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Snøhetta's New 'Plus House' in Norway Will Produce Twice The Energy It Uses

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This gorgeous experimental house in Norway can produce twice the energy it consumes! Designed by Snøhetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, the building demonstrates the latest sustainable technologies and proves that houses can go beyond their own energy needs to produce additional electricity for the grid.

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Swing Time: Glowing LED Hammocks Change Color When You Move

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Gorgeously Renovated San Francisco Home Combines Sleek Sophistication With the Warmth of Wood

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Massive Red Tide is Devastating the Northeast Gulf of Mexico

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A disturbing menace is invading southwest Florida – and it’s killing kills sea turtles, sharks and fish while threatening the region’s economy. The “red tide” is caused by a bloom of toxic algae called Karenia brevis. It’s present nearly every year off the coast of Florida, but large blooms can be devastating to fishermen and tourism. Right now the algae is collecting in an area 60 miles wide by 100 miles long that stretches from St. Petersburg to Florida’s Big Bend, where the peninsula ends and the Panhandle begins.

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New NASA Tech Lets You Design and Print Your New Martian Home in Just 24 Hours

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The idea of living on Mars is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. In fact, one way or another, humans will likely be hanging out on the red planet within the next few decades. But landing there and living there are two very different propositions because, at current prices, it costs anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 to get one measly kilogram of building material onto Mars. (It’s a good thing that Elon Musk is planning to build a city there, because no one else will be able to afford to.) Fortunately, NASA has a solution – and you can download, print and build your own Martian home in just 24 hours!

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Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

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Tomorrow is Park(ing) Day 2014 - Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

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Tomorrow is Park(ing) Day, and we’d love to see your photos of the most spectacular pop-up parks near you! If you’ve never heard of Park(ing) Day before, it’s a global event where parking spaces are re-purposed into mini park spaces for people to enjoy. It’s an opportunity for people to take the streets back from gas-guzzling vehicles for a day, and interact with one another in fun and creative ways. In past years, we’ve seen little libraries, mini golf courses, yoga spaces, and even faux forests, and we’re looking forward to seeing what tomorrow will bring.

If you’re joining in on the Park(ing) Day festivities in your city, please send us your pics and we’ll publish them on Inhabitat! Tweet us your photos at @Inhabitat with the hashtag #ParkingDay, or email us at editor[at]inhabitat.com with “Parking Day” in the subject line. Don’t forget to tell us where you spotted your Park(ing) Day park so we can share your find with other readers!

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INFOGRAPHIC: You Won't Believe How Many World-Changing Inventions Came From NASA

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Everyone knows NASA put a man on the moon – but did you know that the agency’s R&D has also led to the invention of water filters, memory foam, and the computer mouse? This great new infographic from Great Business Schools highlights just a few of the 1,800 world-changing developments that have been spun out of NASA technology – including cellphone cameras, smoke detectors, life rafts, and firefighter gear. Check out the full infographic after the break!

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Floating River Sauna in Germany Takes Oasis to Another Level

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Hike to This Beautiful Rustic Cabin and Take Refuge Deep in the Norwegian Mountains

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Canada's Toxic "Dumpcano" Finally Extinguished After Four Months

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A dump fire that has been burning for nearly four months in the remote northern Canadian city of Iqaluit has finally been extinguished. The “Dumpcano” as it has been known locally has been spewing toxic fumes into the town’s air, forcing residents indoors over the summer months due to the short- and long-term health risks of the smoke. The fire began when garbage in the four-story pile spontaneously combusted, forming a molten core that at times burned at temperatures of 500 degrees Celsius. The incident has highlighted the difficulties of managing waste materials in an environment that is frozen solid for around nine months of the year.

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British Columbia's First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

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In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home features green building methods, water conservation, organic growing techniques, and renewable energy. In 2011, this inspiring project won $5,000 in the So Nice “A Better Organic World” contest, and both the home and its surrounding gardens have been evolving beautifully ever since.

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HUD Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is partnering again with The Rockefeller Foundation to help communities become more resilient in the face of increasingly severe weather from a changing climate. Building upon the successful Rebuild by Design competition, new HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Rockefeller President Dr. Judith Rodin on Wednesday launched a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. The 67 eligible applicants at the state and local level can now begin applying for funds.

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Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

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Czech Republic’s Prefab Pavilion is Built Around a Swimming Pool to Keep Cool at the 2015 World Expo

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Metropol Parasol Architect Juergen Mayer H.

VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Metropol Parasol Architect Juergen Mayer…

Inhabitat: How did you get your start in architecture? Juergen Mayer: I found a book, which had a picture of Erich Mendelsohn’s Shocken department store, in Stuttgart. It was such a…

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Weed Wildfire Leaves Hundreds Without Homes, Jobs

Weed Wildfire Leaves Hundreds Without Homes, Jobs

What would you do if all your most cherished possessions suddenly went up in smoke? That’s the situation facing dozens of families in Weed, California right now as a fast-moving…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Amazing Facts About the World's Tallest and Most Iconic Skyscrapers

INFOGRAPHIC: Amazing Facts About the World's Tallest and Most Iconic…

Cities around the world are pushing the architectural envelope as they race to build taller and more spectacular skyscrapers. To track the progress and history of these super tall…

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Get a Free Fruit Tree at MillionTreesNYC's Fall Tree Giveaway!

Get a Free Fruit Tree at MillionTreesNYC's Fall Tree Giveaway!

Great news tree huggers: MillionTreesNYC just launched its seventh tree giveaway season and for the first time ever, the green initiative will be handing out a variety of highly coveted…

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How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday's Soiree (For a Good Cause)

How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday's Soiree (For a Good…

Anyone looking for a discount floral arrangement can check the Rebloom website to see what's in stock on any given day. Better yet, sign up for their newsletter and you'll be notified…

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