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Have You Seen the New $125 Million Plan to Protect Long Island from the Next Superstorm?

Have You Seen the New $125 Million Plan to Protect Long Island from the Next Superstorm?

There's been a great deal of talk about how we can fortify areas affected by Hurricane Sandy and make them more resilient, but now some of those ideas are a step closer to reality. For Long Island, which

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Terrafugia is Looking for Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016

Terrafugia is Looking for Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016

We’ve been eagerly following the progress of Terrafugia’s flying car here at Inhabitat - and the latest news from the company has us more excited than ever. Terrafugia is seeking $30 million in

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Devastating Disease Wipes Out Half of Central America’s Coffee Crops

Devastating Disease Wipes Out Half of Central America’s Coffee Crops

If you look forward to your cup of joe in the morning, the latest news from Central American coffee growers could ruin your day. Coffee plantations are currently suffering the worst epidemic of leaf rust

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Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

Eight US States Form Alliance to Put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025

Eight U.S. states just formed an alliance to drastically cut emissions by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road to 3.3 million by 2025. The multi-state ZEV Action Plan was launched by

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Heathrow Airport’s New Terminal 2 Opens Today at 10% Capacity

Heathrow Airport’s New Terminal 2 Opens Today at 10% Capacity

Following the opening of Terminal 5 designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners in 2008, Heathrow has continued with a redevelopment plan funded by over $18 billion from private investors over the

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Painting Roads White Could Help Cities Tackle Increasing Temperatures

Painting Roads White Could Help Cities Tackle Increasing Temperatures

Although there are plenty of factors that contribute to temperature increase in cities, perhaps one of the humblest is the ubiquitous asphalt. Blacktop roads cover anywhere from 24 to 35 percent of city

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Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google is continuing its quest to spread internet across the globe with its latest investment: 180 small satellites that can provide connectivity to underserved areas. The company is investing $1 billion

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What is Killing Maine’s Baby Puffins?

What is Killing Maine’s Baby Puffins?

It's fair to say that people tend to give more attention to endangered animal populations when the animals in question are cute. In the case of the ridiculously endearing puffins of Seal Island, their

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China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

China to Set Absolute Carbon Dioxide Emissions Cap in 2016

Things are suddenly looking promising for next year's UN climate change conference in Paris. Less than 24 hours after President Obama announced a proposed 30 percent cut in power plant carbon emissions by

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Sardine Can Dioramas Paint a Voyeuristic Picture of People in their Apartments

Sardine Can Dioramas Paint a Voyeuristic Picture of People in their Apartments

To illustrate how different two people's lives can be in the big city, Italian artist Nathalie Alony has hand-crafted a cross-section of urban apartment scenes inside empty sardine cans. "Home Sweet

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Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van

Liberty Electric Cars Unveils the Futuristic Deliver Electric Van

Liberty Electric Cars just unveiled the Deliver electric delivery van. The development of vehicle was partially commissioned by the European Commissions’ 7th Framework Program, which brought together 10

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Solar Impulse 2 Airplane Launches Successful Maiden Flight in Switzerland

Solar Impulse 2 Airplane Launches Successful Maiden Flight in Switzerland

Swiss aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg just took an important step toward their 2015 goal of flying around the world on a solar-powered aircraft with the successful maiden flight

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Original Unverpackt: Germany’s First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Original Unverpackt: Germany’s First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Germany is set to unveil the country's very first zero-waste supermarket. Berlin's Original Unverpackt is the brainchild of friends Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski. Frustrated by the overpackaging and

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Hungary Builds World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

Hungary Builds World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

If you have ever dreamed of building a LEGO tower up to the sky, this latest world record is right up your alley. A group of schoolchildren teamed up with workers in Hungary to create the world’s

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This Titan 1 3D Printer Can Make Towering Objects in Half the Time

This Titan 1 3D Printer Can Make Towering Objects in Half the Time

The 3D printing revolution has begun, and there's no shortage of hardware available - from a printer that costs just $150 to a portable printer you can carry with you on the go. But if you're looking to

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Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new type of solar cell that uses multiple junctions instead of single subcells to gather the full spectrum of light. The

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Ditching DVDs Would Result in Massive CO2 and Energy Savings, New Study Shows

Ditching DVDs Would Result in Massive CO2 and Energy Savings, New Study Shows

The days of DVD video have been numbered for years now as online streaming and instant video downloads have been taking over. Now a new study reveals that getting rid of DVDs altogether would result in

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Mysterious Piano Pops Up in the East River

Mysterious Piano Pops Up in the East River

Image © Pam’s Flickr NYC's East River is notorious for being filled with all kinds of contaminants, but a mysterious piano is tempting some brave New Yorkers to enter its waters. The curious

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World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil

World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil

With just days to go before the World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo, the venue for the event is still not completed. After a string of construction delays and the deaths of three workers on the site,

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EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030

EPA Calls for Massive 30% Cut in Power Plant Emissions by 2030

On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the most significant action to combat climate disruption in American history with a new rule calling for a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions

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You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

Temporary workers are supposed to be contracted for a short period of time - but companies are increasingly using temp work as a way to circumvent labor standards and exploit workers. Reporters from

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Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal, Raises Over $1.5 Million

Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal, Raises Over $1.5 Million

Inhabitat has been reporting on the Solar Roadways project since 2009, so we are excited to see that their latest Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1.5 million! Funds are going towards

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eCool Off-Grid Cooler Makes Cold Beer Emerge from the Ground Like Magic!

eCool Off-Grid Cooler Makes Cold Beer Emerge from the Ground Like Magic!

There are few things as enjoyable as cracking open a cold brewski after a long, hot day in the great outdoors (or, y'know, at work). Beers usually live in the fridge where they're kept frosty cold - but

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California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

California Could Run Out of Water in Less Than Two Years

The U.S. Drought Monitor has released its latest report and the results are deeply troubling. Seven states are experiencing long-term severe drought, resulting in severe water scarcity and profound

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Help Save the Critically Endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphin From Going Extinct

Help Save the Critically Endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphin From Going Extinct

The WWF reports that construction of a dam on the Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos could spell the end for the last 85 Irrawaddy dolphins. Work on the Don Sahong dam, which is being spearheaded by

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This Ring is Made of Smog Harvested From Beijing’s Polluted Skies

This Ring is Made of Smog Harvested From Beijing’s Polluted Skies

Last October we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, who developed a vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air. Now the designer is turning that smog vacuumed from the skies of

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BriTek’s Brilliant Airless Bicycle Tire Reinvents the Wheel

BriTek’s Brilliant Airless Bicycle Tire Reinvents the Wheel

Flat bicycle tires could be a thing of the past thanks to BriTek's amazin Energy Return Wheel. Whereas most bike tires regulate tire firmness with air pressure, with the Energy Return Wheel one simply

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Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic ice is poised to unleash a torrent of more than 1 trillion pieces of plastic into the ocean over the next 10 years. According to a new report, there's an immense amount of plastic trapped

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Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design

Bombay Sapphire’s 18th Century Paper Mill Renovation Wins BREEAM Award for Industrial Design

Located in rural Hampshire, UK, the historic paper mill printed banknote paper for the Bank of England and British Empire for over 225 years and is currently registered as a Conservation Area and Site of

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Why Wi-Fi is Faster on the Moon than at Your Local Coffee Shop

Why Wi-Fi is Faster on the Moon than at Your Local Coffee Shop

Scientists from MIT and NASA recently demonstrated the new Wi-Fi connectivity on the moon, and it's faster than the service that most of us get here on Earth! Given that there hasn't been a human on the

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