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Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer

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Tiny Prefab Cabin's Slatted Timber Facade Folds Open to Beautiful Lakeside Views in Northern Bohemia

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Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast

by , 08/25/14

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Natural methane leakage from the sea floor is far more widespread off the U.S. East Coast than previously thought, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience this week. Researchers from Mississippi State University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other institutions discovered least 570 natural methane seeps in a 94,000 square kilometer area between September 2011 and August 2013. And while it is believed that the seeps have been there for at least 1,000 years, the report’s authors are concerned that rising sea temperatures could cause them to emit the greenhouse gas at increasingly rapid rates.

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Extreme Drought is Making the West Coast Rise Like an Uncoiled Spring

by , 08/25/14

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A new study published in Science by the Scripp’s Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego found that the earth’s crust is slowly rising in the West “like an uncoiled spring” due extreme drought. Scripps researchers found that the water shortage is causing an “uplift” effect of up to half and inch in California’s mountains, and 0.15 of an inch on average across the West.

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Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California's State Parks

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7 Million Bats Killed by White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help

by , 08/25/14
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News, Policy

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We’ve reported on the white nose syndrome (WNS) afflicting and killing bats across the U.S. for a few years now. However, the latest estimates from the Defenders of Wildlife put the number of bats killed by the disease near seven million. The population of the northern long-eared bat alone has reduced by almost 99 percent of 2007 levels. In response to the devastation wrought on this particular species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has sadly decided to do nothing for another six months! Read on to find out how you can help campaign to get this species protected under the Endangered Species Act, before it’s too late.

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Portland's Tilikum Crossing to Become America's First Multimodal Car-Free Bridge

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Modern Cocoon Fireplaces Have a Thermal Energy Rating of 75%

by , 08/25/14

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We’re now in the dog days of summer, but brisk fall weather is right around the corner – and Cocoon Fireplaces just launched a new line of ultra modern fireplaces that offer an environmentally friendly alternative to coal-guzzling fires. Featuring an immaculate curved spherical form, these sleek fireplaces have a thermal energy efficiency rating of more than 75%.

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Crea-Re Studio's Pendant Lamps Cast Paper in a New Light at the London Design Festival

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Crea-Re Studio is a collaborative team comprised of Polish artist Maria Fiter and Italian Marco Migliorisi. Together, they create a number of products which are all unique and hand-crafted in both Poland and Spain. The studio’s name is derived from “CREA” of “creativity” and “RE” for recycling: most of their creations are made with recycled materials, such as lamps made from unwanted newspapers and clips; shelves made from wood that’s destined to be discarded; bags made from old truck tarpaulin, etc. This new series of paper pendant lamps is 100 percent upcycled and eco-friendly. Each light cup is made from recycled paper pulp, and paired with red, yellow, or blue textile cables. They will be on exhibit from September 18-21st at Tent London, London Design Festival.

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Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

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VIDEO: IKEA's Augmented Reality App Lets You Visualize Furniture in Your Home Before You Buy

by , 08/25/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

Buying new furniture can be a big commitment, especially given the cost and energy associated with shipping and setting up a large piece. What happens if you go through all of the pains of getting a new couch, table or wardrobe to your house, only to see that it just doesn’t look right in the space? IKEA is hoping to save their customers from these frustrations with their augmented reality app, which lets you visualize how pieces will actually look in your home. You can set up entire rooms and even send them to others to see what they think, saving time, money, fuel and headaches. We recently got a chance to see how the app works in person. Check out our video of it in action above!

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Brilliant Pascal Stool Lights Up When You Sit on it!

by , 08/25/14

Holly Bradshaw-Clegg, Pascal Stool, New Zealand industrial designer, Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technology , ergonomic design, pine wood furniture, furniture design, New Zealand Best Awards 2014,

Looking for a perfect energy-efficient gift for that special bookworm in your life? Well, you’re in luck because New Zealand industrial designer Holly Bradshaw-Clegg’s light-up Pascal Stool is perhaps the most energy-efficient stool on the market these days. Built to provide contoured ergonomic comfort, the stool has an integrated reading light that only turns on when pressure is applied to the seat, taking away that pesky chore of actually switching on the light.

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Amazingly Tiny Micro-Compact Home is Just 77 Square Feet

by , 08/25/14

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Inspired by the intimate scale of a Japanese tea house and the compact efficiency of a smart car, a team comprised of researchers from London and Munich developed the Micro-Compact Home (m-ch) as a short-term living solution for students, business people, and weekend vacationers. Sleek, minimal, and modern, the m-ch design gained immediate attention, and it’s now in use throughout Europe. Living in an m-ch means focusing on the essential concept that less is more, and all the amenities of home are micro-sized.

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Now You Can Finally Sleep in an IKEA Store

by , 08/25/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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Everyone has plunked down on a bed in an IKEA showroom and fantasized about staying over one time or another. Now, lucky shoppers in Australia can make this adult daydream a reality, thanks to Airbnb. On August 31, 2014 IKEA customers will have a chance to participate in the ultimate sleepover in an Airbnb takeover of their Tempe store.

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Only Two Weeks Left to See “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile” at MCNY

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Support the OpenFarm Kickstarter to Bring an Open-Source Farming and Gardening Wiki to the Web

Support the OpenFarm Kickstarter to Bring an Open-Source Farming and…

Social entrepreneur Rory Aronson is on a mission to help the everyman learn how to farm and garden anything! His recently launched Kickstarter for OpenFarm, a free and open…

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Army Corps Plans to Kill 16,000 Birds with Silenced Rifles and Night Vision Scopes

Army Corps Plans to Kill 16,000 Birds with Silenced Rifles and Night…

Just picture it: armed paratroopers storming a beach, armed to the teeth and ready to kill . . . a bunch of unarmed, helpless birds. That’s a bit over the top, but it’s not far from…

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So-Called "Ugliest House in Queens" is Actually an Eco-Friendly Breath…

After 2012’s Hurricane Sandy wreaked major havoc along the East Coast, Paino began sustainable renovations on his Long Island City home. Along with a number of passive home features,…

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First…

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer…

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LED Mushroom Lights Sprout From Reclaimed Wood

LED Mushroom Lights Sprout From Reclaimed Wood

Yes, your eyes are playing tricks on you. What looks like a mythical treasure one would stumble upon in a storybook tale, is in fact a beautiful eco-friendly combination of reclaimed…

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