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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Eco-savvy hacks for cleaning your kitchen

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Did you know that popping a tab of Alka-Seltzer into the back of your fridge will eliminate odors within 24 hours? Or that adding a packet of lemon-lime Kool-Aid to your dishwasher’s rinse cycle will get rid of stains and mineral deposits? This infographic has a ton of tricks and tips on how to clean and refresh your kitchen without the use of harmful chemical cleaners. Read on past the jump for the full image—your kitchen will thank you!

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Texas A&M students design much-needed new hospital for Roatán Island, Honduras

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Roatán Island lies around 35 miles off the coast of Honduras, and is home to a population of some 100,000 people—yet its outdated hospital has only 38 beds. According to Dr. Raymond Cherrington, a family physician at the hospital, this means that there are sometimes three patients in a single bed, creating a situation that is not only uncomfortable but hazardous as close proximity heightens the risk of infection. But, with support from non-profit Global Healing and architecture firm HKS, 27 environmental design students at Texas A&M have created seven proposals for a new, larger facility that is designed to suit the needs of doctors and patients alike, while addressing the particular needs of the Honduran climate.

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This gorgeous stained glass window doubles as a solar panel

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For several years now, tech companies have been at work to develop clear solar panels that can double as windows, but the Current Window provides a gorgeous stained glass twist on that idea. Created by Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel, the window generates an electrical current by harvesting the energy created when sunlight hits a colored pigment—much like photosynthesis in a plant—and sends that power to a USB port in the window ledge.

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Life-size hot rod made entirely from LEGO bricks runs on air!

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LEGO savants Steve Sammartino and Raul Oaida have constructed a life-sized car made almost entirely out of LEGO bricks – and it runs entirely on air! The pair put out a message on Twitter asking for support to fund the Super Awesome Micro Project (SAMP), and supporters quickly stepped up to the plate. The hot rod required over 500,000 pieces to build and, apart from a few load bearing elements, everything – including the air-powered engine – is made out of LEGO.

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Can drones plant one billion trees?

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Each year, the earth loses about 26 billion trees to lumber, mining, agriculture, and development. About 15 billion trees are replanted annually worldwide. It does not take an advanced math expert to see that an annual deficit of 11 billion trees is not a sustainable trajectory. We need trees. Enter drones. Best known in recent years for their military applications, and as a potential means of parcel delivery, remote-controlled drones used to plant trees could begin to equalize rates of reforestation with the current level of deforestation. That is the idea behind Oxford, England-based BioCarbon Engineering’s concept: counter industrial-scale deforestation with industrial-scale reforestation.

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Ancient Graeco-Roman papyrus offers a curious natural hangover remedy

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At some point, many of us have found ourselves in the unfortunate position of being willing to try just about anything to rid oneself of the morning-after curses of a night of excessive inebriation. So here’s an option to consider for the future: an ancient Egyptian hangover cure found on a recently translated Graeco-Roman papyrus. The only tricky part? You’ve got to be able to lay your hands on an Alexandrian laurel shrub, and be in such as state that you can twist its twigs together.

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Terraced wooden nursery school brings the Japanese landscape indoors

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Beastly tower of recycled tires rises up in the New Zealand countryside

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If you find yourself wandering the countryside north of Auckland, do not be alarmed if you encounter a very funky rubber tree. No, this forty foot folly is not a giant Wookiee or a rejected Muppet. Named Belly of the Beast, this tower of tires was built by postgraduate students at Victoria University in Wellington to demonstrate the use of recycled materials in architecture and sculpture.

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HOW TO: Make a hanging planter with a recycled plastic soda bottle

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Biber Architects Breaks Ground on USA Pavilion With Edible Vertical Garden for the Milan Expo 2015

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Home Depot to phase out use of toxic phthalates in vinyl flooring

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Various forms of ortho-phthalate chemicals have been associated with developmental and reproductive problems—especially in male infants—and linked to liver tumors in animals. So while the plasticizing chemicals may have the positive effect of making vinyl floors bendy, you probably don’t want you child or your pet crawling around on phthalate-laden flooring in your kitchen. Which makes it rather good news that Home Depot has committed to eliminating all phthalate-containing floors from its stores by the end of the year. The DIY giant has reportedly asked around half a dozen suppliers to cease use of the controversial chemicals, explaining to the New York Times, “This change is part of our effort to continually challenge our suppliers to develop new, innovative options for our customers.” The move comes as more designers and consumers seek out non-toxic alternatives for their homes—and with Home Depot leading, hopefully other retailers will follow.

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World's First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

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Bees are addicted to the nicotine in neonicotinoid pesticides, and it's killing them

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Think a nicotine addiction is bad for you? Well, it’s nothing compared to the bees who are getting addicted to it from neonicotinoid pesticides. Made by companies like Bayer and Syngenta, proponents of the pesticides say they benefit crops by boosting yields and destroying pests, but they also affect the reproduction rates and colony growth of several bee species.

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Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living 'Fields of Tomorrow' Wall for the 2015 Milan Expo

Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living 'Fields of Tomorrow' Wall for…

The living wall is purposely representative of the theme of the 2015 Expo, which is "Feeding the planet, energy for life." The vertical wall, constructed using modular tiles fixed to an…

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NY Attorney General announces $1.8 million community program to combat climate change

NY Attorney General announces $1.8 million community program to combat…

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that the creation of a new $1.8 million program to fund the development of local responses to climate change. The Community Climate…

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Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small flexible space

Poland’s Rozove Cafe captures the feeling of home within a small…

The client wanted a space that would evoke a cozy and welcoming home-like environment. Thus mode:lina swapped the typical cafe counter with a moveable kitchen island located at the…

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Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Seattle teens make solar powered tiny homes for area homeless

Do-gooder teenagers have built an incredible tiny home community for homeless adults in Seattle. The project, called Impossible City and run by Sawhorse Revolution, teaches teens basic…

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Could Audi's new carbon-neutral diesel drive out dirty oil?

Could Audi's new carbon-neutral diesel drive out dirty oil?

Watch out oil barons, Audi recently announced it has invented a new diesel fuel that could revolutionize the automobile industry and dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Even…

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