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Carpenter Builds Woodland Love Nest For $4,000 in Just 6 Weeks!

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Solar-Powered Tuk Tuk to Travel from India to England!

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Iceland's Solheimar Ecovillage is Still Going Strong After 84 Years

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China's Supersonic Submarine Could Travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in Two Hours

by , 08/26/14
filed under: Green Transportation, News

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Shanghai to San Francisco in two hours flat? It’s possible, according to the Harbin Institute of Technology, which is developing a supersonic submarine capable of traveling at a blistering 3600 mph. Using developments in supercavitation technology, the institute has made it possible for submarines (or torpedoes) to travel faster than the speed of sound.

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The Atlanta Falcons' New Rose-Shaped Stadium Opens and Closes Like a Camera Aperture

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Zaha Hadid Sues The New York Review of Books for Defamation

by , 08/26/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid does not appreciate the criticism that has been leveled at her of late. She recently announced plans to sue The New York Review of Books and architecture critic Martin Filler over alleged defamatory statements in a recent book review. Specifically, Hadid takes exception with the implication that she was indifferent to the alleged difficult working conditions of migrant workers on high-profile construction projects in the Middle East, including her own. She is also upset that Filler used large portions of his June 5 review of Rowan Moore’s “Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture” to question her success and fault her personality, although she was not a prominent character in the book.

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15-Year-Old Invents Clever In-Sole Generator That Powers Your Phone While You Walk

by , 08/26/14
filed under: green gadgets, News

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Just 15-years-old, Angelo Casimiro has invented a new way to charge cell phones by harnessing the power of people’s steps. The industrious teen has invented a device inserted into a shoe that converts walking into piezoelectric energy, which allows users to power up their phones while on the go. The smart shoe not only creates energy from steps, but could provide important energy for off grid users or people living in developing countries that have minimal access to electricity.

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Help Save Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring House in Tallahassee!

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House in Tallahassee, Florida, was recently listed on the “11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Spring House Institute is trying to save it. They have started a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo to acquire the House from the original owners, the Lewises. One of America’s architectural gems, the house was built between 1952 and 1954, and was created with an unconventional passive solar “hemicycle” design; one of only twelve such buildings in the world. Spring House Institute is hoping to raise $100,000 dollars to put towards preserving the building and turning it into a public venue for classes, community meetings, weddings, events, and as the home of Spring House Institute—a teaching institute.

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Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

by , 08/26/14
filed under: Botanical, DIY, How To, Water Issues

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If you stop to think about it, it’s quite odd that we flush our wastewater into local rivers, isn’t it? It flows away, only to be siphoned off and cleaned by the community downstream before repeating the entire process once again. It would make more sense to use clean water for things like drinking and bathing and then use that same water again for things that don’t require a potable source, like irrigating the landscape. That’s exactly how many architects are starting to design houses and public buildings, but if you don’t live a housing development that features built-in greywater systems, you can make a few minor modifications to your plumbing system and create a greywater wetland that allows your wastewater to be recycled into the landscape.

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World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra Implant Given to 12-Year-Old Chinese Boy

by , 08/26/14
filed under: 3d Printing, News

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Doctors from the Peking University Third Hospital in China have performed the world’s first implant of a 3D-printed human vertebra. After 12-year-old Minghao sustained a soccer injury, subsequent tests revealed a malignant tumor in his neck region that required extensive surgery, including removing his second cervical vertebra. Doctors from the orthopedics unit at the hospital 3D printed a new vertebra for the boy using titanium powder.

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VIF Studio's Rustic Summer Cottage is a Modern-Day Lighthouse in Massachusetts

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Cutting Carbon Emissions Will Pay for Itself, MIT Study Shows

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As politicians begin to use economic arguments to support cutting carbon emissions, a new study from MIT has confirmed that the flow-on health benefits of emissions reductions could save billions of dollars. In fact, the researchers found that savings from avoiding emissions-related health problems could recoup the U.S. up to 10.5 times the cost of implementing a cap-and-trade program. The results of this study were published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Newly Completed Hudson Woods Complex Offers Serene Eco-Living Deep in the Catskills

by , 08/26/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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The Planet Needs You! Help Avaaz Create the Biggest Climate Change Mobilization in History

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As an Inhabitat reader, you’re already aware of just how much the fragile balance of the Earth’s climate is under threat. We hear regularly about how climate change threatens to raise sea levels, destroy even more habitats, plants and animals and make life harder or impossible for many people. The UN will meet with world leaders in New York on September 21, 2014, and there’s only one way they’re going to be persuaded to take action. Avaaz urgently needs donations to create the biggest climate change mobilization in history. Will you help shake up the status quo?

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Kickstarter for Gorgeous Wooden Bike Grips Helps Fund Social Programs in Haifa

by , 08/26/14

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Nisnas Industries recently launched a Kickstarter for Daily, a new line of affordable wood bike grips designed to feel great and last a lifetime. Available in Maple or Mahogany, the wooden body is press fit onto an aluminum core and fastened together with two brass screws. Designed primarily for comfort and durability, the bike grips can fit a variety of hand sizes. Part of the proceeds will go towards Nisnas Industries’ social empowerment programs for local Arab youth, such as workshops to teach young kids how to build wood surfboards.

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Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet Across

Incredibly Skinny Sliver House Slips Into a Lot As Narrow As Ten Feet…

Skinny leftover spaces between buildings often don’t become more than alleyways, but Boyarsky Murphy Architects managed to turn one challengingly narrow lot into the site of a four…

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INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck Garbage From Rivers

INTERVIEW: James Dyson On Using His Famous Vacuum Technology to Suck…

INHABITAT: James, can you tell us about the genesis of your MV Recyclone barge concept? DYSON: To an engineer, there’s a certain thrill in solving problems, and this was absolutely…

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14-Year-Old's Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

14-Year-Old's Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

Algae could provide an endless source of biofuel, however current production methods tend to be costly and time-intensive - first you have to grow the algae, and then you extract oily…

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Great Glass House Holds Mediterranean Treasures at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

Great Glass House Holds Mediterranean Treasures at the National…

Located in the hills overlooking Tywi Valley, the Glass House is part of the Garden of Wales Botanical Gardens in the UK. Despite being made of glass, the elliptical building blends…

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Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

The Rabot Tourist Cabin is named after French glaciologist and geographer Charles Rabot, who thoroughly explored the mountains in the area. It stands 3,940 ft above sea level and is one…

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