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World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

World’s First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

Forming part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algae Canopy marks the culmination of six years worth of research. A custom designed ETFE cladding system,

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How You Can Make an Edible Water “Bottle” at Home!

How You Can Make an Edible Water “Bottle” at Home!

We were fascinated when we first came across the Ooho, an edible water “bottle” conceived by three students to reduce plastic waste, and decided to make one of our own. Check out our DIY video

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity, powered

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Are Indoor Fish Farms America’s Next Big Green Industry?

Are Indoor Fish Farms America’s Next Big Green Industry?

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization produced a new study that says the United States has the greatest potential for fish farming. While oceanic agriculture has become popular overseas, it still

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Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

London-based design students just invented an innovative edible water bottle called Ooho that you can cook up in your own kitchen! Made from a gelatinous membrane, the biodegradable bottle can be eaten or

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17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

When most of us were 17, we dreamed of owning our own car and the freedom that would come with college admission. But Eric Chen dreams of much more. This California high-school senior wants to change the

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Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

The Leapfrog Project is an initiative to rebuild the city of Tacloban, Philipines, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Initiated by Atelier Lira Luis, the project seeks to set up ten

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Waterways are Oozing ‘Rock Snot’ Because of Climate Change

Waterways are Oozing ‘Rock Snot’ Because of Climate Change

The effects of climate change aren't always massive storms and never-ending drought. Sometimes they happen quietly, over many years, before finally surfacing in all their disgusting, stomach-turning

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Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Several years ago Inhabitat visited Berlin's abandoned Kulturpark - and the overgrown amusement park can now be yours for the modest sum of 1.62 million Euros! The former Spreepark has been abandoned

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Vincent Callebaut Unveils Plans for Futuristic “Flavors Orchard” Farm City in China

Vincent Callebaut Unveils Plans for Futuristic “Flavors Orchard” Farm City in China

The project is based on the idea of eco-responsible lifestyles and sustainable innovations that enable biodiversity and slow down the massive rural exodus China has experienced over the last decade.

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Move Over California Roll, This Panda-Shaped Sushi Is Adorable!

Move Over California Roll, This Panda-Shaped Sushi Is Adorable!

Sushi is healthy and exotic food but it can be difficult to convince kids (and some adults!) to give it a try. One easy way to lower the barrier to trying sushi is by making it at home, and creating an

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Crazy Hoverbike is Capable of Flying to 10,000 Feet

Crazy Hoverbike is Capable of Flying to 10,000 Feet

Even though this crazy hoverbike hasn’t yet left the inventor's neighborhood, the high-flying invention has some amazing potential. Designed by Australian Chris Malloy the bike is capable of traveling

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Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

Studio Octopi Designs Floating Natural Swimming Pools for London’s Thames River

The Thames Baths Project, envisioned in collaboration with structural engineers Civic Engineers and Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects, is visionary yet achievable. The plan consists of a series of

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Scientists Genetically Engineer Omega-3 Rich Seeds as an Alternative to Wild Fish Oils

Scientists Genetically Engineer Omega-3 Rich Seeds as an Alternative to Wild Fish Oils

Scientists in the UK are working on a new crop of seeds rich with essential Omega-3 fatty acids that could be a sustainable alternative to getting them from wild salmon. Omega-3s are vital for our health

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Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

A new study shows that the tragic 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left dolphins in Barataria Bay much more sickly than originally thought. After studying 32 dolphins that live in the Louisiana

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Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour

Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour

Department of Energy scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory say they’ve reduced nature's million year process of turning algae into crude oil to one than takes less than an hour. The

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Plant-Based Cellulose Super Material is as Stiff as Steel

Plant-Based Cellulose Super Material is as Stiff as Steel

Recent scientific findings that unveil the remarkable structural performance of plants could completely change what we think of as "green architecture." Researchers at Purdue University who conducted an

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Grass Could Become the World’s Next Big Biofuel Source

Grass Could Become the World’s Next Big Biofuel Source

Miscanthus photo from Shutterstock Scientists have figured out how to make biofuels with everything from algae to bacteria poop, and now they are turning to grass. A new European research project

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More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

More and More People are Eating Meat Worldwide and Endangering the Planet

Across the globe, human beings are developing a strong taste for meat. A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that rapidly industrializing countries, such

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UNStudio Unveils Radical Daylit Kutaisi International Airport in Georgia

UNStudio Unveils Radical Daylit Kutaisi International Airport in Georgia

The architecture of the terminal emulates the large open spaces and high ceilings of the great railways stations of the past, according to lead designer, Ben van Berkel. A clear, undulating structure

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How Climate Change is Killing Hundreds of Endangered Florida Manatees

How Climate Change is Killing Hundreds of Endangered Florida Manatees

A staggering number of Florida manatees have died this year, making 2013 the deadliest year yet for these gentle sea giants. In total, 769 manatees have died since January - that’s nearly double last

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World’s First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

World’s First 1 Megawatt Wave Energy Power Plant Launched in South Australia

Australia's Oceanlinx just launched the world's first 1 megawatt wave power plant in Port MacDonnell, South Australia. The wave energy converter was developed with support from the Australian Renewable

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DIY: How to Brew Kombucha at Home

DIY: How to Brew Kombucha at Home

The first time I heard about kombucha was when a friend of mine sent me a picture of a strange, somewhat bubbly liquid that had a slimy film on top of it. I asked if she was planning to put any of that in

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Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

It’s not often that we see oil companies making serious environmental initiatives an integral part of their corporate portfolio, but at least one company is seemingly coming out as a leader by

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Do Beavers Create Business Opportunity?

I’m fascinated by creatures that create new ways of life for others. Ecologists talk about ‘keystone species,’ ones which support entire ecosystems, like the central stone in a renaissance archway.

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Arkhenspaces’ Taichung Cultural Center Design Features a Wind Power-Generating Green Wall

Arkhenspaces’ Taichung Cultural Center Design Features a Wind Power-Generating Green Wall

The “moving wall”, positioned on the north façade of the Cultural Center's library, can create different atmospheres through the use of an automatic system. It enables the creation of different

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Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

3F 3F is a vacuum cleaner designed by Germain Verbrackel, an industrial design student at the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in France. It can change and mutate to suit the task required and it

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual, I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

Let's say you decided to live in the ocean. Can you imagine the challenges you would face? Lot's of land animals have done exactly that, though the transition from land to sea happens gradually through

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Sloths Teach Us About Energy Efficiency?

It's a scientific fact that there's nothing cuter than a baby sloth in a bucket. But even if Facebook 'likes' turn out not to correlate with biological fitness, sloths are a runaway success by any

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