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Using Crops to Feed People Instead of Cows and Cars Could Substantially Reduce World Hunger

Using Crops to Feed People Instead of Cows and Cars Could Substantially Reduce World Hunger

Image via Shutterstock Currently 36 percent of the food produced worldwide is used to feed animals, according to new research published in Environmental Research Letters. The study found that halving

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Faux Meat Throwdown: Would You Eat Sergey Brin’s Lab-Grown Beef Burger or Twitter-Backed Beyond Meat Chicken Strips?

Faux Meat Throwdown: Would You Eat Sergey Brin’s Lab-Grown Beef Burger or Twitter-Backed Beyond Meat Chicken Strips?

This week we watched as taste testers sunk their teeth into the world's first lab-grown beef hamburger, which cost $332,000 to grow and was funded in part by Google's Sergey Brin. Meanwhile, there are

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500,000 Bees Move Into Seattle-Tacoma Airport

500,000 Bees Move Into Seattle-Tacoma Airport

The Seattle-Tacoma Airport has repurposed its empty land and is now hosting 500,000 honeybees as part of a partnership with nonprofit group The Common Acre. In the midst of mass bee die-offs and fears

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Artist Natsuko Kogure Creates Over 600 Colorful Octopi From Recycled Newspaper

Artist Natsuko Kogure Creates Over 600 Colorful Octopi From Recycled Newspaper

Kogure recently exhibited over 600 of her bright, whimsical octopi at Gallery Le Bain. Each of her marvelous mollusks is composed of recycled newspaper and carries a unique expression, color palette, and

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MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

MIT Scientists 3D Print Tiny LEGO-Like Building Blocks for Creating Large Modular Designs

3D printing is all the rage, and designers around the world are competing to see how they can create the biggest, most jaw-dropping stuff. Here at Inhabitat, we've featured lots of cool 3D designs, from

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MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

Researchers at MIT have engineered a new kind of rechargeable flow battery that could lead to a greater switch to renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Despite widespread support for renewable

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Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Extreme Heat Waves Are Expected to Quadruple by 2040

Photo via Shutterstock Remember those stifling heat waves in the summer of 2012 that made you want to roll up into a ball and live in your refrigerator? Those heat waves are likely to become much more

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Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Studio RMA’s Hi’ilani EcoHouse is America’s First Carbon-Neutral Concrete Structure, and it’s Volcano-Adjacent!

Hawaii is paradise, but building a home there takes an experienced hand and a strong working knowledge of its unique climate and geology. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 4,000 sq. foot Hi’ilani

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INTERVIEW: Summer Rayne Oakes Talks to Kavita Parmar About the IOU Project

INTERVIEW: Summer Rayne Oakes Talks to Kavita Parmar About the IOU Project

The IOU Project is a movement to rethink how goods are produced and sold in order to benefit people and the planet, not just big business. Recently, Summer Rayne Oakes, co-founder of Source4Style, spoke

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The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

Photo via Shutterstock It's a case of too much of a good thing: A surge in the number of hives in some cities might actually be causing harm to the local honey bee population. According to an article

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Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

Image via Shutterstock There is no doubt that pets give us unmatched companionship, but owning one can take its toll on the environment. In a book written by two New Zealand scientists, they suggest

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Photoflow Collector Harvests Rainwater and Solar Power for Developing Countries

Photoflow Collector Harvests Rainwater and Solar Power for Developing Countries

While our planet may be made up mostly of water, and electricity is used in every developed country, both of these resources are in tragically short supply in many places around the globe. Moreover, the

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Elon Musk Unveils Plans for 700 MPH Solar-Powered Hyperloop Train!

Elon Musk Unveils Plans for 700 MPH Solar-Powered Hyperloop Train!

The open-source Hyperloop design calls for a weather-proof, crash-proof and rail-less train. Today Musk released a 50+ page document outlining his vision for the $6 billion Hyperloop, which consists of a

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Brazil’s World Cup Buses to Run on Recycled Cooking Oil Biofuel

Brazil’s World Cup Buses to Run on Recycled Cooking Oil Biofuel

Brazil is preparing to host the World Cup next year, but the nation won't only be showing off its soccer skills. The world's largest producer of biodiesel also plans to provide green transportation for

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MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

MS&R Architecture Transforms a Vacant Wal-Mart Into an Enormous Public Library

After its extreme makeover, the former big-box store is hardly recognizable. The cavernous, warehouse-like building was completely gutted and reconfigured to make way for bookshelves, reading nooks, a

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Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Report Shows Greenland’s Ice Sheet is Melting from Above AND Below Due to Heat from the Earth’s Mantle

Greenland's arctic ice sheet is in trouble - and it turns out that global warming isn't the only force at work. A new study in Nature Geoscience by the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences shows

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NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

Every year, it seems that wildfires get a little more frequent and a lot more devastating. And it makes you wonder, as the planet continues to get warmer and the land becomes drier, just how bad will

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Terrafugia’s Flying Car Completes First Public Flight at Wisconsin Air Show

Terrafugia’s Flying Car Completes First Public Flight at Wisconsin Air Show

It’s official, we’ve finally made it into the future. Childhood dreams of flying cars are a reality at last, thanks to Terrafugia, who have designed and just demonstrated a new car that can actually

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Study Shows the Antarctic Ozone Hole is Contributing to Global Warming

Study Shows the Antarctic Ozone Hole is Contributing to Global Warming

Climate scientists at Columbia University in New York have discovered that the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer may be contributing to global warming by altering wind patterns and cloud cover in the

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Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Nature can be an incredible source of inspiration. Just ask the researchers at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who took a look at the beautiful and carnivorous pitcher plant and

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The Spiritree: Eco-Friendly Burial Planter Grows a Tree With Your Earthly Remains

The Spiritree: Eco-Friendly Burial Planter Grows a Tree With Your Earthly Remains

Those who strive to be eco-conscious in life can also leave a legacy of caring for the planet after they pass away. The Spiritree is a biodegradable cinerary urn that holds cremated remains of the

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2012 Was 10th Hottest Year Ever, as Global Warming Continues to Charge Forward

2012 Was 10th Hottest Year Ever, as Global Warming Continues to Charge Forward

Photo via Shutterstock There is both good and bad news when it comes to global warming, according to a new climate study published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The

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Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit

Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the

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Budapest’s Hello Wood Camp Showcases the Beauty of Building With Wood

Budapest’s Hello Wood Camp Showcases the Beauty of Building With Wood

At this year's Hello Wood event 120 participants created 12 installations that were presented to a professional jury. Among the team leaders were practicing architects from CODA in Barcelona (who built a

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GreenWing International’s eSpyder Electric Airplane is Finally Here and It Costs Just Under $40K

GreenWing International’s eSpyder Electric Airplane is Finally Here and It Costs Just Under $40K

Fans of electric aviation rejoice - GreenWing International's eSpyder plane just hit the market, and it costs just under $40,000. The plane comes as a DIY kit that you have to build like a model airplane

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Scientists Propose Planting Trees in the Desert to Combat Climate Change

Scientists Propose Planting Trees in the Desert to Combat Climate Change

Desert photo from Shutterstock A group of German scientists led by Klaus Becker of the University of Hohenheim believes that planting drought-tolerant vegetation in arid regions could capture CO2 and

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Man Tries to Smuggle Turtle Disguised as Hamburger Through Airport Security

Man Tries to Smuggle Turtle Disguised as Hamburger Through Airport Security

Images via Shutterstock Flights can be long, boring, and lonely when traveling solo. Which may be why a man decided to smuggle his pet turtle through Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport security by

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6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Via Shutterstock 1. A Ticking Carbon Bomb! We recently surpassed atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. Burning the tar sands oil would send

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The MakerPlane is an Open-Source Two-Seater Aircraft That Costs Only $15,000

The MakerPlane is an Open-Source Two-Seater Aircraft That Costs Only $15,000

If you are a model plane aficionado or simply got bored on tinkering away on an old junker in the garage, the MakerPlane might be the perfect project. Able to be made for $15,000, the two-seater airplane

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How will Elon Musk’s 600mph Hyperloop Train Work?

How will Elon Musk’s 600mph Hyperloop Train Work?

Billionaire inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk wants to transport you from Los Angeles to San Francisco at a speed of 600 miles per hour. To do this, he is proposing to create a high speed train system

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