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Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

Panasonic’s New Solar LED Lantern Brings Light to Off-Grid Areas

The Panasonic Corporation just unveiled plans to launch a new solar LED lantern that will provide light to those living without electricity. The BG-BL03 Lantern can be charged up in just six hours, and it

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Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Not only do most children in Ghana have to spend their lives in poverty, they also have to spend 12 hours a day in darkness because so much of their country lacks access to the energy grid. This means

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WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

Water is life - without a source of clean water for drinking and cooking, humans become very sick and often die. In wealthy countries, clean drinking water is taken for granted. In developing countries,

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VIDEO: The Buckminster Fuller Institute

VIDEO: The Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is an organization after Inhabitat's own heart. It was formed by the visionary eco architect/designer's family in 1983 to champion Buckminster Fuller's amazing

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New Water Filter Can Detect Deadly E.Coli Within a Matter of Minutes Instead of Hours

New Water Filter Can Detect Deadly E.Coli Within a Matter of Minutes Instead of Hours

When scientists test a water supply for deadly pathogens like E.coli bacteria, every second counts. A team of engineers at the University of Alberta have developed a new filter that can detect E.coli in a

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“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

The World Health Organization states that arsenic is responsible for one of the largest mass poisonings in human history, causing cancer in over 1.2 million people and sickening 150 million every year. In

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Color-Changing Syringes Can Save the Lives of Millions

Color-Changing Syringes Can Save the Lives of Millions

A new color-changing syringe could save millions of lives worldwide by providing a visual indication to warn patients of prior use. The aptly labeled "LIFESAVER" syringe uses "smart ink" to turn an

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2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

Smart Highway While car technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century, roads have remained basically unchanged since the late 1800s. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard plans to change

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10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

Lepsis Terrarium Grows Edible Grasshopers As the world's population expands and resources for producing food become scarce, the World Health Organization thinks that we could all do with more insects

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Project Loon: Google to Test Balloon-Powered Internet in California’s Central Valley

Project Loon: Google to Test Balloon-Powered Internet in California’s Central Valley

Google wants to bring Wi-Fi to the world by launching high-altitude internet-equipped balloons in an effort dubbed Project Loon. The hope is that these balloons will bring internet access to rural and

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The JalaPira is a Floatation Device Aimed at Saving Children in the Developing World

The JalaPira is a Floatation Device Aimed at Saving Children in the Developing World

Every year, nearly 18,000 children drown in developing countries. The JalaPira is a new device that's aimed at reducing that number. The device is made from recycled PET plastic, and it's meant to help

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Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

Scientists Develop Plasma-Treated Nano Filter to Clean Water in the Developing World

A team of international researchers have found a new way to purify water in the developing world. It’s a filter made of plasma-charged carbon nano-tubes that can easily filter out harmful contaminants

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Photoflow Collector Harvests Rainwater and Solar Power for Developing Countries

Photoflow Collector Harvests Rainwater and Solar Power for Developing Countries

While our planet may be made up mostly of water, and electricity is used in every developed country, both of these resources are in tragically short supply in many places around the globe. Moreover, the

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ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

ReTyre Clip Transforms Waste Tires into Temporary Public Seating for Christchurch

The 2011 Christchurch earthquake killed 185 people, caused widespread disaster in the central city and eastern suburbs and is considered the costliest disaster in New Zealand's history. To local

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

Ecological Urinal The Ecological Urinal was created as a solution for places like Uganda's capital, Kampala, where on average, 1,000 people have to share the same toilet. The make-shift urinal is an

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Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Rice University Develops Solar Steam Sanitizer For Developing World

Over two billion people on the planet lack access to adequate sanitation. That means dirty water, disease, and contaminated medical supplies. Without access to proper infrastructure providing plumbing or

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architecture for Humanity’s Co-Founder Kate Stohr

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Architecture for Humanity’s Co-Founder Kate Stohr

Inhabitat: What were you trying to accomplish with this second version of your book? Kate Stohr: Well, things change with time and people do actually learn a thing or two. The first time we did the book,

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Afrique Authentique – Authentic Africa Brings the Green Textile Traditions of Africa to the World

Afrique Authentique – Authentic Africa Brings the Green Textile Traditions of Africa to the World

Afrique Authentique - Authentic Africa is an organization that aims to empower local craftspeople in Burkina Faso in Western Africa. The collective recently showcased its first 100% hand-woven African

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The Hope Floats Initiative’s Floating Clinic Provides Free Medical Care in Remote Nigeria

The Hope Floats Initiative’s Floating Clinic Provides Free Medical Care in Remote Nigeria

The prototype Amphibious Clinic is manned by a team of healthcare professionals, headed by Dr. Simeon Afolayan. With support by partners AFH Atlanta and Yaba Local Government Development Authority in

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SkinVision App Turns Your Smartphone Into a Skin Cancer Scanner

SkinVision App Turns Your Smartphone Into a Skin Cancer Scanner

SkinVision is a unique mobile app that uses your smartphone's camera to detect skin cancer and keep track of the health of your skin. The app takes into account skin type and your local UV index, and it

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These Beautiful Customized 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs Are Made to Be Seen

These Beautiful Customized 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs Are Made to Be Seen

Unlike the one-size-fits-all mentality that is dominant in the medical device manufacturing industry, the company uses image-based 3D scanning technology to capture the shape of the sound leg and adjust

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Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

One of the biggest culprits of disease and death in slum areas around the world is the lack of sanitary toilets. There are several places in Uganda’s capital Kampala where, on average, 1000 people have

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Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Showcased in Brisbane’s King George Square last year and Melbourne’s Federation Square last month, the emergency shelter is a small cubic unit made up of six interlocking plywood panels. This permits

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Scientists in Croatia Train Honeybees to Detect Landmines

Scientists in Croatia Train Honeybees to Detect Landmines

Bees have already done a host of great services for the human race - they pollinate flowers, cure diseases, and produce honey. Now scientists in Croatia have found another role for the intrepid insect.

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The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The Baker Stove is a Safer, Energy-Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

The majority of women in the developing world do their cooking on what is called a "three-stone fire": three stones supporting a pot with a fire beneath it. That type of fire is both inefficient, because

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BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

The Melbourne Emergency Shelter Exhibition lasted from May 1-5, 2013 and was held in Federation Square where leading architects from the area designed and built emergency shelters. The purpose of the

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13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

13 Things We Learned from Some of the World’s Smartest People at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2013

For those who think that environmentalism is just for hippies, actor Harrison Ford and Peter Seligman, Chairman and CEO of Conservation International, kicked off the conference with a discussion that

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The Maria Grazia Cutuli School Provides a Safe Haven for Children in Afghanistan

The Maria Grazia Cutuli School Provides a Safe Haven for Children in Afghanistan

The innovative school was built as an homage to Maria Grazia Cutuli, an Italian journalist murdered in Afghanistan in 2001. The school’s designed is like a small walled village, giving students

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At Least 340 People Dead in Bangladesh Factory Collapse

At Least 340 People Dead in Bangladesh Factory Collapse

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters The death toll at the horrific garment factory collapse that occurred earlier this week has now risen to 340. According to the Institute for Global Labour and Human

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LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

Gizmag reports that the LIFESAVER Jerrycan eliminates 99.999995 percent of bacteria and 99.999 percent of viruses is contaminated water, making it a fantastic solution for people who live in areas that

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