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MIT researchers reveal the reason rain smells, and capture it on video

MIT researchers reveal the reason rain smells, and capture it on video

Is your favorite smell the smell of new rain? For many, that earthy smell, reminiscent of the first days of spring or putting your hands in newly-turned soil, is their smell of choice. The smell has a

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6 designs that could save your life

6 designs that could save your life

Inhabitat readers know that good design can save the world - but did you know design could also save your life? Engineers, designers, and hackers around the world are harnessing cutting-edge developments

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Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

In 2014, Germany’s capacity for wind power generation jumped to more than double the previous year’s figures. The work of 543 offshore wind turbines establish Germany’s offshore wind power capacity

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Amazing 5-foot-long Boeing 777 replica is made from over 2,000 hand-made pieces of manila folders

Amazing 5-foot-long Boeing 777 replica is made from over 2,000 hand-made pieces of manila folders

Luka found the inspiration for the project during a high school art architecture class in 2008. He acquired the schematic designs of an Air India 777-3000ER and began building the 5-foot-long 1:60 scale

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Enter to win a ZumZum kid’s balance bike worth $249!

Enter to win a ZumZum kid’s balance bike worth $249!

Know a cool kid that needs a cool bike? Inhabitots is now offering up a brand new balance bike to one lucky giveaway winner! The ZumZum is the coolest new balance bike on the Kickstarter scene with a

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Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

Elon Musk announces plans to build a supersonic Hyperloop test track

As promised, billionaire inventor Elon Musk has revealed plans for his Hyperloop test track. Musk announced the news on Twitter, as is his habit, saying that the test track will “most likely” be

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TEST DRIVE: 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the cheapest electric car you can buy, but can you live with it?

TEST DRIVE: 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the cheapest electric car you can buy, but can you live with it?

Lets say you’re in the market for an electric car, but can’t swallow the idea of paying over $40k for something like the BMW i3. Well there is one electric car that has a price tag much closer to a

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Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

In July, Chevron abandoned its plans to drill for gas in Zurawlow, Poland, after farmers and families from Zurawlow (and four nearby villages) blockaded a proposed shale drilling site with tractors and

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The ‘Carbon Black’ is the slickest wheelchair you’ve ever seen

The ‘Carbon Black’ is the slickest wheelchair you’ve ever seen

Made from ultra-lightweight carbon fiber, the Carbon Black wheelchair is not just a piece of medical equipment; it’s a work of art. Six years in development, the Carbon Black wheelchair is the

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Planned eco-tourism center will pay respects to Cambodia’s wildlife and dark history

Planned eco-tourism center will pay respects to Cambodia’s wildlife and dark history

Although the brief initially sought a center that focused on the wildlife at Ang Trapeang Thmor, a major ecological hotspot and home to some of the world’s rarest birds, Atelier COLE soon expanded the

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Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, and with that announcement, the automaker revealed its second PHEV: the C 350 Plug-in Hybrid. The C 350 Plug-in Hybrid

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has a 22-mile electric driving range

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid has a 22-mile electric driving range

Car buyers who aren't quite ready to make the switch to a full electric car, but still love the idea of driving at least part of their trip emissions free will soon have more options with the growing

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Acura unveils road-ready NSX hybrid supercar at the Detroit Auto Show

Acura unveils road-ready NSX hybrid supercar at the Detroit Auto Show

It's been almost a decade since Acura stopped producing its legendary NSX sports car. Now, after years of rumors, concepts, and prototypes the supercar has been reborn as a production-ready hybrid - and

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Volkswagen previews Cross Coupe GTE hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen previews Cross Coupe GTE hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show

Volkswagen has introduced their long-awaited new plug-in hybrid, the Cross Coupe GTE Concept. Unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the new two-row crossover can go from zero to

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The 2016 Chevy Volt is faster, lighter, and more powerful

The 2016 Chevy Volt is faster, lighter, and more powerful

The first Chevy Volt was first unveiled in 2008, and the second-generation vehicle improves upon the original design in almost every way. The 2016 Volt can travel 50 miles in all-electric mode (vs 38),

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PAL-V One flying car gives you the freedom to soar over traffic

PAL-V One flying car gives you the freedom to soar over traffic

Who hasn’t been stuck in traffic and wished that they could simply just hit a button and their car would fly over it? Flying cars have been a fantasy for decades and now they're finally becoming a

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This Helmet for Skiers and Snowboarders Can Scan for Brain Injuries

This Helmet for Skiers and Snowboarders Can Scan for Brain Injuries

  When folks zip down icy, snow-covered mountains at warp speed, it's only natural that some (OK, most) of those people are going to take a fall. That's why skiing and snowboarding, while fun,

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Evolving robots help scientists understand how we got a backbone

Evolving robots help scientists understand how we got a backbone

Sometimes it is the simplest questions that are the hardest to answer. A team of scientists led by Vassar College's John Long wanted to figure out why vertebrates have a backbone, but had no way to

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2016 Chevy Volt unveiled ahead of schedule at CES

2016 Chevy Volt unveiled ahead of schedule at CES

Chevrolet is scheduled to reveal the all-new second-generation 2016 Chevy Volt next week at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, but the automaker just gave the world a sneak peek at the plug-in hybrid at the

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to be the hottest

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Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

Ohio Professors Remediate Streams to Turn Toxic Runoff into Vibrant Paint Pigments

When heavy metals leach out of Ohio's abandoned coal mines, the sulfide minerals acidify the water and turn streams into sites of slimy toxic sludge, killing fish and destroying ecosystems. Ohio

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Researchers find new way to beat antibiotic-resistant infections

Researchers find new way to beat antibiotic-resistant infections

Researchers have discovered a way to test bacteria for drug resistance more rapidly. It's a potentially life-saving method that will enable doctors to find and attack bacterial infections quickly, instead

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Tesla promises automated robotic snake charger

Tesla promises automated robotic snake charger

Tesla Motors is developing an automated metal ‘snake’ that would emerge from the wall and connect itself to the battery port on Tesla cars. Such an advancement would essentially create a hands-free

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The tallest building on Earth will host the world’s largest LED light show on New Year’s Eve

The tallest building on Earth will host the world’s largest LED light show on New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve, Downtown Dubai will host an epic celebration, featuring fireworks, lasers, lights, and an illuminated LED screen wrapped around the sides of the world’s tallest building. The

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New startup plans to produce a working Hyperloop within the decade

New startup plans to produce a working Hyperloop within the decade

Ever since Elon Musk unveiled open-source plans for the Hyperloop transport system, people have been trying to make it work. The project just got one step closer to reality as the crowdsourcing platform

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo

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Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Green design will save the world, and this year designers went all out with an incredible range of innovations. Sada brought us an incredible hubless folding bike while Klemmens Torggler introduced the

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Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Man quits job to convert old van into a cozy solar-powered mobile cabin

Formerly a systems engineer, Hudson quit his job after months of daydreaming about living and traveling out of a DIY camper van. He took the leap in October 2013, and despite not having any prior building

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New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

New inexpensive spray-on solar cells turn (almost) any surface into a power plant

Researchers at the University of Toronto have unveiled a cheap, fast spray-on solar cell process that could enable the creation of solar arrays using the most modest of manufacturing methods. Even better,

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Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

Will Florida’s new artificial reef bring economic prosperity or ecological destruction?

Thanks to British Petroleum (BP) decimating the oceanic habitats in the Gulf of Mexico with the infamous Deepwater Horizon spill, their Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund is now being forced to

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