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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Air Fresheners

Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Air Fresheners

Any car owner knows that the inside of a vehicle can get really "aromatic" over time, especially if pets and kids are regular passengers. Fortunately, a group of young entrepreneurs has a solution to

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Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

San Francisco-based startup Hampton Creek already has a couple of wins under its belt with its egg-free mayonnaise and dairy-free cookies. But its recent announcement that Dan Zigmond, formerly lead data

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Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Could Your Morning Newspaper Also Fuel Your Car?

Although many people now read the news online or on their e-readers, actual printed newspapers are still enjoyed by millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately all those papers add up to a lot of waste at

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

Shigeru Ban Unveils Donut-Shaped Solar Community Center for Fukushima Kids

The LVMH Kodomo Art Maison is a new community center dedicated to children in Fukushima to support disaster relief efforts. The two-story building was designed and built by Shigeru Ban and the Voluntary

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Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

Tiny Taku Tanku Mobile Shelter is Carved Out of Recycled Rainwater Tanks

New York-based architects Stereotank have an established practice designing interactive installations and oversized musical instruments and have often used recycled rainwater tanks in their work. Now, in

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5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

If there is one unifying characteristic among the weeds of the world, it's strength. Unlike many intentionally cultivated plants, weeds tend to be tolerant of the poorest growing conditions, which they

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Lucasfilm’s New Singapore Headquarters is a Giant Glass Sandcrawler!

Lucasfilm’s New Singapore Headquarters is a Giant Glass Sandcrawler!

Dubbed The Sandcrawler (after the huge mobile treaded fortresses used by Jawas in the famous film franchise), the building is clad in a state-of-the-art multi-layered glass façade which allows natural

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China’s Largest Robot Restaurant is Crawling with WALL-E-Style Waiters

China’s Largest Robot Restaurant is Crawling with WALL-E-Style Waiters

Robot theme restaurants are a hot topic in Japan and now China. Without completely replacing human work, the robots move around freely throughout the eatery's 3,200 sq ft, following a black stripe with

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Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

Tokyo’s Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

The Transustainable House features a mix of outdoor, indoor and "semi-indoor" areas spread over two levels. The whole ground floor is covered in pebbles, and its minimal decor, natural light and the large

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Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

Architects for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair has just launched the Dead Prize, an award "to celebrate engineering, architecture and designs that have had a negative impact on the planet." Sinclair

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Snowflake-Shaped Floating Krystall Hotel to Sparkle off the Coast of Norway

Snowflake-Shaped Floating Krystall Hotel to Sparkle off the Coast of Norway

Koen Olthuis and Dutch Docklands have announced a new project: a five-star floating hotel off the coast of Norway named the Krystall. Reminiscent of their Maldives development the Greenstar, this

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Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen

Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen

The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) hasn't even officially opened its doors to the public yet, but one of its exhibitions is already causing massive controversy. Cai Guo-Qiang's installation Moving Ghost Town

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“Extremely Rare and Unprecedented” Double Whammy Storms to Slam Hawaii

“Extremely Rare and Unprecedented” Double Whammy Storms to Slam Hawaii

In what’s being called an extremely rare and unprecedented event, two tropical storms are set to batter Hawaii back to back. The Huffington Post reports that the National Weather Service Pacific

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Bethem Crouwel’s Texel Holiday Home is Clad With Glass and… Fishing Nets?!

Bethem Crouwel’s Texel Holiday Home is Clad With Glass and… Fishing Nets?!

Texel is the largest of the Dutch Wadden Islands, and it's populated largely by local fisherman and herds of sheep. The holiday home is a serene escape nestled into a lush area not far from the sea. The

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Texas Central Railway Plans 200 MPH Bullet Train From Houston to Dallas

Texas Central Railway Plans 200 MPH Bullet Train From Houston to Dallas

Texas Central Railway is developing a blazing fast 200 mph bullet train that will run from Houston to Dallas. Richard Lawless, the company's CEO, said he was inspired by the time he spent living in Tokyo

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Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Stunning Translucent Modular Home in Venice For Sale For $5 Million

Mark Baez's MCube is an amazing custom-built modular house in Venice that can be endlessly reconfigured - and it just hit the market for a cool $5,950,000. The home is made from 10-foot cubic modules that

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DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

DIY Bio-tecture: Build Your Own Backyard Living Willow Dome

The supple branches of willow trees are a prime material to start with. We’ve all seen baskets woven from willow branches, but it’s possible to weave the branches while they're still alive to create

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Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

It's happening! After much speculation, Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors have struck a formal agreement over the Japanese company's manufacture and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the electric

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Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Salvaged Beauty’s On the Menu at San Fran’s New Kusakabe Sushi Bar

Kusakabe is a new kaiseki-style sushi bar that has elevated sustainable building to a new level of elegance. Designed and constructed by ArcHive designbuild, located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson

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NAS Architecture’s Spectacular ‘Breath Box’ Reflects the Landscape With 345 Mirrors

NAS Architecture’s Spectacular ‘Breath Box’ Reflects the Landscape With 345 Mirrors

The architects used an interesting technique pioneered by Ned Kahn, whose buildings boast kinetic façades made up of tiny flaps that move with the wind and produce gorgeous wave-like motions. They built

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VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez’s Translucent M Cube Residence

VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez’s Translucent M Cube Residence

A few years ago, Inhabitat had a chance to catch up with M Design's eco-prefab architect Mark Baez in lovely Venice, CA.  He gave us a personal tour of his M Cube home—a minimalist, modular,

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Emeco’s New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With Recycled Materials

Emeco’s New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With Recycled Materials

Design lovers are sure to be familiar with Emeco's 1006 Navy Chair - a classic seat that was originally designed for the US Navy but found popular appeal due to its simplicity, durability, and light

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CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

CC441: Tokyo’s First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

Located in an old area of Tokyo called Torigoe, CC4441 is surrounded by small factories producing leather products, paper crafts and ornaments. It was designed for a husband who needed a small office

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Labyrinthine Green-Roofed Hangzhou Duolan Complex Combines a Mall With Urban Homes in China

Labyrinthine Green-Roofed Hangzhou Duolan Complex Combines a Mall With Urban Homes in China

Topped with a sloping green roof, the complex attempts to provide every floor with an immediate access to the roof and address the isolation of living and working practices. The architects sliced

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Expedition Finds Permanent Plastic Islands Within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Expedition Finds Permanent Plastic Islands Within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Back in 1997 Capt. Charles Moore discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch during a sailboat race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Since then, many have tried to reduce the size of the patch, which is said

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Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

Condom That Can Kill HIV, HPV and Herpes Could Hit the Market Soon

A new breakthrough in the way we fight sexually transmitted diseases could be a complete game changer. Within the next few months, condoms that can kill HIV, HPV and herpes could be hitting the market. An

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McDonalds, KFC and Starbucks Pulled Into Chinese Rotten Meat Scandal

McDonalds, KFC and Starbucks Pulled Into Chinese Rotten Meat Scandal

The latest Chinese meat scandal is spreading, with reports confirming that Chinese McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and Starbucks outlets all purchased meat products originally sourced from Shanghai Husi Food

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Smoothly Sculpted Teshima Art Museum Flows Like a Bead of Water

Smoothly Sculpted Teshima Art Museum Flows Like a Bead of Water

The recently finished museum is a part of the Benesse Art Site program, which gave us the Inujima Art Project as well as several other modern art spaces on the south-eastern Japanese islands. The project

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Trippy Kaleidoscopic Shipping Container Contains 1,100 Mirrors

Trippy Kaleidoscopic Shipping Container Contains 1,100 Mirrors

The polyhedron installation features the designers’ origami inspired zipper technology from 2007. They used digital 3D modeling tools to design and manufacture 1,100 panels that were then folded into a

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