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Frank Lloyd Wright Was a Proto-Algorithmic Architect - Metropolis

It seems that the most contemporary aspect of Wright’s work is his unique, manually recursive design process.<p>Courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright …

Alphabet Is Trying to Reinvent the City, Starting With Toronto

Google has built an online empire by measuring everything. Clicks. GPS coordinates. Visits. Traffic. The company's resource is bits of info on you, …

A Machine That Sucks Carbon Out of the Air Might Be Our Last Hope Against Climate Change

Could carbon-sucking technologies be the secret weapon in the arsenal of weapons against climate change?<p>In Iceland, the world’s first “negative …

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

Prescott, Arizona sees around 277 days of sunshine every year. Arizona-based house builder Mandalay Homes plans to take advantage of all that …

Dr. Shrader -- A Kid's Health Should Never Be About Convenience

What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know About Patents

Patent applications, patent registration, and defending patents can be tricky. Here's how to do it right.<p>You've just had a brilliant idea for a new product or invention. The first thing you should do is get a patent, right? Well, maybe not. First of all, patents are expensive, will require a lot of …

Paradox nation: Norway, a climate leader making money on oil

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Norway wants to get rid of gasoline-fueled cars, plans to become carbon neutral by 2030 and spends billions on helping poor countries reduce their carbon footprints. Meanwhile, it's pushing ever farther into the Arctic Ocean in search of more oil and gas.<p>"We know there is a …

In the thicket of it

WITH all due fanfare, on September 10th last year Dow Jones, a financial-news provider, declared Volkswagen to be the world’s most sustainable …

Tesla opens Gigafactory to expand battery production, sales

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — It's Tesla Motors' biggest bet yet: a massive, $5 billion factory in the Nevada desert that could nearly double the world's …

This is Why Elementary Schools Should Teach Entrepreneurship

With fewer young people starting businesses, it's time to start exposing younger students to entrepreneurship.<p>At no point has a client ever come to me, quizzed me on what I knew, handed me a check based on how I performed on that quiz, then told me I was free to watch a movie until it was time to …

Gardens in the sky: The rise of eco urban architecture - CNN Style

Written by By Matthew Knight, CNN<p>With its balconies bursting with trees and shrubs, the "Bosco Verticale," or "Vertical Forest" is giving rise to an entirely new take on the traditional idea of the urban jungle.<p>As city dwellers feel the squeeze on their living space and recreational areas, the twin …

The new secret to losing weight? Water

<b>(CNN) —</b> Suddenly starving? Try drinking some water.<p>That recommendation isn't new -- but it suddenly got some serious evidence to back it up. A study of nearly 10,000 adults ages 18 to 64 shows that staying hydrated by drinking water and eating more water-loaded fruits and vegetables could help with …

Nutrition

Residents in an eco-village project piloted in the Netherlands will produce solar and biogas power, grow their food and recycle waste into fertiliser<p>“If you look at any long lasting eco-village, it has usually been about religion, polyamory or drugs,” says James Ehrlich, president of …

Sustainability

High Levels of Heavy Metals Found in Popular Chocolate Brands

As You Sow, a California-based health watchdog group, has just warned that some of our favorite chocolate treats contain unsafe levels of heavy …

This German Startup Is Installing Solar Cells In Road Surfaces

Solmove is developing a flexible glass carpet that can harness the sun on footpaths, bike lanes, and roofs.<p>A few years ago, Donald Müller-Judex was driving around the villages of Bavaria, where he lives, when an idea struck him. Why are all the solar cells on the roofs and not in other surfaces …

This Crazy Skyscraper Is A Solar Power Plant And Small City All In One

Would you live in a solar chimney?<p>Inside a new conceptual building, there’s room for the entire population of a city the size of Cleveland–and the building can generate power for all of them.<p>The design is a solar chimney, an enormous tower that sits in the middle of an equally huge solar collector. …

This series of images shows the extent of China’s pollution problems and the human toll of exponential growth on local communities in China’s vast and severely damaged northern region.

Why companies like Google and Walmart are buying so much wind power

The U.S. wind energy industry had a memorable 2015, from installing thousands of new turbines across the country to supporting a growing number of jobs.<p>But perhaps one of the most noteworthy brights spots of the past year, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the American Wind Energy …

Why you shouldn't quit your job to become a full-time entrepreneur

That call is hard to resist, especially as you imagine fleeing your cubicle to follow that gut feeling.<p>But McGinnis, a venture capitalist and private equity investor, suggests starting small: becoming a "10% entrepreneur."<p>According to McGinnis, a 10% entrepreneur invests just 10% of their time and …

6 Innovative Projects That Are Making Cities Better–That Other Cities Should Steal

The winners of the Knight Cities Challenge should be an inspiration for creative urban planners everywhere.<p>The Knight Cities Challenge just gave out $5 million to winning ideas from civic innovators to help 26 particular American cities, from Detroit to Macon, Georgia. But there’s no reason these …

The 2015 Silicon Valley Nice List

In Fast Company‘s inaugural Silicon Valley Nice List, we applaud the well-behaved companies of 2015 that deserve some recognition.<p>From improving their parental leave policies to diversifying their workforces, these are the companies whose good deeds in 2015 were enough to not only keep them off the …

See Who Made The 2015 Unicorn Naughty List

In Fast Company’s inaugural Unicorn Naughty List, we take a look at who in Silicon Valley is getting a lump of coal.<p>Santa isn’t the only one making a list and checking it twice. <i>Fast Company</i> perused the list of 144 unicorns—startups valued at $1 billion or more—to see which Silicon Valley dynamos …

We Will Remember 2015 As The Year The Robot Revolution Began

Sure, they seem friendly and helpful now . . .<p>Robots in movies are usually clever, cute, and friendly. But for decades, real-life robots have been basically awkward, clumsy, and really not-so-smart hunks of metal. That’s drastically changed in the last two to three years, as both robot hardware and …

How Design Could Make You Calmer, Thinner, And Better At Your Job

In Evidence, our column on the science of creativity and visual culture, we try to unpack the subtle ways design shapes human perception and behavior. Consider how color can make you trust an untrustworthy brand, packaging can alter how food tastes, and playful–some might say juvenile–offices may …

This Unobtrusive Arm Band Will Let You Feel Virtual Reality

The UnlimitedHand adds a new dimension to the VR experience.<p>Virtual reality is getting more immersive and stimulating by the day, but if you try to feel something in VR, your hand will just pass right through the air. A new Japanese startup wants to change that with a VR armband that tricks your …

The Thrifty Crusader Behind California’s New LEED-Certified Democratic HQ

Angie Tate, the state party’s CFO, is determined, uncensored, and a fundraising force to be reckoned with.<p>On a quiet block in downtown Sacramento, the John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters is a light, airy, earth-toned building that looks like it could just as easily be a holistic wellness center …

Delhi’s New Hydroelectric Plant Is Powered By A Different Kind Of Water: Sewage

Instead of damming a river and flooding the surrounding valley to build a hydroelectric plant, East Delhi has harnessed the power of the water flowing through its sewage pipes. A new hydropower plant, commissioned in August this year, is said to be the first ever to run from treated sewage …

Hydroelectric Power

How To Become A Genius

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence.<p>You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re smarter than the average American, according to a study from YouGov. Yet when it comes to IQ, …

Coke bets on super milk; more protein, less sugar

NEW YORK (AP) — Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it's betting people will pay twice as …