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The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day in Japan

A former Sony Corporation semiconductor factory in Japan has been converted into the world’s largest indoor farm. Japanese plant physiologist Shigeharu Shimamura, CEO of Mirai Co., partnered with GE

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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Ice That Doesn’t Melt: Ice Cast Bronze Collection by Steven Haulenbeek

Ice That Doesn’t Melt: Ice Cast Bronze Collection by Steven Haulenbeek

During the Polar Vortex that hit Chicago this past winter it wasn’t uncommon to see Youtube videos of water freezing in mid-air and other fun science experiments. However, designer Steven Haulenbeek

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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the

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World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

Feel guilty every time you have to get a disposable cup for your latte? Soon you could be saying goodbye to that guilt, as the world’s first recyclable paper cup is about to hit the streets in the

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Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

Open House was designed by raumlaborkorea (with the help of the community), and celebrated its grand opening last month. But it isn't technically "complete" - and that's the whole point! raumlaborkorea's

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Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Next time you walk down a street in Chicago, take a look at those innocuous and ever-present light poles, because they may not be what they seem. Chicago is installing a network of sensor-equipped lamp

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HOK Unveils Plans for Biomimetic Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago

HOK Unveils Plans for Biomimetic Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago

International architecture and engineering firm HOK recently unveiled a proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum located in Bronzeville, Chicago. Developed in collaboration with the

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California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

A team of ambitious students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an incredible new weapon in the battle against air pollution. For their entry in the Environmental Protection

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Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals

Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals

  Finally, wedding rings without the guilt. Modern day couples shouldn't have to be concerned that their special day and commemorative rings will get overshadowed by the questionable ethics

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How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

Image via Shutterstock Jeans Dirt rarely shows its face on denim until it's really dirty, so unless you're wearing jeans to trek through mud or you always go commando, don't wash them after every wear.

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Artist Repairs Chicago’s Streets by Covering Potholes With Beautiful Mosaics

Artist Repairs Chicago’s Streets by Covering Potholes With Beautiful Mosaics

Harsh Chicago winters, including the last one which was among the most brutal on record, affect the state of city infrastructure. The cracks and holes in the streets significantly affect safety, both in

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Swedish City Gives Commuters Free Bikes for Six Months to Reduce the Use of Cars

Swedish City Gives Commuters Free Bikes for Six Months to Reduce the Use of Cars

A city in Sweden is testing a new program they hope will slash the number of cars on the road. The government is giving away free bikes for six months to three dozen test cyclists. All they have to do in

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Tableware Crafted from Animal Bones, Fur, and Skin Highlights How Wasteful We’ve Become

Tableware Crafted from Animal Bones, Fur, and Skin Highlights How Wasteful We’ve Become

The collection of ladles, teapots, and other household items aims to illustrate the origin of food in a primal way, which also explains why many of the pieces take on the shape of a totem pole and other

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Phillips’ Large New Vertical LED-lit Urban Garden Brightens Food Security in Indianapolis

Phillips’ Large New Vertical LED-lit Urban Garden Brightens Food Security in Indianapolis

One of the largest indoor commercial farms with LED lighting will be unveiled today at the AmeriPlex Industrial Park in Indianapolis. Philips has partnered with Green Sense Farms (GSF), a Chicago-based

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Unexplained Human-Swallowing Holes Suddenly Appear in National Park Sand Dunes

Unexplained Human-Swallowing Holes Suddenly Appear in National Park Sand Dunes

The Park Service has to close down portions of parks all the time for wide range of reasons, but this is the first time we have heard of one being shut down because it can swallow a person whole.

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Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

Pistachio Shells Could Power a Brand New City in Turkey

Turkey exported 6,800 tons of pistachio nuts last year, and now the country is floating plans to build a city powered by the leftover shells. The idea came from Burgeap, a French environmental

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IKEA’s New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

IKEA’s New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

There are companies who talk about going green, and companies who do something about it. This week, for the 206th time, IKEA proved that it belongs in the latter category. The popular home furnishings

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Electric Car Sales Are Growing More Than 100 Percent Every Year

Electric Car Sales Are Growing More Than 100 Percent Every Year

Electric car sales continue to improve every year as more and more models hit the market and consumers begin to adopt the technology. A recent report shows that EV sales are currently growing at a rate of

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Food Waste Fuels Vertical Farming in Chicago

Food Waste Fuels Vertical Farming in Chicago

The Windy City is turning into a hotbed of sustainable urban agriculture. Entrepreneur John Edel is transforming The Plant, a 1920s era meatpacking facility in Chicago's industrial Back of the Yards

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with vibrant

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Green Cement Made From Toilets and Bathtubs May be Stronger Than Traditional Mixtures

Green Cement Made From Toilets and Bathtubs May be Stronger Than Traditional Mixtures

An international team comprised of English, Spanish, and Brazilian researchers may have developed a new type of cement made from ceramic waste such as toilets, bathtubs, and basins. And the new mixture

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Living Cube: Multi-Functional Furnishing Provides a ‘Home in a Box’ Solution

Living Cube: Multi-Functional Furnishing Provides a ‘Home in a Box’ Solution

"The idea was born out of a personal need to counteract the confinements of a conventional home with one simple and multifunctional design that will cover several different needs," as Till Könneker

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How to Find the Right Window Treatments to Save Energy and Money

How to Find the Right Window Treatments to Save Energy and Money

The last time you may have given thought to window treatments might have been when you noticed your neighbor peering into your living room window while you were eating breakfast in your undies. But in

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The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line: Sydney Begins Work on its own High Line-Style Urban Park

The Goods Line will be a 500-meter-long urban pedestrian and cycle network stretching from Railway Square through Ultimo to Darling Harbour. The park will serve as a hub that connects 80,000 students,

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

Inhabitat: Guy, one of the first of your many projects we came across was the sketch proposal submitted to the Design Indaba 10x10, a Silvio Rech collaborative effort. Can you describe the Chesterfield

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America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

The country's first all-electric school bus began transporting students to and from Kings Canyon Unified school district in central California this week. The new electric vehicle is a modified SST Trans

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SOLO Home Design Creates Chic Contemporary Furniture From Recycled Materials

SOLO Home Design Creates Chic Contemporary Furniture From Recycled Materials

SOLO creates chic one of a kind furnishings and home accessories using recycled and repurposed materials. Based out of Chicago, the studio works with many local businesses to collect objects and give them

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home

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Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

Light-filled Crown Sky Garden Offers Healing Properties at Children’s Hospital in Chicago

The Crown Sky Garden offers patients the chance to enjoy nature in a tactile and multi-sensory environment. A multi-colored wall crafted of folded and interlocking eco-resin panels changes in color from a

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