Anagraphic's Starry Light LED Lamp Casts Constellations of Stars Across Your Ceiling

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What if you could capture the night sky and bring the light of countless shining stars indoors? Budapest-based design duo Anna Farkas and Miklós Batisz’s new Starry Light LED pendant lamp does exactly that. The unique lamp provides local lighting while projecting a starry night sky on your ceiling through holes drilled in its hemispheric shade. The pendant’s LED light source—specially developed for Starry Light lamps—emits light beams of different strength upwards and downwards, thus creating ideal luminosity for an intimate dinner while conjuring the starry sky. The collection is based on Anna’s original idea of a lampshade as an art piece, and it’s set to debut next week at Tent London during the London Design Festival.

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Tesla's updated Roadster 3.0 can travel 400 miles on a single charge

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Lithium-ion battery technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past few years – and Tesla just packed the state of the art into a Roadster update package that gives the electric vehicle a range of 400 miles and a more aerodynamic profile. The Tesla Roadster is no longer in production, but that doesn’t mean that Tesla has forgotten about its original vehicle, which can now travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco on a single charge.

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The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014!

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2014 was an incredible year for green design – and here’s why. We’ve seen technological breakthroughs ranging from airborne wind turbines to Tesla’s first battery-swapping station and a floating device that could clean the world’s oceans. We were blown away by a brilliant team of teenagers that discovered a world-changing crop breakthrough, and we showcased tons of inspiring feats of green building along the way. Read on for a look at our top 7 posts of 2014 – and vote for your favorite!

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Inhabitat's Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

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Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that could save the oceans, they’re the kind of stories that give you hope for the future of society. This year we saw stories about a kayak instructor who built his own woodland home for just $11,000 and a round-up of DIY homes that anyone can build on the cheap. Hamburg announced plans to become car-free in the near future and a group of 16-year old girls from Ireland showed the world how to improve crop yields. Check out the stories and tell us which one inspires you most.

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The 6 Most Horrifying Inhabitat Stories of 2014

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This year we witnessed a number of inspiring stories across the world, but as always, there was also a fair share of horribly disturbing stories we published that shocked us to the core. From a depressing predictions about our civilization’s imminent demise to gut-wrenching, unforgivable animal cruelty, read on to see which articles horrified us the most and reminded us how important it is to protest these horrible acts of injustice and fight for a better future.

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Funniest Inhabitat stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

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2014 was a tough year, particularly after the world lost Robin Williams, someone whose incomparable comedic mind helped teach us that sometimes laughter is the only way to see through all of the tears. Inhabitat saw our share of humorous stories this year, and we would like to dedicate this poll to Mr. Williams’s selfless pursuit of other people’s smiles. Thank you, Robin. We hope you’re up there somewhere chuckling at this green cat.

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HOW TO: Recycle Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

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What to Do With Your Holiday Wrapping Paper

Ah, the day after Christmas – if you’ve been greening your holiday thus far, why stop now? One of the simplest ways to keep up the great eco-work is to recycle that colorful mound of ripped-up wrapping paper left in the aftermath of Christmas day. If you need ideas, we’ve got 5 easy ways to reuse your giftwrap, so check them out now!

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree at MulchFest 2015!

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New Yorkers looking to recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays can do so the easy way at MulchFest 2015. On January 10th and 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the New York City Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC will be setting up their tree recycling stations at designated parks across the city! Simply bring your tree to one of the convenient locations, and have it transformed into mulch to be used at city parks or take some home for yourself.

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Passive House Che in Romania has a super fun indoor net canopy

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Will Florida's new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

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Thanks to British Petroleum (BP) decimating the oceanic habitats in the Gulf of Mexico with the infamous Deepwater Horizon spill, their Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund is now being forced to fork over $1.3 million in grants to Naples, Marco Island, and Collier County, Florida. Teamed with the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Economic Recovery Task Force, these three governments have chosen to spend this money by purchasing and installing “six 500-ton reefs the size of football fields, each with six smaller pyramid-shaped modules 8 to 12 feet high” 12-30 miles offshore. These reefs are meant to provide jobs and revenue, but will the economic prosperities outweigh the overall long-term environmental impacts?

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River map shows which way every river in the US flows

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Andrew Hill created this mind-blowing map of the rivers of the continental United States, colored according to the direction in which they flow. Hill, of Vizzuality, used the the CartoDB platform and the National Hydrography Dataset, put out by the US Geological Survey, for this project. Is it geography or is it art? Eighteen colors are used on the map, representing points around the compass. At first glance, the veins on the map appear to blur together, or blend in some places. In order to best see the rivers’ directions, viewers need to zoom in and study the pinks, blues, greens, and reds. Hill claims the map was easy to make, but it’s worth hedging a bet that Einstein said the same thing about the theory of relativity once he’d gotten all the kinks sorted.

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Details of NYC's plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions begin to surface

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Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an ambitious goal of reducing New York’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Now some of the details of the plan are surfacing, illustrating what the path to energy efficiency will look like for the city. Power, heating, and cooling are primary targets for change, as they account for nearly 75% of the city’s emissions.

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Art gallery Tate ordered to disclose BP sponsorship details

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UK art organization Tate has been ordered by an informational tribunal to release details of the sponsorship they received from oil giant BP from 1990-2006. Environmental campaigner Brendan Montague, with support from London-based arts and activism charity Platform, brought the case against Tate. Platform claims that arts organizations need to be transparent with their funding in order to allow for informed public debate.

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Super strong graphene could revolutionize batteries by extracting hydrogen from thin air

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Graphene, the first two-dimensional crystal known to man, could be the key to stronger, longer lasting batteries. Similar in atomic structure to the graphite found in pencils, graphene has properties you won’t find in any writing implement. It’s 200 times stronger than steel, more than one million times thinner than a human hair, and is a highly conductive material on the molecular level. On top of all that, it is capable of extracting hydrogen from the atmosphere, which could reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

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Energy-efficient, pine-clad Danish home is heated with geothermal energy

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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes

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According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong…

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When it comes to storm warnings, look to the birds

When it comes to storm warnings, look to the birds

Instead of waiting for the tornado siren, human beings might want to look to the birds when it comes to escaping major storm systems - as new research show they may have survival…

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Climate change poses a serious threat to global wheat crops

Climate change poses a serious threat to global wheat crops

New studies reveal that increasing global temperatures are likely to put a damper on wheat crop yields. A six percent reduction in yields is expected for each 1.8 degree F (1 degree C)…

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Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small…

Sinato fit eleven different spaces within the 689-square-foot apartment, which features a limited materials palette comprising warm-toned wood, gray concrete, and white-painted walls.…

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Stufish's Wanda Movie Theme Park is shaped like an enormous golden beehive in Wuhan

Stufish's Wanda Movie Theme Park is shaped like an enormous golden…

The Wuhan Bells, a traditional icon of the local Chu-Han culture, inspired the Wuhan Movie Theme Park’s golden hive-like shape. The rounded structures were replicated at different…

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