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Boris Johnson proposes 22-mile bridge to connect UK and France

Could a 22-mile bridge crossing the English Channel help boost transport between the United Kingdom and France after Brexit? Foreign Secretary Boris …

Referendums

This mesmerizing lamp reacts to earthquakes across the globe in real time

This minimalist lamp responds in real time to earthquakes around the world. French artist Fabien Bouchard, who works under the name Parse/Error, …

Earthquakes

Nissan to start selling rooftop solar panels and batteries

Tesla’s model of selling electric cars and solar panels seems to appeal to other automakers too – now Nissan is getting in on the game with Nissan …

Clean Energy

NASA debuts KRUSTY nuclear reactor for future Mars residents

Researchers at NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy announced they have successfully tested a small nuclear reactor that …

Energy

New self-healing concrete uses fungus to fix cracks

Scientists at Binghamton University have developed self-healing concrete that repairs cracks with fungi. In a paper recently published in the journal …

Concrete

This jewelry is made with upcycled gold from Dell computers

Did you know that there’s gold and silver in your computer? These precious metals end up in landfills when people don’t recycle their laptops and …

Recycling

Abundant solar threatens fossil fuel companies in Texas to the tune of $1.4 billion

In Texas, demand for power peaks in the summer, which also happens to be when solar power is at its most productive. With the state slated to add up …

Renewable Energy

The Origin Treehouse has an amazing interior that will blow your mind

Paris-based firm Atelier LAVIT just unveiled a beautiful treehouse with a surprisingly sophisticated twist. The octagon-shaped Origin Treehouse wraps …

Interior Design

Water-based AC cools the air without using harmful chemicals

Our air conditioners still draw on principles that are around 100-years-old, sucking up power in the process. Researchers from the National …

Sustainability

Elegant LEED Gold winery mimics Napa Valley’s curves

Cargotecture has found an unlikely home at a winery in Napa Valley. Local firm Signum Architecture completed Odette Estate Winery, a LEED …

Wine

Copper-clad Copenhagen landmark boasts Denmark’s most energy-efficient laboratories

Copenhagen’s recently completed Maersk Tower boasts the nation’s most energy-efficient laboratories, where waste energy is captured and reused. …

Sustainability

Scientists just created a new type of battery inspired by electric eels

Electric eels inspired an international team of researchers to develop soft power cells that could one day run pacemakers, health monitors, or one …

Batteries

You've got to see this freestanding office stuffed inside the shell of a historic chapel

In order to revamp this chapel without ruining its stunning historic shell, Belgian architecture studio Klaarchitectuur tucked a modern, freestanding …

Design

This Japanese train barks and snorts to protect deer from harm

Researchers from the Railway Technical Research Institute in Japan have equipped a train with a speaker that plays the sounds of dogs barking and …

Blasted

Norway shoots for 100% electric short-haul flights by 2040

More than 50 percent of new car sales in Norway were electric vehicles in December, according to Electrek. Now the country aims to take the electric …

Airlines

Former Angry Bird marketing guru wants to build a $15 billion underwater tunnel

Peter Vesterbacka, the former marketing chief for the smash hit mobile game Angry Birds, has embraced a new challenge: the construction of an …

Europe

The Revolve Wheel is a puncture-proof tire that folds into a compact pod

It’s often said that there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel, but one revolutionary designer has done just that. Andrea Mocellin’s Revolve Wheel is …

Design

The world's coldest settlement is so cold, its public thermometer broke

The coldest inhabited place on Earth is so chilly right now the thermometer broke. In the village of Oymyakon in Siberia, a public thermometer lets …

Climate Change

This tent-shaped chapel in Portugal is in tune with nature

This open and inviting tent-shaped chapel by Plano Humano Arquitectos was designed to take full advantage of the majestic views and natural …

Design

China wants to destroy space junk with giant lasers

Not only do we need to worry about pollution on Earth, but also in space. A team of six scientists in China are working on a very …

NASA

Giant twisting staircase revealed in Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed solar-powered office

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has unveiled designs of a new sustainable office campus in Oslo for the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), …

Sustainability

This “Hairy” micro-office in the UK is made from 546 brooms

We’ve seen our fair share of unusual architecture, but this “hairy” building is a first. UK-based 2hD Architecture Workshop designed a surreal …

Design

A run-down property in Portugal gets a playful renovation using a blend of colors and patterns

The inventive renovation of this house in Ovar, Portugal, balances the past and the present by connecting the main residence with a newer addition …

Interior Design

The majority of the National Park Service board just resigned

The majority of the 12-person National Park System Advisory Board (NPSAB) resigned this week because President Donald Trump’s Secretary of the …

National Parks

24-year-old Yemeni engineer invents mini biogas plants for home use

Some villages in war-torn Yemen still don’t have electricity since the recent conflict started nearly two years ago, according to 24-year-old …

Biogas

French company debuts hydrogen-powered bikes

Pragma Industries is now the first company to begin industrial production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for commercial and municipal purposes. Founded …

Energy

'World's biggest air purifier' operating in China

What has been called the world’s largest air purifier by its operators is now up and running in the Chinese city of Xian in Shaanxi province. The …

Pollution

Melbourne architects turn an old terrace house into a gorgeous light-filled home

Melbourne-based Ben Callery Architects converted a compact terrace house with limited square footage into a contemporary, light-filled home by going …

Sustainability

These Adidas sneakers double as subway passes in Berlin

No ticket? No problem. If you’re wearing Adidas’s limited-edition EQT Support 93 sneaker, you’ll be able to hitch a free ride on Berlin’s metro …

Shoes

The world's largest wildlife sanctuary proposed for Antarctica

While the US is busy trying to open more precious areas to fishing and drilling, a campaign led by the EU and Greenpeace seeks to protect an area the …

Wildlife