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26 Inspiring Green Home Furnishings From BKLYN Designs 2014

26 Inspiring Green Home Furnishings From BKLYN Designs 2014

Uhuru's Shou Sugi Ban Stool is made from Japanese cedar treated with a traditional process that preserves the wood by charring it. The beautifully textured seat is made from a reclaimed cedar pole from

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China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

It sounds like an April Fool's joke, but from what we can tell, the Chinese government is completely serious about their latest high speed rail project. According to multiple news outlets, China plans to

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Incredible World of Origami Masterpieces Coming to NYC This Summer

Incredible World of Origami Masterpieces Coming to NYC This Summer

If you're fascinated by origami, you won't want to miss "Surface to Structure: Folded Forms", a new show coming to NYC's Cooper Union in June. The exhibition will showcase the works of some of the world's

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Hirotoshi Ito’s Incredible Stone Sculptures Will Blow Your Mind

Hirotoshi Ito’s Incredible Stone Sculptures Will Blow Your Mind

A 1982 graduate from the Tokyo National Fine Arts University, Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito first dabbled in metal working before returning to his family business as a stonemason. Rather than focus solely

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Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Not everyone has a green thumb, but Swedish gardening house Coloni has found a way to allow anyone to create a beautiful indoor garden of their own. They've scoured the globe for some of the prettiest

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

A researcher in China has unveiled his super-maglevloop line that could make future trains go at the speed of up to 1,800 mph. This is a big deal, mind you, because currently the fastest

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Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Terunobu Fujimori Wraps Nontraditional Japanese Home in a Gleaming Zinc Shell

Trademark Fujimori charred cedar wood beams form the structure inside. The architect works with a group of volunteers made up of friends and students called the Jomon Company, named after the Neolithic

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World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

World’s First Flying 3D Printer Built to Clean Up Radioactive Nuclear Sites

Scientists at the Imperial College London have developed the world’s first flying 3D printer. Using small, preprogrammed drones, Dr. Mirko Kovac and his team from the Aerial Robotics Laboratory have

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Guerilla Gardening: Strategies for Greening Up Your Neighborhood

Guerilla Gardening: Strategies for Greening Up Your Neighborhood

Regardless of whether you are an urban, suburban, or rural dweller, there is inevitably a patch of neglected turf in your neighborhood that might need a bit of TLC to green it up. If you see hidden

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Japanese Artist Makes Life-Sized Doll Replicas of Hundreds of Deceased Villagers

Japanese Artist Makes Life-Sized Doll Replicas of Hundreds of Deceased Villagers

Across the town of Nagoro, which is in the valleys of Shikoko, it seems people can be seen going about their regular activities. Couples garden together, or snuggle on a bench in one of the village’s

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

The Indonesian vogelkop bowerbird build intricate stick tower nests to attract mates. They decorate them with flowers, fruits, mushrooms, and even trash left in the forest by tourists. Australian

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13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

13 Bedroom House by Naruse Inokuma Architects Puts a Fresh Spin on the Sharing Economy

The three story home features an open plan kitchen and dining room, along with a large living room and countless other interaction spaces. Various staircases interlink the different platforms, which not

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Scientists Discover Fukushima Radioactivity in Tuna Along the Pacific Northwest Coast

Scientists Discover Fukushima Radioactivity in Tuna Along the Pacific Northwest Coast

Sushi lovers might want to think twice before ordering up that next spicy tuna roll, as scientists just found Fukushima radioactivity in tuna that has migrated from Japan to the Pacific Northwest.

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IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

There were a lot of creative, efficient designs featured at Milan Design Week, but this one just might be our favorite. The RainHouse's complex rainwater harvesting system is built around IVANKA's unique

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How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

How to Eat Your Lawn: Transform Your Wasteful Grassy Space into a Food Forest Garden

Who ever imagined that lawns would go from epitomizing the American dream to embodying all manner of evil? Blaming both human and natural failings, many homeowners have embraced the idea of

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Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

SAFE+ weights only 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) and is 6.2 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.3 m high (20.2 x 7.6 x 7.56 ft). These spacious shelters are roughly the size of a large SUV and come in two models with

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Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

More than 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, yet the oceans are still the most mysterious parts of the world. Deep-sea photographer and diver Yoji Ookata discovered something he had never

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Chinese Citizens Who Eat Endangered Animals Could Spend Up to 10 Years in Jail

Chinese Citizens Who Eat Endangered Animals Could Spend Up to 10 Years in Jail

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, has passed a law that that aims to deter citizens from eating the country's endangered wild animals. The new

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands on stilts and can be

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Nissan Tests Self-Cleaning Nano-Paint Technology That Could Make Car Washes Obsolete!

Nissan Tests Self-Cleaning Nano-Paint Technology That Could Make Car Washes Obsolete!

What would you say if I told you there was a car that could never get dirty? That you'd never have to waste time (or money) scrubbing away the dirt and grime that collects on the exterior and dulls the

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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Level Architects Hide Tokyo’s Fukusawa House Behind Black Walls and Fill it with Natural Light

Though the site is exceedingly narrow, it is long and the architects used that as an asset to create privacy. The long facades of the house are solid black and windowless to restrict views into the

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban's pro bono work in disaster

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TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

TSC Architects’ Home for Two is Wrapped in a Folded Origami Roof

The house was designed for a young couple returning home to their village. Commissioned to design a home which would be modern, yet communicate with tradition and the surrounding mountainous landscape,

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Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture

Minale-Maeda’s 3D Printed Connector Can be Downloaded to Make DIY Furniture

Italian-Japanese Studio Minale-Maeda has come up with a little clever design that allows people anywhere in the world to make their own furniture. Their versatile Keystone connectors can be used to

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Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath

Scientists Develop a Way to Detect Cancer on Patients’ Breath

Cancer is a devastating killer that takes one out of every eight lives on the planet. While cancer treatments have improved over the years, one key to battling the disease is early detection, which has

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Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

Striking ‘House of Toilets’ Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight on an Island in Japan

From afar, the House of Toilet has the profile of a typical pitched-roof home. Yet upon closer inspection, the public restroom is split into six distinct sections, each of which is cut at a slight angle.

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New Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Flavors Let You Eat Your Veggies With a Spoon

New Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Flavors Let You Eat Your Veggies With a Spoon

Tired of trying to force your kids to eat their vegetables when they'd rather be scarfing down ice cream? A new product line from Häagen-Dazs attempts to combine the two for a healthier dessert option.

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