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Shigeru Ban Unveils Plans for Timber Swatch and Omega Headquarters in Switzerland

Shigeru Ban Unveils Plans for Timber Swatch and Omega Headquarters in Switzerland

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'

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Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

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

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Margot Krasojevic’s 3D-Printed Orbital Levitation LED Lamp Floats in Thin Air!

Margot Krasojevic’s 3D-Printed Orbital Levitation LED Lamp Floats in Thin Air!

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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Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

Japan Undergoes Solar Boom With Over 7.4 GW Already Installed

As the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continues to leak radiation, Japan is turning its sights away from atomic power and towards solar energy. At the end of 2012, the country had installed solar

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IEA Report Shows Global Carbon Emissions Reached a Record High in 2012

IEA Report Shows Global Carbon Emissions Reached a Record High in 2012

Despite major advances in clean energy, the world's carbon emissions reached an all-time high in 2012. Overall, emissions grew 1.4 percent, reaching 31.6 gigatons a year. The good news is that the US

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Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma’s Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a Beautiful Kindergarten Made from Locally Sourced Wood

Kengo Kuma's Kids Academy Taiyogaoka Hoikuen is a single level building that covers a small area. It is built close to the ground and embodies Kuma's vision of 'small architecture'. The building is made

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SolSource Sun-Powered Grill Coming to the US via Sizzling Kickstarter Campaign

SolSource Sun-Powered Grill Coming to the US via Sizzling Kickstarter Campaign

Back in March, Inhabitat reported that One Earth Designs (OED) enlisted Google Glass creator Tom Chi to perfect the design of their parabolic solar cooker, the SolSource. Readers wanted to know where

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Tokyo’s Eco-Cycle Park Bicycle Elevator Stores 144 Bikes Underground

Tokyo’s Eco-Cycle Park Bicycle Elevator Stores 144 Bikes Underground

Tokyo’s underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion with a single push of a button, the Eco Cycle

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Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing

Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing

Japan is working on a blazing fast 310 mph maglev "floating" train - and the latest prototype just hit the tracks for testing! This week Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) unveiled the top-of-the-line

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New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

New Window Skins Block Sunlight in Summer and Let it Through in Winter

Photo via Shutterstock Windows have one basic limitation: They let light in, but if you want to keep light out you have to use blinds or a curtain. Researchers at Japan's National Institute of

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Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

Tepco Admits Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, just reversed its statement that the water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is not contaminated. The utility company has detected low levels of

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Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto Over GMO Wheat Contamination

Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto Over GMO Wheat Contamination

Agricultural giant Monsanto is facing a growing problem with its genetically modified wheat. The company attracted criticism earlier this month with news that their GMO wheat had infiltrated an Oregon

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Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma’s Layered Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center Soaks Up Sunlight in Tokyo

Kengo Kuma´s Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is located on a busy corner in Tokyo near the ancient Buddhist temple Sensō-ji. It's made mainly from glass and wood, and its interiors are airy

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Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese Artist Saeri Kiritani Creates a Sculpture of Herself Using 100 Pounds of Rice

Japanese artist Saeri Kiritani has been playing with food for many years. But it was only recently that she was recognized for her work and named one of the winners of the National Portrait

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Gorgeous Optical Glass House in Hiroshima is Made from 6,000 Glass Bricks

Gorgeous Optical Glass House in Hiroshima is Made from 6,000 Glass Bricks

The first floor of the Optical Glass House is occupied by a garden and a glass façade positioned towards the street that maximizes natural lighting. The living areas are located at the far end of the

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World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

World’s Largest Outdoor Pool to be Built Within a Canal in Japan

The city of Osaka plans to transform the Dotonbori Canal into the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool. According to the proposal, the city wants to insert a 40 by 2,625 foot pool into the center of

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Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists in Japan recently used a promising new 3D printing material to create objects so small that they are the size as a single bacteria. The researchers were able print shapes that are measured in

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This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

Star Wars fans of the world rejoice, because the dream of owning your own personal lightsaber just got one step closer to reality. This 300mW hand-held blue laser can burn through cardboard, wood or a

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The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day Two

The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day Two

Behold - the world's smallest chandelier! Mineheart downplays the overindulgent splendor of gilt baroque luminaires with this tiny energy-efficient version that's every bit as elegant - and perfect for

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Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then leads to the

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Patrick Weder’s Cloud-Like Lamps Are Made from Hand-Formed Chicken Wire and Paper Pulp

Patrick Weder’s Cloud-Like Lamps Are Made from Hand-Formed Chicken Wire and Paper Pulp

Each of the delicate lamps is made from hand-formed chicken wire, and the wire's hectagon pattern is visible when the lamp is illuminated. Weder’s lamps take on an oceanic feel, looking like coral from

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Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study

Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study

A new global study by Cisco found that half of the world's consumers would trust a car that that can operate without a human driver. Cisco's Customer Experience Report surveyed more than 1,500 consumers

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Mineo Mizuno Creates Living Sculptures From Ceramics and Moss

Mineo Mizuno Creates Living Sculptures From Ceramics and Moss

Japanese artist and landscape designer Mineo Mizuno grows moss on large ceramic pebble-like spheres, creating beautiful sculptures that forge a symbiotic relationship between materials. Inspired by his

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Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects’ New Green-Roofed Tokyo Plaza Features a Dizzying Kaleidoscopic Entrance

The roof garden’s heart has a hexagonal communal table with trees sprouting and a glazed core. Attracting people as well as plenty of birds and butterflies, the trees all around it help to filter out

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Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has hemmed and hawed about closing its nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At first there was talk of closing down all reactors, but the motion was whittled

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

Hiroshima’s Optical Glass House Hides a Secret Garden Behind its Glazed Façade

The Optical Glass House sits among tall buildings in downtown Hiroshima. Its glazed façade was hand-made made from 6,000 high-transparency glass blocks that are from borosilicate, a raw material

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World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

World’s First Floating Wind-Current Turbine to be Installed Off Japanese Coast

Offshore wind farms and tidal energy facilities harness the power of the wind and the ocean - but why should we have separate turbines for each task? Offshore technology company Mitsui is developing a

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No, Sweat! Furniture Doubles as Stylish Home Gym Equipment

No, Sweat! Furniture Doubles as Stylish Home Gym Equipment

Work out meets work space in Darryl Agawin’s No, Sweat! furniture line, which combines a love for design with a love for fitness (and knowledge gleaned from Agawin's studies in medical school). The

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Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Rentsch enjoys creating "deceptively clever scenes from the simplest of objects." Using plant matter, she reconstructs weapons of metal and plastic, softening their bodies and pulling the man-made objects

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