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Largest-ever modular Gomos system project to be completed in just a few months

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Scientists just created green solar cells – and they’re working on white, red and additional colors

Solar energy may provide power to approximately 5.7 million homes in the United States, but its application could still be more widespread. The issue is, many find the blue-black photovoltaics to be unsightly. Fortunately, this may no longer be a problem as researchers in The Netherlands have developed a process for making conventional solar panels bright green, and are in the process of developing other colors. By making the panels more appealing, more people and businesses are likely to invest…

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New refrigerator camera takes aim at food waste

We know food waste is an issue, but often it’s all too easy to forget about that bag of lettuce in the back of your refrigerator until it rots. It turns out 40 percent of the salad British families buy each year ends up in the trash – but a new refrigerator camera could help slash that food waste. The Smarter FridgeCam helps people monitor expiration dates and even suggests recipes – for far less than the price of a smart refrigerator.

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Rooftop farms in Gaza provide lifeline to the community

Meeting even basic needs in Gaza can be a challenge for the nearly 2 million people that live in the territory’s 141 square miles. Under the Israeli blockade, which prevents vital supplies from reaching Gaza and inhibits international trade, the Palestinians of Gaza rely on resilience and innovation to survive with the resources they have. Squeezed out of arable land, many Palestinians are farming upwards, on the rooftops of the dense urban Mediterranean territory.

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6 Surprising uses for garlic you probably didnt know about

It’s garlic harvesting season, and those glorious, aromatic bulbs will be adorning farmer’s market stalls everywhere. Garlic isn’t just good for flavoring bread and warding off vampires: it has many great uses for your health, as well as around your home and garden. Read on to find out some of its more surprising uses, and develop even greater love for this fine and fragrant bulb.

 

 

 

Topical Treatment for Cold Sores and Acne

 

Organic Pesticide for House and…

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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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