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Consumer Reports Says the Tesla Model S is the Best Overall Car You Can Buy

Consumer Reports Says the Tesla Model S is the Best Overall Car You Can Buy

Consumer Reports just released its latest list of the top cars currently on the market, and this year it named the Tesla Model S the Best Overall Car that you can buy. In order to qualify as a top pick a

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Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Nigeria's most populous city, Lagos is facing a major waste management crisis that threatens to crush its skyrocketing population under a heap of health and environmental problems. The overburdened

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to Housing Reclaimed Author Jessica Kellner About Debt Free Homes

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write Housing Reclaimed? Jessica Kellner: I was inspired to write Housing Reclaimed after hearing stories on the news day after day about all the people losing their homes

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2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

Entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring are planning to transform the passageways under London’s Northern Line into the world’s largest subterranean farm. The project, named “Growing

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Oscar Viñals’ Sky Whale is a Three-Story Gargantuan “Green” Aircraft

Oscar Viñals’ Sky Whale is a Three-Story Gargantuan “Green” Aircraft

"Sky Whale" is a concept aircraft created by Spanish designer Oscar Viñals that uses technological innovation to make air travel more efficient and ultimately, eco-friendly. A key aspect of the

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Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

Japan Prepares to Launch Giant Net into Orbit to Sweep up Space Debris

In late February, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is teaming up with a fishing equipment company to test out an unusual approach to fighting space junk: a satellite equipped with a 300-meter

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Cyclist Utopia Unveiled in Norman Foster’s Elevated SkyCycle Highways

Cyclist Utopia Unveiled in Norman Foster’s Elevated SkyCycle Highways

Architect and cycling enthusiast Sir Norman Foster just unveiled plans for the SkyCycle, a "cycle utopia" that soars up and above the congested streets of London. The three-story high bicycle highway is

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750 Robotic Car-Sharing Stations Will Dispense Electric Vehicles Like Candy in China

750 Robotic Car-Sharing Stations Will Dispense Electric Vehicles Like Candy in China

In 2013, Inhabitat repeatedly reported on China's horrific air quality issues - in some cases, entire industrial areas were shut down for days because of life-threatening smog. Much of China's air

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Are Portable Airbags Coming Soon to a Smartphone Near You?

Are Portable Airbags Coming Soon to a Smartphone Near You?

If there’s one thing all smartphone owners have in common, it’s the anxiety about dropping and cracking an expensive piece of hardware while you’re out and about during the day. Most people slide

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China will Create Artificial Rain to Fight Smog

China will Create Artificial Rain to Fight Smog

A smog-sucking vacuum is one idea that makes a lot of sense in the attempt to reduce pollution across China; the destruction of outdoor barbecues is one that does not. Artificial rain, otherwise know as

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300 MPH Maglev Train Could Carry Passengers From Washington D.C. To New York in 60 Minutes

300 MPH Maglev Train Could Carry Passengers From Washington D.C. To New York in 60 Minutes

Northeast Maglev (TNEM) just unveiled updated plans for a superconducting maglev train that could rocket passengers from Washington D.C. to New York City in 60 minutes flat. The 300 MPH bullet train

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The Climate Change Tipping Point is Shockingly Close for Cities Around the World

The Climate Change Tipping Point is Shockingly Close for Cities Around the World

A group of researchers at the University of Hawaii has done the math to figure out how soon cities around the world will begin to feel the effects of major climate change - and their findings may shock

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India Successfully Launches First Mission to Mars

India Successfully Launches First Mission to Mars

Today India successfully launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars. The 3,000-pound Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C25) named Mangalyaan (Mars Craft in Hindi) took off from the island of

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Fumes From Sriracha Plant Burn Eyes, Noses and Throats in Irwindale, California

Fumes From Sriracha Plant Burn Eyes, Noses and Throats in Irwindale, California

If you are one of the millions of fans who accompany every meal with a bottle of Sriracha, now may be the time to stock up on the flaming hot condiment. The city of Irwindale, California is suing the Huy

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World View Balloon Will Take Space Tourists 19 Miles Above Earth for $75K

World View Balloon Will Take Space Tourists 19 Miles Above Earth for $75K

Space tourism may soon be within arms reach with World View’s high altitude helium balloon. For a cool $75,000, passengers will be able to spend several hours taking in views of the Earth from 100,000

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Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

World coal usage is skyrocketing because of rising demand in China and India. At the World Energy Congress yesterday, energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie stated that coal would surpass oil as the key

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Toyota Cuts Fuel Cell Cost by $1 Million for Next-Gen Hydrogen-Powered Car

Toyota Cuts Fuel Cell Cost by $1 Million for Next-Gen Hydrogen-Powered Car

Toyota has just released details of its next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, and the company hopes it could become a game-changer in green transportation. The automaker has managed to reduce the

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Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

A recent development in the world of silicon photonics (that's technology using optical rays for the layperson) means that computer speeds could really begin to skyrocket. The recently developed

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Edible Plants That You Can Grow in Autumn and Winter

Edible Plants That You Can Grow in Autumn and Winter

Summer's glory might be fading here in the northern hemisphere, but gardeners don't have to tuck their green thumbs away just yet: there are many cold-hardy plants that can be sown in the autumn and

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NASA Speeds Towards the First 3D-Printed Creations Made in Space

NASA Speeds Towards the First 3D-Printed Creations Made in Space

The dream of 3D printing in space is speeding ever closer to reality. Last year, word that NASA intended to send a 3D printer to space smacked of a lofty dream machine. But just a few weeks ago, Made in

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China to Become World’s Largest Market for Processed Food by 2015

China to Become World’s Largest Market for Processed Food by 2015

The Western McDiet is taking over China, one sugary snack at a time. Demand for on-the-go, pre-packaged food has skyrocketed as Chinese taste buds turn away from the Chinese staples of rice and vegetables

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Obama Administration Cracks Down on Power Plant Emissions

Obama Administration Cracks Down on Power Plant Emissions

The Obama administration made climate change history this morning by enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation's power companies. Refusing to bow to pressure from the coal industry, the

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Giant Invasive Predator Tiger Shrimp Settle in the Gulf of Mexico

Giant Invasive Predator Tiger Shrimp Settle in the Gulf of Mexico

No one knows quite how the tiger shrimp made their way into the Gulf of Mexico; some suggest that the invasive species, which can be over a foot long, hitched a ride from Asia, while others posit that the

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NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA Reveals Plans to Start Growing Vegetables in Space this Year

NASA is planning to grow fresh vegetables in space, 230 miles above the Earth. Later this year the space agency’s Vegetable Production System (VEGGIE) program will send astronauts to the International

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ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

ZA Architects Propose an Underground Colony on Mars

While ZA Architects acknowledges that current technologies are not sufficient to carry out their plans, they believe that robotics will advance enough by 2023 to fabricate the underground dwellings. In

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2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

Smart Highway While car technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century, roads have remained basically unchanged since the late 1800s. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard plans to change

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Bombardier Beetle Teach Us About Fuel Injection?

Charles Darwin was a man inordinately fond of beetles. He once caught a rare specimen in one hand, when another, even more remarkable, beetle showed up. He snatched that one up with his other hand.

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Elon Musk Claims the Iron Man Hologram UI Can Be Built—and He Might Just Be the One to Build It

Elon Musk Claims the Iron Man Hologram UI Can Be Built—and He Might Just Be the One to Build It

In case you needed further evidence that Elon Musk may in fact be Iron Man himself, the billionaire inventor and entreprenur's recent tweets are here to help. While Tony Stark's hologram computer user

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Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

Report Warns New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Plant is Vulnerable to Terrorist Attacks

A new report by the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project warns that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant located just 38 miles north of New York City is practically defenseless against terrorist

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Vanmoof’s New Electric Bike Will be the Most Intelligent Commuter Bike in the World

Vanmoof’s New Electric Bike Will be the Most Intelligent Commuter Bike in the World

Vanmoof’s 10 is a sleek new electrified bike that could make any commute incredibly easy and high tech. The Dutch bike company's electric-assist city bike features an array of gadgetry like smart

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