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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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Self-driving electric robocabs could slash greenhouse gas emissions 94%

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

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Brooklyn's green sewing camp for aspiring designers is eco-fabulous!

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Looking to send your kids to camp this summer? Forget about archery and water-skiing. Brooklyn’s non-profit Black Girls Sew is bringing back their Sew Green Summer Camp for the second year and it is eco-fabulous! The industrious non-profit combines a love of Mother Earth with a passion for sewing by teaching eco-friendly sewing techniques to aspiring fashion designers.

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

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

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Inspiring LOSEV center in Turkey teaches visitors how to lead sustainable lives

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Google's RideWith takes on Uber in Israel

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Look out Uber, the mighty Google is on your tail. The search giant is now entering the “hire a ride” business with RideWith, a new service that connects carpoolers with rides. 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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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

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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 create artworks using LED lights instead of filament traditionally used in 3D printing. Kalsi captures his 3D-printed illumination masterpieces through the use of video or long exposure photography.

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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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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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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

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

Most of the super efficient green cars on the market and in concept aren’t really designed for the lives of regular folks. In fact, some of the vehicles with the highest fuel economy…

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

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

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…

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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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