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You can build one of these tiny backyard offices in less a week for under $7000

Austin-based Sett Studio designs tiny offices that take conventional workspaces to task. These micro-offices can be used for a variety of applications and offer a flexible solution for an affordable price. The firm’s newest design, named NOVI, is a compact DIY concept perfect for those looking for a mobile outdoor workspace.

As the tiny living concept is gaining in popularity, an increasing number of people are looking into more flexible office spaces that bring them closer to nature. This year,…

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Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There’s a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed revolutionary new glass blocks that are embedded with small solar cells. Not only do the blocks generate energy, but they also provide thermal insulation and allow natural light to enter buildings.

Called Solar Squared, the blocks are embedded with an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on tiny solar cells – during the manufacture process. The design ensures…

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Prototype 9 is a retro electric roadster with the Nissan Leaf’s heart

Infiniti is bringing us back to the 1940s with its Prototype 9 roadster, which is going to debut this month at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. On the outside the Prototype 9 is a sexy retro concept, but under the skin it’s all about the future, since it’s powered by the next-generation Nissan Leaf’s electric powertrain.

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The devastating reason Mumbai dogs are turning blue

Lately, blue stray dogs have been spotted running around Navi Mumbai, India, and it isn’t because someone got a little too liberal with the hair dye. Inadequate waste treatment at a local river has allowed dye to leach into the water, turning dogs who wade in to turn bright blue. To add to the concern, the pollution is likely harming fish and birds who rely on the water resource.

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LEED-seeking illumina i3 campus lets workers work anywhere

San Diego’s new BioMed Realty i3 campus is raising the bar for corporate research parks everywhere. Perkins+Will recently designed the iconic science and research campus that’s on track for LEED Platinum certification and exemplifies the “work anywhere” culture. Filled with natural light and topped with green roofs, this environmentally progressive design features a wide variety of energy saving measures and reduces energy and water use by 30 and 20 percent.

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Various Architects turn an industrial Oslo building into contemporary offices

A historic building in Oslo’s locomotive industrial zone has been transformed into contemporary offices filled with natural light. This adaptive reuse project, called Lokomotivstallen, has been praised as a positive example of recycling and historical restoration in the city. Designed by Various Architects, the modern offices house the rail-based intermodal company CargoNet.

The 3,000-square-foot building has a peculiar rectangular footprint that’s much longer than it is wide with…

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Elephants rescue 600 people from floods in Nepal

 

 
Due to heavy rains in Kathmandu, India, at least 15 people have been killed and 2.3 million displaced in just the past few days. Fortunately for approximately 600 foreigners who were visiting Sauraha, no additional lives were lost after the nearby Rapti River overflowed its banks. This is because elephants at the Chitwan National Park transported the tourists to safety.
 

Elephants to the rescue

Elephants helped rescue 600 people after floods in Nepal.

Posted by Al Jazeera English on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Montana judge stops massive coal mine expansion, citing climate impact

In another strike against coal, a federal judge just shut down plans for a large coal mine expansion in Montana, saying that US officials had exaggerated the economic benefits of the mine while downplaying the impact it would have on the environment. Signal Peak Energy wanted to expand the Bull Mountain coal mine by 28-square kilometers (11-square miles) and 159-metric tons (176-million tons).

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy blocked the proposal, ruling that approving such a request should…

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Fixing Earth’s ozone layer has other surprising benefits, new study shows

As climate change steadily advances while global leadership moves ever so slowly towards taking action, it can difficult to have faith in international solutions to a global environmental problem. However, such international collaboration has a record of success in the Montreal Protocol, an agreement signed nearly thirty years ago by dozens of nations to stop the expansion of a massive hole in the ozone layer. Today, the hole in the ozone layer has shrunk as the United States and other signatories…

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Swiss grocery store chain will be the first to sell insect burgers

Would you eat a burger made of mealworms? Coop, the second-largest supermarket chain in Switzerland, will start selling food made with insects after food laws changed in May. No other European country has yet authorized sales of insect-based food, making Switzerland the first. Coop will sell insect burgers and balls from Switzerland-based startup Essento.

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Spectacular ‘Dome of Visions’ greenhouse pushes the envelope for wood construction

Finnish wood company Metsä Wood is known for pushing the envelope when it comes to building with wood. Their latest dome experiment, the largest one to date, relies of the company’s innovative structural use of laminated veneer lumber as a sustainable alternative to commonly used building materials. The structure, named Dome of Visions, was designed by Atelier Kristoffer Tejlgaard.

The Dome of Visions 3.0 is the third project in a series of experiments that explore the idea of creating…

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South Australia to build world’s biggest single-tower solar thermal plant

South Australia is going big again — as in world-beating big. Last month the state government signed a deal with Tesla to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery storage facility. Now State Premier Jay Weatherill has announced plans to construct the world’s biggest single-tower solar thermal plant in Port Augusta — the 150 megawatt Aurora Solar Energy Project.

 

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Thomas Heatherwick’s London Garden Bridge officially scrapped

Plans to build Thomas Heatherwick’s controversial Garden Bridge in London have been officially scrapped. The Garden Bridge Trust, charity that was to build and run the bridge, just announced the end of the project due to the lack of support by London mayor Sadiq Khan. The main reason behind this, according to mayor Khan’s earlier statement, was the project’s spiraling construction and maintenance costs.

A financial inquiry into the Garden Bridge project found that the initial estimated costs escalated…

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Global ocean circulation may be slowing down due to Arctic ice loss

Humanity is entering a phase of grave uncertainty as rising temperatures wreck havoc on our planet. Researchers from Yale University and the University of Southhampton have found evidence that Arctic ice loss may be having a negative impact on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC)

study published recently in Nature

A recent study published in Nature outlines research by a team of Yale University and University of Southhampton scientists. The team found evidence that Arctic…

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