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Volvo S60L Plug-in Hybrid to Debut Next Week at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Volvo S60L Plug-in Hybrid to Debut Next Week at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

Volvo just announced that it will unveil its S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) concept car next week at the Beijing Auto Show. Volvo has been selling a diesel plug-in hybrid version of

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DIY: Care for Fabulous Feet—Hooves Need Love Too!

DIY: Care for Fabulous Feet—Hooves Need Love Too!

Feet don't get the respect they deserve, do they? We plod around on them and take them for granted, but few of us take the time to really care for these amazing appendages. The winter months can be

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Mongolian Girls Carry On a Cherished 6,000-Year-Old Tradition With Golden Eagles

Mongolian Girls Carry On a Cherished 6,000-Year-Old Tradition With Golden Eagles

Svidensky was focused on the story of one particular girl, 13-year-old Ashol Pan, who was asked by her father to take the place of her brother after he left for the military. Pan took up the challenge,

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IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

IKEA Transforms an Entire Japanese Monorail into an Awesome Mobile Showroom

Swedish design wonder IKEA turned an entire monorail into a colorful showroom in Japan. To kick off their latest location in Tokyo near Tachikawa station, the company decorated the train with vibrant

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Bentley Unveils its First Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car

Bentley Unveils its First Plug-in Hybrid Concept Car

Bentley is known for producing large powerful luxury vehicles, but they aren't very "green." Well, that's about to change with the debut of the Bentley Hybrid Concept, which previews the plug-in hybrid

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Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

Bone Dusters Paleo Ale is Brewed From a 35-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossil

If you’ve ever wanted to know what dinosaur-flavored beer tastes like, now is your chance. Jason Osborne of paleontology and geology non-profit Paleo Quest has teamed up with Jasper Akerboom, a brew

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AEDAS Unveils Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in China

AEDAS Unveils Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building in China

The Sino-Foreign cooperative university is part of a new program approved by the government in 1994. The University decided to build a world-class university dedicated to training experts. Its

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Buy a Stylish Peace Bicycle and You’ll Also Donate Towards Buying a Bike to A Child in Need

Buy a Stylish Peace Bicycle and You’ll Also Donate Towards Buying a Bike to A Child in Need

In the United States cycling is often perceived as a leisure activity for kids or a highly competitive sport, but things are much different abroad. Everyone rides bikes in cities like Copenhagen and

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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

After a ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan's whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few

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Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs

Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs

As if SeaWorld didn't have enough bad press in the wake of the shocking documentary Blackfish, a document obtained by Buzzfeed reveals that the marine park gives its whales psychoactive drugs and

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NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Quickly Move Pedestrians

NYC’s High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Quickly Move Pedestrians

Because of growing crowds flocking to NYC's High Line Park, which are anticipated to double when the final section is complete, the architects and engineers have decided to add a people-mover style

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Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

Following in the footsteps of the world's first cloned village, a Chinese developer has announced plans to build yet another copy of the historic Alpine town of Hallstatt to offer an idyllic rural retreat

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing

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Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

Israel Debuts the World’s First Self-Cleaning Solar Farm

One of the challenges with solar power is keeping the panels clean, since dust and dirt drastically reduce the efficiency of photovoltaics. That’s particularly challenging for large solar parks, and

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Toyota Unveils TS040 Hybrid Race Car for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

Toyota Unveils TS040 Hybrid Race Car for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship

Toyota just unveiled its new TS040 hybrid race car, which is going to go head to head with Audi and Porsche during this year's 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. The all-wheel-drive TS040 has a 989

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

INTERVIEW: Architect David Hertz Talks to Us About How To Build With Old Planes

Inhabitat: When did it first occur to you to use an old airplane to create parts of the house? David: I have been interested in what we Take, Make and Waste, from our society's waste streams for almost 3

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Officials Scan Hundreds of Homes After Radioactive Material Discovered on San Francisco’s Treasure Island

Officials Scan Hundreds of Homes After Radioactive Material Discovered on San Francisco’s Treasure Island

An object containing radium was recently found underneath a house on San Francisco's Treasure Island - and now the U.S. Navy is preparing to test hundreds of homes on the island for radiation. Although

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All-Electric Horizon Trike Gives Off-Road Mobility to the Disabled

All-Electric Horizon Trike Gives Off-Road Mobility to the Disabled

Designer Jesse Lee has created an all-terrain electric tricycle that gives extreme mobility to adventurers with disabilities. The three wheeled Horizon bike can be controlled with hand or foot pedals,

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New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

Zip-lines, ping-pong tables and a giant slide could be in Queens' future if The Friends of the Queensway have anything to say about it. The group revealed their vision to revamp an abandoned train track

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INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INTERVIEW: We Talk Hemp with South African Materials Expert Tony Budden

INHABITAT: Tony, our recent story about your Hemp House in South Africa spurred a lot of interesting discussion. Can you briefly tell us how you initially became interested in hemp as a building

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USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to start designing and building high rises out of a simple

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New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

For years, scientists and social activists have warned that income inequality, resource depletion, and unchecked population growth could lead to the collapse of civilization. However policy makers have so

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Artist Isaac Cordal’s Incredible Tiny Sculptures Offer a Chilling View of Climate Change

Artist Isaac Cordal’s Incredible Tiny Sculptures Offer a Chilling View of Climate Change

Isaac Cordal is famous for tackling big political issues through a tiny medium. In his series "Waiting for Climate Change," Cordal created a set of ephemeral and partially submerged installations to draw

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Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables

Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables

As the days lengthen and the sun grows stronger, many of us are champing at the bit to get our gardens started. Seed catalogues are being pored over, dog-eared, and circled, and some folks may have even

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Lately miniature “teacup” pigs have popped up in ads as an adorable alternative to the family dog, but they are also a complete scam. What those ads fail to mention is not only will those adorable

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Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That's why Alex Cabunoc

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Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

When you go for a walk in the woods, do you glance around and consider which trees around you may have edible parts? Sure, you might identify maple trees as the source of the wonderful syrup that's great

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Luke Jerram’s Giant Waterslide Could Take Over a Street in Bristol

Luke Jerram’s Giant Waterslide Could Take Over a Street in Bristol

Artist Luke Jerram wants to bring a little fun to the streets of Bristol by transforming a road into the world's biggest slip and slide! If all goes according to plan, the artist’s "Park and Slide"

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17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

When most of us were 17, we dreamed of owning our own car and the freedom that would come with college admission. But Eric Chen dreams of much more. This California high-school senior wants to change the

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