3D printer creates comfortable and affordable prosthetic limbs

3D printer creates comfortable and affordable prosthetic limbs

As if losing a limb wasn't hard enough for a person, often the task of finding, fitting and affording a prosthetic limb can be almost as excruciating. William Root, a 3D designer,…

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Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 - which is your favorite?

Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 - which is your favorite?

2014 was yet another inspiring year for architecture lovers, and there was no shortage of cool stories about the built environment on Inhabitat. From a hair-raising house on the side of…

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New research shows severe drought caused the collapse of Mayan civilization

New research shows severe drought caused the collapse of Mayan…

It appears that severe drought led to the demise of one of the world's most highly developed ancient civilizations, as new research shows that changing climate and dry conditions may…

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Inhabitat's top 6 animal stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat's top 6 animal stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

We've covered some pretty spectacular animal stories over the past year, ranging from "aww"-inspiring to downright freaky. We saw photos of a little girl who grew up with elephant and…

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Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai's World Islands

Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai's World Islands

Snow is a distant dream in a place like Dubai, where the wintertime temperature doesn’t typically drop below 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Real estate developer the Kleindienst Group wants…

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INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in this elegant Montreal restaurant

INTERVIEW: Foraged foods and sustainable design blend beautifully in…

  INHABITAT: Can you tell our readers a bit about how it all began? Elisabeth: I rented this space a year and a half ago to open a restaurant. I had a few ideas about the menu,…

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Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island's wooden boardwalk with concrete

Controversy stirs around decision to replace Coney Island's wooden…

A decision to reconstruct Coney Island's iconic boardwalk by replacing its historic wooden planks with concrete is drawing a lot of criticism. The city is moving ahead with the…

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Hurricane-resistant cabins overlook coastal marshlands in the Chesapeake Bay

Hurricane-resistant cabins overlook coastal marshlands in the…

Located near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the 2,200-square-foot House on Hoopers Island enjoys views of a pristine estuarine marshland ecosystem, pine forest, and bay. The…

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New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a…

Researchers at the University of Toronto have unveiled a cheap, fast spray-on solar cell process that could enable the creation of solar arrays using the most modest of manufacturing…

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Sukkarboard is a temporary, lightweight shelter made from recycled cardboard and newspaper

Sukkarboard is a temporary, lightweight shelter made from recycled…

Italian architecture firm Pelizzi Architettura designed the Sukkarboard, a temporary, lightweight shelter made from cardboard boxes and newspaper. Constructed using paper mache…

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Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher's knife blades into delicate nature scenes

Artist Li Hongbo carves butcher's knife blades into delicate nature…

At first glance, Hongbo’s sculptural scenes appear to be made of a soft or thin material such as paper, like his other sculptures. However, closer inspection reveals the artist’s…

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab…

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Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab…

Although Casa SIP m3 was built from modules, the architects' careful combination and arrangement gave the home a visually dynamic appearance. They designed a variety of 3D modules for…

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common…

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China builds new 1100-mile high-speed train route

China builds new 1100-mile high-speed train route

China is creating a new high-speed train route that is so blazing fast it can take people 1,100 miles from Shanghai to Guangzhou in just 7 hours. That’s like traveling from Los…

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Stop Idaho hunters from massacring wolves in cruel wolf-killing derby!

Stop Idaho hunters from massacring wolves in cruel wolf-killing derby!

A radical group of wolf haters is gearing up for a "wolf-killing derby" in Idaho. This year, a group of hunters will gather together to slaughter as many wolves and coyotes as they can,…

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Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse typology

Gorgeous Lookout House is a contemporary twist on Australian farmhouse…

The main entryway to the Lookout House is accessed through a large sliding barn door that blends in with the north side’s nearly windowless timber-clad façade wall. In contrast, the…

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Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists

Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to…

There are less than 3,000 tigers left in the world, but that doesn't matter in Mong La, a Myanmar town where tiger parts are big business. A new study based on two decades of data shows…

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Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Last week, a pipeline outside the Russian town of Tuapse burst, sending a flood of oil into the Black Sea. Cleanup efforts have been slow due to severe storms and unsafe water…

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Maui is winning the war against Monsanto

Maui is winning the war against Monsanto

Maui is winning the war against Monsanto, according to an attorney for the Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the Aina (SHAKA) Movement. On November 4, Maui voters…

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Cabin-like home in Belgium has 14 different facades

Cabin-like home in Belgium has 14 different facades

m architecture's Thuin house is a modern wooden dwelling that fuses high-quality materials with economical design strategies. Its boxy design consists of a series of interconnected…

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Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

Madrid takes on largest street lighting upgrade in the world

The city government of Madrid plans to upgrade every single one of their streetlights to Philips’ energy-efficient bulbs. Philips, the world’s leader in lighting, will finance the…

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Sustainable photoluminescent architecture has the potential to light up the night

Sustainable photoluminescent architecture has the potential to light…

Architect Eleonora Nicoletti has a rather bright idea: she's proposing the use of photoluminescent architecture that glows in the dark without electric power. These structures could…

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Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life

Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life

Salting a snowy and icy road is standard procedure for most cities and towns. Where that salt ends up is rarely a concern, but according to new research it is concerning because the…

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Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel

Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic…

Combining pollution cleanup, green energy, and recycling, a new project in the U.K. investigates the potential of using algae to clean up an old mine site, while producing both…

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Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

Rammed Earth Thornbury House Updates a Classic Bungalow in Australia

The owners of the Thornbury bungalow tasked Steffen Welsch Architects to create a more sustainable home that met their family's needs. The original home that faces the street was…

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Human activity will wipe out 41% of the world's amphibians by 2200

Human activity will wipe out 41% of the world's amphibians by 2200

If animal populations continue to decline at their current rate, we are heading for a mass extinction. New research estimates that 41% of amphibians will be wiped off the planet by…

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A new Bjarke Ingels Group project is coming to Harlem

A new Bjarke Ingels Group project is coming to Harlem

Will Harlem be the next NYC nabe to get a project by BIG? Earlier this month, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels requested a permit to build a 235,000-square-foot, 233-unit residential…

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Torchia is a portable emergency flashlight powered by solar energy

Torchia is a portable emergency flashlight powered by solar energy

Going off the grid comes with many risks, but you can make the adventure a bit easier and safer with clever alternative-energy gadgets like the Torchia, a solar-powered emergency…

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White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient retreat for retirees

White Pine Bungalow Passive House is the perfect energy-efficient…

The 3,283-square-foot south-facing home stretches east to west on a plot of land in the undulating Austrian countryside Althöflein. Large triple-glazed windows line the south facade…

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Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea…

To create these images, Nickolay Lamm contacted Remik Ziemlinski from Climate Central, who provided more precise versions of the same maps that were originally featured in the New York…

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by…

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced…

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You'll never believe what's hiding inside this boulder

You'll never believe what's hiding inside this boulder

Through a 6 week residency with Verbier 3d Foundation, André Bloc and Claude Parent of Bureau A designed and built the micro shelter which they call Antoine. They were inspired by the…

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Funniest Inhabitat stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

Funniest Inhabitat stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

2014 was a tough year, particularly after the world lost Robin Williams, someone whose incomparable comedic mind helped teach us that sometimes laughter is the only way to see through…

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The 6 Most Horrifying Inhabitat Stories of 2014

The 6 Most Horrifying Inhabitat Stories of 2014

This year we witnessed a number of inspiring stories across the world, but as always, there was also a fair share of horribly disturbing stories we published that shocked us to the…

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Top 7 Wearable Technology Concepts of 2014 (Vote for the Coolest)

Top 7 Wearable Technology Concepts of 2014 (Vote for the Coolest)

  The intersection of technology and fashion was a recurring theme for 2014. Solar power, energy generators, and 3D printing are just some of the ideas that blew us away this…

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The Lit C-1: The Electric Motorcycle-Car That Stays Upright In A Collision

The Lit C-1: The Electric Motorcycle-Car That Stays Upright In A…

We've seen electric cars and electric bikes, but this is the first time we've seen a vehicle that combines elements of the two. Not just that, but Lit Motor's Lit C-1—a compact…

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Rayton's new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump fossil fuels

Rayton's new super-efficient, affordable solar panels could trump…

Striking another blow to the oil and gas industries, an American solar company has developed technology that can produce super-efficient solar power that’s cheaper than fossil fuels.…

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Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan

Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small…

Sinato fit eleven different spaces within the 689-square-foot apartment, which features a limited materials palette comprising warm-toned wood, gray concrete, and white-painted walls.…

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HOW TO: Spice up winter with this delicious homemade Mexican hot chocolate

HOW TO: Spice up winter with this delicious homemade Mexican hot…

Hot cocoa is one of our favorite winter beverages, but we also understand how easy it is to grow bored with the classic and over-served drink. Thats why we've whipped up a recipe for a…

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