Purina ONE's Cat Camp will let you camp out with cute kitties this week in NYC

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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If you’re a feline fanatic who never really fit in at space camp or band camp, you may finally be in luck. Purina ONE has announced that after the success of its pop-up NYC Cat Cafe last year, it will be launching its first-ever Cat Camp starting tomorrow in Soho. The unique (and thankfully air-conditioned) space will feature a full kitty playground, a kibble campfire, and a crew of adoptable furry friends to play with–and hopefully take home to their furever homes at the end of the day.

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American public calls for extradition of lion poacher Walter Palmer

by , 07/30/15
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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The American dentist who allegedly paid $55,000 to kill a beloved lion in Zimbabwe has come under fire since his identity was disclosed to the public this week. Stories about Cecil the lion and the hunter who killed him, Walter Palmer of Minnesota, have soared to the top of trending lists on Facebook and Twitter, and numerous angry bloggers, editorialists, and TV hosts have attacked the dentist for his actions. Local hunter Theo Bronkhorst was charged with failing to prevent an illegal hunt in court yesterday, according to NY Daily News, and now members of the American public are calling for Palmer’s extradition to Zimbabwe so he too can atone for his actions.

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Rotterdam is building the world's largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

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Can we completely rid our skies of pollution once and for all? That is the mission behind the Dutch social design lab, Studio Roosegaarde, which recently launched a Kickstarter campaign that is quickly gaining momentum. The team, led by Netherlands-based innovator Daan Roosegaarde, is creating a Smog Free Tower that will stand 23 feet above the city of Rotterdam and power the largest electronic smog-sucking vacuum in the world. Then it will transform the harvested carbon into beautiful rings and cufflinks. The tower is expected to rise as soon as September. And if that goes well, the studio hopes to build many more smog vacuums across the globe.

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Google starts equipping Street View cars with air pollution sensors

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Google Street View cars have been patrolling for years now, providing limitless information about the world we live in and creeping us out when we search for our own homes. Recently, Google partnered with Aclima, a company that develops mobile sensor networks, to equip their cars with the ability to collect air pollution data.

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Israel embraces Egyptian heritage with a new pyramid tower for Jerusalem

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Israel embraces Egypt’s architectural heritage with a new tower for Jerusalem. Studio Daniel Libeskind and local architect Yigal Levi unveiled new renderings of the high-rise design for the holy city’s downtown area, first unveiled in 2011. Called the Pyramid, this multi-purpose tower will offer shopping areas and residential units atop the old Eden theater, near the Machane Yehuda market.

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What Richard Branson says about sharks after surfer Mick Fanning's amazing escape

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Sir Richard Branson is using Mick Fanning’s recent brush with death in South Africa to call for greater protection for all sharks. He urged in a recent blog post that “the coverage of this highly unusual event should not be used as an excuse to mount further campaigns to kill even more sharks.” Fanning fought off a shark during the J-Bay Open surfing competition by punching the shark and then swimming away. Though he escaped unharmed, Fanning has said that it could be months before he can get back into the water.

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Eero Saarinen's iconic JFK terminal to be reborn as swanky airport hotel and convention center

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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JFK’s Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center is one of NYC’s most iconic structures, but has sat empty and unused on the grounds of the airport for the past 14 years. Now all of that is about to change with the announcement that MCR Development will revamp the famous architect’s building into a lavish hotel and convention center and open it back up to the public. According to Governor Cuomo, who delivered the good news this week at a luncheon in Manhattan, the project will seek LEED certification and include a 505-room hotel, a museum dedicated to the Jet Age and 40,000 square feet of conference space. The renovation will aim for a “complete rehabilitation of the national landmark to its 1962 glory,” according to an MCR press release.

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World’s longest and tallest tunnel slide is coming to London

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Roger Partners and ASD picked to give St. Petersburg, Florida an exciting new public pier

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Ford's new headlights can automatically shine a light on pedestrians and animals

by , 07/30/15
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Driving at night can be a bit unnerving on unlit roads, since potential hazards can be difficult to see. Ford has revealed that its engineers are working on new advanced headlights that use radar and infra-red camera systems to detect pedestrians and animals that may be in a vehicle’s path. Traditional headlights can only show a part of the road ahead, which may not fully illuminate potential hazards, but Ford’s new headlights use radar and camera systems to detect everything front of the vehicle and making it easier for the driver to take action before something bad happens.

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Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum tunnels through a mountain peak

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NEXT Architects reveals the undulating Shouxi Stone-inspired Fuzhou apartment complex

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Parasitic pod homes attach to buildings to provide additional housing

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Since 2010, the number of homeless people “sleeping rough” on the streets of London has risen 77 percent, according to James Furzer, an architectural assistant at Spatial Design Architects. In response to this humanitarian travesty, he conceived a conceptual parasitic pod home to provide temporary shelter. The winning design of the 6th Space for New Visions design competition, which called for comfortable, functional, naturally-lit spaces with a low environmental impact, “Homes for the Homeless” demonstrates how FAKRO products can be used to create detachable pods that not only attach to existing buildings, but also blend in.

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Only four Northern White Rhinos remain on the planet

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Nabire was a 31-year-old Northern White Rhino who called Czech Republic’s Dvur Kralove Zoo home until her death, which was announced Tuesday. Nabire suffered from uterine cysts, which made it impossible for her to breed naturally, and a ruptured cyst led to her demise. In December 2014, the world’s Northern white rhino population dropped from six to five after the 44-year-old male named Angalifu died at the San Diego Zoo. With Nabire’s passing, there are now just four of the rhinos left on earth – three females and one male. Because none of the females are capable of carrying babies, there is a ticking clock on the survival of this subspecies.

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This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs

This house has a special staircase designed just for dogs

Located next to the regular stairwell, the pooch-friendly staircase has smaller steps and even a doggy balustrade. The short riser height and shallow incline translates to a much longer…

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Is Bernie Sanders our best defense against climate change?

Is Bernie Sanders our best defense against climate change?

Could Bernie Sanders be our best hope to save the planet from catastrophic climate change by leading a clean energy revolution in the United States? The 2016 Democratic presidential…

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The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

A little company called SunPort is launching a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way. SunPort is a smart device that looks like an ordinary outlet…

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Escape Traveler is a tiny cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

Escape Traveler is a tiny cabin on wheels that can be moved anywhere

If the Escape Traveler looks familiar, it’s because the tiny mobile home came from the same minds—Kelly Davis and Dan George Dobrowolski—that created the Escape Cabin. Like its…

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Urine-deflecting walls in San Francisco will make you think twice about Number One

Urine-deflecting walls in San Francisco will make you think twice…

Ah, urination. One of life’s simple pleasures, enhanced when performed in an outdoor setting. Though public peeing is best is done in natural spaces with some privacy, city folk…

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