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Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

There’s something strange happening in the San Francisco Bay, and it seems to involve Google and a giant barge made out of shipping containers. Google has never been shy about chasing audacious new

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Warm Up With This Seasonal Sweet Potato, Squash, Fennel & Carrot Soup!

Warm Up With This Seasonal Sweet Potato, Squash, Fennel & Carrot Soup!

Is the weather getting chilly where you are? When the leaves start to fall, we love to make warming soups and stews that feature seasonal ingredients. Sweet potatoes, squash, and carrots are all hitting

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Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013

Solar Means Business Infographic Shows the Top 10 Brands that Went Solar in 2013

This week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar released their second annual Solar Means Business report, which ranks the top brands in the U.S. based on their installation of

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Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

Electrolux Design Lab Unveils 8 Futuristic Appliances for Cooking and Entertaining in Small Spaces

3F 3F is a vacuum cleaner designed by Germain Verbrackel, an industrial design student at the Ecole de Design Nantes Atlantique in France. It can change and mutate to suit the task required and it

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Traditional Utility Companies Could Lose Half Their Market to Solar Energy

Traditional Utility Companies Could Lose Half Their Market to Solar Energy

A rise in the use of solar power in New Zealand could have electricity utilities clamoring to make competitive profits. Two utility companies, Ergon Energy and Energex, have seen a drastic change in

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Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

A recent development in the world of silicon photonics (that's technology using optical rays for the layperson) means that computer speeds could really begin to skyrocket. The recently developed

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Watch Ford and the AIANY’s ‘Design With a Purpose’ Webcast Featuring a Panel of Leading Architects & Auto Designers!

Watch Ford and the AIANY’s ‘Design With a Purpose’ Webcast Featuring a Panel of Leading Architects & Auto Designers!

On October 3rd, 2013, Inhabitat kicked off NY's Archotober with a fantastic panel discussion and live webcast at New York's Center For Architecture, to talk about resilient design and the intersection of

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HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand

HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand

A startling amount of food gets wasted by households every year; more than restaurants, grocery stores, and farms combined. Many people are doing their best to be more diligent about their own household

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Hammer-Proof Smartphone Screen is Thinner and Cheaper Than Gorilla Glass

Hammer-Proof Smartphone Screen is Thinner and Cheaper Than Gorilla Glass

As long as we've had smartphones, we've been afraid of dropping them. With price tags of $500 and above, smartphones are delicate technological flowers that can be killed by a single drop of water or a

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The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

Do you love your Blackberry or iPhone, but worry about the cost to the environment? Do you wonder whether the workers who mined the materials or assembled the device were exploited? Whether your purchase

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America’s First Digital Library Opens in Texas

America’s First Digital Library Opens in Texas

America’s first all-digital library just opened this past weekend in Texas. Instead of the traditional ribbon-cutting approach, officials attending the opening ceremony on Saturday pushed a button with

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‘Pink Slime’ Makes a School Lunch Comeback in Seven U.S. States

‘Pink Slime’ Makes a School Lunch Comeback in Seven U.S. States

Kids are back in school - and so is the ground beef filler known as “pink slime.” Last year, thousands of U.S. schools rushed to stop feeding their students the ammonia-treated lean beef product. But

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North America’s Largest Urban Orchard Transforms an Old Gas Station in Downtown Vancouver

North America’s Largest Urban Orchard Transforms an Old Gas Station in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver’s Sole Food Farms has transformed an old gas station into North American’s largest urban orchard! Located in Downtown Eastside, the orchard provides jobs to recovering addicts and those with

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6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

6 Essential Kitchen Tools for Vegan and Raw Cuisine

1. Eco Friendly Cutting Boards Select a set of durable and sustainable food-grade cutting boards, such as ones made from polypropylene and flax husk. Using flax husk reduces the amount of plastic used

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6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

6 Surprising Fruits You Can Grow Organically Indoors in Containers!

Mulberry Tree Unlike its similar sounding friends, the blueberry or strawberry, the mulberry is a tree. If you start one from seed, it could be 10 years or more before you see fruit, and that's not very

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INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

INFOGRAPHIC: Upgrading to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Donate, Sell, or Recycle Your Old Phone!

Today Apple launched two shiny new cellphones - the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c - which means that thousands of old phones are set to fall into disuse as consumers around the world cash in their upgrades.

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App Alerts Users to Drone Strikes

App Alerts Users to Drone Strikes

In a time when military strikes can be controlled from remote location, without ever having to engage with the enemy directly, it is easier than ever to become distanced from the realities of war. So data

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LAST CHANCE: Enter Inhabitat’s Back To School Contest to Win $250+ of Green Goodies Including a Voltaic Solar Backpack (Worth $129)

LAST CHANCE: Enter Inhabitat’s Back To School Contest to Win $250+ of Green Goodies Including a Voltaic Solar Backpack (Worth $129)

Enter Inhabitat's 2013 Back to School Contest! We can't believe how fast summer flew by - but now that fall is on the horizon it's time to start getting ready for a green school year - and Inhabitat is

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Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t

Growing Trees from Seeds: Which Work, Which Won’t

If there are any trees in your area, you may have noticed that a couple of major changes come over them at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Branches end up laden with fruit, nuts, seed pods,

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Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Photo via Shutterstock Locals in western Japan have been suffering their hottest summer to date. From June to August, thermometers consistently hit above average temperatures with a sizzling high of

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UK’s River Hull Footbridge is “Ridden” by Pedestrians While it Swings

UK’s River Hull Footbridge is “Ridden” by Pedestrians While it Swings

The footbridge is approximately 16 meters in diameter and features a series of wheels running on a circular track below the hub that allows it to open and close - depending on the amount of river traffic.

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‘Cow Power’ Explores How Vermont Is Turning Turds Into a Treasured Energy Resource

‘Cow Power’ Explores How Vermont Is Turning Turds Into a Treasured Energy Resource

Dairy farms are going out of business all across the United States, but in Vermont, citizens have banded together to support family farms by turning cow manure into a form of renewable energy. Cow Power

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DIY Hugelkultur: How To Build Raised Permaculture Garden Beds

DIY Hugelkultur: How To Build Raised Permaculture Garden Beds

Although the term "hugelkultur" was coined by German horticulturalists Hans Beba and Herman Andra in the late 1970s, the actual technique has probably been used for thousands of years. Roughly translated

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6 Handy Apps for Preventing Skin Cancer All Year Long

6 Handy Apps for Preventing Skin Cancer All Year Long

Coppertone My UV Alert Not sure whether sunscreen's enough or whether you should go for full coverage--hat, long sleeves, and sunglasses? Just plug in your zip code, and this free app from Coppertone

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Reading Your Weeds: What’s Your Soil Telling You?

Reading Your Weeds: What’s Your Soil Telling You?

So, it's August, which means that September is a few short weeks away, and most gardeners will be reaping the rewards of their labors right about now. Tomatoes will be ripening on the vine, squashes will

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IKEA’s Augmented Reality 2014 Catalog Lets You Preview Products in Your Apartment!

IKEA’s Augmented Reality 2014 Catalog Lets You Preview Products in Your Apartment!

Instead of trekking down to the IKEA showroom with your measuring tape, camera, and color swatches, you can now shop comfortably in your own home without the fear of buying something that does not fit

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Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Arranged with a central hall linking various single-story rooms, the home sits on a pre-leveled plot of land with enviable views. Built with sustainably-sourced materials, the home is also organized to

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Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit

Attracting Pollinators: Plants that Encourage Bees, Butterflies, and Birds to Visit

Most people have a pretty good idea of what pollen is. Some know it as the fuzzy, fluffy stuff that flies through the air and makes them sneeze from March to November, while others may get daubed on the

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

DIY: How to Make Your Own Herbal Tinctures

Many people who take an active role in their own health and well being also tend towards naturally-sourced nutritional supplements and remedies for minor ailments, such as taking a cup of chamomile tea to

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Philips Launches Colorful “Friends of Hue” Lights for Their Smartphone Controlled LED Lighting System

Philips Launches Colorful “Friends of Hue” Lights for Their Smartphone Controlled LED Lighting System

Here at Inhabitat we’re always thrilled to share exciting new innovations in lighting from our friends at Philips. The company recently announced that this Thursday, August 8th, they will officially

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