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INFRA: Artist Chris Shen Transforms 625 Old Remote Controls into a Giant Glowing TV

INFRA: Artist Chris Shen Transforms 625 Old Remote Controls into a Giant Glowing TV

The television remote control changed households around the world by enabling lazy couch potatoes to flip through the stations while seated. However many remotes have become obsolete as modern technology

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America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

America’s First Bookless Library Coming Soon to Texas

A new library is getting ready to open in Bexar County, Texas, but it won't look like a traditional library. The new library will be small, devoid of traditional paper books, and judging from the

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HoseWear’s Recycled Fire Hose iPad Sleeves Keep Tablets Dry in a Downpour

HoseWear’s Recycled Fire Hose iPad Sleeves Keep Tablets Dry in a Downpour

Fire hoses are designed to withstand hundreds of pounds of water pressure, which makes them a durable and versatile material for recycling once they've been retired. HoseWear recently launched a line of

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How To Start an Odor-Free Freezer Compost Bin as a City or Small Space Dweller

How To Start an Odor-Free Freezer Compost Bin as a City or Small Space Dweller

Okay, so you won't actually be composting in your freezer, but your freezer can provide a great space to store your compost scraps before you drop them off at your local green market or with someone

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Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Up to 50 Percent of All Food Produced is Thrown Away

Vegetables photo from Shutterstock Researchers at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) recently found that between 30 to 50 percent of all food produced - or up to two billion tons - is thrown

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IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

IBM’s Drew Clark on the Future of Smart Meters

In our last Energy 101 column, we looked at some of the home energy monitoring devices currently available and explored the ways that they can help us live more efficient, eco-conscious lives. But with

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The Philips LightCollector App Lets You Share Lighting Photos With Designers and Creatives Worldwide

The Philips LightCollector App Lets You Share Lighting Photos With Designers and Creatives Worldwide

Shutter-happy creatives will love using the LightCollector app, a cool new crowd-sourcing smart phone tool that funnels all the best light-inspired photos out there into a one-stop database of

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Inhabitat New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

Inhabitat New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

HAPPY NEW YEAR INHABITAT READERS! 2013 is finally here and we can't wait to see what the new year has in store for us! But before we get out of holiday-mode and back into the groove of things

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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8th Annual Gorgeous & Green Ecofashion Show for Global Green USA

8th Annual Gorgeous & Green Ecofashion Show for Global Green USA

Photo by Erik Pawassar for Inhabitat Global Green USA raised $230,000 at the event, which will fund back-up solar systems on critical buildings and schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy, seed funding for

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The Forest: Detroit Riverfront Competition Winner Plans to Green America’s Automobile Center

The Forest: Detroit Riverfront Competition Winner Plans to Green America’s Automobile Center

Like a fairytale, 'The Forest' plugs a void between the city and the river with a series of trees, trails, and performance spaces. Existing sculptures will remain, although Atelier Why proposes to move

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is

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Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights Mimic How Flowers Attract and Repel Bees

Studio DRIFT’s Interactive Shylights Mimic How Flowers Attract and Repel Bees

Studio DRIFT’s interactive Shylights gracefully move up and down, opening and closing, similar to the way flowers attract and repel pollinating bees. Made from stainless steel, recyclable aluminum,

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Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

A new free iPad app is taking an iconic vision of sustainable cities and making it accessible to millions of tablet users in an interactive format. The Harvard Graduate School of Design has released an

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How To Make Vegan Baked Potato and Zucchini Latkes

How To Make Vegan Baked Potato and Zucchini Latkes

Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a staple of Hanukkah, but they're great for any occasion. Most latkes are fried in oil, so using an adapted recipe from bloggers Meet the Shannons (makers of these

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Bite Me: Edible Lamp Comes in a Rainbow of Juicy, Fruity Colors

Bite Me: Edible Lamp Comes in a Rainbow of Juicy, Fruity Colors

The idea of eating a lamp seems as ridiculous as Charlie Chaplin famously eating a shoe in The Gold Rush, but Vetterlein’s Bite Me is no joke. The glossy colorful lamp stretches out across any table

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What Hurricane Sandy Taught Us About America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

What Hurricane Sandy Taught Us About America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

Photo of a blacked out Lower Manhattan by Iwan Baan When Hurricane Sandy reached the eastern United States in late October, it wasn't a surprise visit - meteorologists had issued warnings about the

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Caleb Charland Takes Incredible Photograph of an Orange-Powered Battery

Caleb Charland Takes Incredible Photograph of an Orange-Powered Battery

Nobody makes renewable energy look as beautiful or curious as Caleb Charland. A professional photographer whose work is displayed in collections throughout the globe, Charland has been working on a series

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Bicycle Taxidermy: Honor Your Beloved Bike by Mounting it on the Wall

Bicycle Taxidermy: Honor Your Beloved Bike by Mounting it on the Wall

Looking for a way to commemorate your old bike? While attending the Royal College of Art, designer Regan Appleton, started Bicycle Taxidermy to memorialize his father's overridden mountain and road

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Tesla Motors Sued by Car Dealers in New York and Massachusetts

Tesla Motors Sued by Car Dealers in New York and Massachusetts

Tesla Motors seems to be on a roll lately with a lineup that includes not only the electric Roadster, but also the Model S sedan—which has just named Automobile of the Year, by Automobile Magazine. Even

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Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger by Eton and the American Red Cross Could Be a Lifesaver

Hand Crank Cell Phone Charger by Eton and the American Red Cross Could Be a Lifesaver

Hurricane Sandy has many people thinking about what they would do without power for days on end, particularly when it comes to the need to keep essential items like cell phones charged, ready and

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UK Researchers Create a Circuit Board that Completely Dissolves in Hot Water

UK Researchers Create a Circuit Board that Completely Dissolves in Hot Water

Recycling electronics is a challenge, particularly as they become smaller and more tightly sealed. But the National Physical Laboratory in the UK looks to change that with a newly invented circuit board

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Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

Philips Unveils the Hue: The World’s Smartest LED Bulb

The light bulb has come a long way since Edison introduced the carbon filament back in 1879. Even within the last couple of years, we have seen improvements in the modern LED light, including the

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Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject

Culinary Misfits Rescue Fruits & Veggies that Supermarkets and Restaurants Reject

Beauty is only skin deep - but try telling that to supermarkets who reject an apple or carrot with even the slightest hint of a blemish. Fortunately, there are those among us who are willing to look past

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The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

The Natural Wood and Moss Keyboard Brings A Natural Touch to Your Computer

Tired of the "cold and lifeless" aesthetic of modern technological objects, Robbie Tilton decided to warm things up a little by constructing a keyboard made from wood and moss. Instead of using the

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Retina Display MacBook Pro Included in EPEAT Green Electronics Registry

Retina Display MacBook Pro Included in EPEAT Green Electronics Registry

Apple's newest laptops just got a stamp of approval from the world’s leading green electronics certifier. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) released its review of new

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Liege’s Reciprocity Biennale Explores the Relationship Between Craft and Industry

Liege’s Reciprocity Biennale Explores the Relationship Between Craft and Industry

Tom Dixon's "Beat Light Fat" lampes are inspired by traditional brass cooking pots. The pieces have been batted into shape by hand by northern Indian craftsmen, and are 30% industry and 70%

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GIVEAWAY: Win this Stylish Cruelty-Free Carryall from Matt and Nat (Worth $185!)

GIVEAWAY: Win this Stylish Cruelty-Free Carryall from Matt and Nat (Worth $185!)

The Raylan Sm by Matt and Nat is a chic vegan bag that can serve a multitude of purposes. Whether you're packing for a weekend getaway, seeking an attractive diaper bag, or looking for a secure way to

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Fruit Salad Trees Bear 6 Different Kinds of Fruit on One Plant!

Fruit Salad Trees Bear 6 Different Kinds of Fruit on One Plant!

They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but did you know a salad can? Over the past 20 years farmers James and Kerry West have developed what they called Fruit Salad Trees - one potted plant that can

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Vegan Matt & Nat Laptop-Diaper Bag (Worth $185)!

GIVEAWAY: Win a Vegan Matt & Nat Laptop-Diaper Bag (Worth $185)!

Want to win an elegant, versatile carryall for any occasion? Over at Ecouterre, we're giving away a gorgeous “Raylan Sm” bag by Matt & Nat that includes a padded compartment, lined with 100

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