High-altitude kites could generate 2x as much energy as traditional wind turbines

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Right now, the vast majority of the wind power generated on the planet comes from land-based turbines. That is, a wind turbine that stands a certain height and arguably creates a bit of an eyesore wherever it is – and this effect is amplified in high-volume wind farms where many turbines are placed in groupings, like giant metal trees. New research into high-altitude wind power suggests that constant winds 300 meters (984 feet) above earth could be used to generate energy, which means the ground-based turbines could eventually be replaced with high-flying kites.

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Artist grows living letters in a Petri dish - with bacteria

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Designer Ori Elisar’s new project gives new meaning to the premise that language is organic. The Jerusalem-based creator’s “Living Typeface” is a collection of letters sprouted from a Petri dish. Made from bacteria, the blue-hued living letters poetically grow from the Paleo-Hebrew alphabet into modern Hebrew, all before the microscope lens.

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Controversial 'Taxi of Tomorrow' finally hits the streets of NYC

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After a fairly arduous start to their new relationship, New York is finally welcoming the yellow Nissan NV200 as the city’s official and exclusive taxi. 750 yellow vans, also known as “Taxis of Tomorrow,” took to the mean streets of the Big Apple on September 1st after claiming victory in a court battle with the city’s taxi association.

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Jaw-dropping scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new drone footage

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Breakthrough solar panel-battery hybrid captures and stores energy from the sun

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What if future solar cells can capture and store solar energy at the same time? Researchers at Kogakuin University in Japan strive to do just. Their translucent lithium-ion battery-solar panel recharges itself when exposed to sunlight, fusing battery storage with renewable energy generation. This elegant design could finally trump the problem of securing effective and affordable storage.

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Proposed 200-foot bridge over Hwy 101 could lead California wildlife to safety

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As human development expands, wildlife habitats diminish. There’s no way around it. There are, however, ways to mitigate our imposition on nature and help provide safe pathways for wildlife to travel between desired locations. A proposal announced Wednesday calls for a land bridge over the 101 highway near Los Angeles, in Agoura Hills, that could help save the lives of countless bobcats, mountain lions, and other wildlife. It’s an ambitious project both in scale and cost, but would it keep wildlife safe?

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LAST CHANCE: Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

DEADLINE: Friday, Sept 4th, 11:59 PM EST

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Crazy Flintstone House is on sale for $4.2 million in the San Francisco Bay Area

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New ultra-green yoga mats are made from algae harvested from streams

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It’s hard not to wonder, when you’re sweating in Down Dog or kicking back in Savasana, exactly what toxic nasties may be leaching into your skin from your yoga mat. Two green-minded companies, Algix and Effekt, have created a new yoga mat made from an unlikely and earth-friendly source: algae. The companies have developed a flexible foam made from algae harvested from waste streams in the US and Asia. The algae is renewable, GMO-free, doesn’t require pesticides and is not useable as a food source.

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The US government is trying to take down egg-free mayo

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A group appointed by the U.S. government tried to destroy a Silicon Valley start-up after concluding that the plant-based food company was “a crisis and major threat to the future” of the $5.5-bn-a-year egg industry in the U.S. A series of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the American Egg Board (AEB), a US department official, and egg industry executives working together to bring down Hampton Creek who make vegan mayo, plant-based egg replacer and other egg-free products.

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Gigantic straw dinosaurs take over Japanese fields

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Tiny workplace on wheels can make each day at the office different!

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Humans have killed nearly half the trees on earth so far

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This is the kind of news that makes us groan. A new study of arboreal density around the globe indicates humans are directly responsible for killing almost half the trees on the planet. This latest report confirms the devastation we already knew, but in a very real way, since this study is the first of its kind to be derived from actual data, giving us a more accurate picture of the Earth’s forests than ever before.

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Olafur Eliasson launches a gorgeous and affordable handheld solar phone charger

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

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It’s hard to believe, but fall is nearly upon us and a new semester will be in full swing sooner than we know it. Where did summer go? If you’re heading off to school, Inhabitat is here to help you hit the books with a lighter footprint – and in this year’s Back to School Contest we’re giving you the chance to win a Voltaic solar-power backpack to keep your phone and other gadgets charged all day! No more running out of juice between classes, and having to search for a power outlet. Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $199 OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack, packed with 6 Watts of solar energy to power your phone, tablet, and USB devices anytime, anywhere. And our two RUNNER UP WINNERS will snag a $129 Converter Solar Backpack that will power you through a full day of classes. Read on to learn how to enter!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so you’ll need to receive it to find out if you won!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you need a Voltaic Solar Backpack. The deadline for this giveaway is September 11, 2015. We’ll choose the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS 11:50 PM SEPT 11

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Crazy 54-propeller super drone lifts off with a man aboard

Crazy 54-propeller super drone lifts off with a man aboard

 [youtube =http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5JgnMJzCtQ&w=537&h-302] When is a drone not a drone? When it is 54-drone flying machine with a man aboard. A YouTube video uploaded by a…

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Tiny wedge-shaped writer’s cottage is the ultimate creative retreat in Norway

Tiny wedge-shaped writer’s cottage is the ultimate creative retreat…

Want to recharge your creative spirits? You’ll love this tiny Writer’s Cottage designed by Jarmund / Vigsnæs AS Architects (JVA) in Oslo, Norway. Tucked in a private garden, the…

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World’s largest outdoor mural completed in just four days

World’s largest outdoor mural completed in just four days

If you’re ever on a plane bound for Stavanger, Norway, don’t forget to look down. French artists Ella & Pitr recently completed the world’s largest outdoor mural in Klepp, Norway…

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California passes sweeping ban on rhino horns, elephant ivory to protect endangered animals

California passes sweeping ban on rhino horns, elephant ivory to…

Lawmakers in California passed a bill yesterday outlawing the the sale of nearly all ivory and rhinoceros horn products in the state. This move is an attempt to reduce elephant and…

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Scientists have finally invented ice cream that doesn't melt

Scientists have finally invented ice cream that doesn't melt

If there's one product that we can all agree is begging to be improved upon, it's ice cream. Sure, there have been forays into weird new flavours like bacon goat cheese and jalapeño…

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