Could these “wearable biospheres” help us survive on alien planets?

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filed under: 3d Printing, Ecouterre

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Nothing says “fashion forward” like a living garment designed to help support human life in outer space, right?

MIT researchers and German designers teamed up to create these eye-catching 3D printed suits, intended to be packed with bacteria and algae. The concept is that the suit could provide the critical elements necessary to sustain life. Instead of a bulky traditional spacesuit, an adventurous space dweller would don one of these “Wanderers” that feeds on sunlight or waste.

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

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A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species’ latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the orangutan was found with her arms and legs broken on a plantation owned by the Makin Group of Indonesia, a major provider of palm oil to the world market.

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Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

by , 12/21/14
filed under: Animals, News

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Most people have heard of China’s appalling dog meat trade, but did you know that dog and cat skin is also used to create leather goods like gloves, belts and pet toys? According to a new report from PETA Asia, the Chinese meat and leather trade is using the flesh of dogs and cats in order to squeeze out every penny of the manufacturing industry.

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HOW TO: Satisfy your sweet tooth with this organic, no-cook fudge recipe

by , 12/21/14
filed under: Inhabitots

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Want to indulge in rich and creamy fudge without the dreaded sugar crash? Then you’ll love this delicious recipe for organic fudge that swaps refined sugars for honey and fruit. Decadent enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, this yummy treat is not only a healthier version of fudge, but it’s also super simple to make! Read on to learn how you can make this delicious fudge in less than 10 minutes with four simple, no-cooking-required steps.

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Obsession with material possessions makes you anxious and depressed

by , 12/20/14
filed under: Ecouterre, News

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We’ve all heard that possessions won’t make you happy and now here’s the proof:  a new report reveals that those who prioritize possessions experience more negative emotions than people who don’t. The bottom line? During this holiday season, keep in mind that it’s not the material things that count.

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Eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives for the holidays

by , 12/20/14
filed under: DIY, Green Holidays, How To

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Chances are that a lot of us will be wrapping some last-minute gifts this weekend, whether we’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or Festivus. Rather than going for regular store-bought wrapping paper, which is as wasteful to use as it is to create, there are some brilliant eco-friendly alternatives to use instead. Re-usable bags, fabric, or homemade wrap are just a few fun ideas that can be put to use to wrap presents, so read on past the jump for some ideas on how you can make this holiday the most eco-savvy yet!

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Unlock a New App Experience on Your Windows Devices

by , 12/20/14

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Windows Store gives you access to tons of gaming, lifestyle, entertainment and social apps. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find some gems.

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Study finds that holiday goods from retailers like Target and Walmart contain toxins

by , 12/20/14
filed under: Green Holidays, Inhabitots

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As the holidays kick into high gear, it’s worth noting that many of the holiday goods that you might pick up at major retailers like Target and Walmart might actually be bad for your health. A study found that a high percentage of holiday goods contain toxic chemicals. More than two-thirds of the products tested showed a high enough level of toxins that it could raise serious concerns, which is particularly concerning if you have those holiday purchases around children.

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

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Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid? Give it to a family in need? Send one to a school in Africa? The team from Desolenator is exploring those possibilities – and you can help.

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Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

by , 12/20/14
filed under: News

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While it might not seem immediately obvious, the foods we choose have environmental impacts that can be far-reaching. Now congress is attempting to silence the voices of top nutrition experts who are trying to spread the word about how the production and creation of our food affects the world around us. NPR reports that a government-appointed group of nutrition experts who are tasked with establishing dietary guidelines for Americans decided earlier this year to gather data on the environmental implications of food choices. But a recent spending bill passed by both the House and Senate contains a list of “congressional directives” expressing concern over the Dietary Advisory Guidelines Committee’s (DAGC) actions.

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Africa's tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

by , 12/20/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

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California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from worst drought ever

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New research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena shows that California’s drought is so bad it will take 11 trillion gallons to recover. That number is hard to fathom, but to give you an idea, it’s: twice as much as the Colorado River’s annual flow; 1.5 times the volume of Lake Mead, the country’s biggest reservoir; and more water than California’s 38 million residents use for domestic and municipal reasons. NASA’s figure includes a startling 4 trillion gallons of water lost by the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers every year since 2011—with water levels now 11 trillion gallons below normal levels.

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The “Light of Life” chapel in Korea is a luminous haven for retired missionaries

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Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway!

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Attention all design geeks! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we’re teaming up with Dwell magazine to offer a lucky Inhabitat reader the chance to win some phenomenal design products from the Dwell store. The prizes include swoon-worthy home goods like a pair of comfy new Vitra cork stools (worth $940), a conversation-starting ceramic Sky Planter (worth $25), a handy and darling portable lamp ($245), and the elegant Boskke Cube 3 clear planter ($49.95). So give yourself a gift for the holidays and enter to win today!

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VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with…

The future of prosthetics is here after researchers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory completed a groundbreaking experiment that gave a double amputee the ability to…

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Climate change could kill Scandinavia's iconic Christmas trees

Climate change could kill Scandinavia's iconic Christmas trees

  It looks as though climate change could kill the traditional Christmas tree in Scandinavian countries, as reduced snowfall is affecting the health of spruce trees there.…

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VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

To learn how to make an incredible DIY edible snow globe that will impress all of your friends at your next holiday party, read on.... YOU WILL NEED: - 2 cups of coconut juice…

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Australia is destroying indigenous land with fracking

Australia is destroying indigenous land with fracking

The Mithaka people of Channel Country, Queensland, Australia have a serious problem: Australia wants to frack their traditional homeland, targeting hundreds of wells beneath their…

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A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

The leafy vertical garden contrasts with the smooth pale concrete panels in an attractive juxtaposition of textures. The three-dimensional green wall will give depth and variation to…

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