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Indian Railways to install rooftop solar panels on 250 trains

Some of the world’s most polluting cities may be found in India, but the country’s government, as well as private corporations, are working fastidiously to transition the economy into a more sustainable one. Indian Railways, for instance, seeks to install flexible solar panels and batteries to power fans and lights on 250 local trains. The intention is to reduce fuel costs and benefit the environment while lowering the company’s own emissions to meet government standards.

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The 2018 Nissan Leaf will feature semi-autonomous driving technology

We’re just a few months away from the debut of the all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf, but Nissan has decided to start letting some of the details out now. The biggest news besides a complete restyling and longer driving range, is that the 2018 Leaf will be offered with Nissan’s new ProPILOT Assist autonomous technology.

The ProPILOT Assist technology will give drivers the ability to let the Nissan Leaf take over the driving tasks on the highway, which includes accelerating, braking and steering controls….

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Waterstudio’s floating sea wall harvests blue energy from crashing water

Hundreds of world leaders are gathered in Paris to hash out a deal to save the planet from future climate change, but in the meantime, Koen Olthuis and the rest of the Waterstudio crew are working on solutions that we can use today. The Blue energy floating sea wall is a floating breakwater that doubles as an energy generator. Called The Parthenon, the floating breakwater not only stems the crash of water pushing into a harbor, but harvests the tremendous energy a wall of water like that can generate.

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Breakthrough algae strain produces twice as much biofuel

Scientists have been working since the 1970’s to transform algae into biofuel. Now a new breakthrough could make this alternative energy source a more viable option. Researchers from Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and ExxonMobil were able to edit the genes of an algae strain so it’s able to produce twice the lipids of its parent. Those lipids can then be turned into biofuel Synthetic Genomics says isn’t that different from diesel we use today.

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Eviation Aircraft unveils all-electric aircraft with 600-mile range

Though flying via airplane is a fast and fun way to travel, it is one of the least environmentally-friendly methods to do so. That may soon change, however, as Eviation Aircraft (a member of NASA’s on-demand mobility program) recently unveiled the first prototype of an all-electric aircraft that has a range of up to 600 miles (965 km). Presented at the 52nd International Paris Air Show, the prototype will be ready to move into certification and commercialization as soon as next year.

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New research shows there may be 10 planets in our solar system

Don’t get your hopes up – scientists aren’t making Pluto a planet again. But there may be two other planets out there that we haven’t yet discovered. Last fall researchers published a study on the mysterious Planet Nine, which could explain the unusual tilt of the sun. Now University of Arizona scientists think they may have found evidence for yet another planetary mass object – and it could be closer than Planet Nine.

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Solar-powered Cloverdale house is made of reclaimed wood from a 1970s kit home

This solar-powered home in Cloverdale, California, features a large screened-in living space that offers expansive views of the surrounding landscape. Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects reused the wood from the existing 1970s kit log home and utilized all of the existing site improvements to design and build the new 2150-square-foot house that has minimal impact on the environment.

The owners of the property commissioned the architects to design a sustainable home that’s easy to use and doesn’t…

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Amazing elevated museum lets you stroll through the treetops in British Columbia

Several elevated gallery spaces of this angular museum meander through a forest in British Columbia. Canadian firm Patkau Architects designed the building to house a private collector’s artwork and keep it safe from flooding.

An elevated walkway leads to the main entrance of the building, positioned under an angular form clad in pale wooden slates. While the exterior facade, clad in black metal panels, gives the building an artificial appearance, the wood-dominated interior connects it to its…

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A beautiful “canopy of light” resurrects the Guangzhou East Railway Station in China

Guangzhou East Railway Station– one of the biggest railway terminals in China– has received an extensive makeover that introduced a beautiful “canopy of light” to the main entrance of the building and a series of amenities that meet the requirements of a modern railway station. Design firm Architectural design and Research Institute of SCUT renovated the landmark structure by introducing elements of artificial landscape and repairing the public spaces.

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Doctor’s warn cities that LED street lights can cause serious health issues

Many cities have shifted to LED lights in a bid to be more efficient, but LED lights have another cost, and it comes at our health. This week, the American Medical Association issued an official statement, saying that cities need to consider resident’s health when installing the bright lighting because it can cause damage to our sight and disrupt our circadian rhythms. Think of it as living with a bunch of giant computer screens blaring around your neighborhood, and you get the idea.

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Enchanting tiny home combines French rustic charms and modern luxuries

French rustic charms and modern luxuries come together in this beautiful tiny home on wheels. France’s tiny house company Baluchon has outdone themselves again in their latest build called the Ostara, a tiny home built on a six-meter trailer. Currently located near a horse farm in Toulouse, the light-filled timber abode looks surprisingly spacious despite its small size and sleeps two in a loft bedroom.

Custom built for clients Nathalie and Sebastien, Ostara was named after the stable…

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Spiky sweets shop makes extraordinary use of the common traffic stopper

This new ice cream shop in Poznań, Poland is a treat for the stomach—and the eyes. Clad in nearly a thousand white traffic cones, this spiky mobile shop for LODOVNIA is the creative work of local studio mode:lina architects. The eye-catching facade shows off an extraordinary use of an ordinary object, and references the conical shape of the ice cream cone.

Completed this month, the LODOVNIA ice cream shop is a 35-square-meter building currently docked in the heart of Poznań’s Stary Browar….

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The Netherlands is converting prisons into homes for refugees

Unlike the United States of America, the prison population and crime rate in the Netherlands has been steadily decreasing for years. As a result, the country’s government is repurposing correctional facilities into housing for refugees who are waiting to be granted asylum status — a process that usually takes a minimum of six months. Not only will the refugees not be required to work, they will be supplied with educational materials to learn Dutch, ride bicycles and build connections within the…

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132-year-old lobster returned to ocean after living in tank for 20 years

Bet you didn’t know it’s National Lobster Month, but Hempstead, New York does, and they released a lobster long held in captivity back into the ocean. Louie the Lobster is 132 years old, but he’s spent decades at Long Island restaurant Peter’s Clam Bar. Now the 22-pound lobster will get to live out the rest of his life in the wild.

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