Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

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The Apple logo might have gone from rainbow to black over the years, but the company is getting greener every day. This week, Apple made two announcements that impressed environmentalists around the world. In the first, the iPhone maker shared the news that it has purchased 36,000 acres of forest land for the express purpose of protecting it from future development. The other announcement was about two new solar farm projects which are already under construction in China, duplicating clean energy efforts the company has already made here in the U.S.

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First look at Wolfgang Buttress' beehive-inspired UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo

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In Maryland, Tesla's competition could help them get back in business

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Tesla’s been fighting for the right to do business in a number of states recently, but the electric car maker has gained some footing in Maryland, thanks to an unusual ally. The Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, which is essentially a collection of Tesla’s competitors in the state, has supported a measure to allow Tesla to continue their direct sales model without relying on a third-party dealership. Like many states, Maryland has laws that bar car makers from selling directly to the public, and those laws help dealerships take a slice out of the auto-buying business. In states where Tesla has won the ability to continue their sales, new legislation has been enacted to create an exception for electric car makers like Tesla, typically with a few caveats. In Maryland, a similar bill has already passed the state’s house and senate, and Governor Larry Hogan could sign it into law as soon as April 28. Having the backing of the largest dealership association in the state won’t hurt Tesla’s odds of getting their cars on the road in Maryland.

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We Make Carpets creates mesmerizing tapestries from pasta, sponges, and little army men

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9 Inspiring furnishings by Austrian Design Pioneers at Milan Design Week 2015

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Modern timber frame oyster shack grows a garden on its roof

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Rocket Lab's new rocket is 3D-printed and powered by batteries

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Rocket Labs 3D Printed Battery Powered Rocket Engine

Add “rocket” to the list of things you can print with a 3D printer. Space company Rocket Lab revealed the Rutherford engine, made from parts created in a 3D printer. Capable of 4,600 pounds of thrust, the engine will power both stages of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. a 20-meter (66-foot) rocket made out of carbon composites.

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Beautiful Jan bicycle is made with a handcrafted wooden frame

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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off!

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Alvaro Uribe and Makerbot come together to create Mushroom lamps

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Alvaro Uribe Design collaborated with 3D-printing experts Makerbot to create the innovative Mushroom Lamps. According to the designers, “The Mushroom lamps explore new forms and details that can only be achieved through fuse deposition technology. For the past two years we have been using 3D printing to quickly check and validate our designs as part of the design process that we go thorough with our clients. We noticed that in the process of printing, the machine would create a honeycomb structure to reduce the use of material. However, this honeycomb pattern is then buried under the outer layers of the design. Hence, the design aims to celebrate the actual process of 3D printing as an opportunity to create more organic and surprising designs by bringing the pattern out through the use of light; an effect that would never be possible through traditional manufacturing methods.”

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Leicestershire Master Gardeners offer free food-growing support for local people and communities

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If you happen to live in Leicestershire, UK, and have always dreamt of growing your own food, you’re in luck. Highly trained folks from the Leicestershire Master Gardeners organization are volunteering to help individuals, families, and communities learn how to grow their own healthy food. They offer local growing advice through council growing spaces, talks, articles, and events, and they’ll also act as mentors, offering 12 months of free support to people who are just starting their own food gardens. There’s no better way to learn how to garden than from hands-on instruction from skilled mentors, so visit their website to learn more about how you can start growing today!

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Re-Imagining A City: Temporary exhibits take over San Francisco streets

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Sandwichbikes presents two special edition plywood bikes at Milan Design Week

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For this year’s Salone del Mobile, Sandwichbikes will present two special bicycle editions at the exhibition “NEED – When design empowers human potential”. Both the Sandwichbikes Walnut Veneer limited edition and the Sandwichbike Van Gogh Series endorsed by Van Gogh Museum will be displayed at the exhibition to illustrate how design can play a fundamental role now and in the future in redefining and reshaping needs.

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Artificial leaf can make oxygen in space with water and light

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It seems like we are constantly getting a little bit closer to being able to live in outer space, but one teeny-tiny little detail keeps holding us back: oxygen. Plants just don’t like zero gravity environments, and toting around an indefinite oxygen supply isn’t really feasible. Enter the Silk Leaf: a manmade “plant” that can actually create endless oxygen using light and water.

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2016 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid gets power upgrades and a lower price

2016 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid gets power upgrades and a lower price

The Cadillac ELR was released for the 2014 model year as a more luxurious alternative to the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, but unfortunately sales haven't taken off. Cadillac has now…

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Washington State Rep wants to turn old aircraft carriers into a massive floating bridge

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First-term Republican Congressman Jesse Young, who represents the 26th District in the Washington State Senate is attracting significant attention for an unusual detail in his proposed…

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Benefits of organic food go far beyond vitamins and minerals, despite study results

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It makes sense to this writer that organic food is a healthier option than convention produce, which is grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Take away those harmful…

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Innovative ‘The Walk’ workplace keeps you and your creativity moving at Milan Design Week 2015

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De Lucchi's installation is split into four main themed areas: Club, Free Man, Agorà and Laboratory. These areas are located around a never-ending path that moves up and down in the…

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Revitalize the Rust Belt city Kenosha for a shot at $5,000

Revitalize the Rust Belt city Kenosha for a shot at $5,000

Like many Rust Belt cities, Kenosha, Wi., once a bustling hub for the auto industry, fell on hard times following the economic downturn. The city has since rebounded with more success…

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