Cantilevered holiday home frames views of Scotland’s Small Isles

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Hong Kong's Community Green Station blends bamboo screens and shipping containers

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Sweden’s “most sought after home” was created from Hemnet's big data

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Zaha Hadid's first project in Mexico is a honeycomb housing complex

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Now you can carry around your own pop-up hotel room with Travelbox

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New concrete can repair its own cracks with bacteria

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Samuel Bernier's DIY Instructions Transform a Fire Extinguisher Into a Gorgeous Floor Lamp

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Samuel Bernier’s new floor lamp is upcycled from old fire extinguisher parts – and the industrial designer is sharing the DIY instructions! Named Achille Le Grand after designer Achille Castiglioni’s Arco lamp, the arched floor lamp was dreamed up during an upcycling workshop. Bernier has created a simple set of step-by-step instructions that shows at-home designers how to create their own Achille lamp from empty fire extinguishers and plumbing tubes.

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Bolivia's Ecolodge del Lago takes inspiration from traditional Lak'a Uta architecture

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This 3D-printed mini jet engine can roar up to 33,000 RPM

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When it comes to 3D printing parts for aircraft and other heavy machinery, engineers have barely scratched the surface. Using a technique called direct metal laser melting, engineers at GE Aviation have created a mini jet engine that fits in your backpack (albeit, a large one) and can also roar up to 33,000 RPM, and it comes right out of a 3D printer.

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3D printing gives an injured sea turtle a new jaw and chance at a normal life

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The wonders of 3D printing seem to be almost limitless, and we love that the technology is used so often to help animals. From miraculous replacement limbs for both people and animals to housing for those in a underdeveloped nations and tools in space, the technology is being proven over and over again. Now, a sea turtle who was injured by a boat propeller off the coast of Turkey has been given a replacement jaw that was 3D-printed. The turtle may now be able to return to sea life and feed itself as a result. The turtle was found nearly lifeless, floating in the water with his beak shattered when it was brought to Dalyan Iztuzu Pamukkale University (PAU), Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Workers there fed the animal by hand and gave it medical attention, but couldn’t figure out how to release the animal back into the wild without a working jaw. Turkey’s medical 3D printing company BTech heard about the turtle and came up with a plan. Working with veterinarians and surgeons, they created a powerful jaw for the turtle out of medical-grade titanium.

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Could solar-powered floating farms provide enough food for the entire world?

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10 enchanting gardens around the world will inspire and amaze you

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It’s no secret around here at Inhabitat that we love gardens. We love them all: big ones, tiny ones, urban ones, vertical ones, and especially the ones that make you go, “Wow!” We also love how the interpretation of a garden can be vastly different from one spot on the globe to another. Since inspiration can be found in so many forms, we’ve scoured the globe and rounded up 10 of the most enchanting gardens around the world for you to pay a virtual visit to. Bring your friends and children along, because there truly is something for everyone in this list.

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Barkow Leibinger’s timber-clad campus puts a contemporary spin on medieval architecture

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Spraying spiders with graphene helps them spin webs 6 times stronger than normal

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If your spidey sense has been tingling recently, this awesome arachnid discovery may be the cause. Scientists at the University of Trento, Italy, had the brilliant idea of combining spider silk with graphene to produce spider webs six times stronger than normal. The first known 2D crystal and composed of carbon sheets only one atom thick, graphene is an extremely strong artificial substance. Until this past year when it was dethroned by the tiny teeth of the limpet, spider silk reigned supreme as the strongest biological material. Not content to play second fiddle to a sea snail, the arachnids have joined forces with human bio-engineers to build a new race of super spiders!

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Chicago street artist turns pesky potholes into frozen treat mosaics

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to protect your garden with organic pest control methods

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Starting a garden comes with its fair share of joys and pains. Along with the fun of gardening comes the toils of dealing with hungry bugs that are looking to devour your garden one…

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Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus World Trade Center transportation hub slated to open in June

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Related: First Portion of Santiago Calatrava-Designed World Trade Center Transportation Hub Opens to Public Via NY Times Oculus, PATH, Santiago Calatrava, Brookfield Place…

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Missouri scientists may have a cure for white-nose syndrome in bats

Missouri scientists may have a cure for white-nose syndrome in bats

Could a bacteria commonly found in plants and soil save bats from white-nose syndrome? It’s possible, scientists say. The new treatment, developed in Missouri by Forest Service…

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Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles made of old car parts

Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles…

“I just carry a 50-foot extension cord in a storage box on board. I frequent restaurants and cafes that have parking in front or nearby and ‘top off’ charge at various waypoints.…

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Form follows function at Shanghai's new bioclimatic Natural History Museum

Form follows function at Shanghai's new bioclimatic Natural History…

Perkins & Will took a biomimetic approach to the new Shanghai Natural History Museum, a sprawling 479, 180 square-foot facility with three unique facades and topped with a swirling…

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