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Green buildings help us think better, finds report

A small Harvard study found people performed significantly better on cognitive tests when in green building conditions<p>Green design gets a lot of attention for its energy- and money-saving aspects, but determining the buildings’ impacts on health isn’t always easy to quantify. But a team of …

General Motors vows to run entirely on renewable energy by 2050

Manufacturing giant General Motors (GM) has vowed to run entirely on renewable energy by the middle of the century.<p>The company plans to generate its …

Renewable Energy

Just Because: On The 47th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing, Here Are Five Great Stories About The Watch That Got Them There – The Omega Speedmaster

Forty seven years ago today, man walked on the moon for the very first time. It is no secret that along with the good men of Apollo XI went an Omega …

Watches

The 16 most breathtaking buildings in the world, according to architects

Like paintings and sculptures, buildings can be beautiful works of art.<p>We asked architects to tell us the one building that's a game-changer for building design, inspired them to become architects, or that they simply find stunning.<p>Here are 16 of the most breathtaking buildings in the world, …

New Jersey

7 Gorgeous Houses that Showcase American Design

From the traditional to the eccentric<p>To celebrate our fair country’s 240th birthday, we’ve rounded up seven U.S. homes that showcase the diversity of American design. From a traditional brick house to a sleek mountain retreat, these houses show that anything goes when it comes to dreaming up your …

Green Blade banana fiber panels provide a stylish, sustainable alternative to wood

Potassium-rich bananas are a staple for healthy eaters but did you know that the “tree” trunk is a valuable resource as well? Martinique-based …

Sustainability

Obama's Taste in Architecture Is as Measured as His Administration

The firm chosen to design the newest presidential library is as cool under pressure as Obama.<p>President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have selected a New York architecture firm, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, to design the Barack Obama Presidential Center, the president’s planned …

Terreform proposes an autonomous and self-sufficient city with New York City (Steady) State project

Vertical farms in mid-town Manhattan to produce food for 30,000 people.<p><b>Terreform, New York-based urban research studio and advocacy group led by</b></b> …

New York City

Rise in CO2 has 'greened Planet Earth'

<b>Carbon dioxide emissions from industrial society have driven a huge growth in trees and other plants.</b><p>A new study says that if the extra green leaves prompted by rising CO2 levels were laid in a carpet, it would cover twice the continental USA.<p>Climate sceptics argue the findings show that the extra …

Climate Change

Take a look inside New York City’s first net-zero energy public school

<b>BY: CAROLINE ROLF</b><p>Before you step foot in the front doors, it’s clear that this is not a typical place of learning. The roof, which is covered in …

35 Wonderful Ideas How To Organize A Pretty Small Garden Space

Gardens are a great way to spend extra time. They can bring both life and curb appeal to your home. If you are a green thumb you may feel at a loss …

Curb Appeal

What is "The world's greenest building?"

"Netherlands home to world's most sustainable office building"<p><b>UPDATE:</b> There is a poll at the end. Sorry about all the slideshow clicks but I like the …

How 21 Famous Architects Sketch Humans

Long before Photoshop files of people were a dime a dozen, architects had to draw their own scale figures.<p>You’ve probably noticed that in most architectural renderings today, the people populating the images look eerily similar. Noor Makkiya, an architectural designer, argues that design tools like …

Architecture

Earthy energy-smart home maintains a minimal eco-footprint in the South African bush

Living in harmony with nature calls for a small environmental footprint, and a great example of this philosophy can be found in the House Mouton, an …

Green Roofs

8 Awesome Science Resources That You Can Access For Free Online

Including ALL of Feynman’s lectures.<p>There's nothing worse than wanting to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, or just confirm some weird …

Princeton University

10 of the Most Beautiful Gardens You Will Ever See

The winning entries for Britain's International Garden Photographer of the Year are a true feast for the eyes.<p>There's little we love more than gazing over a lovely landscape — so the opportunity to view winning entries for Britain's International Garden Photographer of the Year is definitely one we …

You Can Heal Yourself With Your Mind (For Real)

From multiple sclerosis to chronic pain to HIV, science is increasingly showing us that what’s in a patient’s head affects how the body heals.<p>I met …

Thompson Center tops list of most threatened Chicago buildings

When the James R. Thompson Center opened in 1985, architect Helmut Jahn had hoped the glass panel building marked by an open-air atrium would serve as "a symbol for the openness and transparency of the state government."<p>The 17-story postmodern marvel in Chicago has proved costly and inefficient to …

Bruce Rauner

SOM’s LEED Platinum 350 Mission tower offers an urban living room to San Francisco

International design firm SOM has just added yet another LEED-certified stunner to their roster of eco-friendly buildings. 350 Mission, a 30-story …

How Will We Live In 2116?

Super-skyscrapers, virtual holidays (involving electrodes stimulating the senses) and Hologram pets may seem like elements of a sci-fi movie, but according to Samsung’s SmartThings Future Living Report, they are likely to exist a century later. Put together by space scientist Dr. Maggie …

Wormholes

CA House / Jacobsen Arquitetura

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This house was set according to the site´s contour lines, solar exposure and remarkable panoramic view, …

14 books to read on your commute that will make you smarter about business

One way of combining the necessity of getting to our workplace with success is to spend the time reading or listening to books.<p>Here are my suggestions for great business books to read or listen to during your commute.<p><b>1.</b><b>"The</b> <b>E-Myth"</b> by Michael Greber. This is an excellent book about the myths …

Self-improvement

General relativity caught in action around black hole

<b>GENEVA</b> — An effect of general relativity that is barely measurable on Earth has been spotted in full force around a black hole.<p>Physicists detected …

Black Holes

THE PRESIDENTS’ WATCH

Since 1956, the Day-Date has made the strongest of statements about its wearer. The history of its advertisements traces the model’s lineage as the international mark of success and achievement. Known as the “presidents’ watch”, instantly recognizable on the wrist, the Day-Date distinguishes its …

How Thomas Edison Tried and Failed to Make Single-Pour Concrete Homes

Concrete is one of the most widely innovated and improved upon building technologies in the world. With applications in both pre-fabrication and …

7 Times Mathematics Became Art And Blew Our Minds

So pretty.<p>While maths might seem like a purely formulaic pursuit, the patterns and ratios it produces can help create some of history's most striking …

Mathematics

Posted: February 21, 2016 by oldbrew in Big Green, ideology, innovation Tags: Greencrap, sustainability

Masdar personal rapid transit podcar [image credit: Mariordo]<p><i>Zero carbon dreams make zero sense in the real world, it seems. Is anyone …

China Employs Professional Panda Huggers for $32,000 a Year

Just when we thought that the best job in the world involved cuddling baby goats, we find out that being a "professional panda hugger" is a viable career choice. As of right now, China's Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre has a spot available and the job description states: "Your work has …

Employment

Surreal photos of China's failed 'city of the future'

The once flush-with-cash town of Ordos, China, has been called the world's largest ghost town.<p>Roughly 15 years ago, a coal-mining boom led local government to throw money at urban development there, in the hopes of creating a new epicenter of culture, economy, and politics.<p>Ordos New Town — also …

China

Timex’s new fitness-tracking watch looks just as sharp as its regular watches

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Business Insider/Jeff Dunn The thing about wearables is that they're not super fun to wear. For all the great things a Fitbit Charge HR …

Wearable Tech