Tesla's First Service Center in New Jersey Gets the Green Light

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Despite recent battles with the state of New Jersey, Tesla has just received approval to build its first service center in north New Jersey. Last week, the Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a 27,000 square foot Tesla service center and showroom on Route 17 in Paramus.

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Incredible Sculptures You Won't Believe Are Made of Reclaimed Wood Scraps

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

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3XN Wins Design Competition for Grand University Building in Sweden

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Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

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Coney Island usually conjures up images of fun in the sun, but area residents are saying that a nearby creek is looking more like a nightmare. According to locals, the Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to clean out the western Coney Island sewers also unintentionally spewed black water out of the sewer overflow pipe at West 33rd Street and Bayview Avenue. Some Coney Islanders are reporting that the sludge is even washing up onto Kaiser Park beach and ruining the local habitat.

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Ray: Interactive "Talking" Solar-Powered Sculpture Kicks Up a Colorful Whirlwind at Vivid Sydney

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Every year, Sydney is transformed into a psychedelic show of lights, music, and ideas for the public arts event Vivid Sydney. Design team amigo & amigo created this year’s most popular structure: Ray, a fully interactive, solar-powered light installation that “talks” to the crowds via social media. Visitors interact with the colorful toronado-like light sculpture by pulling on loose ropes to “throw” colored light onto Ray. The installation was created with support from Wildwon and S1T2. You can learn more about their design process from concept to execution in this Pollinate Energy video.

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Urban Beach, Mini-Golf Course and Beer Garden Pop Up in the Financial District

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New York’s Financial District is changing its buttoned-up image this summer with a pop-up urban beach and other fun activities to enjoy. The Downtown Alliance recently opened their newly transformed strip of Water Street between Whitehall and Wall as part of its Game On! Summer series. In addition to the seasonal festivities, visitors will be able to sip some brews at an outdoor beer garden and play a round of mini-golf.

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Explore This Tiny 240-Square-Foot Studio's Small Space Secrets!

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Gun Architects' Rainforest Pavilion Creates a Cool Oasis in the Middle of London

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INTERVIEW: 5+Design's Michael Ellis Discusses How Architecture Can Fight Obesity

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Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America, and countries around the world are quickly following suit. One thing most health and nutrition experts can agree on is that there’s no one solution for rapidly growing obesity rates—it’s a problem that must be tackled simultaneously on multiple fronts. While some fight to eliminate sugary drinks, increase fruit and vegetable intake, or reduce portion sizes, Hollywood-based 5+Design is working to combat obesity with its approach to architecture and landscape design. Inhabitat recently sat down with 5+Design’s Michael Ellis to learn more about anti-obesity architecture, and how the built environment can get people to adopt healthy habits without having to think about it. Keep reading for what he had to say.

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This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

by , 06/29/14

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Large-scale energy storage is one of the major challenges facing renewable energy, but a recent breakthrough could be a real game changer. Scientists at USC, led by professor Sri Narayan, just developed a new long-lasting battery that is cheap to build, water-based, and made out of green components with no toxic chemicals and no metals. The battery can be used in power plants where it can store large amounts of energy for on-demand use.

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First Ever Mushroom Tower Sprouts at MoMA PS1 in New York

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Mushrooms aren’t just for eating anymore. Biotect David Benjamin and his firm, The Living, recently completed their latest project – the world’s first tower made of fungus bricks – at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York. The shroomy, biodegradable building was recently unveiled at a press preview, and you can get a peek by checking out our gallery here.

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Could Waiting to Have Kids Help Women Live Longer?

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We’ve all been taught that waiting to have kids later in life increases the chance of complications. For this reason, many women assume that the right time to get pregnant is in their twenties. But new research conducted by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health, is making the health community question this advice. The study, which looked at over 400 women, concludes that ladies who can naturally, “Have children after the age of 33 have a greater chance of living longer than women who had their last child before the age of 30.”

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Swarm of Tiny 'Minibuilder' Robots Can 3D Print Giant Buildings On-Site

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Physicist Wants to Build 1,000-Foot Walls to Prevent Tornadoes from Destroying the Midwest

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Temple University physicist Rongjia Tao wants to build massive 1,000-foot high, 165-foot thick walls around the American Midwest to keep the tornadoes out. It may sound outlandish, but the proposal is based on the fact that the Chinese plains have few tornadoes. This is because they are surrounded by mountain ranges which slow down passing winds and prevent the formation of twisters.

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Nokia's Wearable Tech Trousers Wirelessly Charges Your Phone on the Go

Nokia's Wearable Tech Trousers Wirelessly Charges Your Phone on the Go

Tech-savvy, on the go lifestyles have become society's norm, but it's hard to stay mobile when your gadgets keep running out of juice. That's why Nokia teamed up with British designer…

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There's an 80% Chance that El Nino Will Hit Between October and November

There's an 80% Chance that El Nino Will Hit Between October and…

The past few years have seen weather extremes around the globe - and it looks like we won’t be catching a break this year, either. Scientists predict there's an 80 percent chance that…

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Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Beautiful Woven Refugee Tents Get Their Power from the Sun

Drawing inspiration from traditional basket weaving techniques and the flexibility of snake skin, the designer uses weatherproof fabric drawn between durable, curved plastic tubing.…

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German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

Germany recently smashed three solar energy records in just two weeks and set a new overall renewables record last month with 74 percent clean energy use during the middle of the day.…

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This 'Catalytic' Laundry Detergent Cleans Your Clothes and Your Air

This 'Catalytic' Laundry Detergent Cleans Your Clothes and Your Air

Air pollution is dangerous. It makes us sick, harms the environment, and looks pretty gross. We've known this for decades, yet we keep pumping dangerous pollutants into the atmosphere.…

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