Edith Macefield's 'Up' house would cost too much to save, new owners say

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Back in April, an incredible little house in Seattle went up for auction. Now, Edith Macefield’s 600-square-foot Ballard bungalow may be destroyed, as the auction winners realize how costly it would be to bring the house back up to code. Macefield became the poster child of homeowners fighting corporate developers when she refused offers of up to $1 million, forcing the real estate development company to build a shopping mall around her tiny abode. Prior to the auction, the investment management company that owns the property toyed with plans to raze the house, but decided instead to make a last ditch effort to find a new buyer to restore it.

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Exquisite copper-plated Ecumenical Art Chapel ages with the trees in Finland

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Could the world's first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to a neighborhood near you?

by , 07/01/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Could the world’s first floating, water-filtering pool be coming to your nabe? +POOL has been inching closer to its dream of building a plus-shaped swimming pool that would let New Yorkers swim in cleaned-up river water, and now it’s looking at a number of possible locations for the project to land. Can you imagine hitting a riverside (or is it rivertop?) pool in Long Island City or Astoria? Those are just two of the prospective spots that could soon be home to the groundbreaking watering hole.

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Subterranean London farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

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London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for their equipment. This week, the city’s first subterranean farm is nearing completion of ‘phase one’ of production, putting the producers just a few weeks away from delivering the first harvest of pea shoots, radishes, and celery to commercial customers.

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Testicle-eating fish return to New Jersey

by , 07/01/15
filed under: Animals, News

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“The return of the testicle-eating fish” sounds more like a b-movie that should never happen, let alone an actual news item. But, alas, another of those slightly freaky looking fish with the human-like teeth—officially known as pacu—has been caught in a man-made lake in Delran, New Jersey. Which is somewhat baffling, as the pacu are native to South America, and are most frequently found in the lakes and streams of the Amazon.

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MAD Architects unveil the green-walled 8600 Wilshire, their first residential project in Beverly Hills

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MAD Architects unveiled their first residential project in Beverly Hills and it looks like a luscious green hillside in the center of the city. Topped with clustered glass villas, 8600 Wilshire includes 18 residential units blended with commercial spaces on the main level. The project combines private gardens, townhouse architecture and condominiums, wrapped in a water-efficient “living wall” containing drought-tolerant succulents and vines.

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These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

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Volkswagen close to building a 186-mile range electric car

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In the next few years electric cars are set to finally take a big jump forward with the arrival of several models that will have a driving range around 200 miles – much longer than today’s models. Chevy and Nissan have already announced plans to introduce new longer range electric cars and now Volkswagen has announced that it is also working on new battery technology.

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Gorgeous cantilevering green-roofed home soars over Beverly Hills

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DELVA Landscape Architects created a community oasis for the city of Utrecht

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The Great Wall of China is slowly disappearing

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The Great Wall of China is one of the most awe-inspiring man-made structures in the world. And now it is showing signs of decay at the hand of its maker. The effects of tourism and non-sanctioned recycling of its stone elements are starting to take a noticeable toll on the wall, with 30 percent the massive structure now gone.

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Norwegian students build a contemporary wooden sauna on the sea

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Tesla’s newest Superchargers are lighter, faster, and cooled by liquid

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In the never-ending quest for technological advancement, Tesla has started rolling out the newest version of its Supercharger stations, which have a handful of obvious differences from the previous models. By far, the “coolest” new feature is the liquid-based cooling system, which keeps the Supercharger’s temperature close to ambient, up to and including the charging cable itself. The previous versions were air-cooled, but the chillier liquid model allows the Supercharger to be smaller, lighter, and possibly produce a faster charge.

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How one app fed almost 600,000 homeless people

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A simple lunch with a homeless vet forever changed the life of Komal Ahmad, who was then a student at University of California, Berkeley and is now a CEO. Ahmad was walking near campus a few years ago when a homeless man asked her for money. She bought him lunch instead. The meeting left a deep impact, so she soon devised, along with classmate Chloe Tsang, a way to get campus food waste onto the plates of local people who were going hungry. Her initiative sparked food waste “forwarding” programs on other campuses and inspired an app that has fed almost 600,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area alone.

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Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

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Incredible bricklaying robot can build a house in just two days

Incredible bricklaying robot can build a house in just two days

Bricklaying is one of humanity’s most ancient trades; however, the backbreaking work is extremely time intensive and can result in worker injuries. In contrast, the Hadrian robot…

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Environmentalists outraged as protected Florida mangroves razed for boat show

Environmentalists outraged as protected Florida mangroves razed for…

Along much of the Gulf Coast, the wetlands—and the mangrove trees that populate them—are vital not only in terms of coastal ecosystems, but also as a defense against sea level rise…

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Europe will be 50% powered by renewable energy by 2030

Europe will be 50% powered by renewable energy by 2030

As a whole, the European Union has some of the boldest renewable energy goals out there; their current commitment is to source at least 27 percent of final energy consumption from…

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Researchers develop energy-generating car tires

Researchers develop energy-generating car tires

We've been hearing murmurs about energy-harvesting tires for sometime now; Goodyear are among those working on finding a way to harness the friction of tire on tar to provide additional…

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California governor signs law mandating vaccines for all kindergarteners

California governor signs law mandating vaccines for all…

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial mandatory vaccination bill into law today, June 30, making California only the third state in the nation to enact such…

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