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NASA map shows how climate change has set the world on fire

Devastating wildfires have blazed through Portugal, Canada, and Siberia this summer – with some people beginning to wonder if climate change will …

Climate Change

Mercedes-Benz unveils stunning art deco-inspired electric car

Mercedes-Benz decided to go back to the 1930s for its latest concept car, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet concept. With its imposing grille …

Trucks

Oldest ice core ever dated reveals hidden clues to ancient Earth's atmosphere

Ice cores hold secrets of what our planet was like millions of years ago, in bubbles preserving greenhouse gases from that time. A Princeton …

Climate Change

Self-taught designer builds a secret studio under a bridge in Valencia

Self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas built a studio bedroom in a very unusual place – the underside of a bridge in Valencia, Spain. This tiny …

Architecture

Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV

For years Volkswagen has teased us with the idea of bringing back the much loved, iconic Volkswagen Microbus. The automaker unveiled the I.D. Buzz …

Electric Vehicles

Village-inspired office in Jakarta is topped with living trees and a green roof

The new Aedas-designed Unilever HQ in Jakarta references Indonesia‘s villages to create a welcoming environment filled with natural sunlight and …

Architecture

Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data

Though 97 percent of leading scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat that needs to be addressed immediately, certain factions …

Climate Change

Nomadic teahouse made with origami embodies Japanese minimalist beauty

Origami isn’t just beautiful—it can also be useful in architectural design. Katagiri Architecture + Design shows us how with Shi-An, a nomadic …

Tea House

Singapore Night Festival dazzles crowds with 13 stunning light installations

The Singapore Night Festival is back and it’s pulling out all the stops for its 10th anniversary. Attracting crowds of over 500,000, the annual light …

Festivals

South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Within six months, 311,400 acres of land in Egypt will be transformed into an agriculture city. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt …

Egypt

Germany is electrifying part of the autobahn to cut freight emissions

We rely on trucks to get the goods we need from one place to another, but all of those semi trucks spew a lot of pollution. So Siemens and the German …

Siemens

White House kills ban on bottled water at National Parks

The Trump administration has put the kibosh on a six-year-old ban on selling bottled water at some national parks. The National Park Service …

National Parks

Scientists harness tobacco plants to produce polio vaccine

After all the poor health outcomes caused by tobacco over centuries, it’s about time the plant started doing something good. Scientists in the United …

Public Health

Woven bamboo pavilion offers shelter to passion fruit farmers in China

A team of students at the University of Hong Kong is exploring the limitless potential of bamboo as a sustainable alternative to conventional …

Architecture

Compact OffGridBox provides drinking water and power where it's needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity – the OffGridBox. …

Water

Huge circular windows flood Melbourne's Cirqua Apartments with natural light

Huge circular windows flood the interior of this funky apartment block in Melbourne with natural light. BKK Architects designed the Cirqua Apartments …

Architecture

Woman's lost engagement ring found rooted to a carrot - 13 years later

Watch while you weed, or you may lose a ring. Gloves can help, not only to prevent contact with soil-borne infections and bacteria, but also to keep …

Engagement Rings

Subterranean Oxygen Park is a breath of fresh air in the Qatari desert

A “green lung” in Qatar’s desert landscape is helping people stay healthy and active by reconnecting them to nature. Erik Behrens and James Haig …

Oxygen

Cozy charred timber box adds a new social heart to Dublin home

A tiny new addition has made a big impact on a terraced home in North Dublin. Stephen Kavanagh Architects designed Copeland Grove, a sun-soaked home …

Architecture

Largest-ever modular Gomos building to be completed in just a few months

The future of construction looks to be pretty exciting, thanks to modular systems like Gomos Housing, which let you build adjustable structures in a …

Housing

Scientists just created green solar cells - and they're working on white, red and additional colors

Do you love solar panels, but hate the color blue? You’re in luck – researchers in the Netherlands have developed a process for making conventional …

Clean Energy

New refrigerator camera takes aim at food waste

We know food waste is an issue, but often it’s all too easy to forget about that bag of lettuce in the back of your refrigerator until it rots. It …

Food Waste

Rooftop farms in Gaza provide a lifeline to the community

Meeting even basic needs can be a challenge for the nearly 2 million people that live in Gaza. An Israeli blockade inhibits international trade and …

Farming

6 Surprising uses for garlic you probably didn’t know about

It’s garlic harvesting season, and those glorious, aromatic bulbs are now adorning farmer’s market stalls just about everywhere. Garlic isn’t just …

Alternative Medicine

You can build one of these tiny backyard offices in less than a week for under $7000

Austin-based Sett Studio designs tiny offices that take conventional workspaces to task. These micro-offices can be used for a variety of …

Design

Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There’s a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed new glass blocks that are …

Clean Energy

Prototype 9 is a retro electric roadster with the Nissan Leaf's heart

Infiniti is bringing us back to the 1940s with its Prototype 9 roadster, which is set to debut this month at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours …

Electric Vehicles

The devastating reason Mumbai dogs are turning blue

Lately, blue stray dogs have been spotted running around Navi Mumbai, India, and it’s no laughing matter. Inadequate waste treatment at a local river …

Water

LEED-seeking illumina i3 campus lets workers work anywhere

San Diego’s new BioMed Realty i3 campus is raising the bar for corporate research parks everywhere. Perkins+Will recently designed the iconic science …

Construction

Various Architects turn an industrial Oslo building into contemporary offices

A historic building in Oslo’s locomotive industrial zone has been transformed into contemporary offices filled with natural light. This adaptive …

Architecture