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Japan Shuts Down its Last Running Nuclear Reactor

Japan Shuts Down its Last Running Nuclear Reactor

Image © Shutterstock The Japanese government just shut down the only nuclear reactor in the country that was still up and running after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Kansai Electric Power Co's Ohi No.4

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Norway’s Jektvik Ferry Quay Area is an Efficiently Built Daylit Building

Norway’s Jektvik Ferry Quay Area is an Efficiently Built Daylit Building

This Jektvik Ferry Quay Area was constructed in phases off-site, and it's able to adapt to the cold winter conditions of Norway. The building's transparent panels are composed of colored and frosted

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FCV-R Concept Previews Toyota’s 2015 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

FCV-R Concept Previews Toyota’s 2015 Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

Toyota is going to give the world another preview of its upcoming fuel cell hybrid vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the FCV-R concept. The FCV-R concept is a preview of Toyota's first

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Anti-Aging Secrets Discovered in Yeast Could be the Key to Eternal Youth

Anti-Aging Secrets Discovered in Yeast Could be the Key to Eternal Youth

Yeast photo from Shutterstock Who knew the secret to eternal youth could have been hiding in bread-rising yeast all this time? A team of researchers from Japan and New Zealand has found a way to double

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FDA Finds Low Levels of Arsenic in All Rice-Based Products

FDA Finds Low Levels of Arsenic in All Rice-Based Products

You may not be aware of it, but all of the rice sitting in your pantry contains traces of one of the most poisonous elements on earth - arsenic. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration tested 1,300

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E-NV200 Zero Emissions Van Will be Nissan’s Second EV When it Arrives in 2014

E-NV200 Zero Emissions Van Will be Nissan’s Second EV When it Arrives in 2014

Small delivery vans spend countless hours delivering packages all over city centers - however they also deliver harmful emissions into the atmosphere. Well, Nissan is set to offer an alternative when the

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Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

Zaha Hadid Unveils Winning Tokyo Olympic Stadium Design – And It’s Green!

First, a look at the greenest parts of the project: the studio has incorporated geothermal heat and a rainwater cooling system within the stadium concept, along with the commitment to recycle greywater.

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Modern Silicom House in Madrid Peeks Out from a Leafy Allotment

Modern Silicom House in Madrid Peeks Out from a Leafy Allotment

The Silicom House peeks out from a gentle slope in Madrid that is surrounded by the allotment's luscious greenery. The family home sits in a sunk-in design and to access it one has to go around gorgeous

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NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

NOAA: Climate Change Makes Sandy-Style Flooding Twice as Likely

The Climatic Data Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has released a new analysis of 12 extreme weather events in 2012, and the findings aren't reassuring. Researchers discovered

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Tokyo Wins Bid to Host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games

Tokyo Wins Bid to Host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games

It is decided: Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge announced the winner at a ceremony held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday.

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Alaskan Earthquake Could Hit California with a Monster Tsunami Costing $700 Million

Alaskan Earthquake Could Hit California with a Monster Tsunami Costing $700 Million

Photo via Shutterstock Natural disasters tend to strike when we're least prepared. Horrified by the long-term damage caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, researchers from the U.S.

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Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

Cozy Daylit Home in the Netherlands Stands on Locally Sourced Wood Stilts

The small cozy home is positioned to prevent intrusive looks but still capture stunning views of the river and the surrounding countryside. Its glass facades let the sunlight in and optimize the home’s

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Glazed Donut House BM Has Trees in and Around it

Glazed Donut House BM Has Trees in and Around it

Gent-based Architecten DVVT worked in collaboration with Joris Van Huychem to create this unique house in the woods. To make the most out of the beautiful surroundings, they made the whole facade from 18

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Tesla is Sucking Up the World’s Lithium Ion Battery Supply, Kick Starting Cell Production

Tesla is Sucking Up the World’s Lithium Ion Battery Supply, Kick Starting Cell Production

Green Car Reports says that Tesla is on track to deploy more than 1.6 million kilowatt-hour worth of batteries in 21,000 cars this year, and so far the electric carmaker has already sold 14,000 of its

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Carlos Ayesta’s Photographs Highlight the Fear and Uncertainty of the Fukushima Aftermath

Carlos Ayesta’s Photographs Highlight the Fear and Uncertainty of the Fukushima Aftermath

Ayesta and Guillaume traveled to areas of Fukushima that are still off-limits today for fear of radiation poisoning. They went to dead zones that hold the most brutal traces of the nuclear accident.

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Tiny Cylindrical House in Chiharada Rises Like a Fairytale Tower

Tiny Cylindrical House in Chiharada Rises Like a Fairytale Tower

Since the House in Chiharada was built very close to an existing residence, the designers chose a pure white cylindrical shape to contrast with the existing building's traditional rectilinear form. The

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Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Photo via Shutterstock Locals in western Japan have been suffering their hottest summer to date. From June to August, thermometers consistently hit above average temperatures with a sizzling high of

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Japanese Government Pledges $470 Million for Fukushima Ice Wall and Other Cleanup

Japanese Government Pledges $470 Million for Fukushima Ice Wall and Other Cleanup

Recent revelations that the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has been gushing radioactive water into the ocean have forced the Japanese government to step in amid concerns that the plant's

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Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought

Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought

Radiation levels at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are 18 times higher than previously thought. The operator of the Japanese nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said

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Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About ‘We Are All Radioactive’: a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About ‘We Are All Radioactive’: a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

INHABITAT: What made you decide to start the We Are All Radioactive series? Lisa: I grew up in Japan, and my family and friends still live there -- so the earthquake was really shocking to me. My first

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Testing Resumes for the Fastest-Ever Maglev Passenger Train in Japan

Testing Resumes for the Fastest-Ever Maglev Passenger Train in Japan

The trials for the world’s fastest magnetic-levitation train planned for Japan resumed yesterday, continuing work to extend the 24-kilometer test track built over five years by the Central Japan Railway

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INFOGRAPHIC: Whose Carbon Is America Burning?

INFOGRAPHIC: Whose Carbon Is America Burning?

In 2007, US carbon emissions peaked at roughly 6,029 Mt. We know a lot a how these emissions are generated, and why they have declined since then. But few of us realize where they come from. The flag

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Japanese Engineers Create Ultralight, 3D-Printed Ornithopter Based on a Prehistoric Dragonfly!

Japanese Engineers Create Ultralight, 3D-Printed Ornithopter Based on a Prehistoric Dragonfly!

Since the early days of our existence, humans have always been jealous of flying animals. From bugs to birds, we've spent a lot of time trying to copy organisms who have the ability to defy gravity. Our

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Jim Denevan’s Ephemeral Sand Illustrations Briefly Decorate Californian Beaches

Jim Denevan’s Ephemeral Sand Illustrations Briefly Decorate Californian Beaches

Based in Santa Cruz, CA, Denevan's art brings an appreciation for natural environments and the passage of time. His large-scale drawings have been accomplished on ice, earth, and now sand. Using a rake or

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Why Are So Many of Today’s Apples Mushy and Tasteless?

Why Are So Many of Today’s Apples Mushy and Tasteless?

Despite an early and unjust reputation as the forbidden fruit, apples have been an integral part of a healthy diet for thousands of years. Burdened with the task of keeping the doctor away, most would

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This Bamboo Calculator Is a Throwback to Old School Solar-Powered Gadgets

This Bamboo Calculator Is a Throwback to Old School Solar-Powered Gadgets

Solar-powered calculators have been on the scene since the 1970s, but nothing much, except the shape, has changed since. Now a solar-powered calculator made entirely from bamboo is putting a modern twist

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Nissan Announces Plans for Fully Autonomous Vehicles by 2020

Nissan Announces Plans for Fully Autonomous Vehicles by 2020

Nissan has announced plans to release multiple autonomous vehicles by the year 2020. The auto maker's goal is to have the technology available across its model range within two vehicle generations, and in

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Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

As iconic animals such as the West African lion and mountain gorilla reach the edge of extinction, scientists in Japan are working towards saving the genetics of endangered animals for future generations.

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Tokyo’s Friendly Green Power Ranger Helps Overburdened Commuters at Subway Stations

Tokyo’s Friendly Green Power Ranger Helps Overburdened Commuters at Subway Stations

New York may have Spiderman, but it seems that Tokyo now has its very own friendly neighborhood Power Ranger. While he's not exactly saving lives, 27-year-old Tadahiro Kanemasu is helping overburdened

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Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Every summer it seems like news about a surge of poisonous red tides gets worse and worse. But in a ray of hope, Stanford researchers say they are wrapping up a successful test of toxic algae-detecting

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