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Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

The bottles used to complete the structure, all of which were donated by students and the local community, help to regulate sunlight and control the temperature within the nursery. A water inlet tray on

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Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Spider's silk is such an amazing and versatile substance, it's hard not to get the feeling that Mother Nature intended it for much more than a sticky web in the corner. This seemingly insignificant thread

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“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

“A Liter of Light” Aims to Illuminate 1 Million Homes With Plastic Solar Bottle Bulbs

Just one project under the My Shelter Foundation's good deeds, A Liter of Light uses simple technology originally conceived by Alfredo Moser from Brazil and modified by MIT students for the Philippines to

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious

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This Simple Wristband Reveals Your Body’s Chemical Load

This Simple Wristband Reveals Your Body’s Chemical Load

You know those plastic bracelets people wear to show their support for cancer research and the like? Well now a new version has the potential to save lives in a different way. Health and environmental

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Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Crazy Banyan Treehouse Cafe Takes Root in Japan

Overlooking the ocean, the Naha Harbor Diner claims to offer "farm-fresh vegetables, juicy chickens and pork" and "native salts." And as we all know, native and local foods cut down on shipping and

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Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

If you're one of the many people in the northern hemisphere who are counting down the days 'til springtime, chances are you may have also been daydreaming about gardening as well. March isn't just one of

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INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

INTERVIEW: LIKEArchitects on the Challenges and Rewards of Sustainable “Performance Architecture”

Inhabitat: What kind of architecture do you create? LIKEArchitects: We try to build projects in which humor, subjectivity, emotion and surprise ally with the desirable functionality of any architectural

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Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Researchers Say Animals Are Getting Fatter Too

Image of fat rat / Shutterstock Researchers say that the obesity crisis sweeping across the United States is not restricted to humans. A new study by Pro Publica found that animals are also putting on

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Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Several years ago Inhabitat visited Berlin's abandoned Kulturpark - and the overgrown amusement park can now be yours for the modest sum of 1.62 million Euros! The former Spreepark has been abandoned

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

Artist Michael Rakowitz designed a smart urban shelter that uses excess heat from building HVAC systems to keep the homeless warm. Inspired by Bedouin tents that respond to different kinds of desert

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New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods

New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods

Yoga Mat photo from Shutterstock Until Subway announced it was pulling azodicarbonamide (ADA) out of its bread last week, few people had ever heard of this food additive found in many baked goods. As

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ORNL Developing Ultra Quick 3D Printer That Could Create Objects 500 Times Faster

ORNL Developing Ultra Quick 3D Printer That Could Create Objects 500 Times Faster

The U.S Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has partnered with machine tool manufacturer Cincinnati Incorporated to speed up 3D printing. The joint project aims not only to make

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Next Generation Membrane Pacemakers Wrap the Heart Like an Electronic Glove

Next Generation Membrane Pacemakers Wrap the Heart Like an Electronic Glove

This heart is wrapped in a special electronic membrane that keeps it beating at the perfect rate. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis

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Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Tortoises are among the most endangered species on the planet, and a good shell can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. In order to protect the world’s tortoises, conservationists are defacing their

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

 Jason and Camilla Iftakhar INHABITAT: Tell us a bit about your background in eco-design. What made you decide to focus on scooters? I was first introduced to the concept of sustainability and eco

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DIY: How to Sprout Seeds and Beans on Your Kitchen Counter

DIY: How to Sprout Seeds and Beans on Your Kitchen Counter

At my local grocery store, out here in the middle of nowhere, a head of cauliflower costs $5 and a wilted ball of lettuce might run you $3. It's a far cry from the vibrant fruit and vegetable markets we

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Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

New 3D maps released at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu show that a huge mass of Atlantic seawater is infused with traces of lead - a pollutant that was widely used in the automobile industry

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WoodStalk Offers Bamboo Alternatives to Plastic Cannabis Containers

WoodStalk Offers Bamboo Alternatives to Plastic Cannabis Containers

Green just became greener. San Francisco-based company, WoodStalk, offers cannabis consumers an all-natural, reusable, sustainable bamboo container to store their cannabis. Similar to reusable grocery

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USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

USDA Pledges Millions to Help Honeybee Populations Recover

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is pulling out the big guns to save struggling honeybee populations, pledging millions of dollars to help ranchers and farmers nurture bee colonies for food production.

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the world.

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Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Orproject Unveils Giant Bubbles Filled With Fresh Air for Polluted Beijing

Beijing's record-breaking air pollution has spurred officials and designers to come up with innovative solutions - and the architects at London-based Orproject recently proposed the creation of gigantic

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Xeros Washing Machine Uses Nylon Polymer Beads Instead of Water to Clean Clothes

Xeros Washing Machine Uses Nylon Polymer Beads Instead of Water to Clean Clothes

While most modern washers cut down on the massive amount of time and physical labor they used to require, they still hog a great deal of electricity, water, and detergent. The Xeros washing machine

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Finnish Reindeer Sprayed with Glow-in-the-Dark Liquid to Prevent Traffic Accidents

Finnish Reindeer Sprayed with Glow-in-the-Dark Liquid to Prevent Traffic Accidents

The Finnish government has embarked on a pilot project that involves spraying a special glow-in-the-dark liquid on reindeer in an attempt to prevent traffic accidents. It's estimated that the local

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Massive BigRep One 3D Printer Can Create Life-Size Furniture

Massive BigRep One 3D Printer Can Create Life-Size Furniture

By now you've probably seen desktop 3D Printers capable of churning out knick-knacks and tchotchkes - but the new BigRep One 3D printer is capable of printing life-size furniture! The massive fabrication

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INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

Friedman was one of the top US World Cup Downhillers and a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years before an injury forced him into retirement in 2009. Every year, Friedman was handed a load of new gear

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New York Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

New York Proposes Ban on Water-Polluting Microbeads Found in Beauty Products

While they might give you a glowing complexion, the tiny microbeads found in your face and body washes pose a big threat to waterways and aquatic life. In order to prevent the small but harmful beads from

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Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

Treeson’s Brilliant Biodegradable Water Bottles are Recycled as Clean Energy

  After Treeson water company founder Carlton Solle took a trip to Costa Rica with his family five years ago and saw the dreadful plastic pollution littering the beach, he learned that less

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Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Endless Cycling is Cáceres Céspedes' first prototype, created as a mobile construction that can be used for bike training, racing or touring purposes. Already tested in Chile’s Central Valley,

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