More treeless, inkless paper is on the horizon

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Our digital world is ever-changing, and with it have come great advances in communication and the reduction in single-use items. Unfortunately, we’re still using an enormous amount of paper, and therefore trees as well. Most of the paper used in our businesses and personal lives serves a one-time purpose and is discarded after reading. As a result, the problem of deforestation weighs heavily on the minds of most eco-stewards. Fortunately, a solution to this issue may be in sight:

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Tesla launches battery swap program that only needs 3 minutes for a full charge

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Last year, Tesla announced new battery swap technology that would give Model S owners the ability to replace their depleted battery with a fully charged one in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank. Tesla is now ready to launch a pilot version of that technology, and it’ll kick off in Harris Ranch, CA.

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Casa Playa will be a stunning $36 million oceanfront retreat in Florida

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The WiVes' Table is an elegant and orgami-like coffee table with a bent metal base

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New York City-based designer J. S. Nero created the WiVes’ Table, a versatile coffee table that can be set up in a variety of different styles. The designer heat-bent an equilateral steel triangle into a sturdy three-point, origami-like base. The folded metal base can be used as a table on its own or it can be paired with a slab of wood for greater surface area and a different look. Currently, the line is available in raw steel, custom patina, semi-gloss white, and high-gloss yellow powder coats.

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NASA plans to unleash HAVOC into the clouds around Venus

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We haven’t even laid eyes on the surface of Venus yet, but that’s not deterring NASA from daydreaming about sending manned missions to the planet. Although much of Venus is still a completely mystery, we do know that the surface of the planet is far too hot, and the atmospheric pressure too high, to sustain human life. As such, rather than targeting the planet itself, NASA is shooting for the clouds: the space agency recently announced its intention to send the robotic airship HAVOC (High Altitude Venus Operational Concept) to collect initial observations before delving into the planning of a manned mission.

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Crumpled paper transformed a gallery space into a grotto-like Yorunoma bar in Japan

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Towering Qatar World Cup Memorial raises awareness about immigrant worker death toll

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Construction of New York Ferris Wheel begins in Staten Island

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Although the official groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated NY Ferris Wheel is scheduled for February of next year, work has already begun on the parking area around the mammoth project. The 650-foot observation wheel, which is slated for completion in 2017, will have 36 slow-moving capsules and provide stellar views of the Manhattan skyline. Not only will it be the largest Ferris wheel in the world upon completion, but also the greenest!

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Heartwarming Charity Christmas Tree is made from 5,000 pieces of firewood in Budapest

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VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

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WARNING: video contains scenes that may disturb some viewers (but, then again, that’s the point!)

Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject. However, now the Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker director is looking to a conflict of a different kind: the illegal ivory trade and its devastating effects on the African elephant population. In an unflinching animated short that tracks the path of a coveted ivory adornment in reverse, Bigelow drives home the demonstrated connection between the ivory trade and the terrorist organizations that profit from it. Bigelow takes the view that since gut-wrenching images of slaughtered elephants don’t seem to be slowing demand for ivory, getting ivory purchasers to understand that they are funding terrorism will hopefully be more of a deterrent.

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Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

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Move over Rockefeller Center. Rochester, NY’s Genesee Brewing Company has an impressive Christmas tree of its own and it’s made out of hundreds of beer kegs. Built by 20 of the brewing company’s industrious employees, the tree was constructed out of 300 stainless steel kegs and stands at 23 meters high. Looks like it will be a beery Christmas, after all!

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20 Verdant Gift Ideas for the Green Thumb

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Gardening is a wonderful pastime that can soothe the soul and nourish the body all in one go. From vegetables to culinary herbs, flowers, or even cacti, plants make every living space a little bit brighter, and those who take up gardening rarely ever quit. To pamper your green-thumbed loved ones, check out our list of 14 gifts for budding botanists here.

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Scania is testing Sweden's first wirelessly charged hybrid city bus

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A wirelessly charged electric city bus is about to hit the streets of Sweden. Scania is launching a sustainable public transit project in the streets of Södertälje, Sweden in June 2016 to see if the technology could be viable across the world. The system works by allowing the bus to charge in just six or seven minutes wirelessly from the road surface at a bus stop, eliminating the need for long recharges or bulky plugs so the bus can keep going on its journey.

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Enter the Mobile Architecture for Strategic Healing Competition and help alleviate the Ebola crisis

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Ebola continues to wreck havoc in West Africa and is still spreading at an exponential rate. According to the WHO, the virus has infected nearly 4,000 people in Africa and over 2,000 people have died. In response, the student-organized group Habitat for Healing launched the M.A.S.H. Pad International Design Ideas Competition to generate ideas for a mobile therapeutic unit that could relieve the health crisis in West Africa and beyond. The mobile unit should provide an effective but comfortable environment for the patient and help prevent the spread of disease. Registration is free and the first round submissions are due January 19, 2015.

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You'll never believe what's hiding inside this boulder

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VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

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We've been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture—the practice of cloning entire buildings—ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European…

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Could these “wearable biospheres” help us survive on alien planets?

Could these “wearable biospheres” help us survive on alien…

Nothing says "fashion forward" like a living garment designed to help support human life in outer space, right? MIT researchers and German designers teamed up to create these…

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species' latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the…

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Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

Most people have heard of China’s appalling dog meat trade, but did you know that dog and cat skin is also used to create leather goods like gloves, belts and pet toys? According to a…

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HOW TO: Satisfy your sweet tooth with this organic, no-cook fudge recipe

HOW TO: Satisfy your sweet tooth with this organic, no-cook fudge…

Want to indulge in rich and creamy fudge without the dreaded sugar crash? Then you'll love this delicious recipe for organic fudge that swaps refined sugars for honey and fruit.…

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