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Ugly New Diamond Reveals an Ocean of Water Below the Earth’s Crust

Ugly New Diamond Reveals an Ocean of Water Below the Earth’s Crust

Scientists recently discovered a small, rough diamond that reveals an ocean of water below the Earth’s surface. The battered diamond discovered in a riverbed in Brazil provides evidence for a huge

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Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Consumers heading down to their local Best Buy for a new laptop or microwave will now be able to pick up solar panels as well. Best Buy and SolarCity have announced a new partnership to sell off-the-shelf

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Bahadir Kul Architects’ Kayseri Ice Rink Sports Candy-Colored Windows in Turkey

Bahadir Kul Architects’ Kayseri Ice Rink Sports Candy-Colored Windows in Turkey

Located less than 6 miles from the city center, the Kayseri Ice Rink is easily accessible via public transportation. Inside, the two-story building is split into a ground floor dominated by the ice rink

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Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Queens University Students Turn an Abandoned Mill Into a Flourishing Urban Farm

Over the course of 12 months, Queens University Belfast worked alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford, England to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.

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Tiny $33K Home Offers Off-Grid Luxury Living on Wheels

Tiny $33K Home Offers Off-Grid Luxury Living on Wheels

By building their tiny home on wheels, the Morrisons were able to bypass many of the building codes and regulations that normally stand in the way of building tiny homes. Although hOMe measures just 8.5

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Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Queensland, Australia has Officially Entered Worst Drought in Recorded History

Australian officials recently announced that the state of Queensland is in the midst of the most widespread drought on written record, with over 80% of the territory desperate for water. While drought is

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VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

Did you know that the most important source of biodiversity on the planet - the rainforest - is being decimated so that you can have paper towels to wipe up? Did you know that the paper industry is the

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Harvard Team to Convert Earth’s Infrared Energy into Clean Electricity

Harvard Team to Convert Earth’s Infrared Energy into Clean Electricity

Harvard Scientists are working on a new renewable energy system that can harvest the power from the earth's infrared energy. Our planet is constantly releasing hundreds of millions of gigawatts of

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Airplane Trolleys Recycled Into Wine and Whiskey Bars by Skypak

Airplane Trolleys Recycled Into Wine and Whiskey Bars by Skypak

German start-up Skypak has created a truly unique collection of mobile furniture brought down from the sky! Using old airplane trolleys, Skypak designed their “La Barrique” cart as a streamlined

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Waterways are Oozing ‘Rock Snot’ Because of Climate Change

Waterways are Oozing ‘Rock Snot’ Because of Climate Change

The effects of climate change aren't always massive storms and never-ending drought. Sometimes they happen quietly, over many years, before finally surfacing in all their disgusting, stomach-turning

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on Floating Buildings & Hydro-Cities

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

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Mind-blowing Photographs of Earth Taken From Space

Mind-blowing Photographs of Earth Taken From Space

Updated weekly, ESA's Observing the Earth archive consists of thousands of photographs that date back to 2005. These Earth Observation images capture wide-angle snapshots of various landscapes with a

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The World’s Diet has Changed to Rely on Just a Few Standard Crops

The World’s Diet has Changed to Rely on Just a Few Standard Crops

Researchers from the International Center of Tropical Agriculture have noticed that the global diet over the past 50 years has come to rely on a few main food types. The crops that have become popular

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Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

Poachers are Destroying California’s Giant Redwood Trees

You've probably heard of poachers targeting tortoises and rhinos, but the latest poaching threat in North America doesn’t involve an animal. Poachers have been sneaking into California's ancient redwood

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Terrafugia is Working on Flying Autonomous Cars That Take Off and Land by Themselves

Terrafugia is Working on Flying Autonomous Cars That Take Off and Land by Themselves

Imagine a future where you can step inside a flying car, buckle up, and then sit back and relax as it automatically takes off and navigates to your destination. That future may not be too far off, as

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Unmanned Solar-Powered Drone Could Survey Alien Worlds for an Entire Year

Unmanned Solar-Powered Drone Could Survey Alien Worlds for an Entire Year

Global aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman is confident that it already has the technology to build an unmanned inflatable aircraft that could explore other worlds. The company

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Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

Solar-Powered Floating Island is an Off-Shore Green Retreat

OK, we've seen concepts like this for years now - round floating retreats complete with a transparent room in the belly to see all the fish swim by. The idea is certainly appealing considering the fact

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Juan Carlos Ramos Unveils Amazing Pyramid House Worthy of a Pharaoh

Juan Carlos Ramos Unveils Amazing Pyramid House Worthy of a Pharaoh

The Pyramid House features glass walls that offer exceptional views of the surrounding landscape and allow natural light to penetrate its deepest corners. The openings vary from narrow slits to large

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

Why does IKEA care about sustainability? Kind of a hard question... Steve Howard: I'm going to give you a slightly long answer, if that's okay. Long but structured. We have many businesses that have

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Green Planet Architects’ New Platform Connects Eco-Minded Architects and Builders Across the Globe

Green Planet Architects’ New Platform Connects Eco-Minded Architects and Builders Across the Globe

With climate change and environmental destruction threatening our planet, building green has never been more important. Many architects and builders are generally interested in sustainability and dabble

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Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Conservationists Scar Shells to Protect Endangered Tortoises

Tortoises are among the most endangered species on the planet, and a good shell can fetch tens of thousands of dollars. In order to protect the world’s tortoises, conservationists are defacing their

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7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

Did you know that Tadao Ando was a boxer before he became an architect? Or that Philip Johnson studied philosophy before going on to build his famed Glass House? The road to a career in design is not

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Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Meet the Texas Professor Who Lives in a Dumpster (PHOTOS)

Entering Jeff's home takes practice. First he has to unlock a padlock on the horizontal sliding access door a couple of feet off the ground, use a chair to open the top roof, and then hoist himself into

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What Planet Did OFIS’ Crazy Spaceship Football Stadium Come From?

What Planet Did OFIS’ Crazy Spaceship Football Stadium Come From?

Although the exterior of the stadium is certainly eye-catching thanks to the assortment of blob-shaped holes that cover the building, the building's unique design is more than just aesthetic. By using an

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Google Street View Maps Out the Polar Bear Capital of the World and it’s Awesome

Google Street View Maps Out the Polar Bear Capital of the World and it’s Awesome

Image of polar bear with cub / Shutterstock It's no surprise that the polar bear has become an icon of climate change, since it's a living example of what happens when rising temperatures begin to

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Drought-Stricken California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

Drought-Stricken California Breaks Ground on the Largest Seawater Desalination Plant in the Western Hemisphere

Cracked ground image via Shutterstock California is currently experiencing its worst drought in 500 years. Although it's always been an arid state, there's reason to believe that California's current

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NAS and Royal Society Scientists Answer All Your Climate Change Questions in New Report

NAS and Royal Society Scientists Answer All Your Climate Change Questions in New Report

Image of penguins on melting ice / Shutterstock A joint report released by the US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society warns that not only is man-made global warming real, it will have

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Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living ‘Fields of Tomorrow’ Wall for the 2015 Milan Expo

Knafo Klimor Architects Unveil Living ‘Fields of Tomorrow’ Wall for the 2015 Milan Expo

The living wall is purposely representative of the theme of the 2015 Expo, which is "Feeding the planet, energy for life." The vertical wall, constructed using modular tiles fixed to an elevated steel

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Volcanic Eruptions May Have Slowed Climate Change, New Study Shows

Volcanic Eruptions May Have Slowed Climate Change, New Study Shows

Image of volcano eruption / Shutterstock According to a recent study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, an unusually high number of volcanic eruptions over the past 14 years may have helped to

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

In contrast to the café, the bar is an enclosed whole that is accessible via stepping stones connecting it to the shore. The structural dome is 10m high, spanning 15m across. The main frame is built from

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