LEAPfactory's Gorgeous Prefab Eco-Hotel Sits at 13,123 Feet Atop Russia's Mt. Elbrus

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Venice's $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

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Venice just successfully tested its ambitious $7 billion flood-protection project for the first time. The Moses system for defense against high water is being constructed at the city’s lagoon inlets where the lagoon meets the sea. The gates are designed to reduce the intensity of tidal currents and protect the city from flooding. The system being tested in Venice could potentially provide protection for other coastal areas and communities threatened by rising sea levels.

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Gorgeous Glass House In the Mountains of Kazakhstan Encircles an Entire Tree

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A. Masow Design Studio just unveiled plans to build a gorgeous glass house that wraps around an entire tree in the woods of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The home’s circular glass façade envelops the entire trunk along with the branches, reinventing the concept the treehouse. This transparent home blends in with its surroundings and acts as a lookout and a place for contemplation and peaceful solitude.

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Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

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OMA’s Jenga-Like 'Interlace' Luxury Apartments Near Completion in Singapore

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Kengo Kuma Creates Magical Habitable Cardboard Sculpture in Korean Forest

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Low-Cost 3D-Printed Dextrus Hand Could Transform Amputees' Lives

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British inventor and robotocist Joel Gibbard has created a durable 3D-printed hand that not only boasts an impressive range of motion, but it can also be created for a fraction of the cost of conventional carbon fiber and titanium prosthetics. Constructed from plastic filament, metal and a rubber coating that mimics skin, the Dextrus hand costs less than $1000, and Gibbard hopes that by making the design open source he will be able to make prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees.

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Somdoon Architects' IDEO Morph 38 Tower is Wrapped With Living Green Walls in Bangkok

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Paulett Taggart Architects' Light-Filled Telegraph Hill House Boasts Stunning Views of the San Francisco Bay [PHOTOS]

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Cadillac Announces Pricing for Electrified 2014 ELR Coupe Starts at $75,995

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Cadillac recently announced pricing for its upcoming 2014 ELR coupe, which will start at $75,995 when it arrives in showrooms this coming January. The 2014 ELR was originally unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, and it borrows its electrified powertrain from the Chevy Volt.

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Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

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World coal usage is skyrocketing because of rising demand in China and India. At the World Energy Congress yesterday, energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie stated that coal would surpass oil as the key fuel for the global economy by 2020 despite global government policies to reduce carbon emissions. With the rising demand for energy in China and India, experts predict there’s no stopping the world from being pushed further down the hydrocarbon hole as we move towards the next decade.

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23,000 sq. ft. Greenpoint Bakery to Become Permanent Home of Brooklyn Night Bazaar Asian-Style Market

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Are Chickens That Eat at the Same Restaurants Where They're Served the Latest Food Trend?

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We’re not sure whether to be impressed or disturbed by a new food trend that has been growing in popularity among New York chefs – chickens that are fed scraps from the same four-star restaurants they are later going to be served at. On one hand, the practice promotes healthy (and presumably happy) chickens that are raised on leftovers from eateries like Per Se and Daniel, but we can’t help but feel that the idea is still a bit morbid. Hopefully the birds are not fed chicken…

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These Chickens Eat More Food from Four-Star NYC Restaurants Than You Do

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If you’ve been saving your pennies for a chance to dine at Per Se, Daniel or Gramercy Tavern, it might be disheartening to learn that a group of NYC chickens has been eating fare from those fine restaurants, and others, daily! The latest NY food trend is apparently going to the birds and involves chickens being fed leftover scraps from four star restaurants in an attempt to recreate the taste of the old farm chickens. According to The New York Times, several chefs have testified that the movement, which is called “Green Circle,” yields much better tasting poultry than its counterparts raised on industrial farms.

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14-Year-Old Tech Geek Creates Fun 'Jazzy Recycling' Mobile App

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To Zea Tongeman, being a tech-geek doesn’t mean hiding in a room typing code into a computer for hours on end. Instead, this ambitious teenager is the designer of a social media app called “Jazzy Recycling” that turns waste disposal into a game. The program set to launch in 2014 will help users find places to recycle, scan the items, and receive rewards, and all of this activity will be shared via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Zip Kit Homes are Efficient Streamlined Prefab Houses Out of Utah

Zip Kit Homes are Efficient Streamlined Prefab Houses Out of Utah

Zip Kit Homes is a division of Timberhawk Homes out of Mt. Pleasant, UT with a focus on efficient, small and sustainable prefab homes. Their line of modestly sized homes makes the most…

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6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

6 Haunting (But Eco-Friendly) Buildings for Halloween

The Dragspelhuset Accordion House This is an 1800s cabin retrofitted to comply with Sweden's modern environmental building regulations. The solar-powered, off-grid cabin is owned…

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The Dynalifter Could Transport 160 Tons of Freight Using Less Fuel and Money Than a Jet

The Dynalifter Could Transport 160 Tons of Freight Using Less Fuel and…

Ohio Airships' hybrid Dynalifter is a massive hybrid airship that could transform how packages are transported around the world by reducing freight costs and extending the reach of…

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What If the Roosevelt Island Tram Was Extended to Run from Queens Plaza to Central Park?

What If the Roosevelt Island Tram Was Extended to Run from Queens…

If you're a fan of the Roosevelt Island Tram, imagine how cool it would be if those amazing panoramic views of Manhattan actually became part of your daily commute from Queens to…

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