Vineyard Schmidt's striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

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UK artist transforms salvaged circuit boards into gorgeous lifelike insects

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Kengo Kuma's striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

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

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The Casa Caja "Box House" by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

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MIT's self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now)

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filed under: green furniture, MIT

The future is here. We have in our midst self-sustaining homesself-charging cell phones, and even a variety of self-driving cars. MIT engineers are digging on the autonomous vibe, and working to develop furniture that puts itself together. Whaaaat?

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Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

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filed under: Human Relief Efforts, News

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The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, near Kathmandu, has devastated the region and left thousands dead. Rescue and recovery efforts are still underway in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh, as many people are missing. A natural disaster like this leaves people, their homes, and cities torn asunder, and many of us who are safe and far from the quake’s effects wonder how we can help. We’ve compiled a list of organizations you can support to aid the victims of this traumatic event.

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Nepal quake leaves widespread devastation and thousands dead

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A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal a few minute before noon local time on Saturday, April 25, killing hundreds and sending a ripple of aftershocks through the country and into India, China, and Bangladesh. The shaking caused buildings to crumble in the country’s capital of Kathmandu, including a historic 200-foot watchtower that was occupied by tourists when the quake struck. The earthquake also caused avalanches and shifting on Mount Everest, killing hikers on the mountain.

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Scientists discover the world's strongest natural material

by , 04/26/15
filed under: biomimicry, News, Science

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Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—at least, their teeth are. According to a new study from the University of Portsmouth, the strongest material found in nature is the tooth of a tiny sea creature. The aquatic, snail-like creatures’ millimeter-long teeth feature a biological structure so strong that it could provide us with a way to build tougher cars and planes in the future.

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Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids & adults

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filed under: DIY, Health, How To, Inhabitots

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Sleep troubles? Not for long! What you might not know about sleep is that human bodies (and brains) rely on magnesium to make that possible. Magnesium is in many foods we eat, as well as available in multivitamins and in other supplements, but it’s also easily absorbed through the skin. Homemade magnesium lotion is a great way to get a little extra boost of magnesium at bedtime and, best of all, it’s ideal for all members of your family—even your newest addition. Read on to learn how to make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium that could help you get a better night’s sleep tonight and every night.

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Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

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Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees

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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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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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Anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse prompts reflection over changes in garment industry safety

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Friday marked the second anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, the deadliest garment factory accident in history that claimed 1,129 lives and injured over 2,000 more in Dhaka, Bangladesh. And though we’d hope the tragic disaster would spur significant improvements in garment industry safety regulations, Samantha Maher of Labour Behind the Label believes that the changes that have been made are enough. Read on to learn her thoughts on why the legislation put in place following the Rana Plaza collapse is incongruous to current issues and what lessons we should take away from the event.

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Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work environment

Airbnb’s Portland call center offers a beautiful and flexible work…

Harvey and Yu’s design team spent one month researching the preferences of the Portland team members before designing the space for the over 200-person staff, most of whom were…

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PET Lamp's Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of discarded plastic bottles

PET Lamp's Abyssinia pendants are made by Ethiopian crafters out of…

Spanish manufacturer of hand-made lamps, PET Lamp, creates colorful collections of pendant lamps using indigenous craft techniques from all over the world. Their latest collection,…

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Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian landscape

Green-roofed Zeimuls Center blends perfectly into the Latvian…

The building is located on the edge of the town center facing an ancient castle mound with medieval, state-preserved ruins- the main tourist attraction of the town. It was the site…

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JetBlue and Manhattan Portage are turning uniforms into carryalls

JetBlue and Manhattan Portage are turning uniforms into carryalls

JetBlue is partnering with bag-makers Manhattan Portage to turn decommissioned uniforms into trendy bags. The airliner is taking its its unused flight gear and turning it into a…

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100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally incomplete look

100-year-old Japanese home is lined with plywood for an intentionally…

Each room of the timber-framed home is lined with plywood. Left unstained, the plywood covers every wall, floor, and ceiling and makes the house look almost like a construction job left…

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