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Innovative Fashion: Fibers from the Future

These start-ups re-imagine the very make-up of our clothing! <i>The limits of modern fashion are being pushed and redefined every day! Innovative</i> …

Sustainability

21 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2016

2016 may have been a terrible year in many ways, but there was still some undeniable good to come out of the past 12 months.<p>For proof, look no …

Would a universal basic income fix US economic inequality? One group is spending $10 million to find out

Universal basic income (UBI) is either a miracle cure for ailing capitalist economies or a dead end for a doomed, under-employed underclass. Nobody really knows which is true because UBI has never been fully studied. Now, one of the most ambitious efforts so far is about to spend millions to find …

Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

By Adele Peterslong Read<p>When Helly Scholten makes dinner, if she needs a tomato or squash or an onion, she heads upstairs–the top floor of her house …

Urban Planning

5 Rules For Designing Great Cities, From Denmark’s Star Urbanist

Danish architect and urbanist Jan Gehl has spent decades making sure cities work for people, not the other way around. Here’s how.<p>The web of pedestrian streets, narrow alleys, and picturesque canals in Venice have lured tourists to the Italian port city for hundreds of years. There’s a near …

How Seaweed Can Feed the World

By Josh Chamot<p>Seaweed is an acquired taste, but rich in nutrients and cheap to produce, and it could replace carbon-intensive foods on menus …

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Floating Shipping Containers May be Copenhagen’s Answer to Affordable Housing

The design startup Urban Rigger has just launched the first iteration of a novel solution for the housing crunch facing many of the world’s cities. …

Oil industry’s dramatic change in tenor puts OPEC in a quandary

<i>Rashid Husain Syed is a journalist, energy analyst and consultant based in Toronto. For almost 25 years, he served as vice-president of a leading Saudi trading and consulting house.</i><p>The crude glut is here to stay – and both the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and the International …

Vancouver architects design building to house rainforest in Dubai desert

Vancouver architects Brad McTavish and Clive Grout are behind a new bio-dome called the Green Planet that will open in Dubai on Sept. 1. Their firm, …

United Arab Emirates

Barcelona's "Superblocks" Plan: Less Cars, More Bikes, Better Social Spaces

Ambitious, brilliant and affordable city planning at its finest<p>Thirty years ago everyone in China rode bicycles; today it's all cars. Thirty years …

China's eco-civilization plan calls for 23% forest cover by 2020

Besides the United States, China has done more than any other country to contribute to climate change. But while China’s greenhouse gas emissions are …

Ecology

Montreal city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and music

It’s got Gallic charm, North American grit and parties like nowhere else. And with two new direct flights starting from the UK, Montreal now makes a perfect city break<p>Montreal doubled for Brooklyn in John Crowley’s eponymous 2015 film, has been dubbed the next Seattle, and last year became the new …

NASA Announces It's Working on Force Fields And Deep Sleep Chambers For Astronauts

Yes!<p>NASA has just announced funding for eight ambitious new space projects, which include the development of new habitats far away from planet Earth, …

Space Science

Economic inequality, the toil of work and Wall Street power: Our capitalist society is like “The Matrix” | Salon.com

Our lives seem normal. Just like in the beginning of "The Matrix," the classic sci-fi movie from 1999 starring Keanu Reeves. Not great or anything, but fine. We get up every morning and repeat our programmed daily grind.<p>But is this all life has to offer? Or is there more to it than this? Some …

Portugal Just Ran For 4 Straight Days Entirely on Renewable Energy

Awesome!<p>As renewable energy matures into an ever more popular and cost-effective source of electricity, we're getting used to seeing some historic …

Japanese Robot Farm Company Going Big And Looking At New Vegetables

Companies like Spread are giving Japan’s agriculture industry a serious upgrade for the 21st century. Spread shot to fame for its highly automated, vertical farming units. The company is now looking at possibilities for widening its business, as well as possibly expanding into new kinds of …

This elevator could shape the cities of the future

Elevators are in a rut.<p>They go up and they go down. They take people from one floor of a building to the exact same spot on another floor.<p>A new technology has the potential to break elevators free from their vertical prisons, allowing them to move side to side, at an angle, even go outside into a …

Transportation

Five Science and Technology Predictions for the Next 10 Years

<i>The transhumanist future -- image by Hyolee2</i><p>Radical science and technology are changing everything around us. The field of transhumanism is dramatically growing in size and impact--and the implications for our species are enormous. In just a decade's time, many things may change in how we live our …

Here Are 13 of the World’s Most Influential Women You Don’t Know Yet

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This Solar Power Plant Can Run All Night

More than 10,000 billboard-size mirrors encircle a central tower at the facility<br>Jamey Stillings<p>1 of 11<p>Crescent Dunes looks and sounds a bit like an …

You Must See This Tiny Apartment's Micro Interior Design

Mood lighting, cinema, and gym facilities included.<p>Like many large cities, Hong Kong is a pricey place to live. Because of that, it's no surprise residents looking for property in the expensive urban center of the seven million-person city try to squeeze as much as they can into sometimes …

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Permaculture: You've Heard of It, But What the Heck Is It?

If you’ve been in the world of organic farming and gardening for long enough, you eventually bump into a strange word: permaculture. Mysterious as it …

Permaculture

Adult Dorms Could be the Future of City Living

It’s no secret among young adults that the price of housing in cities such as San Francisco and New York is likely to ravage a fresh college grad’s …

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3 super simple Gmail hacks to boost productivity now

My desk is in one of the most high-traffic zones of the office. I’m used to people looking over my shoulder as they walk to the kitchen or pass me on their way to the pool table, but something weird started happening recently.<p>People sneaking glances at my screen kept asking me about my inbox:<p>I …

Productivity

Norway Has a Plan for $1 Billion in Bicycle Highways

Norway is considering a plan to "spend a massive 8 billion Norwegian Kroner ($923 million) creating 10 broad, two-lane, cross-country bike tracks in …

China Is Building The Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in The World

It will turn a third of Shenzhen's trash into energy every single day.<p>The Chinese city of Shenzhen plans to tackle its serious waste problem by …