Mike Chino

 

Mike is an editor and writer based in San Francisco. He left sunny UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in French and Modern literature and delved into publishing through a stint at ReadyMade Magazine. Inspired by the impact that forward thinking can have on the present, he has cultivated a voracious appetite for developments in architecture, design, and technology. Mike likes to bike, blog, and build things, and in his spare time he also cooks, makes music, and rocks out.

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Inhabitat is Looking For Writers for the Milan Furniture Fair!

Inhabitat is Looking For Writers for the Milan Furniture Fair!

Hey Milan Design Fair fans! The Milan Design Fair is coming up quick from April 14th-19th, and Inhabitat is looking for a few great writers/photographers/design aficionados to cover this

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Win an $8,500 Laundry Room Makeover by Method!

Win an $8,500 Laundry Room Makeover by Method!

Win an efficient washer & dryer plus a year's worth of laundry supplies! The Method Laundry Room Sweepstakes is currently in effect, so enter today for a shot at winning a stunning green

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Researchers Transmit 10mbps Broadband Data Through Human Arm

Researchers Transmit 10mbps Broadband Data Through Human Arm

Gadget geeks, prepare to get wired in a whole new way -- researchers at Korea University in Seoul recently discovered a way to transmit data directly through the human body at broadband speeds

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The Strata: World’s First Skyscraper With Built-In Wind Turbines

The Strata: World’s First Skyscraper With Built-In Wind Turbines

Prepare to be blown away: the latest addition to London‘s skyline is a striking modern skyscraper that is heralded as the world’s first building with wind turbines built in!

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Solar Surge iPod and iPhone Cases Are Now Available!

Solar Surge iPod and iPhone Cases Are Now Available!

Just in time for sunny spring days, Novothink has announced that its hotly anticipated Solar Surge iPod and iPhone cases have hit the market and are available for sale! We've followed these

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Win an $8,500 Laundry Room Makeover by Method!

Win an $8,500 Laundry Room Makeover by Method!

Hey Inhabitat readers! Is your laundry room in desperate need of a clean green makeover? Does your washing machine waste buckets of water and is your dryer a drain your electricity bill? Well

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TAILPIPE POWER: Nanotube Thermocells Harvest Energy From Car Exhaust

TAILPIPE POWER: Nanotube Thermocells Harvest Energy From Car Exhaust

Harvesting wasted energy from unexpected places is one of our favorite topics at Inhabitat, however one of the last places we’d look for a “clean” energy source is the tailpipe

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Coffee Powered Car Gets 56 Espressos Per Mile

Coffee Powered Car Gets 56 Espressos Per Mile

Your morning cup of coffee may get your motor running, but it could also add some fuel to your gas tank -- literally! Behold the Carpuccino, a £400 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco that has been

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Bioluminescent Lamp Made From Living, Glowing Hamster Cells

Bioluminescent Lamp Made From Living, Glowing Hamster Cells

It may sound like something cooked up in Frankenstein’s lab, but Joris Laarman has created an incredible living lamp made out of (get this) bioluminescent, living, glowing hamster cells.

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Green Roofed Hillside Homes Blend Into their Environs

Green Roofed Hillside Homes Blend Into their Environs

Austrian architects Tobias Weiss and Gernot Reisenhofer have designed a beautiful series of terraced hillside homes that save energy by blending into their environment. Nestled against the

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Ferrari Unveils 599 HY-KERS Hybrid Supercar

Ferrari Unveils 599 HY-KERS Hybrid Supercar

The 2010 Geneva Auto Show is showcasing some incredible green machines, with scores of auto manufacturers including Porsche and Lotus rolling out fuel-efficient vehicles. The latest to step up

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Carbon-Free Battersea Power Plant Renovation Gets the Green Light

Carbon-Free Battersea Power Plant Renovation Gets the Green Light

We first covered the Battersea Power Plant renovation back in January, and although a build date has yet to be set we're excited to see the project cleared for construction. Rafael Viñoly

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Rock-Solid Rammed Earth Office by David Marchetti

Rock-Solid Rammed Earth Office by David Marchetti

High-tech building materials may be all the rage, but ancient materials can be just as effective at creating energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive buildings. Case in point: David

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Inhabitat Reports LIVE From Greener Gadgets Today!

Inhabitat Reports LIVE From Greener Gadgets Today!

Today team Inhabitat is reporting LIVE from the Greener Gadgets Conference to bring you the latest as design and technology luminaries from around the world discuss the state-of-the-art in green

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Researchers Shine Light on Gold Nanoparticles to Produce Electricity

Researchers Shine Light on Gold Nanoparticles to Produce Electricity

Not only are these gold nanoparticles gorgeous to look at - they may one day act as microscopic powerhouses for molecular machines. Researchers at the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University

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Floating Garden Spa Offers a Relaxing Eco Retreat

Floating Garden Spa Offers a Relaxing Eco Retreat

What could be more relaxing than spending a weekend drifting out to sea on your own floating island? Throw in some vertical gardens, a lush green landscape, and a luxury spa and you've really

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Bloom Energy Set to Unveil “Miraculous” Micro Power Plant

Bloom Energy Set to Unveil “Miraculous” Micro Power Plant

The news wires are buzzing today with hype surrounding the Bloom Box, a “revolutionary” micro power plant that is purported to produce a steady supply of clean, cheap, and efficient

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Wave-Wrapped Solar Monaco Pavilion Unveiled for the 2010 Shanghai Expo

Wave-Wrapped Solar Monaco Pavilion Unveiled for the 2010 Shanghai Expo

Excitement is amping up as Shanghai prepares for the 2010 World Expo by unfurling stunning feats of architecture ranging from supermassive sun valleys to epic energy-efficient pavilions. Keeping

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HP Invents a Central Nervous System for the Earth

HP Invents a Central Nervous System for the Earth

HP has just unveiled an incredibly ambitious project to create a “Central Nervous System for the Earth” (CeNSE) composed of billions of super sensitive, cheap, and tough sensors. The

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Stop Facebook From Using Dirty Coal to Power its New Data Center

Stop Facebook From Using Dirty Coal to Power its New Data Center

Facebook has announced plans to power a huge new data center in Oregon with dirty coal, which means that if you're one of the hundreds of millions of people who uses the social networking

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Obama Announces $8 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Nuclear Power

Obama Announces $8 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Nuclear Power

In an effort to spur the United States towards a new age of nuclear power, President Obama announced yesterday that Southern Company would receive $8 billion in federal loan guarantees to

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EMPOWER: The Energy Generating Rocking Chair

EMPOWER: The Energy Generating Rocking Chair

We love gadgets that glean energy from everyday actions, so we were thrilled to find this energy-generating rocking chair among this year's 18 Greener Gadgets Design Competition finalists.

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Chemists Develop Ultra-Efficient Carbon Capturing Crystals

Chemists Develop Ultra-Efficient Carbon Capturing Crystals

Here at Inhabitat we've seen technologies that capture carbon dioxide in everything from concrete to artificial trees to DVDs. Now chemists at UCLA have developed a new type of synthetic crystal

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Join Thrillist and Win a Kindle DX Worth $489!

Join Thrillist and Win a Kindle DX Worth $489!

We're big fans of E-readers because they save trees, and Amazon's Kindle DX is one of the best - it's thin, sleek, light, and can hold thousands of books without the massive environmental impact

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Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Speed Booster

Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Speed Booster

Green racing fans rejoice! Porsche has just unveiled its 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a 480 horsepower track vehicle ready to rock the 24-hour Nurburgring race this May. Porsche's latest supercar will use

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IllumiCharger Adds Solar USB Charging to Any Wall

IllumiCharger Adds Solar USB Charging to Any Wall

Solar power doesn't get more plug-and-play than the IllumiCharger, a wall-mounted charger that soaks up ambient light within your home to provide grid-free energy for any USB gadget. Designed by

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Corky Mouse Generates Kinetic Energy With Every Click

Corky Mouse Generates Kinetic Energy With Every Click

Portable wireless mice have a problem: most of them rely upon disposable batteries, which often wind up in landfills as e-waste. Adele Peters' Corky mouse aims to change all that -- it's a

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2010 Greener Gadgets Competition Designs Unveiled!

2010 Greener Gadgets Competition Designs Unveiled!

Heads up gadget geeks!Want to catch a glimpse into the future of green technology? Then check out the freshly unveiled finalists in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition! These 18 designs offer

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Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Clean Power to Off-Grid Areas

Energy Generating Soccer Ball Brings Clean Power to Off-Grid Areas

When the sun goes down many developing countries rely upon dangerous kerosene lamps, which emit hazardous fumes and generate 190 million metric tons of CO2 each year. Seeking an eco-friendly

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Virginia Tech’s Solar Powered Lumenhaus Lands in Times Square

Virginia Tech’s Solar Powered Lumenhaus Lands in Times Square

Virginia Tech's sun-powered Lumenhaus was one of our favorite entries in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, so we're thrilled to announce that it's currently on display in Times Square, New York! This

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