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Trouble-free Funnell Backpack Ejects a Waterproof Jacket to Protect Cyclists from the Rain

Trouble-free Funnell Backpack Ejects a Waterproof Jacket to Protect Cyclists from the Rain

Cycling is one of the most fun ways to get around a city, but getting drenched in an unexpected downpour can put a damper on anyone's day. Enter Funnell, a backpack with a waterproof jacket that ejects

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New Study Reveals the Great Whale Conveyor Belt is Essential to Ocean Health

New Study Reveals the Great Whale Conveyor Belt is Essential to Ocean Health

The great whales are the largest creatures on Earth, but their relative rarity in our oceans means they are generally overlooked in favor of the far more abundant algae and planktons when it comes to

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INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

We've featured many a tiny house on Inhabitat, but did you know that one trailblazing lady was the inspiration behind many of those miniature homes? Meet Dee Williams: an early pioneer and sustainability

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Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5″ in Africa is Conservation

Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5″ in Africa is Conservation

19-year-old Kendall Jones, a cheerleader from Texas, has been hunting big game in Africa with her father for 10 years. Following in the footsteps of the reviled Melissa Bachman, she claims that her

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Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Wins Design of the Year

Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Wins Design of the Year

Now in its seventh year, the London Design Museum's Design of the Year Award annually recognizes the most innovative and interesting designs from 70 nominated entries in the categories of Architecture,

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9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

Here in the northern hemisphere, we're now heading into the height of summer and chances are that most of us are spending as much time outdoors as possible. You've probably noticed a lot more bird

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10 Jaw-Dropping Tree Canopies and Tunnels that Amplify the Beauty of Mother Nature

10 Jaw-Dropping Tree Canopies and Tunnels that Amplify the Beauty of Mother Nature

Although tree monoculture, or the mass planting of one plant species, is generally not the best environmental practice, we can't deny the jaw-dropping effect it has on the landscape. From rows of dazzling

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The “Most Portuguese Town in Portugal” is Built Around, and On Top of Giant Boulders!

The “Most Portuguese Town in Portugal” is Built Around, and On Top of Giant Boulders!

Monsanto sits on the edge of a mountain not far from Serra da Estrela. The town overlooks the valley below, affording sweeping views of the region from many vantage points. The ancient population carved

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Scientists Just Created a Virus With the Potential to Wipe Out Humanity

Scientists Just Created a Virus With the Potential to Wipe Out Humanity

It’s like something you would expect out of a horror movie, but this story is unfortunately all true. A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - ignoring every virus-related thriller ever -

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This Universal Bike Can Be Adjusted to Fit Any Body

This Universal Bike Can Be Adjusted to Fit Any Body

A bicycle that fits your body properly is an absolute pleasure to ride, but many people just don't buy the bike that's right for them. Alternately, they'll buy one that's right for their height, but won't

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Solar Panel-Carrying Donkeys Are Bringing Energy to Remote Turkish Nomads

Solar Panel-Carrying Donkeys Are Bringing Energy to Remote Turkish Nomads

How are you meant to charge your phone regularly or stay up to date on global events if you live in the middle of nowhere? Well, in parts of Turkey, you can rely on donkeys. These energy-carrying animals

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Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Swedish Studio Wingårdhs Unveils Prefab, Scented Apartment Block Made Entirely from Wood

Erected for property developer Folkhem, the Strandparken tower shelters 31 apartments among its 8 floors. It was designed to explore the potential of multi-occupancy housing while offering inhabitants a

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Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

Easy-to-Install Drain Mod Harvests Waste-Heat from Hot Water to Slash Energy Costs

When it comes to home efficiency, the bathroom is often where we focus on water conservation. Most bathrooms contain a sink, toilet, and shower, which can each waste tons of water if we're not careful,

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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the

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ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

ICD and ITKE’s Robotically Woven Pavilion Mimics the Structural Performance of Beetle Shells

Another of the Institutes’ bionic research pavilions, the structure investigates the structural performance of protective shells of beetles. These have proven to be a suitable role model for highly

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Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

Need a Rooftop Farm? Call This Company

  Installing a green roof on your home or business is not a matter that can typically be resolved by consulting the Yellow Pages. Companies that specialize in this subject are few and far

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Students Transform a Boring Electrical Tower into an Inspiring Stained Glass Lighthouse

Students Transform a Boring Electrical Tower into an Inspiring Stained Glass Lighthouse

Art students in Germany converted an electrical tower outside of Hattigen into an impromptu art installation with vibrant panels of stained glass. Lechtturm (which means Lighthouse in German) glitters

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Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Curitiba’s green initiatives originated in the 1960s with its mayor, Jaime Lerner, who famously said, “This city is not for cars,” well before smart growth principles were adopted in the more

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Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Gorgeous BioCasa_82 is Made From 99% Recyclable Materials and Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

BioCasa_82 is one of the few private residences in the world to have privately conducted carbon footprint analysis with great results. Built for Diadora CEO, Enrico Moretti Polegato and his wife Claudia,

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The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The Biggest Hospital in North America to Feature a Green Roof with Medicinal Herbs

The $2 billion, 772-bed facility is seeking LEED Silver status and seems likely to precipitate a paradigm shift in the way that health care is done. Architects at Canon Design designed the building with a

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INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

By now, it's more than likely that you're familiar with the term "guerrilla gardening"... but if you aren't, it's a great subject to look into. All over the world, people are planting everything from

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Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home!

Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home!

"Do or do not, there is no try," Yoda instructs Luke in Star Wars. Larson doesn't need to worry about trying to add a little extra wonder to an already fantastic idea. Larson's Minnesota -based workshop,

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Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

Peru Approves Large Gas Project that Could Wipe Out Uncontacted Tribes

A controversial gas project recently approved by the Peruvian government has the potential to wipe out a group of uncontacted tribes who live in the area. Earth First Journal reports that Peru’s

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Mariclaro Repurposes Landfill-Destined Materials into Stylish and Durable Chameleon Tote Bags

Mariclaro Repurposes Landfill-Destined Materials into Stylish and Durable Chameleon Tote Bags

Canadian design firm Mariclaro recently unveiled Chameleon, a stylish and durable tote bag made from recycled materials that had once been destined for the landfill. Made from a car seatbelt, furniture

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World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

Feel guilty every time you have to get a disposable cup for your latte? Soon you could be saying goodbye to that guilt, as the world’s first recyclable paper cup is about to hit the streets in the

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NASA Launches First Mission to Track Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

NASA Launches First Mission to Track Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

NASA just successfully launched a new satellite that will track atmospheric carbon dioxide - the greenhouse gas that most climate scientists agree is the main driver of global warming. The Orbiting Carbon

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Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

Amazing Costa Rican Hotel Made from an Old Airplane Takes Flight

The airplane was transported piece by piece from the San Jose airport to its current resting place on a pedestal 50 feet above the beach. It looks a bit like a model airplane on a stand, and we can only

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Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Is This the World’s First Building With a Bio-based Façade?

Studio Marco Vermeulen believes that we need new building materials that aren't made from increasingly scarce fossil fuels. That's why they are partnering with Nabasco, which uses widely available waste

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Mischer’Traxler’s Reversed Volume Platters Are Imprinted With Delicate Details from Living Leaves

Mischer’Traxler’s Reversed Volume Platters Are Imprinted With Delicate Details from Living Leaves

PCM Design just launched these beautiful ‘Reversed Volume Leaves’ platters, which were designed by mischer’traxler. To create the design, the space between a leaf and the container was filled up

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Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Collapsible Smash Cup Lets You Grab Coffee on the Go Without Producing Waste

Smash Cup is a collapsible, highly portable, reusable coffee cup that allows you to get your morning cup of Joe on the go without producing more waste! Reminiscent of disposable coffee cups but upgraded

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