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World’s last male northern white rhino joins Tinder to avoid extinction

He may not make the coziest of bedfellows, but if a northern white rhino pops up on your Tinder screen, it might behoove you to swipe right. Dubbed by wildlife experts as the “world’s most eligible bachelor,” 43-year-old Sudan is the sole remaining male of his kind. “I don’t mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me,” the rhino’s profile reads on the dating app. “I perform well under pressure.”

Sudan isn’t looking to make a love connection, however….

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Barn ruins transformed into contemporary home with spa

Parisian architecture studio Antonin Ziegler converted an abandoned barn into a metal-clad home crafted to evoke a “contemporary ruin.” Located in France’s Regional Natural Park of Boucles de la Seine, the adaptive reuse project, called The Barn, sits between a wheat field and river and was formerly used to store fodder for horses.

With the barn’s weatherboarding worn away, the architects encased the timber structure in a new shell of zinc to preserve the building’s monolithic…

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Flexible Garden Modules make it easy to build your own green wall

Architects and twin sisters Luisa + Lilian Parrado are on a mission to make it easy to add a stylish splash of green to your walls. The designers created Garden Module, a customizable modular wall system with a minimalist appearance. Made of steel tubes strung together with polypropylene string, these simple and three-dimensional wall modules can support up to two potted plants at a time and can be expanded to create a sprawling wall of green.

The Garden Module was recently recognized…

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Trump signs executive order aimed at eliminating national monuments

President Trump just signed an executive order that threatens hundreds of thousands of acres of public land. The executive order is aimed at reducing or eliminating multiple national monuments across the US, potentially taking public access, and water and land protection safeguards with it. The move is aimed at the newly-designated Bear’s Ears Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, both in Utah, which were designated by Presidents Obama and Clinton.

 

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Uber inks deal to demonstrate on-demand flying taxis at the 2020 World Expo in Dubai

Forget getting from point A to point B in a car traveling on the ground. That’s so 2017. Uber is working on car transportation for the skies, and they hope to soar to those new heights in around three years. They plan to test their on-demand Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) network in Dallas and Dubai in 2020.

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2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes 6 activists who risk life and limb to protect the environment

And this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize goes to…six inspiring individuals ranging in age from 32 to 83 who labored for environmental justice in their communities. The Goldman Environmental Prize, commonly called the Nobel Prize for the environment, was awarded last night to six people from around the world. These are ordinary people who stepped up, showing you don’t have to be a celebrity or politician to make a change.

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Researchers close in on world’s first 100% self-charging lithium-ion battery

We’ve all experienced that moment of needing information from a dying phone or computer right as an outlet is nowhere in sight. An international team of scientists led by McGill University in Canada could help make that a worry of the past with their new research. They’ve just come closer to a battery that harvests and stores light all on its own – without the help of solar panels.

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Seoul’s multi-tiered Deep House slopes into a gorgeous grassy roof

This house in Seoul utilizes negative space to create a variety of micro-environments and boost the building’s energy efficiency. Architecture firm poly.m.ur designed the Deep House as a single volume that blurs the line between its slanted roof and walls and provides each residential unit with expansive views of the surroundings.

The house features a slanted roof which forms stone lovers along the sides of the building. Appropriating a design philosophy based on the idea of dispersing the main…

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Apple announces goal to make products from 100% recycled materials

The electronics industry is notoriously harsh on the planet. Many smartphones and computers end up in landfills, and rare earth minerals have come from mining using child labor. Yesterday Apple announced they’re aiming to make their company more sustainable with the goal of using 100 percent recycled materials in their products.

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London’s Marston Court transforms shipping containers into emergency housing for the homeless

A new emergency accommodation development in London’s Ealing borough provide 34 daylit temporary apartments to the homeless. CargoTek teamed up with QED Property, ISO Spaces and Ealing Council to build the innovative Marston Court development out of re-purposed shipping containers, using a kit of moveable and re-usable parts for maximum flexibility.

The project addresses the issue of homelessness that calls for flexible, temporary and affordable design solutions. Marston Court is located…

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Build your own indoor garden with modular LEGO-like blocks

Humans are spending more of their lives indoors, missing out on the health benefits and beauty of plants. Singapore company LeGrow decided to bring nature indoors with a creative indoor garden users can design themselves with LEGO-like pieces. The indoor gardens can be equipped with LED lights, so plants can grow all year round, and with a humidifier to improve the atmosphere of indoor spaces.

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Dubai’s craziest tower yet is the world’s largest picture frame

Is this the emperor’s new clothes in architectural form? Donis Architecture has just revealed plans for the Dubai Frame, a “picturesque” building that could be the city’s strangest design yet.

Related: Dubai’s crazy rotating wind-powered skyscraper is actually being built

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Breathtaking forest home will fulfill your tiny cabin dreams

Get ready for some serious cabin envy. Architecture firm studio PIKAPLUS crafted a gorgeous tiny home that perfectly harmonizes with its surrounding forested wilderness. Built mostly of timber, the Wooden House is a cozy retreat for those who crave connection with the outdoors and also want simple luxuries and protection from the elements. Keep reading for a tour of the cabin’s light-filled interior.

With just 82 square meters of space, the compact cabin is the result of thoughtful planning…

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Explosion of color takes over an abandoned Puerto Rican factory

An artist’s brilliance breathes new life into a desolate tobacco factory in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Bright sprays and colorful drips have seemingly exploded all over the factory’s formerly lifeless walls in local artist Sofia Maldonado’s eye-popping intervention, Kalaña. Created as part of Cromática: Caguas a Color, the community engagement piece transformed the building into a piece of art and new home to educational workshops, presentations, and other artistic events.

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