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15,000 Volts

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Artist Melanie Hoff uses power to make electric patterns on plywood

In what she calls "high voltage wood erosion," NYC artist Melanie Hoff uses electrical currents to create seemingly supernatural patterns in pieces of plywood. Hoff, a 23-year-old sculpture major at Pratt Institute, documented her electrified art experiments in "15,000 Volts," a short video that shows the process in stunning time-lapse. Made as part of her senior thesis project, the clip was shot......read more

The World's Greatest Travelers

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German adventurers complete 556,000-mile, quarter-century odyssey by SUV

It was 1988 when Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set off in a Mercedes Benz G-Wagen to travel around Africa. After completing the planned 18-month tour, they decided to keep going... and going... and going. The end result was an epic, 25-year adventure which saw the Mercedes--nicknamed Otto by Christine--driven 556,000 miles through 215 countries and into the record books. Christine......read more

Texas Plant Captures, Then Reuses Carbon

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The Skyonic plant near San Antonio is expected to capture 83,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year from a cement factory.

Amid the calls to capture carbon to save the climate, a Texas company is preparing to do that job for profit. At Capitol Aggregates, a cement plant near San Antonio, the Skyonic Corporation of Austin, plans to open a $125 million factory next week that will make industrial chemicals. Instead of mining natural deposits of carbon found underground, the plant will capture the carbon emitted from......read more

The 3B Printing Project

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80,000 bees and a handful of humans collaborate on honeycomb sculptures

In what is being called the "3B printing project," creative agency The Ebeling Group deployed 80,000 bees to create two sculptures from beeswax: a Dewar's bottle and a bust of Dewar's founder John Dewar. Since bees build honeycomb inwards, the team had to start with inverse scaffolding to give the insects a framework to work with. A rubber tube connected to the neck of the bottle provided a......read more

Eton BoostTurbine 2000

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Backup battery pack with hand turbine power generator keeps you charged up and connected $60.00

The latest charging unit from the bright minds at Etón allows you to power up your mobile devices anytime, anywhere. The BoostTurbine 2000 is a durable back-up battery with a hand turbine power generator and a rechargeable 2000mAh lithium battery. Featuring a Micro-USB DC input along with a standard USB port, the BoostTurbine is compatible with almost any mobile device. And when the......read more

Sri Lankan Living Building to be World's Largest Vertical Garden

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This 46-floor apartment block will be home to 33,000 plants

A residential high-rise project located just outside of the Sri Lankan port city of Colombo will be home to over 33,000 shrubs and a rare tree species. Rising 46 stories and topped with a solar panel-covered rooftop, Clearpoint Residencies will boast the world's tallest residential vertical garden.  The 146-unit complex was designed in by Sri Lanka-based architectural......read more

Tame Impala, "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards"

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Mindmelting animation features 1,000 plasticine collages made by hand

The new video for "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards," the second single from Tame Impala's landmark Lonerism LP, carries on with the swirling, psychedelic visual aesthetic on full display in the Aussie band's previous video. This time, however, directors Joe Pelling and Becky Sloan take a handmade approach, individually making 1,000 plasticine collages that are......read more

NYC to Adopt LED Street Lights

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City's 250,000 street lights will be replaced with high-efficiency LEDs by 2017

  New York City is converting 250,000 street light fixtures to energy-efficient, light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan made the announcement together on the recently renovated Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, where pedestrian fixtures have already been replaced with LEDs, saving a reported $70,000 a year. “With roughly a......read more

Solazyme Inks Deal With Unilever for Algae Oil

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SF company will deliver 10,000 metric tons of renewable oil to the household products giant

Solazyme, the South San Francisco-based biofuel startup, has signed a deal to deliver large quantities of algal oil to Unilever. Under the agreement, announced this week, the Dutch consumer products giant will buy at least 10,000 metric tons (about three million gallons) of Solazyme's renewable, algae-derived oil. The deal represents a major milestone for Solazyme, which was co-founded ten years......read more

Neutra's Tiny Masterpiece

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This compact California home shows off Richard Neutra's magic touch--in only 1,000 square feet

Great architects are rarely associated with modest homes. But the Hailey Residence, a 1,129-square-foot home in the Hollywood Hills, proves to be an exception to the rule. Designed in the late '50s by none other than Richard Neutra, the house shows what a genius architect can do with a small canvas. From the outside, the tiny structure looks like it would better serve as a shed--albeit one with......read more

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