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USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to start designing and building high rises out of a simple

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New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

New Study Predicts Impending Collapse of Industrial Civilization

For years, scientists and social activists have warned that income inequality, resource depletion, and unchecked population growth could lead to the collapse of civilization. However policy makers have so

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Artist Isaac Cordal’s Incredible Tiny Sculptures Offer a Chilling View of Climate Change

Artist Isaac Cordal’s Incredible Tiny Sculptures Offer a Chilling View of Climate Change

Isaac Cordal is famous for tackling big political issues through a tiny medium. In his series "Waiting for Climate Change," Cordal created a set of ephemeral and partially submerged installations to draw

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Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables

Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables

As the days lengthen and the sun grows stronger, many of us are champing at the bit to get our gardens started. Seed catalogues are being pored over, dog-eared, and circled, and some folks may have even

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INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

INTERVIEW: Julie Torres Moskovitz Discusses Passive Houses & Her New Book ‘The Greenest Home’

We recently cornered Moskovitz and pressured her to answer all our questions. What better expert on passive houses is there than someone who builds them and has studied them extensively? Her book The

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Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Miniature Teacup Pigs are a Cruel Scam

Lately miniature “teacup” pigs have popped up in ads as an adorable alternative to the family dog, but they are also a complete scam. What those ads fail to mention is not only will those adorable

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Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That's why Alex Cabunoc

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Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Self-Cleaning ‘Cyclean’ Handle Could Drastically Reduce the Ick Factor of Public Trains and Buses

Throngs of people use public transportation every day in urban centers, and touching the handles or straps on buses and trains can expose you to a myriad of germs. To combat this problem, a group of young

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Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

Spruce Supermarket: 4 Tasty Treats You Can Make with Spruce Tree Tips

When you go for a walk in the woods, do you glance around and consider which trees around you may have edible parts? Sure, you might identify maple trees as the source of the wonderful syrup that's great

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Luke Jerram’s Giant Waterslide Could Take Over a Street in Bristol

Luke Jerram’s Giant Waterslide Could Take Over a Street in Bristol

Artist Luke Jerram wants to bring a little fun to the streets of Bristol by transforming a road into the world's biggest slip and slide! If all goes according to plan, the artist’s "Park and Slide"

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17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

17 Year-Old’s Science Project Speeds Discovery of New Flu-Fighting Drugs

When most of us were 17, we dreamed of owning our own car and the freedom that would come with college admission. But Eric Chen dreams of much more. This California high-school senior wants to change the

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Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

Silvio d’Ascia Unveils Gorgeous Lace-Like High Speed Rail Station for Morocco

D’Ascia looked to the geometry of traditional Moroccan architecture for inspiration, transferring the repeating triangular patterns found on local facades to the framework of train track's structure in

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Isidore Electronics Recycling Gives Ex-Cons a Second Shot at Life

Isidore Electronics Recycling Gives Ex-Cons a Second Shot at Life

Kabira Stokes has always been troubled by the things our society sees as disposable; she hates watching toxic heavy metals in used electronics being tossed into landfills, and she hates seeing people

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Plans for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center Are Looking Bleak

Plans for Frank Gehry-Designed WTC Performing Arts Center Are Looking Bleak

The plan to build the Frank Gehry-designed World Trade Center Performing Arts Center is looking bleak. The project currently has less than half of the funds it needs for construction, and there has been

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Chinese Man Builds Tiny, All-Electric Lamborghini to Take His Grandson to School

Chinese Man Builds Tiny, All-Electric Lamborghini to Take His Grandson to School

Getting the kids out the door, in the car, and off to school is hard enough. For families in China - many of whom share a moped or scooter as their only vehicle - it's even more difficult, not to mention

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Volvo Claims Road Magnets are Safer than Cameras and GPS Systems for Self-Driving Cars

Volvo Claims Road Magnets are Safer than Cameras and GPS Systems for Self-Driving Cars

Most of today's autonomous cars rely heavily on GPS systems and cameras to drive on the road without intervention from a driver. But Volvo claims that GPS systems and cameras have limitations in certain

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Rolls-Royce Announces Plans for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Within the Next Three Years

Rolls-Royce Announces Plans for Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle Within the Next Three Years

When you think of Rolls-Royce, images of large, twelve-cylinder luxury vehicles will likely come to mind. But Rolls-Royce's image could become a bit greener in the next few years, as the automaker just

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Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Scientists Train Genetically Modified E. coli Bacteria to Mass Produce Super Strong Spider’s Silk

Spider's silk is such an amazing and versatile substance, it's hard not to get the feeling that Mother Nature intended it for much more than a sticky web in the corner. This seemingly insignificant thread

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‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego

‘Blackfish’-Inspired Bill Could Ban Orca Shows at SeaWorld San Diego

Image via Shutterstock California lawmaker Richard Bloom (D - Santa Monica) introduced landmark legislation last week to ban the captivity of orcas, also known as killer whales, for entertainment.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious

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America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

America’s First All-Electric School Bus Launches in California

The country's first all-electric school bus began transporting students to and from Kings Canyon Unified school district in central California this week. The new electric vehicle is a modified SST Trans

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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid Debuts with a 157 MPG Rating

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Hybrid Debuts with a 157 MPG Rating

Volkswagen has unveiled their new 2015 Golf GTE plug-in hybrid ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Based on the popular 2015 VW Golf GTI and GTD models, the new GTE turns the

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Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Interview: Adrian McCarroll on Building Villa Amanzi in an Open Tropical Environment

Inhabitat: How would you characterize the kind of architecture you create? Is there a unifying theme behind all your projects? Our principle driving force is to create places and spaces where people

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Melbourne’s (f)route Trail Gets a Series of Pop-up Dwellings Designed by Jon Liow & Samson Tiew

Melbourne’s (f)route Trail Gets a Series of Pop-up Dwellings Designed by Jon Liow & Samson Tiew

(f)route is a travel bureau that organizes tours based around local fruit, art, and community. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the company aims to provide tourists with an experience that is centered

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PHOTOS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets a Shiny New PATH Platform

PHOTOS: World Trade Center Transportation Hub Gets a Shiny New PATH Platform

NY and NJ commuters welcomed an elegant new PATH train platform last week - the first one of its kind to open at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in downtown Manhattan. Called Platform A, the

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Terrafugia is Working on Flying Autonomous Cars That Take Off and Land by Themselves

Terrafugia is Working on Flying Autonomous Cars That Take Off and Land by Themselves

Imagine a future where you can step inside a flying car, buckle up, and then sit back and relax as it automatically takes off and navigates to your destination. That future may not be too far off, as

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Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Berlin’s Creepy Abandoned Amusement Park is Now for Sale on eBay

Several years ago Inhabitat visited Berlin's abandoned Kulturpark - and the overgrown amusement park can now be yours for the modest sum of 1.62 million Euros! The former Spreepark has been abandoned

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks With Swifty Scooters Creative Director Jason Iftakhar

 Jason and Camilla Iftakhar INHABITAT: Tell us a bit about your background in eco-design. What made you decide to focus on scooters? I was first introduced to the concept of sustainability and eco

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7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

Did you know that Tadao Ando was a boxer before he became an architect? Or that Philip Johnson studied philosophy before going on to build his famed Glass House? The road to a career in design is not

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Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

Daily Mail Article Glorifies Hunting Culture that Teaches Children to Kill

 Photo © Shutterstock The UK tabloid the Daily Mail isn’t exactly known for its compassionate or nuanced take on the environment (or its journalistic respect for the facts), but a recent article

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