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Henrique Oliveira's Powerful Recycled Wood "Tridimensional" Sculptures Burst Through Gallery Walls

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The Garden Igloo is a Pop-Up Geodesic Dome Perfect for Any Backyard

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Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

by , 08/31/14
filed under: News, Sustainable Food

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It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory Coast recently had the opportunity to do just that when they tasted the chocolate made with their beans for the first time. A correspondent from Metropolis TV visited the farmers and gave them their first-ever chocolate bar – hit the jump to see a video of their reaction.

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99-Year Old Lillian Weber is Making a New Dress Every Day for Needy Kids in Africa

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In 2011, Lillian Weber started sewing dresses for the charity Little Dresses for Africa and she has been sewing one every single day since then. It’s all part of the 99-year old’s mission to make 1,000 dresses for African children in need. At last count she had reached 840 dresses and she shows no signs of stopping.

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Ingenious Cardboard Packaging Folds to Fit Parcels of Any Shape

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Excessive packaging is one of our top pet peeves here at Inhabitat, so we were really inspired by this flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, saving a bundle on wasteful filler. Designed by Patrick Sung, the packaging design concept features triangulated perforations that allow it to bend around odd forms. This could also save on fuel for shipping, since all of that wasted box filler is eliminated.

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Tiny Off-Grid Hawk House has Soaring Views of the California Mountains

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Old Public Bus Salvaged to Create Affordable Housing in Israel

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Ryosuke Fukusada Makes a Surprising Light Bulb From Wood

by , 08/30/14
filed under: Green Lighting

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German light bulb maker LEDON enlisted Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada to create the impossible- a light bulb made from wood. Fukusada created the illusionary lamp by wrapping an LED bulb in a thin layer of pine. The resulting bulb looks solid when off, but when switched on, a warm glow shines through the wood’s natural rings and markings.

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Jonna Pohjalainen’s Giant Colored Pencil Sculptures Make You Feel Miniature!

by , 08/30/14

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Nepalese Teen Invents Cheap Solar Panel Using Human Hair

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Did you know that melanin, the pigment in hair, is light sensitive and can be used as a conductor? Well, that’s what an 18 year old in Nepal recently discovered, and is now using human hair to replace silicon in solar panels. Since the price of hair is considerably cheaper than silicon, this enterprising youth may have just found a breakthrough technology to help bring down the cost of solar and give thousands of people in developing nations access to affordable renewable energy.

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6 Amazing Repurposed Swimming Pools to Dip Into This Summer

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NASA Confirms "Impossible" Propellant-free Microwave Thruster for Spacecraft Works!

by , 08/30/14
filed under: clean tech, News, Solar Power

Designs for a device called a microwave thruster, which could power spacecraft without the need for propellant, have been proposed since 2006. While the engine follows the principles of relativity theory in converting electrical energy into force to produce thrust, it has been dismissed as impossible in practice since it defies the law of conservation of momentum. But a team from NASA has just successfully trialled their own version of the engine, which changes everything.

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Blu Homes Drops Prices by $140,000 With Their New 2015 Product Line

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Why Sleeping Bear Dunes is Considered One of America's Most Beautiful Places (PHOTOS)

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The Mystery of the Death Valley Sailing Rocks Has Finally Been Solved

by , 08/29/14
filed under: News

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Remember those crazy rocks that were mysteriously sliding along the Death Valley floor when no one was watching? Someone finally caught the stones in action and we finally know what is making them move. Three scientists slapped 15 GPS-loaded rocks onto the Racetrack Playa and after a lot of patience, they discovered that a little bit of water, ice, wind, and a very precise set of circumstances is all it takes to get the stones moving.

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Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up…

During the Absolut residency, the six artists shared an apartment in Jeppestown, Johannesburg where they exchanged ideas on how to design creative solutions to the city's issues. "The…

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth…

Inspired by the affordability of the material, Bilbao decided to build the walls using rammed earth in order to provide the home with optimal temperature control through its thermal…

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Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

Google has announced the successful testing of Project Wing, an experimental "unmanned aerial vehicle," a.k.a. a drone. The project has been developed over the last two years under the…

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McDonald's Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

McDonald's Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

A new program at McDonald’s in Stockholm is even more affordable than their Dollar Menu. Through an collaboration with DDB, the fast food chain is now accepting recycled cans in…

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25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or…

The tiny home revolution has reached Portland, Oregon, as the city nears approval for a massive new tiny house community. The project, which is pending the perfect plot of land, will…

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