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McDonald’s Japan Shuns Chinese Chicken Amidst Tainted Meat Scandal

McDonald’s Japan Shuns Chinese Chicken Amidst Tainted Meat Scandal

China’s meat industry was recently dealt another blow as McDonald’s Japan announced plans to stop importing Chinese chicken for sale in its restaurants. According to The Guardian, the decision is a

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VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez’s Translucent M Cube Residence

VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez’s Translucent M Cube Residence

A few years ago, Inhabitat had a chance to catch up with M Design's eco-prefab architect Mark Baez in lovely Venice, CA.  He gave us a personal tour of his M Cube home—a minimalist, modular,

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Honeycomb-Inspired Design Offers Major Breakthrough for Electric Vehicle Batteries

Honeycomb-Inspired Design Offers Major Breakthrough for Electric Vehicle Batteries

A team from the Stanford School of Engineering has made a breakthrough in lithium-ion battery design that is expected to result in more stable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and significantly

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Life-Saving Boot Can Detect Active Landmines from 6.5 Feet Away

Life-Saving Boot Can Detect Active Landmines from 6.5 Feet Away

Bogota-based design firm Lemur Studio has designed a life-saving boot insert which can detect landmines from a distance of 6.5 feet. SaveOneLife was created with soldiers in mind, but civilians and

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Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

The Dutch-Belgian practice's wonderful floating bridge provides pedestrian access and an emergency exit from the Ravelijn op den Zoom fortress. Located on a small island and surrounded by a deep-water

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Philips Transforms Peru’s Biggest Bank into One of the World’s Largest Interactive Light Shows

Philips Transforms Peru’s Biggest Bank into One of the World’s Largest Interactive Light Shows

Global lighting leader Philips recently unveiled BCP Affinity, a massive LED-studded interactive installation that transformed the facade of Peru's largest and oldest bank into a public art piece. Made

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Could Bees 3D-Print Concrete Structures in the Cities of the Future?

Could Bees 3D-Print Concrete Structures in the Cities of the Future?

Bees already pollinate the great majority of our fruits and veggies - but could they build our buildings as well? Former Gizmodo Editor-in-Chief Geoff Manaugh, and designer John Becker came up a plan to

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Sunswift Sets World Record For Fastest Long-Range Electric Car

Sunswift Sets World Record For Fastest Long-Range Electric Car

Australian team Sunswift destroyed a 26-year old record for the world’s fastest long-range electric vehicle this week, traveling over 310 miles at an average of 62 mph. The previous record clocked in at

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Prefabricated 240-Ton Steel-Wrapped KHM26 House Transported to Final Site by Boat

Prefabricated 240-Ton Steel-Wrapped KHM26 House Transported to Final Site by Boat

The core of the KHM26 house was built from concrete and wrapped in a a steel shell welded into a single piece. The architects predicted the use of highly precise building techniques that would allow for

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The Number 6: Turin’s Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

The Number 6: Turin’s Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

The restoration and development of the Palazzo Valperga Galleani, carried out by Building Engineering, was meant to re-functionalize a historically and architecturally important property In Turin. The

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency

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Emeco’s New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With Recycled Materials

Emeco’s New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With Recycled Materials

Design lovers are sure to be familiar with Emeco's 1006 Navy Chair - a classic seat that was originally designed for the US Navy but found popular appeal due to its simplicity, durability, and light

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren't aware of just how vital our

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the resources to build

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CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

Located in an old area of Tokyo called Torigoe, CC4441 is surrounded by small factories producing leather products, paper crafts and ornaments. It was designed for a husband who needed a small office

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7N Architects Unveil Designs for Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Masterplan

7N Architects Unveil Designs for Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge Masterplan

Formerly the home of the North British Rubber Company as well as the Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, the site for Fountainbridge has long been an important industrial and employment center. Today, the

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last

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Mobile House of 28 Hammocks Allows Visitors to ‘Hang’ for Free in Vienna

Mobile House of 28 Hammocks Allows Visitors to ‘Hang’ for Free in Vienna

Installed on the forecourt of the Museum Quarter in Vienna, the structure is meant to highlight the constant change that occurs in urban environments. Apart from an enticing place to relax, it also offers

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INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an "Ocean Cleanup Array" which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. Although his idea received

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Why Did This Chinese River Turn Blood Red Overnight?

Why Did This Chinese River Turn Blood Red Overnight?

Perplexed citizens and officials of a city in eastern China are curious about the mysterious transformation of their local river. China has experienced these red rivers before when the water gets

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

Rooftops are tough place for plants: they're vulnerable to intense heat, cold, wind and drought, plus they can’t support a lot of weight, so the plants need to grow in just a few inches of soil

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DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

We're still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated, we've been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets, but it's always fun to

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How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible,

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KIDmob Helps Superhero Cyborg Kids Prototype Their Own Prosthetics

KIDmob Helps Superhero Cyborg Kids Prototype Their Own Prosthetics

Imagine being able to design your own super-cool body part, in whatever shape or color you could dream up. Thanks KIDmob, a group of children with a diversity of upper limb capabilities were able to

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England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

Faced with rising sea levels, would you consider a move onto the water? Soon, a community of Londoners will have exactly that option. dRMM Architects has won the Royal Docks competition to design

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Elon Musk for The Colbert Report. As you can imagine, Colbert wheedled out some exclusives from the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and described his ideal version

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One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

While One9 is made up of stacked modules, Hickory Group does not consider their building as modular architecture since they did not use a fixed module size. In keeping with their dedication to minimizing

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Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke Buffet: Wings Made of Recycled Slats and Inspired by the Tribal Patterns of Africa

Soninke by Davide G Aquini is a buffet with wings that are entirely covered with slats that are used to shield furniture during the lacquering process. After being used several times, these slats, which

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