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Watch This Shape-Shifting Building Shrink and Expand as Temperatures Change (Video)

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Architects dream about buildings that can change shape to suit varying environmental conditions, and constantly tinker with the technology necessary to achieve this. To this end, students at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya (IAAC) have constructed a surface prototype that becomes flexible at temperatures over 60 to 70 degrees Celsius and starts to bend and contract to provide more airy space.

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Steve Jobs (and Many Other Tech Execs) Believed in Low-Tech Parenting

by , 09/13/14
filed under: Inhabitots, Modern Kids, News

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You might assume that Steve Jobs raised his kids with an iPad in each hand and a Mac computer in every room, but the technology giant was actually surprisingly analog when it came to raising his kids. In 2010, while being interviewed by Nick Bilton, Jobs revealed that he didn’t know what his kids thought of the iPad because his kids had actually never used them. And surprisingly, Jobs isn’t alone among technology executives.

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Green Your Neighbourhood this Autumn with a Little Guerilla Gardening!

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Just because summer’s winding down doesn’t mean that guerilla gardening needs to slow down anytime soon! Fall is actually the ideal time to plant all kinds of flower bulbs and seed that will sleep sweetly all winter and spring up next March or April, and there are plenty of vegetables that do best after a winter slumber as well. From crocuses and daffodils to peas and asparagus, this is an ideal time to pre-sow some beauty around town, so let’s take a look at some of the best species for guerilla gardening goodness that can put to  best effect this season.

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CuteCircuit Designs Clothing That Lights Up, Tweets and Changes Pattern When you Want

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What if, when you got sick of the pattern on your favorite jacket, instead of donating it you could just change the pattern using an app on your phone? CuteCircuit is making it happen! The atelier revealed gorgeous sensor-embedded “Magic Fabric” at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week that can not only change pattern, but lights up with thousands of micro-lights. And if that wasn’t enough of a fashion statement, the clothes can also reveal your own Twitter hashtags, letting the world know exactly what you are thinking through your clothing. Check out the video and much more!

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Rotterdam's Cube Houses Look Like They're About to Topple Over!

by , 09/13/14
filed under: Architecture, Urban design

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They may look like they’re about to topple over, but these cube-shaped houses actually form a small village within the city center of Rotterdam, NL. A modern concept designed by the late architect Piet Blom, and constructed in 1984, this spectacular set of buildings represents an urban forest where around 40 traditional houses are tilted at 45-degrees to rest on a hexagonal pylon. The innovative design transforms the idea of the traditional structure by playing with angles and convention.

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Verdant PicNYC Table is Topped with Living Growing Grass

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Students Create Award-Winning Robot That Cleans Solar Panels

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Solar panels must be regularly cleaned and maintained in order to keep them operating efficiently and maximize the amount of sunlight they convert into electricity. With this in mind, a group of students from CalTech and UCLA have developed an impressive robot that cleans solar panels. The design won a third of $200,000 in prize money in the DOE’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

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Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic

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A Forest of Gigantic Inflatable Mushrooms Just Sprouted in Seoul!

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The Peel P50 is the World's Smallest (and Cutest) Electric Car!

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Back in the 1960′s Peel produced the smallest production cars in the world, but sadly they had to close up shop in 1966. Fast forward to today and the company has received a fresh round of funding to relaunch their most popular vehicles with all-electric engines! The Peel P50 measures just 54 inches long and 41 inches wide – and it’s a top contender for the world’s cutest electric car.

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The Earth's Ozone Layer Increases for the First Time in 35 Years

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Good news, everyone – a new United Nations report shows that the Earth’s ozone layer has increased for the first time in 35 years. The report credits the recovery in part to the phasing out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) following the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. Scientists discovered that the ozone layer was thinning above Antarctica in the 1970s, damaging crops and putting people at risk for skin cancer from harmful ultraviolet rays.

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The Skow Residence's Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

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G-pod's Tiny 'Dwell' Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

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Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

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Scientists at the University of Glasgow have made an exciting clean energy production breakthrough: they’ve discovered a new method for extracting hydrogen from water that is not only safer than current methods, it’s also an incredible 30 times faster. The process, published in the journal Science, also resolves issues associated with storing electricity generated by renewable resources by using that electricity to produce hydrogen, which can then be stored for later use.

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Kia Prices the All-Electric 2015 Soul EV at $33,700, Slightly Higher Than the Nissan Leaf

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Kia just announced pricing for its first electric car! The 2015 Kia Soul EV will arrive later this year starting at $33,700. With a price tag just shy of $34k before any tax incentives, the Soul EV will be pricier than the Nissan Leaf.

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world - the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing…

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Can Americans Rediscover Their Love of Rail Travel?

Can Americans Rediscover Their Love of Rail Travel?

"Trainsforming America" is a new documentary that takes a hard look at why America has fallen behind the rest of the world when it comes to properly investing in an efficient passenger…

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Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

The implementation and care of a vertical garden, however, does not technically break the agricultural Shabbat, explains Megan Whitman, senior director of arts and ideas at the center.…

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Astana Installs Philips LED Lighting to Create an Energy-Efficient City Skyline

Astana Installs Philips LED Lighting to Create an Energy-Efficient…

Following in the footsteps of New York's Empire State Building and the London Eye, the city of Astana recently replaced the lighting systems of three major city landmarks with LED…

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next…

In what one participating organization is calling a "holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment", tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to…

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