Green Car Reports: Audi channels Tesla with the R8 e-tron, all about the Volt powertrain and how nuclear waste could be used to power your car

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Every week the site Green Car Reports covers the entire field of green and greener transportation, including battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and just smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Here’s a selection of their stories from last week, including how we could use old nuclear waste to run our cars, the gorgeous Audi all-electric R8 e-tron, Tesla’s all-purpose charging/service stations and the best way to get yourself banned from Green Car Reports.

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Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

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Heads up design fans – are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great contributors to report on the best green designs from this year’s show! We’re offering you the opportunity to share your photos and writing with our audience of millions of readers around the world – and many of our Milan correspondents continue on to become regular Inhabitat contributors. The fair is coming up quick on April 14th, so we’re looking for correspondents who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend this year’s events.

If you think you’d make a fantastic Inhabitat contributor, send an email to editor[at]inhabitat.com with the headline “Milan Furniture Fair Contributor” and the information below. Please note that only contributors who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend the Milan Furniture Fair will be considered.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would make a great Inhabitat correspondent.

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Looks like birds of a feather really do flock together – on the Jacob Javits Center‘s green roof, that is. The West Side convention center’s massive 29,200-square-foot green roof has been doing double duty as an avian oasis, according to a new study by the New York City Audubon and Fordham University. The report reveals that almost a dozen different species have been spotted on the sedum-covered rooftop since last summer.

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The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all time – building better shelters to keep us warmer, cooler, and drier. Many of the native building techniques employed centuries ago are still reliable in similar climates today, and used as optimal models for environmentally conscious architects. That said, since global acceptance of the air conditioner in the 1950s, the benefits of responding to a unique climate have been left by the roadside.

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Mark Boyle, better known as the “Moneyless man“, is bringing his message of unconditional giving to a permaculture project in Ireland called An Teach Saor; Gaeilge for “the free house.” When it’s complete, Boyle’s community center will offer workshops and lectures; food from the on-site orchards, gardens, and greenhouses; performances; accommodation; and a pub called The Happy Pig—the majority of which won’t cost guests a dime.

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Once upon a time, some folks thought it would be a good idea to cross-breed a buffalo with a domestic cow. The cross-breeding, resulting in a new hybrid species dubbed “beefalo,” was supposed to occur under a managed breeding program that would help the beef industry create more, well, beef with fewer animals and thereby somehow increase production and efficiency. From a business perspective, it might have seemed like a good idea at the time. Nobody planned for what might happen when the beefalo went on the lam.

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