How to: Make your own vegan peppermint chocolate truffles

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Who doesn’t love chocolate truffles? Make your own for the holidays using completely vegan ingredients and surprise everyone at your next party with a plate full of these delectable treats. They are even guilt-free because they are packed with antioxidants from all that dark chocolate. Read on to find out how.

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'Cooking With Mama' Uses Skype and Unloved Vegetables to Whip Up Yummy Meals

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A year ago we showed you Prinzessinnengarten, a mobile urban garden that blooms in Berlin. Well, in addition to growing lots of organic vegetables, they also organize open events centered around food. Last week we were at ‘Cooking With Mama‘, a social gathering where artist Hiwa K. cooked up vegetables leftover from local markets as he followed his Iraqi mum’s instructions via Skype!

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DIY: Make your own festive upcycled holiday wreath

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Looking for a weekend craft that will brighten up your holiday decor? How about making a festive wreath using nothing but items headed for the garbage bin. Whether you have tons of wrapping paper lying around or were just about to toss out all those old wine corks, there’a perfect wreath just waiting to be made.

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Norwegian artist fills an entire Oslo gallery with a huge grassy landscape

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Stunning wood Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

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Archeologists dig up what could be the largest human-carved stone block ever

by , 12/05/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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It’s one thing to use a bunch of heavy, petroleum-fueled equipment to make a massive structure – but doing it by hand, the old fashioned way, is truly a feat. And archeologists recently discovered a grand example, in what could be the largest single stone block every created by the human hand. German archeologists recently discovered a 2,000-year-old stone dating back to the Roman Empire in a quarry in Baalbek, Lebanon. At 64 feet long by almost 20 feet wide, the new stone weighs in at a massive 1,650 tons. It was found next to some equally hefty neighbors that were previously discovered; the 1,000-ton Hajjar el-Hibla, or Stone of the Pregnant Woman, and another unnamed stone weighing in at 1,240 tons.

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

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The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell’s facility at Bonny Island in Nigeria, which has poured into the delta’s swamps and nearby ocean. According to an investigation launched by Shell and the local government, oil equivalent to 3,800 barrels has been released, ranking it as the worst spill in Nigeria for years.

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VIDEO: Watch Sriracha and beer glide off the world's first stain-proof shirt!

Could this be the last white t-shirt you ever need? It’s water-repellent, dirt-repellent… virtually everything-repellent – and once you see it you’ll never want to go back to a regular old Hanes again. Threadsmiths clothing, based in Melbourne, Australia, has developed a cotton material that completely repels liquids, dirt and stains. Hot sauce? No problem. Ketchup? Gone. All while still looking and feeling just like your favorite shirt.

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Inhabitat is Hiring New Writers - Apply Today!

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Do you have a way with words and a passion for design and the environment? Inhabitat is hiring dedicated writers interested in covering breaking developments in the fields of sustainable design, green architecture, clean technology, and environmental news. Our ideal candidates avidly follow developments in one or more of these fields and are able to source and write daily stories with speed, clarity, precision and wit. We’re offering a platform to broadcast your voice to millions of monthly readers around the globe as well as the ability to work from anywhere and competitive per-post pay. If you think you’d be a great new addition to the Inhabitat team, send the following information to editor [at] inhabitat.com with the headline “New Inhabitat Writer“:

1. A cover letter telling us a bit about yourself, what your interests/specialties are, and why you would make a fantastic writer for Inhabitat.

2. Three published story clips or links to online articles you have written.

3. Three story ideas that you would like to write for Inhabitat.

 

Buckminster Fuller's sparkling Fly's Eye Dome unveiled in Miami

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Buckminster Fuller‘s patented prototype for low-cost portable dome housing, designed in 1965, has just been reproduced and installed in the Miami Design District for this year’s Design Miami. A 3d parametric model of the Fly’s Eye Dome was placed atop a pool of water in front of Sou Fujimoto’s Palm Court shopping center in Miami and features contemporary technology that makes it water resistant and passively ventilated.

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Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and infertility cost the EU €592 million each year

by , 12/05/14

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Hormone-mimicking endocrine disruptor compounds (EDCs) are commonly used in toiletries, cosmetics and medications around the globe. However, alarm has been growing for some time now that these EDCs come with a few devastating side effects, most notably increased rates of testicular cancer and infertility. Now, a new report by the Nordic Council of Ministers has gathered medical evidence from several countries and quantified the economic impact of EDCs in the hope of expediting an EU ban on the chemicals—a ban which would be the first regulation of EDCs in the world.

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Build your own bike with Bamboo Bicycle Club's DIY kit

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London based Bamboo Bicycle Club is an organization that teaches people how to engage their hands and rework a raw material by providing bamboo bike building opportunities through guided weekend workshops. Now the group is launching a revamped DIY home build kit so that you can learn to build your own bike, even if you can’t make it to a workshop. The kit has been in development for 3 years and now the newly-perfected version is ready to launch, letting you create your own ride no matter where you live.

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3 great holiday gift ideas that help protect wild birds

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If the people on your gift list this year are ardent bird lovers, then you might like to look into gift ideas that also benefit our little feathered friends. Since wild bird numbers have been dwindling in recent years due to pesticides, habitat loss, and murder by pet cats allowed to roam (and hunt) outdoors, they can use all the extra help and love they can get. Read on past the jump to discover a few of the great gift ideas that give back to wild birds around the world:

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Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

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JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient Dream Home

JPDA Turns a 500-Sq.-Ft. Shoebox Apartment into an Ultra-Efficient…

The studio apartment is always somewhat of a design challenge, with only one space to work with. JPDA built an amazing wood paneled central station that not only supports a lofted…

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Mayor de Blasio announces NYC's new Office of Sustainability

Mayor de Blasio announces NYC's new Office of Sustainability

In a move meant to streamline the city's climate change policies and sustainability initiatives, Mayor de Blasio has combined the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability with…

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Audi confirms Tesla-rivaling electric sedan will be released in 2017

Audi confirms Tesla-rivaling electric sedan will be released in 2017

Next year Audi's A3 e-tron will arrive with an electric driving range of around 31 miles. However, Audi has just confirmed that it is working on another electric vehicle with a much…

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Wooden Tusciao valet coat racks capture the shapes of the traditional Italian skyline

Wooden Tusciao valet coat racks capture the shapes of the traditional…

Designer Andrea Brugnera redesigned the classic bedroom coat rack into the Tusciao valet stand, a modern and minimalist piece of furniture inspired by the traditional Italian…

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Steven Holl Architects' Kennedy Center expansion breaks ground in D.C.

Steven Holl Architects' Kennedy Center expansion breaks ground in D.C.

Located amidst the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, the Kennedy Center stands as an equally magnificent structure and a "living memorial" for John F. Kennedy. Rather than replicate…

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