The Casa Firma: A Building Clad with 3,500 Plant-Filled Vases in Brazil!

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Exquisite Birds of Paradise Made Thousands of Recycled Barrettes and Fake Nails!

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Vila Hermina is a Pepto Pink Micro House in the Czech Republic

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Biome is a Smart Living Flora Terrarium You Nurture With Your iPad

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Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

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Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

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Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

by , 10/24/14

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The blazing Sahara sun may power homes a world away by 2018. The people behind a new $13 million project called TuNur farm propose to build a massive 100-square-kilometer solar farm in Tunisia. The farm would then connect directly to the UK, pumping energy through a 280-mile-long underwater cable.

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Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape

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Scientists Discover Oldest Human DNA Ever Found

by , 10/24/14
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Scientists have uncovered what they believe is the oldest human DNA sample ever found, a discovery that could help unravel the mystery of how humans spread out over the planet. Phys.org reports that DNA came from a Homo Sapiens femur bone that was found accidentally on the bank of a west Siberian River in 2008; it is believed to have belonged to a man who died about 45,000 years ago. The DNA found in that bone holds traces of Neanderthals, a cousin of early humans who lived nearby in Eurasia before suddenly disappearing.

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MGM Installs America's Largest Rooftop Solar Array but it Only Powers 1/5 of the Hotel

by , 10/24/14

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When you think Las Vegas you might not think about sustainability, but that’s all starting to change – in a big way. MGM Resorts announced that it has installed the largest rooftop solar array in the US – the second biggest in the entire world – on top of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Now, before you get too excited, keep in mind that the stunningly massive array will only generate a mere 1/5 of the building’s needs.

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INFOGRAPHIC: No Tests and Other Reasons Montessori School Makes Sense

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Have you ever considered an alternative education model for your child or children? One that values self-motivation, play, and plenty of time in nature? If you have, maybe Montessori will interest you. The Naudain Academy in New Jersey sent over this nifty infographic, which details the positive side of Montessori education. Some highlights include mixed age groups, emphasis on collaboration, and NO TESTS. We like this last reason the best. So hit the jump for the full infographic and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Is Montessori for you?

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Help Make This Fascinating Biomimicry Book a Reality and Get Cool Perks

by , 10/24/14
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Super Organizations Book

If you’ve been following Inhabitat for a while, you’re probably familiar with Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s brilliant biomimicry articles. For the past year and a half, Tamsin has been pouring her heart and soul into researching and writing a book entitled SuperOrganizations: Nature’s Game-Changing Guide To Faster, Smarter, More Valuable Companies. In it, she describes how radically collaborators (like ant colonies and honeybee hives) work together to create value, and how we can mimic them in our own organizations to do the same thing. Now she needs help to put the finishing touches on the book and get it out there, so she’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. She’s hoping to raise $15,000 towards this goal, and is already almost halfway there! This is a movement, and the time is now for a well-reasoned, scientifically-based, common sense platform we can all take to the bank. If the ants can do it, so can we.

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+ Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s Biomimicry Manual Articles

 

These 10 Incredible Family Halloween Costumes are Sure to Inspire You

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Kenya's Dwindling Predator Populations Pave the Way for Thorny Plants

by , 10/24/14
filed under: Animals, News

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Plant-eating animals may be rejoicing over the global decrease in predator populations, but it may be leaving the environment in a hairy situation. Researchers at the University of British Columbia are conducting a study which has revealed as carnivores decrease, the eating habits of herbivores may have an adverse affect on vegetation and biodiversity. As herbivore populations thrive, their eating habits could create an environmental imbalance, prompting an increase of thorny vegetation.

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Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Create Spectacular and Spooky Jack-O-Lanterns in NYC

by , 10/24/14
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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright…

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards.…

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Pumpktris is a Working, LED-Lit Tetris Jack-O-Lantern

Pumpktris is a Working, LED-Lit Tetris Jack-O-Lantern

Hoodlums will think twice before smashing Pumpktris, which glows thanks to 125 embedded LED lights, rather than a candle. Set to a Halloween-themed version of the ever infectious Tetris…

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National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter's Magical Life with Animal Companions

National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter's Magical Life…

Just like Tippi—the French girl who grew up in Africa—Amelia has shared her childhood with the kinds of animals that most of us will only ever see on the Discovery Channel or…

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Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born…

A recent study carried out in Japan warns of yet another unexpected consequence of climate change: the study shows that male human fetuses are more sensitive to temperature differences…

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Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris

Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris

Sou Fujimoto, who designed the 2013 Serpentine Gallery in London, just completed the Many Small Cubes installation in Paris. Commissioned by Galerie Philippe Gravier, Fujimoto's art and…

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