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Elon Musk urges UN to ban artificially intelligent killer robots

The same man who brought you PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX is now urging the UN to ban the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in weaponry. Elon Musk believes that artificially intelligent “killer robots” are “morally wrong” and a potential threat to humanity - and he's petitioning the UN along with 115 other experts in robotics to prevent “a third revolution in warfare.”[...]

Massive new data center to be built in chilly Norway to offset energy use

Every like and tweet costs energy, which isn't great for climate change. That's why the American-Norwegian data company Kolos is building a new data center in northern Norway. Designed to be the largest in the world, it will be powered strictly by renewable energy sources and the cold climate and low humidity will help offset energy demands. Show More Summary

NASA map shows how climate change has set the world on fire

Devastating wildfires have blazed through Portugal, Canada, and Siberia this summer - with some people beginning to wonder if climate change will make such destructive fires normal. Maps with data from NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) reveal a world filled with red. Show More Summary

Mercedes-Benz unveils stunning art deco-inspired electric car

Mercedes-Benz decided to go back to the 1930s for its latest concept car, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet concept. With its imposing grille and long, sensuous curves, this stunning car may be inspired by the art deco movement dating back to France before World War I, but it has a 21st century powertrain with four electric motors.[...]

Oldest ice core ever dated reveals hidden clues to ancient Earth's atmosphere

Ice cores hold secrets of what our planet was like millions of years ago, in bubbles preserving greenhouse gases from that time. A Princeton University-led team just revealed the date of ice from the oldest ice core we've ever dated, and it's 2.7 million years old. Show More Summary

Self-taught designer builds a secret studio under a bridge in Valencia

Self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas built a studio bedroom in a very unusual place – the underside of a bridge in Valencia, Spain. This tiny moveable workspace has everything he needs - including shelves, a chair and a desk - bolted into the concrete wall of a bridge.[...]

Volkswagen confirms when the Microbus is coming back as an EV

For years Volkswagen has teased us with the idea of bringing back the much loved, iconic Volkswagen Microbus. The automaker unveiled the I.D. Buzz concept car earlier this year, which applies the styling of a Microbus, but with a fully electric powertrain. After several rumors and reports, Volkswagen has confirmed that the Microbus will officially return in 2022.[...]

Village-inspired office in Jakarta is topped with living trees and a green roof

The new Aedas-designed Unilever HQ in Jakarta references Indonesia's villages to create a welcoming environment filled with natural sunlight and plenty of green space. The building features green roofing, a main square and winding streets to mimic the organization of a traditional village, along with floor-to-ceiling louvered windows that fill the interior with light.[...]

Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data

Though 97 percent of leading scientists agree that climate change is a very real threat that needs to be addressed immediately, certain factions refuse to accept mounting data on Earth’s rising surface temperatures. In fact, some groups have gone as far as to fabricate information - including the so-called Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). Show More Summary

Nomadic teahouse made with origami embodies Japanese minimalist beauty

Origami isn’t just beautiful—it can also be useful in architectural design. Katagiri Architecture + Design shows us how with Shi-An, a nomadic teahouse built with hundred of pieces of folded paper without the need for any glue. The minimalist and temporary structure embodies a Japanese sense of beauty and appreciation of the concept of transience. [...]

Singapore Night Festival dazzles crowds with 13 stunning light installations

The Singapore Night Festival is back and it’s pulling out all the stops for its 10th anniversary. Attracting crowds of over 500,000, the annual light festival bonanza transforms the city into a carnival of arts and culture with family-friendly activities, interactive installations, and pop-up eateries across two weekends from August 18 to August 26. Show More Summary

South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Within six months, 311,400 acres of land in Egypt will be transformed into an agriculture city. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and the Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.[...]

Germany is electrifying part of the autobahn to cut freight emissions

Semi trucks are massive energy hogs, but Germany aims to change that. We rely on trucks to get the goods we need from one place to another, but all of those semi trucks spew a lot of pollution. So Siemens and the German state of Hesse...Show More Summary

White House kills ban on bottled water at National Parks

The Trump administration has put the kibosh on a six-year-old ban on selling bottled water at some national parks. The National Park Service announced on Wednesday that, effectively immediately, parks like the Grand Canyon will no longer be able to block the sale of plastic water bottles in a bid to reduce litter. Show More Summary

Scientists harness tobacco plants to produce polio vaccine

After all the poor health outcomes caused by tobacco over centuries, it's about time the plant started doing something good. Scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a technique to infect relatives of the tobacco plant with a virus containing the genetic material of polio. Show More Summary

Woven bamboo pavilion offers shelter to passion fruit farmers in China

A team of students at the University of Hong Kong is exploring the limitless potential of bamboo as a sustainable alternative to conventional building materials. After completing a glowing pavilion in their hometown, they designed another innovative bamboo structure– this time in China– using traditional weaving techniques and digital technologies.[...]

Compact OffGridBox provides clean drinking water and power where it's needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity - the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container cube features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. Show More Summary

Huge circular windows flood Melbourne's Cirqua Apartments with natural light

Huge circular windows flood the interior of this funky apartment block in Melbourne with natural light. BKK Architects designed the Cirqua Apartments as a series of staggered volumes that reference the region's historical housing while reinterpreting it in a modern way.[...]

Woman finds lost engagement ring rooted to a carrot - 13 years later

Watch while you weed, or you may lose a ring. Gloves can help, not only to prevent contact with soil-borne infections and bacteria, but also to keep prized possessions on your person. Mary Grams of Alberta, Canada learned this the hard way. Show More Summary

Subterranean Oxygen Park is a breath of fresh air in the Qatari desert

A “green lung” in Qatar’s desert landscape is helping people stay healthy and active, and reconnecting them to nature. Erik Behrens and James Haig Streeter of AECOM recently completed Oxygen Park, a unique public space in Doha’s Education City. Show More Summary

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