9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

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See How This Handy New App Lets You Create Design Concepts Right on Your Smartphone

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A revolutionary new mobile app is offering designers the ability to use their smartphones or tablets to create concepts on-the-go. Board 2.0, from the masterminds at The Morpholio Project, is quickly becoming a staple for design pros, and is a dream come true for Pinterest fiends who want to take their “board” game to the next level. The app lets users stage rooms virtually on their mobile devices, giving designers the ability to create concepts whenever inspiration strikes them. This could mean big news for the future of design, allowing for more inspired and collaborative designs than ever before!

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

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The Unsung Heroes of Urban Design: How Bike Bollards Protect Pedestrians & Property While Providing Bike Parking

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Sometimes the most well-designed and useful objects are the ones you hardly notice at all. Case in point: bike bollards. You’ve probably encountered a bollard at one time or another (they look like heavy, squat posts), but bike bollards are an elevated version of these common structures that perform double duty by protecting buildings and pedestrians from cars while also providing a place for secure bicycle parking. Read on to learn more about these unsung heroes of urban design, and how they better streetscapes in their own quiet but effective way.

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Explore 6 High Line-Inspired Copy Cats Changing Cities Across the Globe

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France's Grand Large Seaside District is Both Stunning and Sustainable

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change. Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more.

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5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

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Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

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Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and their incredible advisory council want to see your vision – enter today!

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How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer's Sweetness

It’s the height of the summer harvest season here in the northern hemisphere, and the southern one will see a huge influx of berries and early spring fruits in the very near future, all of which can be enjoyed in the moment and preserved for later. Produce never tastes as good as when it’s naturally in season (and local!), and the fruits or vegetables we preserve at this time of year will taste so much better than the pallid, imported offerings we’ll find at the supermarket over the winter. Juices are summery delights that are incredibly easy to preserve, as they only require a water bath instead of a pressure-canner, so grab some local produce and get canning!

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DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

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Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California's Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

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6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

Even though a lot of people may disagree, choices that can help save the environment often save you money as well. By learning from and curbing our regular habits, we can decrease our impact and contribute meaningfully to the Earth. Teaching our kids these alternatives while they’re young is also important: if kids know where things come from and how the world works, they’ll be more likely to continue these eco-friendly habits throughout their own lives. Here are 6 subtle changes you can make to save both money and energy in your everyday life.

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Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

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7 Plants That May Save the World

7 Plants That May Save the World

Perennial Wheat Grains are the staple food of humanity: the vast majority of people on the planet eat either rice, wheat, or corn on a daily basis, and those are all annual crops. The…

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

13 Stunning Sand Sculptures to Help Unleash Your Inner Architect at…

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…

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

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…

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

Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by…

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…

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

Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public…

The transportation sector accounts for a whopping 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Improving public transit is one of the best ways to cut that figure down -…

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

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

TIP 1: Lose the Plastics If there's anything worse than plastic plates, it just might be their styrofoam counterparts. One of the easiest things you can do to go green is to reach for…

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

World's First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More…

Recently, prolific Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and civil engineering firm Heijmans nabbed headlines by installing the world's first glow-in-the-dark road in the Netherlands. The…

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

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the…

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…

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City

Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City

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?…

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

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

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…

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

Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from…

  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…

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How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

Here’s What You’ll Need: Potato, yam, sweet potato, jicama, or other firm, starchy veggies Paring knife and X-acto knife 100% cotton fabric Acrylic Paint and Acrylic…

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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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