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Kenyan activists are using human poop to make affordable cooking fuel

In Kenya, Africa, where resources are scarce and nearly half of the population lives below the poverty line, dried poop briquettes are providing a clean cooking solution to many families. Such has been made possible by Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company, which takes in truckloads of sewage from septic systems and pit latrines and transforms the waste into safe, economical briquettes. Not only do the briquettes burn cleaner and longer than coal, they are also odor-free.

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Mexico’s gorgeous Sunset Chapel looks like a gigantic boulder

Through several contrasting features, this striking chapel in Acapulco, Mexico, embodies both the feeling of hope and sadness. Mexico City-based Bunker Arquitectura constructed the Sunset Chapel on top of a hill and gave it an appearance of a huge boulder that blends into the natural environment of the site.

The chapel provides view of the bay and combines contrasting materials–glass and concrete–to reflect the duality of the experience the building aims to provide. By embodying both…

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People in Denmark are earning up to $1,530 by parking their electric cars

What if you could get cash just by parking your electric car? Vehicle owners in Denmark have been able to bring in around 1,300 Euros, or around $1,530 a year by feeding excess power back into the grid. Nissan Motor Company conducted trials in the country with Italy’s utility company Enel SpA to show how EV batteries could help balance supply and demand.

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Restorative Healing Gardens take over a concrete garage rooftop in L.A.

A healing green landscape has blossomed in the place of a former concrete plaza in Los Angeles. Local firm AHBE Landscape Architects transformed a concrete site atop a multi-level garage into the new Healing Gardens for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The unique, green roof-inspired system features four distinct gardens that promote healing, health, and well being for patients, hospital staff, and visitors.

Since the site was located atop a building, AHBE had to develop a multi-layered…

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Breathable skin to wrap around stunning light-filled Book City in Shenzhen

Arts and culture aren’t thought of as Shenzhen’s strong suits, but the manufacturing megacity is making quick work to change its image. As part of the Chinese city’s movement to embrace creative and cultural industries, local architecture firm Atelier Global was announced the winner of a design competition for the Shenzhen Book City, a mixed-use development in the heart of the Long Hua arts district. The winning design features a massive modern complex punctuated with greenery and wrapped in…

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IKEA plans to cut food waste in half by 2020 heres how

You now have one more reason to love IKEA. By 2020, the Swedish company aims to cut its food waste at its stores — both in restaurants and in smaller bistros — by 50 percent. To accomplish this, employees will use digital scales to record the type and weight of food sent to the bin. In turn, they will learn the cost of the discarded food and its carbon footprint. Over time, the data will help the company make changes.

The new food waste system was actually launched in 2015 and…

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Undergrad student leads scientists to discover nearly 100 unknown volcanoes – in Antarctica

There’s a new contender for Earth’s biggest volcanic region: Antarctica. Researchers found 91 volcanoes previously unknown to humans, and the volcanoes are massive, ranging in height from around 328 to 12,631 feet. They were tipped off to the cluster of volcanoes thanks to a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Edinburgh.

Third-year student Max Van Wyk de Vries analyzed radar mapping data of the continent, and proposed a study to the university. Scientists were then able…

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Chinese researchers develop flexible salt-powered batteries

As the world rushes to transition to a new energy economy, researchers are uncovering novel, and potentially widely applicable, methods for harvesting energy from mundane, everyday sources. A research team in China has created a new battery that could be safely used in wearable or implantable devices, thanks to its use of salt-based electrolytes.

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Artist embroiders incredibly lifelike insects using boldly colored thread

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How the upcoming solar eclipse will affect 7 million homes and businesses

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will block sunlight from reaching parts of the Earth for an estimated three hours. As a result, at least 7 million U.S. homes and businesses will be directly affected. While the event has stirred up concern, there’s no reason to be nervous as the country’s electric grid and skilled operators are well-prepared.

 

A total solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon which occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun. Though it will…

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Drones are planting an entire forest from the sky

When we think of drones, most of us picture the selfie-taking, novelty video-making robots buzzing annoying around tourist spots. But for one group of villagers in Myanmar, drones are providing a much more important service. A local startup is using drones to replant an entire forest from the sky.

 

Restoring a damaged ecosystem is time-consuming and difficult work that can take years to complete. Villagers in the Irrawaddy River delta…

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Inspiring urban farm teaches kids how to grow their own organic food

A tree may grow in Brooklyn, but an amazing urban farm flourishes on Governors Island. An inspiring GrowNYC initiative is teaching inner city kids how to plant, water, harvest, and cook pesticide-free fruits, herbs, and vegetables. Located on Governors Island just a quick ferry ride from lower Manhattan, the Teaching Garden is a 21,000-square-foot urban farm that offers free educational field trips to NYC students—many of whom have never seen how food is grown.

Now in its fourth season,…

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