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Inhabitat’s top 7 news stories of 2014 – vote for the most important!

Inhabitat’s top 7 news stories of 2014 – vote for the most important!

2014 was a huge year for environmental news - and Inhabitat kept you posted on all of the highs, lows and breaking developments as they happened. Studies pointed to the collapse of industrial civilization

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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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Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

This year there was a range of technological innovations that could not only improve our lives but help save the planet as well. We saw a group of 16-year old girls who revolutionized crop yields, an

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The 6 Most Horrifying Inhabitat Stories of 2014

The 6 Most Horrifying Inhabitat Stories of 2014

This year we witnessed a number of inspiring stories across the world, but as always, there was also a fair share of horribly disturbing stories we published that shocked us to the core. From a depressing

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Toxic methane is leaking from Siberia’s rapidly melting permafrost

Toxic methane is leaking from Siberia’s rapidly melting permafrost

Yamal Peninsula in Sibera has a massive problem: Gigantic sinkholes have opened in its permafrost, leaking huge amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. If that weren't enough, methane

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No hardware store? No problem. Astronauts just 3D printed a working wrench in space

No hardware store? No problem. Astronauts just 3D printed a working wrench in space

Launching anything into space requires a massive amount of time, money and resources. So what if astronauts could just "print out" anything they need? Now they can! Astronauts on the International Space

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California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from worst drought ever

California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from worst drought ever

New research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena shows that California’s drought is so bad it will take 11 trillion gallons to recover. That number is hard to fathom, but to give you an idea,

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Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

Almost everyone has heard that there was once water on Mars, but that doesn’t answer the question of whether or not there is or was life there. But new information from NASA’s Curiosity rover might

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Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought

Greenland's ice sheet is melting at a much faster rate than expected according to a new study released Monday in Nature Climate Change. Data from satellites led the study to conclude that Greenland is

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Astronauts can sip espresso in space thanks to PSU’s 3D-printed zero gravity cup

Astronauts can sip espresso in space thanks to PSU’s 3D-printed zero gravity cup

Astronauts have a pretty rough time living in a microgravity environment. Sure, at first there's exhilaration at the whole floating experience, but then one has to learn to pee into a vacuum cleaner and

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Mars Curiosity rover bolsters case for life on Mars with evidence of ancient lake

Mars Curiosity rover bolsters case for life on Mars with evidence of ancient lake

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has turned up a curious find on the surface of Earth’s closest neighbor - evidence shows that a 96-mile-wide crater on the Red Planet may have been filled with water

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James Inhofe: Barbra Streisand created ‘climate change hoax’

James Inhofe: Barbra Streisand created ‘climate change hoax’

When the Republicans take control of the Senate in January, one very, very terrifyingly dense individual is going to be handed the keys to the environment committee—Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), an

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

Inhabitat: So to start, tell me about how the Foodini and Natural Machines came together. Lynette: It started a little bit over a year ago. There are four founders in the company and I came in around

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Ecuador indigenous leader opposed to mining found dead days before UN climate conference

Ecuador indigenous leader opposed to mining found dead days before UN climate conference

A dark shadow has been cast over the international climate talks in Lima, Peru – as the body of an indigenous leader opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador was recently found bound and buried. The

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Gecko-inspired adhesives could enable humans to climb walls Mission: Impossible style!

Gecko-inspired adhesives could enable humans to climb walls Mission: Impossible style!

If you've ever watched with envy as Spider-Man or Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt scale structures with ease, then this could be your lucky day. According to the MIT Technology Review, a team from Stanford

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Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

This past week may have brought a much-needed dose of rain to southern California, but the region still continues to suffer under devastating drought conditions. These conditions are so bad, according to

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United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

According to new temperature data analyzed by the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization, 2014 is currently tied with 2010 for the hottest year on record—suggesting that there has been no

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Scientists Discover Star Trek-Like Invisible Shield Protects Earth from ‘Killer Electrons’

Scientists Discover Star Trek-Like Invisible Shield Protects Earth from ‘Killer Electrons’

Shields up! A team from the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered an "invisible shield" approximately 7,200 miles above Earth. The shield reportedly blocks so-called “killer

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Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey Shows Many Americans Would Rather Adapt to Climate Change than Do Something About It

Survey results published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week have proven dumbfounding, to say the least. The results suggested that for Americans "personal experience with weather or

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Group Aims to Land a Robotic Probe On the Moon in 10 Years with Help from Kickstarter

Group Aims to Land a Robotic Probe On the Moon in 10 Years with Help from Kickstarter

The Rosetta/Philae probe landing on a comet last week has reignited in earthlings a passion for space exploration. But now that NASA's shuttle fleet is grounded and most spacecrafts belong to private

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This is the Highest-Resolution Video of Earth Ever Created, and it’s Gorgeous (VIDEO)

This is the Highest-Resolution Video of Earth Ever Created, and it’s Gorgeous (VIDEO)

The Russian Elektro-L weather satellite sits 25,000 miles above the Indian Ocean, where it creates an astonishing 121 megapixel image of the Earth every 30 minutes. James Tyrwhitt-Drake from the

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What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

Darkened Cities features a series of Photographic Nightscapes created by Thierry Cohen to show what major cities would look like if they were plunged into darkness. His nightscapes illustrate how the

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These Clever Robots Could Tend Gardens and Grow Food in Space

These Clever Robots Could Tend Gardens and Grow Food in Space

A team of University of Colorado graduate students are developing a food gardening system for deep space and potential Martian colonies. The project is an entry in NASA's eXploration HABitat (X-Hab)

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INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

Previously on Inhabitat we've written about Made in Space’s ambitious plans to bring 3D printing to the International Space Station. But how will such technology work when everything is floating? To

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Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

Water Theft on the Rise as California Drought Drags On

As the Californian drought drags on and on, water theft is on the rise around the state. Given the severity of the situation – with almost 60 percent of the state currently experiencing exceptional

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This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

What happens to a drone when it crash lands? Besides polluting or damaging a potentially sensitive environment, it could also mean, at least for the military, that people you are spying on will know,

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Scientists Agree Earth Has Entered a New Human-Shaped Geological Epoch

Scientists Agree Earth Has Entered a New Human-Shaped Geological Epoch

With 7 billion humans and counting living on Earth, all of whom have the increasing capacity to build, shape and often devastate the planet, scientists are now starting to agree that the planet is

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Senate Republican Majority, Keystone XL, Tom Wolf, and Why We Need to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

Senate Republican Majority, Keystone XL, Tom Wolf, and Why We Need to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

The senate is now ruled by the Republican, climate-denying majority, the controversial and climate-damning Keystone XL Pipeline is probably gonna be approved, fracking for shale gas is going to become

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Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Green-Roofed Waternet Building Recycles Water for the Entire City of Amsterdam

Waternet's defining architectural features include two bridges on the 8th and 9th stories that link the towers. A luscious green roof tops some of the project's lower rooms, providing insulation, a

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World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

World’s First Breathable Ebola Vaccine Proven 100% Effective in Trials

Ebola has been ravaging parts of Africa, and the deadly virus shows no signs of stopping. Now a new needle-free vaccine has proven to be 100% effective at stopping the transmission of ebola in monkeys,

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