Quantum dot solar windows could turn any window into a power source

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A sunlight-harvesting technology created by researchers in Los Alamos and Italy could turn any window into a solar energy source. The technology is based on tiny nanoparticles known as quantum dots, which can absorb sunlight as it filters through a window. The light is then emitted from the dots at the infrared wavelength and is guided to the edge of the window, where solar cells transform it into useable energy. Victor Klimov, lead researcher on the project at the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP) of Los Alamos, said “Using this design, a nearly transparent window becomes an electrical generator, one that can power your room’s air conditioner on a hot day or a heater on a cold one.”

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Chris the overgrown sheep spared certain death by celebrity Aussie shearer Ian Elkins

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Wild sheep shed their wool each year, but Merino sheep have been bred specifically to keep on growing until they’re shorn – so we can use their wool. The now-famous Chris, a sheep in Australia who somehow wandered off from his flock into the wild and evaded shearing for up to six years, according to expert estimates, was on death’s doorstep when a hiker discovered him outside Canberra. His wool had grown so big, he was susceptible to parasites and infection and at risk of falling over. If that had happened, he wouldn’t have been able to get back up, making him fair game for wild animals. Fearing the worst, the hiker immediately alerted authorities, and Tammy Ven Dange from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals posted an urgent SOS tweet. “Help! @rspcaact needs help from a sheerer immediately to hopefully save this sheep we just rescued!” she wrote. Ian Elkins, a renowned celebrity shearer, volunteered his services.

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Apply to live in Manhattan's first micro apartments for as low as $950 a month

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Humans have killed nearly half the trees on earth so far

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This is the kind of news that makes us groan. A new study of arboreal density around the globe indicates humans are directly responsible for killing almost half the trees on the planet. This latest report confirms the devastation we already knew, but in a very real way, since this study is the first of its kind to be derived from actual data, giving us a more accurate picture of the Earth’s forests than ever before.

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Three-legged teahouse in the Netherlands boasts a cantilevering green roof

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Crazy 54-propellor super drone lifts off with a man aboard

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When is a drone not just a drone? When it is 54-propeller flying machine with a man aboard. A YouTube video uploaded by a British man who goes by his username gasturbine101 shows the drone-esque flying machine carrying a fully-grown male passenger as it lifts several feet off the ground and wobbles around in the air. This crazy flying machine is being called a “manned super drone” by its creators, who have also given it the more affectionate name “The Swarm” to the colony of tiny drones that keep it airborne.

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World’s largest outdoor mural completed in just four days

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Scientists have finally invented ice cream that doesn't melt

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If there’s one product that we can all agree is begging to be improved upon, it’s ice cream. Sure, there have been forays into weird new flavors like bacon goat cheese and jalapeño pickle, but the basic recipe, which literally no one likes, hasn’t changed for hundreds of years. Until now, that is. Scientists in the UK have developed a formula for ice cream that doesn’t melt – presumably in response to increasing global temperatures.

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Olafur Eliasson launches a gorgeous and affordable handheld solar phone charger

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Tiny wedge-shaped writer’s cottage is the ultimate creative retreat in Norway

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Is it real? Redditor claims to show first glimpse of futuristic Hyperloop test track

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One bold Reddit user claims to have captured a photo of a high-speed Hyperloop test track being built outside of Los Angeles at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The post, which originally went up yesterday, has Hyperloop enthusiasts and graphics experts in a tizzy, debating about the authenticity of the Redditor’s claim. If this image is genuine, it marks the very first glimpse of the futuristic public transportation system that could someday allow commuters to travel up to 700mph between major cities in California.

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

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It’s hard to believe, but fall is nearly upon us and a new semester will be in full swing sooner than we know it. Where did summer go? If you’re heading off to school, Inhabitat is here to help you hit the books with a lighter footprint – and in this year’s Back to School Contest we’re giving you the chance to win a Voltaic solar-power backpack to keep your phone and other gadgets charged all day! No more running out of juice between classes, and having to search for a power outlet. Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $199 OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack, packed with 6 Watts of solar energy to power your phone, tablet, and USB devices anytime, anywhere. And our two RUNNER UP WINNERS will snag a $129 Converter Solar Backpack that will power you through a full day of classes. Read on to learn how to enter!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so you’ll need to receive it to find out if you won!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you need a Voltaic Solar Backpack. The deadline for this giveaway is September 11, 2015. We’ll choose the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS 11:50 PM SEPT 11

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Old Testament nomadic tents recreated in Tel Aviv with high-tech materials

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California passes sweeping ban on rhino horns, elephant ivory to protect endangered animals

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Lawmakers in California passed a bill yesterday outlawing the sale of nearly all ivory and rhinoceros horn products in the state. This move is an attempt to reduce elephant and rhino poaching, which is threatening both species with extinction. The ban gives current owners of ivory products until next summer to sell the items, before facing hefty fines and jail time.

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LAST CHANCE: Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

DEADLINE: Friday, Sept 4th, 11:59 PM EST

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Storm-resilient SURE HOUSE can even charge your neighbors' devices during blackouts

Storm-resilient SURE HOUSE can even charge your neighbors' devices…

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New bifacial solar module takes advantage of direct and reflected sunlight

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Solar panels work by being pointed at the sun. Everyone knows this. But, in some areas of the earth, a double-sided solar panel is just the thing you need to maximize the sun’s…

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Secluded home outside of São Paulo epitomizes living in harmony with the environment

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Related: + OAS1S Via Jetson Green OAS1S treescrapers, tree houses, architecture, green building, small homes, repurposed wood

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are not aware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design.…

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VIDEO: How to find and cook delicious Chanterelle mushrooms in a forest near you

VIDEO: How to find and cook delicious Chanterelle mushrooms in a…

In 1836, Swedish mycologist Elias Fries called the chanterelle "one of the most important and best edible mushrooms." They are also incredibly nutritious - in addition to containing…

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