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US Gives $50 Million for Clean Burning Stoves in Developing World

US Gives $50 Million for Clean Burning Stoves in Developing World

Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a public-private partnership called the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves to which the US government will donate $50 million to increase

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Life Cube Inflatable Emergency Shelter Sets Up in Just 5 Minutes

Life Cube Inflatable Emergency Shelter Sets Up in Just 5 Minutes

Life Cube offers 144 sq ft of instant emergency space and requires no tools to set up. The shelter arrives in a crate made from post-consumer recycled plastic shipping pallets and can be rolled if

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8 Kids Who Will Inspire You With Their Amazing Eco-Innovations

8 Kids Who Will Inspire You With Their Amazing Eco-Innovations

You may think today's kids just aren’t as crafty as you were back in the day, especially with all this entertainment technology at their fingertips - where's the imagination?! But think again. While

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8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

8 Inspiring Green Kids and Their Eco-Innovations

As kids, most of us spent our days playing hopscotch, toying with action figures, maneuvering Tetris blocks, and wrestling with Donkey Kong. Not these creative tykes, however! These eight amazingly

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OLPC Will Offer $35 Laptop to India’s Children

OLPC Will Offer $35 Laptop to India’s Children

Earlier this summer we reported on One Laptop per Child’s (OLPC) efforts to create an affordable device able to bring technology into the hands of children in developing nations. Since then news has

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Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

It’s often hard not to succumb to the built-in stimuli of digital entertainment - especially when it's everywhere we turn. But we often forget that there’s a lot to be had with just one’s

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Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

Old Cigarette Vending Machines Repurposed to Dispense Books

German publishing company Hamburger Automatenverlag found a brilliant new use for old cigarette vending machines — instead of icky cigarettes, the re-purposed “machines” carry a series

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PITCH: AFRICA is a Soccer Field that Also Produces Clean Drinking Water!

PITCH: AFRICA is a Soccer Field that Also Produces Clean Drinking Water!

While the excitement of the World Cup may be over, one group of creative thinkers still has soccer on the brain - and for a great cause. Jane Harrison and David Turnbull of Atopia Research have come up

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African Doctor Invents Female Condom with ‘Teeth’ to Fight Sex Assault

African Doctor Invents Female Condom with ‘Teeth’ to Fight Sex Assault

This week, the world is turning its attention to Africa for the World Cup games, but a terrible problem that's been plaguing the continent for years is still going largely ignored. According to Human

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VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

Architecture for Humanity is network of over 40,000 design professionals around the world who donate their services to helping to improve lives of people in need. Every year they build buildings and

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VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

Over a billion people in the world don't have access to transportation. Worldbike is trying to fight that problem with great design as their weapon. Founder Ross Evans created Worldbike a decade ago on a

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Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Talk about “green design to save the world” — Appropriate Technology Collaborative has developed a solar powered refrigerator for vaccines that stands to save millions of lives lost each

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The 2010 Buckminster Fuller Institute 2010 Challenge Winner!

The 2010 Buckminster Fuller Institute 2010 Challenge Winner!

Buckminster Fuller was an amazing visionary of a man: architect, engineer and one of the first true “green designers” of the modern era, so it should come as no surprise that we’re big

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Students Develop Radar Device to Help Blind People “See”

Students Develop Radar Device to Help Blind People “See”

Students in Israel at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed new technology that allows blind people to “see” objects around them through a simple radar system. The device

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Buy It Now! Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Airstream

Buy It Now! Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Airstream

Project H's Design Revolution Road Show Airstream trailer is now up for auction on eBay! The shiny silver rig just finished its 9,500-mile, 36-city trek across the country promoting humanitarian product

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Operation Hope Wins 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Operation Hope Wins 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

We're thrilled to announce that The Buckminster Fuller Institute has just announced the winner of their third annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and this year's award goes to... Allan Savory for

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Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

One our favorite design organizations Project H just launched their latest initiative which focuses on transforming the educational landscape through design. An organization founded by former Inhabitat

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VIDEO: Project H Design Launches New Education Initiative

VIDEO: Project H Design Launches New Education Initiative

If you've been a fan of Inhabitat for awhile, you may have noticed our love for the humanitarian design non-profit Project H Design. Founded by former Inhabitat Managing Editor Emily Pilloton, Project H

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OLPC to Unveil XO-3 Tablet Prototype by the End of This Year

OLPC to Unveil XO-3 Tablet Prototype by the End of This Year

The iPad may be a luxury item, but One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is working on an affordable device for the developing world that combines the features of a laptop, the Kindle, and the iPad -- and it might

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The Best Green Designs from Model Citizens 2010

The Best Green Designs from Model Citizens 2010

In stark contrast to the cavernous halls and thousands of booths at ICFF, Model Citizens brought together a carefully curated community of independent designers. We were thrilled by the originality and

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Students Transform Salad Spinner Into Life-Saving Centrifuge

Students Transform Salad Spinner Into Life-Saving Centrifuge

When's the last time you heard of a salad spinner that saves lives? Two Rice University students have transformed a simple salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can be used to diagnose

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5 Social Smartphone Apps That Can Save the World

5 Social Smartphone Apps That Can Save the World

Apps, apps, apps! Smartphone apps are getting a lot of attention these days and for good reason: new, innovative applications are allowing us to make connections between the virtual and physical worlds

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Cactus Gum Can Purify Water Cheaply and Effectively

Cactus Gum Can Purify Water Cheaply and Effectively

Counterintuitive as it may seem, cacti might be the key to cheap and easy water purification. Assistant Professor Norma Alcantar at the University of South Florida in Tampa has discovered that when

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Earthquake-Detecting Program Turns Your Laptop into a Seismometer

Earthquake-Detecting Program Turns Your Laptop into a Seismometer

If you've purchased a laptop over the past few years it's very likely to contain a device called an accelerometer -- a sensor that can save your hard drive by registering if you've dropped your precious

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Ecomat’s LEGO-Like Building Bricks Let You Create Your Own Castle

Ecomat’s LEGO-Like Building Bricks Let You Create Your Own Castle

What if building your own house was as easy as snapping together a bunch of LEGO bricks? Brace yourself: just such a set of industrial-sized building blocks exist, and they're made from 100% recycled

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Well Tech Awards Showcase Green Innovation at Milan Design Week

Well Tech Awards Showcase Green Innovation at Milan Design Week

Well-Tech’s mission is to support the creation of innovative projects through planning, research, and promotion. The wide range of designs include electric cars, new materials, renewable energy

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Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

In the poorest regions of the world, exposure to kerosene kills one person every 20 seconds. That's why we're really impressed with the folks over at Plus Minus Solar who've designed their Solar Pebble to

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Efficient & Affordable Wood House Made From Shipping Pallets!

Efficient & Affordable Wood House Made From Shipping Pallets!

Back in 2008, Andreas Claus Schnetzer and Gregor Pils, entered their Paletten Haus into the GAUDI competition, which was seeking designs for minimal houses of leisure for the XXI century. Their pallet

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New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

The recent earthquakes and tsunamis sparked a slew of research into designing disaster-proof infrastructure. The latest tech to boost scientists' understanding how these disasters work is a

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