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This DIY trellis doubles as a lush private oasis with seating

Are you looking for ways to spruce up your yard with some nifty DIY outdoor furniture? This wooden trellis built by Notcot’s Jean Aw and Shawn Sims is a beautiful, simple solution that can be placed anywhere.

The trellis doesn’t function only as support for beautiful passion flowers, but also doubles as a private nook with an L-shaped wooden bench.

The couple wanted to create a private space for their back yard that’s comfortable to lounge on. They paired it with smaller coffee…

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Harvard researchers just developed self-healing rubber

Products that utilize rubber will soon become more efficient, thanks to a self-healing variety which was invented by researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Their research, published in Advanced Materials, reveals how they developed a hybrid rubber with both covalent and reversible bonds so it can repair itself.

While self-healing materials aren’t new (researchers at SEAS created self-healing hydrogens which rely on water to…

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Trump administration disbands climate change advisory panel

Donald Trump’s administration appears determined to sweep away federal efforts to address climate change. The Washington Post reported over the weekend that the administration would disband the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment, a group comprised of academics, officials, and representatives from corporations. Committee chair Richard Moss said the risky move could hurt the economic prospects of the next generation.

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First designed for Burning Man, foldable Shiftpods now shelter refugees around the world

Around 70,000 people venture to Burning Man, the arts festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, every year. They stay for around a week exposed to the elements of the desert, so shelter is crucial. A friend’s hexayurt inspired Advanced Shelter Systems Inc. (ASSI) founder Christian Weber, who’s attended for over 20 years, to design a better hexayurt that overcomes issues of some old designs, like fragility and assembly difficulty. He not only came up with housing for the festival, but a sturdy shelter…

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How long US residents have to wait until the next solar eclipse

If after watching today’s highly-anticipated total solar eclipse you find yourself wanting more, don’t fret. In just 2,422 days — or approximately seven years, another “once in a lifetime” event will occur in the United States. The total solar eclipse will take place on April 8, 2024, and its path will include cities like Dallas and Indianapolis.

Technically, the next solar eclipse will occur outside of the United States on July 2, 2019. Only those in South American countries,…

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Three glass arms and a sunken visitor center enhance this renovated Dutch park

New triangular-shaped visitor center in Park Vijversburg, the Netherlands, acts as an extension of the adjacent historical villa and has a minimal impact on the parkland. Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami + Associates designed its sloping corridors to stretch out into the park and provide visitors with new vistas of the surrounding landscape.

The addition to the recently refurbished park aims to accommodate the increasing number of visitors by providing new exhibition and meeting spaces. Studio…

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Why Los Angeles has started to paint its streets white

Though it lacks the humidity of East Coast heat, Los Angeles still burns. The City of Angels is one of the only places in the United States in which heat-related deaths occur regularly during the winter. This public health hazard is only expected to worsen as climate change gains strength over the next decades. Located in a desert valley and dominated by asphalt roads to facilitate its car culture, LA is extremely vulnerable but fortunately innovative. The sprawling cityscape of nearly 4 million…

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New images show progress on the next world’s tallest building

New images of the Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower have emerged, showing the footprint of what is expected to become the world’s next tallest building. Developer Emaar Properties released construction site photos and video of the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbour complex, with which they intend to eclipse the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure since 2010.

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings joined together to build the new complex in Dubai, with a 3,045-foot tower designed by Calatrava…

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Zacua introduces the first electric car from Mexico

In the United States, many of us of never heard of Zacua, but the company is making headlines on both sides of the border, since it is introducing the first electric car made completely in Mexico by a Mexican company. Zacua is introducing two new electric cars, the the M2 and the M3, which will go on sale in November.

The two small electric coupes will be made by Motores Limpios, but sold in Mexico under the Zacua brand name.

“Global warming has very serious consequences [and] Mexico…

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Zacua introduces the first electric car from Mexico

In the United States, many of us of never heard of Zacua, but the company is making headlines on both sides of the border, since it is introducing the first electric car made completely in Mexico by a Mexican company. Zacua is introducing two new electric cars, the the M2 and the M3, which will go on sale in November.

The two small electric coupes will be made by Motores Limpios, but sold in Mexico under the Zacua brand name.

“Global warming has very serious consequences [and] Mexico…

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The SHED Projects affordable micro-homes pop up in just one day

London’s housing crisis is one of the worst in the world, but an innovative new initiative could help alleviate the problem. Studio Bark teamed up with Lowe Guardians to create the SHED Project, a plan to insert affordable micro-homes inside vacant buildings across the city. Built from affordable, low-impact materials, these compact SHEDS take only one day to construct and can be easily styled into attractive tiny dwellings.

Each SHED is built primarily of CNC-milled Smartply (formaldehyde-free…

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Off-grid rainforest cabin built from scratch has minimal site impact

There’s no replacement for hands-on experience. Architecture students at the University of British Columbia designed and built this off-the-grid cabin from scratch. Located in the heart of a coastal rainforest on Gambier Island, SALAmander is a timber retreat sheltered beneath a leafy green canopy. This private sanctuary is only accessible by foot but the stunning surroundings are worth the trek.

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Elon Musk urges UN to ban artificially intelligent killer robots

The same man who brought you PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX is now urging the UN — along with 115 other experts in robotics — to ban the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in managing weaponry. Elon Musk, in addition to technology leaders including Mustafa Suleyman of Google, believe “killer robot” technology is “morally wrong” and a potential threat to humanity. As a result, they are requesting it be outlawed. By banning “lethal autonomous” technology, the group hopes to prevent “a…

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Massive new data center to be built in chilly Norway to offset energy use

The world’s largest data center is set to be built in northern Norway, and will be completely reliant on renewable energy sources. American-Norwegian data company Kolos has partnered with architecture design firm HDR to finance and design the center which will utilize the cold climate and low humidity to meet its cooling demands.

Data centers require huge amounts of power due to their cooling demands. What better place for such a facility than a fjord that sits within the Arctic Circle….

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NASA map shows how climate change has set the world on fire

Portugal, Canada, and even Siberia have seen devastating wildfires this summer – with some people beginning to wonder if climate change will make such destructive fires normal. Maps with data from NASA’s Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) show a world filled with red. National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Kevin Trenberth told DW, “A lot of these things are happening locally, but people don’t always connect them to climate change. But there is a real climate change…

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