Naturally-ventilated glass building looks like a shimmering urban mirage

This office building in Geneva features a complex glass facade that makes it look like an urban mirage. The new Headquarters of the Swiss Société Privée de Gérance (SPG), designed by Italian firm Giovanni Vaccarini Architetti, appears as an immaterial object that shimmers and vibrates in dialogue with the nighttime urban landscape in which it is set.

The building sits on Route de Chêne, at the gates of the historical center of Geneva. involved the conversion and extension of the existing…

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Dubai is building 500km of new bicycle lanes

The streets of Dubai are about to get a lot greener, after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid approved construction of 500km of bike lanes by 2021. The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai also approved walking paths along Dubai Creek, additional metro stations and dedicated bus lanes, all in the hopes of encourage exercise and help reduce car dependence.

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Hurricane Harvey may have totaled up to 500,000 cars

Hurricane Harvey didn’t just devastate homes and businesses over the weekend, its mighty force also totaled close to half a million cars. As a result, an estimated 500,000 Texan vehicles will likely be scrapped, leading to a massive sales wave of new and used cars in the near future. While vehicle owners with insurance can write-off their flood-damaged cars, it is the environment which will ultimately suffer from this natural disaster.

Compared to the fallout of other major storms,…

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Cummins beats Tesla with a fully-electric semi truck

Tesla is expected to unveil its electric semi truck next month, but Cummins just beat Tesla with the debut of its own fully electric heavy duty truck. Cummins is known for its hardworking diesel engines, but its now looking to the future with the debut of the electric Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV.

The Cummins electric truck, known as AEOS is powered by a new battery pack that is lighter and denser to give the truck a longer driving range and faster charging times. The truck can carry…

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1,200 dead, millions homeless due to flooding in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh

Monsoon rains are drenching India, Bangladesh, and Nepal in what some people are saying is the worst flooding disaster to hit the area in years. South Asia often battles flooding during monsoon season, which runs from around June to September, but authorities say the flooding has been worse this year. At least 1,200 people have died, and millions of people have been left homeless after the deluge.

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Sixth mass extinction on Earth is driven by industrial farming, says leading academic

Earth is presently experiencing its sixth “mass extinction,” and humans are largely to blame, says a leading academic. In his new book The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, Professor Patel of the University of Texas explains how mass deforestation to clear grounds to grow mono-crops, the creation of large dead zones in the sea caused by run-off of fertilizers, and the trend of over-fishing are a detriment to the world and are driving the destruction of our…

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Fire ants swarm into floating rafts to survive Harvey

Stories of tragedy and heroism have emerged in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey. But this tale is one you probably never expected to hear. People have spotted patches of ants floating through the floodwaters in Texas. The ants are naturally aggressive and have caused alarm among locals.

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