Largest wildlife overpass in the US proposed for Los Angeles' 101 Freeway

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As human development expands, wildlife habitats diminish. There’s no way around it. There are, however, ways to mitigate our imposition on nature and help provide safe pathways for wildlife to travel between desired locations. A proposal announced Wednesday calls for a land bridge over the 101 highway near Los Angeles, in Agoura Hills, that could help save the lives of countless bobcats, mountain lions, and other wildlife. It’s an ambitious project both in scale and cost, but would it keep wildlife safe?

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Jaw-dropping scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new drone footage

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Crazy Flintstone House is on sale for $4.2 million in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Breakthrough transparent battery captures and stores energy from the sun

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What if future solar cells can capture and store solar energy at the same time? Researchers at Kogakuin University in Japan strive to do just. Their translucent lithium-ion battery-solar panel recharges itself when exposed to sunlight, fusing battery storage with renewable energy generation. This elegant design could finally trump the problem of securing effective and affordable storage.

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Gigantic straw dinosaurs take over Japanese fields

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Toyota just invested $50 million to develop intelligent cars that think and learn

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At a press conference today in Silicon Valley Toyota announced plans to invest $50 million over five years to set up joint artificial intelligence research centers at Stanford and MIT. The centers will focus on developing autonomous technology and next-gen systems that will make driving safer, easier, and more efficient. The initiative will take a human-focused approach to develop vehicles that think and learn from drivers – and systems that know when to step in to prevent accidents and save lives. Over 1 million people die every year in car accidents, and Toyota’s goal is to go beyond protecting people in a crash to preventing crashes entirely.

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Dutch architect envisions self-sufficient desert cities constructed from salt

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A brilliant new building material designed by a recent architecture graduate of TU Delft could solve several pressing environmental challenges at once. Taking what he calls the ‘biomimetic’ approach, Eric Geboers relies on solar energy to separate the salt from water in seawater. The resulting salt is then mixed with a starch derived from algae in seawater to create bricks that have greater compressive strength than earth, and could be used to construct aesthetically-pleasing buildings in arid regions. The desalinated water, meanwhile, would be used to grow food.

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LAST CHANCE: Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.
Due to popular demand, we’ve extended the deadline to Friday, Sept 18th, 11:59 PM EST.
Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Win up to $6,000 in the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge

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Are you ready to join the design revolution towards 100% clean energy and elimination of waste? Submit your innovative eco-friendly product ideas to the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge and you could win up to USD $6,000. Open to students and professionals, the international competition will award a cash prize of $2,000 to winners in each of the four categories: Best Student Project, Best Young Professional Project, Best Use of AutoDesk Fusion 360, and Best Use of Aluminum. The challenge was created to “tackle the issue of waste by encouraging designers to select materials that can be perpetually cycled to fuel growing global economies and to design for next use phase.” Participants are eligible to submit their design after completing a free 2-hour online course about designing Cradle to Cradle Certified Products. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

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The US government is trying to take down egg-free mayo

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A group appointed by the U.S. government tried to destroy a Silicon Valley start-up after concluding that the plant-based food company was “a crisis and major threat to the future” of the $5.5-billion-a-year egg industry in the U.S. A series of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the American Egg Board (AEB), a US department official, and egg industry executives working together to bring down Hampton Creek who make vegan mayo, plant-based egg replacer and other egg-free products. Think things have gone too far? Sign this petition to investigate the USDA Egg Board.

PETITION TO INVESTIGATE THE USDA EGG BOARD >

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Curvaceous Water Pavilion will glide over a restored river in Poland

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Poland-based architecture firm Modelina designed the contemporary and curvaceous Water Pavilion, a bridge and public gathering space that spans the historic Warta River in Poznań, Poland. The wavy two-level bridge is complemented by a built-in amphitheater that will host year-round art and cultural events. The dual-use Modelina will serve as the heart of the city’s “River in the city,” an urban renovation project to restore the river’s original water route and line the riverfront with vibrant public spaces and green parks.

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Microscopic "water bears" led researchers to discover a new type of glass

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filed under: Animals, Environment, News, Science

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Glass seems pretty perfect the way it is, but researchers are constantly looking for ways to make it better. University of Chicago researchers stumbled on a new type of glass while studying tiny, sturdy little creatures called water bears or tardigrades. The microscopic animals produce a strange protective glass coating unlike any researchers have seen before, and it may have human applications that lead to more efficient lighting and solar power technology.

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CRG Architects’ unique bamboo skyscraper spirals up into the clouds

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High-altitude kites could generate 2x as much energy as traditional wind turbines

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Right now, the vast majority of the wind power generated on the planet comes from land-based turbines. That is, a wind turbine that stands a certain height and arguably creates a bit of an eyesore wherever it is – and this effect is amplified in high-volume wind farms where many turbines are placed in groupings, like giant metal trees. New research into high-altitude wind power suggests that constant winds 300 meters (984 feet) above earth could be used to generate energy, which means the ground-based turbines could eventually be replaced with high-flying kites.

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Artist grows living letters in a Petri dish - with bacteria

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Designer Ori Elisar’s new project gives new meaning to the premise that language is organic. The Jerusalem-based creator’s “Living Typeface” is a collection of letters sprouted from a Petri dish. Made from bacteria, the blue-hued living letters poetically grow from the Paleo-Hebrew alphabet into modern Hebrew, all before the microscope lens.

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Controversial 'Taxi of Tomorrow' finally hits the streets of NYC

Controversial 'Taxi of Tomorrow' finally hits the streets of NYC

Related: Via Autoblog Taxis nyc, taxi of tomorrow, public transport nyc, uber nyc, taxi vans new york,

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New ultra-green yoga mats are made from algae harvested from streams

New ultra-green yoga mats are made from algae harvested from streams

It's hard not to wonder, when you're sweating in Down Dog or kicking back in Savasana, exactly what toxic nasties may be leaching from your yoga mat. The Bloom yoga mat, made entirely…

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Tiny workplace on wheels can make each day at the office different!

Tiny workplace on wheels can make each day at the office different!

This transportable space can function as an office for artists, authors, professors, researchers, and those looking for a quiet and mobile workspace. it caters to individual needs and…

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School…

GRAND PRIZE: The OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack RUNNER UP PRIZES: The Converter Solar Backpack

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Humans have killed nearly half the trees on earth so far

Humans have killed nearly half the trees on earth so far

This is the kind of news that makes us groan. A new study of tree density around the globe indicates that humans are directly responsible for killing almost half the trees on the…

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