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SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

SPARK: Creating Clean Energy Through the Power of Music

Royal College of Art graduate Diana Simpson Hernandez has designed the percussion shaker SPARK, which converts the energy from playing it into electricity. Users can plug in a light or charge up a mobile

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

  The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest estuary in the

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Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

Dubai’s Chillout Cafe Brings a Subzero Ice Lounge to the Middle of the Desert

As if having the tallest and most expensive skyscraper in the world wasn’t enough, Dubai has shown its decadence once again by building an ice lounge right in the middle of the desert. The Chillout

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Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells that could be used by millions of people around the world. The team

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Luzinterruptus Unveils Amazing Plastic Waste Labyrinth Made From 6,000 Recycled Bottles

Luzinterruptus Unveils Amazing Plastic Waste Labyrinth Made From 6,000 Recycled Bottles

To construct the maze, the Luzinterruptus collected 6,000 plastic bottles from a local manufacturing and bottling plant and through donations from active local residents participating in the

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h2o architects’ Timber La Cabotte Cabin Complements Southern France’s Rolling Vineyards

h2o architects’ Timber La Cabotte Cabin Complements Southern France’s Rolling Vineyards

Built to combine three main functions, the small 625 square foot wooden cabin accommodates a wine-tasting service area, reception area, and office space. These three areas were combined to create a

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Why Small Homes Make Better Homes

Why Small Homes Make Better Homes

The traditional dream of a large and spacious home may be becoming a thing of the past. Smaller homes are rising in popularity as more and more people begin to make the most of the benefits that having a

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World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

World’s First Anti-Shark Wetsuits Protect Surfers and Divers From Deadly Attacks

We’ve showcased several attempts at creating the ultimate invisibility cloak - but the “Anti-Shark” Wetsuit is the world’s first design that renders divers and surfers invisible to sharks!

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California’s Shirley Wildfire Scorches 2,000 Acres, Only 10% Contained

California’s Shirley Wildfire Scorches 2,000 Acres, Only 10% Contained

The Shirley Fire near Sequoia National Park in central California continues to burn ferociously, having consumed over 2,000 acres since it began on Friday evening. Residents of 500 homes have been ordered

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Russian Physicists Launch Campaign to Rebuild Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower and Power the World

Russian Physicists Launch Campaign to Rebuild Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower and Power the World

"Tesla was right and we are ready to prove it!" So say the two Russian physicists who have just launched an Indiegogo campaign to rebuild Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower in Fall, 2014.  Tesla believed

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Filipino Artist Carves Lustrous Skulls into Mother of Pearl Shells

Filipino Artist Carves Lustrous Skulls into Mother of Pearl Shells

Inspired by the nature and wildlife found in his native country, Halili carves the skulls into raw, gold-lip and black-lip mother of pearl shells collected from the Philippines. To give more depth to the

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This is What NASA’s Warp-Capable Enterprise Starship Would Look Like!

This is What NASA’s Warp-Capable Enterprise Starship Would Look Like!

NASA's Dr. Harold 'Sonny' White is working on a real-life warp drive that could transport people across the galaxy. However before we start boldly going where no man has gone before, we're going to need a

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How Brazil’s 12 World Cup Stadiums Hit (or Missed) Their Green Goals

How Brazil’s 12 World Cup Stadiums Hit (or Missed) Their Green Goals

Estadio Nacional Brazil’s capital of Brasilia’s national stadium was remodeled by Casto Mello, who nearly dismantled the 42,000 seat stadium to accommodate over 70,000. The LEED Platinum stadium is

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BIG Designs Amazing Spiral-shaped Museum for Swiss Watchmaker Audemars Piguet

BIG Designs Amazing Spiral-shaped Museum for Swiss Watchmaker Audemars Piguet

The 2,400 square meter (25,800 square feet) pavilion was conceived as a storyline for visitors. It guides them through a linear sequence of spaces and events: from the entrance through lounges, galleries

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Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Rustic Wooden Alpine House is Powered by Both Solar and Geothermal Energy in Italy

Located within the gorgeous Italian Alps, this top-notch shelter has a few sustainable and notable characteristics. It stands on a foundation made from dolomite rock found on site and was built from

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Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Little known fact: in 2010 my partner and I got rid of almost everything we owned, loaded the rest up into a 26' RV, and set off across American in search of adventure. In retrospect, we weren't really

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CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

CleverHomes Completes Outstanding Palo Alto Prefab Clad in Reclaimed Barn Siding

The Palo Alto prefab is located on a small lot near Stanford University and replaces an older home. Primarily constructed off site in the Irontown Homes prefab factory in Utah, the modules were then

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Rob Snyder Creates Portraits of Nature by Casting Twigs and Branches in Glass

Rob Snyder Creates Portraits of Nature by Casting Twigs and Branches in Glass

From afar, Snyder’s sculptures appear like translucent baskets tinted in varying natural colors to catch light. But upon closer inspection, viewers can see that the building blocks of these sculpture

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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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MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

Floor-to-ceiling windows: They're a good thing in theory, but finding window coverings to fit them can be a huge "pane" in the "glass"! Especially when you only have one floor-to-ceiling window and it's

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KREOD Unveils Curving International Trade Pavilion for 2016 Rio Olympics

KREOD Unveils Curving International Trade Pavilion for 2016 Rio Olympics

KREOD's sculptural pavilion conveys a sense of weightless motion with its curves and graceful undulating silhouette. Located on a teardrop-shaped wooden platform, the structure is positioned so that it

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You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

Whether you saw the movie Gravity or not, you probably already know that space debris can be a big problem. But until you see a visual showing just how ridiculously packed the Earth’s atmosphere is, it

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Pikaplant: Low-Maintenance, Self-Watering Vertical Gardens and No-Maintenance Plants

Pikaplant: Low-Maintenance, Self-Watering Vertical Gardens and No-Maintenance Plants

Do you love the idea of a home full of lush plant life, but can't seem to keep your plants alive? Dutch company Pikaplant has come up with a couple of great ideas that can help everyone bring a bit of

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Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

Lush Green Roof Keeps This Tiny Cottage Home Cool in Oregon

The tiny cottage was originally built in the 1940s as shipyard working housing for Vanport Village. After the village flooded, the house was successfully moved by floating it down river to Sauvie Island

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Green-Roofed Bourne Lane House Treads Lightly on the English Landscape with Locally Sourced Materials

Green-Roofed Bourne Lane House Treads Lightly on the English Landscape with Locally Sourced Materials

Split into two barn-like wings connected by a central entrance hall, the asymmetric Bourne Lane House and its position in the landscape was largely informed by the client's desire to maximize natural

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Re-Creation: Two Primitive Huts Show Similarities Between Traditional Chinese and Finnish Design

Re-Creation: Two Primitive Huts Show Similarities Between Traditional Chinese and Finnish Design

The installation curated by Ole Bouman and Juulia Kauste aims to respond to the Biennale’s theme, which focuses on the timeless basics of architecture. The two wooden structures were built by Finnish

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California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

A team of ambitious students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an incredible new weapon in the battle against air pollution. For their entry in the Environmental Protection

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Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars

Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars

Electric vehicle batteries are heavy and bulky, which limits EV range and cargo capacity. However that could change thanks to groundbreaking new research from the University of Central Florida.

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EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

You've surely heard about geodesic dome homes by now - but what about geodesic cars? Mauro Fragiotta and Mark Beccaloni drew upon the work of Buckminster Fuller to design EXO - the world's first

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Chile Cancels Giant HidroAysén Hydroelectric Project, Saves Pristine Patagonia

Chile Cancels Giant HidroAysén Hydroelectric Project, Saves Pristine Patagonia

The Chilean government yesterday rejected the controversial HidroAysén hydroelectric power project, citing unresolved environmental concerns as the reason for its decision. The project had been slated to

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