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Low-cost, low-impact Neiling II house was built out of reclaimed wood

The Neiling II House is located in an area called Löwenberger Land, surrounded by industries and agriculture fields, tiny villages and spread out solitary houses. It was built using materials left over from a demolished private home and around old bricked barn, which determined its final design.  31 more words

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Newly discovered 'ghost galaxy' full of dark matter is as big as the Milky Way

Astronomers have discovered, with the aid of some powerful telescopes, a galaxy made up mostly of dark matter. Dragonfly 44, as it has been named, is roughly the same size as our Milky Way but with far fewer stars. 44 more words

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Dyson is releasing a combination air purifier, bladeless fan, and space heater for $599

Thanks to Dyson’s newest innovation, you will only need one outlet to run an air purifier, cooling fan, and space heater. The Pure Hot + Cool Link combines all three devices into one, saving space and money. 43 more words

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Toyota donates $1m to build an ultra-green youth campus for Yellowstone National Park

Toyota clearly has soft spot in its heart for Yellowstone National Park. Late last year, Toyota announced plans to use used Camry Hybrid battery packs to help provide sustainable electricity at the national park and now the automaker has given a $1 million donation to the Yellowstone Park Foundation to support development of a new Yellowstone Youth Campus. 20 more words

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Obama expands Hawaii marine reserve to double the size of Texas

President Barack Obama will issue a proclamation to expand the existing Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, off the coast of Hawaii, to four times its current size. 51 more words

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Science confirms traffic jams are bad for your health

Not only are traffic jams a total rage-inducing drag, but new scientific studies have confirmed they are also bad for our health. Sitting in a bumper-to-bumper gridlock multiplies the toxicity of air pollution, especially when windows are rolled down or fans are circulating outdoor air inside the vehicle. 29 more words

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Blackened timber home draws energy from a large wood-burning stove

The House Bäumle 2 was built on a slender strip of land next to a steep incline that falls away to a small stream. Its arresting blackened timber facade is a nod to the traditional vernacular of sunburned agriculture houses that the architects say have largely disappeared in Vorarlberg’s Rhine Valley. 33 more words

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