Paul Borrero's Stylish New UNA Chair is Made From 100% Recycled Cardboard

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Award-winning Industrial and Graphic Designer Paul Borrero designed UNA, an innovative new chair made from recycled cardboard. Borrero has been creating, testing, and refining the chair for three years and is currently seeking funding to increase local production. Made of recycled materials that are in turn recyclable, the UNA is a comfortable, practical, and ecological chair that is ideal for both the home or office. “Cardboard is an underutilized material in furniture,” says Borrero. Over 81 percent of all of it made is recovered for reuse, and the average corrugated product already contains 46 percent recycled content; a good use-case. UMA parts will be made locally in Pittsburgh.

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DIY Perforated Paper Lamp Allows People to Make Their Own Creative Lighting Designs

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This striking Take-Off lampshade allows people to make their own creative lighting designs. Fifti-Fifti uses a laser to create a fine pattern of perforated stitches in paper, which is easily attached to the lamp’s frame. The resulting shade produces a low-lit glow that warms up any room.

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NYC's High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Quickly Move Pedestrians

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Because of growing crowds flocking to NYC’s High Line Park, which are anticipated to double when the final section is complete, the architects and engineers have decided to add a people-mover style tram. The tram will keep the pedestrian traffic moving, getting people from one side of the High Line to the other more quickly. The original rails will, of course, be left intact and the high-speed, levitating train line will be built alongside. Click ahead to learn more about the new, innovative addiction!

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London's Famous Gherkin Building Goes Green - Literally

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Under pressure from other more sustainable buildings popping up around the world, London’s Gherkin Tower, designed by Norman Foster, has recently begun testing an innovative vegetated facade panel which promises to change the face of building design forever. This new “Green wall” product, known as the Core Hydraulic Integrated Arboury panel, promises to bring the benefits of green roofs to any exterior surface of any skyscraper.

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth's Largest Mass Extinction

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Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth’s history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most dramatic die-off happened during the Permian 252 million years ago. According to research from MIT, a microbe named Methanosarcina may have been responsible for the demise of 90 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land vertebrates. The tiny organisms multiplied in such numbers that they were able to bombard the atmosphere with methane, causing the oceans to acidify and turn the climate into a hostile environment for life.

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NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass into Space to Collect Solar Energy

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Early this morning NASA kicked off Operation LENS, an ambitious plan to concentrate and collect solar power using a giant magnifying glass in outer space. Long speculated to be a rumor, the 7,000,000 ft. wide lens was fabricated over the course of the past 3 years and launched from Cape Canaveral, piggybacking on this thing that they were going to launch anyway (they figured they might as well kill 2 birds with one stone). While the first phase went exactly as planned, the plan hit a major snag when the magnifying glass began to work a bit too well and ended up scorching large regions in the western hemisphere. When asked to comment, premier magnifying lens science researcher Byron Scott said simply, “I told them so.

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Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

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Richard Hutten's Colorful Cloud Chair is Made From 545 Stacked Sheets of Wool

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Dutch designer Richard Hutten just unveiled his new Layers Cloud Chair, which is set to debut at the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair. The chair is made entirely from Kvadrat’s multicolored Divina fabric, and it was inspired by rock pigments at the Painted Desert in Arizona. The soft and comfy seat is made from a whopping 545 stacked layers!

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City Council Approves Plan to Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages with Human-Powered Citi Bike Pedicabs

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On Monday, the New York City Council approved a new plan to replace Central Park’s controversial horse-drawn carriages with human-powered Citi Bike pedicabs. The decision came as a welcome surprise to animal rights activists as well as to Citi Bike, which has been looking for additional sources of revenue to help with its bleak finances. Like the bike-share program’s existing blue cycles, the new people-pulled “Citi Pedi” carts will be available for daily or weekly rent, but annual members will not be able to use their current keyfobs to undock the new pedicabs.

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Super Thin Solar Panels Crown the Spectacular 'Green Zero' Modular Getaway in Italy

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Andy Yoder Spends Two Years Covering Incredible Sculptural Globe with Thousands of Hand-Painted Matchsticks

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New York-based artist Andy Yoder spent two years painstakingly assembling a massive globe that is illustrated with thousands of matchsticks. In an act of extraordinary patience and devotion, the sculptor individually painted each of the match heads to correspond with their place on the map. The oversized globe will be on display in the upcoming PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair as part of the Winkleman Gallery booth.

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Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

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How important are the little details? Just ask the middle school student in Pittsburgh who discovered that the government could save $400 million dollars just by changing the typeface it uses. Suvir Mirchandani, inspired by a class project on saving ink, discovered that by switching from Times New Roman to Garamond, his school could reduce ink use by a quarter. Applying that information to the government, he found that it could slash its ink usage by a similar margin and save $400 million.

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Chinese Developer Unveils Plans for Cloned Austrian Village Complete With Imported Alpine Air

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Following in the footsteps of the world’s first cloned village, a Chinese developer has announced plans to build yet another copy of the historic Alpine town of Hallstatt to offer an idyllic rural retreat for those looking for a quick, convenient escape from China’s polluted urban centers. However this latest resort will go one step further to replicate the Austrian countryside – it will be housed within an extraordinary 11,880-foot-high geodesic dome that will provide visitors with ‘freshly’ imported Alpine air.

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Commuters Panic as Sergey Brin's Google Glass Catches Fire on NYC Subway

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A southbound E train was suspended this morning due to an accident involving Google co-founder Sergey Brin. The incident began when an unidentified iPhone user stood up and called Brin a “glasshole” for wearing his Google Glass on the subway. According to the FDNY, another nearby passenger drinking a Pepsi found the insult so hilarious that he proceeded to spit the liquid all over Brin’s Glass, causing it to short-circuit.

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Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

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Three years ago when the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced people to evacuate their homes, many were left wondering when and if they would ever be able to return. The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city 12 miles away from the disaster area, is finally allowing residents to return home first time since the earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit. Although the small city is only home to a registered 357 residents, it is a big step down the road to recovery for those displaced by the disaster.

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A Forest in Minnesota is Shaped Exactly Like the State Itself

A Forest in Minnesota is Shaped Exactly Like the State Itself

It may look like a craftily Photoshopped April Fools’ joke, but this forest in Minnesota, visible on Google Maps, is shaped exactly like the state itself. The forest bears an…

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UK's First Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe Serves Delicious 'Expired' Food

UK's First Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe Serves Delicious 'Expired' Food

Although food that has exceeded its sell-by date is still good for a short time, most of it is unfortunately thrown away. So Leeds-based chef Adam Smith opened a cafe that dishes out…

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The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

The New Gehry Residence in Los Angeles Sure is Shiny

It is not often that an architecture master reinvents himself, but that is precisely what Pritzker Prize winning architect Frank Gehry has done. Gehry, who first won international…

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EXCLUSIVE: Photos Leaked of Leo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C Shower

EXCLUSIVE: Photos Leaked of Leo DiCaprio Using His Infamous Vitamin C…

Photos of Greenwich Village’s favorite resident, the luscious Leo DiCaprio, in his infamous vitamin C-infused shower have just been leaked, and we're thrilled to be the ones to show…

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NYPD Makes Sinister Discovery in Refrigerator of a Brooklyn Heights Brownstone

NYPD Makes Sinister Discovery in Refrigerator of a Brooklyn Heights…

Last year, Inhabitat reported on a Brooklyn Heights brownstone that hides a secret portal to the NYC underground, but it turns out that wasn't the only thing off about the building. The…

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