California poised to enact toughest mandatory vaccine bill in the nation

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In California, an aggressive mandatory vaccination bill that passed the State Assembly is now headed to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown. If the bill passes, it would make California the third state in the country to enact such a measure, which will require all incoming public school kindergarteners to have full schedule vaccines, regardless of their parents’ personal, religious, or philosophical objections.

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Google’s self-driving “Koala” cars hit California roads

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As 2015 speeds by, so will Google’s self-driving vehicle prototypes adorably referred to as “Koala” cars. (Except they only move at a safe and steady speed of 25 mph.) Earlier this year Google announced plans to launch several vehicles in Mountain View, and this week the self-driving cars finally hit California streets.

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World's first 'bee highway' protects endangered pollinators in Oslo

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Bees in the capital city of Norway now have their own ‘highway’ thanks to a pioneering initiative by environmentalists protecting urban bees. Concerted efforts to sprout pollinator-friendly plants on rooftops, balconies and in gardens throughout Oslo give bees a safe space to proliferate without having to overcome pesticides and other human-caused curve balls that have decimated global bee populations. Headed by Bybi, the project has captured the attention of private individuals, businesses and various state bodies, who can map their section of highway on a dedicated webpage.

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Crescent-shaped cutouts give Moon Hoon’s Two Moon building its playful edge

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Tiny hobbit home carved from a stump is straight out of a fairytale

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The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a Coast Guard lighthouse

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House votes to stop the EPA's Clean Power Plan

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The U.S. House of Representatives is taking a shot at stopping President Obama’s key carbon-controlling legislation. Today, the House passed a measure to halt the EPA’s Clean Power Plan pending anticipated litigation. The bill, called the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) goes to the U.S. Senate now and coincides with a similar Republican Senate effort to suspend the new rule under the claim that the plan will dramatically increase costs for ratepayers.

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Bromley Caldari Architects transform a crumbling 1960's A-Frame house into a sunlit seaside home

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Tristan Roland Design transforms salvaged materials into elegant furniture

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Salvaged and reappropriated, Tristan Roland Design turns throw-away-furniture into reusable objects for the interior. Everyday objects intrigue Roland, helping him to envision a new life as a means of recycling our household items. Character quality is important to Roland’s designs not only for their aesthetics, but also as a reminder of the user(s) before their transformation. The object’s prior function becomes completely altered and recreated to be designed as an object to be interacted with keeping comfort, elegance and functionality at the forefront. The designer is constantly looking for discarded objects with the intent to give it new meaning, a purpose other than waste. Roland remarks, “I’m constantly on the lookout for big objects on the sides of streets, it’s partly about the hunt and the reward from finding something so unwanted and turning it into a unique expressive work.”

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Net-zero Happy Meadow Courtyard House is a perfectly passive residence in North Carolina

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One of these quirky New York dome homes could be yours

by , 06/26/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Last week we brought you luxurious, sustainable homes in the Hamptons, but this week we’re in search of quirky dome homes across the New York state—particularly those that you can actually spend a night or two in. First on our list is Kevin Shea’s Long Island’s Green Dome. This beauty is the world’s largest dome home measuring 70 feet in diameter and 45-feet-high, and is in fact so big that you could actually fit two standard-sized houses inside. This cool dome is both wind- and solar-powered and features an open-plan design with smaller spaces that can be open or closed to the interior space. The price? It could be yours for $1 million.

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Luca Curci envisions a living Vertical City powered by the sun

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Italian design studio Luca Curci Architects unveiled their proposal for a floating vertical city for 2,500 inhabitants. The 18 storey tower would have a modular structure that would bring natural ventilation and light into the living units. Aiming to provide an alternative design for a population interested in healthy lifestyles, the architects envisioned the city-building with public gardens along its entire height.

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Brilliant Stanford invention makes hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars even greener

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In the next few years hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars are going to become more readily available thanks to new models from Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. While automakers have labeled the fuel-cell vehicles as the ultimate green vehicle, since they only emit water, there’s a dirty secret that isn’t talked about. The process to produce hydrogen isn’t very green, but a new invention from Stanford University could change that.

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More than 250 wildfires are burning in Alaska right now

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Wildfires in Alaska rarely make the national news, but this year’s season is off to a particularly dramatic start, with the Alaska Division of Forestry reporting that as of Wednesday there are 278 wildfires burning in the state. And while the land area covered by these fires is not especially large, it is part of a trend of increasing fires that burn not only woodland, but threaten to burn soil and permafrost, triggering large releases of carbon into the atmosphere.

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Skylit penthouse studio's clever built-ins make smart use of limited space

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Saw-tooth roofed nursery blends in with the landscape in a historic campus in Germany

Saw-tooth roofed nursery blends in with the landscape in a historic…

A new nursery on the sprawling Philipps University in Marberg, Germany stands out amidst the tree-planted landscape with an iconic saw-tooth shaped roof. Designed by Opus Architects,…

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World’s first 3D-printed supercar is one of the greenest cars around

World’s first 3D-printed supercar is one of the greenest cars around

Green cars are more popular now than ever but the manufacturing process for even the greenest car is still pretty dirty. Automotive designer Kevin Czinger recognized the unfortunate…

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Tesla Model S drivers rack up one billion all-electric miles, saving 570,000 tons of CO2

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With nearly 200 Tesla Supercharger stations strategically placed throughout the continental U.S. and another 150 elsewhere on the planet, it’s easier than ever to ‘drive 65’ in an…

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New Zealand beach house transforms into an open-aired paradise

New Zealand beach house transforms into an open-aired paradise

The beach house is separated into two levels, the “living pavilion” consisting of a kitchen, lounge, and two covered decks. As you can see, each of the sections can be customized to…

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Chevrolet reveals 2016 Cruze with lighter, more powerful and more efficient design (PHOTOS)

Chevrolet reveals 2016 Cruze with lighter, more powerful and more…

Chevrolet has just unveiled the last vehicle of its 2016 lineup, and it debuts on the heels of the company's most recent reveals integrating a lighter, more connected, and more…

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