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Deadly Ebola Outbreak Spreads Across West Africa, Infects Two Americans

by , 07/30/14
filed under: News

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It started in Guinea earlier this year, when several people died of the Ebola virus disease. From there it spread across West Africa to Liberia and Sierra Leone, and now more than 1,100 people have contracted the quickly-spreading disease, including two Americans. While there have been Ebola outbreaks before, with over 660 people dead from the virus, this outbreak is considered the deadliest ever.

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New Contraceptive Implant Could Give Women Wireless Control Over Their Own Fertility

by , 07/30/14

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While corporations like Hobby Lobby have been battling to take away women’s choices when it comes to contraception, the Gates Foundation and MicroCHIPS Inc. strive to give women full control over their own reproduction. MicroCHIPS is in the process of developing a contraceptive implant that can be controlled wirelessly and, unlike contraceptive implants like IUD’s, would only need to be replaced every 16 years or so. Even better, the implant can be controlled by the wearer, allowing women, and not their employers, to determine when and how they decide to use their birth control.

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Did This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Poster's 9/11 Imagery Go Too Far?

by , 07/30/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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There’s already been a ton of hype surrounding the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, but not all of the attention has been positive. A new poster pairing a pic of the reptilian heroes jumping out of an exploding building with not-so-subtle text calling out the film’s September 11th release date in Australia has been met with ire. For now, it’s unclear whether the distasteful juxtaposition that calls back to the 9/11 tragedy New Yorkers remember so well was purposeful or just a design flub. Read on to see the full poster and judge for yourself.

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Autoban Unveils Futuristic Wooden Cocoons for Azerbaijan's Baku Airport

by , 07/29/14

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Amazing Multicolored Tree Produces 40 Different Kinds of Fruit!

by , 07/29/14

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In a magical marriage of art and nature, Sam Van Aken has created a living fairytale tree that blooms in multiple colors and produces 40 different kinds of fruit. Artist and Syracuse University art professor Aken created the hybridized fruit tree, which grows more than 40 different kinds of stone fruit ranging from cherries and plums to peaches, apricots and almonds.

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects Channel Bucky Fuller With 8 Community Bamboo Domes in Vietnam

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Pangolin: World's Most Illegally-Traded Mammal Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

by , 07/29/14
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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Scaly anteaters are so in demand for their meat and scales that the animals are being poached to the point of extinction. Pangolins look like walking pine cones and can be found across Asia and Africa, but they are so popular on menus in Vietnam and China that all eight species have recently been upgraded to threatened. In fact, demand for the animals is so high that a thriving poaching trade between Asia and Africa has popped up.

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Could Bees 3D-Print Concrete Structures in the Cities of the Future?

by , 07/29/14

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Bees already pollinate the great majority of our fruits and veggies – but could they build our buildings as well? Former Gizmodo Editor-in-Chief Geoff Manaugh, and designer John Becker came up a plan to use bees to 3D print architectural structures using geometric formwork. In the plan bees serve as 3D printer printheads, and their honey-making glands would produce concrete instead of honey.

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Colorful Binishell Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete Cost Just $3,500

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McDonald's Japan Shuns Chinese Chicken Amidst Tainted Meat Scandal

by , 07/29/14
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China’s meat industry was recently dealt another blow as McDonald’s Japan announced plans to stop importing Chinese chicken for sale in its restaurants. According to The Guardian, the decision is a result of the recent food safety scandal centered around Shanghai-based Husi Foods (the Chinese arm of U.S.-based OSI Group), which is accused of repackaging and selling meat past its expiry date. In light of customer concerns around tainted meat from China, the company will now be sourcing mean for its eight chicken dishes from Thailand instead.

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Breakthrough Honeycomb Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Boost EV Range to 300 Miles

by , 07/29/14
filed under: Electric Cars, green car, News

A team from the Stanford School of Engineering has made a breakthrough in lithium-ion battery design that is expected to result in more stable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and significantly reduce their cost. By taking inspiration from the structure of honeycomb, the team has resolved the issue of dendrite formation on the batteries, a mossy-looking leak of lithium ions that reduces efficiency and can pose a fire hazard. The result is a lithium-anode battery that could give a range of up to 300 miles and reduce the cost of an EV with that kind of range down to around $25,000.

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Bosky Sustainable Sunglasses Bring Art to Eyewear

by , 07/29/14

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Bosky Optics sees wood as not merely a sustainable material for sunglasses, but also a medium for spreading a message. The company has teamed up with 13 artists from 5 different continents and engraved their designs on their new line of sustainable eyewear. Available in 3 different styles, these sunglasses are decorated with the buyer’s choice of engravings, and each artist receives a royalty payment for every pair that sells with their design. In addition to payment, they also have a chance to have their artwork promoted in an entirely new way: in motion, on eco-friendly items that are worn proudly, with purpose.

You can help support one of these 13 artists by backing this project’s Kickstarter campaign, and you’ll also score some pretty fabulous shades in the process.

+ Engraved Wood Sunglasses Kickstarter Page

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Dragon-Shaped Solar Stadium in Taiwan is 100% Powered by the Sun

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Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

by , 07/29/14

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Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be transported to the window for more sunlight or the user may choose to only plant one side and hang it on the wall to create a vertical garden. The open ended design leaves the placement up to the user. The form is made out of a fabric rectangle, folded into a double sided pot and stamped with an eyelet. There is a gap between the two layers allowing the soil to breathe and drain. Nomad is made from scrap boat sails and boat covers. The materials are locally-sourced from the post production waste of sailmakers in the Bronx, New York. Some of the materials are sailcloth from the 80’s that isn’t up to par with the sail industry today. A joint senior thesis project at Parsons The New School For Design with Miriam Josi this past Spring, Nomad was developed through a common passion for food, design and sustainable living.

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NYC's Design Trust for Public Space Launches Urban Agriculture Data Collection Portal

by , 07/29/14

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Some people still criticize the urban agriculture movement as a cute idea with little potential to feed urban populations, or as an unnecessary intrusion on valuable city real estate. Part of the problem is there has never been solid data to back up the many benefits that food production brings to the urban ecosystem. Starting this summer, however, a new online tool is set to change that. New York City’s Design Trust for Public Space just launched an online data toolkit that tracks 19 metrics under four broad categories to give greater validity to the claims of urban farmers.

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VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez's Translucent M Cube Residence

VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez's Translucent M Cube Residence

A few years ago, Inhabitat had a chance to catch up with M Design's eco-prefab architect Mark Baez in lovely Venice, CA.  He gave us a personal tour of his M Cube home—a minimalist,…

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Life-Saving Boot Can Detect Active Landmines from 6.5 Feet Away

Life-Saving Boot Can Detect Active Landmines from 6.5 Feet Away

Bogota-based design firm Lemur Studio has designed a life-saving boot insert which can detect landmines from a distance of 6.5 feet. SaveOneLife was created with soldiers in mind, but…

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Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress…

The Dutch-Belgian practice's wonderful floating bridge provides pedestrian access and an emergency exit from the Ravelijn op den Zoom fortress. Located on a small island and surrounded…

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Lighting Designers Transform Peru's Biggest Bank into One of the World's Largest Interactive Light Shows

Lighting Designers Transform Peru's Biggest Bank into One of the…

Lighting designers Claudia Paz and Nicholas Cheung recently unveiled BCP Affinity, a massive LED-studded interactive installation that transformed the facade of Peru's largest and…

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Amazon Launches Online Store for 3D-Printed Items

Amazon Launches Online Store for 3D-Printed Items

3D-printing just officially went mainstream as Amazon announced the launch of an online store for 3D-printed items. With more than 250 products (including pendants, toys, nylon wallets,…

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