NASA announces alien life could be thriving on one of Saturn’s moons

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In a live broadcast today, NASA researchers announced the agency had uncovered the existence of some of the key ingredients necessary for life as we know it on Saturn’s icy moon, Enceladus. Scientists already knew that the moon had liquid water on the surface, due to the presence of geysers spewing water near the moon’s south pole.  Now, hydrogen has been detected in those jets of water, which suggests the strong possibility that Enceladus’s oceans could support microbial life.

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Renovated Beijing factory gets new life with an elegantly-integrated Zen garden

After several renovations since the construction of this Beijing factory in 1970, an extensive overhaul turned it into a series of office spaces with a beautiful Zen garden in the back. He Wei Studio / 3andwich Design renovated the building to convey the essence of the traditional Chinese private garden and allow occupants to enjoy the courtyard in different times and from different perspectives.

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7 charming off-grid homes for a rent-free life

Want to make rent and utility bills a thing of the past? We’ve rounded up seven off-grid homes that could be the answer to making your dreams a reality. Stylish and self-sufficient, these eco-friendly dwellings promise freedom from the grid. Many are even set atop wheels to let you can move with your home to almost anywhere you desire. Keep reading to see the seven charming homes that offer homeowners the chance to live off the grid and rent-free.

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Beautiful public gathering space grants second life to a former fish processing plant

The project. located in a village in the Magdalen Islands, Canada, is part of a larger initiative to build a series of public spaces on 12 panoramic sites. It pays tribute to the workers at sea and reinvigorates an otherwise inaccessible area. An openwork wooden stockade surrounds the site to guide passersby and provide privacy.

Related: Canada’s Gorgeous Green-Roofed VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre Now Open to the Public

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Iconic Game of Thrones battle brought to life with massive 3D embroidery

For a show with no shortage of blood-chilling villains, Game of Thrones really outdid itself with its otherworldly portrayal of the Night King, the spike-headed leader of the inhumane White Walkers who resurrected hundreds of slain Wildlings in what is now widely considered one of the hit HBO series’s most climactic scenes. To toast the release of the show’s fifth season on Blu-ray and DVD in the United Kingdom, HBO commissioned England’s Embroiderer’s Guild to recreate the massacre of Hardhome…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Wolfgang Buttress Hive is brought back to life in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

First installed at the world expo last spring, the multi-award-winning Hive was disassembled at the end of the event and moved to the Kew Gardens, where it was reassembled as the UK’s first-ever rebuilt Expo pavilion. Its lattice-like design was inspired by the lifespan of the honeybee and “highlights the important role of bees and other pollinators in feeding the planet,” says Stage One. The complex structure comprises nearly 170,000 parts assembled in 32 horizontal layers with hexagonal cells… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Historic LA port to get new life as a deep green ocean research hub

AltaSea’s state-of-the-art, net-positive campus will be built on City Dock No. 1, with access to the deep sea. This location will allow scientists to effectively study marine life and develop programs for sustainability. The organization’s executive director, Jenny Krusoe, stated in a press release, “AltaSea will be a campus dedicated to finding ocean-related solutions to our most pressing challenges: food security, energy security and climate security.”

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5 buildings around the world that memorialize tragic losses of life

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California End of Life Option Act a Monumental Step Forward for All Americans

When California Governor Jerry Brownon October 5 signed the End of Life Option Act into law, he made California the fourth state to enact a Death with Dignity statute and the fifth where the end-of-life option is legal.

“This is a monumental step forward for all Americans who want the freedom to make their own end-of-life decisions as well as for the entire Death with Dignity movement,” said our Executive Director Peg Sandeen. “Californians will now enjoy the same autonomy, freedom and peace of mind at the end of their lives as the residents of Oregon, Washington, and Vermont.”

With the Governor’s signature, thirty-nine million Californians joined the residents of Oregon, Washington, Vermont as well as Montana, where physician-assisted dying is legal by State Supreme Court decision, in having the option, should they be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live, to end their lives in a humane and dignified manner.

“The magnitude of our victory cannot be understated,” concurred Death with Dignity Vice President George Eighmey. “All along the West Coast qualified individuals now have the option to die with dignity at the time when polls show that more and more people across the nation want to make their own decisions about how to live their last days.”

Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the California End of Life Option Act will allow adult residents of the Golden State who have had two doctors confirm a terminal diagnosis to fill a prescription medication to end their lives in a peaceful and dignified manner at the time and place of their choosing. The Act will likely go into effect in January 2016.

“The Oregon law has been implemented carefully and worked exactly as intended for 18 years,” Sandeen said. “The time was right for California to adopt this law.”

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California Assembly and Senate Approve End of Life Option Act

Words cannot describe the atmosphere here at Death with Dignity headquarters. Three days after the California Assembly approved the End of Life Option Act 42 to 33, the California Senate approved it on a 23 to 14 vote, bringing the many months of our work to the best outcome imaginable.

On behalf of all of us at Death with Dignity National Center, I wish to thank each Senator and Assembly Member who voted for terminally ill Californians to have the option of a dignified and humane death. Please join me and sign this thank you card to the California state legislators who had the wisdom to vote for the bill.

Thank You, California Legislators

When our friend Steve Mione, a terminally ill San Diego resident, told us that, when his end was imminent, he wanted to “be alert, say goodbye to my loved ones, and fall asleep and die peacefully, without pain and suffering,” he was expressing the views of thousands of terminally ill people everywhere.

Steve and all Californians may soon have the freedom that Oregonians, Washingtonians, and Vermonters enjoy: to make their own decisions at the end of their lives.

This is a monumental step forward for the Death with Dignity movement. The bill passed in both legislative chambers in the most populous state in the country and now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. The Governor has every reason to sign this bill into law. With 76 percent public support and years of experience in Oregon demonstrating this law works, there is absolutely no reasonable argument for him to oppose the law.

Thank you for contributing your time, finances, and voices during this historic campaign. We could not have done this without you, your commitment, and your generosity.

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