Gogoro to launch battery-swapping electric Smartscooter this summer in Taipei

Gogoro to launch battery-swapping electric Smartscooter this summer in…

This past January Gogoro unveiled its battery-swapping Smartscooter - and the startup just announced that its zippy electric scooters will hit the streets of Taipei this summer! The…

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After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for unlabeled and fraudulent ingredients

After scandal, GNC commits to test all herbal supplements for…

In the wake of a scandal which found that herbal supplements at major national retailers contain anything from powdered rice and asparagus to cheap fillers—and allergens—such as…

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Foster + Partners reveal plans for new metro system in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Foster + Partners reveal plans for new metro system in Jeddah, Saudi…

Award-winning architecture firm Foster + Partners has been chosen to create a new city-wide public transportation plan for Jeddah—one of the most vibrant city centres in Saudi…

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Spaceship-like ski chalet sheds snow with its sharp crystalline form

Spaceship-like ski chalet sheds snow with its sharp crystalline form

Commissioned by Martin and Sue Hadaway, the eponymous 460-square-meter home is clad in ipe hardwood planks and punctuated by shard-like glazing strips and black steel. The shape of the…

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Berlin's Tchoban Foundation Museum shelters architectural history within an energy-saving, hand-drawn concrete facade

Berlin's Tchoban Foundation Museum shelters architectural history…

Resolutely modern, the Tchoban Foundation’s Museum for Architectural Drawing springs forth from the end of a row of hundred year old apartment buildings at the entrance to the…

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'Raven Loft' is a small, sustainable treehouse home in BC, Canada

'Raven Loft' is a small, sustainable treehouse home in BC, Canada

The story of Raven loft started with the idea to live simply, sustainably, and low-cost. Geoff de Ruiter, owner of Raven Loft, bought a half acre forested plot of land for $35,000…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Make your own solar phone charger

INFOGRAPHIC: Make your own solar phone charger

The sun is the perfect source for clean, free energy, but sometimes the technology to harvest our nearest star's power can be a bit expensive. So why not take matters into your own…

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See IK Studio's curvaceous Torqueing Spheres at Socrates Sculpture Park this May

See IK Studio's curvaceous Torqueing Spheres at Socrates Sculpture…

The Architectural League of New York has chosen IK Studio’s Torqueing Spheres as the winner of their 2015 Folly Design Competition. Each year, the league invites emerging architects…

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This energy-harvesting plastic could have revolutionary green energy and medical applications

This energy-harvesting plastic could have revolutionary green energy…

We’re learning a lot about new green energy technology these days, from wireless solar power to smog-eating concrete. And now this: a plastic used in tubing can actually produce…

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Czech Republic’s prefab pavilion is built around a swimming pool to keep cool at the 2015 World Expo

Czech Republic’s prefab pavilion is built around a swimming pool to…

The three-story, prefabricated pavilion features a long rectangular swimming pool with a bar at its entrance. Inside, visitors will have a choice of three restaurants as well as a…

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PETITION: Tell presidential candidates to stop lying about climate change!

PETITION: Tell presidential candidates to stop lying about climate…

In 2016, the American people will select a new president, and that person will face some of the most difficult challenges this world has ever seen. Climate change and the human impact…

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Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

Historic Australian church is transformed into a modern residence

The historic stone chapel was built in 1877 from bluestone. Although the religious effects are long gone, the façade still boasts the original church bell, which rang for the small…

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Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture…

Heads up design fans - are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great…

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Street artist Louis Masai Michel brings attention to colony collapse disorder with murals of bees

Street artist Louis Masai Michel brings attention to colony collapse…

Street artist Louis Masai Michel has been using is talent for painting photorealist murals to help bring awareness to dwindling bee populations around the world. Based in London, Michel…

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Students create a fire extinguisher that puts out flames using sound waves

Students create a fire extinguisher that puts out flames using sound…

  Using sound waves to put out fires could be the next big thing in fire fighting technology. George Mason University engineering students, Seth Robertson and Viet Tran have…

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Murman Arkitekter's timber-clad sauna soaks up stunning seaside views in Stockholm

Murman Arkitekter's timber-clad sauna soaks up stunning seaside views…

Murman Arkitekter created this timber-clad sauna for a seaside home on the Stockholm archipelago. The sauna has two wings which gentle fold out toward the Baltic Sea, allowing it to…

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE500e is the brand's first plug-in hybrid SUV

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE500e is the brand's first plug-in hybrid SUV

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the 2016 GLE SUV, which officially replaces the popular M-Class SUV. The big news is that the GLE also introduces Mercedes' first plug-in hybrid SUV - the…

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Benjamin Spöth weaves leftover birch plywood into beautiful Upcycle lamps

Benjamin Spöth weaves leftover birch plywood into beautiful Upcycle…

Spöth starts with two-and-a-half-meter-long scrap pieces of plywood and cuts them into the millimeter-thin slices used in the lampshades. The thin, individually cut Multiplex slices…

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Biohackers can give you night vision—by injecting it into your eyeballs

Biohackers can give you night vision—by injecting it into your…

Definitely falling under the categories of "weirdest stuff we never thought we'd see" and "definitely not for the squeamish," a team of biohackers in California claims to have given a…

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Konya City Stadium's faceted astro-turf facade reflects the colors of the city's football team

Konya City Stadium's faceted astro-turf facade reflects the colors of…

The stadium is covered with artificial turf heated from below, with white-green colors of the local team. High-tech materials were used for the construction of the steel roof and…

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First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of insects in Los Angeles

First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of…

  Los Angeles just got a lot more diverse – not from an influx of new immigrants, but via the discovery of 30 new insect species that live in the City of Angels. A new…

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WastED: Behind the design of NYC's food waste pop-up serving dishes made from dinner scraps

WastED: Behind the design of NYC's food waste pop-up serving dishes…

Barber, a long-time advocate of the locavore movement and sustainable food awareness, created WastED as an experiment to see how foods that are usually thrown away could be reimagined…

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Elegant timber extension uses angular volumes to maximize natural light

Elegant timber extension uses angular volumes to maximize natural…

The two-level addition extends diagonally from the back of the house. A sloped roof section that connects the original cottage to the timber extension doubles as an angular overhang…

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18-year-old builds one-man DIY submarine out of a drainpipe

18-year-old builds one-man DIY submarine out of a drainpipe

Beckerman is inventing and engineering gadgets and gizmos at a time when many of us were just getting our driver’s licenses. He built a "Cleaning Car" device that mops and vacuums the…

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Facit Homes' D-Process creates buildings that snap together like LEGO bricks

Facit Homes' D-Process creates buildings that snap together like LEGO…

Using D-Process, Facit Homes designs each building on a computer in extremely detailed pieces which are then cut on a CNC router. The building components are shaped into LEGO-like…

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Grand Cancun eco island cleans up the ocean while generating renewable energy

Grand Cancun eco island cleans up the ocean while generating renewable…

The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and…

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Lotus Belle Outback Tent provides a temporary luxury space with multiple purposes

Lotus Belle Outback Tent provides a temporary luxury space with…

  has an innate bohemian feel to the design, but that doesn't restrict its applications. This light, airy tent serves as the perfect fair-weather guest room, a temporary yoga…

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Daniel Libeskind's funky metallic apartments will purify the Berlin air

Daniel Libeskind's funky metallic apartments will purify the Berlin…

Architect Daniel Libeskind just unveiled plans for a modern, metallic apartment complex located in the heart of Berlin. Projected for competition in 2015, the eight-story tall…

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The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not chemicals, to stay clean

The UK’s first natural public swimming pool will use plants, not…

Adventurous Londoners will soon be able to take a dip in the chemical-free King’s Cross swimming pool, a man-made freshwater pond filtered and kept clear through natural processes.…

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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the…

Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc, the Refuge du Goûter took five years to plan and three more to build. Dubbed a 'high-altitude…

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Temperature-regulating textiles take inspiration from polar bear fur

Temperature-regulating textiles take inspiration from polar bear fur

A thick coat of fur keeps polar bears warm in below-freezing temperatures, but did you know that the hairs on their pelts are hollow to provide extra insulation? Inspired by nature’s…

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A++ Architecture Unveils Plans for Shipping Container Homes in Bodrum, Turkey

A++ Architecture Unveils Plans for Shipping Container Homes in Bodrum,…

A++ Architecture recently unveiled plans to construct a cluster of net zero energy buildings in Bodrum, Turkey. The new development will feature a number of highly efficient, low cost…

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Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad

Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before…

Who hasn't experienced the frustration of picking a piece of fruit out of a bowl only to toss it out because it's covered in a nasty layer of mold? Student designer Jagjit Chodha hopes…

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From trash to Transformers: A father-son team earns over $160,000 building giant robots from junk

From trash to Transformers: A father-son team earns over $160,000…

The Transformers empire is big in China, so the recycled larger-than-life models are drawing quite a bit of attention there. Yu Zhilin of Zhangmu saw the exploding success of the films…

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Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

Grandparents Build a Fairytale Treehouse for Lucky Grandchildren

A couple of lucky boys in Dallas have their very own fairytale treehouse that was built for them by their grandparents. Steve and Jeri Wakefield hired James Curvan to design the…

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Flour power DIY: use a coffee grinder to make gluten-free flours at home

Flour power DIY: use a coffee grinder to make gluten-free flours at…

As I'm writing this, I'm stuffing a delicious piece of toast into my face and crunching on it rather happily. That might not seem like a big deal for most people, but for those of us…

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Find out which companies are cleaning up with the Greenpeace Detox pledge

Find out which companies are cleaning up with the Greenpeace Detox…

Greenpeace calls out major suppliers -  including LVMH, Gap, H&M and Levi's - with their Detox Catwalk to take the Detox pledge to encourage them to remove toxic chemicals from…

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Nation’s largest shipping container restaurant was installed in just 3 days

Nation’s largest shipping container restaurant was installed in just…

Located on a former brownfield along the French Broad River, the Smoky Park Supper Club is a shining example of adaptive reuse and brownfield reclamation. Logan, owner of the downtown…

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Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the…

One of the biggest culprits of disease and death in slum areas around the world is the lack of sanitary toilets. There are several places in Uganda’s capital Kampala where, on…

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These Beautiful Customized 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs Are Made to Be Seen

These Beautiful Customized 3D-Printed Prosthetic Legs Are Made to Be…

Unlike the one-size-fits-all mentality that is dominant in the medical device manufacturing industry, the company uses image-based 3D scanning technology to capture the shape of the…

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