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25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

The tiny home revolution has reached Portland, Oregon, as the city nears approval for a massive new tiny house community. The project, which is pending the perfect plot of land, will provide modern

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Screen-free Time Can Improve Kids’ Recognition of Nonverbal Emotion Cues, UCLA Study Indicates

Screen-free Time Can Improve Kids’ Recognition of Nonverbal Emotion Cues, UCLA Study Indicates

A new study released by University of California Los Angeles researchers shows that children who were denied screen time for five days improved their ability to read nonverbal emotion cues by a greater

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Algal Turf Scrubbing After spending years studying natural solar bio-energy in Caribbean coral reefs, Walter H. Adey, PhD. developed Algal Turf Scrubber, a biomimetic system that generates a fast-growing

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Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Greenbuild 2014: The World’s Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Heads up architects and green building buffs - the world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild, is coming up in New Orleans from October 22-24! This year the Big Easy is hosting this

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3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

3rdSpace’s Flat-Pack Library Can Pop Up in Any Backyard!

Now anyone can have their very own backyard library! 3rdSpace's prefab rooms have been popping up all over as extra bedrooms and offices - and the amazing prefab structures can even make a bibliophile’s

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Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

Flying cars belong more in a Jetson's episode than in real life, right? Wrong, flying cars are here, but will they take off? The Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), an

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Kickstarter for Gorgeous Wooden Bike Grips Helps Fund Social Programs in Haifa

Kickstarter for Gorgeous Wooden Bike Grips Helps Fund Social Programs in Haifa

Nisnas Industries recently launched a Kickstarter for Daily, a new line of affordable wood bike grips designed to feel great and last a lifetime. Available in Maple or Mahogany, the wooden body is press

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

Off-Grid Comet Street Studio is a Tranquil Retreat in the Midst of London

The unique studio juts out like a meteorite just behind the busy Deptford High Street. To create the seclusion the artist wanted, the studio was designed without any street-facing windows. Instead, the

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How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

How Tiny House Villages Could Solve America’s Homeless Epidemic

Could the tiny house phenomenon solve America's homeless epidemic? Andrew Heben, urban planner and professional tiny house builder, says it can. His new book Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps

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DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

DIY: How to Turn an Ordinary Cargo Van Into a Cozy Tiny Home on Wheels

I deliberately bought the longer wheel base Ford Transit Connect XLT, which has no infrastructure in the back and enough height and length that I and others can sit comfortably on a raised platform. Since

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Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

San Francisco-based startup Hampton Creek already has a couple of wins under its belt with its egg-free mayonnaise and dairy-free cookies. But its recent announcement that Dan Zigmond, formerly lead data

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Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Although many people now read the news online or on their e-readers, actual printed newspapers are still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately all those papers add up to a lot of waste at

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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Officials Approve $13.5 Million Plan to “Re-wild” East London

Officials Approve $13.5 Million Plan to “Re-wild” East London

The banks of the Upper Lee Valley in East London are to be "re-wilded." By 2017, a vast stretch of riverbanks beginning just north of the Olympic Park will be restored to flood-mitigating marshland. The

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6 Innovative, Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

6 Innovative, Life-Saving Designs for Clean Drinking Water

Water has been prevailing theme over the past few years, especially in the wake of multiple natural disasters that involved polluting our oceans, flooding and access to clean water. Not only is it the

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Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

The City of Oakland just announced its first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). "What's that?" I hear you ask. Well, the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC) is "dedicated to

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This Massive Rooftop Sky Farm Might Just Make Hospital Food Taste Good

This Massive Rooftop Sky Farm Might Just Make Hospital Food Taste Good

The team who designed the CommonGround was led by David Rubin, principal at LAND COLLECTIVE, the two fountains were designed in collaboration with design studio Fluidity, while Diller Scofidio Renfro

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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures. The

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Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Spectacular Wood Pavilion Stretches Across a Norwegian Beach

Rintala Eggertsson Architects’ Spectacular Wood Pavilion Stretches Across a Norwegian Beach

Rintala Eggertsson Architects' temporary installations were inspired by traditional structures used by arctic residents for drying fish in order to preserve them for the long northern winters. The

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Awesome Clay Refrigerator Requires Zero Energy to Keep Food Cool

Awesome Clay Refrigerator Requires Zero Energy to Keep Food Cool

An Indian entrepreneur has created a refrigerator made entirely from clay that keeps food cool without using any electricity. Mansukhbhai Raghavbhai Prajapati, a Gujarat-based potter, makes his natural

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Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

Korean Scientists Recycle Cigarette Butts into High-Performance Supercapacitors

There’s no butts about it - scientists in South Korea just found a way to recycle smoked cigarette filters into high performing supercapacitors. Researchers from Seoul National University found a way to

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Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

Scientists Create Cheap, Efficient Spray-On Solar Cells

For the first time, scientists have figured out a way to create efficient, affordable spray-on solar cells. While the concept itself isn’t something new, spray-on technology in the past has been so

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INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

INTERVIEW: Landscape Architect James Corner On NYC’s High Line Park

NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an

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Support Public Health By Helping Kickstart MIT Student’s Awesome Make-Your-Own Standing Desk Project

Support Public Health By Helping Kickstart MIT Student’s Awesome Make-Your-Own Standing Desk Project

Sitting is the new smoking, so creating a sturdy but low-cost standing desk has become one of the most popular challenges for designers everywhere--and two MIT graduate students have just unveiled one of

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Foldschool: DIY Origami-Style Cardboard Furniture for Kids

Foldschool: DIY Origami-Style Cardboard Furniture for Kids

We can't think of a better combination than DIY-crafts, cardboard, and kids—and Swiss architect Nicola Enrico Stäubli's FoldSchool furniture does just that. What's even better is that these

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Inhabitat is Looking For an Advertising Sales Executive in LA or NYC

Inhabitat is Looking For an Advertising Sales Executive in LA or NYC

We're recruiting for an awesome sales person in NYC or Los Angeles We're looking for a dynamic and charismatic advertising sales person who wants to work for our fabulous online publication with passion,

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Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

Scientists Warn That an “Insurmountable” Water Crisis Will Grip the Planet by 2040

A new report warns that in less than three decades, the United States (and the rest of the world) could face a full-blown water crisis if we don't change the way we generate power. As the population

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