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South Napa Earthquake Cracks Open New Fears of 'The Big One'

by , 08/27/14

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The South Napa earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday has cracked open new fears among state residents that “the big one” is imminent. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake was the largest to strike the region in 25 years, and offers a painful reminder that the San Andreas Fault is overdue for a powerful rupture. Experts caution that it’s impossible to predict exactly when the big one will occur, but there’s a good possibility that it could happen within the next three decades.

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Saving Children's Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

by , 08/27/14

 

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Most of us take for granted the fact that we can walk barefoot across our living room floor and not end up with a life-threatening disease, but that’s far from the case in many regions of the world. Every year, over 6 million children die from diarrheal, skin, and respiratory diseases that they contracted from the parasites, viruses, and bacteria living in the dirt floor of their homes. In Bangladesh alone, 100,000 children under the age of five die from these diseases every year… but there’s a NYC-based non-profit group working to change that. Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE) just launched its “High Fives” initiative to replace dirt floors with concrete in that region in order to reduce disease-causing pathogens from infiltrating homes. The initiative is so named because of its goal to help at-risk children reach their fifth birthdays.

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Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

by , 08/27/14

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Flying cars belong more in a Jetson’s episode than in real life, right? Wrong, flying cars are here, but will they take off? The Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), an organization in Ecuador started by missionary Steven Saint, has invented The Maverick, a lightweight flying vehicle equipped with a propeller at the back and a deployable parachute. The Maverick was developed specifically for missionary purposes and humanitarian applications such as transporting medics and teachers to remote areas.

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

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Atlantis Announces Funding For the World's Largest Tidal Energy Project in Scotland

by , 08/27/14

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The world’s largest tidal energy project just took a big step forward as Atlantis Resources announced it has finalized an $83 million funding package for the project to break ground. When it is finished, the 398 MW MeyGen array of underwater turbines will provide clean, sustainable, predictable power for 175,000 homes in Scotland while reducing carbon emissions.

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3rdSpace's Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

by , 08/27/14
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Now anyone can have their very own backyard library! 3rdSpace‘s prefab rooms have been popping up all over as extra bedrooms and offices – and the amazing prefab structures can even make a bibliophile’s dreams come true. One creative customer had one of the flat packed kits transformed into a private backyard library outside his Oxfordshire, England home.

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OMA Celebrates Topping Out the Taipei Performing Arts Center Today!

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Ford and Hyundai Are Both Working on Prius-Killing Hybrid Cars

by , 08/27/14

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The internet is abuzz with news that Ford and Hyundai are currently working on new dedicated hybrid models that will compete with the top-selling Toyota Prius. Both Ford and Hyundai currently offer hybrid models, but none of them have been designed as hybrids from the ground like the Toyota Prius.

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Monarch Butterfly Populations Crash 90% in 20 Years - Why Are They Not Considered Endangered?

by , 08/27/14

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Shocking statistics show that Monarch butterfly populations in the U.S. have fallen roughly 90 percent since 1995. In response, a new petition is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the butterflies under the Endangered Species Act. The petitioners cite a loss of 165 million acres of the monarchs’ habitat and the loss of their chief food source, milkweed, due to herbicide-resistant farming practices (yes, Monsanto, we’re talking about you again) as the primary reasons for the dramatic decline of this iconic and formerly common species.

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Learn How Citi Bike Cleans Its Rides with Gunk-Eating OzzyJuice Microbes

by , 08/27/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC


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Citi Bike has revolutionized green transportation in New York City, with over 10 million trips taken so far. But with so many rides on a daily basis, the popular bike sharing program does require some heavy maintenance to keep its bikes running smoothly. So just how do they keep their famous blue bikes squeaky clean and rust-free, you ask? With OzzyJuice, of course!

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6 Environmentally Conscious Wineries Around the World

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Did You Know That There's a 292,000-sq-ft Green Roof Atop the Jacob Javits Center?

by , 08/27/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Millions of people pass through the doors of Manhattan’s glassy Jacob Javits Center each year, but most have no idea what lies right above their heads. While it might not be obvious from below, the sprawling convention center is home to the second largest green roof on a single, free-standing building in the United States. Durham-based company Xero Flor was responsible for transforming 292,000 square feet of the urban rooftop into an energy-saving green haven using sedum grown on a farm in Upstate New York.

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The Sustainable Sesseljuhus is the Heart of Iceland's Solheimar Ecovillage

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Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System

by , 08/27/14

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An earthquake early warning system for California was finalized two years ago and passed into law last year, but it has not yet been implemented pending funding. Given that estimates of the cost of last weekend’s Napa Valley quake are reaching $1 billion, why has the system not been implemented when the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates early warning coverage for California, Washington and Oregon would cost a comparably cheaper $38 million to build?

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How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

by , 08/27/14

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Did you know that the cocoon membranes of a silk moth contain trace amounts of several elements such as sodium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium and copper, as well as carbon, nitrogen and oxygen? Well, that’s not even the most amazing part of this story. Scientists in India have discovered a way to harvest these elements and make electricity from them using water. A new study published in Scientific Reports suggests that silk moth cocoons can be used to generate clean electricity to power electronics and possibly provide a source of power in the iron ore industry and nuclear power plants.

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Andrew Cheng Unveils Beech Side Tables Inspired By Chopsticks

Andrew Cheng Unveils Beech Side Tables Inspired By Chopsticks

San Francisco-based industrial designer Andrew Cheng designed Chopsticks, a series of side tables with simple and slight profiles. Inspired by the two-toned lacquer used on chopsticks…

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CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t'Park, an Indoor Oasis for Amsterdam

CUBE Transforms an Old Storeroom into t'Park, an Indoor Oasis for…

Although indoors, CUBE’s t’Park is meant to have the peacefulness and playfulness of a green park, inviting the public to enjoy its grounds. With a park for inspiration, the…

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4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

4 Nest-Inspired Designs for Humans

Nest Beds A bed is certainly the most obvious human adaptation of a bird’s nest. Many designers have attempted this concept and the results include both hanging and floor-supported…

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Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck Parts

Spend the Night in This Floating Eco-Hotel Made Out of Recycled Truck…

Looking for an off-the-beaten-path way to enjoy the last days of summer? How does staying at a floating, sustainable hotel made from repurposed truck parts sound? Designed by…

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DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics System

DIY: Everything You Need to Know to Build a Simple Backyard Aquaponics…

Aquaponics = aquaculture (the raising of edible fish) + hydroponics (growing vegetables and herbs without soil). You may have seen examples of this revolutionary way of growing food in…

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