Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

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Forget Junk Food: Colorado's First Pot Vending Machine Serves Up Recreational Marijuana

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In 2012, Colorado made history by becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21. This week, the state enjoyed another first: the installation of a vending machine that dispenses cannabis directly to the public. Created by Arizona company American Green, ZaZZZ is “an automated, age-verifying, climate-controlled marijuana dispensing machine.” Although it’s not, as some have billed it, the “first weed vending machine in the world,” ZaZZZ is the first standalone kiosk to dispense cannabis without the oversight of a budtender.

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MIT Unveils Seawater-Cooled Floating Nuclear Power Plant That Can Withstand Earthquakes and Tsunamis

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MIT has unveiled designs for an earthquake and tsunami-proof nuclear power plant. Similar in design to platforms used for offshore oil drilling, the floating power plant would use the surrounding water to cool the reactors, minimizing the possibility of overheating and potential meltdown. In case of decommissioning, the structure would be towed away to an onshore facility.

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An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

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Buried at the very bottom of a fact sheet released at yesterday’s White House Solar Summit is a striking statistic: “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, supporting workers whose jobs can’t be outsourced.” Since President Obama was first elected in 2008, installed solar power capacity in the United States has risen rapidly from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) to an estimated 13 GW in 2014 — a nearly eleven fold increase, which is enough renewable electricity to power more than 2.2 million American homes. At the summit, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $15 million program to help state, local and tribal governments build solar panels to continue the solar boom in the U.S.

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NYC's New Tavern on the Green Restaurant Will Seek LEED Silver Certification

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When it finally opens its doors on April 24th, NYC’s famed Tavern on the Green restaurant will boast a slew of sustainable features that will help it live up to its verdant name. Inhabitat recently had a chance to tour the newly renovated space – click here to sneak a peek for yourself!

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SNEAK PEEK: Explore the New Tavern on the Green Before It Opens on April 24th

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Revolutionary "Superman" Memory Crystals Can Store Data Virtually Forever

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While most of us are just getting used to the idea of 3D printing, scientists are already working on technological marvels that operate two dimensions deeper. Researchers at the University of Southampton have succeeded in recording and retrieving five dimensional digital data using a quartz crystal. The ‘Superman’ memory crystal is a futuristic storage technique with unprecedented features – including a 360 terabyte per disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1000°C and a practically unlimited lifetime.

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Elliat Rich's Decennia Chair Blooms With Colorful Patterns as its Paint Wears Away

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If you’re passionate about bespoke furniture, you can’t get any more personalized than Elliat Rich‘s Decennia Chair currently on show at Milan Design Week as part of ‘The Other Hemisphere’ exhibition. Rich developed a process for painting the chair that involves several layers of colored paint topped by a textural lime finish. The paint layers are designed to be slow wearing, so that over time the white surface is worn away, exposing the colored pattern beneath.

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UNStudio Unveils Their Half-Twist Reflective Installation in Shanghai

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Flat Pack Tables Fold into Origami Shelters in the Event of a Disaster

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Modern 269 Sq Ft Tiny Studio Houses a Family of Three in the Mountains Outside Madrid

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Second Annual NYCxDESIGN Festival Will Be a Celebration of Design from the 5 Boroughs

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NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design) will be returning to the city for its second year this May with hundreds of shows, events and workshops celebrating design from all around the five boroughs. The 12-day soirée will take place at multiple locations in NYC from May 9th through May 20th, highlighting locally-made products, art, crafts, clothing, graphics, furniture and even buildings. The initiative, along with the Built/NYC program that was launched after the success of last year’s NYCxDESIGN, is aimed towards supporting New York City-based designers and growing the local economy.

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An Anonymous Artist is Surprising New Yorkers with Unexpected Hacked Trash Infrastructure

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An anonymous New York City artist has been using discarded materials to hack urban infrastructure into playful and practical installations. Whether it be impromptu scrapwood seating added to bike racks or tarp hammocks strung from construction fencing, the guerrilla artist’s Rotten Apple project has been surprising and delighting passersby. Made up of simple recycled materials, the unexpected masterpieces are little doses of fun integrated right onto city streets.

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Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy School Food on Vegetarian Schools and Why Vegan is Healthier

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Most parents try everything they can to make sure their kids eat healthy foods while at home, but what about when they’re at school? Considering that it’s one of the three main meals of the day, what your child has for lunch is a major factor in their development, and can have an effect on both their learning and growth. While it may not seem like we have much control over the types of foods and snacks our children have at school (especially if they attend public school), we recently spoke with Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, and learned that quite the opposite is true. We also found out more about the Coalition’s involvement in establishing NYC’s first vegetarian school, and how the kids at that school have been faring academically since the change. Read on for Amie’s tips on what you can do to ensure that your child’s school lunch is as nutritious as what you give them at home, and see an example of how a healthier, plant-based diet even boosted test scores at one school.

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Portland, Oregon Dumps Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water After Teen Urinates Into Reservoir

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Portland administrators have agreed to flush away 38 million gallons of formerly clean drinking water from Mt. Tabor Reservoir after a Portland Water Bureau video camera caught a teenager urinating directly into the City of Roses’ drinking supply. The 19-year-old was apprehended and eventually given a citation for public urination, but the damage to the water supply is already done. The video caught the teen and some friends messing around doing typical teen stuff near the reservoir, but the highlight was when one teen stopped, leaned against the iron fence, hitched up his pants and decided to contaminate the water supply.

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5 Incredibly Tiny & Awesome Mobile Homes

5 Incredibly Tiny & Awesome Mobile Homes

N55's Walking House Danish experimental studio N55 designed a modular self-sufficient home that can walk. The Walking House is a sustainable living unit complete with solar panels,…

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Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico's Mesmerizing Landscape

Freshly Renovated Bronze-Glass Clad Trevox Apartments Reflect Mexico's…

In order to make the villa suitable for six units, CRAFT added a second floor to part of the original sprawling structure. Geometric mirrored panels make up the façade with strategic…

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BMW i3 Electric Vehicle Wins 'World Green Car' and 'Design of the Year' Awards at the 2014 New York Auto Show

BMW i3 Electric Vehicle Wins 'World Green Car' and 'Design of the…

The World Car of the Year Awards were given out today at the 2014 New York Auto Show, and the BMW i3 electric car was crowned the Green Car Of The Year and the Car Design Of The Year.…

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A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office's House in Yagi

A Single Tree Grows Inside Suppose Design Office's House in Yagi

House in Yagi isn't completely finished. In fact, the home was designed to not be completely finished even when the owner moved in - the concept was for the home to only meet the most…

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Europe's First Chemical-Free Apartment Village for 'Hypersensitives' Completed in Switzerland

Europe's First Chemical-Free Apartment Village for 'Hypersensitives'…

Europe’s first chemical-free housing complex was recently completed near Zurich in Switzerland. The development was carefully designed for those suffering from Multiple Chemical…

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