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All Signs Point to SeaWorld's Imminent Demise and We Aren't Sad

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Animals, News

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If cruelty to animals and marine captivity are on the list of things that make you hot under the collar, good news is on the horizon. According to The Dodo, all signs are pointing to the demise of SeaWorld, the company known far and wide for giving shoddy treatment to its marine residents. Media impresario Kenneth Lerer says the company’s brand is now so tarnished, an increasingly concerned population have come to view the enterprise as synonymous with the torture of whales.

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MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

by , 08/20/14
filed under: News

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Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar panels. According to Phys.org, the system proposed by a group of MIT professors and published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science uses a fairly new solar cell technology that includes a compound called perovskite, which is nearly on par with traditional silicon-based cells but takes significantly less material to manufacture. The big problem to date with perovskite is the fact that lead – a source of toxic pollution that’s destructive to plants and animals – is a major ingredient in its manufacturing.

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Spain's 'Guerilla Architect' Self-Builds Amazing Low-Cost Projects in the Wake of Financial Crisis

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Finally: A 100% Natural Alternative to Sickening Air Fresheners

by , 08/20/14

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Any car owner knows that the inside of a vehicle can get really “aromatic” over time, especially if pets and kids are regular passengers. Fortunately, a group of young entrepreneurs has a solution to this problem: a sustainable charcoal filter they’ve named Purggo. Charcoal is used around the world to remove noxious particles from both the water and the air, and now it can be harnessed to spruce up your car as well. With a German-engineered and patent-pending design, Purggo adsorbs and eliminates odor, is fragrance- and allergen-free, and lasts more than 365 days in the car.

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How to Build and Maintain a Community House

by , 08/20/14

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There’s a notable difference between a home and a community: a home is a place you’re forced to be; a place where you might not feel like you belong because your family won’t let you use the backyard to create a compost pit. In comparison, a community is a place you want to be; a place where you feel like you belong; a place you can contribute to and grow with. Building a community takes time, but with the right kind of people it can ultimately help you learn and grow as a person.

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Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World's Largest Plant Library

by , 08/20/14

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San Francisco-based startup Hampton Creek already has a couple of wins under its belt with its egg-free mayonnaise and dairy-free cookies. But its recent announcement that Dan Zigmond, formerly lead data scientist for Google Maps, will head the data resources for the company’s planned world’s largest plant library reveals just how grand its ambitions are. The purpose of the library? To identify and catalog plant characteristics in the quest to find more sustainable, animal-free alternatives to common foodstuffs.

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Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

by , 08/20/14

 

Little Crab

Prefabricated homes have really evolved over the years, to the point where they really do come in all shapes and sizes. 3D printing has been of immense benefit in this regard, with the world’s first 3D-printed house currently being assembled in Amsterdam. Prefabricated houses aren’t just for people, however, and groups around the world have been putting their creative talents towards creating homes for animals in need… and one of the species being designed for is the ever-fascinating hermit crab.

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9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

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A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency. The Department of Buildings recently posted the results of a completed audit, revealing that one in ten buildings in the midst of or due for construction, as well as those currently undergoing renovation, fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. This means that 90 percent of the construction in the city isn’t meeting NYC energy standards.

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Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

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Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

by , 08/20/14

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Nokero International, Ltd. recently launched the Prima N202, its ninth solar-powered light bulb, at Aspen’s American Renewable Energy Day Conference early this month. As a leader in solar-powered renewable energy, Nokero will distribute its latest product internationally with the aim of improving the lives and economic opportunities of those without electricity. The lightweight and portable Prima N202 boasts the world’s most efficient integrated solar panel and can generate 180 lumens per watt of LED light for 7+ hours on the Low setting and 3.5+ hours on the High setting. The solar-powered bulb can be purchased from the Nokero shop.

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Olafur Eliasson's Sprawling Stone River Landscape Takes Over the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

by , 08/19/14
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NASA's New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

by , 08/19/14

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Bigger is better when it comes to space-based solar panels – but rockets have a very limited amount of room, so getting them into orbit can be a challenge. So where do NASA researchers turn when looking for solutions to this packing problem? Surprisingly, they look no further than the good, old-fashioned art of origami. Using an innovative folding technique, researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) and NASA created an 82-foot solar array that can fold down to just 8.9 feet when closed.

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3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

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David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

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Leaked Video Shows

Leaked Video Shows "Most Abhorrent Displays of Unethical Hunting…

Hunting protected animals with semi-automatic weapons, running over animals with jeeps, and torturing animals before killing them; it sounds too horrible to be true - but a shocking new…

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in…

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100…

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Bertjan Pot's Spectacular LED Chandelier Brings the Spirit of Disco to Any Room

Bertjan Pot's Spectacular LED Chandelier Brings the Spirit of Disco to…

Studio Bertjan Pot’s new LED chandelier brings disco fever to any room! Lovingly called “Come on LED’s go!,” the oversized light fixture evokes 70's dance floors with grids of…

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How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England's First Net-Zero Home

How a Gilded Era Manor Was Turned Into New England's First Net-Zero…

Polly Guth, Stonelea's 87-year-old owner, hired H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture to renovate the 10,000 square-foot home, and the transformation has been extraordinary. Built in…

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Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO's

Kite Building Bricks Look and Snap Together Exactly Like LEGO's

Of all the LEGO-like building components we’ve seen over the years, Kite Bricks come closest to the famous toy bricks' building technology. The blocks, also referred to as Smart…

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