Help kickstart this little SolarPuff lantern that could save the world

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Imagine what it would be like to live without electricity. If you wanted to do anything after sundown, such as cook, work or read, you would need a portable lantern like a kerosene lamp. The reality for the 1.6 billion people around the globe who don’t have access to electricity is that they need to rely on kerosene lamps, which are not only air-polluting, bad for respiratory health and create fire hazards, but also are extremely expensive to fuel. The ingeniously adorable Solarpuff solar lantern hopes to change that by providing a portable, safe, healthy and free nighttime light source to the billions of people around the globe who need it.

Solarpuff has just launched a Kickstarter campaign which could help change the world. Help them kickstart this initiative by buying one! They’re awesome for folks in the developed world too—they make a great portable lamp for camping, emergencies, going off grid, or just illuminating your nights with something beautiful.

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La Capsula preserves existing green space with a pod-like home addition

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why gardening is surprisingly good for your health

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Gardening is great for your yard and the environment, but did you know it is also great for your body and mind? It’s true – the humble act of digging in the dirt will do some remarkable things for your health. Not only can it be a great stress reliever, but it can also help protect your brain against aging and reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. Check out the infographic below to find out all the marvelous reasons to dig in to a garden this year. 

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This powerful video sheds light on 5 things about plastic you might not know

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This powerful video, titled “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic“, uses a Rube Goldberg machine to follow the journey a plastic bottle takes from “factory to home” to shed light on the unintended consequences plastic waste has on our environment, and what we can do to eliminate waste, and save money. For example, did you know that 8 percent of all oil extracted from the planet is used to make plastic? Or that 91 percent of plastic never gets recycled? Every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form… and hopefully this video can shed a bit of light on the planet’s plastic woes, and how they can be addressed.

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The American Institute of Architects announces their top 10 best green buildings of 2015

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Loopwheels may offer the smoothest ride you've ever felt

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Why reinvent the wheel? Because sometimes it makes for a better bike. Loopwheels are a completely new type of bicycle wheel, designed with a unique built-in suspension that makes for a delightfully smooth ride. Instead of spokes, as on a traditional bicycle wheel, the Loopwheels have three loop-shaped springs that allow the wheel to absorb the vibrations and bumps most riders are accustomed to feeling.

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Minimalist LED Mould Lamps look like balloons extending from rustic wooden blocks

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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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New electric aircraft motor has an output five times that of its competition

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In what could be a breakthrough development for electricity powered aviation, researchers at Siemens have come up with a new kind of electric motor that can delver a continuous output of roughly 260 kilowatts – or about five times the output of other drive systems like it. Phys.org notes that the motor, weighing just over 110 pounds., was specifically designed for use in aircraft and has a record-setting power-to-weight ratio that would power larger aircraft with takeoff weights up to two tons.

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Hang ten: Become one with the ocean with this algae-based surfboard

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Would you surf algae? Not in it, on it. A team of scientists and surfboard makers in California claim to have created the world’s first sustainable surfboard made from algae. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego partnered with the leading polyurethane surfboard manufacturer Arctic Foam and determined a way to turn algae oil into the polyurethane foam core that comprises a surfboard. Foam cores for most surfboards currently come from petroleum.

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Sneak a peek inside the Whitney Museum's new High Line-hugging building by Renzo Piano

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Pratt's Open Sewer Mapping Project helps New Yorkers understand the city's sewer problems

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Flooding and sewage overflow has been a hot button issue in New York City since Hurricane Sandy, inciting public and private programs to create new systems to help prevent future disasters. To address these concerns, a group of students and faculty at Pratt Institute has created the Open Sewer Mapping Project - an interactive map of New York’s sewer system that creates transparency and allows citizens and community groups to better understand its inner workings and problem areas. Supported by the Taconic Fellowship program, the data visualization effectively illustrates some of the sewage system’s most deficient areas in Newtown Creek, Tallman Island, Hunts Point, Jamaica Bay and Red Hook.

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What if roads could be certified as 'green' just like buildings?

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With over four million miles of roads cris-crossing the nation, and as much as 32,000 miles of new roads being added annually, it would be wonderful if we could make these roads a little greener. Just as the building industry has undergone its own evolution in the last few decades, making buildings greener, more energy-efficient and eco-friendly overall, Greenroads is a rating system dedicated to certifying roads that are built “greener,” similar to LEED certification for buildings. But just what is a greener road?

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Bottled by Ambientec are cordless lamps that look like glowing wine bottles

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Bottled lamps by Ambientec are cordless LED lamps made with glass and aluminum that look like radiant bottles of wine. The innovative design can fit into any décor, whether it’s an outdoor picnic table or your nightstand. The design is shaped like a familiar wine bottle, and since it is waterproof and works for up to 24 hours without charging, it is totally versatile. But what really sets this lamp apart is its design, with gorgeous curves and an ethereal glow that lights up the room.

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Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

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When we think about climate change and sources of pollution, fossil fuels and dirty industries are the culprits that usually dominate the conversation. Agriculture, though, contributes substantially to global warming as well. The Obama Administration opted for the day after Earth Day to launch a series of ten voluntary initiatives aimed at American farmers, in an effort to support more sustainable and environmentally friendly methods of crop production. Will it work?

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Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Recycled and upcycled plastic bottle designs are among Inhabitat’s favorite featured topics, but have you ever wondered what happens to the billions of plastic bottles that don’t…

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Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

Many of the details of the trailer’s interior have been crafted by hand. The original chandelier piece is born of a vintage tea pot and copper pipes. The illusion of a library is…

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Favilla's installation titled "To Every Light, a Voice" illuminates…

    “FAVILLA. To every light a voice”, described as a kaleidoscope in the heart of Milan, is an installation-event designed to celebrate 2015 – proclaimed the…

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Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint

Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon…

The Dune House is a contemporary reinterpretation of the local architectural typology that features wood cladding and pitched roofs. The wooden cross-laminated structure uses a unique…

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Modern Cliff House overlooks stunning seaside views on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

Modern Cliff House overlooks stunning seaside views on Scotland’s…

Inspired by the region’s simple stone agricultural typology, the Cliff House is constructed with Caithness stone and is cut into the landscape to protect the building against harsh…

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