Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

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The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike is the coolest bike around for kids, with an ergonomic seat and natural suspension for safe and fun riding experience. We are offering you a chance to win one for your little tot just for following our Inhabitot’s Pinterest page. Click on the link below to read the rules and get your kiddo one seriously sweet ride.

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Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless

by , 01/24/15

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Winters for the homeless can be an incredibly difficult time, so Carnegie Mellon University challenged its students to create temporary, economically viable shelters for people living on the streets. In response, a student team created the “Satellite Shelter,” an insulated sleeping bag that can also transform into a tent. The set-up also includes wheels and arm straps, so it can travel wherever it is needed.

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!

You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.

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FabCafe in Japan lets customers create 3D gummies of themselves

by , 01/24/15
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Valentine Gummy

Gummies aren’t just for bears and worms anymore. Tokyo’s FabCafe in Shibuya offers customers the chance to create a 3D-printed gummy version of themselves! Using the café’s 3D body scanner, customers can make colorful gummies of their bodies for White Day—a Japanese follow-up to Valentine’s Day.

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This cleverly designed bamboo bike charges mobile devices

Bambootec Bike Bicycle Bamboo Design Appropriate Technology Yucatan Mexico

Bambootec, a consortium from Yucatán, Mexico, has created a bamboo bicycle that turns pedaling into electricity for charging mobile devices. The bike also has a navigation dashboard in the handlebars, which measures distance and time, and a bluetooth connection. It’s an impressive piece of engineering—particularly  if the designs are simple enough to be built by hand by individuals in areas where rolling blackouts are a part of daily life.

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Melting glaciers reveal items lost in the Stone Age

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Stone Age Knife

Losing mittens and other personal possessions isn’t a modern-day woe: it appears that our Stone Age ancestors misplaced their personal belongings just as often as we do. An archaeological team working in Oppland County, Norway, has been doing research among the melting glaciers, and discovered hundreds of discarded or lost items now revealed by the receding ice.

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French Rollkers 'under shoes' allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

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French startup Rollkers SAS is coming to the U.S. to unveil their unique shoe accessory that could seriously put some spring in America’s step. The Rollkers undershoe is described as a “transportation accessory that increases a person’s average walking rate up to 7 miles per hour” by affixing wheels to the soles of their shoes.

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Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

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Christian Schallerton has retrofitted a tiny apartment up with a vast view of Barcelona into an incredible transforming home that packs a lot of living space into a tiny footprint. Inspired by boat design, Japanese homes, and Zen minimalism, the 258 square-foot apartment 90 steps above the street is a multi-functional space that can transform from a kitchen to a living room, bedroom, or dining room with some clever built-in furniture.

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MIT researchers reveal the reason rain smells, and capture it on video

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Do you love the smell of freshly-fallen rain? If so, you’re one of many who love that earthy smell, reminiscent of the first days of spring or putting your hands in newly-turned soil. In case you ever wondered, that smell has a name, Petrichor. Now, scientists at MIT may have figured out just what releases that smell — and other aerosols — into the air. And they  have managed to captured it all on video.

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Celebrate National Handwriting Day today with a handwritten tweet

National Handwriting Day

Did you know that writing things out by hand keeps your brain cells active, and even helps you retain information? It also improves hand-eye coordination, and has a soothing, meditative effect on your entire body. January 23rd is the third annual National Handwriting Day, and people around the country (and beyond!) are celebrating by writing tweets, blog posts, Facebook updates, and even Instagram posts by hand. Join people like Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Katie Couric, and countless other folks as we celebrate the pen and all that’s wild and wondrous about writing by hand. Those who tweet or post with the #HandwritingDay and #mHDay hashtags will be featured in Moleskine’s realtime gallery, and people can also win Moleskine products like pens, notebooks, and sketchbooks by submitting handwritten pieces here.

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Images via National Handwriting Day’s Instagram, and Shutterstock


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Israeli architects transform an abandoned storage building into a flexible, cozy home

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Nothing says "I love you" quite like a 3D-printed steampunk gear heart

3D-Printed Gear Heart

If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s gift for someone special, check this out: you can download plans on Thingiverse for a 3D-printed steampunk-style gear heart to give as a fun, weird little present. The different sections interlock like puzzle pieces (like you and your sweetheart click together? Awww…), and take just a few hours to print on a standard 3D printer. Each heart measures approximately 10cm across, so they’re just a big bigger than the average human heart. If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, you can also purchase pre-made hearts on Etsy—just order soon if you’d like to get yours in time for V-day!

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Despite financial collapse, Architecture for Humanity volunteer chapters wish to continue

by , 01/23/15
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On January 1, Architecture for Humanity (AFH) quietly closed its doors in a move that took the design world and AFH’s own global network of over 20,000 volunteers by surprise. Problems appeared to have been brewing for months and many of those in contact with headquarters could tell all was not well – but staff in international field offices and 59 volunteer chapters were left largely in the dark. But as the dust begins to settle, leaders of many of AFH’s volunteer chapters have come forward eager to continue the organization’s mission.

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Concrete Yogananda Library is bathed in natural light

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Self-supporting Dome Homes can be lit with the energy equivalent to boiling a kettle

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Resolution 4's gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to the Hamptons

Resolution 4's gorgeous Swingline home brings sophisticated prefab to…

Located Wainscott, NY, the luxury vacation home is set in a wooded three-acre site, offering an idyllic retreat away from the hustle and bustle of NYC. The home's six bedrooms, seven…

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Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain…

The house is organized around a central courtyard and evokes the sense of a small, clustered village. The courtyard divides into two sections: the main residence, and the guest…

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Green ideas for Valentine's Day

Green ideas for Valentine's Day

Whether you love it or hate it, today is Valentine's day. Some may argue the holiday is a Hallmark fabrication to encourage consumption of useless goods, but whatever your thoughts,…

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This new Times Square restaurant hides a giant living wall

This new Times Square restaurant hides a giant living wall

Midtown’s brand new Hunt & Fish Club Restaurant may echo old New York glamour, but its sprawling living wall elevates the venue into modernity. Designed by Studio Iyor, the…

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Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland plants

Cambodian floating toilets filter human waste naturally via wetland…

The floating village of Prek Toal in Cambodia is utilizing the power of natural filter wetland plants to soak up contaminants from their raw sewage. Floating toilets supported by…

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