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Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

In March, Inhabitat ran a story about how the Japanese government had pledged $470 million towards the construction of a massive ice wall that they hoped would contain the radiation from the Fukushima

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Little Architect’s Magnetic Blocks Inspires Budding Architects to Build Amazing Structures

Little Architect’s Magnetic Blocks Inspires Budding Architects to Build Amazing Structures

Carlos Ng is a New York City designer at the Parsons The New School for Design. His Little Architect's Toolset was created as part of a third-year product design studio called Small Things Matter, which

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China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

The Chinese government announced on Monday that the country was in grave danger of failing to meet its emissions reduction targets for 2015. In response, the State Council issued a plan featuring a raft

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Scientists Discover the World’s Loneliest Dinosaur – the Sole Survivor of Mass Extinction

Scientists Discover the World’s Loneliest Dinosaur – the Sole Survivor of Mass Extinction

For years scientists have believed that many types of dinosaurs died out after the great extinction at the end of the Jurassic Period, but recently discovered fossils show that at least one dinosaur

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Las Vegas Water Czar Warns Other U.S. Cities to Gear Up for Climate Change

Las Vegas Water Czar Warns Other U.S. Cities to Gear Up for Climate Change

Former “water empress” Patricia Mulroy knows a thing or two about the effects of climate change. As the former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, she was forced to deal with drought and

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Fruta Feia Saves a Whopping 21 Tons of ‘Ugly’ Produce from Going to Waste in Portugal

Fruta Feia Saves a Whopping 21 Tons of ‘Ugly’ Produce from Going to Waste in Portugal

21 tons of food is a lot to waste, right? Well, in just six months, the young Portuguese collective Fruta Feia salvaged and sold this much fresh produce after it was rejected for retail sale because of

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Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

New information released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggests that fracking in America is more bust than boom. The controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock

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Wicked Laser’s Flashtorch Packs Enough Power to Cook an Egg

Wicked Laser’s Flashtorch Packs Enough Power to Cook an Egg

Wicked Laser's handheld laser products are beloved by Star Wars fans everywhere. But they also make a high-end flashlight. The latest tweak to their Flashtorch design packs up to 4,100 lumens of light,

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Dovetailed’s 3D Fruit Printer Creates Strange New Flavors and Experiences

Dovetailed’s 3D Fruit Printer Creates Strange New Flavors and Experiences

Well here's another first for 3D printing: Dovetailed recently launched the 3D Fruit Printer, an extraordinary new machine that combines individual droplets of liquid to create convincing fruit

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Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands?

Is Canada Muzzling Journalists Over Tar Sands?

When U.S. journalist Emily Atkin flew into Fort McMurray, Alberta, to "see the tar sands," her Canadian border control interview left her uncomfortable enough to investigate the experiences of others in

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DP6′s Water Tech Building Harvests Energy from Facade Shaped like Water Drops

DP6′s Water Tech Building Harvests Energy from Facade Shaped like Water Drops

The Dutch have a rich and innovative history of coping with the fact that most of their country lies below sea level. So it's not surprising that Delft-based design studio DP6 went all out in their

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New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with an innovative addition to the city's public transit system. Called Waterway 365, their project follows the principle that

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Danielle Trofe’s Charming Mush-Lume Lamp is Made from Fungus and Agricultural Waste

Danielle Trofe’s Charming Mush-Lume Lamp is Made from Fungus and Agricultural Waste

There have been countless amazing green designs at this year's Wanted Design event held in New York, but one that really caught our eye was a biodegradable table lamp grown almost entirely from mushrooms.

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Research Finds 102 Often Everyday Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer

Research Finds 102 Often Everyday Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer

A new study has identified a list of over 100 chemicals that are linked to breast cancer, and even more concerning, most Americans come across some of them every single day. Chemicals found in unavoidable

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Who is Shamu? Infographic Exposes Horrific History Behind SeaWorld’s Orcas

Who is Shamu? Infographic Exposes Horrific History Behind SeaWorld’s Orcas

SeaWorld is facing another nail in their coffin this week with a double-whammy of bad news. First was the revalation that orcas can live for over 100 years in the wild, compared to 20 years in captivity,

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New Study Shows Plants Talk to Each Other Through the Soil

New Study Shows Plants Talk to Each Other Through the Soil

Image via Shutterstock A new study conducted by Dr. David Johnson at the University of Aberdeen found that plants actually communicate with one another through the soil. The study shows that when

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Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador's government yesterday issued oil drilling permits for the Yasuni reserve, a U.N. listed biosphere reserve in the western part of the country. Despite calls for a referendum on the issue and a

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Massive Multi-Family Apartment Complex Solar Installation Completed in California

Massive Multi-Family Apartment Complex Solar Installation Completed in California

One of the largest multi-family apartment complex solar thermal and solar photovoltaic projects of the decade was just completed in California. Los Angeles-based solar company ReGreen retrofitted 34

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How Toyota Plans to Improve Hybrid Efficiency by Another 10%

How Toyota Plans to Improve Hybrid Efficiency by Another 10%

Never one to be outplayed, Toyota is working on the next-generation Toyota Prius hybrid due for release by 2016. With each new generation of Prius, the auto giant has made slight efficiency gains, but

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Good to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste

Good to Go Lets You Borrow a Reusable Coffee Cup to Cut Down on Waste

Your daily cup of coffee to go may get you amped for the day, but the countless paper cups are taking a toll on our landfills. Good to Go wants you to think of your coffee routine like a bike sharing

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3,200 People Prepare to Evacuate as Arizona ‘Slide Fire’ Burns Out of Control

3,200 People Prepare to Evacuate as Arizona ‘Slide Fire’ Burns Out of Control

A wildfire burning out of control between the towns of Sedona and Flagstaff in northern Arizona was most likely "human caused," say authorities. The blaze has been dubbed the "Slide Fire" due to its

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Artificial Meat Can Feed 2,650 Villagers for $240 Per Pound – Dutch Researchers

Artificial Meat Can Feed 2,650 Villagers for $240 Per Pound – Dutch Researchers

We’ve seen artificial meat in laboratories and one-off multi-thousand dollar dinners, but can this artificially grown meat support a community? Dutch researchers from the Wagenigen University want to

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Malouin’s Amazing Umbra Shift Hanging Chairs are Stored Like Clothes

Malouin’s Amazing Umbra Shift Hanging Chairs are Stored Like Clothes

Living in a tiny urban home? Then you'll love Philippe Malouin's new Hanger Chair that hangs just like clothing! Part of a collection launched by Canadian design brand Umbra, these folding chairs use a

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Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Scientists have known for years that triclosan has a range of awful effects, from strengthening bacterial resistance to possibly even altering our very DNA. Minnesota is the first state taking a stand

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Germany Was Powered by 74% Renewable Energy Last Weekend

Germany Was Powered by 74% Renewable Energy Last Weekend

In 2011, Germany made headlines when a small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria produced 321% more energy than it needed. Now, Germany is showing that it is still leading the world in

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Can Drinkable Sunscreen Protect Your Skin from the Inside Out?

Can Drinkable Sunscreen Protect Your Skin from the Inside Out?

Osmosis Skincare from Colorado claims to have invented a drinkable form of UV protection. Harmonized H2O UV Neutralizer uses a vaguely defined process of "imprinting" water with radio waves. They claim

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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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20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

A tractor-trailer carrying a cargo of 460 beehives overturned last night on a ramp into the I-95 North in Newark, Delaware. The accident released the insects from their hives, causing a swarm of an

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California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

California’s Severe Drought Will Cost the Agricultural Industry Nearly $2 Billion

A new study by the University of California Davis Center for Watershed Sciences finds that the worst drought in state history could cost the agricultural industry $1.7 billion this year and eliminate

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Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

Free Outdoor Gym Pops Up on the Manhattan Waterfront

New Yorkers looking to get their bodies beach-ready now have a new place to work out - a waterfront outdoor gym on the Lower East Side. The colorful fitness center features 12 exercise machines (some that

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