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

by , 08/26/14
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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
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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

by , 08/26/14

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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 story house. Located between two terraced houses in West London, the appropriately named Sliver House has a front facade that measures less than ten feet. To make the narrow house seem as spacious as possible, the architects introduced as much natural light as possible throughout the building’s bone-white interior.

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

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

by , 08/25/14

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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 lipids and convert them into fuel. Enter Gregory Martin, a brilliant 14-year-old who has found a way to boost the amount of lipids in algae by over 500%! Gregory’s method uses fewer steps than other techniques, and it could lead to much higher biofuel yields.

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

by , 08/25/14

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Solar-Powered Rabot Cabin Stands Up to Extreme Norwegian Weather

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Iceland Limits Air Travel After Volcanic Eruption

by , 08/25/14
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A volcano in Iceland has started rumbling, threatening to spew havoc-wreaking ash into the air, which has prompted the country to close airspace over the mountain. The volcano actually erupted Saturday, but because it is buried under glacier ice, experts expect the ash to burst through the ice within the next day or so, though it is possible that the magma may never melt through the ice. If it does, authorities want to be prepared in order to avoid the same kind of chaos that surrounded the 2010 volcano, which disrupted aviation for a week.

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Trakke Transforms Ancient Yurt into a Packable Round House That Pops Up Anywhere for the Everyday Adventurer

by , 08/25/14

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Tiny Prefab Cabin's Slatted Timber Facade Folds Open to Beautiful Lakeside Views in Northern Bohemia

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Hundreds of Seeping Methane Plumes Discovered Off U.S. East Coast

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Natural methane leakage from the sea floor is far more widespread off the U.S. East Coast than previously thought, according to a study published in Nature Geoscience this week. Researchers from Mississippi State University, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other institutions discovered least 570 natural methane seeps in a 94,000 square kilometer area between September 2011 and August 2013. And while it is believed that the seeps have been there for at least 1,000 years, the report’s authors are concerned that rising sea temperatures could cause them to emit the greenhouse gas at increasingly rapid rates.

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Extreme Drought is Making the West Coast Rise Like an Uncoiled Spring

Extreme Drought is Making the West Coast Rise Like an Uncoiled Spring

A new study published in Science by the Scripp's Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego found that the earth's crust is slowly rising in the West "like an uncoiled spring" due…

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Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California's State Parks

Students Design an Adorable Wedge Cabin for California's State Parks

The Wedge updates the traditional cabin using strategic angles to maximize space. The key to the unique design is the angled roof, which opens up the interior while also allowing snow…

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7 Million Bats Killed by White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help

7 Million Bats Killed by White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help

We've reported on the white nose syndrome (WNS) afflicting and killing bats across the U.S. for a few years now. However, the latest estimates from the Defenders of Wildlife put the…

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Portland's Tilikum Crossing to Become America's First Multimodal Car-Free Bridge

Portland's Tilikum Crossing to Become America's First Multimodal…

A few weeks ago, the two ends of the bridge were finally connected, showing the outline of the final design. The bridge has several unique features that make it superior to other…

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Modern Cocoon Fireplaces Have a Thermal Energy Rating of 75%

Modern Cocoon Fireplaces Have a Thermal Energy Rating of 75%

We're now in the dog days of summer, but brisk fall weather is right around the corner - and Cocoon Fireplaces just launched a new line of ultra modern fireplaces that offer an…

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