6 Thanksgiving Opportunities to Volunteer and Give Back This Holiday in NYC

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Bernardo Bader Converts Centuries-Old Farmhouse into a Charming Country Home

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Speaks to Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the Coalition for Healthy School Food

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PS 244Q received a lot of attention last year when it became the first school in New York City to start serving an exclusively vegetarian menu to its students. We recently got a chance to speak to the woman behind the switchover, Amie Hamlin of Coalition for Healthy Schools, about how plant-based diets can benefit kids both physically and academically as well as what parents can do to change what their children are served in school. Read on for the full interview!

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Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

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Solar and wind energy have long struggled to compete with conventional energy sources on two fronts: dispatch and cost. However, new U.S. industry data outlined in the New York Times reveals the cost of these renewable energy sources has fallen dramatically in the last five years, making them competitive with — and sometimes even undercutting — fossil fuel-sourced energy.

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OFIS Completes Out-of-This-World Football Stadium in Belarus

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MINI Unveils Tiny Electric 'Citysurfer' Scooter That Folds to Fit in Your Trunk

by , 11/24/14

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With traffic congestion in urban areas growing at an alarming rate, it’s only a matter of time until some cities start banning cars. To address the changing needs of urban mobility MINI just unveiled the Citysurfer – a folding electric concept scooter that can transport commuters to the “last mile” of their destinations without adding to existing traffic congestion.

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Tiny Tsubomi House is a Multi-Level Residence that Blooms Atop a Cookie Shop

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VIDEO: World's Longest Zipline is Part Roller Coaster, Part Zipline and All White-Knuckle Fun

by , 11/24/14
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Ziplines are great – but for the most part, if you’ve done one you‘ve done them all. Unless, of course, the zipline also happens to be part roller coaster. The TreeTop Crazy Rider is not only the world’s longest zipline – it also takes the rider on a series of hair-raising twists and turns high up in the Australian forest.

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Toronto's Converted Veggie Bus Brings Produce to Food Desert Areas

by , 11/24/14
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A new mobile organic food market is making its way around Toronto, bringing fresh fruit and veggies to areas considered to be food deserts. Designed by LGA Architectural Planners, the mobile farmer’s market was converted from an old shuttle bus donated by the Toronto Transit Commission. Stocked with fresh seasonal produce, the unit lets Torontonians munch on fresh healthy foods, even if they live far from grocery stores.

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Pivot Transforms a Boring Suburban Building into a Gorgeous Cedar and Brick Art Studio

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Sunn LED Light Brings the Rhythm of Natural Sunlight Indoors

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The sun is our oldest light source and one of the most universal cues that we use to tell time. The changing quality and position of the sun in the sky guides our daily transitions from sleeping to waking and from daytime to nighttime activities. The sun also fine tunes our biological clock to synchronize with the daily cycle of lightness and darkness outside. That’s why the people at Sunn want to create indoor lighting that puts you in touch with the daily rhythm of the sun. The Sunn Light promotes healthy living and creates vibrant spaces by continuously changing color and brightness in rhythm with the sun. It comes in two sizes and can be controlled by a mobile app to give you the perfect control over your own daily rhythm, giving you a boost when you need it and helping your body shut down when it is time for sleep. Check out the Sunn Kickstarter page to help get the brilliant Sunn light off the ground.

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SOL: Contemporary Jewelry That Can Power Your Phone

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SOL is a collection of contemporary jewellery that collects and stores usable energy when worn in the sun, thus creating an alternative way to charge small devices, such as a cellphone. The 3D-printed SOL collection is inspired by clssical Islamic geometric patterns and art, and have a definite architectural feel. Each jewellery piece has a designated slot for the solar panel housing unit, which can fit into any and all SOL pieces interchangeably. This solar panel unit is easily transitioned into an external electronic charging station, which has a USB slot that can be used to charge phones, mp3 players, and more. The necklaces shown in these photos have been created using 3D-printed steel and plastics.

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Group Aims to Land a Robotic Probe On the Moon in 10 Years with Help from Kickstarter

by , 11/24/14
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The Rosetta/Philae probe landing on a comet last week has reignited in earthlings a passion for space exploration. But now that NASA’s shuttle fleet is grounded and most spacecrafts belong to private companies, there is no group that is really pushing the envelope in terms of being space pioneers. That has not stopped one small group of Brits who have decided they are going to fund their own moon mission via Kickstarter.

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Snowy Thanksgiving Week Forecast Could Lead to Messy Travel Conditions in Northeast United States

by , 11/24/14
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East Coasters may want to add good snow tires to their list of things to be thankful for this week. Though it’s still too early to tell for sure, winter storm watches are in effect for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day for the Northeast United States, and the National Weather Service advises that the New York area could see 6 to 10 inches of snow. Travelers are being warned to prepare for icy or snowy roads from Georgia up to New England.

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Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

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The University of Notre Dame recently released the 2014 installment of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN.) ND-GAIN shows “which countries are best prepared to deal with the national security risks, droughts, superstorms and other natural disasters that climate change can cause.” More than just a simple ranking list, the index also tracks the progress of countries’ preparedness over the last 18 years, and allows users to run ‘what if’ analyses for various situations. Hit the jump to see which countries came out on top, who stands to lose out – and why.

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DIY GIFT IDEA: Flavored Cooking Oils In Beautiful Bottles

DIY GIFT IDEA: Flavored Cooking Oils In Beautiful Bottles

Powder spices on spoons image via Shutterstock People have been infusing oil with flavors and scents for thousands of years, so you can absolutely do this without mucking it up.…

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IDEO Envisions the Future of Self-Driving Cars

IDEO Envisions the Future of Self-Driving Cars

How will cars look in the future? No one is quite sure, but with the upcoming arrival of self-driving cars, the potential for wild new ideas is greater than ever before. Design firm…

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Nucleo Crystallizes Ancient Pieces of Oak into Precious Stools

Nucleo Crystallizes Ancient Pieces of Oak into Precious Stools

The Italian design collective has been developing their simple technique over a period of several years. While they have previously submerged completed wooden tables and chairs, their…

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Scientists Identify Virus that is Wiping Out Thousands of Starfish on the Pacific Coast

Scientists Identify Virus that is Wiping Out Thousands of Starfish on…

A horrifying disease is making thousands of Starfish in the pacific ocean rip themselves apart, and the cause has left scientists baffled - until now. A team of researchers was recently…

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Would You Drink Fake Cow's Milk Made from Genetically Engineered Yeast?

Would You Drink Fake Cow's Milk Made from Genetically Engineered…

Fake cow's milk will be hitting the shelves next year. Muufri is a new animal-free milk cooked up by bioengineers from genetically engineered yeast. Unlike soy, rice or almond milk,…

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