Senate passes lands bills protecting over one million acres of public land

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A new suite of lands bills will protect massive, sweeping areas of American wilderness, including areas in Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana and Washington. The bills will protect more than 245,000 acres of wilderness, and over one million acres of public land in total. The National Park System will also be expanded.

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Enter your design prototypes to the ICFF Studio competition—Win a spot at ICFF and major media exposure

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Are you a designer with a working prototype that has yet to reach commercial production? If so, enter your prototype to the juried design competition ICFF Studio and you could get a big jumpstart on your product and your career. Founded by Bernhardt Design and ICFF, the annual competition awards up to 12 emerging design professionals with the chance to showcase their work at New York’s ICFF, an opportunity that offers exposure in front of thousands of manufacturers, retailers, and the media. Entries will be judged on design aesthetics, ability to be economically mass-produced, marketability, and commercial viability. Submissions are due January 31, 2015.

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Pets

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For those of us whose pets are practically our children, buying presents and seeing them enjoy their gifts is a delight. Whether you’re looking to make your pet feel a little cozier and loved, or encouraging them to have more fun, we have a great lineup of gifts for your fuzzy companion. From bouncy balls to eco-luxe cork collars, custom food bowls, and cozy beds, read on to see our favorite ideas for that special four-legged or feathered friend in your life.

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New York just banned fracking!

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New York just became the first state with sizable shale gas reserves in the United States to ban fracking. In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York cited health and safety reasons as influencing his decision to ban fracking – the much-debated process of extracting shale gas from deep within the earth. Many worry that the practice could contaminate air and water, posing “inestimable” health risks.

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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador's Quilotao Crater

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Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

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Almost everyone has heard that there was once water on Mars, but that doesn’t answer the question of whether or not there is or was life there. But new information from NASA’s Curiosity rover might help us get one step closer to an answer. Scientists found evidence of methane spikes on the red planet’s surface, which may have come from bacteria-like organisms. If so, it could be the first time humans have ever detected alien life.

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

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A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species’ latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the orangutan was found with her arms and legs broken on a plantation owned by the Makin Group of Indonesia, a major provider of palm oil to the world market.

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IKEA transforms a Moscow movie theater into a giant bedroom

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3D-printed prosthetic legs allow Derby the dog to run for the first time

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded in recent years, and one of the most innovative uses for this technology has been that of prosthetics—for people and animals alike. We’ve seen prosthetic limbs for ducks, and now a pair of 3D-printed legs is allowing a very special dog named Derby to run for the very first time in his life. Born with disfigured front legs, Derby has only been able to get around with the help of a cart purchased by his adoptive family, but now, with the help of a team of 3D engineers and veterinarians, Derby is able to run.

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Unbelievable Challenge unveils winning designs for Santa Claus' Arctic logistics center

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Steven Holl Architects wins precedent-setting competition to design Mumbai City Museum North Wing

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Unlock a New App Experience on Your Windows Devices

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Windows Store gives you access to tons of gaming, lifestyle, entertainment and social apps. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find some gems.

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25 DIY gifts you can put together in mere minutes

25 DIY gifts to make in minutes

It’s likely that we’ve all been in situations where we’ve been short on cash at the holidays, or scrambled at the last minute to put together presents for people we forgot to add to our shopping list. Fortunately, there are several fabulous DIY gifts that can be created in 10 minutes (or less), and this infographic lists 25 of them! So, if you’re running short on time but have some cool supplies on hand, you can whip together anything from a body scrub to a recipe book, snow globe, or even a jar full of dog biscuits. Read on after the jump to find some great DIY presents for your friends, neighbors, and co-workers today.

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DIY: Craft an adorable Christmas village from recycled cardboard

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

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The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia from their house! However, the rapidly changing climate, which is changing faster in Alaska than anywhere else in the nation, is keeping the Chukchi Sea from freezing as early as it used to – leaving the shoreline exposed to fall and winter storms. It’s also melting the permafrost upon which the town’s nearly 600 residents have built their homes, and the island is eroding as the permafrost melts.

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INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve Water Quality in NYC

INTERVIEW: How These Pretty Rainwater Gardens Could Vastly Improve…

What it looks like when a combined sewage overflow happens (notice the greyish water overtaking the cleaner water). In Atema's words, "Not real pretty." Still image captured from…

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Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang per buck

Extruded 3D real estate maps show which NYC nabes are the most bang…

You've probably seen heatmaps showing your area's real estate prices, but they often don't show the whole picture. Hoping to tell a more comprehensive story about average home prices in…

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Video: Mona Caron’s blooming murals pay homage to resilient weeds

Video: Mona Caron’s blooming murals pay homage to resilient weeds

Using both on-site animations and murals, Mona Caron highlights the resilience of urban weeds. Born in Switzerland and based in San Francisco, the artist cares for all those beings…

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BMW's i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

BMW's i3 Prototype can park itself while its driver walks away

Several cars on the market already have technology that allows them to park themselves without total interaction from the driver, but none of them allow you to completely get out of the…

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Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional plywood furniture

Stunning Madrid apartment features space-saving, multifunctional…

Spanish architectural firm + BUJ+COLÓN Arquitectos has just completed renovation work on a gorgeous apartment in Madrid. The team used plywood strategically as both the primary…

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