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Climate Change Could Render Our Favorite Foods Extinct

Climate Change Could Render Our Favorite Foods Extinct

Image ©dbrekke As if worrying about rising sea levels isn’t enough, the evils of climate change are also affecting our food supply. A mix of increased temperatures, changes in rain, and bacterial

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Wall Street Journal Prints Laughable Op-Ed Claiming CO2 Emissions Are Good for the Planet

Wall Street Journal Prints Laughable Op-Ed Claiming CO2 Emissions Are Good for the Planet

Photo via Shutterstock According to a recent op-ed on the Wall Street Journal, rising CO2 levels are the best thing to happen to the planet since the Big Bang. The column was written by Harrison

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The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

The Carma Project Makes a New Bike From Old Car Parts

Two Lisbon-based entrepreneurs have devised a way to build a new bike from discarded car parts - and they're planning to ride it the same number of miles that the original vehicle drove to compensate for

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Droning for the Planet: How Conservationists Use Drones to Protect the Earth

Droning for the Planet: How Conservationists Use Drones to Protect the Earth

Photo by Conservation Drones Rhinoceros photo from Shutterstock Twenty years ago I had a tsetse fly-filled conversation with some hardened and battle-scarred rangers about how to count rhinos in the

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NASA Could Use a Solar-Powered Satellite to Capture an Asteroid

NASA Could Use a Solar-Powered Satellite to Capture an Asteroid

Last week, NASA unveiled a $17.7 billion spending plan for 2014 that included proposals to capture a small asteroid and position it near the moon so that astronauts could explore it by 2025. In order to

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US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

Photo via Shutterstock There's a common belief that even as solar power takes off, utility companies will retain their hold on energy markets as the need for standard electrical grids remain. But a

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New, Cheaper Tesla EV to Hit the Market by 2017, Says Elon Musk

New, Cheaper Tesla EV to Hit the Market by 2017, Says Elon Musk

As the Tesla Model S sedan rockets in popularity and sales, and as the electric automaker begins to turn a profit, Elon Musk just announced that the next Tesla production model will go on sale "hopefully"

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Monsanto Has Sued Hundreds of Small Farmers, Heads to the Supreme Court

Monsanto Has Sued Hundreds of Small Farmers, Heads to the Supreme Court

Biotech Goliath Monsanto is well-known for its litigious tendencies among farmers, having sued hundreds of them over the years to the tune of over 23 million dollars, according to a recent report. Now the

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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

Foster + Partners' moon base is a landmark project for the field of 3D printing that could pave the way to lunar colonization in the future. Part of the lunar base could be transported by rocket in a

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NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA Unveils Plan to Launch World’s Largest Solar Sail in 2014

NASA has announced plans to launch the world’s largest solar sail in 2014 - and it will be travelling an incredible two million miles from Earth. The giant solar sail will use photons from the sun for

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SpaceLiner Will Zoom from Europe to Australia in 90 Minutes Flat

SpaceLiner Will Zoom from Europe to Australia in 90 Minutes Flat

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center are developing a hypersonic “SpaceLiner” that would zip half way around the world in 90 minutes flat. The 50-passenger airplane would piggyback off of a

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Japan’s Ne Quittez Pas Restaurant Serves Up High-End Dishes Made of Dirt

Japan’s Ne Quittez Pas Restaurant Serves Up High-End Dishes Made of Dirt

Photo via Shutterstock It's not unusual for chefs to resort to highly bizarre ingredients in an effort to provide a unique, avant garde dining experience, but one French restaurant in Japan has dug

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Inhabitat New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

Inhabitat New Year’s Resolutions for 2013!

HAPPY NEW YEAR INHABITAT READERS! 2013 is finally here and we can't wait to see what the new year has in store for us! But before we get out of holiday-mode and back into the groove of things

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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

Wind turbine photo from Shutterstock United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight.

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Spaceport Sweden Annouce Plans to Provide Commercial Space Flights Within the Decade

Spaceport Sweden Annouce Plans to Provide Commercial Space Flights Within the Decade

Spaceport Sweden has announced plans to offer commercial space flights within the decade. Located in the small Arctic town of Kiruna, Spaceport Sweden aims to provide tourists with two-hour trips aboard a

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UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

Shipping container photo from Shutterstock Shipping containers offer a surprisingly versatile foundation for small-scale, sturdy homes - they're readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to

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LEED-Certified Federal Building Projects Increase By More Than 50% in 2012

LEED-Certified Federal Building Projects Increase By More Than 50% in 2012

Photo via Shutterstock It looks to have been a good year for green buildings in the federal sector; according to a new report, the number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed by 51% this

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NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

NASA Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Create Building Bricks on Mars

Mars image from Shutterstock Engineers at NASA's Synthetic Biology Initiative are creating the building blocks of life - or rather, using life to create building blocks. Instead of shipping

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Scientists Suggest Dust Clouds From Exploded Asteroids Could Combat Global Warming

Scientists Suggest Dust Clouds From Exploded Asteroids Could Combat Global Warming

We've seen many strange geoengineering proposals over the years, but this has to rank as one of the most bizarre - in the Nov. 12 issue of the journal Advances in Space Research, a team from the

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Jon Shireman’s Broken Flowers Explode with Intensity

Jon Shireman’s Broken Flowers Explode with Intensity

Beauty is truly fleeting, especially when it is frozen in liquid nitrogen and shattered by a spring-loaded contraption.  New York photographer Jon Shireman immerses flowers for up to 30 minutes in LN2,

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Reflecting Sunlight Into Space Is The Cheapest Way To Prevent Climate Change

Reflecting Sunlight Into Space Is The Cheapest Way To Prevent Climate Change

A few months ago we posted “5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change” – a list of geoengineering concepts put forward to stop the planet from warming. One of the ideas was to essentially

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MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

An associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT has designed a penny-sized rocket thruster that could be used to power the smallest satellites in space. Paulo Lozano's device aims to replace

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NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

NASA’s Attempt at Developing a Greener Planetary Lander Crashes During Test Flight

Last week, NASA pulled off one of its greatest feats ever by safely landing a one-ton robotic rover named Curiosity over 150 million miles away on Mars. Meanwhile, back on Earth, the space

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BMW’s Waterfall Pavilion Shows Off Efficient Vehicles in London’s Olympic Park

BMW’s Waterfall Pavilion Shows Off Efficient Vehicles in London’s Olympic Park

Serie Architects took inspiration from the Victorian bandstand to create the temporary showroom for BMW during the Olympics. Set on the Waterworks River, the two story space features a glass clad plinth

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GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of the Mobile Home and Its Influence on the Modern Prefab

GREEN GUIDE TO PREFAB: The History of the Mobile Home and Its Influence on the Modern Prefab

Last month we kicked off our Green Guide to Prefab series with an article exploring the history of prefabricated housing. Now we’re back with another article in this series to take a look at mobile

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Aaron Cheng’s Parking + Housing Building Is a Parking Garage That Converts to Housing at Night

Aaron Cheng’s Parking + Housing Building Is a Parking Garage That Converts to Housing at Night

Designer Aaron Cheng has come up with an innovative design that solves the twin problems of parking and housing in congested urban areas. Designed for single young professionals, Parking + Housing

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Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Flights To Start Next Year — But What’s The Environmental Cost?

Virgin Galactic Space Tourism Flights To Start Next Year — But What’s The Environmental Cost?

There has been a lot of debate about the merits of space tourism over the last few years. Some see it as a luxury for the super-rich, others an opportunity to go where only a lucky few have gone before --

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Ex-Google Engineering Chief Joins Lunar Freight Company Moon Express

Ex-Google Engineering Chief Joins Lunar Freight Company Moon Express

Half Moon Image by Shutterstock Transferring from online books to interplanetary space travel is quite the career change, but that is exactly what Google Books alum Jimi Crawford is doing. Crawford

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California Approves $8 Billion For the First High Speed Rail in the United States!

California Approves $8 Billion For the First High Speed Rail in the United States!

After years of debate, skyrocketing costs and persistent concerns related to state’s fiscal crisis, the California State Senate voted 21-16 on Friday to approve the United States' first high-speed rail

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New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

New Pee-Powered Plasma Thruster Could Allow Astronauts to Travel Farther Into Deep Space

A new type of plasma thruster, currently in development at the Australian National University, could be a game-changer for deep space missions. Researchers at ANU believe that the new plasma thruster

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