boston and New York, and since recently, Washington D.C, offering visitors fully furnished mini-residences with fresh linens, shower products, and kitchenware, plus coffee, tea, and a variety of pay-as-you-eat snacks. At $99 a night, users of Getaway houses get a hotel-level...

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Airbus' electric flying taxi is on track to soar next year

Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle projects are really taking off, and Airbus is on track to start flying their VTOL, CityAirbus, in 2018. The multi-passenger aerial taxi - that will be designed to one day operate autonomously - will be powered by electric motors. The CityAirbus could allow commuters to escape the traffic below in an affordable, environmentally friendly new mode of travel. Related:

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Student-built solar-powered tiny home represents new vision for the American dream

The future of tiny home is looking very bright. A team of students from Sacramento State, working under the name Sol Vespiade, have designed and built a beautiful 400-square-foot self-sustaining home. A group of graduate and undergraduate engineering students, Sol Vespidae are building a 400-square-foot self-sustaining home for the SMUD Tiny House Competition. Related: Luxury Fireside tiny house resort carries an important message for sustainability + Fauna House

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Mike Pence says America will send humans back to the moon

Humankind took steps on the moon for the first time in 1969, and now vice president Mike Pence says it's time to go back. He penned an opinion editorial piece for The Wall Street Journal stating "America will lead in space again," and also spoke on the topic at the first meeting of the new National Space Council in Virginia at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Related:

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Solar SILO home uses light to feel much larger than its actual size

Daylight, fresh air, and greenery fill this self-sufficient solar home that feels much larger than its actual size. Students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology designed this net-zero dwelling, named SILO, short for ‘Smart Innovative Living Oasis.’ Inspired by farmhouse architecture, SILO blends a rustic aesthetic with cutting-edge technology to create a homey and completely automated dwelling that ensures stress-free comfort year-round. Home automation is at...

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Canadas tallest building breaks ground in Toronto

Canada’s tallest building has just begun construction in Toronto. Designed by Foster + Partners and CORE Architects, The One is a 1,004-meter-tall mixed-use building that stacks luxury condominiums atop high-end retail. This outstanding new addition to the Toronto skyline will be located at One Bloor West between the downtown and the upscale Yorkville neighborhood. At 85 stories tall, The One will be Canada’s tallest building and the second tallest man-made structure after Toronto’s...

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Friday, October 6, 2017

14 spectacular lamps unveiled at the London Design Festival

london design festival, design, lighting, green lighting, sustainable lighting, eco lighting, green interiors, sustainable design, green design, green products, interior design INTRO Frost Light by EDHV Studio EDHV Studio's Frost Light is powered by melting ice! A chunk of ice is set on a block of solid aluminum, and as it melts it generates enough electricity to power an LED for 3 hours. edhv, lighting, lamp, light, ice, energy, renewable, sustainable, frostlight, ldndesignfair...

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FEMA scrubs statistics on Puerto Rico's lack of water and electricity from website

Something smells like propaganda... After Hurricane Maria — a category 4 storm — knocked out power for Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million citizens, the FEMA website became a major lifeline for Americans to stay informed of recovery efforts. Yesterday, however, statistics on the agency’s website — which revealed things such as people have access to electricity and clean water — disappeared. Now, information that only showcases recovery efforts in a positive light is available. As a result, it is...

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70-mile wide group of butterflies shows up on radar, confuses weather scientists

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a flock of migrating butterflies!” After spotting a colored mass flitting over Denver and nearby counties, weather scientists at the National Weather Service supposed the phenomenon was just a group of birds. With the help of social media users, however, they later realized that the group of loosely spaced insects with big wings was butterflies! It turns out, there are so many butterflies migrating across central U.S., they showed up on the radar. https://twitter.com/NWSBoulder/status/915274142341042178 Weather...

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