SketchUp's Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

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What if you could assemble your house like Legos using free modeling software and a 3D printer? That’s the idea behind Eric Schimelpfening‘s WikiHouse – a home designed entirely in SketchUp that can be downloaded by anyone, customized to fit the user’s needs and sent to the 3D printer. The components are then snapped together using less than 100 screws to make rooms that can be rearranged as easily as you would rearrange furniture.

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HOW TO: Make delicious tie-dye fruit yogurt popsicles

by , 07/05/15
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Eating an icy popsicle is one of our favorite ways to cool off on a hot summer day. And there’s no reason to settle for a store-bought ice pop when you can easily make your own. We’ve created a delicious recipe for beautiful organic tie-dye popsicles made with fresh fruit and yogurt. These colorful pops are easy to make and a great hit with the kids. Click through to see how they’re made!

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Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

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Technology research is often about finding ways to combine two different functions into one tool or, as you might have heard it said before, kill two birds with one stone. In the Netherlands, a consortium of research facilities and energy companies is a little closer to doing just that. By combining solar energy generation with much-needed noise-reduction barriers along a busy Dutch highway, the team hopes to prove that they’ve developed an environmentally-friendly solution to two of modern life’s biggest challenges.

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Artist Transforms Tiny Studio into Mind-Blowing Surreal Landscapes

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Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

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Walmart is selling "Made in the USA" goods that are made in China

by , 07/04/15

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When shopping at Walmart, that made in the USA t-shirt might not be so US-manufactured after all. According to Truth in Advertising, the company’s website contains over 100 items that fail to meet both the FTC’s and Walmart’s own trade standards.

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Robin Williams forever memorialized with a rainbow tunnel in his name

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California legislators have passed a bill to rename a tunnel fronted with a giant rainbow arch after Robin Williams, the man who could put a smile on just about anybody’s face. Soon after the late actor took his own life last August, one of his fans started a change.org petition calling to have the Waldo Tunnel connecting residents of Marin county to the Golden Gate Bridge renamed after the long-time resident of Tiburon, California. The petition had 61,000 supporters.

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Win a twin size $494 organic cotton mattress

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We spend a third of our days in bed, but we rarely give much thought to the mattress underneath us. But here’s why you should: conventional mattresses have all kinds of dangerous chemicals in them, like flame retardants and PBDEs. That’s why we are teaming up with My Green Mattress to give away an organic cotton mattress that will give you and your family a healthy sleep.

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How to make organic red, white and blue popsicles for the 4th of July

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With temperatures rising well over 100 degrees in many parts of the country, this summer has been one of the hottest on record, and the first week of July figures to be no different. And when the mercury starts to climb, there’s nothing more refreshing than a popsicle, for kids and grownups alike. Over at Inhabitots we’re sharing our recipe for our favorite 4th of July-themed red, white and blue ice pops, which are filled with natural ingredients and are super simple to make. Click through to learn how to make these fun all-American ice pops and find printable one-page popsicle recipe.

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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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1. SIGN UP FOR THE GREEN MATTRESS NEWSLETTER (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you like most about the Pure Echo Mattress and why you need a healthier, green mattress.

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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Rooftop cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation

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5 (Mostly) Free and Easy Ways to Green Your 4th of July

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Austin, Texas is now home to the world’s cheapest solar power

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In basically the craziest news in clean energy this week, the Texas city of Austin has become the site of the world’s cheapest solar power. Priced at just $0.04/kWh, this beats the previous record set in Dubai by $0.02/kWh, and although solar prices have been trending downward for some time, even the experts are surprised to see such a low price reached so soon. With these new figures, Austin takes a big lead in the world’s fastest growing and perhaps most competitive clean energy market.

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Win up to $33,000 in Taiwan’s 2015 Golden Pin Concept Design Award

by , 07/03/15
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Taiwan’s international Golden Pin Concept Design Award is accepting designs inspired by huaren (Chinese-speaking) philosophies and ideologies—with $33,000 USD in cash prizes! The annual competition is open to individuals and companies of all design disciplines and there is no entry fee. This year, the contest theme follows the Chinese phrase zhong guan (中觀), which roughly translates into English as the “mastery gained from the perspective afforded those at the center of things.” Concept designs submitted to the contest cannot be available in the market nor may they be produced within the year of the award. The categories include, but are not restricted to: product design, visual communication, packaging design, and spatial design. The entry deadline is July 31, 2015.

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history

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Solar Impulse 2, piloted by André Borschberg has successfully completed its record-breaking solar-powered flight from Japan to Hawaii. The plane landed at 5:55am local time today, and was met with a traditional Hawaiian welcome reception, leis included. With this landing, the Swiss-based Solar Impulse team has proven what is possible in the realm of zero fuel transportation. This leg of the round-the-world attempt marks an exciting landmark in the timeline of renewable energy production.

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Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098 mpg

Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098…

We love zero fuel vehicles, but the next best thing is a mode of transportation that can take you reeeeeeally far on just a little fuel. Vehicles with that ability compete in the SAE…

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How to make a foraged salad with plants you can find in your backyard

How to make a foraged salad with plants you can find in your backyard

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Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California farms

Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California…

Environmentalists are outraged by a longstanding practice allowing oil companies to sell water laced with known carcinogens to California farmers. Madeline Stano of the Center on Race,…

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60 Water's spectacular roof deck would be the perfect spot to watch July 4th fireworks - if you lived there

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The next-generation Nissan Leaf will be able to drive over 310 miles on a single charge

The next-generation Nissan Leaf will be able to drive over 310 miles…

Range anxiety continues to be one of the main reasons that electric cars have not taken off as fast as automakers would have liked. Nissan claims that this is one of the main reasons…

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