This past December TEPCO reported to the World Health Organization that only 178 workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant faced danger from radiation - however the utility now states that almost 2,000
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INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town
INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart
The Northern region of New Zealand, on the Coromandel Peninsula, is known for amazing scenery, hiking, and camping. Now it may also be known for crazy toilet sculpture! This humorous installation near a
Today the hybrid car market is largely dominated by Toyota and most recently Ford - but Honda is getting ready to enter the segment in full force with new models like the upcoming 2014 Accord hybrid. The
By stacking the house on pilots, Ninkipen! achieved a variety of purposes: minimal site disturbance, which is great, maximizing space for the owner's two children to play, and extending the outdoor space.
Thought fish pedicures were as strange as any beauty treatment could possibly get? Then may we suggest a "celeb escargot" facial that uses snails to rejuvenate the complexion? Ci:zMedical Group in Tokyo
As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn't know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current
Japanese startup Spiber recently created a synthetic spider silk that is every bit as durable, stretchy, and light as the real thing. The material is tougher than kevlar, lighter than steel, and it can be
Japanese master architect Shigeru Ban has won an international design competition to erect "Cité Musicale," a new mixed-use cultural center slated for Seguin Island in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
1. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES 2. KEEP THE HEAT OUT 3. GET THE AIR MOVING 4. USE COOL NIGHTS TO CREATE COOL DAYS 5. BUTTON UP THE HOUSE 6. TUNE-UP THAT AC 1. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES After the Fukushima
Fukushima has become synonymous with the nuclear disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. But the coastal prefecture may turn that reputation around and become known
Coffee and Beer lovers have something to look forward to. Japanese brewery Sekinoichi is adding coffee beans to its beer during the brewing process to accentuate the taste of beer, resulting in a rich,
With their solar vehicle Resolution, a team of engineering students from Cambridge are set for a sun-tracking adventure which will take them all the way across Australia. Their solar car will travel 3,000
Scuba divers recently uncovered an incredible ancient Cypress forest buried deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Spanning an area of 0.5 square miles, the underwater landscape has been protected by
Almost two and a half years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese nuclear plant operators are asking to reinstate nuclear power in the country. With 48 of the country’s 50 reactors offline
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) just updated their Red List to identify three species as extinct, and nearly 21,000 at risk of disappearing forever. The Cape Verde Giant
Though it's hard to imagine, sometimes oil and gas rigs in the ocean can be a force for good. Offshore rigs act as artificial reefs for wildlife, providing plants and sea life a place to bunker down.
The Horizon System is an entirely electric system of transportation conceived as a hybrid between a plane and a train. Thanks to a maglev-style mechanism, the large aircraft is able to pick up passengers
Australian artist Mylyn Nguyen first started her craft when she decided she wanted to give form to imaginary friends. She first drew some pictures of what they would look like, and then sculpted them from
Late last year, electronics company Hitachi unveiled a large, 2.5-ton robot to help clean up the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged in the 2011 Japanese tsunami. Now Honda has
Virtually none of the cherry and pine trees on the site were disturbed in the construction of this gorgeous Japanese home. But that took some doing. The design team had to structure each block of the
The heavily vegetated corner site is cut in half by a year-round freshwater stream that flows through a lush rocky basin. DIALOG's Vancouver office designed the new home to take advantage of the previous
The cardboard bike was created by Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni, who bends and folds pieces of recycled cardboard into strong, weight-bearing shapes. “Basically the idea is like Japanese origami, but we
NYC Dumpster Pools Make a Splash Pools are short in supply in NYC, so Macro Sea set out to add more with their ingenious Dumpster Pools. Commissioned by the city, Macro Sea built three pools out of
Hérault Arnod Architectes wanted to create a cultural link between the worlds of nature and industry in the mountains of Mizoen. The Mizoen Information Point blends in with its natural surroundings, and
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won an international competition to expand Swatch and Omega's headquarters in Switzerland. The design involves adding three new buildings to the watch companies'
It has been over two years since the catastrophic meltdown at the Fukusima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the bad news keeps on rolling in. On the heels of an announcement by Tepco that the water at the
You may be familiar with maglev trains - but designer Margot Krasojevic just unveiled a 3d-printed LED lamp that brings magnetic levitation to your living room! Krasojevic's ethereal Orbital Levitation
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