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3D System’s Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

3D System’s Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

What if you could turn old plastic bottles into fresh new designs with the press of a button? 3D Systems’ new Ekocycle Cube uses post-consumer plastic to 3D print a variety of designs. The eco-friendly

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New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

Genetically modified foods get a lot of negative attention, but sometimes GMOs can be a good thing. New genetically engineered bananas may soon be grown in low-income communities in order to prevent

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INTERVIEW: Eric Maundu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

INTERVIEW: Eric Maundu on Turning Aquaponic Gardens into an Internet Connected Resource

Inhabitat: So tell me about your work here at American Steel Studios. ERIC: I build gardens like these. This is the smallest one I’ve ever done with an aquarium on the bottom and a garden on

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Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant is Completely Clad in Delftware Tiles!

Gorgeous Dutch Power Plant is Completely Clad in Delftware Tiles!

The power plant holds two gas turbines that generate on-demand electricity while providing district heating for the community's buildings. This makes the facility two times more efficient than plants

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Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

Mali’s Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage is Cooled Entirely by Natural Ventilation and Green Building Strategies

F8 Architecture established a set of key principles while designing the Falatow Jigiyaso Orphanage: Reduce solar gain, embrace natural ventilation, and improve thermal mass. To this end, hollow

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Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

The bottles used to complete the structure, all of which were donated by students and the local community, help to regulate sunlight and control the temperature within the nursery. A water inlet tray on

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How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

Image via Shutterstock Jeans Dirt rarely shows its face on denim until it's really dirty, so unless you're wearing jeans to trek through mud or you always go commando, don't wash them after every wear.

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15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

Has the world gone topsy turvy? You say no - and then the table you’re looking at suddenly shifts into an alternate dimension. The amazing transforming coffee table above is just one of the innovative,

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Fairytale Treehouse Castle in France Offers the Perfect Forest Getaway for All Ages

Fairytale Treehouse Castle in France Offers the Perfect Forest Getaway for All Ages

There are four different treehouses to choose from, all of which feature a hot tub, and can accommodate between two and six people. Cabone Monbazillac sits at the edge of the forest, offers views of

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SmileSolar Watch: One Hour of Sunlight Provides Three Months of Battery Life

SmileSolar Watch: One Hour of Sunlight Provides Three Months of Battery Life

We discovered Q&Q's solar powered watches during Sight Unseen Offsite, a shoppable two-story exhibition that took place recently in New York City. Our team was instantly drawn to the colorful

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Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

Pumpmakers’ DIY Solar-Powered Water Pump Empowers Developing Nations

To help bring clean drinking water to the 780 million people who still go without, Pumpmakers developed the NSP Solar Pump, an inexpensive, maintenance-free water pump that can be manufactured locally

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Boneco the Beekeeping Donkey Has An Amazing Protective Suit

Boneco the Beekeeping Donkey Has An Amazing Protective Suit

Man’s best friend may be a dog, but beekeeper Manuel Juraci’s best friend is a donkey named Boneco. Juraci is an inventor and beekeeper from the town of Itatira, Brazil. He wears the standard

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Hong Kong Officials to Torch Over 61,000 Pounds of Illegal Ivory Seized From Smugglers

Hong Kong Officials to Torch Over 61,000 Pounds of Illegal Ivory Seized From Smugglers

Just four months after officials pulverized $10 million worth of ivory from its stockpile, China is once again taking a public stand against poachers and those who smuggle such items. In Hong Kong,

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Lavish Tongabezi Tree House Provides Unparalleled Views of Zambia’s Stunning Landscape

Lavish Tongabezi Tree House Provides Unparalleled Views of Zambia’s Stunning Landscape

Part of a large resort boasting several types of facilities, the tree house is a secluded spot that invokes exotic day dreams. A hidden path starts at the end of a large swimming pool and winds along a

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Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Not everyone has a green thumb, but Swedish gardening house Coloni has found a way to allow anyone to create a beautiful indoor garden of their own. They've scoured the globe for some of the prettiest

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World’s First Dengue Fever Vaccine Shows Promise in Late-Stage Trials

World’s First Dengue Fever Vaccine Shows Promise in Late-Stage Trials

According to the World Health Organization, over 40% of the world’s population is at risk from dengue fever - and it's the leading cause of death among children in some Latin American and Asian

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Researchers at Northwestern University just unveiled a new solar cell that can be manufactured for less money using fewer harmful elements. Inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis and Robert P. H. Chang

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DIY: Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays and Lotions

DIY: Homemade Insect Repellent Sprays and Lotions

'Tis the season for camping trips and beach parties, barbecues and patio drinks, and you can bet that insects of all shapes and sizes are rubbing their little feet (forelegs?) together in glee at the

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Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

Ingo Arndt’s Amazing Book Reveals the Wonderful World of Animal Architecture

The Indonesian vogelkop bowerbird build intricate stick tower nests to attract mates. They decorate them with flowers, fruits, mushrooms, and even trash left in the forest by tourists. Australian

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Could Make the Mining Industry Obsolete

Lab-Grown Diamonds Could Make the Mining Industry Obsolete

Diamond mining takes a terrible toll on both human life and the environment, but lab-grown gems, which are now just as pure as natural ones and produce one-fifth the carbon dioxide emissions, could

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Indonesian Safari Park Upcycles Elephant Poo Into Paper

Indonesian Safari Park Upcycles Elephant Poo Into Paper

Tourists are flocking to Taman Safari Park in Indonesia to buy an item in their gift shop- poo paper. Made from the dung created by the park’s elephants each day, the recycled paper is made on-site by

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Why Our Coffee Habit is Terrible for the Environment

Why Our Coffee Habit is Terrible for the Environment

Next time you wrap your hands around that steamy cup of joe, take a minute to consider the impact your morning coffee has on the planet. According to a study published in the most recent issue of

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Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Vincent Callebaut, visionary behind the Lilypad and Dragonfly, has created a whale-shaped floating garden designed to drift through the world's rivers while purifying their waters. The Physalia is a

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Killing the Lorax: 900 Environmental Activists Slain in the Past 10 Years

Killing the Lorax: 900 Environmental Activists Slain in the Past 10 Years

A shocking new report finds that in addition to waging war against the only planet capable of sustaining human life, we're also attacking those who would seek to protect it. The survey, conducted by

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Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

Rachel Sussman collaborated with a group of biologists to research and create her stunning photo project. She begins her investigation at “year zero,” photographing the past in the present. She found

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

Sweden-based designer Hampus Penttinen created his Svartskär chair out of the flotsam that washes up on the shore of Kosterhavet—Sweden's only national marine park. He used grafting techniques to bind

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Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronaut Pee Could Help Power Space Crafts

Astronauts’ pee already gets recycled into water on space missions, but now NASA has found a way to transform their urine into fuel. Scientists have devised a process called forward osmosis that

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Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

Airborne Wind Turbines Could Meet World Energy Demand

A new study from the University of Delaware finds that high-altitude wind turbines tethered to the ground like kites could potentially generate enough clean, renewable electricity for the entire world.

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

MaterialConnexion is a material library with the latest innovations for design schools, architects, and creatives to use for inspiration and exploration. It also includes a wide range of sustainable

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Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

Al Qassim Green University Slated to be Iraq’s First LEED Gold Certified Building

UPA's design will potentially see the university as the first LEED certified building in the country. Once the campus is registered in the local Green Building Counsel (GBC), it can be classified

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