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KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST’s Breakwater Beacon is a Naturally-Cooled Lighthouse in Saudi Arabia

KAUST commissioned Australia-based Urban Art Projects to design a contemporary lighthouse for the HOK-designed university, which was inaugurated back in 2009. Led by Daniel Tobin, Matthew Tobin and Jamie

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Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

Take a Virtual Tour Through the 2013 HGTV Smart Home + See How You Can Win It!

While the Smart Home is aiming for LEED Gold certification, it is arguably not what one might typically expect from a green home, (and HGTV makes this distinction—see more info on this here). The 2,400

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360 Beers Tested in Germany Found to Have Traces of Arsenic

360 Beers Tested in Germany Found to Have Traces of Arsenic

Beer lovers beware: Researchers in Germany have found traces of arsenic in hundreds of tested beer samples. Many beers are filtered with diatomaceous earth, a mined sedimentary rock that contains iron,

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Cantilevered Two Hull House Heated by the Earth Peers Over Coastal Nova Scotia

Cantilevered Two Hull House Heated by the Earth Peers Over Coastal Nova Scotia

Designed as a pair of "binoculars," the two pavilions also resemble ship hulls that are elevated to allow rushing sea water to pass below. The 32 foot cantilevers are supported on concrete foundations

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Back to the Future-Style DeLorean Taxi Cabs to Hit NYC Streets Next Month

Back to the Future-Style DeLorean Taxi Cabs to Hit NYC Streets Next Month

If you've always dreamed of getting around like Marty McFly, you'll definitely want to head to the Big Apple next month. The city just approved the roll-out of a new fleet of super-futuristic DeLorean

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Are We on the Verge of a Smartwatch Arms Race?

Are We on the Verge of a Smartwatch Arms Race?

Just when you thought that your phone was the only gadget you need to worry about, the battle is beginning to heat up over smartwatches. Samsung recently revealed its plans to release a wristwatch-style

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Google Glass Augmented Reality Glasses Will be Made on US Soil

Google Glass Augmented Reality Glasses Will be Made on US Soil

Google is set to begin shipping its first set of Google Glass headsets to a select group of approved users - and although the glasses components were made by Taiwanese Hon Hai Precision Industry, they

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Detroit Electric to Debut Battery-Powered US-Made Sports Car Next Month

Detroit Electric to Debut Battery-Powered US-Made Sports Car Next Month

After five years of silence, Detroit Electric has resurfaced with the announcement that they will debut a battery-powered two-seater sports car on April 3rd. Headed up by former Lotus executive and

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People People’s Transparent Speaker is a Crowdfunded DIY Megahit

People People’s Transparent Speaker is a Crowdfunded DIY Megahit

What if you could listen to your favorite music on a stylish and environmentally friendly sound system that seamlessly blends into your home environment? That's exactly what the creatives at Swedish

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LAST DAY TO VOTE: Vote for Your Favorite Images in the LightCollector Photo Contest!

LAST DAY TO VOTE: Vote for Your Favorite Images in the LightCollector Photo Contest!

LAST DAY TO VOTE! We've received over 300 incredible light-inspired photographs in our LightCollector photography contest over the past few weeks, and we've been calling on you to vote for your

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Smart Collaborates with Designer Jeremy Scott to Fashionize the Electric Car

Smart Collaborates with Designer Jeremy Scott to Fashionize the Electric Car

Image courtesy of smart Jeremy Scott has become known for the wings that make an appearance on sweatshirts, sunglasses and sneakers in his many fashion collections. Building on his trademark, wings are

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Rev Up Your Juicer with These 6 Delicious Juice Recipes

Rev Up Your Juicer with These 6 Delicious Juice Recipes

Juicing is a great way to get lots of healthy fruits and veggies into your body fast. Although juices shouldn't serve as a substitute for regular meals consisting of whole foods, they can provide a good,

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Enter The LightCollector Photo Contest for a Shot at $1000!

Enter The LightCollector Photo Contest for a Shot at $1000!

Have you entered our mobile photo contest yet? 1 more week for a shot at $1000! Are you a designer, architect or creative who finds inspiration in photography? If so, you'll want to check out Philips'

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Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Time Circus Builds a Floating Vegetable Garden on an Abandoned Ship Crane in Belgium

Antwerp’s MAS Museum lent the people at Time Circus an old unused crane on which the collective built their cool green space. Anchored at Bonapartedok, the experimental space is designed to engage

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Matt Damon Boycotts the Toilet to Raise Awareness For Clean Water

Matt Damon Boycotts the Toilet to Raise Awareness For Clean Water

Actor and co-founder of water.org Matt Damon won't let a good opportunity to raise awareness of clean water down the tubes. To draw attention to the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to proper

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Chris & Malissa Tack’s Tiny Tack House Lives Large in Washington State

Chris & Malissa Tack’s Tiny Tack House Lives Large in Washington State

The couple began designing their home back in 2011 and made sure to think about how they would use the space before ever beginning construction. Working from home is a necessity for them both, as well as

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BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized

BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized

A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty for manslaughter and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The oil giant could

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INFRA: Artist Chris Shen Transforms 625 Old Remote Controls into a Giant Glowing TV

INFRA: Artist Chris Shen Transforms 625 Old Remote Controls into a Giant Glowing TV

The television remote control changed households around the world by enabling lazy couch potatoes to flip through the stations while seated. However many remotes have become obsolete as modern technology

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America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

A new library is getting ready to open in Bexar County, Texas, but it won't look like a traditional library. The new library will be small, devoid of traditional paper books, and judging from the

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HoseWear’s Recycled Fire Hose iPad Sleeves Keep Tablets Dry in a Downpour

HoseWear’s Recycled Fire Hose iPad Sleeves Keep Tablets Dry in a Downpour

Fire hoses are designed to withstand hundreds of pounds of water pressure, which makes them a durable and versatile material for recycling once they've been retired. HoseWear recently launched a line of

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How To Start an Odor-Free Freezer Compost Bin as a City or Small Space Dweller

How To Start an Odor-Free Freezer Compost Bin as a City or Small Space Dweller

Okay, so you won't actually be composting in your freezer, but your freezer can provide a great space to store your compost scraps before you drop them off at your local green market or with someone

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Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Vegetables photo from Shutterstock Researchers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) recently found that between 30 to 50 percent of all food produced - or up to two billion tons - is thrown

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IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

In our last Energy 101 column, we looked at some of the home energy monitoring devices currently available and explored the ways that they can help us live more efficient, eco-conscious lives. But with

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The Philips LightCollector App Lets You Share Lighting Photos With Designers and Creatives Worldwide

The Philips LightCollector App Lets You Share Lighting Photos With Designers and Creatives Worldwide

Shutter-happy creatives will love using the LightCollector app, a cool new crowd-sourcing smart phone tool that funnels all the best light-inspired photos out there into a one-stop database of

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Inhabitat New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

Inhabitat New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

HAPPY NEW YEAR INHABITAT READERS! 2013 is finally here and we can't wait to see what the new year has in store for us! But before we get out of holiday-mode and back into the groove of things

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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8th Annual Gorgeous & Green Ecofashion Show for Global Green USA

8th Annual Gorgeous & Green Ecofashion Show for Global Green USA

Photo by Erik Pawassar for Inhabitat Global Green USA raised $230,000 at the event, which will fund back-up solar systems on critical buildings and schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy, seed funding for

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The Forest: Detroit Riverfront Competition Winner Plans to Green America’s Automobile Center

The Forest: Detroit Riverfront Competition Winner Plans to Green America’s Automobile Center

Like a fairytale, 'The Forest' plugs a void between the city and the river with a series of trees, trails, and performance spaces. Existing sculptures will remain, although Atelier Why proposes to move

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is

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Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights Mimic How Flowers Attract and Repel Bees

Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights Mimic How Flowers Attract and Repel Bees

Studio DRIFT’s interactive Shylights gracefully move up and down, opening and closing, similar to the way flowers attract and repel pollinating bees. Made from stainless steel, recyclable aluminum,

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