Google's RideWith takes on Uber in Israel

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Look out Uber, the mighty Gorg is on your tail. Google is now entering the “hire a ride” business with RideWith, a chance for you to pay to carpool with someone else. Or vice versa. Using their Waze community-based mapping service, the company is starting out with a small pilot program in Israel. The Waze service is already changing how people drive by giving real-time information by actual drivers stuck in traffic, sharing gas prices or letting others know where construction crews are stationed.

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Tree Church is a living, breathing chapel made of real trees

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Self-driving electric "robocabs" could slash GHG emissions 94%, study shows

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Autonomous vehicle research and development is hot, hot, hot. Google’s self-driving cars are on the streets already, Uber is laying the groundwork, and Tesla’s upcoming update for the Model S will include some ‘self-steering’ features as well. We’ve joked about the idea of self-driving taxi cabs, but researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are taking the concept quite seriously. A new study shows that greenhouse gas emissions from cars in the United States could be slashed by 94 percent in 2030 if battery-powered electric “robocabs” are allowed on the roads.

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Bender Bound repurposes old books with a boozy surprise inside

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For many, there is no greater joy than sitting down and reading a great classic. Except, perhaps, enjoying it with a nice glass of booze. That’s the idea behind Brooklyn-based Bender Bound Booze Books. The creative team is repurposing old books into sophisticated spots for stashing your liquor. Talk about the perfect gift for the literary hoochhound in your life!

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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 to allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are 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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Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi 3D-prints masterpieces with light

by , 07/07/15
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3D printing has already found a wide range of uses, but printing with light? 3D printers have been used to create prosthetic limbs, meat, and entire two story homes. They are even capable of producing new 3D printers! But 3D printing does not conform to the limits of the physical world. Architect Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi is pioneering a new technique to replace filament traditionally used in 3D printing with LED lights. Through the use of video or long exposure photography, Kalsi captures his 3D-printed illumination masterpieces.

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Gorgeous Doll’s House extension transforms a drafty bungalow into an energy-efficient home

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Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units

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A coal mine in Scotland was turned into a vast universe made out of plants and stones

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What better use for an old coal mine than a whole new universe? This is just what the Duke of Buccleuch and architect Charles Jencks did with an open cast coal mine located within Scotland’s Lowther Hills. The 22-hectare site was an industrial eyesore and since it was no longer in use, local villagers lobbied the duke to do something with it. But the villagers didn’t just want it to look better — they also wanted something that would replace the jobs lost when the coal mine closed down. The result is the the Crawick Multiverse, a universe made up entirely out of plants, dirt and rocks.

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Gigantic swimmable ball pit takes over D.C.’s National Building Museum

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Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

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With the population booming and housing expansion taking place in all corners of the world, catching wind of a swanky new high-rise in a distant land can lead to some raised eyebrows. The EcoSky living center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, however, is notable not for its excess, but for its attention to sustainable construction and maintenance practices. EcoWorld Development Sdn. Bhd. has released details about the project, which will be composed of three residential towers and a building named The Centre, referred to as “the green heart” of the construction.

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Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof

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Philips' new GrowWise indoor farm will revolutionize food production

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Solar-powered Stella Lux family car generates more energy than it uses

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Most of the super efficient green cars on the market aren’t really designed for regular folks. In fact, some of the vehicles with the highest fuel economy are only made to hold one person: the driver. Those contraptions can move right over to the slow lane, though, because a Dutch team of solar engineering students has developed a family-friendly green car that actually generates more energy than it uses.

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Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase

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The Seasteading Institute is on target to launch the world’s first floating city by 2020. The Floating City Project is set to have political autonomy, although the concept involves an integrated relationship with a “host nation.” The self-sufficient floating community is planned to have residences, tourism, aquaculture, a business park, a research institute, and a power plant to sell energy and clean water back to the host nation.

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Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian beach shack

Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian…

The sculptural Northern Rivers Beach House reinterprets traditional building materials, including corrugated metal, fibre-cement sheeting, and timber. Vertical steel cladding wraps…

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Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places

Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places

Brazil’s capital of São Paulo is the most populous city in the Americas. Almost twelve million people reside within the city limits, while the Greater São Paulo area is home to more…

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'From Piss to Pilsner' recycles urine to make beer

'From Piss to Pilsner' recycles urine to make beer

The urine from the estimated 100,000 visitors to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark this summer will have the odd opportunity to recycle their urine- into beer. “From Piss to Pilsner”…

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Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the…

London-based design studio LYN Atelier designed a temporary community center in Hackney Wick, constructed using recycled materials from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The…

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Adorable Gobble furniture is made of recyclable cardboard to teach children about sustainability

Adorable Gobble furniture is made of recyclable cardboard to teach…

It’s never too early to teach kids about the importance of green. Eco-conscious design firm Form Maker wants to make the learning process fun and easy with Gobble, a series of…

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