What's the deal with this green cat?

by , 12/13/14

Don’t adjust your color balance, because that cat is actually green. The people of Varna, Bulgaria have been mystified by an oddly-hued cat that’s been strolling around the neighborhood, but the mystery of the emerald feline has finally been solved. The cat has been sleeping on a pile of powdered paint cans, taking on more of the bright color every time it takes a nap.

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HOW TO VIDEO: Make Delicious Raw Almond Cranberry Christmas Cookies!

Everybody loves sweet treats at the holidays, but many of us who are trying to stay in shape would rather consume healthy sweets packed with protein, good fats, fiber and vitamins than processed grains and sugar. That’s why these amazing RAW COOKIES made purely with nuts and dried fruit are so awesome as holiday treats. Yum yum! They’ll please the gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan and even the paleo crowd. As an added sweet treat, Inhabitots’ adorable lil’ pâtissier, Petey, will show you how to bake them in this adorable toddler baking video. A delicious and healthy alternative to sugar laden cookies and cakes, this yummy recipe is a cinch to make and only requires a handful of ingredients and a food processor. But best of all? You don’t even have to bake them! Quick, fun, and packed full of anti-oxidants and healthy nut oils, this recipe is a sure-fire winner that will be devoured in seconds! Jump ahead for the recipe!



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VIDEO: Meet Shadow—A Wolf Pup at the San Diego Zoo

Shadow, a wolf pup living at the San Diego Zoo, gets some play time with his caregivers in this “awww”-inspiring video. He’s exploring all kinds of new scents, tastes, and textures, from tree branches and ice cubes to cardboard boxes and fabric toys (with plenty of cuddles for good measure). This little guy was only two months old at the time this video was taken, and he has since become an ambassador for his species at the Wegeforth Bowl at the zoo. In that role, Shadow interacts with the public and helps to teach visitors about how wonderful wolves are, and how vital they are for a healthy ecosystem.

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HOW TO: Make Easy, No-Bake, Vegan Pecan Pie Bars For a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

by , 11/27/14

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Thanksgiving is almost upon us and families will soon be whipping up a storm in kitchens across America. But if spending hours preparing a feast is not your idea of fun, then this timesaving, no-bake dessert recipe for vegan pecan pie bars is perfect for you. Although these decadent and creamy pecan bars taste just like gold ol’ pecan pie, these vegan treats are a healthier and easier-to-make alternative. Instead of sugar and corn syrup, this recipe makes use of the natural sweetness of dates and maple syrup. Click through to see how these delectable dessert squares are made.



Black Friday? How About Buying NOTHING for the Holidays?

by , 11/26/14

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This morning Americans across the country arose at ungodly hours, braving the dark, cold, and unruly crowds all in the name of SHOPPING. Each year Black Friday marks the upcoming holiday season with a day full of frenzied shopping, and the infamous event has become as synonymous with Thanksgiving weekend as turkey itself. While some will spend the day trolling the malls for deals, thankfully there are more than a handful of people (like us!) who are just saying “NO” to excessive consumerism and spending the day doing more wholesome activities for Buy Nothing Day. Buy Nothing is a non-profit organization initiated by Canadian Mennonites 20 years ago, inspiring people all over the world to say no to just say no to Black Friday. This year why buck the Black Friday trend by choosing not to purchase anything for the holidays at all. Are you up to the challenge?

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food

by , 11/25/14

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PS 244Q received a lot of attention last year when it became the first school in New York City to start serving an exclusively vegetarian menu to its students. We recently got a chance to speak to the woman behind the switchover, Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy Schools, about how plant-based diets can benefit kids both physically and academically as well as what parents can do to change what their children are served in school. Read on for the full interview!



VIDEO: How To Make Yummy Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Cupcakes

Pumpkin pie might be tried and true, but if you want to make a unique fall treat that will have your friends and family begging for the recipe, check out our scrumptious vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffin cupcakes! Our resident pâtissier, the incredibly adorable Petey Rojas, takes you through the steps, which are so easy that a 3 year old could master them (and we have the video to prove it). So what are you waiting for? Make these delicious vegan treats today!



INTERVIEW: HOK's Yann Weymouth Discusses Designing the Hurricane-Resistant Salvador Dalí Museum

by , 11/18/14
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This article was originally published in October of 2011.

Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the stunning Salvador Dalí Museum located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum is home to the world’s largest collection of Dalí works, and since its debut this past April, the dazzling venue has already welcomed over 300,000 visitors. With its clean minimalist lines juxtaposed against a sparkling geodesic glass atrium, the spectacular structure designed by HOK stands as a work of art in its own right, while still paying homage to the spirit of Salvador Dalí. The building also brings more to the table than just its looks. Housing over 2,000 pieces of Dalí’s most important works, the museum is sited within a corner of the country that often finds itself battered by severe storms with catastrophic results. To prepare for the worst, HOK designed the shell of the structure to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. The design also features numerous green systems, including a solar hot water powered dehumidification system, high efficiency HVAC and ventilation systems, and strategic daylighting to illuminate the interiors. We recently sat down with principal architect and Senior Vice President of HOK Yann Weymouth who enlightened us on the intricacies of the design, and what it took to get the museum built. Jump ahead for our exclusive interview with Yann as he explains the design, and how his team of architects and engineers used Building Information Modeling to build a space that’s not only beautiful and sustainable, but disaster-proof.

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INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

by , 11/17/14

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Previously on Inhabitat we’ve written about Made in Space’s ambitious plans to bring 3D printing to the International Space Station. But how will such technology work when everything is floating? To find out, we caught up with Made in Space co-founder, Mike Chen. Mike discussed with us the challenges of extruding plastic in microgravity, how one designs a printer made for space, and how this technology could benefit future space missions. Keep reading to learn more about how the ever-popular, advanced manufacturing method is entering the final frontier.

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson's Solar "Little Sun" LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring video created by VICE for The Creators Project. Eliasson discusses his Little Sun – a solar-powered LED lamp that can run for up to 5 hours on a single charge. One in every five people on the planet has no access to electricity, so Eliasson sought to harness solar energy in a creative lamp that provides an affordable and sustainable light source for all. Check out the video above!

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