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Design a New Office for the Modern Mobile Worker and You Could Win $10,000!

by , 09/17/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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With the advent of the Internet and portable technologies, today’s workers are more mobile than ever — but just how effective are their transitory workspaces? To create a superior shared working environment for these new office nomads, forward-thinking furniture company Unbranded Designs has launched a design competition for a Living Office that “allows for more effective collaborations, and a fast-paced, serendipitous work style that has been a catalyst for innovation and new value creation.” All designs must be submitted by October 22. The winner will receive $10,000 and product royalties. Click through for more details!

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Greenland's Snow Isn't White These Days and it Could Spell Big Trouble

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Pretty much everyone knows that Greenland isn’t exactly green since it is largely covered in snow-white ice, but what most people don’t know is that this year Greenland isn’t even white. It’s practically black. Jason Box, a member of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, has been studying the snow in Greenland over the summer and he has returned with some seriously startling information. According to Box, the ice in Greenland is so dark that it is darker than ever previously recorded, and it could spell the start of a terrifying  climate change feedback loop.

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Restless Futures Showcases Emerging Technologies and their Potential Consequences at the London Design Festival 2014

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LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest!

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It’s that time of year again – school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we’re offering you a chance to win a brand new PUBLIC Bike or a Voltaic solar backpack! We’re looking for smart ideas that will lower your environmental footprint for the coming academic year, and our grand prize winner will receive their choice of a PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1 bike decked out with a rear rack, a metal basket, and a brass bell (worth a total of $574!), and three runners-up will each win a Voltaic Converter solar-powered backpack (worth $129) — perfect for keeping your electronics charged for a full day of classes. The deadline for all submissions is TOMORROW September 17th at 11:59PM ET – read on to learn how to enter!

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Spend the Last Days of Summer Hanging in a Cacoon Tree Tent!

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Help Prevent Wisconsin's Dr. Ned Kalin from Torturing and Killing Baby Rhesus Monkeys

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Dr. Ned Kalin from the University of Wisconsin–Madison is subjecting baby rhesus macaque monkeys to a controversial series of experiments designed to maternally and socially isolate them, then terrify them for over a year, before killing them to examine the effects of fear on their brains. The purpose of the experiments is “to understand the effects of early adversity, as this is the most important environmental component that contributes to risk of developing anxiety and depression.” But many UW alumni are speaking out against the experiments, saying the techniques are outdated, inhumane, unethical, clumsy, oversimplified, and quite simply “relentless torture.” Dr. Ruth Decker, an alumna of UW-M’s School of Medicine, has started a petition on Change.org requesting that the University’s Board of Regents cancel the tests, and alumni group Not In Our Name have a website where UW alumni can express their opposition to the project. Read on for further details.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE

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Iceland's Ion Hotel Offers Dramatic Views of the Northern Lights

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LAST CHANCE: Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

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Hey parents! School is in session, and to help prepare your kids for the coming school year we’re giving away $200 worth of green school supplies from our friends at The Ultimate Green Store! Two lucky grand prize winners will each receive $100 to spend on eco school supplies for your kids – including upcycled backpacks, BPA-free lunchboxes, tree-free recycled pencil sets, and much more. The deadline to enter is TOMORROW September 17th at 11:59PM ET – submit your awesome green ideas here to win!

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Rearrangeable Magnetic Block Furniture is Like Your Own Fancy Life-Sized Lego Set

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New Study Reveals the Truth About Wind Turbines and Bird Deaths

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Naysayers like to point to wind turbines as brutal bird-killing machines, wiping out huge populations of birds, but new research sheds some new light on the controversy. According to a massive study supported by the American Wind Wildlife Institute, wind turbines account for around 214,000 – 368,000 deaths each year. While any death is something to be avoided, that number is tiny compared to the fatalities from collisions with radio and cell towers, which kill 6.8 million birds every year.

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Shigeru Ban Wins Bid to Design the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts

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Guinée*Potin Architectes Built a Strange Thatched Playground for a New Game Called "Footcheball"

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Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

by , 09/16/14
filed under: Botanical, Gardening, How To

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Although you may already be familiar with many of your neighborhood “weeds” and their myriad uses (such as using dandelion leaves in salad), it’s quite possible that you pass by several other important plants on a daily basis, completely unaware of their awesomeness. Those listed below are usually torn from manicured gardens because some people believe that they’re not as refined or pretty as peonies or hollyhocks, but their healing properties are so spectacular that they should earn a place of esteem amongst the most prized rose species. Take a look at these humble little plants, and if you find them popping up around your own yard, maybe you’ll find a new appreciation for them.

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Mysterious Fire Damages Florentijn Hofman's Moon Gazing Rabbit in Taiwan

by , 09/16/14
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DIY: Make Your Own Roman Blinds to Shield Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

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We’re now entering the dog days of summer and temperatures are soaring across the states – but don’t reach straight for the AC just yet. Did you know that one of the most efficient ways to cool your home is to simply pull down the blinds? If your drapes could use an update (or if you’re lacking window treatments entirely), fear not – Good to be Home just launched a fun DIY infographic that shows how to make your own Roman blinds! Check out their step-by-step instructions after the jump.

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1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From…

If you think trees in the rainforest are pretty tall, a new tower being built in the Amazon to monitor climate change will make them look tiny. The Amazon Tall Tower is a joint effort…

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Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

Amazon Chooses Building by Foster + Partners as UK Home

The new Amazon UK Headquarters is one of the major developments in London, called Principal Place, which will occupy the area between Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street…

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Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our…

Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts at 82 Mercer in SoHo, NY. Join 5,000 design elite as Dwell upends the standard ‘trade show’ format and creates a…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven't Been Built!

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If you love drooling over crazy architectural eye candy, here's one fantastic infographic you won't want to miss. In honor of World Architecture Day on October 6, Kon von der…

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Help Dogwood & Hastings Launch Their New Eco-Friendly Homeware Line and Get Cool Perks

Help Dogwood & Hastings Launch Their New Eco-Friendly Homeware Line…

Dogwood & Hastings is a new line of eco-friendly homewares designed to bring the beauty of nature to your dinner table. The assortment of organic (GOTS-certified) cotton tablecloths and…

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