The head of Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), Shinji Kinjo has described the state of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant as an "emergency". He was referring to the plant operator's
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While small earthquakes are relatively common in Japan, the country is always preparing for the potential of a devastating large-scale event. As a result, curious, innovative technologies often
Japan is pushing an ambitious $1.025 billion (100.5 Yuen) plan to install a national electric vehicle charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy, and the government is enlisting the help of the
Image via Flickr The sun is shining on solar energy across the world. In 2012, a record 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) was installed, pushing the total global solar power capacity past
Toyota has announced that it will begin public testing of the Winglet, a personal transport assistance robot that is ridden in a standing position, much like a Segway. Toyota says that the Winglet was
Studio Errante's Sarah Becchio and Paolo Borghino created this adorable shelter at the southern corner of a family home’s patio in Italy. With access from the house and also from the street, the shelter
Photo via Shutterstock In the US, watermelons are a common sight in front of grocery stores in the summer, and they tend to sell for about 50 cents per pound. But in Moscow, you could drop a good chunk
Aki Inomata’s Crystalline 3D Printed Hermit Crab Shells are Inspired by the World’s Architectural Wonders
Inomata starting thinking about the transitory habits of hermit crabs and their shells when the French Embassy moved in Tokyo and its land transitioned from French to Japanese ownership and then back
Airhouse Design Office uses efficient, simple and cost-effective solutions that give existing structures a brand new purpose. One example is The House in Yoro, an open Japanese family home in a
What would have happened if GM's EV1 electric car wasn't killed in 2003? Electric drag car racer, John Wayland, aka Plasma Boy, brings this question to light with the EV2, a second generation electric
This past December TEPCO reported to the World Health Organization that only 178 workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant faced danger from radiation - however the utility now states that almost 2,000
INTERVIEW: Panasonic’s Haruyuki Ishio Gives Us the Inside Scoop About Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town
INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little bit about Fujisawa SST and what Panasonic is hoping to accomplish with this new endeavor? Mr. Ishio: From the business perspective, our Fujisawa Sustainable Smart
The Northern region of New Zealand, on the Coromandel Peninsula, is known for amazing scenery, hiking, and camping. Now it may also be known for crazy toilet sculpture! This humorous installation near a
We’ve showcased several attempts at creating the ultimate invisibility cloak - but the “Anti-Shark” Wetsuit is the world’s first design that renders divers and surfers invisible to sharks!
Today the hybrid car market is largely dominated by Toyota and most recently Ford - but Honda is getting ready to enter the segment in full force with new models like the upcoming 2014 Accord hybrid. The
By stacking the house on pilots, Ninkipen! achieved a variety of purposes: minimal site disturbance, which is great, maximizing space for the owner's two children to play, and extending the outdoor space.
Architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl has been fascinating the Inhabitat editors for years with his innovative floating buildings and aqua-tecture. Far from being confined by convention -- or by the
Thought fish pedicures were as strange as any beauty treatment could possibly get? Then may we suggest a "celeb escargot" facial that uses snails to rejuvenate the complexion? Ci:zMedical Group in Tokyo
As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn't know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current
INHABITAT: What obstacles did you face in figuring out your design process, and what methods did you try before arriving at Pooktre? POOKTRE: There are many trees in our valley that have taught us much
Japanese startup Spiber recently created a synthetic spider silk that is every bit as durable, stretchy, and light as the real thing. The material is tougher than kevlar, lighter than steel, and it can be
Japanese master architect Shigeru Ban has won an international design competition to erect "Cité Musicale," a new mixed-use cultural center slated for Seguin Island in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
1. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES 2. KEEP THE HEAT OUT 3. GET THE AIR MOVING 4. USE COOL NIGHTS TO CREATE COOL DAYS 5. BUTTON UP THE HOUSE 6. TUNE-UP THAT AC 1. WEAR THE RIGHT CLOTHES After the Fukushima
Fukushima has become synonymous with the nuclear disaster resulting from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011. But the coastal prefecture may turn that reputation around and become known
Coffee and Beer lovers have something to look forward to. Japanese brewery Sekinoichi is adding coffee beans to its beer during the brewing process to accentuate the taste of beer, resulting in a rich,
With their solar vehicle Resolution, a team of engineering students from Cambridge are set for a sun-tracking adventure which will take them all the way across Australia. Their solar car will travel 3,000
Scuba divers recently uncovered an incredible ancient Cypress forest buried deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Spanning an area of 0.5 square miles, the underwater landscape has been protected by
Almost two and a half years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese nuclear plant operators are asking to reinstate nuclear power in the country. With 48 of the country’s 50 reactors offline
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