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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

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Fumihiko Maki's Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

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Local Motors 3D-Prints Incredible Full-Scale Car in Just 44 Hours!

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Arizona-based Local Motors has succeeded in creating the world’s first 3D-printed car at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. Called the Strati, the 3D-printed car’s design was chosen from several hundred submissions, with the final design being printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing (DDM) processes.

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Portugal's Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

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Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest!

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It’s that time of year again – school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we’re offering you a chance to win a brand new PUBLIC Bike or a Voltaic solar backpack! We’re looking for smart ideas that will lower your environmental footprint for the coming academic year, and our grand prize winner will receive their choice of a PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1 bike decked out with a rear rack, a metal basket, and a brass bell (worth a total of $574!), and three runners-up will each win a Voltaic Converter solar-powered backpack (worth $129) — perfect for keeping your electronics charged for a full day of classes. The deadline for all submissions is September 17th at 11:59PM ET – read on to learn how to enter!

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Researchers Discover a Gene That May Dramatically Delay Aging

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Kiss wrinkles, fading eyesight and crumbling knees goodbye – aging could soon become a thing of the past. Well, not quite, but biologists have discovered a gene that really could actually slow aging. Discovered while conducting studies on fruit flies, the mechanism boosts the body’s ability to houseclean the cellular trash that causes aging disorders – which could spell not only a longer life, but a healthier old age.

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Sculptural Aluminum "Crest" at the London Design Festival

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Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

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Hey parents! School is in session, and to help prepare your kids for the coming school year we’re giving away $200 worth of green school supplies from our friends at The Ultimate Green Store! Two lucky grand prize winners will each receive $100 to spend on eco school supplies for your kids – including upcycled backpacks, BPA-free lunchboxes, tree-free recycled pencil sets, and much more. The deadline to enter is September 17th at 11:59PM ET – submit your awesome green ideas here to win!

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Bill Gates' Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week that it is making a $50 million donation to various organizations working on the frontline of the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The gift represents the largest humanitarian donation ever made by the foundation, which is the largest charitable foundation in the world. The announcement comes in response to the United Nations’ recent issuing of an “international rescue call” for greater assistance from the global community to help contain the current outbreak of the disease, which has killed thousands of people.

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Chinese Students Unveil Tiny 43-Square-Foot House!

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We’re no strangers to tiny homes, but these Chinese students just unveiled one of the smallest abodes we’ve ever seen! Developed as part of a school project at Yangzhou University, this locker-sized home fits a bed, a kitchen, a bathroom, and storage space within just 43 square feet of space. The students took half a year to design and construct the prototype and are currently seeking a patent on their designs.

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Caltech's New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

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US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia, Stops Exxon from Drilling in the Arctic

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The Ukraine crisis may be inadvertently working towards environmental conservation in the Arctic. On Friday, the US government ordered American companies to cut off exports to Russian oil exploration within 14 days, stymying Exxon Mobil’s plans to start drilling in the Kara Sea. These new measures are aimed at closing loopholes that allow oil companies to keep operating in the area, and they’re the latest in a series of sanctions imposed on Russia in an effort to halt President Vladimir Putin’s support of separatists in Ukraine.

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Downtown NYC's First Waldorf School Opens in the East Village

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Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

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Did you know that breastfeeding has numerous health benefits – including reducing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, female cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis? Unfortunately, most breast pumps on the market suck – they’re loud, hard to transport, difficult to clean, and awkward to use in small spaces. Fortunately, MIT is looking to change all that by launching the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” Hackathon! The event will follow up on an earlier workshop that sought to “generate ideas for how we could change our machines and our society to make breastfeeding and breast pumping a normal, painless, and not-degrading experience for moms.” The event will convene over 150 parents, engineers, designers, and health care specialists to “catalyze innovation in maternal and pediatric health” – read on to learn more!

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Luzinterruptus Strikes Again with Luminous Street Heartbeats Installation

Luzinterruptus Strikes Again with Luminous Street Heartbeats…

The clandestine artists filled the bags with a red liquid to give the final product a somewhat haunting look. The bags were then hung from a structure that had been carefully weaved…

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8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

Mini Modern Side Table This cute and interesting accent piece was great before it was revamped, but looks even better with a two-toned paint job. Modern End Table All it…

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Cubic Copper-Clad Furniture Assembles Magnetically at the London Design Festival

Cubic Copper-Clad Furniture Assembles Magnetically at the London…

As this year's London Design Festival gets underway, UK furniture designer Paul Kelley will wow visitors with his new line of magnetic modular furniture. The BOB collection features…

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What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March This Weekend

What You Need To Know To Attend the People’s Climate March This…

A series of high-profile climate change awareness events is taking place in New York City starting this week and is poised to change the world - with your help. The massive campaign…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven't Been Built!

INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven't…

If you love drooling over crazy architectural eye candy, here's one fantastic infographic you won't want to miss. In honor of World Architecture Day on October 6, Kon von der…

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