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The Guardians of Time - Mysterious Sculptures Traveling The World

If artists are the guardians of culture, than Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer takes that title quite seriously. His eerily beautiful and mysterious "Guardians of Time" sculptures have travelled the world and captured the attention and imagination of millions.

Building That Vacation Cabin In The Woods Can Be So Easy

There is little so peaceful and enjoyable is owning that little piece of paradise in the woods, by the lake, or on a mountain. At some point you are going to want to have that special private cabin there so that you can really relax and enjoy the view. The Bunkie is a great pre-fab cabin that can save you the headache of trying to build in the wilderness.

The World Is A Canvas - Mind Bending Perspective Art

If you only like looking at art in museums, you might never experience the ingenius, perspective-based art of Felice Varini, a Swiss artist who sees the whole world as his canvas.

Gaming on Glass - The Sports Floor of the Future

The age of smart technology is upon us as we can see in our phones, cars, and even houses. But what about our floors? ASB GlassFloor is a changeable, LED-infused invention that may change the way we play sports, advertise, and even walk down a hallway.

Boom Times For China's Nuclear Power Industry

One might say the prospects for China's nuclear power industry are booming, and that's a good thing... so far. Only four Chinese nuclear power plants were operating at the beginning of 2012 but that number will, er, explode to 15 by the end of 2015. Put on your lead boots and join us for an in-depth look.

How LEDs Light Up Your Life in Ways You Never Imagined

So you might have taken one look at the title and went, "LED lights? What does that have to do with me?" Well, if you're well aware of what it can do and what people around you have been doing with it, then you'll agree that it has a lot to do with you.

Bizarre By Design: The Top 10 Weirdest Japanese Buildings

Japan may be the place where conformity is king but their architects never saw the memo. These 10 weird, wild and even wooly Japanese buildings take the concept of multistory strangeness to a higher level, albeit one that the elevator will still stop at.

Chinese Starbucks Coffeehouse Serves Lattes of Luxury

Starbucks' success in China owes much to the global coffee company's strategy of harmonizing their stores and menu with local culture and customs. Take the new Starbucks Coffeehouse in Fuzhou, for example, which channels the ambiance of a classic thousand-year-old Song Dynasty garden.

How to Select a Home Automation Provider, From Vivint to HAI

If you've taken all the information we covered about home automation earlier and decided that you want to install one in your home, then the next (and obvious) thing you need to do is figure out which provider to go with. Vivint appears to be a prime contender, seeing as they've just recently got the Central Station of the Year Award.

Tower of Power: Tokyo Sky Tree Officially Completed on Leap Day 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting tower, was officially completed on Leap Day of 2012. The 2,080 ft (634 meter) tall tower soars almost twice as high as the 1958-built Tokyo Tower and will take over most of the orange & white downtown landmark's digital broadcasting duties.

Beijing's Tallest Skyscraper Takes Energy-Saving Technology to New Heights

The 108-story China Zun building will soar 510 meters (1,673 ft) into the sky over Beijing, China, when it's completed in 5 years time. The distinctively shaped, skyline-changing building has been planned from the ground up as an eco-friendly structure featuring the latest energy-saving technology.

Calling All College Students: The Biomimicry Institute Student Design Challenge

For the third year in a row, the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit organication that promotes the study and imitation of designs found in nature, is sponsoring the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge.  This year the Challenge, which is open to college students world-wide, is to use biomimicry to design a solution that results in more efficient use of energy and ultimately reduces greenhouse gases.  No small feat, but the Institute provides students with plenty of resources on biomimicry....

 

Freedom Tower Will Tower Over NYC's Skyline

When the World Trade Center landmark twin towers were completed in May, 1973, they rose 1450 feet to become the tallest buildings in the world, surpassing the Empire State Building. Its demise as the result of the horrific devastation of September 11, 2001 has launched a decade of debates as to what type of architecture could possibly replace its iconic imagery remembered by so many.

China's 'Dead Sea Water Park' is a Human Froot Loop Soup

China's largest indoor waterpark, or Godzilla's breakfast bowl of Froot Loops? Sorry big guy, the “Dead Sea of China” resort in Daying County, Sichuan Province, was visited by over one million people this summer. From the looks of it, they all came on the same day!

Panoramic, Igloo-Like Tents: Kinda Cool, Kinda Weird, Kinda Ridiculous

An odd solution for tent camping that provides seamlessly integrated shelter.

China's 'Most Awesome Wall of Air Conditioners' Building

The "coolest" building in China stands in the city of Fuzhou, though not for much longer if the force of gravity has anything to say about it. Tenants frustrated by the lack of central AC in the modern office tower have festooned the 25-story building's exterior with over 500 window AC units.

China's Xinhua News Agency to Shine Out from Times Square Sign

Call it a sign of the times: China's Xinhua news agency has leased a 60 by 40 ft space at 2 Times Square, the most prominent advertising spot in New York City. Landing the prestigious LED-lit block, called a “spectacular”, signifies China's arrival at the crossroads of the world.

ICU In A Can - Emergency Disaster Relief Delivered Anywhere, Anytime

Natural disasters often occur in the world's most remote regions, where emergency care is impossible to deliver at the level necessary to save the lives of the survivors. Or as in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the devastation is so complete as to incapacitate many hospitals. Kukli Han has designed a fully-functioning, mobile hospital that can be delivered via helicopter, within hours of disaster, to even the remotest regions.

Helter Shelter: A Cheap Portable House made from Packing Materials

The problem of temporarily housing refugees from natural disasters is being addressed by students from Nanjing Forestry University in Nanjing, China, who have created a cheap, lightweight house made from common packing materials.

Macau Makes Like Manhattan with a Spectacular Central Park

Call it "Central Park East" if you like. Macau's exciting new Taipa Central Park will take a bite out of the Big Apple by providing city dwellers with an unexpected oasis of pastoral charm.