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A New Floating Library is Coming to NYC!

by , 08/22/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Get out your reading glasses because a new floating library is coming to NYC next month! From September 6th to October 3rd, the Lilac Museum Steamship at Pier 25 will be transformed into a pop-up library on the water. Conceived by artist Beatrice Glow, the Floating Library will offer a reading deck with fantastic views of the city as well as a steady schedule of special programming, roundtable talks, performances and workshops.

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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice for the First Time

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Animals, News

Europa life, Titan life, life in our solar system, life in space, life under the Antarctic, space exploration, looking for life in space, Antarctic exploration, University of Montana, University of Montana Antarctic exploration, University of Montana Antarctic study, Antarctic ice study, microorganisms in the Antarctic, life under ice, life without sunlight

Everyone knows that without sunlight and air, life can’t survive, right? Wrong. Scientists have long suspected that life may be humming along in some of the world’s least hospitable environments – like underneath the Antarctic ice. Now a group of researchers from Montana State University have the evidence to prove it. Half a mile below the Antarctic ice, they found living microorganisms, which begs the question: could life exist outside of our planet?

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This Triangular Glass Labyrinth Will Boggle Your Mind!

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Art, carousel showcase, gallery

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Brilliant Device Could Completely Replace Crutches!

Behzad Rashidi Sit & Stand,  Sit & Stand Walking Assistant, James Dyson Foundation, Dyson Award, design for health, crutches design, hands-free crutches, medical aid device, student design

It is astonishing that the design of crutches hasn’t changed much since they were invented about 100 years ago. Behzad Rashidi’s brilliant Sit & Stand Walking Assistant addresses this anachronism and reconfigures the crutch into a hands-free aid that uses upper body strength to support the weight of an injured leg. The design was submitted as an entry to James Dyson Foundation’s annual Dyson Award.

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Sublime Ribbon-Like Knot House Offers an Ecological Island Escape in South Korea

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Renovo Unveils All-Electric Supercar With a $529,000 Price Tag

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Silicon Valley-based startup Renovo Motors just unveiled one of the world’s most spectacular all-electric sports cars: the Renovo Coupe. The Renovo Coupe borrows its chassis from the Shelby CSX 9000 and it’s powered by a 500 horsepower electric motor and a 740 volt battery pack. But all that power doesn’t come cheap – only 100 units are planned for production and prices start at an astonishing $529,000.

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Is Your Neighborhood's Urban Design Making You Fat?

Wesley Marshall, Daniel Piatkowski, Norman Garrick, University of Colorado Denver, Savannah State University, University of Connecticut, urban design, walkable cities, suburban sprawl, obesity, public health, commuting, cars, heart disease, diabetes, do cul-de-sacs make you fat

“What is the influence of street network design on public health?” This question prompted a recent study that has just been published in the Journal of Transport & Health. While much has been said about the impact of various aspects of the built environment on obesity levels, heart disease, cancer rates and so forth, this study particularly focused on street layouts: comparing the health of residents of car-friendly cul-de-sacs with residents of walkable, densely networked inner cities. So, which of these makes you more sick?

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BMW Unveils Beautiful Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charger in Germany

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Want to Sit on Thin Air? Check Out the Chairless Chair

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Ecouterre, News

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If you’ve been looking for the perfect opportunity to freak out your co-workers, look no further than the new Chairless Chair that makes it look like you’re sitting on thin air. Created by Zurich-based startup noonee, the Chairless Chair is essentially a pair of bionic pants you can wear all the time, lock in place and lean on when you need the support. The pants use a hip harness that directs your weight onto the heels of your shoes when locked, but lets you move freely and even run while wearing them when unlocked. Simply move into your desired position and power on the device to lock using a single six-volt battery that can last up to 24 hours.

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Petit Romain's Square Heineken Bottles Save Space in Your Six-Pack

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There are those who love beer, and then there are those who obsess about it, constantly looking for ways to take both the brew and it’s delivery system to the next level. It’s probably safe to say Petit Romain is one of the latter. This French industrial designer recently conceived of a way to take beer outside the bottle. Tired of round bottles in six-packs that clink together and are difficult to stack, Romain imagined enjoying Heineken out of a square bottle instead.

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Amazing Aquarium Island Turns Your Kitchen Into an Underwater Ecosystem

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Solar-Powered Desert Flower Will Be Libya's First Multifunctional Sports Center

by , 08/21/14

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INFOGRAPHIC: Will the Future of Farming Depend on Robots?!

Robots Future of Farming

The world’s population is increasing by leaps and bounds, and it’s estimated that by the year 2050, farms will need to produce around 1,200,000,000 tonnes of food in order to keep everyone fed. This will require a tremendous amount of work, and new robotic technologies are being developed to ensure that demands will be met, as these robots can plant and harvest with much greater precision and efficiency than human workers. Is removing the human element in the farming industry the best way to maximize production and efficiency? Will lightweight robotic machines really enable us to cut down on pesticide use, soil erosion, and seedling damage? Or will they eliminate countless tasks that would otherwise provide our growing population with employment opportunities? What do you think?

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8 More Tiny Apartments That Maximize Small Spaces with Smart Design

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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How Building a Treehouse Led to a Career in Arbortecture

by , 08/21/14
filed under: Architecture, Treehouses

Feider Copper Nest

Many children spend hours playing in treehouses, but only a select few of them turn that pursuit into a career path. As a nod to days of youthful splendor, a then-23-year-old Dustin Feider created the ideal, eco-friendly version of a tree sanctuary for his final thesis project at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s infamous geodesic dome, Feider discovered that by following Bucky’s lead, he could use less material and construct a more stable structure than that of the “traditional” treehouse—most importantly, without harming the supporting tree at all. Whether by intention or kismet, Feider now runs a company called O2 Treehouse, which specializes in custom “arbor-textural creations”, and has designed dozens of structures around the globe.

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Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to

Segway-esque UPnRIDE Standing Wheelchair Allows Quadriplegics to…

Israeli innovation has once again introduced potentially life-changing technology to the world. Dr. Amit Goffer gave millions of paraplegics (paralyzed from waist down) the opportunity…

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Promising Alabama Pilot Project Turns Algae to Biofuel - Using Sewage!

Promising Alabama Pilot Project Turns Algae to Biofuel - Using Sewage!

Let’s face it. Algae aren’t very exciting. But the prospect of creating a viable source of biofuel from these microscopic organisms is, and a Nevada company is finally starting to…

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Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and Efficient

Chic BlueSky Home Soaks Up the Sun to Make Desert Life Easy and…

This 1,000 sq ft desert oasis is the first prototype for a new flat-pack, prefab line of homes that minimize transportation and promote sustainability. Its shape was inspired by Le…

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Sou Fujimoto's Spindly Bus Shelter in Austria Deemed Unsafe by Authorities

Sou Fujimoto's Spindly Bus Shelter in Austria Deemed Unsafe by…

Sou Fujimoto’s delicate-looking bus shelter in Krumbach, Austria was just shut down by authorities who deemed it unsafe for the public. Built as part of the BUS:STOP project that…

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See the Creative Way This Brooklyn Warehouse is Being Saved From Demolition

See the Creative Way This Brooklyn Warehouse is Being Saved From…

Looks like we can add another Brooklyn warehouse to the saved local architecture list. Cayuga Capital Management has hopped on the adaptive reuse bandwagon by deciding to "restyle" an…

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