Amazon opens new grocery store sans checkout lines

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You’ll never wait in checkout lines at Amazon’s new grocery store, Amazon Go. Shoppers use an app to enter the supermarket, grab the food they need, and then simply walk out. The first Amazon Go opens today in Seattle.

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‘Worlds Largest Picture Frame’ opens in Dubai

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New 1 km solar road opens in Jinan, China

China is getting in on the solar road-building action. Qilu Transportation Development Group developed a one-kilometer, or around 0.6-mile, stretch of solar road near Jinan, the capital city of China’s Shandong Province. Quartz said three layers comprise the expressway: the solar panels rest in the middle with insulation below and transparent concrete on top.

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Jaw-dropping hotel made of ice and snow opens in Sweden

ICEHOTEL is back and it’s as magical as ever. Located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi, this ephemeral hotel of ice and snow is rebuilt every winter for a few spectacular months and its unique luxury suites sculpted by select artists from around the world. From sleeping in a giant Fabergé Egg to the arms of King Kong, the experiences and incredible artistic skill of these individually themed rooms are guaranteed to send a chill up your spine.

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The world’s first “Biological House” opens in Denmark

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World’s first 3D-printed bridge opens in the Netherlands

History has been made in The Netherlands, where the world’s first 3D-printed bridge is finally in commission. On Tuesday, Dutch officials celebrated the opening of the innovative bridge, which is 8 meters (26 ft) long and located near the town of Gemert. By using reinforced, pre-stressed concrete and 3D-printing techniques, the bridge (which is primarily intended for cyclists) can safely bear the weight of 40 trucks. In total, the structure took just three months to build.
 

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Worlds first negative emissions power plant opens in Iceland

Go, Iceland! On Wednesday, the nation flipped the switch on the world’s first power plant that eliminates more CO2 than it produces. The pilot program, which is operated by Climeworks, can remove an estimated 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air each year. The gases aren’t just contained; rather, they are turned into limestone where they will remain for at least one million years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BIGs LEGO House officially opens to the public in Denmark

It’s finally here—Bjarke Ingels Group’s much-anticipated LEGO House in Denmark officially opens to the public today. Built in the small town of Billund where the iconic LEGO brick was invented, the “House of the Brick” is a unique space that promises visitors the ultimate LEGO experience with its exhibitions, experience zones, and LEGO-themed architecture, restaurants, and public spaces. The LEGO House, which celebrated its grand opening yesterday, is filled with 25 million LEGO bricks… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Worlds largest bookstore opens in Tehran, Iran

Book enthusiasts, we’ve found your dream destination. In Tehran, Iran, the world’s largest bookstore, called the Book Garden, opened on Wednesday. The giant academic complex is roughly 65,000 square meters (approximately 700,000 square feet) and features millions of books. Several movie theaters, science halls, classrooms a prayer room and even a restaurant can be found on the premise, as well.

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The worlds largest bike parking garage opens in the Netherlands

Good news for avid cyclist in the Netherlands — which, to be honest, is pretty much everyone. To ensure the eco-friendly way of commuting is as convenient and safe as possible, the country just opened the first phase of what will be the world’s largest bike parking garage. By the end of 2018, the 184,000-square-foot space beneath Utrecht’s central train station will be able to hold 12,500 parked bikes.

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