Evolving robots help scientists understand how we got a backbone

Evolving robots help scientists understand how we got a backbone

Sometimes it is the simplest questions that are the hardest to answer. A team of scientists led by Vassar College's John Long wanted to figure out why vertebrates have a backbone, but…

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Autonomous Audi A7 Concept drives itself from the Silicon Valley to Las Vegas

Autonomous Audi A7 Concept drives itself from the Silicon Valley to…

Audi wants to showcase its autonomous driving technology at the upcoming  International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in an effort to demonstrate the technology's…

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Chicago University opens first passive house-certified laboratory in the US

Chicago University opens first passive house-certified laboratory in…

The new sustainable complex consists of a main field station building, three cabins, and a bathhouse. While the main building shelters the research laboratory and educational seminar…

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Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Disposable cups are hardly ever re-used, and they often find their end at the local landfill. So to cut back on this paper waste, six innovative designers in Japan have banded together…

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New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters' activity in real time

New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters' activity in…

Tracking China’s most devious polluters? Now there’s an app for that, after Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun and his supporters developed an app that can show citizens just who is…

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Dorothy the Cat needs a new home after being stuck in a tree for days

Dorothy the Cat needs a new home after being stuck in a tree for days

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHvTxzxlzPM We've all heard the old cat-in-the-tree story before, but it never quite fails to pull on our heartstrings. Poor little Dorothy Gale,…

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The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world's carbon emissions

The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world's carbon…

A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers…

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NYC film screening: See Cotton Road at the BF + DA this Wednesday

NYC film screening: See Cotton Road at the BF + DA this Wednesday

Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of clothing each year, but how many of us know where and how those garments come to be? Cotton Road, directed by Laura Kissel, is a film…

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WEWOOD designs textured sideboard made from oak and walnut

WEWOOD designs textured sideboard made from oak and walnut

Portuguese joinery firm WEWOOD designed scarpa, a sideboard with a beautiful 3D textured pattern. Made from oak and walnut, the geometric-patterned sideboard can be adjusted in width…

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Turn Clicks into Bricks: Help Build Sustainable Classrooms for a Zimbabwe Primary School

Turn Clicks into Bricks: Help Build Sustainable Classrooms for a…

Studio Mada is a team comprised of young Norwegian Architects working with a Zimbabwe School that's currently lacking the resources to provide safe buildings to teach in. They came…

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LEED-certified Miami Beach Convention Center's responsive facade emulates the nearby ocean

LEED-certified Miami Beach Convention Center's responsive facade…

The new design takes its inspiration from the ocean, emulating the movement of coral reefs, waves, and manta rays. Media sculptures located in the new grand lobby of the center…

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Will joyriding on abandoned train tracks be the next big thing in the Bronx?

Will joyriding on abandoned train tracks be the next big thing in the…

A group of Bronx residents is hoping to add a little green space and adventure to the borough by revitalizing its abandoned train tracks. Their innovative idea would allow citizens…

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The Russians want to build an outpost on the moon

The Russians want to build an outpost on the moon

The owners of a private Russian company claim they have the capability to build an outpost on the moon. According Next Big Future, a company called Lin Industrial has its sights set on…

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Batlab defines a space-saving loft bedroom with an eye-catching orange ribbon

Batlab defines a space-saving loft bedroom with an eye-catching orange…

Per the clients’ wishes, batlab placed the bed directly above the door and created a pair of stairs with male and female characteristics. The “male” side is located to the left of…

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La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

When a new solar power plant goes online later in 2015, the city of La Paz, Mexico will be entirely powered by solar energy. Aura Solar I, the largest solar power plant in Latin…

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2016 Chevy Volt unveiled ahead of schedule at CES

2016 Chevy Volt unveiled ahead of schedule at CES

Chevrolet is scheduled to reveal the all-new second-generation 2016 Chevy Volt next week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but the automaker just gave the world a sneak peek at the plug-in…

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Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out…

The Warka Water project was inspired by a trip the design team took in 2012 to isolated villages in northeast Ethiopia that lacked access to clean and safe water. Determined to improve…

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Margot Krasojevic's Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

Margot Krasojevic's Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered…

The hydrofoils, which are similar to airfoils used by airplanes, lift the boat's hull out of the water to decrease drag and allow for greater speeds. The combination of the Fresnel…

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Acclaimed architects unveil plans for the Obama Presidential Center library in Hawaii

Acclaimed architects unveil plans for the Obama Presidential Center…

Hawaii is up against the University of Chicago and Columbia University in New York, which are the current favorites to win. But Hawaii hopes to earn the honor with a proposal that…

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Fukushima radiation arrives on North America's West Coast after more than two years

Fukushima radiation arrives on North America's West Coast after more…

Have you been downing iodine like mad to protect your body against all that nuclear radiation emitted from the Fukushima meltdown? If so, it looks like your precautions might have been…

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to…

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Velodome offes cyclists smart solutions for on-the-go bike repair

Velodome offes cyclists smart solutions for on-the-go bike repair

Bicycling is a brilliantly green way to get around and new products are always being designed to appeal to cyclists. Now, equipment that used to be available only at bike shops or in…

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The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family home in Texas

The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family…

Matt Fajkus Architecture has created a bright, daylit home in Austin, Texas, and is centered around a huge oak tree on the property. Clad in stucco, the upper level is a floating white…

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Studio Renier Winkelaar's convertible wooden table takes cues from Dutch windmills

Studio Renier Winkelaar's convertible wooden table takes cues from…

Studio Renier Winkelaar’s new wooden table, Craft 2.0, takes cues from furniture of the past that was built to stand the test of time. Inspired by the lasting design of traditional…

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Scientists have determined that inebriated birds sing drunkenly too

Scientists have determined that inebriated birds sing drunkenly too

Anyone who's ever visited a karaoke bar is likely very familiar with the fact that people sing a lot differently when they're drunk, versus when sober. Guess what? It turns out that the…

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Ambio lamp glows with bioluminescent bacteria instead of electricity

Ambio lamp glows with bioluminescent bacteria instead of electricity

A Dutch designer has created a lamp that needs no electricity: it consists of a glass tube filled with bioluminescent bacteria taken from octopuses and suspended in a saltwater…

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Panasonic's new technology can purify water using sunlight

Panasonic's new technology can purify water using sunlight

A new technology from Panasonic could produce clean drinking water with the purifying power of sunlight. Using a combination of sunlight and photocatalysts, the new technology quickly…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make the right window choices for a light-filled home

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make the right window choices for a light-filled…

Light-filled homes always catch our eye here at Inhabitat—natural lighting makes interiors look great, and it can also reduce a home’s energy footprint and dependency on artificial…

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Swans still at risk in NYC parks, thanks to Governor Cuomo

Swans still at risk in NYC parks, thanks to Governor Cuomo

  A couple of weeks ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have protected the mute swans that flock to waterways in Brooklyn and Queens. The swans are not…

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2 Chelsea lofts combined into 1 gorgeous eco apartment for a growing family

2 Chelsea lofts combined into 1 gorgeous eco apartment for a growing…

With a new baby on the way, this family of four was outgrowing their two-bedroom apartment and wanted to expand. Their solution was to buy the loft apartment upstairs and completely…

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Design the Copenhagen Harbor Summer Festival Poster and you could win $2.4K!

Design the Copenhagen Harbor Summer Festival Poster and you could win…

Copenhagen is gearing up to throw its annual summer harbor festival—and you’re invited to design its 2015 festival poster. As the nation’s largest cultural harbor festival, the…

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ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

Faced with grey fiber cement board, this dwelling unit houses a living room/kitchen, a full bathroom and a bedroom. It stands at just about 3.5 meters tall, and can be altered so that…

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Chinese scientists grow false teeth from human urine

Chinese scientists grow false teeth from human urine

Over the years scientists have made false teeth from a variety of materials - from cuspids crafted out of animal bone to chompers made from wood and gold. However a group of Chinese…

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Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that's big on contemporary style

Affordable Boulder is a tiny mobile home that's big on contemporary…

Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses had two main design goals when they started the Boulder project: first, to design a tiny house with a more contemporary aesthetic, and second, to complete a…

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Yoga Joes: Classic Army men toys swap guns for yoga mats

Yoga Joes: Classic Army men toys swap guns for yoga mats

Kids everywhere can now make sun salutations, not war. These cool Army men figures are an updated version of the classic, with yoga mats instead of guns and grenades. The result of a…

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Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated Landmark

Beer Can House: Texas Home Made with 50,000 Cans Now a Designated…

Milkovisch was born during the Depression, so was taught at a young age to always reuse and repurpose whatever was brought into the house. Saving old cans in the attic, he got the idea…

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PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair to Brooklyn Neighborhood

PHOTOS: Weird But Wonderful Japanese Victorian Mash-Up Home Adds Flair…

If asked where this very unique home was located, New York City probably wouldn't be your guess - but that's exactly where it is! The curious Japanese/Victorian mash-up house can be…

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How would you improve worldwide slum conditions? Submit your ideas to the 2015 Dencity Competition

How would you improve worldwide slum conditions? Submit your ideas to…

Inadequate housing is a worldwide problem that’s exacerbated by rapid urbanization. To help the 1.6 billion people in the world who live in makeshift urban settlements, Shelter Global…

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Ecouterre announces the winners of the 2014 readers’ choice awards

Ecouterre announces the winners of the 2014 readers’ choice awards

The winners of the 2014 Ecouterre Readers’ Choice Awards have been announced! From the most game changing to the most bizarre, we’ve rounded up the best eco-fashion stories of last…

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Check out this adorable igloo made entirely out of recycled milk jugs

Check out this adorable igloo made entirely out of recycled milk jugs

Looking for a creative community project? We spied this adorable milk jug igloo over at Diary of a Working Mom and it just screams the perfect way to get people together and get…

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