Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace to Boost Internet Access in Third World Countries

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3D printing may be all the rage in design, but for Big Tech, drones are where the money is. On Monday, web giant Google beat out Facebook in a race to acquire Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone manufacturer. Although Google claims the drones will be used for the forces of good, such as broadcasting Internet signals to remote areas, some worry that the high-flying drones may pose troublesome consumer privacy implications.

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Anything's Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

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Here’s some good news on the climate change front: Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012 and dropped 3.4 percent in 2012 alone, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 19th annual emissions tally. The U.S. is now more than halfway toward meeting its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels.

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STIK Chair Made From Bundles of Tightly Stacked Twigs Shows the Creative Power of Addition

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STIK Chair is made from a bundle of precisely cut natural sticks tied together with cords. Designers Johan Jeppesen and Jesper Su Rosenmeier took some of the conventional binding techniques used in making rattan and bamboo furniture and reinterpreted them creating a fresh new design. The chair is part of the Morphology program established by the Royal Danish Academy Schools of Architecture and Design, and was one of several student projects featured at this year’s Milan Design Week.

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

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We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building rehabilitations we’ve ever seen is located in Vienna, Austria. These incredible city-within-a-city Gasometers in Vienna were once gas storage tanks, and thanks to an incredible rehab by an all-star team of European architects, including Jean Nouvel and Coop Himmelblau, they now house over a thousand Viennese tenants in a mixed-use community rich with entertainment, office, and retail spaces. One of Vienna’s most iconic architectural landmarks, these historic Gasometers have also become an inspiring tale of innovative urban design. Click here to find out more about the story behind the amazing upcycled Gasometers.

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Miguel Chevalier Transforms a Former Church Into a Colorful Pixelated Setting for a 'Magic Carpet' Ride

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Artist Miguel Chevalier transformed the entire floor of the former Sacred Heart of Casablanca Church into a mesmerizing pixelated Magic Carpet. His interactive installation uses sound and lights to create multicolored patterns and mosaics that adjust to the movement of visitors. This virtual carpet creates choreographed movements of light accompanied by echoing sounds of music by Michel Redolfi.

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Futuristic LED 'Dragon' Chandelier Lights Up With a Smartphone App

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Johammer J1: Retro-Futuristic Electric Motorcycle Can Travel Over 125 Miles on a Charge

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One of the biggest things holding back electric motorcycles is their limited driving range – but the Johammer J1 could finally put electric bikes on the map. With a 125 mile range, the Johammer J1 is a stylish bike that allows riders to hit the road and travel far from home.

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Johanna Riedl's Saw Dust Chair is Made From Its Own Waste

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Danish designer Johanna Riedl‘s Saw Dust Chair redefines waste minimization by reusing sawdust from its own manufacture to create a comfy cushion. Sawdust created while constructing the chair’s wood frame is vacuum sealed in bags to create a stiff and comfortable seating element. Riedl’s brilliant chair forms part of the Morphology program established by the Royal Danish Academy Schools of Architecture and Design, and it was one of several student projects featured at this year’s Milan Design Week.

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Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California's Drought, Denies Accusation

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Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the pool to film a video for her song G.U.Y., and reports claim that the water was wasted because it was treated with an excessive amount of chlorine. Gaga denies the accusation and is making an effort to draw attention to California’s water shortage.

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs - What Makes Them So Tough Anyway?

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However you feel about eggs – love ‘em fried with onions, hate ‘em in anything, or are morally opposed to consuming them at all – one thing you can’t argue about is that they are an incredibly effective package for embryonic animals of all kinds. They are so successful, in fact, that female animals as diverse as birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians all evolved eggs to mature their young outside their bodies, which presents a number of evolutionary advantages (and some disadvantages; namely that mammals, especially, like to eat eggs).

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These Pinecone Lamps Bring a Touch of Nature Into Your Living Room

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Inspired by cones from French pine trees, Zappy lamps by Shneid are made from lightweight panels of either ash or oak, and fill any space with soft, natural-seeming light. Each piece is crafted by hand from untreated, FSC-certified wood harvested in northern Germany, and its manufacturers are dedicated to ensuring that their products are as environmentally sustainable as they are aesthetically appealing. Zappy won second place in Europe’s 2014 Green Product Award contest, and has been featured in magazines such as ELLE Decor.

 

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Claustrophobia-Inducing Photos Show People Living in Chinatown's Illegal 64 sq. ft. Apartments

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The photo above may look like something from an exposé about cramped living quarters in Asia, but was actually taken right in New York’s Chinatown. Photographer Annie Ling brought her camera into 81 Bowery, a building where Chinese immigrant laborers were being housed in 64-square-foot cubicles, to capture the claustrophobic living conditions. Click here to see the rest of her haunting photos.

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The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

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The latest drilling boom to hit California isn’t the kind you’d expect: Farmers all over the state are so desperate for water in the midst of a year-long drought that some well drilling companies are booked up to a year in advance. Some farmers have even taken drastic measures to get the water they need for their crops by purchasing $1 million drilling rigs.

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Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

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Patrick Nadeau's Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

Patrick Nadeau's Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the…

The Wave Home has two floors. On the ground level the living room, kitchen and multimedia space open up towards the exterior by sliding walls. The upper level houses two bedrooms and a…

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Killing the Lorax: 900 Environmental Activists Slain in the Past 10 Years

Killing the Lorax: 900 Environmental Activists Slain in the Past 10…

A shocking new report finds that in addition to waging war against the only planet capable of sustaining human life, we're also attacking those who would seek to protect it. The survey,…

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Graypants' Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture

Graypants' Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner…

The Garage is located in Vashon, an island southwest of Seattle that sits in the Puget Sound. The project sits on the shores of the sound, and the building opens up on all sides to let…

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Crazy Urban Alloy Transportation Hub Looks Like an Alien Organism Landed on Queens

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Urban Alloy Towers was also designed to use the “remnant spaces” of the surrounding intersection and elevated LIRR tracks. As such, those parts of the building extend outwards…

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Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the…

The oddly shaped Nannup Holiday House is accessible by a long ramp that stretches across the Australian landscape. Hugged by a forest on one side and a flood plain on the other, the…

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