Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Two Winners for 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” Design Competition

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It may be called the ONE Prize Awards, but there were two first-prize winners this year in a competition to design a new educational facility at The Brooklyn Navy Yard. The frontrunners – one a Lucent Cube and the other a Self Growing Lab made of living bacteria –  won for their innovative designs for the “Smart Dock,” which will inhabit the Navy Yard’s new Building 128. The ONE LAB jury couldn’t choose a clear winner of the award, because the designs complemented each other so well, and some jury members are even suggesting that the two be merged. Read on for a glimpse at the winning concepts.

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Taxidermy and Contemporary Art Collide in Nevada Museum of Art's Late Harvest Exhibition

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How to Make Your Own Organic Caramel Apple Treats for Halloween

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DIY-Caramel-Apples

We’re still enjoying the best of apple season, and there’s no better way to enjoy their crisp deliciousness than by taking a big bite out of a caramel apple. They make autumn feel just a little more festive, but you don’t have to go to a carnival or a state fair to find yourself a good one; making them at home is fun and easy, and perfect options for healthier Halloween treats! Read on to learn how you can make these crunchy delights at home, just in time for your Halloween party.

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The World's Smallest, Cheapest 3D Printer Can be Yours for $299

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Getting a start in 3D printing can be a pretty costly and intimidating endeavor, with most printers in the affordable range coming in at around $1,000. But for $299, the makers of the iBox Nano aim to provide an alternative that is not only cheaper, but also easier for novice makers to operate—so long as your 3D printing ambitions fall somewhat on the micro side of design.

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Don't Miss the Empire State Building's Special Halloween LED Light Show Tonight

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Last year’s LED light show

Don’t forget to take a break from trick-or-treating tonight to catch the Empire State Building and iHeartMedia’s special Halloween LED light show. Tonight’s event will mark the second year the Empire State Building has put on a LED light show set to music for All Hallow’s Eve. The show, choreographed by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman, is set to begin at 8:30PM tonight and viewers can tune into Z100 or 103.5 KTU to hear the soundtrack that accompanies the LED show. And don’t forget to share your pics and videos of the show by tagging your social media posts with hashtag #ESBoo.

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This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

Next year will mark thirty years since the construction of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s iconic Hundertwasserhaus in the Kegelgasse district of Vienna, Austria. Hundertwasser’s fantastical artistic vision was inspired by his dream to align architecture with nature in every sense. At its conception, the artist vowed to replace every piece of vegetation lost in the construction of the residential complex. For every square foot of structure built, an equal area of trees and shrubs was added, resulting in the abundant majestic greenery that cloaks its facade today.

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New Study Reveals Earth's Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

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A groundbreaking new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has revealed that the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system dates the arrival of water to a much earlier time than previously believed. Thanks to new data from NASA’s 4-Vesta project, the team demonstrated that the most primitive type of known meteorite could have brought water to Earth very early on in the planet’s formation. The implications for an earlier “wet Earth” include the possibility that life on our planet began much earlier than previously thought and could once have existed on the other inner planets.

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Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

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Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

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Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanterns and decorative pumpkins after the Halloween festivities are over? Bring them to the Pumpkin Smash! Hosted by the NYC Compost Project, this post-Halloween event invites you to relieve some stress by smashing your gourds at Clement Clarke Moore Park in Manhattan, after which they will be composted locally. The event will take place this Saturday, November 1st from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

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A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20 years, an average of 2,000 hectares of irrigated cropland in arid and semi-arid areas across 75 countries have been degraded by salt. With the world population expected to hit nine to 10 billion people by 2050, obviously we can’t afford to be losing productive, arable land. Thankfully, the report also makes a number of recommendations for swift action to reverse the trend before it becomes too expensive to do so.

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Enter Inhabitat's Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike!

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The spirits are stirring, the days are getting shorter, and shadows are stretching across the land – which means it’s high time to get started on your DIY costume for Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest! To encourage you to ditch the cheesy costume shops and big box stores we’re giving away an amazing Vanmoof B6 bicycle (worth $848) with built-in lights to the creator of the best handmade costume. Halloween is just a few weeks away and our deadline is November 1st, so now’s the time to get cracking – and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of our favorite costumes from past years in the gallery below.

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Monkey Magic Eco Art Raises Awareness of Environmental Issues in the Peruvian Amazon

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Peru’s region of Madre de Dios is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth–but the lush Amazonian area is under serious threat by deforestation and illegal gold mining. Although Peru is home to the second-largest amount of rainforest in the world, the rise of gold mining has devastated nearly 370,000 acres of the country’s Amazon. To raise awareness of these environmental issues and spark dialogue on how best to balance resource conservation with the economic needs of the community, the nonprofit Eco Art Installations created inspiring eco art from locally sourced leaves, flowers, seeds, and trash. The artists involved include Sue, an orphaned howler monkey; Gypsy Voyager’s Char Evans, Christine Ashley Guckert, and Anthony Zaccone; and KamranJon’s Kamran Pakseresht. Prints and photos of the artwork can be purchased at Saatchi Art.

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World's First Water-Filtering Pool Closer to Fruition with Support from Kanye West and Olympian Conor Dwyer

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Fans and supporters of +POOL, the world’s first water-filtering pool, gathered at Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo on Wednesday night for the initiative’s first Fall Swim Benefit. US Olympian swimmer Conor Dwyer hosted the event, and rapper Kanye West attended in support of the innovative project, which is currently considering several different locations for its projected 2017 opening. When built, the floating, plus-shaped pool is expected to clean about 500,000 gallons of river water a day while offering visitors a unique and educational way to take a dip.

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Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

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The crumbling stones of the Giza pyramids may be a sight familiar to most people, but the original look of these ancient structures was considerably different. In a recent short…

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Win $200 in Prizes in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween Kids Costume Contest!

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Know a kid with an awesome Halloween costume this year? Help them win fame, fortune and some goodies by submitting their amazing costume to the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume…

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Award-Winning Lune De Sang Sheds Complement a Sustainably Managed Forest in Australia

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Despite their name and functionality, the Lune de Sang sheds are not your typical sheds. Built for working and habitation purposes, the concrete-and-stone structures were "conceived as…

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Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

Pope Francis has continued to turn heads as the most liberal pope in decades by declaring that "the Catholic Church sees no conflict between science and religion" and stating that he…

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Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus

Himalayan Viagra Causes Fungal Gold-Rush in the Tibetan Plateaus

High in the Himalayas grows a highly sought after medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra. And while many global leaders fail to enact policies to protect their own resources, two…

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