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Turkey poop could offer a potent alternative to coal

42 minutes agoLifestyle / Green Living : Inhabitat

Turkeys don't just offer fuel on a Thanksgiving plate. Two Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers found turkey poop could act as a potent alternative energy source - and could actually replace around 10 percent of coal utilized for electricity generation. [...]

Atlanta says all new construction must be "EV ready"

Several countries have already stated that within the next decade or so combustion vehicles will no longer be allowed, but here in the United States, the government hasn't really made any significant mandates around EVs. Except for the...Show More Summary

Meteorologist warns collapse of two Antarctic glaciers could flood every coastal city on Earth

Two of Antarctica's glaciers are holding our civilization hostage, meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in a piece for Grist. Pine Island and Thwaites are among the continent's biggest and fastest-melting glaciers, together holding back ice that could unleash 11 feet of sea level rise. If they collapse, every coastal city on our planet could flood.[...]

Switching to outdoor LEDs has made light pollution worse without saving energy

LED lighting was supposed to help save the environment with its lower energy requirements and more specific light direction. But new research published in Scientific Advances reveals we are now being smothered in worse light pollution than ever before — without the energy savings we expected. Show More Summary

These clever curtains transform your window into a dazzling nighttime cityscape

Do you dream of a new view from your city apartment? Now you can create your own with these snazzy curtains featuring cityscapes from New York and London. Designed by HoleRoll, the thick curtains - which block out heat and cold - are carefully punctured with thousands of tiny holes to let light shine through, resulting in sparkling urban skylines that will transform any room.[...]

Elon Musk wins $50 million bet by installing world's largest lithium-ion battery in under 100 days

Elon Musk has done it again. In March, the inventor and mastermind behind Tesla, SpaceX and other world-changing ventures made a bet on Twitter with Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes that he could help solve South Australia's vexing blackouts with a massive Powerpack within 100 days — or provide the $50 million service for free. Show More Summary

The Monade Capsule is a private hideaway that hangs from city rooftops

Have you ever wished for a hidden oasis where you can go to relax? Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Alice Bleton has created an amazing rooftop hideaway that provides stressed city dwellers with the ultimate place to disconnect. The Monade Capsule is built with an L-shaped cut-out that allows the pod to hang on the edge of any building.[...]

All electric UTV from Nikola Motor is a beast with more energy capacity than a Tesla

While Tesla currently leads the EV segment, no one is likely to take their Model S or Model X off-roading. That's where the Nikola Zero electric UTV comes in. It has room for four passengers and an insane 555 horsepower that's enough power to tackle even the toughest terrain — and according to electrek, it is surprisingly comfortable.[...]

LEED Gold-seeking SXSW Headquarters breaks ground

The multimedia behemoth South by Southwest (SXSW) just broke ground on its new “green” headquarters in downtown Austin. Located a block away from the city Capitol, the striking building aims for LEED Gold certification and will boast a large green roof, rain gardens, and other energy-efficient systems. Show More Summary

Historic train shed transformed into Tasmanian School for Architecture

A stellar example of adaptive reuse is being used to house and teach students at the University of Tasmania School of Architecture & Design. Formerly a 1951 diesel locomotive workshop, this award-winning conversion project preserves parts of the building’s industrial heritage while upgrading it with energy-efficient systems. Show More Summary

Geologists discover fossils from 13 ancient tree species in Antarctica

It may be hard to believe, but forests once sprawled across Antarctica. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) geologists recently climbed the slopes of McIntyre Promontory in the Transantarctic Mountains to uncover fossil fragments from 13 trees that greened Antarctica more than 260 million years ago - before the first dinosaurs roamed the planet.[...]

Lookout Loop bird observatory in Latvia doubles as a temporary shelter

Ulf Mejergren Architects just unveiled plans for a beautiful bird observatory in Latvia that doubles as a temporary shelter. The Lookout Loop has a sinuous, sculptural form that allows visitors to enjoy expansive views of the wetlands and rest before continuing on one of the paths through Pape Nature Park.[...]

Man to launch himself in homemade steam-powered rocket to show the Earth is flat

This weekend, one man plans to launch himself 1,800 feet into the air in a steam-powered rocket he made himself from salvaged parts out of his garage - in a quest to prove Earth isn't round, but flat. "Mad" Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old...Show More Summary

The gorgeous Roadhaus RV soaks up sunlight with a glass-enclosed roof

From the Wyoming-based company Wheelhaus comes the amazing Roadhaus - a tiny house/RV hybrid that measures 10.5 feet wide and 38 feet long, but feels a lot larger. Wheelhaus wrapped the roof of the wedge-shaped home in glass, so the interior is open, airy and gets plenty of sunlight - something many small houses lack.[...]

"The stuff nightmares are made of:" thousands of bluebottles on Australian beach

A couple happened upon an astounding sight recently while strolling on the beach in Australia. At Barlings Beach in New South Wales, Brett Wallensky and partner Claudia came across thousands of bluebottles, or Portuguese man o'wars, washed up on land. Such a freaky sight could be more common as climate change impacts our world.[...]

German slang wraps around MVRDV-designed building for Munich

German architecture takes a playful turn in WERK12, a mixed-use building designed by MVRDV that’s just broke ground in Munich. Located in a post-industrial site in the emerging Werksviertel neighborhood, WERK12 draws inspiration from its industrial heritage and modern graffiti culture. Show More Summary

Recycled bedsprings transformed into an art pavilion at Dubai Design Week

Old copper bedsprings have been transformed into a surprisingly chic exhibition space at this year’s Dubai Design Week. Fahed + Architects designed Pavilion Abwab (“doors” in Arabic) to house a curated selection of 47 designs by design talent from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia (MENASA). Show More Summary

3,000-year-old underwater castle discovered in Turkey's largest lake

Lake Van is largest lake in Turkey - but that isn't its only claim to fame. Van Yüzüncü Yil University archaeologists and a team of divers recently discovered an underwater fortress there. The ancient nation of Urartu could have built the castle roughly around 3,000 years ago during the Iron Age.[...]

Picturesque Swiss Alps town wants to pay new residents to move there

A two-week vacation in the Alps is great, sure. But what about a 10-year stay where you'll be paid to sip hot cocoa in a charming chalet settled amongst snow-capped mountains? Indeed, as Travel+Leisure shares, the tiny Swiss villageShow More Summary

NASA video shows dramatic shift in Earth's seasons as a result of climate change

It can be hard to visualize just how much climate change has impacted Earth's seasons. To help, NASA released a new illustration that drives home the dramatic shift that has taken place over a few short decades. So, when you are sitting around the table with your climate change-denying relatives this week, just show them this.[...]

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