Italy's First Electric Supercar by Tecnicar Has a Whopping 789 Horsepower

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Italy is known for producing some of the world’s best supercars from automakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini, but it has yet to produce a fully-electric supercar. That may change now that Italian company Tecnicar has unveiled a new electric supercar called the Lavinia that can keep up with the world’s best supercars with its 789 horsepower electric motor!

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New Batteries Charge to 70% in Two Minutes and Last 20 Times Longer

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We use rechargeable batteries for practically everything these days – from our toothbrushes to our cars – but when a battery runs down, it can put a damper on our daily routine. Now imagine that instead of waiting an hour for your phone to charge up, you only had to wait two minutes – and that the same quick-charging battery can last 20 years. That battery will soon be a reality thanks to a team of researchers who developed a lithium-ion battery that can charge 70 percent in just two minutes and lasts 20 times longer than a battery today.

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Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible 'Smart Paper' Display

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The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted the latest batch of Apple’s patents, and as usual, none of us has any idea which of them will go anywhere. But one of them—#8,855,727, to be precise—is rather interesting (if not entirely original). It suggests the possibility of a flexible, double-sided display that would serve as a “digital periodical.”

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GM is Working on an Affordable, 200-Mile All-Electric Chevrolet

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General Motors executives recently confirmed that the company is working on an all-electric Chevrolet with a range of 200 miles and an expected price tag of around $30,000. Details on the new EV are scant; but it is expected to rival Tesla’s forthcoming 200-mile, $35,000 Model III, which is due to be released in 2017.

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These No-Carve "Pumpkinstein" Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

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Move over Dr. Frankenstein, “pumpkinstein” is taking over this Halloween. Unlike Mary Shelley’s monstrous fictional creation, the pumpkins that bear his face are real and available to add to your Halloween decor this year. According to the New York Times, they were created by the mind of California farmer, Tony Dighera who, like Shelley, wanted to bring a new creature to life. So he decided to try growing Jack-o-lantern pumpkins in a plastic mold shaped like the face of Frankenstein.

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

By now, you’ve probably heard of the High Line, but did you know that there is also an underground park called the LowLine proposed for downtown Manhattan? It may have seemed like a pipe dream at first but with many residents backing the project and New Yorkers in awe of what a subterranean park could mean for the city, the LowLine is picking up speed and could soon bring an amazing new public space (not to mention added revenue for the city) to the Lower East Side . Inhabitat’s very own Editor-in-Chief, Jill Fehrenbacher, recently caught up with the LowLine team, James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, to pick their brains about what could be New York’s next design landmark. Click through to see the video, and learn more about this incredible initiative.

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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

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LEGO Superheroes Show Up to Celebrate New LEGO Flatiron Store

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you’re worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you’re at it! We’ve enlisted the help of green energy expert Steve Schappert to take eco-fashion blogger and author Starre Vartan through a home energy audit and winter weatherization home makeover. Watch the video above to find out where Starre’s home was lacking when it came to energy efficiency, and learn how you can pinpoint and remedy similar problems in your own home.

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Earthquake-Resistant Eco Village Wins Christchurch's Breathe Competition

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6 Creepy Churches Made of Bones

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

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Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

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Tour the Eco-Renovated Harlem Home of Orange Is The New Black Star Alysia Reiner

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Art of Board Launches First-Ever Recycled Skateboard Floor Collection

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Lifestyle brand Art of Board recently launched the first-ever floor collection made from recycled skateboard decks collected through their ‘I Ride I Recycle’ program. The collection comprises 12 large 12-inch by 24-inch ceramic tiles in a matte finish created with Imagine Tile’s patented glazing technology. The water-resistant tiles are made from pre-consumer recycled materials, contain no VOCs, and are commercially rated for both indoor and outdoor use. The vibrant and eye-catching recycled skateboard floor tiles were recently installed at the Google headquarters in Irvine, CA.

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Australian Prime Minister Says 'Coal is Good for Humanity'

Australian Prime Minister Says 'Coal is Good for Humanity'

Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott raised eyebrows in his country of Australia after declaring “coal is good for humanity” while opening a new coal mine in Queensland. The PM…

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The Serenity Passive House Redefines the 21st Century Country Manor

The Serenity Passive House Redefines the 21st Century Country Manor

First things first, this house is huge at 16,000 square feet and is estimated to cost over 11 million dollars to build. That's a lot - so what does it have to justify the…

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6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

Tourner Autour du Ried If you're worried about what to do with an overabundance of corn, you could always follow in the footsteps of StAndré-Lang Architectes and build a giant home…

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RRA's Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

RRA's Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern…

To add more variety and character to the traditional gable-roof structures, Reiulf Ramstad Architects designed each cabin with varying widths and roof pitches, although the ridge height…

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Li Xiadong's Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong's Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama…

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a…

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