Eco-Inspiration

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection?

Charles Darwin was a man inordinately fond of beetles. He once caught a rare specimen in one hand, when another, even more remarkable, beetle showed up. He snatched that one up with his other hand.

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Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

Learn Passive Solar Design with Boston Architectural College’s Brand New Online Course

For those of you not familiar with ‘passive heating and cooling design’, it’s a building design strategy based primarily upon knowledge of thermodynamics and how the sun moves through the sky at

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction?

In our newest series, The Biomimicry Manual, we are thinking about design in a different way and asking ourselves "How would nature do it?". Nature's designs are tried and true, and there are a number of

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FABnyc’s 12×12 Pop-Up Project Brings Art to the Public Al Fresco-Style

FABnyc’s 12×12 Pop-Up Project Brings Art to the Public Al Fresco-Style

FABnyc, in partnership with the World Policy Institute, NYC Parks, and First Street Green, present WPI’s installation of The 12x12 Project at First Park in Manhattan’s East Village. This year's 12x12

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Crucifix Toad Teach Us About Adhesives?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Crucifix Toad Teach Us About Adhesives?

Image © paulhypnos This colorful toad may be as tiny as a quarter, but he has got some big tricks up his sleeve. The Crucifix Toad, also known as the Holy Cross Frog, (Notaden bennettii), like all

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DIY Hugelkultur: How To Build Raised Permaculture Garden Beds

DIY Hugelkultur: How To Build Raised Permaculture Garden Beds

Although the term "hugelkultur" was coined by German horticulturalists Hans Beba and Herman Andra in the late 1970s, the actual technique has probably been used for thousands of years. Roughly translated

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GREEN MY RIDE: Win a Brand New 7-Speed Linus Scout Bicycle + Accessories (Worth $645!)

GREEN MY RIDE: Win a Brand New 7-Speed Linus Scout Bicycle + Accessories (Worth $645!)

The sun is out, the weather is warm, and the days are longer than ever — and pedaling around town on a brand new bicycle is the best way to savor all that summer has to offer! Inhabitat has teamed up

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Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

People have been turning to nature for inspiration to help them solve problems for millions of years. From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine - examining the design of nature has aided in the

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15 Fantastic Green Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

15 Fantastic Green Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is approaching quickly, and if the special dad in your life is an eco-minded type, you might be a bit stumped on what to get him this year. Lucky for you we've rounded up more than a few

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Donate Your Old Sewing Machines and Help Create New Opportunities for Individuals Around the World

Donate Your Old Sewing Machines and Help Create New Opportunities for Individuals Around the World

What if your old, unused sewing machine could help mend the lives and create opportunities for woman around the world? It can! Eco entrepreneur and creative activist Jenelle Montilone recently partnered

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5 Matriarchal Animal Species That Prove Fox News’ Erick Erickson Wrong About What Nature Intended

5 Matriarchal Animal Species That Prove Fox News’ Erick Erickson Wrong About What Nature Intended

Recently Fox News' Erik Erickson, editor-in-chief of RedState.com, complained about a Pew report that found mothers as the primary or sole breadwinners in 40 percent of American households with kids. In

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How Big Is Your Home? See How Your Space Compares to Those Around the World

How Big Is Your Home? See How Your Space Compares to Those Around the World

Graham Hill’s flat is 420 square-feet, HGTV’s smart home is 2,400 square-feet and Al Gore’s home is quite a bit bigger. But just how big is the average home these days, and how big does it need to

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Celebrate Earth Day With Feng Shui!

Celebrate Earth Day With Feng Shui!

In light Earth Day and Earth Week, I wanted to share what “Earth” means in the Feng Shui world. When people ask me to describe Feng Shui, I tell them that it's about much more than moving furniture

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10 Reasons Why You’ll Be Buried Alive By Trash

10 Reasons Why You’ll Be Buried Alive By Trash

There's no denying that America has a trash problem. The USA produces more trash than any other country in the world, with each person throwing away 4.4 pounds of trash per day — that's a collective

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Design Students Show Off Their Creative Prowess at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

Design Students Show Off Their Creative Prowess at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

These organic-shaped ceramic bowls are actually precise measuring cups, corresponding to commonly used volumes in cooking recipes. The shapes refer to the mound of spices found in markets. Salt is used as

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Designers Experiment with Green Materials and Methods at Fabbrica del Vapore During Milan Design Week 2013

Designers Experiment with Green Materials and Methods at Fabbrica del Vapore During Milan Design Week 2013

Good vibes at the Fabbrica del Vapore, a creative hotspot, that seemed to be fully dedicated to green design this week. Tommaso Mancini presented the Ortobrick, a clay soil brick containing seeds

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Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

This fantastic wooden Foosball table, Afrika Kicker, is a socially-motivated, mobile concept that raises money to help support youth activities in South Africa and Rwanda. Created by Misereor, the table

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Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hey Inhabitat readers! In case you missed it, we just wrapped up our broadcast of the Design with a Conscience conference in San Francisco, CA! We teamed up with Ford Motor Company and the American

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Amy Eisenfeld Genser Recreates the Beauty of Underwater Reefs in Paper

Amy Eisenfeld Genser Recreates the Beauty of Underwater Reefs in Paper

Appearing as a coral reef viewed from above, Amy Eisenfeld Genser creates large-scale works that combine sculpture and painting. Some of her pieces can be several feet wide, containing hundreds of paper

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Infographic: A Visual Guide on How to Save Energy at Home

Infographic: A Visual Guide on How to Save Energy at Home

There are many little, inexpensive ways you can save energy — insulate your hot water heater, use ceiling fans in the summer, insulate your attic, use fluorescent light bulbs, wash your laundry in cold

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Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

Scientists Create Robot Ants That Imitate Colony Behavior and Navigate Mazes

Scientists from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Research Center on Animal Cognition have used robot technology to shed light on how ants forage and navigate. By creating sugar cube-sized

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CA Modern Home Tour: The Hidden Details of John Lautner’s Incredible Elrod House

CA Modern Home Tour: The Hidden Details of John Lautner’s Incredible Elrod House

When interior designer Arthur Elrod first approached the architect John Lautner about building a new home on two recently purchased lots, Lautner answered that he would take on the task if, and only

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Earth Hour 2013 is Tonight! (And Yes, Turning Off the Lights Does Make a Difference)

Earth Hour 2013 is Tonight! (And Yes, Turning Off the Lights Does Make a Difference)

Tonight, at 8:30 pm local time, houses and commercial buildings all over the world will suddenly go dark. No, it's not a global power outage, it's Earth Hour! Started in 2007, this annual event has become

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this year's Intel

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LAST DAY TO VOTE: Vote for Your Favorite Images in the LightCollector Photo Contest!

LAST DAY TO VOTE: Vote for Your Favorite Images in the LightCollector Photo Contest!

LAST DAY TO VOTE! We've received over 300 incredible light-inspired photographs in our LightCollector photography contest over the past few weeks, and we've been calling on you to vote for your

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3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

3D Printed Mechanical Muscle Has a Heartbeat Powered by Yeast

If the Tin Man were looking for a modern heart instead of an oversized pocket watch, it might look a little something like this. Scientists at the University of West England in Bristol have fabricated a

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MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

MIT Scientists Engineer Yeast Cells to Produce More Efficient Biofuels

In the hunt to replace petroleum, scientists are looking for more efficient ways to produce biofuels from organisms. A team of researchers at MIT have engineered yeast to manufacture the heavy alcohol

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Enter The LightCollector Photo Contest for a Shot at $1000!

Enter The LightCollector Photo Contest for a Shot at $1000!

Have you entered our mobile photo contest yet? 1 more week for a shot at $1000! Are you a designer, architect or creative who finds inspiration in photography? If so, you'll want to check out Philips'

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Marko Vuckovic’s Hydroponic Grass Lamp Lets Anyone Grow Plants Indoors

Marko Vuckovic’s Hydroponic Grass Lamp Lets Anyone Grow Plants Indoors

In an apartment or an office setting, a little greenery can turn a lifeless space into a relaxing oasis. Designer Marko Vučković's Grass Lamp is a sleek hydroponic light fixture that blends modernist

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Tentsile’s New Stingray Hanging Tent Lets You Sleep Comfortably Suspended in the Trees!

Tentsile’s New Stingray Hanging Tent Lets You Sleep Comfortably Suspended in the Trees!

Forget about soggy sleeping bags and competing with rocks and debris on the cold, hard ground on your next camping trip - Inhabitat favorite Tentsile just launched a brand new suspended tent called the

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