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Los Angeles Pays Residents to Rip Out Their Lawn

Los Angeles Pays Residents to Rip Out Their Lawn

Residents in Los Angeles are getting paid some green to go green by getting rid of their green (lawns, that is). The city's Department of Water and Power is paying homeowners to tear up their

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Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

Brilliant Compost Program Trades Food Waste for Fresh Produce

What if you could trade your discarded food waste for fresh new fruits and veggies? That's the idea behind Hello Compost - a service that offers fresh produce in exchange for compost in working class New

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Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

Michael Green on Why Wood Skyscrapers are Better than Concrete and Steel Towers

To date, mid-rise and high-rise buildings have typically been constructed from concrete and steel. But architect Michael Green says that we should use wood instead, because concrete and steel production

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Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Study Says Over 2 Million Deaths Worldwide are Due to Air Pollution

Photo via Shutterstock Poor air quality isn't just a nuisance -- it can actually kill you. A new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill estimates that 2

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California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012

California Increases Solar Power Installations by 26 Percent in 2012

Photo via Shutterstock California is pushing to increase its investment in solar power, setting a lofty goal of 3,000 megawatts of power by 2017. Last year, the state boosted its solar installations

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Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Some truly chilling news came from Antarctica this week as an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan broke off from the continent. In October 2011, NASA  scientists noticed that a crack was forming in

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10 Must-See Design Destinations Around The World

10 Must-See Design Destinations Around The World

If you're daydreaming about your next vacation, and looking for something a little off the beaten path, why not consider embarking on a global design tour? The world is full of inspiring destinations for

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US State Department Admits that It Doesn’t Know the Actual Route of the Keystone XL Pipeline

US State Department Admits that It Doesn’t Know the Actual Route of the Keystone XL Pipeline

The State Department has reassured the world that the Keystone Pipeline will probably have very little environmental impact, which is all well and good, except for one tiny detail: the State Department

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Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

Trees Are Adapting to Climate Change by Using Water More Efficiently

It's clear that global warming is going to require some serious adaptation. While some life on this planet digs in its heels, other lifeforms-- like trees -- are already adapting to climate change. A

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Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Photo via Shutterstock In urban areas, both smog and pavement seem to dominate the landscape. While the two may seem like separate and distinct elements of the city ecosystem, the air and ground could

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Zaha Hadid Purchases the London Design Museum to Expand Her Archives

Zaha Hadid Purchases the London Design Museum to Expand Her Archives

In a real estate deal worth £10 million, British star-architect Zaha Hadid has purchased the London Design Museum at Shad Thames, and she plans to turn it into an archive for her studio’s architecture.

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Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

Crowdfunded 3D Ocean Farms Could Help Restore the Health of the Seas

The world's oceans are experiencing a tough time. Overfishing, acidification from climate change, pollution, and dead zones have all become major challenges to the health of aquatic ecosystems around the

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3D-Printed SLR Camera Can Be Made For Just $30

3D-Printed SLR Camera Can Be Made For Just $30

Ever find yourself longing for your old analog 35mm SLR camera? If you own or have access to a 3D printer, you have the ability to make one for $30 thanks to the OpenReflex Camera project by Leo Marius.

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Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin

Scientists Create Technology that Could Lead to Lifelike Artificial Skin

Photo via Shutterstock Bionic ears and eyes are already a reality, and with the strides made by a team of scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology led by Professor Hossam Haick,

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House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

House Budget for NASA Calls for Half-Trillion Dollar Mars Colony, Cuts Renewable Energy Research

Interplanetary exploration is certainly a noble endeavor, but when it comes to caring for a planet, politicians should begin by rooting for the home team. A recently introduced bill in the House of

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Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

Teenager Develops Program to Feed Thousands of Hungry People in California

Photo via Shutterstock When considering the affluent neighborhoods of Silicon Valley, few expect there to be so many families living in the California tech center that are going hungry each night. Yet

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Head of Earth Policy Institute Warns That Current Water Shortages Will Soon Threaten Food Supplies

Head of Earth Policy Institute Warns That Current Water Shortages Will Soon Threaten Food Supplies

Image via Shutterstock All over the world, wells are drying up and water tables are dropping low. Altogether, 18 countries around the world are over-pumping their underground water resources to the

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Damien Labrousse Creates Amazing Jupiter Mission Control Room From 6000 LEGO Bricks

Damien Labrousse Creates Amazing Jupiter Mission Control Room From 6000 LEGO Bricks

LEGO builder extraordinaire Damien Labrousse recently unveiled an amazing replica of the French Space Agency's Jupiter Mission Control Room made from 6,000 toy bricks! The model was requested by the team

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Amputee Builds the World’s First Prosthetic Leg Made from LEGOs

Amputee Builds the World’s First Prosthetic Leg Made from LEGOs

Sure, building a space ship or Ewok village out of LEGOs is and admirable effort, but what about fashioning your own prosthetic limb? Intrepid occupational therapist Christina Stephens (aka Amputee OT)

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Australian Researchers Develop the World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Australian Researchers Develop the World’s First Malaria Vaccine

About half the world's population is at risk of catching malaria, and in 2010 alone around 660,000 people died from the disease. Fortunately, researchers in Australia recently made a breakthrough by

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain was once completely reliant on fossil fuels, but that is rapidly changing. On Thursday, the world's largest wind farm was opened in the Thames

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Photovoltech’s “Energy Arch” in Belgium Produces a Whopping 50,000 KWh a Year

Photovoltech’s “Energy Arch” in Belgium Produces a Whopping 50,000 KWh a Year

Built back in 2007, Photovoltech's headquarters has become an icon for innovation within the Flemish city of Tienen. The sculptural building features an energy-generating arch on its front that is decked

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The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

The Mobile Bread House Brings Baking to Communities

One of the most basic and ancient forms of human technology, bread is the result of generations of humans transforming the elements of water, flour, and salt. A food that transcends race, creed, and

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Stackable Tetris LED Lamp Takes Video Game Decor to a Whole New Level

Stackable Tetris LED Lamp Takes Video Game Decor to a Whole New Level

Here at Inhabitat, we're big fans of fun and functional Tetris-shaped furniture. But there's just one problem with this new stackable Tetris LED Desk Lamp: we're not sure that we could stop playing with

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Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Waste From Cattle Food Plant Kills 10,000 Fish in Mexico

Cattle waste presents a huge problem for farmers. From feed to fecal matter, it has the potential to cause environmental harm when leaked into waterways, released as gas into the air, and it can infect

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Will American Car Culture Become a Thing of the Past?

Will American Car Culture Become a Thing of the Past?

The America that has been immortalized in films like Grease and American Graffiti, with its car-centric culture, may soon be a thing of the past. Recent analysis shows that not only are younger Americans

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IUCN Red List Identifies 21,000 Species at Risk of Extinction

IUCN Red List Identifies 21,000 Species at Risk of Extinction

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) just updated their Red List to identify three species as extinct, and nearly 21,000 at risk of disappearing forever. The Cape Verde Giant

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Engineers Build Robotic Carp That Can Dive and Turn Like a Real Fish

Engineers Build Robotic Carp That Can Dive and Turn Like a Real Fish

From mechanical manta rays to giant robo jellyfish, the marine world is well represented in the field of robotics. While many autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) take advantage of energy-efficient

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Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program

Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program

Though it's hard to imagine, sometimes oil and gas rigs in the ocean can be a force for good. Offshore rigs act as artificial reefs for wildlife, providing plants and sea life a place to bunker down.

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Record-Setting Heat Wave Spreads Across Southwestern US, Grounding Planes

Record-Setting Heat Wave Spreads Across Southwestern US, Grounding Planes

Scorching heat and record temperatures are sweeping the southwest U.S. this week - and there's still no end in sight. The record setting heat wave is set to continue throughout the Southwest after peaking

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