Park Avenue Skyscraper Becomes Tallest Building In NYC

by , 10/21/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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New York City has once again proven its prowess for producing record-breaking skyscrapers. The swanky new 432 Park Avenue highrise, located between 56th and 57th streets, is now officially the tallest building in the city and the western hemisphere. The $1.3 billion luxury condominium designed by architect Rafael Viñoly boasts a towering height of 1,396 feet, 28 feet taller than the newly built One World Trade Center without its spire.

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Wooden Sea Ranch Cabin is Nestled in a Californian Redwood Forest

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Old Soap Factory Home Features a "Terrarium" Room That Opens Up to the Manhattan Sky

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World's First Plane Made Out of Hemp Flies High Next Year

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Despite an ongoing controversy in parts of the world, hemp is widely used in a large variety of applications, including soap, clothing, building supplies and fuel. But next year we will be able to add a new use for hemp if Canada’s Hempearth can get the world’s first hemp-based and hemp-fueled plane in the air. Last month Hempearth signed a contract with a Florida-based plane manufacturer to build a plane made almost entirely out of the fast-growing Cannabis plant.

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Does This Gorgeous Packaging Tempt You to Eat the Insects Inside?

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If you are like most Americans, the thought of biting into a nice, juicy cricket probably doesn’t hold much appeal. But many countries around the world consider insects to be a real treat. So how can we shift the perception from ‘yuk’ to ‘yum’? Sexyfood thinks they have the answer: by wrapping insects in gorgeous gold and black cans developed by Atelier Design, Sexyfood hopes to turn the lowly bug – including grasshoppers, waterbugs and scorpions – into a rare treat.

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Vik Muniz Transforms Trash from Brazil's Largest Landfill into Astonishing Works of Art

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Bosco Verticale: World's First Vertical Forest is Finally Complete in Milan

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Jason deCaires Taylor's Newest Underwater Sculpture 'Ocean Atlas' Will Blow Your Mind

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Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

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Italy’s WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) aims to help the world’s impoverished by 3D-printing sustainable dwellings using all natural materials. Unveiled at the Maker Faire Rome, the portable 3D printer called the Delta can be transported to areas in need to print homes on site. The printer works with locally-sourced materials like mud and fiber to create structurally sound homes with a culturally-sensitive, vernacular aesthetic.

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100% Recyclable UNBOXED Wooden Prefab is Equipped for Energy Generating Roof Tiles

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7 Luminous, Lantern-Like Houses that Glow in the Dark

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Watch Killer Whales Head Butt Each Other (VIDEO)

by , 10/20/14
filed under: Animals, News, Video

Scientists from NOAA Fisheries and the Vancouver Aquarium teamed up in August to trial monitoring the threatened northern resident killer whale population off the coast of British Columbia using a remote-controlled hexacopter. The team hoped that viewing the whales closely from the air would reveal insights into their health and well-being. The stunning aerial footage not only captured images that clearly showed whether individual whales were healthy, dangerously underweight or even pregnant, it also caught the whales swimming companionably alongside dolphins and affectionately head bumping each other and playing.

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Beautifully Renovated American Ranch Home Heats Up With Clean Geothermal Energy

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Simple Clay Stoves are Saving Lives and Preserving Forests Across the Himalayas

Climate Change in Himalayas: Wood fires, black carbon and biogas

Across the Himalayas, rural farmers and villagers rely on open, wood-fuelled fires inside their homes to cook their meals. The sheer amount of smoke created in these unventilated homes makes thousands of people ill every year, especially the women and children who do the cooking and spend most of their time indoors. In fact, lung diseases caused by household air pollution kills at least 23 people a day in Nepal alone. The Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) is a grassroots organization that’s working with these families and teaching them how to build permanent, healthier ovens in their homes. These stoves are created from bricks made with local materials, and not only do they use far less fuel that open cooking fires do, all smoke is whisked out of the house through a chimney pipe.

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Kenya's Northern White Rhino Faces Imminent Extinction After One of Two Remaining Males Dies

by , 10/20/14
filed under: Conservation, News

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Last year, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared that Africa’s Western black rhino was officially extinct. At the time, they also noted that the Northern white rhino was also “teetering on the edge of extinction.” Unfortunately, today it was announced that extinction for the Northern White Rhino may be inevitable after one of two remaining male rhinos died suddenly at a wildlife conservancy.

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A Forest Planted in Norway Will Become a Very Special Book in 2114

A Forest Planted in Norway Will Become a Very Special Book in 2114

An anthology of books is growing in Norway. Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s next project involves a future literary collection printed with paper from spruce trees that have just…

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Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Create Spectacular and Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns in NYC

Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Create Spectacular and Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns…

New York artists Marc Evan and Chris Soria began their pumpkin carving business, Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, eight years ago in an effort to tap local bars and restaurants during autumn.…

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Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Don't Miss This Year's Fiery Spectacle of 5,000 Hand-Carved Pumpkins

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Don't Miss This Year's Fiery Spectacle…

If you missed last year's Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, be sure to set aside a date to go see it this month. Over 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns will be lighting up the night for the…

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Experience Rural Portuguese Hospitality with [i]da arquitectos' Sublime Monte Novo da Cruz Renovation

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Portugal's [i]da arquitectos designed an extension to the sublime Monte Novo da Cruz development as a rural tourist destination. Although they were focused on recovering and expanding…

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Ditch the Sugary Treats this Halloween and Hand Out Jack-O'-Lantern-Shaped Recycled Crayons Instead

Ditch the Sugary Treats this Halloween and Hand Out…

Halloween brings out the creativity in kids perhaps more than any other major holiday, and these Jack-O'-Lantern crayons can inspire some great works of art! Made from melted-down,…

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