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Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Ross Lovegrove’s Solar-Powered Alpine Capsule is a Space-Age Mountain Retreat

Designers like Ross Lovegrove, who think of cars on sticks and solar trees, are constantly pushing the envelope. You may think concepts like these are absolutely off the wall and completely impractical,

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Man Hacks Prius to Run on San Francisco MUNI Electric Bus Power Lines

Man Hacks Prius to Run on San Francisco MUNI Electric Bus Power Lines

When we first spotted this crazy picture of a Prius driver hitching a free energy ride on San Francisco's MUNI power lines, we couldn't believe it! Equipped with a giant trolley pole, the Franken-Prius

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BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System

BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System

BMW subsidiary Designworks USA is helping the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur move into the 21st century with 58 ritzy trains for the city's new subway system. The new three-line metro system is expected to

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NYC Will Replace Taxis With New Driverless Google Cabs

NYC Will Replace Taxis With New Driverless Google Cabs

News has just broke that NYC Mayor de Blasio has signed a contract with Google to replace all the city's yellow cabs with Google’s patented driverless cars. The mayor’s office reported that 5000

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Norwegian Town Builds a Soaring Tower with Thousands of Pallets – and Then Burns it to the Ground

Norwegian Town Builds a Soaring Tower with Thousands of Pallets – and Then Burns it to the Ground

Many people choose to watch the tower crumble from their boats in the adjacent harbour, while others opt for dry land to catch a glance of the sky-high flames. It's not the first time the town has put

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Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

Tesla has announced that it is adding a new underbody shield and aluminum deflector plate to the Model S following two collisions that led to car fires last year. The two fires prompted the National

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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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White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

White House Announces Plans to Fight Global Warming by Targeting Methane Emissions

While the Obama Administration has thus far focused on reducing carbon emissions to tackle climate change, pressure has been mounting to do something about methane pollution. Although methane accounts for

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Arizona and Ohio Legalize Tesla’s Direct-to-Consumer Sales Model

Arizona and Ohio Legalize Tesla’s Direct-to-Consumer Sales Model

The battle between Tesla and state car dealership associations continues to rage on, however the tide may be slowly turning in favor of the electric automaker. After New Jersey passed legislation that

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Gargantuan Solar-Powered Rotterdam Centraal Station Opens Anew

Gargantuan Solar-Powered Rotterdam Centraal Station Opens Anew

On one side of the station is an area with a more historical aesthetic, which is why the northern entrance was designed to be more modest, so as not to overpower its surroundings. To the south however,

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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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Wealthy Toyota Prius Owners are Switching to Tesla’s All-Electric Model S

Wealthy Toyota Prius Owners are Switching to Tesla’s All-Electric Model S

A recent Polk Automotive study reveals that many Model S owners traded in the cheaper Prius for Tesla's all-electric sedan. At first it may not make sense that Prius owners would switch to a vehicle that

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UPM’s Biofore Concept is a More Sustainable Car Made From Wood and Biocomposites

UPM’s Biofore Concept is a More Sustainable Car Made From Wood and Biocomposites

Tiny Bamboo Shelters in Abandoned Factories May Provide Relief to Homeless in Hong Kong UPM recently teamed up with students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences to create the

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The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube

The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube

It only took a few thousand years, but someone has finally reinvented the wheel—and it actually works better than the original. Skateboarder David Patrick’s crazy SharkWheel was discovered by chance

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Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris Gets Tough on Pollution as Friday’s Air Quality Rated Worse than Beijing’s

Paris photo from Shutterstock A cloud of smog has enveloped Paris - and on Friday air pollution levels were actually worse than notoriously smoggy Beijing. The French capital is taking emergency

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Elon Musk Responds to New Jersey’s Tesla Ban

Elon Musk Responds to New Jersey’s Tesla Ban

The founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, recently released a statement condemning New Jersey governor Chris Christie for banning the sale of electric vehicles directly to consumers. Musk believes that, in

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INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

INFOGRAPHIC: 13 Sci-Fi Gadgets You Won’t Believe Already Exist

  Have you ever watched an episode of The Jetsons or Star Trek and wondered when our tech is going to catch up with all of those flying cars and other space-age contraptions? Well, we're

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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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Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

UK-based Cyclehoop has found a way to use pieces of recycled plastic to keep cyclists safe on the road. Their clever "Armadillo" lane dividers can be easily installed on roads to divide bike lanes from

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London’s Electric Car Sharing Program Gets a $166M Boost From French Billionaire Vincent Bolloré

London’s Electric Car Sharing Program Gets a $166M Boost From French Billionaire Vincent Bolloré

Encouraged by the rapid success of the "Boris Bike" sharing program, London has announced plans for an electric car sharing network. French billionaire Vincent Bolloré, the brains and money behind Paris'

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Award-Winning Architect Guy Ailion

Inhabitat: Guy, one of the first of your many projects we came across was the sketch proposal submitted to the Design Indaba 10x10, a Silvio Rech collaborative effort. Can you describe the Chesterfield

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Governor Christie’s Administration Bans Tesla’s Direct-Sales Model in New Jersey

Governor Christie’s Administration Bans Tesla’s Direct-Sales Model in New Jersey

Unfortunately we have a bit of bad news for Tesla Motors today as New Jersey joins a handful of states in the U.S. that are barring Tesla's direct-sales model, making it illegal for Tesla to sell its

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Chinese Man Builds Tiny, All-Electric Lamborghini to Take His Grandson to School

Chinese Man Builds Tiny, All-Electric Lamborghini to Take His Grandson to School

Getting the kids out the door, in the car, and off to school is hard enough. For families in China - many of whom share a moped or scooter as their only vehicle - it's even more difficult, not to mention

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Mysterious 1960′s Avoriaz Ski Resort is Straight Out of a Fantasy Film Noir

Mysterious 1960′s Avoriaz Ski Resort is Straight Out of a Fantasy Film Noir

The Avoriaz resort was the brainchild of 1960's Olympic downhill gold medal winner Jean Vuarnet. After Vuarnet returned home triumphant from the games, the municipality of Morzine asked the professional

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Rolls-Royce Announces Plans for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Within the Next Three Years

Rolls-Royce Announces Plans for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Within the Next Three Years

When you think of Rolls-Royce, images of large, twelve-cylinder luxury vehicles will likely come to mind. But Rolls-Royce's image could become a bit greener in the next few years, as the automaker just

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MVRDV Reveals Giant Mirrored “Salad Bowl” Art Depot for Rotterdam’s Museumpark

MVRDV Reveals Giant Mirrored “Salad Bowl” Art Depot for Rotterdam’s Museumpark

40% of the large museum space will be visible or accessible to the public. Visitors will pass through the building taking in the various art exhibitions and restoration workshops as they make their way up

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Do You Agree with Liam Neeson’s Stance About Horse-Drawn Carriages in NYC?

Do You Agree with Liam Neeson’s Stance About Horse-Drawn Carriages in NYC?

It looks like actor Liam Neeson is not "Taken" with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city. While de Blasio has blasted hansom cabs as a cruel practice, Neeson argues

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Platypus Teach Us About Collision-Avoidance?

The platypus is a funny little mammal found in Eastern Australia and Tasmania. Aside from echidnas (the also-very-weird Australian spiny anteaters) they are the only living mammals that lay eggs. This

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

 Jason and Camilla Iftakhar INHABITAT: Tell us a bit about your background in eco-design. What made you decide to focus on scooters? I was first introduced to the concept of sustainability and eco

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school,

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