Smarter traffic light programming could help cut carbon emissions, MIT study shows

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Idling cars create unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions, so common sense indicates that less time sitting in traffic would lead to a cleaner world. A new study by researchers at MIT shows how reprogramming traffic signals could lead to fewer traffic jams and a world with lower carbon emissions.

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Unexpected Aurora Skyscraper purifies air and water in Chernobyl

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why the shipping container revolution became popular

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Cargotecture is one of our favorite topics on Inhabitat and it should be no wonder why—building with shipping containers can be an affordable way to provide high-quality housing. Inside Portable Accommodation, a company that specializes in portable buildings, has also caught on to the booming shipping container revolution in architecture. In celebration of cargotecture, the Gloucestershire company put together an infographic comprising facts about shipping container architecture, great cargotecture examples from around the world, as well as tips from experts on building with shipping containers.

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TEST DRIVE: BMW i3 vs. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive—which electric car wins?

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Super-efficient graphene LED bulbs to hit the stores this year

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Graphene—everyone’s favorite super-strong carbon material—might just revolutionize the LED. A dimmable bulb is set to be launched in UK stores later this year that contains a filament-shaped LED that is coated in graphene, and promises to cut energy usage by a further 10 percent, sell at a lower price point than many LEDs, and all the while extend the life of the bulb. This all due to the fact that graphene can conduct heat and electricity more effectively than the materials currently used in LEDs. Designed by researchers at the “Home of Graphene,” The University of Manchester, the bulb will also be the first commercially-viable product to contain graphene.

Via BBC

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Facebook to test its enormous internet-beaming solar drone this summer

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As part of their ambitious plan to bring internet connectivity to the estimated 5 billion people who are currently unable to access the internet, Facebook plans to conduct tests of a solar-powered drone that is the size of a commercial airliner. The drone is designed to beam internet signal to communities currently outside the reach of conventional cellular data networks, and could ultimately stay aloft for months, if not years, at a time.

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Elon Musk says Tesla will launch a new product line on April 30 - but he won't say what it is

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Elon Musk announced on Twitter, as is his style, that Tesla will release a new product line at their Hawthorne Design Studio on April 30. He won’t say what it is, except to clarify that it’s not a car. Given Musk’s promise earlier this year about producing a stationary house battery within the next few months, the tech world is in a tizzy in anticipation of the end-of-the-month release. Will Musk unveil the battery that will allow any home to go off the grid? If the April 30 event isn’t centered on the battery, what else does he have up his sleeve? It’ll be a long month full of speculation as we all eagerly wait to find out what else Tesla has in store for the future.

Via The Verge

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Kettal and Patricia Urquiola create Kettal Cottage: a part tiny house, part tent escape

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Facebook’s new Frank Gehry-designed LEED-certified headquarters boasts a beautiful artistic interior

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Help a colorful pavilion made of recycled materials bloom this summer on Governors Island

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This summer, visitors to Governors Island will get to enjoy not one, but two City of Dreams Pavilions made from recycled materials. Izaskun Chinchilla Architects’ gorgeous Organic Growth will be joining BanG’s Billion Oyster Pavilion on the grassy knoll of the island’s parade grounds this year. The colorful canopy will look like a series of flower bouquets from afar, but will be made from recycled elements like old umbrellas and bicycle wheels. If you love the look of Organic Growth, head over to Izaskun Chinchilla’s Kickstarter page and help them get the project off the ground!

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North West Bicester eco-town is the UK’s first zero carbon community

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Tadao Ando's first New York condominium design features one of the largest green walls in the city

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New Zealand guest house fits luxurious living in a tiny space

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Bio-Pyramid turns Egypt’s ancient pyramids into a gigantic desertification-fighting skyscraper

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Portland architecture students build incredible outdoor stage from 520 recycled pallets

How do you design an outdoor music festival which leaves no trace? That was the goal of Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn when he and his team envisioned an eco roots music festival in the outskirts of Portland Oregon. Since it was launched in 1999, Pickathon Music Festival has been the only waste-free and plastic-free outdoor music festival in the US, featuring solar-powered structures and an outdoor stage designed to be dismantled and recycled at the end of the concert. When students from Portland State University were tasked with designing a recyclable stage for the 2014 concert, they rose to the challenge with an incredible structure built entirely out of recycled shipping pallets. Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes video that documents the development of this portable stage, which will help to ensure that the wild concert experience will leave no trace on the surrounding environment.

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Thomas Kroeger Architekt transformed this 19th-century barn into a gorgeous holiday home in Germany

Thomas Kroeger Architekt transformed this 19th-century barn into a…

This 19th century Lanhaus-country house- is located in a small village near Berlin. The architects renovated its large double-height hall, removed damaged and rotten structure, leaving…

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

Many people who take an active role in their own health and well being also tend towards naturally-sourced nutritional supplements and remedies for minor ailments, such as taking a cup…

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

If you love plants but don't have much outdoor space to indulge your green thumb, you might feel a bit bummed about all the things you can't grow indoors. Fortunately, there are plenty…

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VIDEO: A super-easy way to make healthy, one-ingredient fruit roll-ups

VIDEO: A super-easy way to make healthy, one-ingredient fruit roll-ups

Do you remember eating Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot as a kid? They were some of the most coveted lunch snacks, but they were also packed with sugar and other artificial…

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Winners announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

Winners announced for the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition

    The first place was awarded to BOMP (Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, and Jakub Pudo) from Poland for their project Essence Skyscraper. The…

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