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Japanese Researchers Invent Elastic Water

Japanese Researchers Invent Elastic Water

The material shown in the picture above is just ice, right? Look again. Elastic water, a new substance invented by researchers at Tokyo University, is a jelly-like substance made up of 95% water along

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Japan Gears Up to Launch “Ikaros” Solar Sail Spacecraft

Japan Gears Up to Launch “Ikaros” Solar Sail Spacecraft

Photo courtesy of JAXA Solar backpacks and sun-fueled vehicles are impressive, but a solar-powered spacecraft just blows our minds.  Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, plans to launch a

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Japanese Robo-Suit Helps the Elderly to Farm

Japanese Robo-Suit Helps the Elderly to Farm

Farming is backbreaking work even when you're young--all that bending down repeatedly under the beating sun can take its toll. Researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology think they have

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Sanyo Installs Solar Parking Lots in Japan for Electric Hybrid Bicycles

Sanyo Installs Solar Parking Lots in Japan for Electric Hybrid Bicycles

Solar charging stations for cars? Been there, done that. Now Sanyo has completed two solar parking lot charging stations in Japan for its "Eneloop" hybrid electric bikes--and the company is offering 80

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Recycled Robot Fish Teach Japanese Children About Sealife

Recycled Robot Fish Teach Japanese Children About Sealife

Floating garbage has found its calling in these incredible sea creature robots hand-crafted by marine scientist and educator Masamichi Hayashi. Assembled using recycled items including plastic bottles,

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Sun-Powered Japanese Racecar Wins World Solar Challenge

Sun-Powered Japanese Racecar Wins World Solar Challenge

We'll admit it: We've never totally understood Nascar's appeal. I mean, come on, it's just a bunch of cars going round and round a track like a zillion times! But the World Solar Challenge? Now that is

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Japanese House Sprouts Spiraling Moss Walls

Japanese House Sprouts Spiraling Moss Walls

Awe-inspiring design may not grow on trees, but it sure can dress up walls! Last year, architecture and product design group Nendo Studio completed the renovation of this gorgeous Moss House private

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Japan Plans $21 Billion Solar Space Post to Power 294,000 Homes

Japan Plans $21 Billion Solar Space Post to Power 294,000 Homes

The concept of space-based solar power was introduced way back in 1968, but it's only recently that the world has latched on to the idea. Japan is definitely getting in on the action with its latest

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Japan’s Otake House Showcases Sleek Passive Solar Design

Japan’s Otake House Showcases Sleek Passive Solar Design

This sleek modern hilltop residence was designed by Japan-based architecture firm Suppose Design Office to make optimal use of passive solar building principles. Every aspect of the residence’s

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Japanese Treetop Tea House is “Built Too High”

Japanese Treetop Tea House is “Built Too High”

The Japanese certainly have a penchant for out-of-this-world tree-top architecture, and this incredible Takasugi-an tea house is no exception. Designed by architect Terunobu Fujimori, the tree-bound tea

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Extraordinary Sustainability at Japan Society’s Bamboo Exhibit

Extraordinary Sustainability at Japan Society’s Bamboo Exhibit

Bamboo is being used in everything these days: cutting boards, bikes, folding houses, and furniture. Its versatility, however, is truly evident in the exhibition New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters

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Kawasaki Reveals The Fastest Bullet Train in Japan

Kawasaki Reveals The Fastest Bullet Train in Japan

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. recently announced that it is developing the country's fastest high speed train! Named the "Environmentally Friendly Super Express Train" (efSET), the modern marvel

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SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Asiatica’s Recycled Japanese Textiles

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Asiatica’s Recycled Japanese Textiles

We are constantly digging deeper for eco designers who are reworking the threads of sustainable style with new offshoots of innovative textiles and refashioned couture. There seems to be quite a few

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JAPANESE PET PLANT

JAPANESE PET PLANT

The Japanese are taking the world of botanical gadgets by storm. Just today I spotted this awesome tiny pet-plant on Japanese gadget site Compact-Impact. Its a mini cactus, in a little plastic vial,

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

Located in Nou Barris, Barcelona, the 55-foot-long site was a challenge not only because of its size and relation to the adjacent buildings, but also because of the extremely noisy surroundings. Thus, the

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Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s

Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s

McDonald's recently reported that their same-store sales (at stores open at least 13 months) fell a whopping 4.6% month-on-month. That's coming on the heels of a brutal fall in sales overall since early

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Stunning Moroccan tent installation contrasts with Nouvel’s famous Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris

Stunning Moroccan tent installation contrasts with Nouvel’s famous Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris

The studio, based in Paris and Casablanca, covered 500 square meters of space in front of the famous institute with a canopy made of camel hair and goat wool. The fabric was woven by a

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This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

A major challenge of the renovation project for architect Fang Wei's team was how to capitalize on the lushly vegetated city views to the site's west without opening the home to the harsh afternoon

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MenoMenoPiu Architects design tiny capsule hotels with stunning views of the Parisian waterfront

MenoMenoPiu Architects design tiny capsule hotels with stunning views of the Parisian waterfront

MenoMenoPiu Architects' design for the EauBERGE Paris Capsule Hotel was inspired by the structure and shapes of the bookseller huts along the Paris riverfront as well as the space-efficient capsule hotels

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Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

The chunky Jupiter line comes with a dual watch face, with two Miyota movements to let you keep track of time in your top two destinations. We chose the fashionable Blackwood watch, since we all know

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Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon building that has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S

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How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) just released a preliminary, technical report that shows how the United States can cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050 -

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RCA student Olivia Wright receives green light to renovate a ruined pottery factory in England

RCA student Olivia Wright receives green light to renovate a ruined pottery factory in England

The project would be located on a site in the Burslem region of Stoke-on-Trent in England, and was designed as Olivia Wright's final project at the Royal College of Art. Her design was actually selected

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6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

For Heating The Barn House in Japan's Memu Meadows is an award-winning experimental dwelling heated by urine. Designed by Keio University's Co+Labo department, it shelters two humans and two horses,

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6 Finalists Revealed in Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

6 Finalists Revealed in Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

The shortlist includes practices with offices in seven countries: London-based Asif Khan, Zurich firm AGPS Architecture, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 from

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Spencer Byles Sculpts Mystical Forest Artworks from Natural Materials

Spencer Byles Sculpts Mystical Forest Artworks from Natural Materials

Towering woven structures, hanging pods and large-scale constellations of shapes create a theatrical or even supernatural realm within the picturesque woodland environment. The pieces seem to communicate

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DIY Gift Idea: 7 Herbed Salts and Sugars for Cooking and Baking

DIY Gift Idea: 7 Herbed Salts and Sugars for Cooking and Baking

Lemon Pepper Ingredients: Freshly ground pepper Fresh grated lemon zest Salt (I like to use black or red salt for the sake of eye appeal) Although this is a classic seasoning for chicken and

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Skanska and Foster + Partners are Creating the World’s First 3D Printing Robot

Skanska and Foster + Partners are Creating the World’s First 3D Printing Robot

Swedish concrete manufacturer Skansa and architecture firm Foster + Partners have teamed up to create the first 3D-printing concrete robot. The team is using the technology to print high-performance

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Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

Kohler’s New Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like…Avocados?

The designers at toilet empire Kohler want to make your poop smell like… avocados. In addition to an entire toilet system, Kohler has come up with a smart seat that can be bought piece meal to transform

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