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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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 energy. The

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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 project

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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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Massive 131 Acre Green Roof Planned for Seoul

Massive 131 Acre Green Roof Planned for Seoul

The architects behind South Korea's new eco dome have hatched another stunning project that plants a 131 acre green roof in the heart of Seoul. Designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers, the plan

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DIY Hyper-Modified Honda Motorcycle Hits 214 MPG

DIY Hyper-Modified Honda Motorcycle Hits 214 MPG

Fans of the hypermiling super-modded Aerocivic, meet its motorcycle counterpart! Designed and built by velomobile enthusiast Allert Jacobs, this streamlined recumbent motorcycle has been

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Design your Own Electric Vehicle With the Trexa EV Platform!

Design your Own Electric Vehicle With the Trexa EV Platform!

What if designing your own electric vehicle was as simple as picking out the parts and plugging them together? Trexa is aiming to make that dream a reality as they unveil the world's first

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Solar Puppy Sweater is Only a Little Bit Silly

Solar Puppy Sweater is Only a Little Bit Silly

If you're going to dress your dog up in silly outfits, they may as well serve a purpose. That's the tack behind this solar puppy sweater created by Erik Shiegg. According to him, the hi-tech

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Soviet Fish Factory Retrofitted Into Beautiful Modern Home

Soviet Fish Factory Retrofitted Into Beautiful Modern Home

Architect Zaigas Gailes Birojs has transformed an abandoned soviet fish factory in Kaltene, Latvia into a beautiful modern residence. Situated on the coast of an island in the Baltic Sea, the

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Spiraling Skyscraper Pod City For a Future New York

Spiraling Skyscraper Pod City For a Future New York

Design team Chimera has conceived of an incredible series of spiraling skyscrapers for New York's Hudson Yards that are modeled after the complex ecosystems created by the mangrove tree. Dubbed

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GREEN DESIGN PREDICTIONS FOR 2010!

GREEN DESIGN PREDICTIONS FOR 2010!

Welcome to 2010! The start of the new year is the perfect time to reflect upon the past, make resolutions for the future, and think about what the new year will bring. With this in mind, we've

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INHABITAT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2010!

INHABITAT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2010!

Happy New Year's Everyone! The ball has dropped, the countdown has ended, and a brand new year now unfolds before us! This past week we reflected upon the best of 2009, and now team Inhabitat

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INHABITAT EDITORS’ FAVORITE STORIES OF 2009!

INHABITAT EDITORS’ FAVORITE STORIES OF 2009!

Happy New Years everyone! As we count down to stroke of 2010 we've showcased our top transportation, architecture, and energy stories, and now we're thrilled to bring you our editor's favorites!

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ROCK ET ROLL: Eco Champagne Bottle Rocket for New Year’s Eve!

ROCK ET ROLL: Eco Champagne Bottle Rocket for New Year’s Eve!

Looking for a way to give your New Year's Eve bottle-poppin' festivities a bit of fun eco flair? Check out Zo Loft's awesome little Rock-et-Roll champagne bottle rockets! These spaceworthy

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TOP 5 GREEN ENERGY STORIES OF 2009

TOP 5 GREEN ENERGY STORIES OF 2009

As the world energy crisis mounts and the threat of catastrophic climate change looms near, the need for clean and green energy sources has never been greater. Fortunately, the future is bright

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