World's oldest panda celebrates with cake and bamboo. Happy Birthday Jia Jia!

by , 07/28/15
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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Celebrations took place Tuesday, July 28 at Ocean Park in Hong Kong as their oldest giant panda, Jia Jia turned 37 and took her place in the Guinness Book of World Records as not only the oldest living panda in captivity, but the oldest panda to ever live in captivity. Jia Jia was presented with a colorful cake of ice and fruit juice, as well as a handful of fresh bamboo shoots to mark the occasion, as her caretakers at Ocean Park noted that she is remarkably active and healthy for a panda of her highly advanced years.

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14,000 reused eyeglass lenses make up the spectacular SeaSeeSaw installation in Istanbul

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Outdoor pop-up libraries bring literary love to little ones in East Harlem and the South Bronx

by , 07/28/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Young book lovers in Hamilton Heights, East Harlem, and the South Bronx can now spend their summers reading at a flock of new outdoor literary havens. Organized by a non-profit called the Uni Project, the fun pop-up libraries offer plenty of space for discovering new books and playing in the fresh air.

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New Bubble Greenhouses use bubbles to create freshwater in arid regions

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As water shortages threaten to destabilize many of the world’s driest regions, including California, researchers are looking to create bubble greenhouses as a way to provide fresh water for growing food. Engineers from Murdoch University believe that a 1,615 square foot Bubble Greenhouse “could produce around eight cubic metres of freshwater and up to 30 kilograms of crops each day.” The sealed design of the greenhouse will also protect crops from insects and disease, and the researchers say the technology should be easy to implement.

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Inhabitat sneaks a peek at the camouflaged 2017 Chrysler Town & Country plug-in hybrid in LA

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What do we have here? Yesterday on my way to the office I pulled up next to two heavily camouflaged prototypes of Chrysler’s all-new Town & Country minivan, which is expected to arrive sometime next year as a 2017 model. While this isn’t the first time that spy photographers have caught the new minivan driving around the country, what sparked my interest here was the “EV” sticker on the back – providing a hint of the electrified powertrain under all that camouflage.

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Affordable Villa One is a prefab building that accommodates a growing family

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Muralists just painted 209 homes in the drug capital of Mexico

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Abundant tiger population shrinks to just 100 in Bangladesh

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In Bangladesh, a new census shows that tiger populations in the Sundarbans mangrove forest are more endangered than ever. The study, which used hidden cameras to track and record tigers, provides a more accurate update than previous surveys that used other methods. The year-long census, which ended this April, revealed only around 100 of the big cats remain in what was once home to the largest population of tigers on earth.

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Whimsical bird-shaped treehouse with a stunning view pops up in Japan’s woods

by , 07/28/15
filed under: Art, carousel showcase, Gallery

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Portable Snoozebox hotel wins coveted design award for its redesign by Tangerine

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Hillary Clinton wants to increase U.S. solar power 700% by 2027

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As the race to the White House heats up, Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight more than ever. Like her opponents, Clinton has begun issuing proposals for responding to climate change and the first phase of her announcements is a bold one. She is calling for the United States to source 33 percent of its energy from solar power by 2027. That would be enough to power every home in the country, and constitutes an astounding 700 percent increase over current solar technology.

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Amazing wood Pequod caravan comfortably fits a family of four

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Shigeru Ban will reuse earthquake rubble to build Nepal relief shelters

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How one woman turned an old school bus into the coziest little home

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Four-legged prehistoric snake offers clues about the reptile's evolution

by , 07/27/15
filed under: Animals, News, Science

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A 113 million-year-old Brazilian fossil, recently examined for the first time, has provided what some experts believe is the first evidence that snakes had four legs at one stage in their evolution. While there is some controversy as to how closely related to modern day snakes the fossil is, the authors of a new study that examines the fossil are certain this proves snakes have always been land-based animals, using the delicate limbs for burrowing and “hugging” their prey, rather than for swimming.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn the history behind modernist design

INFOGRAPHIC: Learn the history behind modernist design

Have you ever wondered where all the beautiful modernist buildings featured on Inhabitat got their roots? London’s modern furniture store ARAM sheds light on the history of modernist…

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Extreme hanging pods create a meditative, light-controlled space for rock climbers

Extreme hanging pods create a meditative, light-controlled space for…

The pods, commissioned by Manz Wine Estate Cape Town, have a specific function of reducing harmful light wavelengths and control and edit visual hallucinations and mirages induced by…

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Deepwater Wind breaks ground on the U.S.'s first offshore wind farm (finally)

Deepwater Wind breaks ground on the U.S.'s first offshore wind farm…

While offshore wind farms have been operational in Europe since the 1990s, efforts to establish any such projects off the U.S. coast have stalled amid funding and environmental…

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Ride down this 270-foot-long water slide when it comes to NYC this weekend

Ride down this 270-foot-long water slide when it comes to NYC this…

Urban water sliding sounds a bit like an extreme sport made up for a sitcom script, but it’s real, and it’s coming back to Manhattan. Next month, Slide the City will set up a…

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