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Rebuild Mankind’s Most Famous Cities Via 4D Cityscape Puzzles!

Here’s a clever puzzle that history, architecture and puzzle buffs will all appreciate: Can you remake major urban sprawls as they were in 1876? 1952? 1988? 2013?

The Gallery of Nature: Art of the Earth

It often seems that the modern generation of artists has become obsessed with using the most outlandish or unusual materials to create their work. Richard Shilling chooses to return to the literal roots of art and uses the elements of the natural world to inspire awareness and delight the senses.

Keep Your Chickens In A Hobbit Hole

There is no place like home and the Hobbit Hole Chicken Coop is just the coolest place for your chickens to call home. J.R.R. Tolkien may be turning in his grave a bit, but I think he would get a laugh out of these Hobbit Holes. While you may have started raising chickens as a hedge against the economy, this is gonna set you back by more than a few dozen eggs.

Let The Sun Shine On Intersolar 2013’s Solar Powered Exhibition!

If the future of solar energy makes you all sunny and warm inside, there’s no hotter place to be than Intersolar North America in sunny San Francisco, California.

The Neon Lovechild of Modern Art

Paint splatters and graffiti might look like accidents or vandalism to some people, but the eye-catching, genre-bending artwork of Rowena Martinich is redefining ideas of art and beauty, while answering one very important question; what would it look like if Warhol, Pollock, and Picasso got together and went wild on a wall?

With $250k On The Line, One Spark 2013 Was An Inferno Of Innovation!

Jacksonville, Florida’s huge crowdsourcing event for inventors, innovators and creative dreamers has come and gone, leaving me to showcase the most popular ideas of the One Spark event.

LEGOLAND Hotel Puts The FInal Pieces In Place

For years, LEGOLAND has been an epic destination for kids and kids at heart. With the opening of the LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad, California, when the sun goes down, the fun doesn't have to stop.

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.