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World's First 3D-Printed House is Being Built In Amsterdam

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13 Stunning Sand Sculptures to Help Unleash Your Inner Architect at the Beach

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For most, a trip to the beach is all about relaxing and soaking up the sun, but for others it’s an opportunity to unleash their inner starchitect. From the classic castle fit for a fairytale princess to gigantic teddy bears, we’ve rounded up over a dozen stunning sand art masterpieces guaranteed to make your jaw drop. Click through the link to see some truly amazing artworks to fuel the inspiration for your next beach creation.

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

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It’s frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn’t have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But surely this clever ape can figure out how to tap our watery planet’s vast oceans? We can’t drink saltwater, of course, but doesn’t desalination offer tantalizing potential? We already do it in some of the world’s driest spots, but in general, it’s still an expensive proposition, fraught with environmental disaster. But even as we humans struggle to meet the freshwater challenge in a sustainable way, nature is busy doing it. Every day, tide in and tide out, fueled by sunshine and emitting nothing more than sea salt. How do they do it? Find out in todays entry of The Biomimicry Manual.

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Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy?

Superstorm Sandy wreaked absolute havoc all along the USA’s east coast, and in addition to the massive flood damage, subsequent fires along the Jersey Shore (among other areas) were devastating. Hurricane Sandy made the Jersey Shore town of Seaside Heights infamous by the shocking photos of their iconic roller coaster in the ocean. A year later the same town suffered a second devastation, when the newly-rebuilt boardwalk burned down. At the time most bystanders scratched their heads and wondered why Seaside Heights had such bad luck – was it cursed? Those with an understanding of electrical engineering realized that the fire was the result of damage already done by Hurricane Sandy. Evidence has come to light that many of the fires were electrical in nature, as both electrical and mechanical systems were damaged by saltwater from ocean floods. By revisiting the placement and maintenance of these systems, we should be able to avoid similar damage from (inevitable) future storms.

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

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7 Tips for a Red, White and GREEN Fourth of July!

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World's First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where they find it, and dwellers, well, dwell in it. Nothing goes to waste in nature, and these little beetles are perfect examples of a species that transforms another’s dross into gold. So, what can they teach us about re-using and recycling materials for a true circular economy? Read on to find out!

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Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

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We Test Out The New Lincoln MKC: A Crossover Vehicle with a Small Footprint, but Big Style

This summer, luxury crossover buyers have a new model to choose from when the 2015 Lincoln MKC rolls into showrooms. The MKC is a new crossover that has a small footprint, but a big dose of style mixed in, like the Lincoln MKZ sedan.

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City

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Hey Inhabitat readers!

Any of you want to work for an awesome online publication with passion, a vision and a mission to make the world a better place through the power of design? Would you like to work for the web’s largest green design publication, which is read by 100,000 thought-leaders every day, and over 4 million readers every month? Of course, we’re humbly talking about Inhabitat here — we’re expanding and currently looking to fill a few freelance & full-time positions. If you (or someone you know) are passionate about sustainable design, and want to work for an exciting and fast-growing publishing company focused on design innovation, we want to hear from you!

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Dwell on Design 2014: America's Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, will be back at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014! Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of modern design will allow visitors to explore the latest and greatest design trends, tour some of the area’s most coveted homes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry leaders. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT14 for $5 off!

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

 

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The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest estuary in the USA, covering about 4,500 square miles and spanning across 6 states. Population increase and industrialization have resulted in the pollution and deterioration of Chesapeake Bay, ruining the livelihood of local residents. If the people of Buzzards Bay, MA, do not help to improve nitrogen levels, a similar situation could happen in New England.

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How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are…

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MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

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Floor-to-ceiling windows: They're a good thing in theory, but finding window coverings to fit them can be a huge "pane" in the "glass"! Especially when you only have one…

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Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We…

Before we gathered our food in grocery carts and online services like Peapod, we gathered it straight from the bush. It's a shocking idea that the food we eat might not be hosed with…

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