Astronomers Reveal the Most Livable, Earth-Like Planet Ever Discovered

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In the race to find a planet besides Earth that can host life, scientists have made an incredible discovery. Astronomers recently confirmed the first ever planet similar in size to Earth at distance from its own star that would allow liquid water to pool on the surface. Every once in a while scientists come across a planet that orbits within the Goldilocks zone – the range of distance from a star that can potentially sustain life – but none of those planets have ever been very comparable in size to our own blue sphere. Dubbed Kepler-186f, it’s the the most Earth-like planet ever discovered and confirms that other habitable planets exist somewhere out there.

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8 Eggs-travagantly Egg-Shaped Buildings for Easter

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A Second Peek at Milan Design Week's Brera District

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Japanese Government Officials Feast on Whale Meat to Protest World Court Ruling

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In a show of defiance against a recent court ruling by the UN’s International Court of Justice, hundreds of Japanese government officials, lawmakers, and pro-whaling lobbyists attended a feast that consisted almost entirely of various whale meat delicacies. At the event, which was held on Tuesday near Japan’s parliament, the attendees all vowed to continue whale hunts despite the ruling. There was even a toast which involved everyone at the event cheering in unison, ”Whale!”

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Vyacheslav Mishchenko Captures the Micro World's Beauty in Magical Photos

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Vienna Upcycles Historic Coal Gasometers into Amazing Urban Communities

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We love adaptive reuse here at Inhabitat, and can never get enough converted barns and upcycled water towers. But the adaptive reuse project that takes the cake, and is one of the most inspiring building rehabilitations we’ve ever seen is located in Vienna, Austria. These incredible city-within-a-city Gasometers in Vienna were once gas storage tanks, and thanks to an incredible rehab by an all-star team of European architects, including Jean Nouvel and Coop Himmelblau, they now house over a thousand Viennese tenants in a mixed-use community rich with entertainment, office, and retail spaces. One of Vienna’s most iconic architectural landmarks, these historic Gasometers have also become an inspiring tale of innovative urban design. Click here to find out more about the story behind the amazing upcycled Gasometers.

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Best Green Designs From the Final Days of Milan Design Week

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Awesome Spaceship-Shaped Cabin Pops Up in French Castle

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food

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PS 244Q received a lot of attention last year when it became the first school in New York City to start serving an exclusively vegetarian menu to its students. We recently got a chance to speak to the woman behind the switchover, Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy Schools, about how plant-based diets can benefit kids both physically and academically as well as what parents can do to change what their children are served in school. Read on for the full interview!

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The Iconic Eames Shell Chair is Now Available in New Recyclable Fiberglass!

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In a furniture lineup, few chairs are be as recognizable as the Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair. This design, by everyone’s favorite Modernist design duo Charles and Ray Eames, has become one of the most exalted works of mid-century modernism, sought after by design enthusiasts everywhere. First released in 1950 by Herman Miller, the Eames chair shell was originally manufactured in fiberglass but the material was eventually abandoned in the 1990s due to concerns associated with fiberglass being, in Ray Eames’ words, “detrimental to the environment”. Though the chair has continued to be produced in 100% recyclable polypropylene, collectors’ love for the original fiberglass iteration has stayed strong throughout the decades, prompting Herman Miller to see if they could come up with a more sustainable version of the original fiberglass shell. Now, nearly a quarter century later, this most iconic of chairs is returning to its original material roots, thanks to more environmentally-friendly developments in manufacturing technology. Herman Miller has just released its brand new Eames Molded Fiberglass Shell Chair in eight eye-catching vintage colors, fully configurable to suit personal tastes. Keep reading to learn the history behind this famed chair, how Herman Miller is keeping with the Eames’ eco-conscious vision, and where to purchase one of these newly minted icons!

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Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

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Forget Junk Food: Colorado's First Pot Vending Machine Serves Up Recreational Marijuana

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In 2012, Colorado made history by becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21. This week, the state enjoyed another first: the installation of a vending machine that dispenses cannabis directly to the public. Created by Arizona company American Green, ZaZZZ is “an automated, age-verifying, climate-controlled marijuana dispensing machine.” Although it’s not, as some have billed it, the “first weed vending machine in the world,” ZaZZZ is the first standalone kiosk to dispense cannabis without the oversight of a budtender.

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MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

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MIT has unveiled designs for an earthquake and tsunami-proof nuclear power plant. Similar in design to platforms used for offshore oil drilling, the floating power plant would use the surrounding water to cool the reactors, minimizing the possibility of overheating and potential meltdown. In case of decommissioning, the structure would be towed away to an onshore facility.

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An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

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Buried at the very bottom of a fact sheet released at yesterday’s White House Solar Summit is a striking statistic: “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, supporting workers whose jobs can’t be outsourced.” Since President Obama was first elected in 2008, installed solar power capacity in the United States has risen rapidly from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) to an estimated 13 GW in 2014 — a nearly eleven fold increase, which is enough renewable electricity to power more than 2.2 million American homes. At the summit, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $15 million program to help state, local and tribal governments build solar panels to continue the solar boom in the U.S.

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NYC's New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

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When it finally opens its doors on April 24th, NYC’s famed Tavern on the Green restaurant will boast a slew of sustainable features that will help it live up to its verdant name. Inhabitat recently had a chance to tour the newly renovated space – click here to sneak a peek for yourself!

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SNEAK PEEK: Explore the New Tavern on the Green Before It Opens on April 24th

SNEAK PEEK: Explore the New Tavern on the Green Before It Opens on…

As most New Yorkers now know from reading the numerous anticipatory articles about the re-opening, Tavern On The Green was originally a sheepfold built in 1870 to house 200 sheep who…

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Revolutionary "Superman" Memory Crystals Can Store Data Virtually…

Quartz Crystal photo from Shutterstock While most of us are just getting used to the idea of 3D printing, scientists are already working on technological marvels that operate two…

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Elliat Rich's Decennia Chair Blooms With Colorful Patterns as its Paint Wears Away

Elliat Rich's Decennia Chair Blooms With Colorful Patterns as its…

If you’re passionate about bespoke furniture, you can’t get any more personalized than Elliat Rich's Decennia Chair currently on show at Milan Design Week as part of ‘The Other…

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UNStudio Unveils Their Half-Twist Reflective Installation in Shanghai

UNStudio Unveils Their Half-Twist Reflective Installation in Shanghai

The installation is comprised of a single half-twisted ribbon that creates an archway which reflects pedestrians walking into the Xintiandi Mall. The 30 meter long structure uses a…

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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and…

Providing food and shelter to victims of a natural disaster is one of the first priorities for emergency services, but the process can often generate a lot of unnecessary waste. To help…

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