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Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

by , 08/29/14
filed under: News

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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 auspices of the Google X team, with the company trying to work out if delivery-by-drone is feasible to pursue as a service.

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McDonald's Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

by , 08/29/14

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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 exchange for food. Geared toward the city’s endless festivals, the program was designed to get young festival goers to unwittingly clean up the massive amounts of beer and soda cans left around the city after the festivals close.

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

by , 08/29/14
filed under: Architecture, News, Tiny Homes

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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 provide modern efficient homes for people who earn less than $15,000 a year, as well as the homeless population. Backed by Multnomah County, the non-profit organization Micro Community Concepts has teamed up with TechDwell to design the homes that will help Portland residents get back on their feet.

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Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files

by , 08/29/14

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Classic stationary and notebook purveyor Moleskine has taken a leap into the future with their new Livescribe 3 smartpen that turns your notes into digital files. The amazing notebook is paired with a pen packed with motion sensors that translate the pen’s movements into digital images. With the Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks, you can still jot down all of your genius ideas- without having to transcribe them later.

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Screen-free Time Can Improve Kids' Recognition of Nonverbal Emotion Cues, UCLA Study Indicates

by , 08/29/14
filed under: Modern Kids, News, social media

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A new study released by University of California Los Angeles researchers shows that children who were denied screen time for five days improved their ability to read nonverbal emotion cues by a greater amount than a control group who had screen time as usual for the same period. Students across both groups self-reported an average of four and a half hours of screen time per school day, so while there are a number of questions raised by the study, the results do give pause for reflection.

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Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

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People who love architecture tend to love wild spaces as well: after all, buildings and landscapes complement one another, right? Well, imagine being able to study architecture design in a forest environment, where structures are created in symbiosis with the living environment. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? If this sounds like something you’d love to study, you’re in luck: there’s an architecture studio in the heart of the Eugene, Oregon forest called Marking the Forest that might pique your curiosity. The course is given through the Architectural Association in collaboration with the University of Oregon, and delves into subjects such as thoughtfully marking and occupying wild terrain, and re-appropriation of wood into a forest. If this course interests you (or you know someone who’d love to take it), check out the links below for more information.

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How to Make Your Own Terrarium

by , 08/29/14

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I’ve always coveted my friend Melissa’s fabulous terrarium, which is the centerpiece of her stylish, cozy Brooklyn apartment. I’ve secretly wanted one of my own for ages, and recently realizing that some artsy ones can sell for thousands of dollars, I decided it was high time to learn how to make my own on the cheap. After much pleading, I finally managed to convince Melissa to spill her terrarium secrets, which she was kind enough to share in this post! Read on to learn how you can make your own at home:

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Send in Your Ideas to OPENGAP's Tranquil Artists Retreat Design Competition for a Shot at Winning 2000 Euros!

by , 08/29/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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Do you ever feel like your creative juices are drowned out by constant distractions? Whether it’s your cell phone or the noisy neighbor next door, overstimulation is a common problem for urban dwellers. That’s why OPENGAP has launched the 2014 Inspiration Hotel Competition, an open ideas contest that seeks innovative design proposals for a rentable quiet place that fosters creativity and concentration. Open to both professionals and students of all disciplines, the competition imposes few design limits and restrictions in hopes of encouraging avant-garde architectural solutions. Early bird registration ends September 23, 2014.

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Next-Generation Nissan Leaf to Have Double the Driving Range

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With a real-life driving range of about 80 miles, the current generation of the Nissan Leaf can’t travel very far – but the next Leaf will have a much longer range. While it still won’t be able to travel as far as a Tesla Model S, the next-generation Leaf will be able to travel 186 miles between charges.

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Ultra-Grippy and 100% Biodegradable YOGO Mat Folds Down to the Size of a Newspaper

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San Francisco-based startup YOGO just launched the YOGO Mat, a foldable eco-friendly yoga mat compact enough to fit into a purse or backpack. Made from 100% biodegradable natural tree rubber and recyclable straps, the ultra-grippy and machine-washable yoga mat folds and snaps into a small two-pound bundle perfect for eco-conscious, on-the-go yogis. YOGO is available for purchase on yogo.net, Amazon (Prime), in select stores, or as a reward in the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign RISE Yoga for Youth.

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Could Locally-Generated Solar Power be the Key to NYC Storm Resiliency?

by , 08/29/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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One company’s bid to win a $30 million grant put up for grabs by the NYC Economic Development Corporation could be a major game changer in terms of urban resiliency in situations where severe weather paralyzes communication efforts. BlocPower, an energy efficiency company run out of NYU’s Polytechnic School of Engineering’s Urban Future Center, is one of the 37 finalists in the Resiliency Innovations for a Stronger Economy (RISE-NYC) contest, which seeks to find “new technologies and solutions to make New York City businesses more resilient to the impacts of future storms, sea level rise and other effects of climate change.”

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WHO: World's Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the recent Ebola outbreak that started in March of this year is accelerating at an alarming rate and could affect more than 20,000 people before it is contained. More than 40 percent of the total number of cases have occurred within the past 21 days, as the disease is being transmitted in busy city centers. In response, the WHO has come up with a roadmap that aims to stop transmission of the virus in the next eight to nine months, but warns that that timeline could be delayed due to various uncertainties.

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Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

If you love plants but don’t have much outdoor space to indulge your green thumb, you might feel a bit bummed about all the things you can’t grow indoors. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can grow inside, and citrus fruits fall into that category. Lemon trees in particular are easy to grow, and they can fill your home with gorgeous scent as well as beauty. It’s also super fun and rewarding to grow your own baby plant from seed – click the link below learn how to grow a lemon tree from Inhabitots’ resident Kinder-Gardener Petey!

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Terrifying UN Report Warns Climate Change is Becoming Irreversible

by , 08/28/14

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released an alarming new report that shows unchecked greenhouse gas emissions are leading to inevitable and irreversible climate change. The report warns that higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain and other climate extremes are likely to intensify unless greenhouse gases are brought under control. And furthermore, the report warns that the world is nearing the temperature at which the loss of the vast Greenland ice sheet is inevitable.

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Claude Ponti's Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever Created

Claude Ponti's Sleepy Chick Topiary is Possibly the Cutest Thing Ever…

In what may be the most adorable exhibit in the history of art, Claude Ponti's Sleeping Bird Topiary can be seen by those lucky people living in or visiting Nantes, France. Located in…

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Iceland's Magnificent Modernist Churches

Iceland's Magnificent Modernist Churches

First of all, unlike most European capitals, Reykjavik doesn't have a cathedral or large church dating back from the Medieval or Renaissance eras. This is mainly because the city only…

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Happy 29th Birthday to the World's Oldest Wombat!

Happy 29th Birthday to the World's Oldest Wombat!

The world's oldest living and most probably fattest Australian Common Wombat has just celebrated his 29th birthday. Patrick the Wombat has lived at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in…

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Montreal's Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing Modern Day Makeover

Montreal's Beloved Saint Roch-de-l’Achigan Convent Gets Amazing…

The main focus in converting the historic building into municipal offices was to re-establish the structure's presence as a community pillar. In order to bridge the old building's…

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Scientists Discover New Way the Egyptian Pyramids SHOULD Have Been Built

Scientists Discover New Way the Egyptian Pyramids SHOULD Have Been…

The Egyptian pyramids are an incredible feat of human ingenuity - but they could have been built in a better way. Three physicists at Indiana State University came up with a brilliant…

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