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This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

Large-scale energy storage is one of the major challenges facing renewable energy, but a recent breakthrough could be a real game changer. Scientists at USC, led by professor Sri Narayan, just developed a

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Swarm of Tiny ‘Minibuilder’ Robots Can 3D Print Giant Buildings On-Site

Swarm of Tiny ‘Minibuilder’ Robots Can 3D Print Giant Buildings On-Site

The Minibuilders comprise three robots, each programmed to carry out different functions for the three separate stages of the building process: Foundation, Walls and Ceilings, and Reinforcement. First,

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Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Solar-Powered Blue Forest Eco Classroom Harvests Drinking Water from its Green Roof

Nestled within mature woodlands on the grounds of Benenden School in Kent, this new environmental education facility raises the bar for self-sufficient buildings in the UK. The designers claim it’s the

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Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Qatar Unveils Modular Tent-Like 60,000-Seater Al Bayt Stadium for World Cup 2022

Despite being accused of corruption earlier in June, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) released a video of the new host venue planned for the 2022 tournament. Employing the latest

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SkyTran to Build Futuristic Maglev ‘Hover Monorail’ in Israel

SkyTran to Build Futuristic Maglev ‘Hover Monorail’ in Israel

SkyTran Inc. and Israel Aerospace Industries just signed an agreement to build a high-speed, levitating, energy-efficient transportation system at the Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) campus in Lod,

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution and Future Growth of Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is one of the keys to securing a sustainable future for people around the world - but do you know where today's clean technologies came from and what the future holds for the industry?

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An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they

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Tuomas Markunpoika Turns Everyday Pencils into Extraordinary Vases

Tuomas Markunpoika Turns Everyday Pencils into Extraordinary Vases

Here at Inhabitat we have already seen household objects and even tiny sculptures created from pencils. But we love the way Tuomas Markunpoika from Studio Markunpoika works them into unique crafty

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and you've got a

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10)

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JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

JAJA Architects Reinvent the Parking Garage as a Green Community Space with Park ‘n’ Play

The project is located in an area called the Red Neighborhood, named after its historic red brick harbor buildings. In a contextual nod, the concrete garage will be tinted red. Set in contrast to this red

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INFOGRAPHIC: Retail in Real Time Highlights Trends in Our Consumption-Driven Society

INFOGRAPHIC: Retail in Real Time Highlights Trends in Our Consumption-Driven Society

Did you know that $11 million is spent on US-made apparel every day? To help visualize that staggering number, Retale developed a real-time visualization of how and where Americans are spending their

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New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

New Report Shows that Fishermen in the US Lose $1 Billion in Wasted Catch Every Year

Each time a fisherman casts a net, unwanted fish and marine life, known as by-catch, gets caught up in the process. Most of the animals are tossed out, although oftentimes they are already dying, if not

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Climate Change Uncovers a Lost Atlantis Swallowed by the Sea in Wales

Climate Change Uncovers a Lost Atlantis Swallowed by the Sea in Wales

In an unexpected turn, the effects of climate change on the coast of Great Britain are revealing insights into how earlier communities coped with the effects of climate change at the end of the last Ice

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Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

Designnobis’ Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

True to its name, PetsForPets is an automatic pet feeder designed for cats, dogs and birds. It is composed of a recycled PET bottle integrated into a plastic structure. The simple reservoir can distribute

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Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances

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Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

The new Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital replaces a 1960's facility with advanced equipment and expanded capacity to house and treat animals. At 77,000-square-feet, the two-story hospital provides space

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

Dubbed Milly Film, the mixed-use building is designed to serve as a cinematographer’s residence, production studio, and workspace. The design began with the decision to maintain the existing structure

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The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200

The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200

Standing desks are an ideal way to combat the health implications of sitting all day, but many people are turned off by the cost of buying one. That's where The Upstanding Desk comes in, an affordable

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Infographic: A Guide to the Most Environmentally-Friendly Cars

Infographic: A Guide to the Most Environmentally-Friendly Cars

Are you thinking about buying a green car but don't know where to start? Or maybe you can't afford a new car and want to improve the one you have? If so, this infographic from Southside Motor Factors

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IPT Architects’ Timber Dream Pavilion Changes Shape Depending on Your Vantage Point

IPT Architects’ Timber Dream Pavilion Changes Shape Depending on Your Vantage Point

London-based firm IPT Architects recently unveiled this year's Summer Triumph Pavilion for the V & A Museum of Childhood's Museum Gardens. Titled the 'Dream Pavilion,' this self-supporting structure

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Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota has officially unveiled its new hydrogen fuel cell sedan in Japan. The fuel cell sedan was previewed last year as a concept and now Toyota is giving the world a first look at the production

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Frank Lloyd Wright House Among America’s Most Endangered Places

Frank Lloyd Wright House Among America’s Most Endangered Places

Spring House is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s late-career hemicycle-shaped buildings built in 1954 for Clifton Van Brunt Lewis and her family. The building was constructed with cypress siding and columns,

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Windfall Lumber Launches ‘Wabi Sabi’ Cladding Made From Reclaimed Wood

Windfall Lumber Launches ‘Wabi Sabi’ Cladding Made From Reclaimed Wood

Windfall Lumber's new Sabi Cladding is influenced by the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-sabi. Sabi Cladding is made from reclaimed Douglas fir and hemlock beams taken from deconstructed buildings in the

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SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

"Two college kids trying to save the world". That's the slogan put forth by the team who designed SPOR, and they might very well succeed in that endeavor. SPOR is a self-regenerating solar battery

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Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

Charming ‘oon’ Power Outlets Replace Ugly Plastic Cords for the Home and Office

The oon is a new type of multi-outlet power cord for living. Combining logical function and thoughtful design, it beautifully organizes plugs and blocky adapters that are ubiquitous in our lives. Three

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Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Chicago’s New Lamp Posts Track All Kinds of Data About People and the Environment

Next time you walk down a street in Chicago, take a look at those innocuous and ever-present light poles, because they may not be what they seem. Chicago is installing a network of sensor-equipped lamp

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Beautiful ‘A Glacier Adrift’ Hand Soaps Call Attention to Climate Change

Beautiful ‘A Glacier Adrift’ Hand Soaps Call Attention to Climate Change

Designer William Lee and Young Stellar Object have created A Glacier Adrift, a set of hand-crafted soaps that call attention to the dire threat of climate change. Inspired by the massive bodies of melting

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HOK Unveils Plans for Biomimetic Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago

HOK Unveils Plans for Biomimetic Barack Obama Presidential Library in Chicago

International architecture and engineering firm HOK recently unveiled a proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum located in Bronzeville, Chicago. Developed in collaboration with the

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