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Self-sufficient SCARAB remote living habitat can be placed almost anywhere

This completely self-sufficient, lightweight mobile home makes remote living feasible practically anywhere. The bug-like shell of the SCARAB houses …

Habitats

Grapevines spread through the cracks of Stuttgart’s proposed stone-clad high-rise

Pockets of greenery appear to split apart the stone facade of this new mixed-use tower planned for Stuttgart, Germany. RKW Architektur+ won a …

Architecture

Book Giveaway - Win a copy of TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World

There is so much that we can learn from the natural world. ‘TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World,’ by Dr. …

Wealth

BatBnB unveils line of stylish (scientifically designed) homes for our flying friends

Airbnb disrupted the human housing world, now BatBnB is doing the same for bat housing. We all pretty much know that boxes are a stellar way to …

Biological Species

Britain to ban new diesel and petrol cars in 2040

British government ministers think low air quality poses the biggest environmental threat to public health, but that threat is avoidable. They aim to …

Pollution

New subway-style map shows how US rivers connect cities and national parks

When we think of transportation in the United States, we don’t always think of rivers. But according to designer Theo Rindos, the country’s waterways …

Maps

Spectacular forestry dome shines like a gem in the woods of Belgium

Like a Russian Matryoshka doll, this shining dome houses another building within its shell. Architecture studio Philippe Samyn and Partners designed …

Architecture

Salvaged materials from devastating fire take new life in a British pier

A British seaside pier destroyed by a devastating fire in 2010 has made an incredible comeback in the hands of dRMM Architects. After a seven-year …

Design

One of Africa's biggest cities could run out of water by September

Kenya’s capital city, Nairboi, is dangerously low on water. The city, home to around 3.4 million people, has been rationing water since January 1, …

Water

New Traveler XL Limited tiny house can comfortably sleep up to 10 people at once

This tiny home on wheels features a surprisingly spacious interior that can sleep up to 10 people. The new Escape Traveler XL Limited comes with two …

Tiny House Movement

The UK's newest nuclear power plant could literally shoot rainbows into the sky

A new proposal could lead to a nuclear power plant in the UK that literally shoots rainbows into the sky. UK-based master planning firm, One Creative …

Energy

World's first autonomous, all-electric cargo ship to launch next year

The world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship is set to sail in late 2018. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland is being dubbed the “Tesla of …

Cargo Ships

Centuries-old apartment in Israel transformed into a remarkable modern "cave"

This ancient apartment in Israel was skillfully renovated to unify its cavernous, centuries-old rooms into a modern cave-inspired residence that …

Architecture

Lockheed to turn shuttle-era module into a prototypical space habitat for NASA

Deep space missions in the future will take humanity farther and farther away from Earth. Last year NASA chose six United States companies to develop …

Exploration

Fukushima robot finds lava-like deposits thought to be melted nuclear fuel

Six years after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns, there’s still a lot of cleanup to be done. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) deployed an …

Robots

Germany expects to add 900 MW of new offshore wind capacity in 2017

Germany’s offshore wind boom is accelerating. The Federal Republic has already brought online a total of 626 megawatts (MW) of new offshore wind …

Wind Power

Lyme disease shot could offer 100% protection

Lyme disease is a growing issue in the United States. Since the 1990’s, the number of cases has more than doubled. Scientists at a laboratory …

Medicine

London scientists want to revive plants buried in 'ghost ponds'

Life will find a way, even if that way is winding and submerged under layers of organic matter and water. According to a recent study by a scientific …

Archaeology

Provocative timber horn explores the hypnotic pull of the unknown

Digital fabrication and traditional woodworking fuse together in Y, a modern sculpture with a provocative and pixelated appearance. A team of …

Art

Epic Iron Ring symbolizes Wales’ majestic legends and landscapes

Simply put, Wales’ ancient landscape is epic. To celebrate the land’s majestic history and nature, George King Architects designed the Iron Ring, an …

Archaeology

Frederike Top's geometric LED lamps cast colorful rays of ever-changing light

Amsterdam-based designer Frederike Top just unveiled her latest work – and it’s literally brilliant. Reflected Sequence is a series of reflective …

Design

This boy accidentally found a 1.2 million-year-old fossil by tripping over it

Sometimes, there are benefits to being clumsy – so discovered 9-year-old Jude Sparks on a recent hike in New Mexico’s Orange Mountains. On a trip …

Dinosaurs

Configurable wooden shelter hangs from the treetops

Need a quiet space to get away from it all? French architecture firm, Les Etablissements Tourneux has created a multi-use wooden shelter that hangs …

Architecture

Shigeru Ban designs 20,000 homes for severely overcrowded refugee camp in Kenya

World-renowned architect, Shigeru Ban, is taking his talents to those who need it most. Working in collaboration with UN-Habitat, the UN agency that …

Architecture

Aspiring Jedis can pilot the Millennium Falcon at Disney's upcoming 'Star Wars' hotel

Aspiring Jedis will now be able to practice their light saber moves at the upcoming Star Wars-themed hotel in Disney’s Orlando and Anaheim park …

Millennium Falcon

Montreal supermarket is Canada's first to grow produce on its own rooftop garden

When the Montreal borough of Saint-Laurent began pushing for green roofs, a supermarket wondered if it could do regulations one better. Fast-forward …

Farming

Gorgeous modern home makes stunning use of recycled and salvaged materials

Architecture studio tenfiftyfive paired modern luxury with sustainable and nature-centric design in their design of this gorgeous house extension in …

Architecture

Gehry Partners unveils plant-covered offices for Los Angeles

Frank Gehry’s firm Gehry Partners is bringing a burst of greenery to Los Angeles’ Playa Vista neighborhood. The world-renowned architecture firm …

Architecture

Why the new Nissan Leaf won't need a brake pedal

Your next car may not have a brake pedal. But don’t worry – you’ll still be able to drive safely. Nissan’s new Leaf will feature what they call an …

Electric Vehicles

Congress just voted to allow the slaughter of tens of thousands of wild horses and burros

This week, a Congressional committee signed the death warrant for tens of thousands of wild horses and burros in the US. The House Appropriations …

Wild Horses