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Hot For A Cause: Activist Art Using Massed Candles

Few things are more fragile than a candle in the wind, but assemble thousands of candles to form complex pictographs and you’ve got something powerful enough to move the hardest hearts. Art For Earth, organized and headed by artist Jorge Pujol, has set up delicately beautiful candle-powered installations around the globe, each one delineating a powerful political or environmental message in gently wavering, softly glowing light. Wax on!
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Art & Design Geography & Travel

Man-Made Mountains: 12 Terrain-Inspired Buildings

It juts out of the landscape and into the clouds, covered in grass, butterflies flitting about – but it’s no naturally-occurring mountain. It’s a high-density housing development, or a massive mixed-use complex. These 12 buildings disguised as mountains or hills pay homage to the land in which they are nestled in harmonious bio-mimicry (or perhaps […]
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Art & Design Home & Garden

Living Buildings: The World’s Most Sustainable Structures

What’s greener than the highest possible LEED-certified building? A ‘Living Building’. The new Living Building Certification is said to surpass even LEED in its stringency, requiring certified buildings to generate all of their own energy, harvest and treat their own water, use only non-toxic and sustainably sourced materials, operate efficiently and look good doing it. […]
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Wave Goodbye: 10 Of The World’s Worst Toxic Floods

The recent red deluge of alkaline sludge that flooded news channels (and some unfortunate towns in Hungary) is only the latest in a lengthy legacy of toxic floods that have destroyed land, lives and livelihoods. From molasses to manure and more, these 10 thick, sick man-made tsunamis unleashed liquid environmental apocalypses of near-Biblical proportions. The more you Noah!
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Art & Design Home & Garden

20 Crazy, Creative & Amazing Green Roofs

Green roofs are now a common sight on residential, commercial and public architecture around the world, but who knew that they were sprouting up – literally – in the most bizarre and unexpected places, like bus shelters and dog houses? These 20 green roofs take lawns to new heights, whether they’re used in strange new […]
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Animals & Habitats History & Trivia Nature & Ecosystems

Life Sucks: 10 Amazing Animal Vampires

“I vant to suck your blood!” Take a number, Dracula. In fact, the toast of Transylvania is a latecomer to the party – animals have been deriving nourishment from blood long before Bram Stoker, Bela Lugosi or Twilight made the scene. These 10 amazing bloodsucking animal vampires have made sanguinary slurping their cocktail of choice… and hold the vodka, salt and tomato juice!
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