Canadian Teen Develops Method to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

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Canada’s Hayley Todesco has developed a method to speed up the detoxification of oilsands tailings ponds using 5th grade science. The 17-year-old Google Science Fair 2014 finalist won a $25,000 scholarship for her idea, which involves using sand filters to accelerate the biodegradation of toxic naphthenic acids.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn How to Defend Yourself Against Harmful Chemicals Hidden in Your Home

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Did you know that dangerous toxins are hidden in many of our everyday household objects? We all want to feel safe in our homes, but studies have shown that prolonged exposure to these hidden, but pervasive chemicals can cause hormone disruption or even increase the risk of cancer. To help you protect your body and home, Body Logic MD compiled a tidy infographic of some of the leading offenders and how best to avoid these harmful toxins.

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Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

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It’s widely known that sitting is bad for your health, but a new study of elementary school students reveals that standing desks can actually reduce obesity in children while improving their attention spans. Texas A&M associate professor Mark Benden tested out the theory by introducing “stand-biased” desks into the classrooms of 480 elementary school students in the College Station Independent School District. Each student donned a sensor on their arm to record their “step count” and “calorie expenditure” over a period of five school days. The results? Giving kids more standing time during class time helped them burn more calories – up to 15 percent more than traditional desks – and also seemed to improve their attentiveness.

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Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

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Just in time for the crisp fall weather, Bronx residents are celebrating the opening of a newly revamped green space in Mott Haven. The Willis Avenue Community Garden officially re-opened last week after months of renovations. Thanks to neighborhood leaders working in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project, Ten Arquitectos and the Urban Air Foundation, the public space has been reborn with a new prefab “casita” structure that adds both fun and functionality to the community center.

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Leviathan Transformable Antarctic Research Facility Acts as a Hub for Environmental Tourism in Antarctica

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A 650-Foot-Long Running Track Tops This Space-Saving Elementary School in China

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Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

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Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts at 82 Mercer in SoHo, NY. Join 5,000 design elite as Dwell upends the standard ‘trade show’ format and creates a unique forum to engage, learn, inspire and connect in new and exciting ways. Inhabitat readers can receive $10 off show passes for the inaugural event by using code DODNY and registering here.

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A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won't Want to Miss

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Happy first day of fall everyone! You know what that means: sweater weather, pumpkin ale, vibrant foliage, and the best part of all – house tour season. Whether you’re into classic Victorian homes or modern industrial lofts, there are tours to satisfy everyone’s voyeuristic fancies. Check out 6sqft’s roundup of the season’s best ones from openhousenewyork and Dwell on Design to more obscure tours like the ones hosted by the New York Junior League. Plan out your agenda here.

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Costa Mesa Waldorf School is Made From 32 Recycled Shipping Containers

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Waldorf Schools and shipping container buildings are two of our favorite things here at Inhabitat – and this amazing project combines them both! The Waldorf School of Orange County recently unveiled a set of new buildings made from 32 shipping containers. It took 99 days to build the 4 free-standing buildings which provide 10,000 square meters of new classroom space, administrative offices, a science lab, a library, a student lounge and an auditorium.

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Reimagine Mexico City's Old International Airport Grounds in the Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung Competition!

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Foster + Partners recently won a prestigious competition to design Mexico City’s new international airport, but have you ever wondered about the fate of the older and soon-to-be obsolete International Airport Benito Juarez? Arquine International Design and Architecture Magazine launched an international design competition to answer this very question. Titled the Eastern Metropolitan Green Lung Competition, this contest seeks innovative proposals that explore how the centrally located 746-acre space can be transformed into a green urban zone and economic catalyst for the city. The competition is open to architects and architecture students all over the world. Registration opens October 1, 2014 and ends February 17, 2015. A total of $190,000 MXN in prize money will be divided amongst the top three winners.


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INTERVIEW: Tesla Climate Riders Drive 1,100 Miles to People's Climate March

 

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A team of sustainability leaders from Orlando, Florida, drove a  Tesla Model S Sedan 1,100 miles to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate that zero emission electric vehicles can be a part of the climate solution. The trip took 27 hours with stops at nine Tesla Supercharger stations along the East Coast. Their destination was the newest Tesla showroom at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, where the biggest climate march in history started with an estimated 400,000 people taking to the streets of Manhattan to demand climate action ahead of the UN Climate Summit.

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Meet Nixie, the World's First Wearable Drone

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The selfie just became airborne. Now that you can buy a drone at your local store, it seems like the technology has reached its apex, but that’s only because we hadn’t seen Nixie yet. Nixie is a drone that you can wear on your wrist like a watch. According to the inventor, with just a simple gesture, the drone takes off, turns its camera to you to snap a video and returns to your wrist, letting you capture those moments where a simple selfie just won’t do.

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ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

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NYC’s fourth annual celebration of architecture and design starts tomorrow! Rechristening the tenth month of the year as Archtober, it will be a month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions all over New York City. The event will feature more than 150 curated programs by 50-plus participating groups, from the Guggenheim to the Center for Architecture, so don’t miss it!

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VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

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This Amazing Cave Home in France Cost Just One Euro

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open…

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and…

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Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH 'L-Zero' Maglev Train

Japan Conducts First Public Test of New 311 MPH 'L-Zero' Maglev Train

Japan invented high-speed rail (HSR) in 1964 with the Shinkansen bullet train - and now The Land of the Rising Sun is leading the way towards the next generation of fast trains with the…

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North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

North America’s Largest Green Wall is Now Complete in Vancouver

Vancouver-based design firm Green over Grey just completed work on North America's largest green wall. Located in Surrey, British Columbia, this 10,150-square-foot double-sided green…

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How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

Monsanto is conquering one of the world’s most stunning utopias - and it's happening right under our noses. The company is turning the picturesque island of Molokai into a GMO…

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At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan's Mount Ontake Eruption

At Least 36 Feared Dead Due to Japan's Mount Ontake Eruption

At least 36 people are now feared dead in the aftermath of Saturday's Mount Ontake volcanic eruption in Japan. Toxic gases are still spewing from the volcano, causing search and rescue…

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