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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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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

Photo via Shutterstock As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged - all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin

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California High-Speed Rail Project on Track to Begin Construction

California High-Speed Rail Project on Track to Begin Construction

California's high-speed rail project is ready to get moving, now that Surface Transportation Board voted 2-1 that the California High-Speed Rail Authority can begin construction without having to wait for

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Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Photo via Shutterstock Say you're a small town looking to add some green energy options to your city. You could invest in good old wind or solar power, or in the case of one Spanish town, you could

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Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

Coal Export Project Dirtier than the Keystone XL Pipeline Planned for Pacific Northwest

The Keystone XL pipeline has become the iconic symbol of anti-fossil fuel and climate change activism in the 21st century. Yet, there is a more dangerous project lurking behind the scenes that has not

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Rumors Swirl that Google Might Purchase Tesla Motors

Rumors Swirl that Google Might Purchase Tesla Motors

Bloomberg got the rumor mill running with a recent article speculating about whether Google might have eyes for high-end electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors. The Palo Alto-based car company was

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Incredible Spray That Makes Anything Totally Waterproof is (Finally!) Available

Incredible Spray That Makes Anything Totally Waterproof is (Finally!) Available

Say goodbye to water damaged phones and soggy shoes - Rust-Oleum just launched NeverWet, an amazing product that can waterproof nearly any surface or object. The ultra-hydrophobic spray coating was

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Post-Apocalyptic LEGO Ship Can Walk Around on Dry Land

Post-Apocalyptic LEGO Ship Can Walk Around on Dry Land

In a post-apocalyptic world a walking ship might appear commonplace - but for now, Jason Alleman's LEGO ship is a unique marvel. Alleman's steampunk-esque ship is modeled on Theo Jansen's gigantic

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8 Summertime Tips for Leave No Trace Camping

8 Summertime Tips for Leave No Trace Camping

Backpacker, Shutterstock Perfect Preparation Whether you are headed to the tops of a mountain or the edge of the shore, make sure to research all of the rules, regulations, and weather conditions for

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US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

US Department of Justice and Arkansas Sue Exxon Over Mayflower Oil Spill

Photo via Shutterstock In March, Exxon's Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the suburban town of Mayflower, Arkansas. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of bitumen from leaked into neighborhoods and waterways

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Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Old Laboratory Renovated Into Caltech’s LEED Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute

Originally built in 1974, the Jorgenson Laboratory was a concrete structure outfitted with 'solar shades' and a upper terrace that was hardly used and created a dark interior. Underutilized, Caltech

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The Atomium 3D Prints Food in Any Shape You Can Imagine

The Atomium 3D Prints Food in Any Shape You Can Imagine

That food you're eating is probably tasty and nutritious, but don't you wish it were shaped like a dump truck? With the Atomium, a new 3D-printing concept designed by student Luiza Silva, your next

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MIT Creates Cheap New Full-Color Hologram Technology

MIT Creates Cheap New Full-Color Hologram Technology

Full-color holograms were once just an imaginary mode of communication between rebel princesses and venerated Jedi masters. Daniel Smalley, a graduate student at MIT, has made the technology a reality

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Scientists 3D Print a Tiny Lithium-Ion Battery the Size of a Grain of Sand

Scientists 3D Print a Tiny Lithium-Ion Battery the Size of a Grain of Sand

As technology advances, gadgets and gizmos are becoming smaller and smaller. From medical devices to bee-sized robots, developments in engineering have made for incredibly tiny electronics. To accommodate

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The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

Buying a mobile device these days can feel like signing a pact with the devil - and to make matters worse, it's difficult to determine where the parts were sourced and assembled and whether they were

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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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IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

Most nature lovers are familiar with the concept of a threatened species, or organisms that are in danger due to habitat loss, poaching, disease, or environmental factors. The International Union for

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Moto Electra Sets World Record by Crossing the US on an Electric Motorcycle in 3 Days

Moto Electra Sets World Record by Crossing the US on an Electric Motorcycle in 3 Days

We recently told you about Moto Electra's bold attempt to drive an electric motorcycle across the United States in just 3 days - and on June 6th the team accomplished this world record-breaking feat!

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The SolePower Harvests Energy from Walking to Charge Your Gadgets

The SolePower Harvests Energy from Walking to Charge Your Gadgets

If you pound the pavement every day for your commute or just a little exercise, you can use some of your stride to power your electronic devices. The SolePower is a shoe insole that allows the wearer to

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘So Far’ Traces the Evolution of David Trubridge’s Nature-Inspired Designs

BOOK REVIEW: ‘So Far’ Traces the Evolution of David Trubridge’s Nature-Inspired Designs

Here at Inhabitat, we've been following New Zealand designer David Trubridge's career since we first spotted him at Milan Design Week years ago. As one of his country's most celebrated designers,

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Explore the Elemental LED Design Center – Your Online Resource for the Latest in Energy Efficient Lighting

Explore the Elemental LED Design Center – Your Online Resource for the Latest in Energy Efficient Lighting

Are you an eco-conscious architect, designer or lighting professional looking to stay up to date on the latest innovations coming off the energy-efficient lighting front? We've teamed up with Elemental

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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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Dewar’s Teams up With 80,000 Bees to Create a 3D Bottle Out of Honeycomb

Dewar’s Teams up With 80,000 Bees to Create a 3D Bottle Out of Honeycomb

3D printing has yielded some amazing products, like robohands and prosthetic legs, but now Dewar’s has discovered a whole new way to print in 3D. The whiskey maker recently enlisted the services of

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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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World Population Expected to Reach Almost 11 Billion People by 2100

World Population Expected to Reach Almost 11 Billion People by 2100

Photo via Shutterstock According to numbers recently released by the UN, the world's population is expected reach nearly 11 billion people by 2100. That's about 8 percent more than was predicted in

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