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NRG's Sneaker Composed of Repurposed CO2
"We recycle plastic, paper and metal; why can't we recycle CO2?" Paul Bunje, Principal and Senior Scientist or Energy and Environment at XPRIZE, asked. With that, a $20 million competition, the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, was set into motion a year ago...
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1. Vale, Gene Wilder No matter how old you are, chances you've seen and adored a Gene Wilder film. Sadly, the beloved actor passed away this week at 83 years old. Starring in movies since the '60s, he played everything from Young Frankenstein...
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New York Awaits The Mysterious Corpse Flower
Today or Thursday, the mysterious, magical and stinky Corpse Flower is set to bloom at the Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Also known as Amorphophallus Titanum (meaning "large misshapen phallus"), the flower—when...
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1. Samsung Blends National Anthems into One Considering the current world climate—sadly an anti-globalization fear seems to be gaining momentum—Samsung's Olympics commercial is incredibly timely. The advertisement blends a bunch of national anthems...
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The Galápagos: Nature's Laboratory
While snorkeling along the rocks of Devil’s Crown, a volcanic crater that protrudes from the equatorial waters off the coast of the Galápagos’ Floreana Island, I find myself nearly nose-to-nose with a native sea lion. He seems just as eager to check...
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Orangutan Polo Shirt
ARKWEAR (an apparel company whose name was inspired by Noah himself) donates 5% of their sales to the Wildlife Conservation Society—a global non-profit that aims to save wildlife that's vulnerable or facing extinction. This year, they are focused on...
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1. Prince Has Died at 57 Following an investigation at his home and recording studio Paisley Park, it's been confirmed that Prince has died at 57. Prince Rogers Nelson, a truly legendary musician, released 39 albums throughout his career, garnering...
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1. How Empowerment Became a Purchasable Product Originally used by social workers to encourage marginalized communities to rise up from poverty and oppression, the term “empowerment” has taken on completely different definitions in recent years...
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Elewana SkySafari: Lodges and Camps in Tanzania
An African safari affects you in the way people talk about an ayahuasca retreat. Both take you on a surreal journey within a world you belong to, yet one surprisingly unfamiliar. And at the end, you’ve gained an entirely new perspective. Also like...
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Elewana SkySafari: The Parks
On the fifth day of safari, Tanzania’s vastness really hits me. It happens mid-flight on our journey between parks, as the steep verticals of the Rift Valley fade in the distance and the enormity of the Serengeti plains creeps into view. Tanzania...
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1. Whales Are Eating Our Trash A recent surge in whale beachings (over 30 cases in Europe so far in 2016) is causing major concern for researchers and marine biologists. Not long ago, a necropsy of a beached whale revealed huge amounts of car...
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1. Architect Zaha Hadid Dies at 65 Dame Zaha Hadid, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living architects, died at the age of 65 from a heart attack. Her sudden and shocking passing ends an award-winning career in which she produced...
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Sustainability at Olas Verdes
It’s somewhere between the oddly low organic-juice-bar-to-streetlight-ratio and the packs of chickens that freely roam the streets of Nosara that it hits visitors: eating local isn’t a buzzy concept here, it’s a way of life. Long before tourists schlepped...
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Do The Green Thing
Previously a digital mecca for the sustainably minded creative community, website Do The Green Thing was a thoughtful feed brimming with “playful propaganda" created by the likes of David Shrigley, Paula Scher, Neville Brody, Michael Bierut and Sir...
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