VIDEO: A Tour of Mark Baez's Translucent M Cube Residence

by , 07/29/14

A few years ago, Inhabitat had a chance to catch up with M Design’s eco-prefab architect Mark Baez in lovely Venice, CA.  He gave us a personal tour of his M Cube home—a minimalist, modular, sustainable, and surprisingly affordable prefab residential development that he designed using his patented prefab modular building system. Designed based on traditional Japanese tatami and imperial units of measurement, M Cube may appear spartan at first glance, but proves deceptively comfortable once inside. The home is actually now up for sale, so if you’ve always dreamt of living in an elegant, minimalist cube, you may be in luck.

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Life-Saving Boot Can Detect Active Landmines from 6.5 Feet Away

by , 07/29/14

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Bogota-based design firm Lemur Studio has designed a life-saving boot insert which can detect landmines from a distance of 6.5 feet. SaveOneLife was created with soldiers in mind, but civilians and farmers living in areas littered with active mines can also benefit from this groundbreaking technology. The boot sole acts as a metal detector with a built-in radio transmitter and processor which pick up electromagnetic fields produced by large metal objects.

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Floating Wooden Bridge Lets You Walk on Water to a Centenary Fortress in the Netherlands

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Philips Transforms Peru's Biggest Bank into One of the World's Largest Interactive Light Shows

by , 07/29/14
filed under: Art, Green Lighting, News

Global lighting leader Philips recently unveiled BCP Affinity, a massive LED-studded interactive installation that transformed the facade of Peru’s largest and oldest bank into a public art piece. Made from 26,000 connected LEDs from the Philips Color Kinetics line, Banco del Crédito de Peru’s (BCP) new luminous facade can be seen almost anywhere in the city of Lima and is one of the largest interactive art installations in the world. Passersby can interact with the installation by touching and playing with a podium of LED panels that mimic the BCP facade on a smaller scale.

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Amazon Launches Online Store for 3D-Printed Items

by , 07/29/14
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3D-printing just officially went mainstream as Amazon announced the launch of an online store for 3D-printed items. With more than 250 products (including pendants, toys, nylon wallets, cookie cutters and bobbleheads), the new store aims to shift online retail towards a more dynamic and personalized selection of items.

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Garage Filled with 1,000 Plants Gives Yellow Cab Drivers a Breath of Fresh Air

by , 07/29/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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We’ve seen some amazing green interiors, but an automotive garage? The anonymous owner of a taxi garage in Queens, New York recently shared this photo of his space filled with 1,000 plants with NBC News. “I like to be in a nice environment, a clean environment,” he said. “That’s why all my cars are hybrids and that’s why we have all the plants.” We bet the greenery helps clear out some of those nasty car smells too.

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8 Gorgeous Urban Rooftop Gardens Hidden Across NYC

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Sunswift Sets World Record For Fastest Long-Range Electric Car

by , 07/28/14

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Australian team Sunswift destroyed a 26-year old record for the world’s fastest long-range electric vehicle this week, traveling over 310 miles at an average of 62 mph. The previous record clocked in at 45 mph, which the Sunswift team handily beat using their Sunswift eVe vehicle.

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Prefabricated 240-Ton Steel-Wrapped KHM26 House Transported to Final Site by Boat

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Pacific Northwest Burns as Drought Leads to Unprecedented Wildfire Activity

by , 07/28/14

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Nobody is fiddling while the Pacific Northwest burns in an unprecedented and devastating ‘ring of fire.’ Roughly 1 million acres of forest is currently ablaze in 21 separate wildfires in Washington and Oregon – the most the region has seen at any one time in recorded history. The fires were set off by the perfect storm: A wet spring was followed by severe drought conditions and then lightning passed through the area about a week ago. The biggest fire of the bunch, dubbed the Carlton Complex, is the largest in Washington’s history and has already consumed an area of northern Washington three times the size of Seattle. It’s currently just 52 percent contained.

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MIT Develops Brilliant Graphite Sponge that Converts Solar Energy into Steam

by , 07/28/14

Researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a simple, graphite and carbon-based sponge that soaks up water and heats it using the sun’s rays. The sponge converts the water into steam that can then be used for water purification or as a power source. With low-cost materials and an 85 percent efficiency rate, the invention has the potential to become an extremely cost-effective source of solar-derived clean water and steam power for remote or developing areas.

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The Number 6: Turin's Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

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California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

by , 07/28/14
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Long gone are the days of latent suburban battles over who has the nicest lawn. Now folks in California are facing fines for letting their lawn go brown to conserve water as the state endures the worst drought in recorded history. The Weather Network reports that Laura Whitney and Michael Korte of Glendora, California are facing a fine of up to $500 after they stopped watering their lawn to save water. The fine notice from the City of Glendora came on the same day as mandatory water restrictions came into place and told the couple they have 60 days to get their lawn back into shape or else they would have to pay the fine.

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

by , 07/28/14
filed under: Animals, News

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In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency Identification sensors work much like a car’s e-tag, and scientists will use a technique called “swarm sensing” to study how changes in the environment impact the behavior of bee colonies.

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Emeco's New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With Recycled Materials

by , 07/28/14

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Design lovers are sure to be familiar with Emeco‘s 1006 Navy Chair – a classic seat that was originally designed for the US Navy but found popular appeal due to its simplicity, durability, and light weight. Emeco recently called upon Nendo to design Su – a new stool that embodies the spirit of the classic Navy Chair. The stool has the familiar curves and indentations of its predecessor, and it’s available in recycled PET resin, recycled aluminum, cement and reclaimed oak. According to Nendo, the name “refers to the Japanese word su, which means basic, simple and pure.”

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth's Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth's Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep…

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren't aware of just…

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System D's Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using Zero Chlorine

System D's Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using…

System D has designed a compact ozone generator that can provide clean sterilized water anywhere. At the heart of this system is an electric powered "corona discharge" ozone generator…

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the…

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VIDEO: See How Staten Island Eels Help Measure Improved Water Quality in NYC

VIDEO: See How Staten Island Eels Help Measure Improved Water Quality…

Did you know that there are eels living in Staten Island? The slippery creatures add to the Staten Island Bluebelt's ecological diversity, but they also do double duty as indicators of…

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CC441: Tokyo's First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With Interior Timber Panels

CC441: Tokyo's First Shipping Container Art Gallery Warmed Up With…

Located in an old area of Tokyo called Torigoe, CC4441 is surrounded by small factories producing leather products, paper crafts and ornaments. It was designed for a husband who needed…

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