These dazzling zodiac lamps let you bring the heavens indoors

Related: Frederike Top’s geometric LED lamps cast colorful rays of ever-changing light

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Trump administration quietly accepts 2016 climate deal

Is President Donald Trump going to respect a climate deal finalized while Barack Obama was still president? After pulling the United States out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, and working to undo many of Obama’s climate regulations, the idea seems unbelievable – but it appears Trump’s administration won’t try to back out of the 2016 Kigali Amendment, under which the government would labor to limit climate change-causing refrigerants and coolants, hydrofluorocarbons.

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Prehistoric womens arms were up to 16% stronger than today’s rowing champions

If a group of prehistoric women somehow traveled to the present, they could probably lick the famously competitive rowers of Cambridge University’s boat club in a race. A new study – the first to compare bones of ancient and living women – reveals a hidden history of Central European women performing strenuous manual labor for millennia. The average ancient women had stronger upper arms than today’s female rowing champions.

Forget the modern conception of women as delicate fainters.

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SpaceX’s upcoming launch of reused rocket marks historic first for NASA

For an upcoming resupply mission to the International Space Station, SpaceX, the private space travel company founded by Elon Musk, will launch a Falcon 9 rocket that has already once traveled into space and back this past June. While SpaceX has already launched previously used rockets into space and back, this marks the first instance in which SpaceX will reuse a rocket for NASA. “NASA participated in a broad range of SpaceX data assessments and inspections regarding use of a previously flown…

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Tesla’s South Australia battery starts delivering power a day early

Back in March of this year, Elon Musk made an audacious bet: install a 100 megawatt (MW) battery system to help South Australia beat blackout woes in 100 days – or it would be free. Not only did Tesla deliver on that promise, but the battery system actually started send stored wind energy to the grid one day ahead of schedule.

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NREL’s solar-powered window breaks new ground with 11% efficiency

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has revealed its prototype of a solar powered “smart window” that is able to lower building temperatures by changing the window’s appearance from clear to tinted. Not only does this decrease the amount of sunlight entering a building, thus lowering its heat intake, but this shift also turns the windows into photovoltaic panels. Upon shifting to the darker, hazy view, the smart window then starts its energy production. “There is a fundamental tradeoff…

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19th-century church converted into gorgeous modern lofts in Brooklyn

Protruding from a cliff edge above a river in Japan, this holiday villa for a doctor and his wife provides spectacular views of its surrounding landscape. The two-floor reinforced concrete structure, designed by architecture firm Planet Creations, establishes a delicate balance between rugged and warm materials, with raw wood interiors contrasting the concrete walls.

The villa is located in the Tenkawa village and cantilevers over the Tenokawa River, 56 feet below. It is built into flat bedrock,…

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