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Journalism

Watch Apple's incredible new store in Dubai change shape before your eyes

Apple pulled out all the stops for their glamorous new store in Dubai. Designed by Foster + Partners, the recently completed Apple Dubai Mall is …

Luxury

Colorful Hexagonal Wall Tiles Made From Sound-Absorbing "Wood Wool"

These colorful hexagonal wall tiles by Form Us With Love strike a brilliant balance between sustainable materials, economy and functionality. The …

Furniture

MIT unveils new solar 3D printer that can build houses on other planets

Some people dismissed 3D-printing in its early days as a novelty, but these days the technology is coming into its own and researchers at MIT have …

3D Printing

Old mountain retreat renovated into sublime off-grid refuge

The challenges of renovating older buildings are already numerous, but when working deep in 8,100-foot-high mountainous topography and extreme …

Architecture

Penguin swims 5,000 miles each year to visit the Brazilian man who saved his life

Rio de Janeiro resident Joao Pereira de Souza did not expect to make a lifelong friend when he rescued a struggling, oil-slicked penguin from the …

Brazil

A catastrophic climate feedback loop long feared by scientists is happening

For years environmental scientists have warned of a catastrophic climate “feedback loop” that could pump a massive underground repository of carbon …

Climate Change

Groundbreaking Solar Classroom in a Box to be deployed in every single county in Kenya

UK-based computer company Aleutia developed a modular solar-powered flatpack solution to rural education needs. In 10 developing African countries, …

Green Energy

Vietnam's "Forest in the Sky" apartment building is topped with 50,000 trees

This lush residential complex in Hanoi takes green living to the extreme. More than 50,000 trees, shrubs and colorful flowering vines were used to …

Construction

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1

What’s the only room with no walls? If you guessed a MUSHROOM – you’re right! Architect David Benjamin is flipping the script on that old joke with …

Architecture

These 6 jaw-dropping cliff homes will take your breath away

If you’ve ever wanted to live life on the edge, you’ll love these adventurous cliffside homes. From a vertiginous Chilean home accessible only by …

Design

Modpools turns shipping containers into amazing swimming pools

We’ve seen shipping containers transformed into homes, shops, and even urban farms – but Modpools gives these repurposed structures a whole new life …

Architecture

How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe …

Biology

El Salvador just became the first country to ban metal mining

El Salvador just became the wold’s first country to ban metal mining. In a historic move, the country will no longer allow “prospection, exploration, …

Immigration

Ford introduces the first-ever hybrid police car

When you think of police cars, visions of large, powerful and gas-hungry vehicles probably come to mind. Well, that vision of the “dirty” police car …

Trucks

Denmark to end subsidies for renewables much sooner than anyone thought possible

The renewable energy industry is performing extremely well in Denmark. The country’s energy minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said it’s performing so …

Clean Energy

Unusually high number of humpback whale deaths prompts NOAA inquiry

A large number of humpback whale mortalities along the United States’ East Coast has scientists concerned. 41 humpback whales perished between Maine …

Oceans

Scientists create super-strong bricks from mars-like soil

Future Mars dwellers may actually be able to use locally-sourced materials for their buildings. Four University of California, San Diego engineers …

Engineering

These solar-powered apartments in Sweden generate more energy than they use

Although the US may be moving backwards in terms of clean energy, countries like Sweden are going full throttle while adding plus-energy homes to …

Clean Energy

This village in Arizona has a simple solution to light pollution

Residents of Arizona Sky Village abide by one simple rule: “Turn off your goddammed lights.” The 21-household community near Portal, Arizona is …

Astronomy

World’s greenest terminal opens at Oslo airport

Nordic Office of Architecture recently completed the world’s greenest airport terminal with their new 115,000-square-meter extension that’s doubled …

Architecture

This bike lane in Korea is topped with 20 miles of solar panels

Is this the greenest road ever? A highway in Korea features a stunning solar-powered bike lane running right down the middle. The lane is offset, …

Green Energy

Court condemns Wyoming wolves to first legal hunt in four years

Wolves have been taken off the United States government’s endangered species list in Wyoming, and a court decision just gave wolf management back to …

Wildlife

NYC mayor announces push to finish 32-mile Greenway linking entire Manhattan waterfront

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to finish the biggest gap in the 32-mile Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. $100 million in the mayor’s …

Bill de Blasio

Energy-generating 'artificial plants' turn greenhouse gases into clean air

Groundbreaking research from scientists at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and Florida State University could help in the fight against …

Chemistry

Humans may have lived in America 115,000 years earlier than we thought

For years, scientists have believed that humanity was a relatively recent visitor to the North American continent, migrating from Siberia only 15,000 …

Evolution

Artists Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey launch skateboard protest against Trump

Artist-activists Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey have teamed up to launch a new series of artwork today in response to the 100th day of Donald Trump’s …

Art

NASA unveils inflatable greenhouse for sustainable farming on Mars

A group of researchers from the University of Arizona, in collaboration with NASA scientists, have created an innovative inflatable greenhouse to …

NASA

World's last male northern white rhino joins Tinder to avoid extinction

He may not make the coziest of bedfellows, but if a northern white rhino pops up on your Tinder screen, it might behoove you to swipe right. Dubbed …

Extinction

Barn ruins transformed into contemporary home with spa

Parisian architecture studio Antonin Ziegler converted an abandoned barn into a metal-clad home crafted to evoke a “contemporary ruin.” Located in …

Architecture