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Volkswagen’s New Passat BlueMotion Concept Has the Highest Fuel Economy of Any Non-Hybrid Midsize Sedan

Volkswagen’s New Passat BlueMotion Concept Has the Highest Fuel Economy of Any Non-Hybrid Midsize Sedan

Volkswagen just announced plans to unveil its new Passat BlueMotion concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next week. The Passat BlueMotion shows the world that it's possible to get good gas mileage

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The TABBY is a DIY Open Source Electric Vehicle that Can be Assembled in Less Than an Hour

The TABBY is a DIY Open Source Electric Vehicle that Can be Assembled in Less Than an Hour

Imagine owning an electric vehicle that you can assemble yourself in less time than it takes to put together an IKEA entertainment center. In an effort to make cars more accessible, affordable, and

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Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

Guerrilla Designers Upgrade Parisian Streets with Pop-Up Furniture Made from Trash [PHOTOS]

© Michael DePasquale  Chapitre Zero started early last year when a group of Paris-based designer friends, encouraged by Gambi and Rizzi, decided to make use of found scrap materials. They first

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Apple Engineer Uses LEGO Bricks to Build “Hugo”-Inspired Machine That Writes Messages and Draws Pictures!

Apple Engineer Uses LEGO Bricks to Build “Hugo”-Inspired Machine That Writes Messages and Draws Pictures!

The Martin Scorsese film Hugo did something fantastic: it gave life to a machine. The automaton featured in the film mirrored technology that really existed in the 18th and 19th century--a time when many

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Cyclist Utopia Unveiled in Norman Foster’s Elevated SkyCycle Highways

Cyclist Utopia Unveiled in Norman Foster’s Elevated SkyCycle Highways

Architect and cycling enthusiast Sir Norman Foster just unveiled plans for the SkyCycle, a "cycle utopia" that soars up and above the congested streets of London. The three-story high bicycle highway is

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Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One has filtered through its first round of applicants, selecting roughly 1,000 potential Mars-dwellers to advance to the next level of screening. Over 200,000 people applied to join the

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TEST DRIVE: is the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s 28 MPG Rating Worth the Price Tag?

TEST DRIVE: is the 2014 Toyota Highlander Hybrid’s 28 MPG Rating Worth the Price Tag?

The 2014 Toyota Highlander is now the third generation of Toyota's midsize SUVs. Toyota offers a four cylinder, V6 and hybrid powertrain for buyers to choose from. Although many of its competitors offer

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

Waterfall photo via Xseon/Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet

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Maria Leijerstam Becomes the First Person to Cycle to the South Pole

Maria Leijerstam Becomes the First Person to Cycle to the South Pole

Many choose to spend the holidays relaxing at home, but not British adventurist Maria Leijerstam--this 35 year-old former management consultant just broke two world records by becoming the first person to

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China Rejects GMO Corn and Grain from United States

China Rejects GMO Corn and Grain from United States

The Chinese government has rejected 545,000 tons of corn imported from the United States because of unapproved genetic modifications. China’s Ministry of Agriculture turned away the corn—a genetically

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MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

The Butaro District Hospital serves over 400,000 people and it was built from local materials by local craftspeople and artisans. Not only is the hospital quite beautiful, it also provides much-needed

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Futuristic Headset Translates Your Dog’s Thoughts Into Human Language

Futuristic Headset Translates Your Dog’s Thoughts Into Human Language

For centuries, man has tried to communicate with his canine companions through commands, gestures, and best guesses. Now a team of designers from the Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery have

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Report Finds Shocking 97% of Supermarket Chicken Contaminated with Bacteria

Report Finds Shocking 97% of Supermarket Chicken Contaminated with Bacteria

 Photo © Shutterstock If you thought you were avoiding potential superbugs by buying organic chicken, you might want to reconsider your shopping list -- researchers at Consumer Reports have announced

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DIY: Homemade Bath and Body Products to Gift or Make for Yourself

DIY: Homemade Bath and Body Products to Gift or Make for Yourself

There are few sensations quite as glorious as sinking into a hot bath on a chilly winter's night, and if that bath happens to be scented with wonderful salts and oils, that can rival a spa experience for

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Porsche Returns to Le Mans With Brand New 919 Hybrid Race Car

Porsche Returns to Le Mans With Brand New 919 Hybrid Race Car

It's been 16 years since a Porsche competed in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race, but next year the automaker is set to return with a hot new car that could just might dominate the competition. Last

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16 Green Gifts for the Lil’ Ones

16 Green Gifts for the Lil’ Ones

Young people have the whole world ahead of them and there are so many ways to make it fun, inspiring and of course green! Check out our list of 16 healthy, sustainable and environmentally-friendly gifts

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IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

IKEA’s Solar-Powered Flat Pack Shelters Approved for Syrian Refugee Housing

Earlier this year, Scandinavian flat pack furniture masters IKEA unveiled an easily deployable solar-powered shelter that can provide sturdy, safe housing in an emergency. Designed in collaboration with

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Hans Kotter Makes Brilliant Light Installations With LEDs

Hans Kotter Makes Brilliant Light Installations With LEDs

Kotter crosses photography, sculpture and technology to create glowing installations that give physical form to light. In a constant exploration of new materials and techniques, he creates visually

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Víctor Enrich Twists and Turns an Ordinary Munich Building in 88 Different Ways

Víctor Enrich Twists and Turns an Ordinary Munich Building in 88 Different Ways

The project was Enrich’s way of expressing the feeling that architectural "form" captures too much of our attention, which is why the series tries to take "form" to its illogical extremes. In an email

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The Radfan Radiator Attchment Helps Distribute Heat Efficiently Through a Room

The Radfan Radiator Attchment Helps Distribute Heat Efficiently Through a Room

Most of the heat from a central heating radiator goes straight up to the ceiling, leaving you feeling colder than you should. Oftentimes, the air at the ceiling of a room can be significantly warmer than

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JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic Americana Restaurant Serves Up a Living Wall of Herbs in Philadelphia

JG Domestic is one of Chef Jose Garces' eight restaurants in Philadelphia and Chicago. Located in an atrium in the Cira Center next to the 30th street train station, the restaurant provides a warm and

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14 Beautiful Handcrafted Gifts for Eco-Friendly People

14 Beautiful Handcrafted Gifts for Eco-Friendly People

In the old days we all used to put time and effort into making special gifts for the people we love, that is before the world changed and left most of us with little time to spare. Luckily there are still

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10 Delicious Things to Make with Cranberries (Other Than Sauce)

10 Delicious Things to Make with Cranberries (Other Than Sauce)

Orange and Cranberry Scones, via The Food Network This gorgeous breakfast treat is as lovely drizzled with honey as it is slathered in Earth Balance. Ingredients: 4 cups plus 1/4 cup all-purpose

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Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups!

The Halle Freyssinet freight station was originally built in 1920, but in recent years it has been used as a reception and event center. This past summer Xavier Niel, founder of Le Monde, bought the hall

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Beautiful Esch-sur-Alzette Footbridge Leads Pedestrians from Chaotic Traffic to a Peaceful Green Park

Beautiful Esch-sur-Alzette Footbridge Leads Pedestrians from Chaotic Traffic to a Peaceful Green Park

Since its completion in 2009, the 345-foot bridge has become one of the city's most important urban design projects, especially considering that there were few easily accessible entrances to the

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Architect Builds Tiny 196 Square-Foot Dream House From Scratch

Architect Builds Tiny 196 Square-Foot Dream House From Scratch

Dissatisfied by the lack of construction training at school, Miller seized upon the DIY design/build dream as both an educational and cash-saving opportunity. It wasn't until she began researching,

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100 Self-Driving Cars Set to Hit Sweden’s Public Roads in 2017

100 Self-Driving Cars Set to Hit Sweden’s Public Roads in 2017

Volvo just unveiled plans for the world's first large-scale trial of self-driving cars. The 'Drive Me' project will see 100 autonomous vehicles take to the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden in 2017. The cars

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Truck Transformed Into Amazing Green Mobile Home

Truck Transformed Into Amazing Green Mobile Home

Tayyar was originally inspired by a TV program about homes on wheels which sparked the change of lifestyle. From there he used his skills over the course of several years to shape his modern residence for

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The Inhabitat Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Day Recipes!

The Inhabitat Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Day Recipes!

Mike Chino, Managing Editor: Pan-Seared Brussel Sprouts 1 lb Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and cut in half 2 tbsp butter 1 tbsp oil salt and pepper to taste (I like lots of pepper and italian

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Ford’s Interceptor Sedan is the Most Fuel-Efficient Police Vehicle in the U.S.

Ford’s Interceptor Sedan is the Most Fuel-Efficient Police Vehicle in the U.S.

Ford just announced that its Interceptor police sedan is the most fuel-efficient law enforcement car sold in the United States, with an EPA rating of 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Ford

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