Shipping Container Apartments Cause a Stir in Brookland, DC

by , 07/25/14

Shipping container homes aren’t exactly unique—they’ve been used as dwellings all over the world for decades—but they’re gaining popularity across the USA and causing quite a stir in this established DC neighborhood. The apartment buildings in this Brookland area are being created with stacked grey and blue shipping containers, which stand out in sharp contrast to the quaint homes all around it. Brookland Equity Group recently received permits to demolish an old house and build four shipping block containers in its place, and some of the neighbors are undoubtedly concerned about how the buildings fit in with the area’s aesthetic. The apartments have yet to be decorated, so perhaps once they’ve been painted and gentrified a bit, there will be less hesitation about welcoming them to the neighborhood.

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

by , 07/25/14

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“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction. She often leads groups through Dimock and Montrose on a ‘Toxic Tour,” explaining the history of drilling and fracking in the County. Since drilling began in Northeast PA, negative health and environmental effects have been increasing, and although it’s hard to find statistics for some of the resulting problems, Vera Scroggins is the best primary source.

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Gaza Artist Turns Israeli Air Strike Smoke into Powerful Sketches

by , 07/25/14
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As the world looks on with horror at the growing civilian toll in Gaza, and Hamas and Israel consider the terms of a U.S.-proposed ceasefire, one young Palestinian architect is responding to the crisis through art. Gaza-based Tawfik Gebreel aims to send a message, in the “universal humanitarian language understood by all peoples of the world.” He is using photos of the smoke thrown up by rocket strikes and reworking the images with symbols of hope and unity.

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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

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DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

by , 07/25/14
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We’re still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated, we’ve been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets, but it’s always fun to try something new, right? If you’ve never had horchata, it’s certainly worth the bit of effort required to make it. Although a hot version of this drink is popular in autumn for El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) this gorgeous Mexican beverage is just as perfect for summer barbecues, beach lounging, and days spent reading in the sunshine.

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Aaron D'Innocenzo Built this Green Desert Home by Himself in Eight Years

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Google Streetview Cars Track Down Stray Methane Emissions that Contribute to Climate Change

by , 07/25/14
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Google has added another item to its lengthy list of services, and this one is something you really wouldn’t expect. Google’s Street View cars that map roads across the world are also being used to sniff out natural gas leaks that are surprisingly common in major cities across the U.S. The Huffington Post reports that Google’s cars were outfitted with air monitors and used to take millions of readings on the streets of Boston, New York and Indianapolis over the past two years as part of a program by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) aimed at reducing stray methane emissions that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Citi Bike Could Double Its Bike-Share Fleet with Multimillion-Dollar Investment Deal

by , 07/25/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Earlier this year, the future of NYC’s Citi Bike looked bleak after reports of “significant financial and operational issues,” but a multimillion-dollar deal expected to close in a week is poised to keep the bike-share program rolling. According to the Wall Street Journal, REQX Ventures, an affiliate of real-estate tycoon Related Companies, has been in talks with Citi Bike operator Alta Bicycle Share Inc. for several months. The new investment could double Citi Bike’s fleet and expand the program’s footprint to upper Manhattan, southern Brooklyn and Queens.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Identify the Docile Honeybee from its More Aggressive Counterparts

by , 07/25/14

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Did you know that one out of three bites of food that Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Honeybees play a crucial role in the nation’s food supply, which means the alarming decline and disappearance of their hives due to Colony Collapse Disorder poses a major threat to U.S. and world agriculture. To make matters worse, the poor and docile honeybee often gets confused with the aggressive hornet, which leads some people fearful of bee stings to indiscriminately kill off the important pollinator. That’s why Angie’s List compiled an infographic that will help you “bee informed” about the different types of bees and the importance of preserving honeybee populations.

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Vandals Break into Historic NY State Pavilion, Damage 50-Year-Old Terrazzo Map with Fire

by , 07/25/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Just when things were looking up for the NY State Pavilion a new report says vandals ruined part of the 50-year-old terrazzo map. A motely crew reportedly broke into the historic park last weekend and set fire to a stolen van. Thankfully the van did not explode, but the resulting heat and flames set the tarp that covers the map on fire. Distraught supporters of the Pavilion also discovered parts of the 1964 World’s Fair relic that were even smashed in with cinderblocks.

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Californians Paint Their Lawns Green as Devastating Drought Continues

by , 07/25/14

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California’s crippling drought has forced many residents to cut back on water-wasting activities, but one company is making the best of a bad situation by helping them keep their lawns looking good by painting them green! Green Canary and other companies in California are painting dead and dormant brown lawns to create the illusion of a lush, healthy lawn that doesn’t need irrigating.

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Think You Can Create a Smaller Power Inverter? Google Will Give You a Million Bucks if You Can!

by , 07/25/14

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Google is offering a million dollars if you can create a power inverter that is smaller than a laptop. If you don’t know what an inverter is, the competition probably isn’t up your alley, but basically it means that Google is hoping to change the future of electricity. Current power inverters – the boxes that change direct current into alternating current in homes, businesses and cars – are the size of a picnic cooler, limiting what they can be used for, so a smaller, lighter inverter could change power as we know it (and make one lucky person a million dollars richer).

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Steam Punk Joben Bistro Boasts a Pile of Repurposed Materials and a Glowing LED Zeppelin in Romania

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How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

by , 07/24/14
filed under: Animals, News

Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible, baby blue blood – are used to test for bacterial contamination, thus saving countless lives each year during medical procedures. The only trouble is, we have to catch a quarter of a million horseshoe crabs each year to do this, and then we have to drain their blood.

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World's Longest Suspension Bridge and Bungee Jump Heaven Opens in Sochi, Russia

by , 07/24/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge just opened in Sochi National Park, Russia. It’s not really meant to serve your daily commute, though – the bridge is part of the AJ Hackett Sochi Skypark. The 1,800-foot-long bridge was built over a 650 foot chasm and it attracts bungee jumpers and sightseers alike.

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OLIS: Rock-Like LED Lamp Adds a Sublime Glow to Indoor and Outdoor Environments

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If you're in the market for a sublime new lamp, then you might want to check out OLIS, a carefully developed lamp that uses energy-efficient LED technology. Moving away from…

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Help Edible Schoolyard NYC Build Organic Gardens for East Harlem Schools!

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We all know how important being around nature is for boosting morale and health, which is why Edible Schoolyard NYC needs your help to bring organic gardens to several disadvantaged…

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Labyrinthine Green-Roofed Hangzhou Duolan Complex Combines a Mall With Urban Homes in China

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Topped with a sloping green roof, the complex attempts to provide every floor with an immediate access to the roof and address the isolation of living and working practices. The…

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Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Not Quite a Couch Potato, This Chair is Sculpted from Spuds

Children are usually told to stop playing with their food, but those who never grow out of that particular habit tend to end up as rather brilliant, creative adults. Designer Gert…

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BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves Béhar's Fuseproject

BlueFocus Communication Group to Acquire Majority Stake in Yves…

The Chinese brand management company BlueFocus Communication Group (BFCG) is set to acquire a 75 percent stake in the groundbreaking bi-coastal industrial design studio Fuseproject…

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