Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

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The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

Solight Solarpuff

What do you get when you cross a solar-powered LED lantern with a foldable pop-up box? The Solarpuff, that’s what! Created by the good people at Solight, this lightweight, portable, solar-powered LED lantern is designed to be an economical off-grid lighting solution for the developing world where access to electricity is limited, as well as a viable emergency response lighting solution during crisis situations.

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Fascinating photos show how old NYC subway cars are reborn on the sea floor

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Spine-tingling photos of highliners camped out hundreds of feet up in the Italian Alps

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Google Glass is dead, long live Google Glass

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The opportunity to buy Google Glass is now past. The test drive is over. The beta install has expired. The free trial membership has ended. The testing phase of the product development life cycle has come to a close, and Google Glass has graduated. Early adopters who already scored a pair are probably wondering what will happen next. Read on to find out.

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Step into the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm with these amazing landscape photos

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Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

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NL Architects design luxury hotel shaped like a massive amethyst geode

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12,000-square-foot 3D-printed mansion pops up in China

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China’s newest mansion is not only made from recycled materials, but the sprawling 12,000 square foot home was made with 3D printing! Developed by Chinese company WinSun, the luxury mansion was 3D printed in layers, using recycled stone and construction waste. In addition to the mansion, WinSun has also 3D printed a five-story apartment building – in a single day – and 10 affordable homes from recycled materials.

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The Lay family transforms an old backyard tool shed into an adorable children’s playhouse

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Families often shell out hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a children’s playhouse, but Joni Lay of the blog Lay Baby Lay decided to go the DIY route for a much more impressive and cost-effective result. With help from her husband and father, Joni transformed a decrepit backyard tool shed into an adorable, all-white playhouse for her two young girls. Read on to see all the marvelous details of this dainty child-sized home, from its reading nook to a solar-powered light.

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Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

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The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike is the coolest bike around for kids, with an ergonomic seat and natural suspension for safe and fun riding experience. We are offering you a chance to win one for your little tot just for following our Inhabitot’s Pinterest page. Click on the link below to read the rules and get your kiddo one seriously sweet ride.

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Brilliant sleeping bag transforms into a tent to provide shelter for homeless

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Winters for the homeless can be an incredibly difficult time, so Carnegie Mellon University challenged its students to create temporary, economically viable shelters for people living on the streets. In response, a student team created the “Satellite Shelter,” an insulated sleeping bag that can also transform into a tent. The set-up also includes wheels and arm straps, so it can travel wherever it is needed.

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!

You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.

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FabCafe in Japan lets customers create 3D gummies of themselves

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Gummies aren’t just for bears and worms anymore. Tokyo’s FabCafe in Shibuya offers customers the chance to create a 3D-printed gummy version of themselves! Using the café’s 3D body scanner, customers can make colorful gummies of their bodies for White Day—a Japanese follow-up to Valentine’s Day.

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This cleverly designed bamboo bike charges mobile devices

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Bambootec, a consortium from Yucatán, Mexico, has created a bamboo bicycle that turns pedaling into electricity for charging mobile devices. The bike also has a navigation dashboard in the handlebars, which measures distance and time, and a bluetooth connection. It’s an impressive piece of engineering—particularly  if the designs are simple enough to be built by hand by individuals in areas where rolling blackouts are a part of daily life.

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Melting glaciers reveal items lost in the Stone Age

Melting glaciers reveal items lost in the Stone Age

Losing mittens and other personal possessions isn't a modern-day woe: it appears that our Stone Age ancestors misplaced their personal belongings just as often as we do. An…

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French Rollkers 'under shoes' allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

French Rollkers 'under shoes' allow walkers to travel at up to 7mph!

French startup Rollkers SAS is coming to the US to unveil their unique shoe accessory. The Rollkers undershoe is described as a "transportation accessory that increases a person’s…

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Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

Christian Schallerton has retrofitted a tiny apartment up with a vast view of Barcelona into an incredible transforming home that packs a lot of living space into a tiny footprint.…

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MIT researchers reveal the reason rain smells, and capture it on video

MIT researchers reveal the reason rain smells, and capture it on video

Is your favorite smell the smell of new rain? For many, that earthy smell, reminiscent of the first days of spring or putting your hands in newly-turned soil, is their smell of choice.…

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Celebrate National Handwriting Day today with a handwritten tweet

Celebrate National Handwriting Day today with a handwritten tweet

  Did you know that writing things out by hand keeps your brain cells active, and even helps you retain information? It also improves hand-eye coordination, and has a soothing,…

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