Astronauts Hope to Protect Earth from a Killer Asteroid with the Launch of Sentinel Satellite

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It may seem like a city-destroying asteroid is just the stuff of sci-fi novels, but new research reveals that the Earth is far more vulnerable to asteroid impacts than we ever though possible. In fact, a group of scientists say that we are ten times more likely to experience a collision than was previously believed, and that avoiding a serious collision has just been a matter of dumb luck. Knowing this, the B612 Foundation wants to launch an early warning system that can alert us to asteroids well before they could hit us.

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Dots Design Studio's Beautiful PLYbikes are Handcrafted From Wood

by , 04/23/14

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Bangkok-based Dots Design Studio makes handcrafted bicycles with glorious timber parts. Their PLYbike is made from strong stripy pieces of sandwiched wood veneer. The bikes are perfect for taking a spin around town, they were recently showcased at this year’s Milan Design Week.

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3D-Printed Osteoid Cast Could Speed Up Bone Healing by Nearly 40%

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We’ve seen 3D-printed lamps, chairs, houses and even self-replicating 3D printers, but Deniz Karahasin’s mindbending Osteoid cast looks like something from a sci-fi movie. The designer has created a concept design for a custom cast that could speed up bone healing by nearly 40 percent using 3D printing and ultrasound technology.

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14 Awe-Inspiring Aerial Photographs Capture the Beauty of the Earth

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LEGOLAND Florida Becomes Nation's First Theme Park to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy on Earth Day

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In honor of Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida just become the first theme park in the U.S. to be completely powered by renewable solar energy. The 150-acre theme park teamed up with Tampa Electric to go off the electric grid for the entire day – an eco-friendly action that’s equivalent to removing three cars from the road for one year or planting six acres of trees. After Earth Day, LEGOLAND Florida will use renewable energy to permanently power the Imagination Zone, a section of the park that showcases seven of the most visually impressive LEGO models in the world.

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

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We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building rehabilitations we’ve ever seen is located in Vienna, Austria. These incredible city-within-a-city Gasometers in Vienna were once gas storage tanks, and thanks to an incredible rehab by an all-star team of European architects, including Jean Nouvel and Coop Himmelblau, they now house over a thousand Viennese tenants in a mixed-use community rich with entertainment, office, and retail spaces. One of Vienna’s most iconic architectural landmarks, these historic Gasometers have also become an inspiring tale of innovative urban design. Click here to find out more about the story behind the amazing upcycled Gasometers.

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

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Apple Leads the Way with Environmentally Friendly Initiatives on Earth Day

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Apple dove headfirst into this year’s Earth Day celebrations, from changing the color of its logo’s leaf section to the revamp of its Environmental Responsibility website. Although some may chalk up Apple’s push for green as a calculated corporate move, there’s no denying that the Earth is better off with Apple on its side. Not only will these initiatives reduce the toxins found in the electronics industry, but the efforts of the influential Cupertino behemoth could also inspire similar efforts by major companies all across the world.

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Triple-Story Glass Rieteiland House Boasts a Suite of Strategies to Reduce its Environmental Impact

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World's Longest Cable Car System set to Open in La Paz, Bolivia

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The route between La Paz – one of the world’s highest administrative capitals – and El Alto, Bolivia is one of the craziest commutes around. The cities are only a few miles apart, but it takes over an hour to travel between them because the only route is a winding road along a sheer canyon wall. That’s about to change though, because travelers will soon be able to fly from city to city on the world’s longest urban cable car system! The sky-high system will provide provide a direct, low-emission travel option for 200,000 daily commuters.

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Louvered Wallaby House Maxmimizes Space and Energy Efficiency on Australia's Sunshine Coast

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Striking 'House of Toilets' Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

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Skylab Architecture's Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

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Fietsklik's Clever 'Click-On' Modular Bike Rack Makes Carting Heavy Loads a Snap

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It’s an age-old problem: You’ve ridden your bike to the market to pick up some fruits and veggies – but how do you balance a sack full of groceries while pedaling home? Backpacks and messenger bags work for light loads, but if you’re shouldering a heavy burden you’ll want to distribute the weight directly to your bike’s frame. That’s where Dutch company Fietsklik comes in – they’ve developed a clever modular “click” system that allows you to easily attach and detach hardshell cases, bags, and other accessories to your bike’s rear rack.

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Oregon Institute of Technology Now Generating Its Own Energy On Campus

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On April 18th, the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls celebrated the completion of two major renewable energy projects, making it the first university in North America to generate all of its own electricity and heat on campus. Oregon Tech is a huge leader in renewable energy education; in 2005, it introduced an accredited Bachelor of Science program in Renewable Energy Engineering—another first in North America. The campus has been entirely heated by geothermal water for several decades, and now the geothermal resource is being utilized in a 1.75 MW combined heat and power plant to provide electricity. Additionally, a 2.0 MW solar array was installed on 9 acres of campus land and commissioned at the end of last year.

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