Dutch city to hand out free basic income in new social experiment

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If your government gave you enough money every month to cover your bills, would you stay home and watch Orange is the New Black all day, or go out into the world and do meaningful things? This is the question behind a new social experiment in The Netherlands. Utrecht authorities are teaming up with the University College Utrecht to give people living on welfare a basic income. For nothing. Free money, no questions asked. They will then track recipients to determine whether a welfare system with no rules results in a happier, more productive society.

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Incredible bricklaying robot can build a house in just two days

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World's first commercial jetpack to hit the market in 2016

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Those of us who grew up thinking the year 2000 would bring jetpacks and hover cars finally have something to look forward to: the world’s first commercially available jetpack is set to go on sale in 2016. The P12, an updated version of the Martin Jetpack, could soon be available to buy for the low price of $150,000. Once the dream of a New Zealand university student named Glenn Martin, the pack flies up to 3,280 feet off the ground, and landings occur by parachute.

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Breathtaking images capture the magical shine of glowworms in a limestone cave

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Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

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Last week we reported that the Solar Impulse 2 could be grounded for up to a year if the experimental solar-powered airplane missed its window to take off across the Pacific Ocean. When the June 23 attempt was canceled due to worsening weather forecasts, co-founder Bertrand Piccard lamented via live web feed about the difficulty of making flight decisions with the whole world watching. It was hardly surprising to hear the news, then, that Solar Impulse successfully took off early this morning from Nagoya, Japan. Pilot André Borschberg has embarked on a solo five-day, five-night flight to Hawaii with nothing but the sun to fuel the journey.

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We're giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

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We spend one third of our lifetime in bed, so a natural sleep surface is one of the most important investments you can make. Why? Conventional mattresses are chock full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are extremely hazardous to our health including flame retardants linked allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are now many natural mattress alternatives including organic cotton, wool and natural latex. And now, thanks to the good folks at My Green Mattress, one lucky Inhabitat reader will have the chance to win their very own all-natural, non-toxic mattress. We’re giving away a brand new medium-firm Queen-Sized Pure Echo Mattress valued at $679! Plus, every Inhabitat reader will receive an exclusive $75 off any mattress using PROMO CODE: Inhabitat$75. Read on to learn how you can enter to win the best sleep of your life.

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Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending the deadline to 7/8/2015 11:59PM EST. We want to give our loyal readers, their friends, and their family members the opportunity to win this organic cotton mattress and have a better night’s sleep!

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Colorful rainbow bridge pops up to brighten a gloomy Monday in London

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Terrifying flying car is powered by 16 spinning propeller blades (video)

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Just how much do we want a flying car? If it looks as dangerous as this one Thorston Crijns built, some of us might think, “umm….maybe not.” On the other hand, one has to commend Crijns for the insane amount of engineering necessary to get this thing off the ground. Crijns’ flying car has 16 separate motors and props as well as a pack of lithium-ion batteries to power it. Keeping it lightweight is critical, so the computer-optimized frame is made of lightweight 6060 aluminum. The control system is the MultiWii Autopilot, a well-known gadget that can adjust the power on each individual motor.

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Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

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A Palestinian man living in Gaza is helping his community overcome chronic energy shortages with affordable DIY solar ovens. Life in the Gaza Strip is challenging, to say the least. The day-to-day Gazan experience is riddled with fuel and food shortages, unreliable electricity, and a rapidly growing population that stretches the limits of already degraded infrastructure. The everyday struggles are compounded by periodic episodes of warfare, such as last year’s month-long conflict with Israel which left 2,310 Gazans dead, at least 65 percent of whom were civilians. Despite the rough conditions, Gaza has no shortage of human resilience or sunlight. Case in point? Khaled Bashir, of Deir al Balah in the Gaza Strip, has constructed a solar oven to take advantage of natural resources not even Israel can hijack.

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Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

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Bill Gates has announced plans to invest another $2 billion in renewable energy technology to help the fight against climate change. At the same time, the philanthropist emphasized he will not join a movement spearheaded by 350.org to divest from fossil fuel companies emitting the bulk of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Rather than divest, Gates says he will double renewable energy investments over the next five years.

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Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

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Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explode during ascent (video)

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An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded around two and a half minutes after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday, destroying over 5,200 pounds of cargo bound for the International Space Station. The rocket was traveling at around 2,900 mph some 27 miles up when it encountered what SpaceX referred to as an “anomaly on ascent,” ceased providing data to ground control, and was engulfed by a growing cloud of smoke before exploding and sending shards of the craft flying into the Atlantic Ocean.

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The world's first Blobfish Café is coming to London

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Not everyone likes to snuggle up to a cuddly kitty while they’re sipping a double-foam soy latte, as you can in the popular cat cafés of the world. No. In fact, many of us want to stare deep into the disappointed eyes of a puffy, fleshy creature from the depths of the sea. The owners of London’s new Blobfish Café are about to fill this gaping hole in the market with a venue that gives diners the opportunity for some quality one-on-one time with a blobfish, 2013’s World’s Ugliest Animal, according to the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. Along with constant internet ridicule and mocking, blobfish are also victims of Australia’s deep sea trawling industry and are now an endangered species.

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Think Forward’s multifunctional 5 ROOMS encourages student imagination

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Bulgaria-based design firm Think Forward designed 5 ROOMS, an unusual educational space created to develop students’ senses, imagination, artistic talents, and mental abilities. The multifunctional space combines a classroom, a playroom, a dancing room, a music room. Each area is characterized by individually designed graphics. While the space appears strange and illogical at first, the mirror wall helps makes sense of the spatial boundaries and uses. The boundary between the magical reality and the reflected logical non-reality is a confirmation that educational projects may be different and successful.

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Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

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Things are looking up for clean energy in the US thanks to state programs and policies. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition working to advance clean energy, released a new report titled Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies, creating this infographic to highlight achievements in the wind and solar sector. Check it out after the jump to learn about the wind and solar leaders and how they are changing the face of clean energy.

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This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

The Live Garden House is a green-roofed vaulted home built using traditional techniques in Zaragoza, Spain. Spanish designers Alberto Monreal and Elisa Durán of Arquitecturas Naturales…

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VeloMetro Mobility to launch the first VeloCar-sharing program in Vancouver

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Though it's fun, cost-effective, and great for the environment, replacing your car with a bicycle isn't without its snags. Biking in the rain isn't for everyone, sweating up hills can…

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DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

DIY: Beat the Heatwave by Making Your Own Air Conditioner

Martha and the Vandellas were on the right track -- heatwaves can definitely tear you apart. The current temperature in NYC has our "heads in a haze", and being as energy conscious as…

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China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is modeling a national parks network after U.S. example

China is a land known for its beauty, but also a lack of practices by which to protect that beauty. The times are a’slowly changing, though, and Chinese officials are making a…

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Could cloning bring back Astoria's beloved 100-year-old tree?

Could cloning bring back Astoria's beloved 100-year-old tree?

Residents of 34th Street in Astoria have a tangible empty space where a beloved 100-year-old tree used to be. The Parks Department cut down the massive American Elm in March after it…

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