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Aug 28, 2016

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The most environmentally-friendly choice you can make could be to not have kids

Aug 27, 2016: We are all about finding new and effective ways to lessen your impact on the planet, but a new movement suggests that perhaps the smartest thing you can do for the planet is to not have kids. Known as the "small-family ethic," the movement suggests that having one kid fewer is the most Earth-friendly move you can make. READ MORE >…

Win a $500 shopping spree from IKEA to make over your dorm room

Aug 27, 2016: What student wouldn't love IKEA? Cool, multi-purpose furniture and decor at a fraction of the price. There's no better way to kick off the school year than with a brand new place to call your own. And thanks to our friends at IKEA, we're giving away a $500 shopping spree at the Scandinavian mega store for one lucky winner to deck our their dorm room. Fancy a wireless charging table? How about a standing desk? Or even a new bike? Enter below to score everything you could possibly need.

This massive wind-powered skyscraper would cool the entire planet

Aug 27, 2016: Italian architects Paolo Venturella and Cosimo Scotucci of Paolo Venturella Architecture designed a fantastical Global Cooling Skyscraper that’s designed to attack global warming by cooling the entire planet. The architects cited the challenges of climate change as an inspiration; they said the strategies we have to combat global warming are not enough, and only a “global strategy” could halt the nature disasters resulting from climate change. So they designed an imaginative...

Newly-discovered world's oldest sewing needle wasn't made by Homo sapiens

Aug 27, 2016: Russian archaeologists just found what might be the world’s oldest intact sewing needle. The needle was crafted from a large bird bone and is at least 50,000 years old. But the incredible discovery might not have been crafted by homo sapiens. READ MORE >…

You can play this building like a gigantic xylophone

Aug 27, 2016: The LCCCP's previous house in Muswell Hill, built in the 1950s, became unable to accommodate the growing number of disabled children who, due to neo-natal brain injuries, suffer from one of the forms of cerebral palsy. The new extension will provide a wide range of new services and facilities that will transform the way charity works with children and the wider public. Related: Perkins+Will’s Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Center Takes National Healthcare Award for 2012 The extension...

Enter the Biodesign Competition to get your ideas in front of the X-Prize

Aug 27, 2016: Construction has come a long way since the Neolithic days of our earliest dwellings but many of today’s building practices still require unnecessary amounts of resources and energy. To make matters worse, conventional construction too frequently compromises our health and the health of natural environment, but with the wealth of recent scientific and technological advances, we know that this need not be the case. To address this issue, the X-Prize for BioDesigned futures is seeking applicants with...

PHOTOS: Cacheuta Thermal Water Park is a summer escape wedged in Argentina's Andes Mountains

Aug 27, 2016: Cacheuta Hot Springs is only a short bus ride away from Mendoza's capital, and the entry cost is only  $7(US) for adults. It is the perfect place to spend a day out with friends or family swimming, or just relaxing in one of the thermal pools or streams…

ReneSola Announces Sale of Solar Project in Japan

Aug 26, 2016: SHANGHAI, CHINA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- ReneSola, a leading solar PV project developer and provider of energy-efficient products, today announced that it sold a 1.23 MW solar power project located in Ibaraki, Japan. The project qualifies for Japan's 32 Yen feed-in tariff. Revenue from the sale will be recognized in the third quarter and all proceeds have been collected. ReneSola is developing…

Giant gleaming Orb deploys solar and wave energy to make clean water for California

Aug 26, 2016: "The sustainable architectural culture that aspires the coexistence of human, nature and the architecture itself" is a core value of Heerim Architects and Planners in South Korea, the team behind a sparkling orb designed for Santa Monica Pier. A finalist in the biennial site-specific 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition, which promotes the uptake of energy-generating public art that informs, delights, and uplifts communities and visitors, The Clear Orb reveals a playful approach...

Dyson is releasing a combination air purifier, bladeless fan, and space heater for $599

Aug 26, 2016: Thanks to Dyson’s newest innovation, you will only need one outlet to run an air purifier, cooling fan, and space heater. The Pure Hot + Cool Link combines all three devices into one, saving space and money. Dyson integrated its Cool bladeless fan, Hot heater, and Pure Cool Link air purifier into one multipurpose, climate-controlling product. The Pure Hot + Cool Link uses the same revered HEPA filter used in other products, which is said to remove 99.97 percent of bothersome air...

This proposed flying off-grid hotel lets you travel anywhere in the world

Aug 26, 2016: Imagine flying over the Grand Canyon or hovering through the plains of the Serengeti from the comfort and safety of your hotel room. That off-grid fantasy is at the heart of HOK’s Driftscape, a mobile, self-sustaining hotel conceived to give guests the power to travel almost anywhere they desire. Created by the firm’s Toronto office, the futuristic drone-integrated concept was recently selected as a finalist in the Radical Innovation Awards, a competition that seeks innovative ideas in hospitality....

Blackened timber home draws energy from a large wood-burning stove

Aug 26, 2016: The House Bäumle 2 was built on a slender strip of land next to a steep incline that falls away to a small stream. Its arresting blackened timber facade is a nod to the traditional vernacular of sunburned agriculture houses that the architects say have largely disappeared in Vorarlberg's Rhine Valley. Large square windows of varying sizes with unpainted timber frames punctuate the dark facade. A large reinforced concrete mass sits at the heart of the home to help absorb and retain heat during...

The worlds tallest timber building was just topped off ahead of schedule

Aug 26, 2016: In Vancouver, the towering timber Brock Commons just had its final panel installed, making the dream of the world’s tallest timber building a reality. In just 66 days - ahead of the original scheduled timeframe - the exterior of the Acton Ostry Architects' record-breaking design has come to fruition, which could possibly bump up the projected fall 2017 completion date to next year’s spring semester. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYwI6wHcRVc The final panel of the University...

Newly discovered 'ghost galaxy' full of dark matter is as big as the Milky Way

Aug 26, 2016: Astronomers have discovered, with the aid of some powerful telescopes, a galaxy made up mostly of dark matter. Dragonfly 44, as it has been named, is roughly the same size as our Milky Way but with far fewer stars. Rather, the galaxy appears to be composed largely of dark matter, which does not emit light or interact with electromagnetic radiation. Although there is much more to learn about the mysterious dark galaxy, scientists’ initial findings have surprised astronomy experts more than once. Studies...

Toyota donates $1m to build an ultra-green youth campus for Yellowstone National Park

Aug 26, 2016: Toyota clearly has soft spot in its heart for Yellowstone National Park. Late last year, Toyota announced plans to use used Camry Hybrid battery packs to help provide sustainable electricity at the national park and now the automaker has given a $1 million donation to the Yellowstone Park Foundation to support development of a new Yellowstone Youth Campus. As its name suggests, the new Yellowstone Youth Campus will provide a place of learning for future generations of conservationists....

Obama expands Hawaii marine reserve to double the size of Texas

Aug 26, 2016: President Barack Obama will issue a proclamation to expand the existing Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, off the coast of Hawaii, to four times its current size. At 582,578 square miles (1.5m sq km), the new borders will make the protected area twice the size of Texas and the largest protected marine area in the world. The move is intended to protect animal and plant life as well as the world's deepest and northernmost coral reefs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nlpDHSJ06o Hawaii’s...

Science confirms traffic jams are bad for your health

Aug 26, 2016: Not only are traffic jams a total rage-inducing drag, but new scientific studies have confirmed they are also bad for our health. Sitting in a bumper-to-bumper gridlock multiplies the toxicity of air pollution, especially when windows are rolled down or fans are circulating outdoor air inside the vehicle. Luckily, taking a few simple steps will reduce your risk of exposure. Researchers from the University of Surrey have published studies over the last two years highlighting the risks...

Researchers discover evidence of supernovae on the sea floor

Aug 26, 2016: After a long and dedicated search, scientists believe they have discovered trace elements from supernovae settled on the sea floor. Iron isotopes created from a supernova explosion 2.2 million years ago have found their way into fossilized bacteria taken from a sample of the sea bed floor, the only place they would still be found after all this time. Astrophysicist Shawn Bishop from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, published a new paper in the Proceedings of the National...

The octobot is the worlds first autonomous soft-bodied robot

Aug 26, 2016: A silicone robot completely free of electronic parts may sound futuristic, but that’s exactly what researchers at Harvard University have created. Based on the shape and motion of the octopus, the “octobot” is the world’s first completely soft robot, and its motion is completely autonomous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vkQ3SBwuU4 To create the octobot, Harvard researchers used a combination of 3D printing, soft lithography, and molding to shape the robot’s body from...

The world's 'Third Pole' is melting because of climate-warming black carbon

Aug 26, 2016: Global warming from the burning of fossil fuels is heating up the North Pole and South Pole, causing the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets to melt. The rapidly retreating glacers could have far-reaching consequences for the planet, threatening to raise sea levels, change global ocean circulation patterns and alter global atmospheric circulation patterns. But there is another worrisome trend related to climate change and…

Ecocentric cantilevered home was designed to conform to the sloping Brazilian landscape

Aug 26, 2016: The lush green countryside of Brazil is an excellent place to make a home, especially when that home was designed to conform to the sloping landscape. House 4.16.3 is the name of this enchanting residence http://design-milk.com/sloped-cantilevered-home-erechim-brazil/ in the city of Erechim in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Luciano Lerner Basso of Basso Engenharia, www.inhabitat.com/tag/Basso-Engenharia/ designed the cantilevered home, which tucks into the angled lot as though there...

Egyptian researchers discover a way to grow forests in the desert with sewage

Aug 25, 2016:   Desertification is a major issue throughout Africa, but there’s a simple way to stop the spread of deserts onto fertile land: planting forests. The problem is that in the regions hardest hit by the phenomenon, there simply isn’t enough clean water to properly nurture the trees and keep them healthy. But an innovative project in Egypt proves that it can be done using repurposed wastewater instead of tapping into the sparse fresh water supply.   Located about two hours...

MAD Architects transform house into a unique Japanese kindergarten with a 2-story slide

Aug 25, 2016: MAD Architects have now seen another design come to fruition, this time in Japan’s Clover House. The structure is a uniquely shaped building designed to house a kindergarten, but it used to be an ordinary house. Construction was completed on the renovation project this year, and now the creative space is filled with the laughter and movement of small children, just as a kindergarten should be. The Beijing-based architecture firm unveiled the design renderings last year when the project...

Solar-powered Ring Garden marries desalination and agriculture for drought-stricken California

Aug 25, 2016: With roughly 80 percent of California's already-scarce water supply going to agriculture, it's crucial for the state to embrace new technologies that shrink the amount of water required to grow food. Alexandru Predonu has designed an elegant solution that uses solar energy to power a rotating desalination plant that in turn produces clean drinking water for the city of Santa Monica, as well as food crops - including algae. The Ring Garden is capable of producing 16 million gallons of clean water,...

Amazing floating restaurant in Mexico shaped like a bird's nest

Aug 25, 2016: This amazing restaurant looks like a giant nest floating on the pool of the Mar Adentro Hotel in Mexico. Architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés placed the restaurant below the water level and covered it with a woven, egg-shaped roof that looks like it's made of twigs. The structure, named "Nido" which translates to "nest" in English, is one of the three restaurants of the minimalist Mar Adentro Hotel in San José del Cabo, Mexico. Mimicking bird nests one might find in nature, the restaurant looks...

President Obama establishes controversial new National Park in Northern Maine

Aug 25, 2016: In honor of the National Park Service's centennial anniversary, President Obama declared the establishment and protection of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a new National Park site in Northern Maine. More than 87,500 acres of woodland and riparian ecosystem were donated to the National Park Service by Roxanne Quimby, a founder of Maine-based Burt's Bees which describes itself as an "Earth friendly, Natural Personal Care Company."…

Urban Solar Awarded Major Contract With Intercity Transit

Aug 25, 2016: BEAVERTON, OR --(eSolarEnergyNews)--  Urban Solar is thrilled to announce it has been awarded a contract to supply solar powered LED lighting systems to Intercity Transit. Intercity Transit, Thurston County's public transportation provider, sees a high demand for its services. In 2015 it logged nearly 4.3 million passenger boardings on its fixed route service. To support this growing demand, it…

Scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel

Aug 25, 2016: Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming by injecting about 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Scientists believe they've found a way to convert all these emissions into energy-rich fuel in a carbon-neutral cycle that uses a very abundant natural resource: silicon. Readily available in sand, it's the seventh most-abundant element in the universe and the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust.

M6.8 quake in Myanmar causes historic Bagan monuments to crumble

Aug 25, 2016: A magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook central Myanmar on Wednesday, damaging many historic temples dating back to the 11th century. In an ironic twist, much of the damage was actually sustained by modern building materials, which Myanmar’s former rulers had ordered throughout numerous ‘restoration’ projections that disregarded the original architecture of the monuments in question. The powerful earthquake hit 310 miles from the border of India, and was felt as far away as Kolkata, but no deaths...

MIT develops new Wi-Fi that's 330% faster and twice as big as existing tech

Aug 25, 2016: The latest development from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) is a breakthrough we can all get excited about. A new wireless technology promises to more than triple Wi-Fi data speeds, and also double its reach. MegaMIMO 2.0 uses multiple transmitters and receivers working simultaneously, so many signals can be sent at the same time. During laptop tests, the system was able to boost data transfer speed by as much as 330 percent, and the new technology could solve the...

Brilliant DIY kit lets you grow your own grass-covered armchair

Aug 25, 2016: Say hello to a new kind of lawn chair. Studio Nucleo’s TERRA! kit lets you assemble your own grass-covered armchair in your backyard with its prefabricated cardboard framework. All you need to do is add dirt and watch your outdoor furniture grow! Piergiorgio Robino and Andrea Sanna started Studio Nucleo in 2000 and business was booming until their method of production became unsustainable in 2005. They are back in business now, producing laser cut cardboard that arrives in a flatpack...

This tiny prefab solution to Finlands housing shortage can pop up in 24 hours

Aug 25, 2016: The compact 35-square-meter Kokoon prototype comprises three modules to create a comfortable and light-filled living space. Though the prototype stacks the modules vertically, the flexible design allows for different configurations that can be expanded both vertically and horizontally to fit different sites. A large slanted skylight with wood slats let in filtered natural light on every level. Each module can be customized for different uses; the prototype includes a bathroom, dining area, kitchen,...

An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy

Aug 25, 2016: Solar energy can be stored by converting it into hydrogen. But current methods are too expensive and don't last long. Using commercially available solar cells and none of the usual rare metals, researchers have now designed a device that outperforms in stability, efficiency and cost.

Astronomers announce the closest earth-like planet is just a star away

Aug 25, 2016: The alien world named Proxima b is roughly the same size as Earth, it's potentially habitable, and it orbits the nearest star to our sun just over 4 light years away.

Singapore rolls out the world's first fleet of self-driving taxis

Aug 25, 2016: Today in Singapore, driverless taxis will pick up their first passengers, beating Uber and other companies developing driverless vehicles to the road. According to Phys.org, the autonomous vehicle software startup nuTonomy will offer certain members of the public a free ride, which they can order using their smartphones. While Uber's first self-driving cars recently arrived in Pittsburgh, nuTonomy is the first company to actually roll out its self-driving fleet in a move designed to reduce congestion...

Chinese watermelon plant yields 131 fruit for Guinness World Record

Aug 25, 2016: Taking the world “superfruit” to a whole new level, a Chinese company just broke a Guinness World Record by engineering a watermelon that sprouted 131 enormous fruit. Each melon weighed an average of 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, and the whole lot took only 90 days to mature after planting. Not only is the feat super-impressive, but could possibly have quite an impact on the future of food scarcity issues. Zhengzhou Research Seedling Technology Co., Ltd., a Chinese agricultural technology...

Passive solar Lockeport Beach House harvests rainwater to save energy

Aug 25, 2016: Clad in black-stained eastern white cedar, the single-story Lockeport Beach House blends in with the surrounding forest of tamarack and spruce that protect the sandbank from erosion. Although the house is hidden from view of the beach, the sounds of waves and shimmering light reflected off the water can be heard and seen through the treeline at the site’s southern border. A worn footpath weaves through the trees to connect the cozy and secluded sandbank to open views of the coast and ocean. Related:...

Fisherman kept $100M pearl for 10 years without realizing its worth

Aug 24, 2016: For 10 years, a Filipino fishermen kept a large pearl under his bed for good luck without knowing it could be the largest natural pearl in the world. He found the pearl while trying to free his anchor after being caught in a storm, but he had no idea that the luck charm could be worth a small fortune. Measuring 1 foot wide by 2.2 feet in length and 75 lbs, the irregularly shaped pearl is thought to be the largest natural pearl ever found. If it is verified as authentic, it will be worth $100 million. The...

Fully-furnished tiny house from France easily fits a family of three

Aug 24, 2016: This beautiful house on wheels may look tiny, but can easily fit three people thanks to its space-saving interior design. French tiny house company, Baluchon, designed the house as a perfect solution for every man's wanderlust and gave it an appropriate name - Odyssée. The 217-square-foot house has an space-efficient layout that fits all the amenities of a regular-sized home. The sitting area sits above a small room that can be used as a guestroom or play area for a small child. A small, operable...

Cucamelons are the most adorable fruit you never knew existed

Aug 24, 2016: The heat of summer might inspire you to cook with cool, refreshing ingredietns like juicy watermelon or crisp cucumbers. From cold soups like gazpacho to unique summer dishes like watermelon-feta salad, summer's best produce inspires refreshing and tasty dishes filled with vitamins and garden-fresh antioxidants.

Glowing Night Train is a beacon of change made from local Latvian materials

Aug 24, 2016: Made from light-colored timber, the Night Train provides a sharp contrast to its stone and brick surroundings. Its slim horizontal form, comprising a 13-meter-long raised track and mobile timber-framed ‘carriage,’ provides a foil for the adjacent wide brick chimney tower belonging to the former boiler house. At night, a lantern inside the carriage casts a bright yellow light diffused by a fine timber fringe that hangs on all four sides. The project was prefabricated nearby and was assembled in...

Refined timber-wrapped house is a low-maintenance space for a retired couple

Aug 24, 2016: Built as a cozy getaway for an older couple of avid travelers, the Humble House doesn't feature any steps in its interior. Australian design studio Coy Yiontis Architects designed it as a continuous, flowing space that's easy to maintain and can accommodate the visiting family. The house is located on a sloping site in Victoria, Australia. The configuration of the plot dictated the form of the building which the owners needed to feature a single level. Completed in 2014, the building functions...

REC Solar Appoints New CEO

Aug 24, 2016: SAN LUIS OBISPO,CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--REC Solar, a leading provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, today announced the appointment of Matt Walz as chief executive officer.Walz has worked at Duke Energy for 12 years and joins REC Solar after serving on the company’s board of directors. Walz’s appointment is an extension of Duke Energy’s commitment to provide affordable and accessible…

IKEA to Install Washington’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array in Renton, WA

Aug 24, 2016: RENTON, WA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced plans to install solar panels atop the relocated Seattle-area store under construction in Renton, WA. Installation will begin this fall, with completion expected in winter for the largest rooftop solar array in the State of Washington. The store’s 244,504-square-foot solar array will consist…

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California

Aug 24, 2016: The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water will change the state for years to come, but this need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of how producing energy can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. One of the finalists of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city, and filters...

How Opera used 1,000 old floppy disks and other e-waste in their new Poland headquarters

Aug 24, 2016: The new headquarters of the creator of the popular web browser is located in two prestigious townhouses in the hearth of Wroclaw. The buildings-one built in the 19th century and the other dating back to 1913-are part of the city's rich architectural heritage. The architects combined this historic narrative with the atmosphere of modern-day Wroclaw, creating a design that references several city landmarks, but feels contemporary. Related: mode:lina architekci design a playful new restaurant...

Dozens killed by powerful earthquake in picturesque rural region of central Italy

Aug 24, 2016: The death toll continues to rise after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the mountainous countryside in central Italy around 3:30 a.m. local time. This morning, officials are reporting at least 39 deaths related to the earthquake, many of which were residents of Pescara del Tronto, one of the many small villages close to the earthquake’s epicenter. With many buildings completely destroyed by the earthquake, rescue workers have a difficult task ahead as they sort through rubble in search of survivors....

6 world-changing finalists announced for the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Aug 24, 2016: Cooperación Comunitaria In 2013, Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid ravaged La Montaña, one of the poorest and most marginalized areas of Mexico. Home to over three-quarters of the Mexican state Guerrero’s indigenous population, the beautiful but devastated area struggled to get back on its feet in the wake of mass destruction. Cooperación Comunitaria was founded to radically improve the population’s living conditions with a comprehensive model that begins with community outreach...

Breezy Vietnamese restaurant shows off the beauty and strength of bamboo

Aug 24, 2016: Completed in 2016, the Kim Boi Bamboo Restaurant was built on the bones of a twelve-sided concrete structure that was abandoned and left unfinished for many years due to the economic crisis. The architects worked with the existing concrete columns and beams to build a bamboo bearing structure and connected it to the foundation and existing beams with metal pipes and iron pins. The architects selected a type of solid bamboo, known as tầm vông (iron bamboo), to build the frame and covered...

5 deadly diseases caused by global warming

Aug 24, 2016: Modern science has prevented deadly diseases ranging from tetanus to polio, but man-made global warming could unravel the significant progress made in the fight against life-threatening ailments as new deadly diseases emerge from the melting permafrost and make their way north from the tropics as temperatures continue to rise. Of course, the spread of new deadly diseases could poentially be prevented if the world would listen to the warnings from atmospheric scientists and do everything humanly...