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Amazon is Building These Amazing Spherical Treehouses for Their Employees!

Amazon is giving their employees a taste of greenery with these spherical treehouses built right beside their office.

The philosophy of a lot of companies is that giving their employees added perks motivates them to perform better. Some companies give out hefty healthcare plans, others give them allowances, while others give them a great working environment to get those creative juices flowing.

Amazon has done just that by building huge spherical treehouses complete with over 20,000 plants to invigoration the minds of their employees.

Amazon is building three interconnected plant-filled orbs in their office in Seattle, Washington. These treehouses were designed by architecture firm, NBBJ, and the overall design is similar to their other clean, crisp and modern designs.

Here are some photos of Amazon’s treehouse trio.

The Amazon treehouse is set to open in downtown Seattle by 2018.

The Amazon treehouse is set to open in downtown Seattle by 2018.

Amazon already owns 30 office buildings in the area, but they’ll be constructing new office buildings around these spheres so they’re more accessible to employees.

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The largest of the buildings is 90 feet tall!

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The Amazon treehouse will have 5 different levels that can accommodate up to 800 people.

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You can see the pentagonal pattern of the spheres in this photo.

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This pattern is called a Catalan, and will repeat 60 times on the surface of each sphere.

Amazon has partnered with the University of Washington to grow over 3,000 species of plants in the greenhouse.

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Once construction is finished, the spheres should house 400 species of plants from over 50 countries.

The plan for these spheres started out in 2013, with Ron Gagliardo, the company’s horticulturist, assigned to grow and oversee the plants at the greenhouse.

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The spheres were created to increase the productivity and happiness of Amazon employees.

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They might also lower the stress levels of Amazon employees and people in the surrounding area, since Seattle doesn’t have a lot of green space in its city.

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The spheres will have 3-story tree canopies, a 5-story living wall, a creek, a waterfall, and meeting rooms made of vines.

The spheres will have 3-story tree canopies, a 5-story living wall, a creek, a waterfall, and meeting rooms made of vines.

And they’ll be the touch of green in a predominantly urban environment.

And they'll be the touch of green in a predominantly urban environment.

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This Font Simulates What It’s Like to Have Dyslexia

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to try to read when you have dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a condition wherein a person has trouble reading, even if they have normal intelligence. This includes having a tough time trying to spell, read, and write words, as well as difficulty in pronouncing and understanding words. It's estimated that 1 out of 10 people have some form of dyslexia, which is why it's important for those who don't have dyslexia to empathize with those who do.

This is how a someone with dyslexia might see words.

This is how a someone with dyslexia might see words.

How can we do this? Graphic Designer Daniel Britton has created a font to simulate what it's like to have dyslexia. He designed this font in his final year in university to raise awareness of the condition....

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Elon Musk Reveals His Ambitious Plan to Send One Million People to Mars

It certainly is ambitious.

This is not the first plan to send man to Mars, definitely. But when Elon Musk explains it, it seems legit and it even possible.

The billionaire revealed his grand plan at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Mexico. His proposal, called the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) involves sending people to Mars, 100 at a time, using a giant rocket. The rocket is said to be even bigger than NASA's Saturn V, which makes it the biggest in history.

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Elon Musk Reveals Photos of Raptor Engine, SpaceX’s Powerful New Engine

Elon Musk tweets images of his powerful new engine, the Raptor,

Elon Musk has finally revealed photos of SpaceX's Raptor engine via Twitter last Monday. This engine will be use dfor his "Interplanetary Transport System." These photos were revealed on the eve of his speech on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, where Musk will out the elements of his vision for humanity to live in other planets.

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