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13 of the Most Idyllic Organic Farm Stay Vacations Across the Globe

by , 09/16/14
filed under: Eco Tourism

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If you’re craving an escape from the city, an agricultural vacation might just be the perfect medicine. You may have considered WWOOFing your way around the planet, but if you’d rather connect to nature without the required volunteer hours, a farm stay is a great balance of education and relaxation. Organic agri-tourism is making its way around the world with destinations fit for all. Read on to discover some of the most idyllic farm sanctuaries across the globe.

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German Village Produces 500% of its Energy from Renewable Sources

by , 09/16/14
filed under: News, Renewable Energy

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Wildpoldsried, a Bavarian village of about 2,600 residents, is leading the way in Germany’s extraordinary renewable energy transformation. Over the past 17 years, the village has invested in a holistic range of renewable energy projects that include 4,983 kWp of photovoltaics, five biogas facilities, 11 wind turbines and a hydropower system. As a result, the village has gone beyond energy independence – and it now produces 500% more energy than it needs and profits from sales of the surplus power back to the grid.

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illy Launches sustainArt Cups to Support Emerging Artists and Sustainable Coffee

by , 09/16/14

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Italian coffee roasting company illy has unveiled a new limited edition cup collection to support emerging artists and raise awareness for coffee sustainability. Designed to follow the EXPO 2015 theme “Feeding the planet, Energy for life,” the cups feature the work of artists Esteban Piedra León, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Elias Sime and Adan Vallecillo. The sets are available in both espresso and cappuccino cups with matching saucers.

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Would You Sit on a Sofa Made of NYC Sewer Pipe?

by , 09/16/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC


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We’re not sure if Italian artist Carlo Sampietro is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan but his latest creation seems like it would be perfect for Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo. The New York-based artist took a discarded city sewage pipe and transformed it into an industrial-chic sofa, creating an attractive hybrid of sculpture and furniture. By repurposing the rusty old pipe, the artist gave new life to something thought to be utterly useless, and made it into an incredible piece of multi-functional art.

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Paratelier Recycles Wood Formwork Used for Casting Concrete into Interior Panelling

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

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Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home design and improvement, he now showcases many of his ideas on his popular website, BobVila.com – a destination also packed with how-to articles and archived episodes. A pioneer of the adaptive reuse movement, Vila helped bring “green” thought to the forefront, and in more recent years he has focused much of his efforts on investigating sustainable building and design. Read on for our conversation with one of the most recognized voices in remodeling as he discusses green building, retrofitting, materials and energy, and how we need to recognize science and the role of government when we talk about policy.

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Fumihiko Maki's Aga Khan Museum Opens to Foster Mutual Understanding Between Western and Islamic Cultures

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Local Motors 3D-Prints Incredible Full-Scale Car in Just 44 Hours!

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Arizona-based Local Motors has succeeded in creating the world’s first 3D-printed car at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. Called the Strati, the 3D-printed car’s design was chosen from several hundred submissions, with the final design being printed in one piece using direct digital manufacturing (DDM) processes.

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Portugal's Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

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Researchers Discover a Gene That May Dramatically Delay Aging

by , 09/15/14
filed under: News

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Kiss wrinkles, fading eyesight and crumbling knees goodbye – aging could soon become a thing of the past. Well, not quite, but biologists have discovered a gene that really could actually slow aging. Discovered while conducting studies on fruit flies, the mechanism boosts the body’s ability to houseclean the cellular trash that causes aging disorders – which could spell not only a longer life, but a healthier old age.

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Sculptural Aluminum "Crest" at the London Design Festival

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Bill Gates' Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week that it is making a $50 million donation to various organizations working on the frontline of the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The gift represents the largest humanitarian donation ever made by the foundation, which is the largest charitable foundation in the world. The announcement comes in response to the United Nations’ recent issuing of an “international rescue call” for greater assistance from the global community to help contain the current outbreak of the disease, which has killed thousands of people.

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Chinese Students Unveil Tiny 43-Square-Foot House!

by , 09/15/14
filed under: Architecture, Tiny Homes

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We’re no strangers to tiny homes, but these Chinese students just unveiled one of the smallest abodes we’ve ever seen! Developed as part of a school project at Yangzhou University, this locker-sized home fits a bed, a kitchen, a bathroom, and storage space within just 43 square feet of space. The students took half a year to design and construct the prototype and are currently seeking a patent on their designs.

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Caltech's New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

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US Slaps New Sanctions on Russia, Stops Exxon from Drilling in the Arctic

by , 09/15/14

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The Ukraine crisis may be inadvertently working towards environmental conservation in the Arctic. On Friday, the US government ordered American companies to cut off exports to Russian oil exploration within 14 days, stymying Exxon Mobil’s plans to start drilling in the Kara Sea. These new measures are aimed at closing loopholes that allow oil companies to keep operating in the area, and they’re the latest in a series of sanctions imposed on Russia in an effort to halt President Vladimir Putin’s support of separatists in Ukraine.

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Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Why The Breast Pump Sucks So Much, And How to Improve It

Did you know that breastfeeding has numerous health benefits - including reducing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, female cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis? Unfortunately,…

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Luzinterruptus Strikes Again with Luminous Street Heartbeats Installation

Luzinterruptus Strikes Again with Luminous Street Heartbeats…

The clandestine artists filled the bags with a red liquid to give the final product a somewhat haunting look. The bags were then hung from a structure that had been carefully weaved…

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8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

8 Cool Thrift Store Furniture Revamps to Inspire Your Next DIY Project

Mini Modern Side Table This cute and interesting accent piece was great before it was revamped, but looks even better with a two-toned paint job. Modern End Table All it…

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The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior Symposium Comes to Garrison, NY Next Month

The Well Behaved Building: The Climate, Buildings and Behavior…

It might be tough to swallow, but at this very moment, the buildings we are living in, working in and playing in are quietly wreaking havoc on our environment. In fact, buildings…

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VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

VIDEO: Behold! The World's Smartest Pizza Box

NOTE: The video states that the pizza box comes in two different sizes, but there are actually now six different sizes available. The GreenBox was invented by William Walsh after he…

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