Bounce Below Suspends Three Massive Trampolines Deep Inside a North Wales Cave

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Love caves? Love trampolines? Now you can combine the two in one riveting experience. Adventure company Bounce Below installed three giant trampolines inside the sprawling belly of Llechwedd Slate Caverns for visitors to bounce on. The trampolines are safely suspended from the cave walls and ceilings, and a host of vibrant LED lights illuminate the subterranean playground.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why We Should All Eat Insects

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Though some may balk at the proposal, eating insects can change the world for the better. They’re efficient to produce, healthy, and absolutely delicious. They take only 8-10% of the resources needed for the production of beef and emit 9% of the CO². Adopting them in our diet can help fight both world hunger & global warming. The Grasshopper Suppliers is a new initiative that’s aiming to kickstart a food revolution by breaking the main barrier preventing it: the cost of edible insects. Check out their infographic to learn more, and support them on Kickstarter!

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Ancient Kauri Wood Gets New Life in These Handmade Chairs

by , 06/20/14

Born in the South of France, artist and artisan Guy Bucchi spent many years as a psychiatric nurse before moving to New Zealand to begin a new life. Using recycled materials such as wood, rope, copper or glass, he designs and creates unique pieces of furniture that as as comfortable as they are beautiful to admire. His chairs are either one-off pieces or limited series, and he works exclusively with handmade tools to produce everything he makes. These chairs are made of recycled metal and recycled native New Zealand swamp kauri wood, the latter of which is thousands of years old and used primarily in the chairs‘ seats. These elegant pieces have been showcased in numerous publications, and can be found in private homes around the world.

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FAIRMOUNT: DIY Garden Kit Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Go Green

by , 06/20/14

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The slightest splash of greenery can do wonders for transforming a concrete jungle into a more livable and enjoyable environment. To help city dwellers add a bit more green into their park-starved surroundings, Philadelphia-based Shift Space Design has created FAIRMOUNT, an easy DIY gardening kit perfect for green roof, balcony, or sidewalk applications. This lightweight and compact flat-pack system consists of four connecting aluminum tiles that easily bend to fit various shapes. Each kit also comes with upcycled La Colombe soil bags, filter fabric root barriers, and rubber feet. Want to get your green thumb on? Check out Shift Space Design’s Kickstarter for the FAIRMOUNT Living Tiles today!

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Call For Ideas: Transform the World's Biggest Nuclear Submarine into a Peaceful Architectural Project

by , 06/20/14
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matterbetter has launched an open-ideas competition to transform the world’s biggest nuclear submarine into a peaceful and sustainable architectural object. A relic and icon of the Cold War, the 575 foot long Russian Typhoon-Class submarine was built at the height of the war in the 1980s. Hoping to transform the world into a more peaceful and friendly place, matterbetter and the original designers of the submarines invite architects and designers to explore the vessels’ architecture potential for reuse. The designs will be judged on factors such as creativity, functionality, and clarity of design. Students and professionals alike are invited to participate for over $8,000 in cash prizes. The registration deadline is August 24 with an early bird registration deadline of June 30. The winner will be announced on September 15, 2014.

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Adobe's 410 Townsend is a Collaborative LEED Silver Office in San Francisco

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Cannondale's Chainless CERV Concept Bike Transforms as You Ride It!

by , 06/20/14

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Priority Designs and Cannondale have joined forces to create a cutting-edge concept bike that transforms to change shape as you ride it! Known as the Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle (CERV), the forkless, chainless, and dynamically adjustable bicycle made its world debut at EUROBIKE last month where it was hailed for its innovative transformer-like design.

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NYC's Newest Shake Shack Gets Decked Out with Recycled Furniture

by , 06/20/14

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Care for a side of recycled furniture with that burger? Famed New York burger chain Shake Shack recently opened its latest branch in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and it features tables and other furnishings made of reclaimed materials by BK-based designer Mark Jupiter. Jupiter has been an Inhabitat favorite thanks to his ability to rework historic materials into new treasures, and we’re thrilled that even more people will be able to enjoy his work thanks to the opening of the new eatery.

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Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

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I spent some time at Endless Mountains Farm in Benton, PA, operated in part by several members of Shalefield Organizing Committee (SOC), a group of dedicated activists created to put more focus on resources in local areas that don’t normally get funded by NGOs. While there, I sat down to interview Zora; a member of SOC who has serious concerns about the proposed gas pipeline that may be installed near the farm where she lives and works.

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Silos Topped With Stacks of Shipping Containers Provide Cheap Student Housing in South Africa

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A Flying Car that Takes You Sightseeing: Is This the Future of Transportation?

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The Sixth Mass Extinction of Fauna and Flora is Imminent, Duke University Study Reveals

by , 06/20/14

A new study has revealed that extinction rates for plants and animals are currently 1,000 times higher than they were before humans arrived. The rate is so high, in fact, that the planet hasn’t seen anything like it since the dinosaurs were wiped out in a mass extinction event 65 million years ago. If we don’t take measures to address the situation, the lead scientist for the project, biologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University, says that we are heading for a sixth mass extinction.

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Archaeologists Find "Elixir of Long Life" Bottle Buried Beneath Chinatown

by , 06/20/14
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The key to eternal life may have been hidden underneath Manhattan this whole time. According to DNAinfo, archaeologists from Chrysalis Archaeology recently unearthed a tiny glass bottle that once held an “Elixir of Long Life” beneath an excavation site at 50 Bowery. While the small, green vial was empty, the researchers are now trying to uncover the secrets of the mystery potion by attempting to recreate the original recipe.

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Invisible Studio's New Timber Office Was Built With Locally Sourced Materials for Just Over $25K

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Waste House: UK's First Permanent Carbon Negative Building Made From Trash

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Gorgeous Glass-Covered Gambier House Offers Stunning Views with Minimal Environmental Impact

Gorgeous Glass-Covered Gambier House Offers Stunning Views with…

MGB, the predecessor of office of mcfarlane biggar architecture + design (omb), designed the home to have minimal impact on the forested hill it rests on. The remote site is only…

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Unlock Cheaper Energy

Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Unlock Cheaper Energy

A new breakthrough in the design of silicon-based solar cells has seen a 20-year-old efficiency record broken by not one, but three companies. Presenting at the IEEE Photovoltaic…

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Vinylize Launches Groovy Lamps Made From Repurposed Vinyl Records

Vinylize Launches Groovy Lamps Made From Repurposed Vinyl Records

Budapest-based design studio Vinylize just launched a new lamp with a shade made from a repurposed vinyl record! The lamp is made from aluminum, and its cable, switch and plug hark back…

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Dwell on Design 2014: America's Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

Dwell on Design 2014: America's Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, will be back at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014! Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing…

Plants are wonderful on so many different levels. They purify the air around us, and we can eat them, use them as medicine, build with them, and even just enjoy them for their healing,…

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