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Climate change: Netherlands on brink of banning sale of petrol-fuelled cars

Europe appears poised to continue its move towards cutting fossil fuel use as the Netherlands joins a host of nations looking to pass innovative …

Architectural Revival: Sustainable Rammed Earth House in Spain

The beautiful little village of <b>Ayerbe</b>, nestled in the Spanish Pyrenees, offers the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous and unique modern rammed earth …

Architecture

The Pinwheel Pavilion is a self-supporting structure animated by bamboo components in London

<b>The eagerly anticipated</b> <b>2016 Triumph Pavilion</b> <b>at the Museum Gardens in Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA, next to the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum of</b> …

17 Old House Features That Should Have Never Have Gone Out of Style

Please bring these back!<p>Why did we ever stop building the way we used to build? These 17 old house trends made so much sense, we can't possibly imagine why they ever went out of style.

A free/open computer on a card that you swap in and out of a 3D printed laptop

Lou Cabron writes, "Finally, after five years of work, Rhombus Tech has gone from a free/libre/open source "spec" to their first actual modular …

North America

N.Y.C.’s Next Great Cultural Destination: A Wild Shape-Shifting Building

The Shed takes “multipurpose room” to the next level.<p>Like many of the experimental architects in the 1960s, Cedric Price had ideas so radical that they were destined to the confines of sketchbook pages and treatises. One such proposal is the “Fun Palace,” a shape-shifting theater that reconfigures …

Kickstarting open source steampunk clocks that use meters to tell the time

Kyle writes, "The Volt is a fully open source, arduino-based, handmade analog clock that tells time with meters. Available in a DIY install kit, 2 …

Matching furniture for your entire house

Now here’s an unusual post. I’m actually here with a varying opinion on this design. SPOT is a furniture series made primarily out of laminates, with …

From the straw bale wrap to the lime plaster finishes, this cottage is as green as it gets

Lake of Bays is a dumb but appropriate name; it is a big lake with lots of bays in Muskoka, a summer playground that attracts the wealthy from …

This Furniture Transforms Into Clever Two-Dimensional Art

You’ve probably never thought to use the adjective “clever” on a piece of furniture before, but you’ll definitely reconsider after seeing this.<p>Anyone …

Furniture

Solar Roof Tiles - Quiet Corner

Solar Roof Tiles – What are they?<p>As people have become more and more energy conscious, companies and individuals have looked for ways to produce and …

Clean Energy

Apartment Decorating to Suit YOUR Style

If you live in an apartment, you have likely spent some time considering how to go about decorating your space to make it comfortable, functional, …

Interior Design

14 Insanely Fun Ideas to Steal From a Kid-Friendly Home

It's no secret that our homes inevitably change when children enter the picture. We're bombarded with baby paraphernalia, pint-size furniture, and toys in garish colors. Stepping barefoot on a stray Lego brick is a parental rite of passage. As a sanity-saving measure, we label bins, organize …

Shrunken Plastic Bottles Used To Join Furniture

An art school graduate has repurposed tossed plastic containers into versatile wooden joints

Plastic

These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200

Colombian company Conceptos Plásticos saw two pressing issues in the world and decided to tackle both with recycled building materials. One issue is …

Design

The Ubuntu-powered BQ Aquaris M10 tablet: Almost amazing

Some reviews are easy to write. A new laptop gets released? Check out the specs, see how sturdy it is, test out the battery life—that sort of thing. …

Mobile Technology

Snowden designs a phone case that hides owner's location

Edward Snowden has secretly been working on a project to stop smartphones from revealing the location of people in dangerous places.<p>Snowden said he envisions it as a protection for journalists and human rights workers, but it could be used by anyone who doesn't want to be spied on.<p>On Thursday, the …

Surveillance

A Dome-Shaped Eco-House

Rounded houses are quite unusual, but in a good way. These types of untraditional homes are known to attract attention and have an interesting …

Cost of Living

Traditional Indian Architecture Meets Contemporary Office Space in This Naturally-Lit Design by Studio Symbiosis

Studio Symbiosis Architects is amidst the construction process for <i>Punjab Kesari Headquarters</i>, an 18,000 square meter office space in Delhi NCR, India.<p>…

AlternativePedia Discover free, open source or better alternatives and competitors for popular software, mobile apps and websites - AlternativePedia

Cryptomator is a great client-side encryption that comes without any costs and many super features. You don’t need registration, money or knowledge, …

Star Cloud PCG03U Ubuntu Mini PC Unveiled For $90

Chinese hardware manufacturer Star Cloud has this week unveiled a new addition to their range of mini PC systems with the launch of the Star Cloud …

Raspberry Pi

Scientists Fit Hundreds of Megabytes of Data onto DNA

The most durable storage in history is in our own bodies.<p>Researchers at the University of Washington, working with Microsoft, have encoded 202 megabytes of data onto synthetic DNA molecules. In a breakthrough for storage, researchers fit more than a hundred books, the Universal Declaration of Human …

These new Ikea cabinets are made from recycled plastic bottles

Every year, people consume about 110 million tons of plastic around the world. According to the United Nations Environmental Program, we only recycle about 6.5% of that, so an overwhelming majority ends up in landfills and oceans.<p>But Ikea wants to reduce that waste in the best way it knows how: …

Furniture Design

20 Tech Companies Ranked On How Much Slave Labor They Use

Hats off to HP, Apple, and Intel–though even they have plenty room for improvement.<p>It’s not easy for tech companies to avoid labor abuse in their supply chains. Modern products are made up of hundreds of components and raw materials, each with their own chains of subcontractors and middlemen. Just …

Slavery

Pocket Tripod is a credit-card-sized phone holder that fits in your wallet

The Pocket Tripod is repeating its crowdfunding success from a few years ago, creating an updated, universal version of its incredibly popular credit-card-sized tripod that fits in your wallet. Now available for pre-order for Android users and people who like to stick cases on their phones, it’s a …