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How Can an Outdoor Aquaponics System Survive a Frigid Winter? Use Upcycled Fridges as Tanks

by , 08/06/14

In our quest for a better aquaponics, we each face our challenges. Here in Wisconsin, we average five feet of snow in wintertime along with temperatures below -20°F, and often go two solid months without a single day above freezing. When we try to grow plants in winter, our main battle is with the cold. Growing Power and Nelson & Pade, both here in Wisconsin, offer one solution which basically involves heating your greenhouses all winter long. A large commercial operation with high sales prices or a cheap source of heat may justify this, but as an urban homeowner with a backyard system the numbers don’t add up.

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Everything is Bigger in Texas, Including the Treehouses

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Solar-Powered Publik Coffee Roasters Greens Your Buzz in Salt Lake City

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Awesome Flux Bike Charges Your Gadgets on the Go

by , 08/06/14

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Cyclists are fond of saying, “it costs nothing and makes you thin” but now thanks to Royal College of Art graduate Offer Canfi, bicycles can also charge your gadgets. Canfi’s Flux project utilizes resonant inductive coupling – a method of transmitting electrical energy without man-made conductors – in order to not just charge phones and tablets, but also, it is hoped, to charge electric bikes via inductive bicycle lanes.

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Steven Holl's Knut Hamsun Museum Stands Tall in the Norwegian Countryside

by , 08/06/14
filed under: Architecture

Like any good architect, Steven Holl finds inspiration in unexpected places. His award-winning Swiss residence was inspired by the black rocks and white snow of the Swiss Alps. And this project, a museum in Hamarøy, Norway, is inspired by the writing of Knut Hamsun, Norway’s most inventive 20th century writer. While the structure at first glance seems a bit austere, its design concept, described as “building as body,” is rich and poetic, serving as a narrative that “tells many contrasting tales and constantly revitalizes Hamsun’s writing.” The museum will include exhibition areas, a library, cafe and auditorium, topped off by a roof garden whose long grass reflects traditional Norwegian sod roof design.

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Discover Your Neighborhood's Original Name with This Cool Interactive Map

by , 08/06/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Can you guess which NY nabes were once called Ponkiesburgh, Punk’s Hole and Boswijck? Okay, that last one was a giveaway, but if you’re interested in finding out your neighborhood’s original Dutch or Lenape (the Native American tribe that once inhabited New York) name, check out the fascinating map real estate developer Constantine Valhouli shared with us. Bonus points if you can figure out which borough was once home to Linoleumville.

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"Extremely Rare and Unprecedented" Double Whammy Storms to Slam Hawaii

by , 08/06/14
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In what’s being called an extremely rare and unprecedented event, two tropical storms are set to batter Hawaii back to back. The Huffington Post reports that the National Weather Service Pacific Hurricane Center (NWSCPH) is currently keeping an eye on two large storms approaching the islands of Hawaii, including Hurricane Iselle that’s expected to hit on Thursday afternoon – and tropical storm Julio, which is expected to follow suit two or three days later. Two successive storms like this have never been documented before, according to one weather expert. “In 75 years of reliable data you only have one case where [tropical storms] were even 10 days apart,” Weather Channel lead meteorologist, Kevin Roth told The Huffington Post.

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Marlène Huissoud Creates Alien Artefacts with Silkworm Cocoons and Biodegradable Beehive Resin

by , 08/06/14
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How Two People Live and Work in This Tiny 700 sq ft Barcelona Apartment Without Killing Each Other

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Michael Sodeau and Hypetex Design World's First Colored Carbon Fiber Chair

by , 08/06/14

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Hypetex, the world’s first colored carbon fiber brand, teamed up with London furniture designer Michael Sodeau to create Halo, a minimalist lounge chair made from Hypetex’s high-tech composite carbon fiber. Created by leading engineers from Formula One racing, the strong but lightweight Hypetex material is available in a wide range of vibrant colors, making it ideal for use in design applications. Set to be introduced at September’s designjunction London design show, the launch of the Halo chair will also mark the introduction of Hypetex to the design world.

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Spectacular Daylit Aspen Art Museum!

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INTERVIEW: Architect James Corner On NYC's High Line Park

by , 08/06/14
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NYC’s High Line is a project that exemplifies effective adaptive urban re-use in a city that is littered with structures and spaces that have since reached the end of their useful life. By turning an abandoned, elevated freight train track into a public park, this project has redefined the New York experience, affording never-before seen views of the city’s surrounding natural landscape as well as an expansive and intimate look into one of the world’s most dynamic urban environments. With the completion of the rest of the High Line currently in the works, we couldn’t think of a better time to catch up with one of the brilliant minds behind the design of this beautiful public space. I recently sat down with landscape designer James Corner, the lead designer behind the High Line, to get his personal perspective on the what it was like to take an abandoned train track and turn it into one of NYC’s best loved spots of greenery. Read on for my exclusive interview with James Corner below…

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Wildfires Threatening 700 Homes in Northern California Under Control For Now

by , 08/06/14

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Light rain and increased humidity have helped fire fighters start to get a handle on two wildfires that are currently threatening more than 700 homes in Northern California – but residents are far from out of the woods yet. CBS News reports that the Eiler Fire in Lassen National Forest has burned through nearly 45 square miles to timber and is in sight of the Shasta County community of Burney, where it threatens 700 homes – though it didn’t grow overnight on Aug. 4 and remains four miles away from the town. The nearby Bald Fire, which is the larger of the two fires, has forced the evacuation of about a dozen homes after burning through a total of 62 square miles of forest.

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Expert Says "We May Have to Migrate People out of California"

by , 08/05/14

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Fire, earthquakes and one of the worst droughts in recent history – these days California is not looking like the best place to settle down. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the state could run out of water in just two years. If things continue down this road, some experts think that the only solution will be to abandon the place.

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Bethem Crouwel's Texel Holiday Home is Clad With Glass and… Fishing Nets?!

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Milton Glaser Launches

Milton Glaser Launches "It's Not Warming, It's Dying" Campaign to…

In an effort to eliminate any doubt about the severity of climate change, graphic designer Milton Glaser has launched a campaign to change the language around it. Glaser, the designer…

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Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With Recycled Water

Antibiotic-Resistant Super-Germs Found in Chinese Parks Irrigated With…

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have made an alarming discovery: After surveying parks across seven Chinese cities, they found that those watered with…

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Love Coconut Water? The Next Trendy Health Drink Promises to Be Just as Tasty But Much More Sustainable

Love Coconut Water? The Next Trendy Health Drink Promises to Be Just…

Coconut water has become a mainstay on grocery store shelves as the king of all-natural health drinks, but it may be hiding a dirty secret. In recent years, there has been criticism of…

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Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

Why Are Thousands of LEGO Pieces Washing Up on UK Beaches?

In 1997, a massive wave hit the container ship Tokio Express 20 miles off the coast of Cornwall, sending 62 shipping containers overboard. One of them held nearly five million pieces of…

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Finca Bellavista: Highflying Treehouses Nestled in the Costa Rican Rainforest Canopy

Finca Bellavista: Highflying Treehouses Nestled in the Costa Rican…

Finca Bellavista is located in a relatively pristine part of Costa Rica far removed from the hubbub of the outside world. The nearest town is 1.5 miles away and has just a school, a…

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