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Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

You might have thought that the bubonic plague was ancient history, but last week a man in Yumen, China died of the disease, prompting the country to seal off an entire city in order to stop it from

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India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment

India Launches Plan to Plant 2 Billion Trees and Boost Youth Employment

India’s government is killing two birds with one stone by hiring youth to plant two billion trees along highways throughout the country. The plan to put as many as 300,000 youth to work planting trees

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Asia’s Wealthiest Man is Building the Cheapest Apartments in Hong Kong

Asia’s Wealthiest Man is Building the Cheapest Apartments in Hong Kong

In a stunning illustration if the ever-widening inequality gap, the richest man in China is currently building tiny apartments in Hong Kong for those city dwellers who can’t afford housing in the

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England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

Faced with rising sea levels, would you consider a move onto the water? Soon, a community of Londoners will have exactly that option. dRMM Architects has won the Royal Docks competition to design

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Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Elon Musk for The Colbert Report. As you can imagine, Colbert wheedled out some exclusives from the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and described his ideal version

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Gaza Artist Turns Israeli Air Strike Smoke into Powerful Sketches

Gaza Artist Turns Israeli Air Strike Smoke into Powerful Sketches

As the world looks on with horror at the growing civilian toll in Gaza, and Hamas and Israel consider the terms of a U.S.-proposed ceasefire, one young Palestinian architect is responding to the crisis

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Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

Google has added another item to its lengthy list of services, and this one is something you really wouldn’t expect. Google’s Street View cars that map roads across the world are also being used to

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Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

California's crippling drought has forced many residents to cut back on water-wasting activities, but one company is making the best of a bad situation by helping them keep their lawns looking good by

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Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

Google is offering a million dollars if you can create a power inverter that is smaller than a laptop. If you don’t know what an inverter is, the competition probably isn’t up your alley, but

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World’s Longest Suspension Bridge and Bungee Jump Heaven Opens in Sochi, Russia

World’s Longest Suspension Bridge and Bungee Jump Heaven Opens in Sochi, Russia

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge just opened in Sochi National Park, Russia. It's not really meant to serve your daily commute, though - the bridge is part of the AJ Hackett Sochi

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BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject

BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject

The Chinese brand management company BlueFocus Communication Group (BFCG) is set to acquire a 75 percent stake in the groundbreaking bi-coastal industrial design studio Fuseproject headed by Yves Béhar.

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Expedition Finds Permanent Plastic Islands Within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Expedition Finds Permanent Plastic Islands Within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Back in 1997 Capt. Charles Moore discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch during a sailboat race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Since then, many have tried to reduce the size of the patch, which is said

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Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

A new breakthrough in the way we fight sexually transmitted diseases could be a complete game changer. Within the next few months, condoms that can kill HIV, HPV and herpes could be hitting the market. An

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McDonalds, KFC and Starbucks Pulled Into Chinese Rotten Meat Scandal

McDonalds, KFC and Starbucks Pulled Into Chinese Rotten Meat Scandal

The latest Chinese meat scandal is spreading, with reports confirming that Chinese McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Starbucks outlets all purchased meat products originally sourced from Shanghai Husi Food

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“Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

“Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

New offshore oil and gas exploration activities are set to start along the U.S. east coast after a three-decade hiatus, but a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision means that companies

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Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top

Pressure from 2011 Earthquake Leaves Mt. Fuji Ready to Blow its Top

Long-revered and much-climbed, Japan’s Mount Fuji looks like it’s ready to blow it’s top after more than 300 years of dormancy. A new study by a team of French and Japanese researchers reveals that

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United Arab Emirates to Launch Unmanned Mission to Mars by 2021

United Arab Emirates to Launch Unmanned Mission to Mars by 2021

The United Arab Emirates just announced that it's setting up a Space Agency - and it plans to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021. The UAE Space Agency will capitalize on the country's strong aerospace

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Your Future Lunar Home is Waiting for You in a Cave Under the Moon’s Surface

Your Future Lunar Home is Waiting for You in a Cave Under the Moon’s Surface

If you have ever dreamed of living on the moon, start zipping up your spacesuit because your new moon residence is already waiting for you - sort of. According to NASA, future moon dwellers could live in

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The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

The True Cost of a Cheeseburger Will Blow Your Mind

Here at Inhabitat, we’ve written about the devastating true costs of fast fashion, but what about the cost of fast food? Recently, Mark Bittman wrote a piece at the New York Times calculating the true

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Mysterious Giant Hole in Siberia Could be Caused by Climate Change

Mysterious Giant Hole in Siberia Could be Caused by Climate Change

If you’re looking for an abyss to gaze into, a new one just mysteriously appeared at the end of the world. A giant hole in the Earth about 262 feet in diameter was recently discovered in Russia's far

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Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

Australia Becomes World’s First Country to Reverse Action on Climate Change

On Thursday, the newly installed Australian Senate voted to repeal Australia's carbon pricing scheme, fulfilling an election promise made by the country's Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Unfortunately, no

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Nestlé Bottles California’s Water While the State Faces Drought of the Century

Nestlé Bottles California’s Water While the State Faces Drought of the Century

As Californians stare down the maw of the worst drought they've seen in more than a century, Nestlé is quietly extracting undisclosed amounts of H2O in the state for their bottled water operations.

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Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

Jamaica Unveils World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation

The world’s largest wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project was recently put into operation in Kingston, Jamaica. The WindStream Technologies array was commissioned for the rooftop of the

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James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

Beneath their spotless surfaces, rivers are often incredibly filthy and not particularly easy to clean up. After all, you can’t just bust out your vacuum and suck up all of the debris lingering there,

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The Coachman: Lundberg Design Retrofits a San Francisco Bar with Walls Made of Honey

The Coachman: Lundberg Design Retrofits a San Francisco Bar with Walls Made of Honey

San Francisco-based Lundberg Design transformed one of their old projects, Heaven’s Dog, into one of the city’s most visited restaurants - The Coachman. The design team added around 600 square feet of

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The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

As bacteria become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, we're going to have to find a different way to fight the diseases that threaten us. After all, we tend to take for granted that we can tackle a

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A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

The fact that the world’s tropical forests are disappearing at an astonishing rate is cause for real concern, but the rate of destruction in Borneo’s forests is particularly shocking. That's because

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New Report Reveals the Most Water-Stressed Cities in the World

New Report Reveals the Most Water-Stressed Cities in the World

The Nature Conservancy has published a global database of over 500 cities around the world to determine their level of water stress. Based on the number of water sources available to each city, the

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Tesla’s $35,000 Model III Electric Car is Coming in 2017 With a 200-Mile Range

Tesla’s $35,000 Model III Electric Car is Coming in 2017 With a 200-Mile Range

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the automaker's latest sedan will be called the Model III when it goes on sale in 2017. Both cheaper and smaller than the Model S, the Tesla Model III (or the

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Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global clean energy investment surged in the second quarter of 2014, driven by big wind and solar deals and installations of small-scale rooftop solar photovoltaics. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is

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