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'Monsieur Plant' Grows Nike Sneakers using Flowers

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The French artist known as Monsieur Plant is living up to his name with a fashionable line of sneakers made out of flowers, moss, bark and dirt. Aptly named Just Grow It, the collection even features Nike’s famous swoosh made using seeds. The incredible creations are the artist’s way of showing the dichotomy between marketing, media and ethics.

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

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It’s hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that’s exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo, a single-use, biodegradable bag that acts as both toilet and natural fertilizer.

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

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Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this year’s Intel Science Talent Search. The Colorado Springs student claimed the $100,000 grand prize with her project, which uses artificial selection to pinpoint which organisms are churning out the most fuel. This new method not only helps to bring down the overall cost of algae biofuel, but it was developed primarily in her bedroom under a lofted bed!

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The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

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One of the quieter surprises of this week’s elections took place in Denton, north Texas, pop: 123,000. The city is home to some 272 active fracking wells, with 212 additional wells within it’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, and it sits within the Barnett Shale, one of the largest natural gas fields in the nation. Denton invented fracking, but on Tuesday, residents voted 58.64 percent in favor of a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the city. That sound you hear? That’s the stampede of panicked oil and gas industry attorneys.

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23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

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James Roberts, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Loughborough University in the U.K., has just been announced as the international winner of  the 2014 James Dyson Award. His winning project was truly remarkable. It’s a portable, inflatable incubator for preterm babies that only costs around £250 ($400) to make, compared to the roughly £30,000 ($47,000) price of conventional hospital incubators. Roberts was inspired to develop the incubator after seeing the shocking infant mortality statistics in refugee camps, where the price tag and prevailing conditions mean purchasing traditional incubators is out of the question.

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North America's Tallest Wood Building Opens in British Columbia

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Berkeley Passes the First Soda Tax in the United States

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Voters in Berkeley, California passed a historical measure earlier this week when they voted in favor of the first-ever soda tax in America, which will see sugary soft drinks taxed in response to their reputation for being high in calories and bad for your health. According to Forbes, Measure D, as it’s known locally, will levy a one cent per ounce tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages and flavored drinks, bumping the average price of a can of soda in Berkeley up by a total of 12 cents – and a two liter bottle up by 68 cents.

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Australian Man Builds Tiny, Solar-Powered Retreat Using Almost 100% Recycled Materials

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Los Angeles Metro Board Approves Union Station Master Plan by Grimshaw and Gruen

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Über Green Environmental Studies Center Practices What it Preaches in California

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Watch a 3-Mile-Wide Glacier Crash into the Sea (VIDEO)

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As part of his documentary film Chasing Ice, National Geographic photographer James Balog travelled around the world using time-lapse cameras to show how the planet’s glaciers are changing in the face of climate change. One day, while filming, the crew witnessed something that has never been seen in living memory – a three-mile section of a glacier collapsed into the sea.

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New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

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Concentrated solar power (CSP) is set to become much more efficient – a team of researchers at UC San Diego just developed a new nanomaterial that could enable CSP plants to absorb and convert more than 90 percent of captured sunlight. It’s a significant boost that’s being hailed as a breakthrough for solar power.

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Young Flemish Designers Unveil Innovative Designs at Belgium's Ventura Interieur 2014

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If you want to know where the future of design is headed, look to the young designers who are breaking ground today. This maxim rang true at this year’s Ventura Interieur in Belgium, where a group of up-and-coming Flemish designers stole the show with work that is innovative, experimental, and bursting with creativity. Design Platform Flanders invited Inhabitat to Kortrijk to check out the best of the best, and we’re happy to say that many of the designs on display look towards the future with sustainable materials, low-impact production techniques, and quality craftsmanship – read on for our favorite finds.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Self-Driving Cars Will Change Our Lives

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There’s no doubt about it – driverless cars are on the way. Everyone from Google to Tesla, Lexus, and Porsche are developing autonomous vehicles – but have you ever considered how self-driving cars will change your life? L&L Automotive just launched a new infographic that shows some of the technology’s numerous benefits – from fewer accidents and safer streets to greater multitasking opportunities. Check out the full infographic after the break!

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Help the Homes for Homeless Youth Kickstarter Campaign

Help the Homes for Homeless Youth Kickstarter Campaign

Although most of us are privileged enough to have roofs over our heads, and close friends and family members to support us, this is far from the case for thousands of young Australians…

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How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm

How to Prepare Your Home and Family for a Hurricane or Superstorm

After Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast in 2012, it’s more important than ever to make sure you, your home and your family are prepared to weather hurricane season when…

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Japanese Artist Baku Maeda Crafts Delicate Sculptures from Magnolia Leaves

Japanese Artist Baku Maeda Crafts Delicate Sculptures from Magnolia…

Baku Maeda is a freelance multidisciplinary artist from Sapporo, Japan. He mainly works as an illustrator, but his most recent work involves delicately sculpting dead tree…

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Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled With Iranian Ventilation Technique

Beautiful Health Center for Poverty-Stricken Sudanese Refugees Cooled…

According to the jury, the Pediatric Center is an “exceptional” work, which “combines the highest aesthetic standards with the adoption of innovative and more efficient solutions…

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DIY: Pocket Hand Warmers for Chilly Days

DIY: Pocket Hand Warmers for Chilly Days

Autumn is well underway and the days are getting colder and colder already. You're undoubtedly feeling a fair bit of crispness in the air in the early morning or after sunset, as days…

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