Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

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The crumbling stones of the Giza pyramids may be a sight familiar to most people, but the original look of these ancient structures was considerably different. In a recent short documentary made by the Smithsonian Channel Harvard University, Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson explains the way each of the stones was manually polished to create glistening outer shells of the famous pyramids.

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Austria's Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

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This Incredible Living Building Hosts More Greenery on Its Facade Than the Original, Undeveloped Plot of Land

Next year will mark thirty years since the construction of artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s iconic Hundertwasserhaus in the Kegelgasse district of Vienna, Austria. Hundertwasser’s fantastical artistic vision was inspired by his dream to align architecture with nature in every sense. At its conception, the artist vowed to replace every piece of vegetation lost in the construction of the residential complex. For every square foot of structure built, an equal area of trees and shrubs was added, resulting in the abundant majestic greenery that cloaks its facade today.

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The World's Smallest, Cheapest 3D Printer Can be Yours for $299

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Getting a start in 3D printing can be a pretty costly and intimidating endeavor, with most printers in the affordable range coming in at around $1,000. But for $299, the makers of the iBox Nano aim to provide an alternative that is not only cheaper, but also easier for novice makers to operate—so long as your 3D printing ambitions fall somewhat on the micro side of design.

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U.S. Shrimp May Not Be What Consumers Bargained For

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Marine conservation group Oceana has uncovered a nationwide shrimp scandal that has seafood lovers feeling queasy. Using DNA testing, the group examined 143 shrimp dishes from stores and restaurants across America, finding that a whopping 30 percent were misrepresented. Their findings, which ranged from mislabeling farm-raised shrimp as wild, or misrepresenting species of shrimp being sold, have prompted authorities to push for the passing of the Safety and Fraud Enforcement for Seafood Act, which has been introduced to Congress and awaits approval.

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New Study Reveals Earth's Oceans May Be Almost as Old as the Planet

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filed under: News, Water Issues

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A groundbreaking new study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has revealed that the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system dates the arrival of water to a much earlier time than previously believed. Thanks to new data from NASA’s 4-Vesta project, the team demonstrated that the most primitive type of known meteorite could have brought water to Earth very early on in the planet’s formation. The implications for an earlier “wet Earth” include the possibility that life on our planet began much earlier than previously thought and could once have existed on the other inner planets.

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Atelier Data Transforms an Old Horse Stable into a Simple but Stunning Home in Portugal

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Pope Francis Officially Endorses Evolution and The Big Bang Theory

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Pope Francis has continued to turn heads as the most liberal pope in decades by declaring that “the Catholic Church sees no conflict between science and religion” and stating that he accepts the universe was created in a Big Bang rather than what is detailed in the Book of Genesis. While he is not the first pope to side with science over certain issues, he is certainly the first to state outright that humans may be descended from other species, marking a significant change to the stance of the Catholic Church.

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Enter Inhabitat's Green Halloween Costume Contest for a Chance to Win a $848 Vanmoof B6 Bike!

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The spirits are stirring, the days are getting shorter, and shadows are stretching across the land – which means it’s high time to get started on your DIY costume for Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest! To encourage you to ditch the cheesy costume shops and big box stores we’re giving away an amazing Vanmoof B6 bicycle (worth $848) with built-in lights to the creator of the best handmade costume. Halloween is just a few weeks away and our deadline is November 1st, so now’s the time to get cracking – and if you’re looking for inspiration, check out some of our favorite costumes from past years in the gallery below.

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Taxidermy and Contemporary Art Collide in Nevada Museum of Art's Late Harvest Exhibition

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Nick Gentry Transforms Old Film and Disks into Captivating Portraits

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It's Important to Insulate Your Home Properly

Home Insulation

Did you know that insulating your house properly can save you money in both winter and summertime? In winter, insulation keeps warm air from escaping your home and stops drafts from chilling you to the core, while in summer, it regulates your home’s temperature and keeps you from being baked. Insulation also reduces greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. It’s come a long way from the ubiquitous pink foam, and there are now green options such as waste paper, seaweed, hemp, and waste material options that can be used within your walls and attics. Check out this infographic for more information about how insulation can work for you, as well as the Dos and Don’ts associated with its installation.

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Don't Miss the Empire State Building's Special Halloween LED Light Show Tonight

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Last year’s LED light show

Don’t forget to take a break from trick-or-treating tonight to catch the Empire State Building and iHeartMedia’s special Halloween LED light show. Tonight’s event will mark the second year the Empire State Building has put on a LED light show set to music for All Hallow’s Eve. The show, choreographed by world-renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman, is set to begin at 8:30PM tonight and viewers can tune into Z100 or 103.5 KTU to hear the soundtrack that accompanies the LED show. And don’t forget to share your pics and videos of the show by tagging your social media posts with hashtag #ESBoo.

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Announces Two Winners for 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” Design Competition

by , 10/31/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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It may be called the ONE Prize Awards, but there were two first-prize winners this year in a competition to design a new educational facility at The Brooklyn Navy Yard. The frontrunners – one a Lucent Cube and the other a Self Growing Lab made of living bacteria –  won for their innovative designs for the “Smart Dock,” which will inhabit the Navy Yard’s new Building 128. The ONE LAB jury couldn’t choose a clear winner of the award, because the designs complemented each other so well, and some jury members are even suggesting that the two be merged. Read on for a glimpse at the winning concepts.

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How to Make Your Own Organic Caramel Apple Treats for Halloween

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We’re still enjoying the best of apple season, and there’s no better way to enjoy their crisp deliciousness than by taking a big bite out of a caramel apple. They make autumn feel just a little more festive, but you don’t have to go to a carnival or a state fair to find yourself a good one; making them at home is fun and easy, and perfect options for healthier Halloween treats! Read on to learn how you can make these crunchy delights at home, just in time for your Halloween party.

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Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Top 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween

Check out the 6 Creepiest Buildings for a Frightful Halloween: GEOtube is a Building That Grows its Own Weblike Saline Skin Ancient London Crypt Resurrected as a Creepy Contemporary…

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Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

Compost Your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns at Pumpkin Smash 2014

Ray Villafane's zombie pumpkin at the New York Botanical Garden in 2012. Wondering what to do with your jack-o-lanterns and decorative pumpkins after the Halloween festivities are…

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I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and Recycled Materials

I Love Mud Builds a Spooky Halloweeny Bubble Hut With All Natural and…

Working with their love of all things natural, the energetic mud-loving team built this sustainable structure literally from the ground up. First, they worked the ground with their own…

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Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

Salt Destroys Manhattan-Sized Croplands Every Week, UN Study Shows

A new UN paper reveals that excess salt in the soil has destroyed 20 percent of all irrigated land worldwide — an area equal to the size of France. Every day for more than 20…

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Monkey Magic Eco Art Raises Awareness of Environmental Issues in the Peruvian Amazon

Monkey Magic Eco Art Raises Awareness of Environmental Issues in the…

Peru's region of Madre de Dios is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth--but the lush Amazonian area is under serious threat by deforestation and illegal gold mining. Although Peru…

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