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Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the Power of Digital Prefabrication

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Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

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A consortium from Australia’s CSIRO and Melbourne and Monash Universities just announced that its printable solar cells are on the verge of commercialization. The technology uses a specially developed ‘solar ink’ that can be printed onto plastic film using existing printers in a similar way to printing plastic bank notes. The team envisions its printed solar cells being used anywhere that plastic is currently used – so they could power anything from laptop bags and device covers to skyscrapers. And best of all, a printer can spit out a solar cell every two seconds!

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Dino Pet is a Living Toy That Glows in the Dark With Bioluminescence

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Have you dreamed of owning your own living dinosaur, but just haven’t been able to find the space or time (or dinosaur)? Don’t worry, your dreams are about to come true. Meet BioPop’s Dino Pet, the glow-in-the-dark, living dino for adventurers of all ages. Technically, Dino Pet isn’t actually breathing, but he is filled with dinoflagellates and – with a little bit of light, food and a playful shake – you and your kids can keep Dino Pet alive and happy while enjoying the amazing natural glow.

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Álvaro Siza Faithfully Restores His Boa Nova Tea House in Portugal

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World's First 'Stealth' Wind Farm Will Not Interfere With Radar Systems

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French energy company EDF is joining forces with wind turbine firm Vestas to create the world’s first ‘stealth’ wind farm, which is designed to minimize interference to radar systems. The site, called the “Ensemble Eolien Catalan” wind farm, will be built near Perpignan and it will produce 96 megawatts, making it the biggest wind farm in France.

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Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

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The Amazon Rainforest saw a 29 percent jump in deforestation last year, spelling bad news for one of the world’s most important forests and the future of humanity. According to the Guardian, final figures released by the Brazilian government earlier this week show satellite data indicating about 2,275 square miles of forest were cleared in a 12-month period ending in July, 2013. This news doesn’t bode well for global warming either, as the Amazon is a major carbon sink that absorbs more than 16.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year – or about a quarter of annual American emissions. And let’s not forget the massive amount of biodiversity in the Amazon that includes socres of species that have not yet been studied.

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Zaha Hadid Architects Win Bid to Design Mathematics Gallery in London's Science Museum

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Honda Demonstrates Collision-Free Automated Driving Tech in the U.S.

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This week Honda introduced its connected car and automated driving technologies at the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit. Marking the first-ever U.S. demonstration of Honda’s automated driving technology, the automaker also highlighted its latest advancements in vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. This technology is designed to provide enhanced protection for automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, pedestrians and other road users as part of its dream to create a collision society.

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VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC


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Today, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York-based ad agency BBDO Worldwide released a short commemorative film featuring a little-known tree found at the World Trade Center site. As a way of highlighting the resilient nature of the city in the aftermath of the tragedy, the new two-minute film illustrates the inspirational story of the “survivor tree,” which somehow made it through the destruction to flourish once again. See the video after the jump.

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The Planet Needs You! Help Avaaz Create the Biggest Climate Change Mobilization in History

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As an Inhabitat reader, you’re already aware of just how much the fragile balance of the Earth’s climate is under threat. We hear regularly about how climate change threatens to raise sea levels, destroy even more habitats, plants and animals and make life harder or impossible for many people. The UN will meet with world leaders in New York on September 21, 2014, and there’s only one way they’re going to be persuaded to take action. Avaaz urgently needs donations to create the biggest climate change mobilization in history. Will you help shake up the status quo?

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Young Harris College's Freshman 'Pod' Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

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9/11 Memorial Museum's Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

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Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos illustrate some of the ways fracking and other controversial extraction methods can disrupt everyday life in rural and urban communities. Each short film gives personal insights into the issues faced by three families – from health concerns in South L.A. as the city mulls a fracking ban, to the strain on water supplies in San Benito County in the midst of a severe drought, to a family driven from their home in Kern County. Click through to see all three videos.

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Smart Transforming Sofabed Saves Space in Style for Compact Living

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Whether its moving into a teensy dorm room or squeezing into a small urban apartment, learning to embrace small living quarters is a challenge that many of us have to face. In an effort to make downsizing easier (and more stylish!), designer Matthew Lewis Hill has created the SofaBed, a multifunctional piece of furniture that minimizes floor space but can also transform to fit a variety of needs. Made from American White Oak and 100% wool, the compact Sofabed can comfortably seat two people or pull out to form a double bed. The integrated side table doubles as storage space.

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Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

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PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

Arad’s design was selected from a global competition that received more than 5,200 submissions from 63 nations. The reflecting pools, which sit in the exact footprints of the Twin…

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A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

The letter -- which was actually an invitation to a wedding rehearsal dinner -- was supposed to go from Maine to California. Lawry Meister's aunt dropped the red envelope addressed to…

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WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

For the first time ever, the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza will be open to the general public on the night of 9/11 (tonight) after the official anniversary service paying homage…

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And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is...

And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is...

Congratulations, New York City! Bicyclist Magazine recently named NYC as the best city for biking in the country. Although many local cyclists may be fast to point out…

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These Amazing Dutch Floats Made From Thousands of Flowers Will Blow Your Mind!

These Amazing Dutch Floats Made From Thousands of Flowers Will Blow…

The residents of Zundert prepare for the annual flower parade months in advance, and with 20 local districts participating, competition is fierce. "The childhood dream in Zundert is not…

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