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This captioned video produced by Dezeen for Autodesk reveals Philippe Starck's A.I. chair for Kartell, which the software company claims is the first chair designed using artificial intelligence to be put into production.

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Ikea’s innovation lab debuts SolarVille, a blockchain-powered solar microgrid, which points toward the furniture giant’s sustainability ambitions.

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Climate change is the most horrific threat our species has ever known: No matter how powerful you are or how much money you have, our transforming planet is a reckoning for every one of us. But there are degrees to this misery. If you’re perched in a Manhattan penthouse, the effects might not be immediately apparent (because you don’t care or aren’t paying attention, or both). If you’re a subsistence farmer in Kenya, the situation is already much more dire.
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To help cure the planet’s ailments, Zhen Dai suggests antacid. In powdered form, calcium carbonate—often used to relieve upset stomachs—can reflect light; by peppering the sky with the shiny white particles, the Harvard researcher thinks it might be possible to block just enough sunlight to achieve some temperature control here on Earth. Dai’s work calls for a custom-­designed test balloon that, pending an independent committee’s green light, is set to release up to a kilogram of calcium carbonate 12 miles above the US, in what will be the first solar geoengineering experiment in the lower atmosphere. Small onboard propellers will stir the payload into the air.
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Tim Flach is a British photographer and the author of the project titled “Endangered”. The photographer spent 2 years traveling the world and taking powerful pictures of exotic animals that may soon be extinct.
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A little bit Dada, a little bit “only sold on television,” intentionally useless inventions called Chindogu look like a bunch of plastic junk at first glance, but there’s more to it tha…

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Eindhoven-based design studio Dutch Invertuals has curated an exhibition of 10 objects, to question whether – in the anthropocene era –  it is possible to reduce the volume of non-essential products in our lives.
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Even modest warming leads to more drought and excessive heat for barley crops.

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On Oct. 7, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) put out a weighty report emphasizing the need to rapidly wean society from fossil fuels.

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A heat wave reveals ghostly outlines of long-buried archaeological sites in the UK.

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Satellite photos from the UK's Met Office show how the country's near-record summer temperatures have resulted in a nation-wide transformation.

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