Honda's Next-Generation Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle Refuels in Just 5 Minutes

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Although Honda originally announced it would release its next generation fuel-cell vehicle next year, it’s not due to arrive in 2016, but it will definitely be worth the wait. The automaker unveiled new specifications of the styling FCV concept that debuted last year, including a promising driving range and lightning fast refuel time.

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Roundup Bread: The Real Reason Americans are Intolerant to Wheat

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The influx of wheat allergies in the United States may not be gluten-related as many have thought, but instead could be attributed to Monsanto’s toxic weed killer known as Roundup. Used as a drying agent, Roundup contains glyphosate, a deadly herbicide that not only kills weeds, but binds to the soil it is sprayed on. It turns out that spraying Roundup on wheat crops at harvest time boosts production, as a result of which farmers are using it more liberally, and Americans are consuming trace amounts of the toxic chemical every time they eat wheat-based products.

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Airbnb & KLM Convert a Retired Jetliner into a Luxurious Hotel Even Nervous Flyers Can Enjoy

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Multifunctional Bigo Bag Five is the Swiss Army Knife of Bags

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When you’re constantly on the go, the last thing you want is to be weighed down by belongings. That’s why the folks at Bigo have created a lightweight and multifunctional bag perfect for the urban, itinerant lifestyle. Introducing the Bigo Bag, a five-in-one knapsack that is touted as the “swiss army knife of bags.” The colorful, waterproof sack transforms to meet five functions: a messenger bag, a rain poncho, picnic blanket, baby sling, and as a enlarged sack, created by zipping two Bigo Bags together. When it’s not in use, the bag folds down to a portable, pocket-sized pouch. You can get your own Bigo Bag just in time for Christmas by heading over to the Bigo Bag Five Indiegogo Campaign.

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$1 Million Awarded to NYC's Lower East Side Ecology Center to Build Stormwater-Absorbing Wetland at East River Park

by , 11/17/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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We’ve seen many interesting infrastructure proposals that aim to protect New York City from storms and flooding, but it’s much more exciting when the plans are actually implemented. Inhabitat first wrote about a plan to construct a stormwater-absorbing wetland at East River Park back in January 2013, and New York State recently awarded the non-profit Lower East Side Ecology Center with a $1 million grant to get started on the ambitious project. In addition to offering protection from future extreme weather, the soft infrastructure will initiate a new and sustainable waste management model for the Lower East Side.

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7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

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These Clever Robots Could Tend Gardens and Grow Food in Space

by , 11/17/14

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A team of University of Colorado graduate students are developing a food gardening system for deep space and potential Martian colonies. The project is an entry in NASA’s eXploration HABitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge, and is called “Plants Anywhere: Plants Growing in Free Habitat Spaces.” The project is based on two key components: SmartPots, or SPOTS, for growing plants, and a Remotely Operated Gardening Rover, or ROGR, which travels around the extraterrestrial habitat tending to them.

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Genius LEGO Fans Build Particle Accelerator Entirely Out of LEGO Bricks

by , 11/17/14
filed under: Green Materials, LEGO

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Scientists had it all wrong when they built massive particle accelerators. They should have gone small, like the brilliant builders over at JK Brickworks. JK Brickworks has built an all-LEGO accelerator that actually sends a LEGO soccer ball up to 12.5 kph, or in LEGO speak, 440 studs per second.

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Sublime Wine Storage Unit Lights up the Night with Low Energy LEDs in France

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you’re worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you’re at it! We’ve enlisted the help of green energy expert Steve Schappert to take eco-fashion blogger and author Starre Vartan through a home energy audit and winter weatherization home makeover. Watch the video above to find out where Starre’s home was lacking when it came to energy efficiency, and learn how you can pinpoint and remedy similar problems in your own home.

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INTERVIEW: Mike Chen of Made in Space Explains How 3D Printing is Going into Space

by , 11/17/14

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Previously on Inhabitat we’ve written about Made in Space’s ambitious plans to bring 3D printing to the International Space Station. But how will such technology work when everything is floating? To find out, we caught up with Made in Space co-founder, Mike Chen. Mike discussed with us the challenges of extruding plastic in microgravity, how one designs a printer made for space, and how this technology could benefit future space missions. Keep reading to learn more about how the ever-popular, advanced manufacturing method is entering the final frontier.

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Walter Mason Uses Nature's Gifts To Create Striking Land Art

by , 11/16/14
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Kendal Murray Creates Magical Miniature Worlds Using Everyday Objects

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Leonardo DiCaprio Narrates Green World Rising Films About Climate Solutions (VIDEO)

Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio recently pledged $7 million towards ocean conservation projects, was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change, participated in the largest climate march in history, and delivered a powerful address at the UN Climate Summit. As if that wasn’t enough, his foundation is also a supporting partner of the Green World Rising short film series that focuses on the state of the climate and solutions to the climate crisis. The Tree Media-produced series is narrated by DiCaprio and the third out of four episodes has just been released online.

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Toshiba's 'Clean' Factory Farm Produces 3 Million Bags of Lettuce a Year Without Sunlight or Soil

by , 11/16/14

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Does Toshiba hold the key to the future of factory farming? The massive tech giant recently unveiled their incredible “clean” factory farm, which is capable of growing up to three million heads of lettuce every year without using sunlight or soil. The factory farm, which is operating in a 21,000 square-foot electronic factory in Yokosuka, Japan, is to be used in the company’s new healthcare business and has the perfect germ-free environment for producing bagged lettuce, according to Toshiba and Science and Health.

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Artist David Catá Transforms His Own Hand into a Planter

Artist David Catá Transforms His Own Hand into a Planter

Spanish artist David Catá has a curious relationship with pain, saying he relishes the “emotional aspect” of it, rather than the physical aspect. After his earlier series of work…

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House in Byoubuguara Uses Curved Floors to Maximize a Small Footprint in Japan

House in Byoubuguara Uses Curved Floors to Maximize a Small Footprint…

Hosaka's creative design solution isn't just for looks--an innovative approach was necessary to mitigate the challenging and cramped site conditions. Sandwiched between existing…

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Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a Pick and Shovel

Amazing Forestiere Underground Gardens Were Hand Carved With Only a…

Photo © Yale B Quan Forestiere began building the underground arboretum in 1906 when he bought land near Fresno that he thought was fertile, but soon discovered it was hardpan. …

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HOW TO: Make Delicious Gluten-Free Cashew Cream

HOW TO: Make Delicious Gluten-Free Cashew Cream

Want to enjoy smooth, creamy textures in your food without succumbing to dairy? You're in luck. We've whipped up a quick and easy recipe for how to make a vegan cream that's not only…

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Unit Fusion's Moveable Modules Could Be the Future Neighborhoods of Hong Kong

Unit Fusion's Moveable Modules Could Be the Future Neighborhoods of…

In regards to Hong Kong’s rising economy, Y Design Office’s solution is to build vertical communities that benefit each of a neighborhood members. The Unit Fusion vertical tower…

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