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Elon Musk's Boring Company asks LA to start digging a tunnel within city limits

Will The Boring Company get the green light from Los Angeles to start digging a traffic-killing tunnel? Elon Musk’s venture recently filed an …

Elon Musk

The rustic exterior of this abandoned barn hides a surprising space to get away from it all

This neglected old barn in Norway will now host tourists from all around the world, thanks to its recent makeover helmed by architecture studio OPA …

Rustic

3,000-year-old underwater castle discovered in Turkey's largest lake

Turkey‘s Lake Van is the country’s biggest – but that isn’t the lake’s only claim to fame. Van Yüzüncü Yil University archaeologists and a team of …

Archaeology

Picturesque Swiss Alps town wants to pay new residents to move there

A two-week vacation in the Alps is great, sure. But what about a 10-year stay where you’ll be <i>paid</i> to sip hot cocoa in a charming chalet settled …

Europe

NASA video shows dramatic shift in Earth's seasons as a result of climate change

It can be hard to visualize just how much climate change has impacted Earth’s seasons. To help, NASA released a new illustration that drives home the …

Climate Change

6 Vegan and vegetarian turkey alternatives for Thanksgiving

There is no reason for vegetarians and vegans to miss out on the goodness of Thanksgiving – thankfully the days of picking at side dishes are gone, …

Vegan

Low-impact 'Outside House' is built on an old lava flow in the mountains of Maui

Oregon-based firm FLOAT Architectural Research and Design recently built the “Outside House” for a client who wants to spend her days communing with …

Maui

London buses swap out diesel for a coffee-based biofuel

Brits may prefer tea, but their busses will be getting a buzz from coffee. U.K. startup bio-bean, Shell, and Argent Energy have teamed up to fill …

Coffee

Stunning shipping container home can be yours for $125k

Architect and builder Ty Kelly wanted to disconnect from the stresses of city life in Seattle – so he built an incredible shipping container home …

Houses

Massive sinkhole opens up in the middle of a Brazilian farming town

Watch your step! An enormous sinkhole has opened up in the tiny municipality of Coromandel, in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. As Forbes reports, …

Farming

3D-printed pod homes for the homeless could cling to NYC buildings

Creative agency Framlab has proposed a type of parasitic architecture for housing New York City’s growing homeless population. Called Homed, the …

Housing

Foster + Partners’ Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

Apple fans and architecture buffs can now sneak a peek at Apple’s massive spaceship campus at the new Apple Park Visitor Center, opened Friday. As …

Foster and Partners

NASA confirms asteroid came from another solar system - and it's incredibly bizarre

The presence of an unidentified object hurtling through our solar system recently prompted a call to action from observatories throughout the world. …

Space Exploration

Brilliantly renovated Rusty House is wrapped in a layer of rusted steel

Exposed raw steel wraps around this small house in the Czech Republic, renovated by OK PLAN ARCHITECTS. Covered with a vibrant layer of pre-rusted …

Design

Six Yummy Organic Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make for Thanksgiving!

From lattes to muffins and of course pie, you’ve probably been seeing pumpkin flavored goodies in stores and cafes everywhere this autumn. But …

Recipes

Iconic Dutch dike renovation opens with energy-generating kites that can power 200 homes

The Netherlands’ legendary Afsluitdijk dike has been in use for 85 years but it needed a renovation — so the Dutch government turned to designer Daan …

Clean Energy

Scientists warn of more severe earthquakes in 2018 as Earth's rotation slows

You wouldn’t have felt it, but sometimes the Earth’s rotation slows down. Sure, the fluctuations are minute – maybe a millisecond here or there. But …

James Dolan

Man quits his job, travels 31,000 miles in a renovated van with his cat [video]

It turns out dogs aren’t the best travel companions, cats are! In 2015, a man named Rich East quit his corporate job, renovated a camper van and took …

Cats

This brilliant project turns plastic waste into 3D-printed benches for Amsterdam

Rotterdam-based studio The New Raw is rallying citizens to turn their household plastic waste into stylish public furniture. Their “Print Your City!” …

Sustainability

The rapid disappearance of 5 billion passenger pigeons shows no population is safe from extinction

Once upon a time, five billion passenger pigeons spread across North America in flocks so big that they could block out the sun and spread for …

Ecology

This restaurant in London has a gorgeous living wall that purifies air and absorbs noise

This restaurant in London has a daylit greenhouse at its heart with a beautiful living wall made of terracotta cells. Architecture studio Fusion DNA …

Interior Design

Too much antimatter is hitting Earth and scientists aren't sure why

Among the cosmic rays that normally immerse the Earth, scientists say there are too many high-energy positrons, the antimatter counterparts of …

Physics

This prefab Escape Pod rotates to catch the sun’s rays

Dreaming of your very own backyard escape? The cozy Escape Pod may be just what you’re looking for. UK-based firm Podmakers designed and crafted the …

Design

Timber-clad Østfold cabin embraces the Scandinavian coastline

Natural light and stunning coastal views fill the enviable Østfold cabin, a cedar-clad dwelling in southeastern Norway. Designed by Norwegian studio …

Cabins

World’s first circular-economy business park mimics nature to achieve sustainability

The Triango sustainable business park in Paris, designed by RAU Architects, SeARCH, and karres + brands, embraces the idea of a circular economy …

Sustainability

Nebraska grants TransCanada approval to build the Keystone XL pipeline

Nebraska just gave the go-ahead for Keystone XL, allowing TransCanada to clear the last regulatory hurdle for the hotly contested oil pipeline. After …

Environment

6 crafty DIY decorations for Thanksgiving

The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping, and Thanksgiving is on its way. Celebrate this holiday the green way by decking out your …

Crafting

World's largest sovereign wealth fund could ditch oil and gas stocks

Norway raked in money from oil in the past. But now the country’s Norges Bank, which manages its $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund – the world’s …

Oil

Should hydroponic veggies be labeled organic?

Does produce grown hydroponically deserve the organic label? Some organic farmers don’t think so, and they gathered at a National Organic Standards …

Farming

Video: NASA tests its supersonic parachute for the first time

NASA has performed the first test of its supersonic parachute as part of its Mars 2020 mission. This essential component will allow the Mars-bound …

NASA