Bangladesh wants to become the world's first "solar nation" by 2021

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The Bangladeshi government wants every household in the nation to be solar powered by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing on what they call solar home systems (SHS). Solar home systems are provided by the government to homes that do not have access to the main power grid, thus supplying power where there previously was none.

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Contemporary Cone House resembles a shingle-clad boat brought ashore in Sweden

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Lisbon's Vertigo Climbing Center invites visitors to climb all over their new cafe pavilion

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Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes may be released in Florida

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In an attempt to curb outbreaks of two devastating tropical diseases in the Florida Keys, the FDA is proposing the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes into the area. Scientists have bred male mosquitoes with virus gene fragments, so when they mate with the females that bite and spread illness, their offspring will die. This can reduce the mosquito population dramatically, halting the spread of diseases like dengue fever. Local residents aren’t impressed, though: there is no guarantee that only non-biting males will be released, or that no modified DNA will enter a human’s bloodstream if they’re bitten.

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WoodWorks announces its 2015 Wood Design Award Winners

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Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

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Spain will be home to the first public street lighting system powered exclusively by solar and wind energy. Researcher Ramon Bargalló is the man behind the development, and he worked alongside the company Eolgreen to design his autonomous street light system. Although there have been other wind/solar-powered street lights, these will be the first to be installed as public fixtures.

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Obama proposes offshore oil and gas drilling in Atlantic Ocean

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Just days after the White House announced historic plans to protect 12 million acres in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil exploration, President Obama has proposed plans to open a region of the Atlantic to offshore drilling. While the Obama administration claims any new drilling would happen a ‘safe distance’ from the coastline, politicians and activists alike are speaking out against hazardous plans that seem to be moving domestic energy development in the wrong direction.

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Timber artist’s house and atelier imitates northern Italy’s mountainous landscape

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Hungarian pianist gives the grand piano a sleek, modern makeover

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Lush sky garden opens in Rafael Viñoly's 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper in London

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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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Clever modular mobility aid helps those with disabilities in the developing world

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A modular kit of interchangeable mobility aid parts for everything from crutches to walking frames is set to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people with disabilities, thanks to a design engineering student from Brunel University London. Cara O’Sullivan, 21, from Battle, East Sussex, realized the opportunity after a year’s placement with the Medical Engineering Resource Unit (MERU), a unique charity in Epsom, Surrey. Cara explains: 


“Whilst visiting Kiya Survivor’s physiotherapy center in Peru, I realized that while the developed world can be generous in donating unwanted walkers and crutches, they come from a wide variety of different manufacturers and so perfectly good parts from one walking aid can’t be used to repair another one. Back at Brunel, when it came to developing a project for my final year, it was clear that I could use my design and engineering skills to help not only the youngsters I had met in Peru, but those in similar circumstances around the world. The key element is to simplify everything – walking sticks, crutches and walkers – to design core interchangeable components which work together like Meccano and, just like the toy, can be easily and quickly disassembled and re-used. By being so adaptable, the walking aid will be able to meet the user’s exact needs and provide the required support throughout changes in their condition. The system is more sustainable and cost effective because the walking aid will gradually evolve with the user rather than having to get an entirely new aid each time their condition changes.”

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INFOGRAPHIC: The ultimate guide to mold removal

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Mold (or mould, as Canadians and UK folks spell it) loves to lurk in various nooks around the house. From shower curtains and walls to shoes and coats, all different kinds of mold can spring up at any time, even in winter! In fact, winter is a great time for mold to show up, as damp clothes get tucked into closets before drying properly, or condensation accumulates around windows and baseboards. This handy infographic touches upon the many types of mildew that can show up in your home, and how to get rid of them. Read on past the jump for the full range of tips and tricks, and banish mold from your house for good!

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DIY: 7 Valentine's Day gifts you can make for your sweetheart

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Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away, and if you’re planning to give any gifts to your loved ones, now’s the time to get creative! Handmade gifts are so much sweeter than purchased ones, as time and care are poured into each unique offering. Read on to check out seven different DIY gift ideas from handwarmers to massage bars. Whether you’re celebrating the day with a romantic partner, or sharing love and sweetness with friends, family, and kids, there’s something special to be made for cherished folks of all ages.

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Chinatown's giant snowman is back!

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West Virginia gas pipeline explodes in a giant fireball

West Virginia gas pipeline explodes in a giant fireball

  On January 26, a gas pipeline exploded in Brooke County, West Virginia, sending an enormous fireball into the morning sky. Nearby residents watched in amazement, capturing…

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Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

Will NYC embrace Meatless Mondays?

Do you think you'd be able to give up steaks and burgers for one day of the week? The latest city-supported health initiative is encouraging New Yorkers join the Meatless Monday…

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Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in the snow!

Artist Simon Beck creates gigantic winter crop circles by walking in…

Located in the beautiful valley of Savoie, France, Beck’s patterned snow circles decorate the expanses of the frozen lakes outside of the ski runs at Les Arcs ski resort.…

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Could mining helium-3 from the Moon solve Earth's energy problems?

Could mining helium-3 from the Moon solve Earth's energy problems?

First Russia was interested in mining energy from the moon. Now China is actively taking steps toward developing the ability to mine helium-3 from the lunar surface. And while NASA…

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Artisan Moss’ plant paintings effortlessly bring the beauty of green walls indoors

Artisan Moss’ plant paintings effortlessly bring the beauty of green…

If you’ve always wanted an indoor green wall but were too intimidated by the hassle of upkeep, look no further than Artisan Moss’ zero-maintenance living walls. Made from 100% real…

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