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China uses drones to police its biggest polluters
China's pollution has sparked untold numbers of innovative--and sometimes far-fetched--plans to improve air quality from smog-sucking vacuums and air-cleaning bikes to the development of a thorium nuclear reactor and more
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How to track movement without a wearable device
From smart watches and sensor-laden shirts to electronic tattoos and rings synced to smartphones, wearable technology feels ubiquitous these days. What if instead of wearable sensors that track movement and monitor your health,
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Modern Private Residence Defined by Light, Tranquility and Reflection
Collect this idea A modern private residence stands out among neighbors with enticing design lines that hint towards an upgraded comfort and relaxation level. Occupying an urban plot in Winchester, England, this new family
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Raw and Sophisticated Design for Tough Mudder’s Brooklyn Headquarters
Collect this idea Working in a modern office should induce an understanding of the brand through the surrounding design. Clients who step inside the offices should be able to describe what you do and how you do it just by
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Why Interior Design Is Essential When Listing Your Home
Collect this idea Interior design is essential when listing your home. Image Via: Margaret Donaldson Interiors The decision to list your home for resale is a big one. No doubt it came about after much thought, weighing pros
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Delightful Modern Cottage Inducing a Warm Family Atmosphere in California
Collect this idea This charming modern cottage in Healdsburg, California, shelters an inspiring collection of open spaces perfectly suited for urban living. Known as Alley One Residence, the modern home was imagined by
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Majestic Residence in South Africa Pours the Exotic Landscape Inside 
Collect this idea Eye-catching both during the night and the day, the Aloe Ridge House rises above the ground with its volumetric architecture in an attempt to dethrone the landscape. Inspirational design lines shape a
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How to Sell Your Home Quickly In a Crowded Market
Collect this idea Beautiful mediterranean white house with water view. Image Source: Vanguard Studio Next to death and divorce, selling your home is one of the most stressful times in your life. Some of us get lucky—we
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Easy-To-Use Online Calculator Helps You Decide Whether to Rent or Buy
Collect this idea Has it ever been fun to stand face to face with your future? When you find yourself in the position of deciding whether to rent or buy a home, you must take into account a wide array of elements and
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Provocative Modern Architecture Approach for Bathroom Showroom in India
Collect this idea Mumbai-based architecture practice NU.DE came up with a provocative modern concept for bathroom showroom ABC Emporio in Kannur, India. Playing with perceptions, the team envisioned a sculptural geometric
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Swedish Apartment Revealing One Cozy Corner After Another
Collect this idea Living in the center of Gothemburg, Sweden has its many perks and Scandinavian interior design is definitely one of them. Just have a look at this tastefully decorated three-room Swedish apartment in
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Meet the desert rain frog, world's cutest amphibian
Yes, adorableness is in the eye of the beholder, but this super-squeaker takes the cake. Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 02:43 PM Mother Nature shows a quirky sense of humor with the desert rain frog. (Photo: Dean
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Disco clams! The secret behind the mollusk's flashy light show finally revealed
Unlike fireflies and plankton, this dazzling display is not due to bioluminescence. Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 11:51 AM The wondrous disco clam's rhythmic flicker lights up the seafloor. (Photo: Lindsey Dougherty/UC
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Nearby 'super-Earth' may be capable of supporting life
The system around the star Gliese 832 seems to resemble our own, from the Earth-like planet to a gas giant similar to Jupiter. Potentially habitable super-Earth Gliese 832 c appears in an artist's conception against a
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How to spot a scorpion in the night sky 27 June 2014, 16.43 Living
How to spot a scorpion in the night sky
Not only is the constellation Scorpius a treat to behold, but it also contains some finest deep-sky objects you can see. Image: Starry Night Software Scorpius is one of the prettiest constellations in the sky, and one of the
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1 in 10 beaches in the U.S. not fit for swimming
Beaches in the Great Lakes region had the highest rate of pollution, with beaches along the Gulf Coast not far behind. The NRDC looked for contaminants like E. coli when determining the cleanliness of the country's beaches.
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Why clearing forests for farming may not solve 'hidden hunger'
In 21 African countries, children who lived near forests had more varied diets, a study by the Center for International Forestry Research finds. People in the villages surrounding Ndélélé in Cameroon cannot afford many of
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Iconic Lamp Design by Alessandro Zambelli: Woodspot
Collect this idea Alessandro Zambelli has conceived Woodspot, an iconic lamp design assembled and varnished entirely by hand for Mantua-based furnisher Seletti. Joined to the molded support are a base and a light diffuser,
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Sculptural Rotating Lounge Chair Bringing Unique Contemplation Moments
Collect this idea Imagine yourself in your favorite outdoor setting – what would you be resting on? Try the impressive Etazin Lounge Chair as a contemporary alternative that embodies function, aesthetics and high-quality
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10 Pool Maintenance Tips That You Need To Try Right Now
Collect this idea Image Via: Bravo Interior Design  The idea of having a pool in your own backyard will always be incredibly glamourous. It’s easy to give into daydreams of hosting weekend parties, adopting an
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Stylish Penthouse Overlooking Limmat Valley in Zurich
Collect this idea Design-Duo Dyer-Smith Frey envisioned a stylish penthouse located on the top floor of Hard Turm Park in the upcoming West of Zurich. This exquisite maisonette-loft (having a total surface of 120 square
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Residential Interior Showroom Evoking an Urban Feel: life.style.galleria
Collect this idea Stanley Tham and his team at KNQ Associates + Vievva Designers reveals life.style.galleria in Singapore, a residential interior showroom with a twist. Be it the tunes one streams on a music system, the art
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National Park Service bans drones (for now) 21 June 2014, 18.59 Living
National Park Service bans drones (for now)
Visitors to the 59 U.S. national parks can hike, camp and even fish. Flying drones, however, is officially on the no-no list--at least for now. The U.S. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis signed a policy memorandum
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New York deal agreed on medical marijuana 21 June 2014, 18.59 Living
New York deal agreed on medical marijuana
New York is set to become the next state to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes after U.S. officials reached a deal with pro-marijuana legislators. On Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislators reached an agreement
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NASA's new spacesuits are made for Mars explorers
The Z-series suits are designed to be more flexible, with a wider variety of uses than the current Extravehicular Mobility Unit suits. NASA's 'Technology' Z-2 spacesuit design is depicted here on a rocky terrain. (Image:
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NASA offers whiff of what the air smells like on Saturn's moon Titan
Ever wonder what it would be like to breath in the air from another world? NASA has managed to recreate the scent of Titan. Surface pictures of faraway worlds, such as those from Mars and the Moon, only go so far toward
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Spiders dine on fish everywhere except Antarctica
A nursery web spider will wait along a water source for a fish to brush up against its legs, and then plunge into the water to inject a toxin into the fish. An adult male of the Ancylometes genus catches a tiny ray-finned fish
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Summer is coming: Saturday is the summer solstice
The solstice won't be the warmest day of the year, however, as it takes Earth a little while to warm up. The Earth will reach one of its four major way stations Saturday, June 21, during its annual trip around the sun. The sun
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Universe's rate of expansion measured with unprecedented precision
Scientists have announced a new measurement of the expanding universe at a rate to 42 miles per second per 1 million light-years. An artist's view of how quasars and BOAs work together to measure the expansion of the universe.
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Newfound dinosaur sported 'wings' on its head
Researchers theorize that the over-sized 'wings' may have been a way for the males to attract mates. This artist reconstruction reveals the horned dinosaur Mercuriceratops Gemini, a new species of horned dinosaur that sported
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Harley-Davidson unveils its first electric motorcycle
In 1903 William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson made their first motorcycle available to public. Now, more than one hundred years later, Harley-Davidson is coming out with another first for the company, an electric motorcycle
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This new business-class only airline is cheaper than you'd think
Airlines have spent big money recently to improve seating in their premium cabins (while coach seats get smaller) because spending on premium cabins is a "disproportionate contribution" of airline revenue. A new airline
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FCC investigates Netflix speed throttling 15 June 2014, 20.24 Living
FCC investigates Netflix speed throttling
US regulators are reviewing agreements between content and Internet service providers to discover whether slow video download speeds are being enforced deliberately. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received
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Starbucks pledges payment of college fees for US staff
Starbucks has signed an agreement with Arizona State University to offer its workers the chance to earn online qualifications for discounted rates. The partnership will give 135,000 Starbucks employees across the United States
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Can the world's most polluting country become an ecotourism pioneer?
Try to picture an eco-paradise. As the world's biggest polluter, China probably isn't the first destination that springs to mind. And yet in recent years this famously gray, smog-cloaked country has become a laboratory for
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The global cost of cyber crime 11 June 2014, 21.46 Living
The global cost of cyber crime
Cyber crime is a growth industry that's stripping the global economy of billions of dollars each year. The total losses have been subject of debate, but a study released this week says cyber crime could cost the global economy
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Will you book your next hotel room with Bitcoin? Expedia thinks so.
Expedia, the online travel site, becomes the latest big name to announce it's accepting Bitcoin, the digital currency, as a form of payment. Expedia will use Coinbase, a third party Bitcoin payment processor, to process the
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Why Google bought Skybox, a satellite imaging startup
Google announced on Tuesday that it is buying satellite imaging startup Skybox, and its cheap satellite with near real-time images, for $500 million in cash. Goodbye Google Maps lag The most obvious benefit to Google is that
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Warren Buffett ready to double down on clean energy
Warren Buffett is ready to put another $15 billion in renewable energy, double the amount the billionaire's company Berkshire Hathaway has already invested. Buffett made the comment during the Edison Electric Institute's annual
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Honeywell launches smart thermostat competitor to Nest
Honeywell announced today that it launched Lyric, a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat. It is the first product in a forthcoming line of connected home products for the company. The Lyric thermostat connects to your smartphone, allowing
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U.S. allows first legal commercial drone flight
With numerous industries patiently awaiting the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration draft rules on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the FAA just gave out its first commercial drone permits to two companies. BP and UAS
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Innovative Apartment Design: One Gesture, Touch or Word to Change Function 
Collect this idea How do you imagine the apartment of the future? Compact and functional? Elegant and spacious? Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s Changing Places team has one realistic vision on future
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Original Modern Personality Displayed by Casa ST56 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Collect this idea Located in a neighborhood in the South Zone, a province in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Casa ST56 by Epstein Arquitectos is the embodiment of its owners’ contemporary living dream. Two visually distinct
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Add The Ocean-Inspired Iniala Beach House To Your Bucket List
Collect this idea If you’re in the market for a new exotic beach locale to fall in love with, look no further than the Thailand’s Iniala Beach House. Located in Phuket, a city famous for its spectacular beaches and
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Middle Harbour House in Sydney Showcasing a Dramatic Layered Character
Collect this idea Building Middle Harbour House overlooking Sydney Harbour was considered a privilege not to be undertaken lightly by the creative minds at Richard Cole Architecture. According to their statement, this modern
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Impressive Family Dwelling by the Sea in Castellón, Spain
Collect this idea Situated opposite to a golf course in Castellón, Spain, this single family dwelling boasts great views and surprisingly, a high level of privacy. Valencia-based Sanahuja and Partners (unfortunately, the
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University’s Jesuit Community Center Overhauls Ecological Architecture
Collect this idea  The Jesuit faith is based on a passionate commitment to simplicity, spirituality and intellectualism. With those principles in mind, the architects at Gray Organschi Architecture took extra care when
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Mallorca Villa Boasts Views You’ll have to See To Believe
Collect this idea  On it’s own, the idea of a villa in the Mediterranean sounds opulent. But, when you consider Port Andratx, which is a premier tourist destination in Mallorca, Spain, things get even better. Mallorca
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How To Design a Bedroom that Grows with Your Child
Collect this idea Image source: Leire Sol García Asch Kids are notorious for changing their personal tastes from minute to minute. And, that’s okay – it’s all part of the fun of growing up.However, when it comes
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You Won’t Believe How Cool Corona Kitchen’s 3D Ad Looks
Collect this idea Creating a successful newspaper ad is no easy task. Since the majority of the print is in stark black and white, all of the content seems to blend together. It takes an extremely creative approach to get one
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Pizza and a Disco Ball? You Need to Check Out Disco Volante Right Now
Collect this idea Pizzerias tend to be notoriously low-key. From the menu to the décor, customers don’t have to do much guesswork about what they should expect. During the day, Vienna pizzeria Disco Volante fits that bill
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Researchers discover rocks made of plastic 08 June 2014, 22.39 Living
Researchers discover rocks made of plastic
The geological evidence of mankind is mounting: Ice cores are exhibiting increasing methane and carbon dioxide levels, and soil profiles from peat bogs are indicating higher lead concentrations. In the distant future, they'll
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How Bitcoin could disrupt money transfers to Africa
Bitcoin exchanges are already helping business turn customers' bitcoins into dollars, instantly. But they might have an even bigger impact in a place like Kenya. At least that's the hope of a forthcoming bitcoin exchange known
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University is building a fake city to test driverless cars
The University of Michigan announced that it's building a 32 acre simulated city center to test real-world driving conditions that automated cars will face in urban environments. The first car to use the facility for testing
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Is the universe really still experiencing ripples from the Big Bang?
Produced by gravity, leftover heat from the Big Bang may appear in a swirly pattern, but some scientists aren't convinced. NEW YORK – The physics world was agog in March over the announcement that astronomers had possibly
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Lunar rocks support giant impact theory of moon's formation
A collision between Earth and another planetary body would explain why the moon lacks substances that evaporate fairly easily, such as water: these materials escaped in the heat following the collision. The Earth's moon is
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8 adorable otter videos will make you smile 08 June 2014, 22.38 Living
8 adorable otter videos will make you smile
Having a bad day? Not anymore! These otterly cute videos will have you laughing. Fri, Jun 06, 2014 at 10:10 AM There is nothing like the adorable antics of otters to cheer you up if you're having a tough day -- or
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What would happen if Sunday's big 'Beast' asteroid hit Earth?
Wherever the asteroid made impact would result in a carter about three miles across, with windows shattering over 60 miles away. Image: Andrea Danti/Shutterstock Humanity should be thankful "The Beast" doesn't have Earth in
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South American Flavors Shaping Modern Restaurant Design in Copenhagen
Collect this idea A new Copenhagen restaurant recently opened its doors, welcoming international guests in a vivid space inspired by warm-blooded Latin culture and Scandinavian heritage. The
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Diamond-Shaped Suspended Pole House Delivers Dramatic Experiences 
Collect this idea Once in a while, a project so spectacular comes along that it inspires millions. After seeing the awe-inspiring rooftop infinity pool floating over unspoiled Greek scenery, we indulge in admiring
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Unique Rooftop Infinity Pool Floating Above Unspoiled Greek Island Scenery 
Collect this idea Floating above a treasured entrance, a unique  rooftop infinity pool embellishes beautiful Tinos Island in Greece’s Cyclades archipelago. The largest of its kind, Tinos Island has recently become a
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12 Delightful Rustic Summer Kitchens Provoking Your Senses
Collect this idea Dear Freshome readers, what are your thoughts on rustic summer kitchens? Mirza Horatiu Bogdan from egratare.ro designs and develops charming cooking areas meant for temporary use during warm summer months. We
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10 Easy Ways to Add a Mid-Century Modern Style to Your Home
Collect this idea Modern Home. Image Source: Home Designing It may be the year 2014, but the nostalgic pull of the ingenious architectural designs of the 1950’s is taking modern-day homes back in time. Homeowners are
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NASA needs a new strategy to send astronauts to Mars, says new report
The National Research Council report also found that there were few, if any, reasons to even go to Mars, beyond aspirational reasons like exploration. An artist's illustration a manned NASA Orion space capsule in orbit around
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Hubble Telescope snaps colorful view of universe's evolution
With the ultraviolet observations in the image, scientists can study star formation as they were growing in their most productive years and gain a better sense of stars' lifespans. This image by the Hubble Space Telescope is
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Want a safer insecticide? Try Truvia 05 June 2014, 15.48 Living
Want a safer insecticide? Try Truvia
Not only does the sweetener kill fruit flies, but the insects actually prefer it to other food choices. A natural, non-toxic insecticide might be in your kitchen, a new study says. In what started out as a middle school
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Extinct bat rediscovered after 120 years without a sighting
A bat species thought to be long extinct has been caught by researchers in Papua New Guinea, over a century after the first and only specimens were collected. In 1890, an Italian scientist discovered a species of bat in Papua
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This 20-year-old bird has flown 'to the moon and back'
A special red knot, B95, has just been spotted again this season, making him the oldest known member of his species. With his 20,000-mile annual migration and his age, he's been named Moonbird for the total distance he's
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Tiny frogs use concrete storm drains as megaphones
Researchers have found plenty of males calling for mates in drains, but they have yet to determine if female frogs prefer the calls from sewers over those from trees. The Mientien tree frog in its natural, leafy habitat. When
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China uses drones to police its biggest polluters PDF Print E-mail

China's pollution has sparked untold numbers of innovative--and sometimes far-fetched--plans to improve air quality from smog-sucking vacuums and air-cleaning bikes to the development of a thorium nuclear reactor and more conventional ideas like government subsidies.

The Chinese government committed $277 billion, over five years, to fight this problem and earlier this year spent $798 million of that money to buy New Zealand's largest waste management company in order to acquire technology to aid in the fight.

Now, the government is trying some aerial gumshoeing to ferret out factories and power plants that are exceeding pollution limits.

China has mobilized drones to gather air pollution data in northern areas of the country to investigate how well environmental laws are enforced, according to a statement from the Ministry of Environmental Protection that was reported by China Radio International. The drones are equipped with infrared cameras that can locate pollution emissions at night.

"Images sent from these drones have a 0.04-meter resolution. In other words, we can recognize a matchbox from 1,000 meters above," the statement said.

Eleven small- and medium-sized drones were used to collect the air pollution data between June 16 and June 27 in the provinces of Hebei and Shanxi and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region--three areas with some of the worst air quality due to industrial pollution, mining and sandstorms, according to the statement. The airborne investigation follows a similar campaign, held from November 2013 to February 2014 in Hebei, to inspect pollution sources.

Environmental departments will check the data gathered by the drones and investigate further before issuing violations to polluters, according to the statement.

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How to track movement without a wearable device PDF Print E-mail

20130627150919-00.jpgFrom smart watches and sensor-laden shirts to electronic tattoos and rings synced to smartphones, wearable technology feels ubiquitous these days. What if instead of wearable sensors that track movement and monitor your health, these same devices could work without being on you at all?

New wireless technology out of MIT can measure movements as slight as heart rate and breathing through a wall. They call their system Wi-Vi -- seeing with Wi-Fi signals -- and it could be useful for health tracking apps, baby monitoring (pictured below), and search-and-rescue operations.

Developed by a team from the Computer Science and Artificial intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the system can detect gestures as subtle as the rise and fall of your chest, from as far as another room away -- no device on the other side of the wall is necessary. From those measurements, the system can determine heart rate with 99 percent accuracy.

  • Wi-Vi transmits a low-power wireless signal and uses its reflections to track the movement of up to four people in a closed room.
  • As the signal is transmitted, a portion penetrates through the wall and reflects off the people on the other side.
  • As the person moves (however slightly), that tiny change in distance leads to a difference in timing of the reflected signal.
  • The technology cancels out irrelevant reflections to limit signal interference from stationary objects.

witrack-heart-rate.png"It has traditionally been very difficult to capture such minute motions that occur at the rate of mere millimeters per second," MIT's Dina Katabi says in a news release. "Being able to do so with a low-cost, accessible technology opens up the possibilities for people to be able to track their vital signs on their own."

Wi-Vi was presented at the ACM Sigcomm conference in Hong Kong last year. Here's their latest report [pdf] and you can watch videos of the technology in action: monitoring baby breathing and heart rate and multiple adults in a room.

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Modern Private Residence Defined by Light, Tranquility and Reflection PDF Print E-mail

A modern private residence stands out among neighbors with enticing design lines that hint towards an upgraded comfort and relaxation level. Occupying an urban plot in Winchester, England, this new family home showcases its part dark grey brick, part cedar-cladded skin with refreshing nonchalance, hiding an inspiring inner world behind its carefully manicured facade.

Topped off with a flat overhanging roof, the home imagined by AR Design Studio is flooded with natural light through grey aluminium framed windows. The clients were looking for a fresh start and the design studio managed to create a bright, cheery place where family life can find a new meaning:”They wanted a life experience to immerse themselves in, having recently lost a daughter; a project that would give them a positive focus and a fresh start for them and their family.”

Arranged around a central garden, the floor-plan includes results of extensive research “on the connection between good architecture and its positive effects on restoring health”. Photographed by Martin Gardner, this contemporary home in England overlooks the city through an array of carefully-placed windows that unify the whole concept.

“The conceptual drive behind his house was the principle of the 3 N’s: Nature, Natural light and Natural air. The form of the replacement house is defined by four interlocking boxes, the enclosed space at their centre forms a ‘Zen’ garden, with a single olive tree at its heart. This simple layout became the foundation on which the principles of the 3N’s could be built, allowing them to be incorporated into all aspects of the design.” Reflection and contemplative moments that ease the pain and offer a brighter vision of the future through a seamless connection to nature. Architects say that “the long views inspiring the couple to look forward to the future, the courtyard giving space for inward private and reflective times. Subsequently, the house has become known as 4 Views.”

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Modern Villa in Mallorca with Generous Interiors and Panoramic Views

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Raw and Sophisticated Design for Tough Mudder’s Brooklyn Headquarters PDF Print E-mail

Working in a modern office should induce an understanding of the brand through the surrounding design. Clients who step inside the offices should be able to describe what you do and how you do it just by absorbing the colors, shapes and work atmosphere. Tough Mudder’s Headquarters design is an exemplary piece of work by M Moser Associates, who specialize in offering companies integrated workplace solutions. Designed as an open, flexible cluster of spaces for a rapidly growing company, the office headquarters compose a dynamic landscape of collaborative interaction.

Located in Brooklyn, New York, the new Tough Mudder Headquarters welcomes staff with a main floor reception area, a cafe-lounge with a “podium” for announcements, working offices, meeting areas and interactive spaces. Everything here seems casual, raw, professional and friendly at the same time. From the wall coverings that mimic corten steel to the re-purposed wood and cement cinder block meeting table , tattooed with Tough Mudder’s logo and autographs of people who participated in meetings. Photographed by Eric Laignel, the spaces shine under carefully used lighting systems and “obstacle course” elements infuse the design with a deeper understanding of the brand’s nature. M Moser’s design solution offers a modern aesthetic with industrial appeal within a budget.

How would you imagine your life if you worked here?

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Why Interior Design Is Essential When Listing Your Home PDF Print E-mail

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Interior design is essential when listing your home. Image Via: Margaret Donaldson Interiors

The decision to list your home for resale is a big one. No doubt it came about after much thought, weighing pros and cons, and series of long discussions. However, once you decide to put your home on the market, get ready for the next big discussion: interior design.

Many times sellers assume that interior design is a waste. If you are look to get as much money as possible out of your home, why would you put money back into it just to make look prettier for the new owners?

While this line of thinking seems reasonable at first, listing a home without at least tweaking the interior design can seriously harm your chances of finding a buyer and lower your final profit. Read on to find out why interior design is essential when listing your home.

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Good interior design can boost traffic for your home. Image Via: Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.

Interior Design Generates Traffic

The first step toward putting any home up for sale is marketing it. When potential buyers look for a home, they are sent listings via email. Each property listing includes a short bio of the home, figures about how many bedrooms/bathrooms/square feet, etc, and some photos. Based on this information, the buyers decide which homes they would like to see.

Since buyers often look at multiple listings at once, it’s critical that you make your property stand out in the crowd – and that’s where interior design comes into play.

There are often lots of homes with similar in terms of square footage and number of bedrooms, so the choice to view one home over another comes down to the photos. Given the choice of two like properties, would choose the one that has newer appliances and a cohesive design or the one that looks like it hasn’t been updated in over a decade?

At the end of the day, interior design helps bring traffic to your property. The greater the number of people that view your home, the more likely it is that someone will submit an offer to purchase. Why not use interior design to give you that extra edge? 

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Use design to provide clues for how to use space effectively. Image Via: DeGraw & DeHaan Architects

Interior Design Defines Purpose

After all the years spent living in your home, you undoubtedly have a pretty solid idea of how to use the space. For instance, you may know that your kitchen table will comfortably seat four, but for anything bigger you need to use the dining room. Or, that your spare bedroom is the perfect spot for a home office.

Potential buyers want you to share that knowledge. When they look at a home during a showing, they are looking for visual clues on how to use the space most effectively. If they aren’t clues, that confusion can cause them to look toward another property. Use interior design to make sure they get a clear picture.

When working on your interior design for resale. Make sure to give every room a specific purpose. Leave only the furniture, appliances, and accessories needed to communicate that purpose in the room and get rid of any clutter.

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The right interior design can make an old home feel new. Image Via: Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Interior Design Adds a Fresh Approach

Yes, since your home has been previously owned, potential buyers should walk in expecting to see a certain amount of wear and tear. If they are opposed to that, they should be looking exclusively at new construction. That said, taking the time to spruce things up may generate more offers.

Think about if you were to buy a used car. Before you drive it off the lot, you’d expect the dealership to have washed and buffed the exterior, vacuumed out the inside, and even taken the time to spray some of that infamous “new car smell”. And, rightly so. You wouldn’t want to purchase a car that was full of someone else’s food crumbs and muddy footprints, would you?

Revamping the interior design in your home works in much the same way. Though you are still leaving the bones of the house intact, a new coat of paint or some fresh carpeting will leave the home feeling fresh and new, which will leave buyers feeling better about the final product they’ll receive for the (considerably large) amount of money they’re about to spend. That comfort level could generate more offers.

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Design touches can add value to your home – and final sale price. Image Via: Clawson Architects, LLC

Interior Design Adds Value

There’s no dying that selling a house is about money. As a seller, it’s only natural that you would want the biggest return possible on your home’s resale. Believe it or not, putting some money into interior design now can help you get a bigger purchase price later.

When a real estate agent determines the correct list price for your home, he or she looks at the features that your home has to offer and then compares those features to similar homes that are currently on the market or have been sold recently. Some of these features include: location, square footage, and interior design.

There’s nothing you can do to improve the first two factors. If your lot is near a major road it will always sell for less than a similar property in a quiet neighborhood. Same for a property with tiny rooms compared to a home with spacious ones. But, the interior design is well within your control.

Factors such as kitchen upgrades, bathroom remodels, and whether or not you have a finished basement are taken into account when deciding to list one property higher than another. They are also a consideration when the buyers decide how much to offer. Sloppy design is more likely to generate a low-ball offer than one where pulled together interior lends credence to value

The right interior design investment now may pay off big later.

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Interior design makes a difference for listings. Image Via: Wanland Building Company, Inc.

Designers Share Their Tips:

If you’ve been convinced about the importance of interior design, but aren’t sure where to start, these designers share their favorite tips:

  1. Allison Havil ToddVisit model homes.  A lot of careful planning goes into the interior design of a model home.  The builder wants his home to appeal to a wide range of prospective buyers.  By visiting some models in your area you can get a better feel for what is current in today’s market.
  2. Tamara Mack: “When keeping resale value in mind, stay neutral.
  3. Pablo Solomon: “Homeowners are more savvy about looking for quality in construction, materials and appliances. They are less dazzled by McMansions and more impressed by quality, location and value.
  4. Constantine Vasilios: “Buyers age 35 and younger prefer clean interiors with modern Scandinavian-inspired décor, while Baby Boomers prefer comfortable settings with detailed accessories
  5. Mary Ellen McKee-Curtis: “Don’t forget to eliminate bad odors – smoke, mildew, liter boxes

It’s easy to understand why the debate on whether to refresh your interior design for resale can be a fierce one. While it may seem silly to invest money into a property that you intend to sell, the benefits far outweigh the initial payout. With an increase of traffic, buyer appeal, and value, it’s easy to see why interior design is essential when listing your home. Use this as a springboard to help you get started.

What’s your favorite interior design tip? We’d love to know what helps influence your home.

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Delightful Modern Cottage Inducing a Warm Family Atmosphere in California PDF Print E-mail

This charming modern cottage in Healdsburg, California, shelters an inspiring collection of open spaces perfectly suited for urban living. Known as Alley One Residence, the modern home was imagined by architect Amy Alper. The architect describes this delightful project, explaining how an old cottage was turned into modern spaces for family living: ” A dilapidated cottage located on a charming alley in Healdsburg captured the imagination of a couple moving from Boston.

With an eye toward reuse of framing and foundation, a new two bedroom house was reborn. The entry area (set up as a lounge but easily converted to a dining area) blurs the line between inside and out with a concrete floor that runs right out to the rear patio.

Defined by an interplay of rooflines and floor levels, the living areas, kitchen, front patio and fire pit are defined yet are open to each other. The bedrooms, while intimate, benefits from design to minimize hallways. Also intimate but luxurious is the spa-like master bath. All rooms enjoy a cross breeze and are awash in natural light.”  Flexible interiors are amazing, filed with light and easy to open to the outdoors. I can’t even imagine how it feels to indulge in a quiet, relaxing evening at home. An outdoor dinner accompanied by peace and quiet or soft music background sounds close to heaven. Also, the home’s flex room is in lined with the hottest architecture trends for 2014 and it helps you customize the space according to your needs.

This urban cottage-style residence is simply delightful, yet you might prefer something more private, like this remodeled Creekside Retreat. Or maybe both, one as a main residence, the other one as a weekend house?

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Majestic Residence in South Africa Pours the Exotic Landscape Inside  PDF Print E-mail

Eye-catching both during the night and the day, the Aloe Ridge House rises above the ground with its volumetric architecture in an attempt to dethrone the landscape. Inspirational design lines shape a spectacular contemporary home focused on gathering the best views its surroundings have to offer. Located in the Eden Rock Coastal Forest Estate on the southern coast of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa, this recently completed home was imagined by Metropole Architects.

Stone, wood and glass were used to compose a majestic residence where natural light is filtered through a collection of sliding wooden blinds. Photographed by Grant Pitcher, the Aloe Ridge House offers an elegance and openness hard to come by. South African weather not only permitted but encouraged architects to create a seamless connection to the beautiful surroundings. An inviting deck and pool make the invitation to indulge in a lavish design and landscape, entertain and relax.

You might also remember the Albizia House from the same architects’ portfolio. Do you see the resemblance in style? If you were to choose between the two, which would make your life more comfortable and exciting at the same time?

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How to Sell Your Home Quickly In a Crowded Market PDF Print E-mail

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Beautiful mediterranean white house with water view. Image Source: Vanguard Studio

Next to death and divorce, selling your home is one of the most stressful times in your life.

Some of us get lucky—we stake the For Sale sign in our yard one sunny morning and the house is sold before sundown. However, in reality most homes sit for an average of 21 days on the market until the right buyer comes along and makes an offer (that is the case only when the home is priced right), according to real estate expert Elizabeth Weintraub.

There seems to be hope on the housing market horizon as the average selling price of a single-family home is up 7.2% from a year ago, and we are seeing the highest prices since 2008, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors.

Now seems to be the time to list your home, but how can you stand out in the crowd when it seems every other home on your block is up for sale?

Here are some great tips to get your home sold even when the market is overflowing.

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Amazing curb appeal helps sell your home quickly. Image Source: Kurtz Homes

The Price has to be Right

Of course you want to squeeze every possible dollar out of your home. After all, you see your home as perfect and you know how much is invested in it. With that being said, you may not like this next strategy , but it will sell your home fast: Price your home slightly below market value.

In a crowded market, you are competing with numerous homes – some better than yours, some worse. The absolute best way to grab a buyer’s attention is the price. Take a look at the prices of other comprisable homes in your area, and then list yours just slightly lower than the average (around 2% lower according to Elizabeth Weintraub).

Why should you do this, won’t you be losing money? Simply put – NO. Make your initial price point slightly lower than the average home on the block to make buyers attracted to you first. First come, first serve, and first sold.

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The price has to be right to sell your home quickly. Image Source: Mclean Mortgage

Don’t Become a Dated Listing

If your home sits on the market for too long then it becomes a dated listing, and dated listings do not sell for asking price. It’s hard to believe, but by starting off with a lower price point, you are likely to make more money on your home than if it sat on the market with a higher list price.

According to BankRate.com, an overpriced home just helps all the other houses sell while yours sits stagnant.  Maybe you still don’t like the idea of pricing your home  slightly below the average list price in your area. Maybe your home has too many upgrades to lowball the price point.

There are numerous home improvements, such as kitchen and bathroom remodels, that warrant a higher listing price. Price point may not be the key to a quick sale when expansive home improvements have been made. Here is another strategy which could help.

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Modern bathroom with huge, white bowl bathtub. Image Source: Jeremy Kalin

Make your Home Stand out from the Crowd

The only way to sell your home quickly is to make it stand out above the rest.

If a lower price point is not an option because you feel that your home is full of upgrades that other homes in your area can’t boast of, then you need to show off these added features.

Help buyers be aware of the added value in your home, and help explain away a higher list price, by highlighting your homes upgrades.

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Here are some ways to show off your homes features and upgrades:

  • Have your realtor set up an online tour of your home. Most buyers start their search online. Reach as many eyes as possible with an amazing online tour that highlights the wonderful features and upgrades of your home.
  • Have flyers available at open houses and showings. In the flyer highlight all the homes upgrades and costs. If you spent thousands on landscaping then say so, and include pictures of the landscaping in the flyer.
  • Hire a realtor who is willing to work hard to sell your home. Give your realtor a list of all the upgrades and tell them that you want him/her to sell these added features when showing the home.

Buyers are willing to pay slightly more if they feel that they are moving into a value-added home that has everything they could possibly dream of, so sell those features that you are so proud of.

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Show off all your homes upgrades of pool, patio, and waterfall. 

Always Be Show Ready

It seems obvious, but it is imperative that your home always be ready for a showing. Some prospective buyers may want to view your home at a moments notice – not giving you time to clean.

One of the best ways to a buyers heart is to show them a pristine and uncluttered home. In order to facilitate a quick sale you may want to consider hiring a cleaning lady or have the family chip in to help.

No one wants to buy a home that requires a lot of cleaning, upgrades and extra work.

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Set out potted plants and pretty pillows to make buyers fall in love with your home. Image Source: IDesign Arch

Here are some ways to make your home shine:

  • Put a coat of fresh, neutral-colored paint on all the walls, and paint the front door and trim a pretty color that coordinates with your homes façade.
  • Plant plenty of flowers in the front yard and add planted urns around the pool, patio and front door.
  • Pack away all your family pictures, knick knacks, and any extra furniture to make the home seem big and airy.
  • Make sure the house is well lit at night for buyers who may drive by in the dark.
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Stone mansion with nighttime landscape lighting. Image Source: Distinctive Dwellings

A lot of little details can go a long way and the added work is well worth it when you sell your home quickly. If you are unsure about what needs editing in your home, then ask an honest friend or your realtor to go through the home and point out areas that need tweaking.

If you don’t have the time to do all these little extras, then maybe consider hiring a home staging expert to get your home show ready. It may cost a bit extra, but pays off when your home sells in a blink of an eye.

A crowded buyers market can be difficult, but as you can see, there are ways to stand out amongst the sea of other For Sale signs.

One great thing about crowded markets is the traffic flow that you will get,thanks in part, to other listings.

Take advantage of this traffic by making your home scream ‘Buy Me’ at first glance with a stage-ready, show-stopping yard and façade.

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Easy-To-Use Online Calculator Helps You Decide Whether to Rent or Buy PDF Print E-mail

Has it ever been fun to stand face to face with your future? When you find yourself in the position of deciding whether to rent or buy a home, you must take into account a wide array of elements and understand all the costs associated with each decision. The New York Times offers a fun alternative to calculate whether it’s better to buy your own home or rent a place indefinitely. Now that the real estate markets have seen instability, boom and fall, we rarely can predict the best practice. This easy to use calculator helps you switch between buying and renting costs so in the end, you have a general vision of which one is best suited for you. Showing the most important costs associated with buying a house as well as the equivalent monthly rent, this fun tool helps you analyze and make the best of this hard choice.

Have fun with the rent/buy online calculator and tell us which do you consider the best solution for your situation: renting or buying?

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