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Announcing the Winners of Inhabitat’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Announcing the Winners of Inhabitat’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards!

AND THE READERS HAVE SPOKEN! For the last two weeks, Inhabitat readers have been weighing in and voting on their favorite green stories of 2011. From a high tech beehive designed for city dwellers to a

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Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Energy Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2011 was an incredible year for green energy as the impending challenges of climate change, energy security, and peak oil spurred the development of clean power sources that will propel us towards a more

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Researchers Create First Solar Cells With Quantum Efficiency of 114%

Researchers Create First Solar Cells With Quantum Efficiency of 114%

This morning saw a solar breakthrough at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where researchers created a quantum dot solar device that has a higher energized particle percentage output than

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Oscar Vinals’ XLDron Zero Gravity Rocket Plane Concept Launches Tourists Into Space

Oscar Vinals’ XLDron Zero Gravity Rocket Plane Concept Launches Tourists Into Space

Just as Virgin Galactic started taking reservations for the first mass tourist trips into space, designer Oscar Vinals has envisioned a way to make space tourism possible for the day tripper, with the

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Swiss Research Team Develops Silicon-Free, Low-Energy Molybdenite Microchip

Swiss Research Team Develops Silicon-Free, Low-Energy Molybdenite Microchip

Computing has an enormous impact on the world. While computers are behind the mechanization of many global industries, the planet's millions of computers also use a massive amount of energy. On top of

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Daimler Announces Plans for B-Class E-Cell Plug-in Hybrid With Inductive Charging

Daimler Announces Plans for B-Class E-Cell Plug-in Hybrid With Inductive Charging

Daimler is working hard to integrate wireless inductive charging into their B-Class E-Cell plug-in hybrid, and they say they have nearly achieved success. Inductive charging is a system by which a vehicle

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WTARCH Transforms a Small Garage Into a Twisting Multi-Floor Duplex Residence

WTARCH Transforms a Small Garage Into a Twisting Multi-Floor Duplex Residence

California’s Montrose Duplex began as a simple garage, housing the client’s electric vehicle and charger. Wanting to turn the structure into a green residence, they turned to WTARCH to make the

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Researchers Create New “Everlasting” Battery That Could Charge The Grid

Researchers Create New “Everlasting” Battery That Could Charge The Grid

Researchers at Stanford are hard at work trying to create a battery that could keep wind and solar energy flowing even when the sun isn't shining and the air is still. They've just released information

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Scientists Create World’s Smallest Electric Vehicle from a Molecule and Four Motors

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Electric Vehicle from a Molecule and Four Motors

Electric vehicles have made major waves at auto shows over the past few years, however the latest big development in EV technology is the world's smallest car - and it's unlikely anyone will be using this

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Detroit 3 Automakers Partner with U-M Solar Car Team to Create Cars of the Future

Detroit 3 Automakers Partner with U-M Solar Car Team to Create Cars of the Future

If you don't live near Detroit, you may have missed a remarkable change. While in the past the Detroit 3 automakers--General Motors, Ford and Chrysler--didn't take input from outsiders (even while their

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Scientists Build Digital Devices Out of Bacteria and DNA

Scientists Build Digital Devices Out of Bacteria and DNA

Scientists at the Imperial College London just announced that they have discovered a way to build digital devices out of bacteria and DNA. The breakthrough could one day create the building blocks needed

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Scientists Teach Monkeys to Control Virtual Arms With Their Minds

Scientists Teach Monkeys to Control Virtual Arms With Their Minds

For paraplegics, one of the most exciting prospects is an exo-skeleton that they would be able to control with their mind. It would allow the paralyzed to not only walk and move on their own accord, but

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Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Team Belgium’s E-Cube 2011 Solar Decathlon House is a DIY Modular Kit-Home

Through their various decisions, the 40-member team from Ghent University constantly stressed affordability and efficiency. The house begins with a starter unit that, and according to the buyer’s time

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Swedish Student Discovers a New Way To Purify Textile Effluent

Swedish Student Discovers a New Way To Purify Textile Effluent

Dying is one of the most environmentally destructive parts of textile production, sending hormone-disrupting chemicals into waterways in big textile-producing countries like China, India and Bangladesh.

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MIT Unveils Artificial Leaf That Creates Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

MIT Unveils Artificial Leaf That Creates Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

MIT researchers just officially unveiled a device that uses sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The device builds upon a breakthrough hydrogen producing technology developed in 2008, and

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World’s First Passivhaus Public Pool Opens in Lünen, Germany

World’s First Passivhaus Public Pool Opens in Lünen, Germany

Photo © DBU The Lippe Bad Lünen pool is expected to draw 250,000 visitors a year, making the facility a breakthrough project for public green building and saving about a dollar per visitor in energy

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Amazing Solar-Powered 3D Printer Showcased at the London Design Festival

Amazing Solar-Powered 3D Printer Showcased at the London Design Festival

The new images show details of this incredible machine's minimalist parts: a fresnel lens that concentrates the solar beams, a couple of small photovoltaic panels, an electric box/battery covered in

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Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

The roof and vertical gardens are populated with autochthonaus plants, which basically means they require virtually no water, and since this one was installed in Spain, it features native species that

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Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

Luis de Garrido Unveils Incredible Glass-Domed Eco House Shaped Like the Eye of Horus

The multi-level central dome is framed with steel and clad in glazed glass panels that permit sunlight all year round. Although the greenhouse effect promotes natural heating, certain measures - such as

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MIT’s Tiny Kinetic Generator Produces 100 Times More Power from Small Vibrations

MIT’s Tiny Kinetic Generator Produces 100 Times More Power from Small Vibrations

The labs at MIT are shaking things up - literally - as they just unveiled a tiny device that harvests energy from everyday, low-frequency vibrations. The breakthrough gizmo generates 100 times more power

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Gorgeous Light-Filled Swiss Home Overlooks Lake Lugano

Gorgeous Light-Filled Swiss Home Overlooks Lake Lugano

The house is built partially embedded into the slope of a hill overlooking Lake Lugano. The villa consists of two volumes that have been oriented to fit the topography of the site - the one set above

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Finnish Family Builds Tranquil Seaside Cottage in Biking Distance of Their City Home

Finnish Family Builds Tranquil Seaside Cottage in Biking Distance of Their City Home

Distant vacations are costly - economically and environmentally - but everybody needs an occasional break from the grind in order to maintain their sanity. Thanks to their new, low-cost, minimalist city

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BMW to Make Laser Headlights Twice as Efficient as LEDs and 1,000 Times Stronger

BMW to Make Laser Headlights Twice as Efficient as LEDs and 1,000 Times Stronger

Laser beams could be the next addition to the list of über cool vehicle gadgetry. The engineers over at BMW are currently working on a laser headlight system that they believe could be available in a BMW

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Medieval Italian Village Transformed Into Self-Sufficient Eco-Community

Medieval Italian Village Transformed Into Self-Sufficient Eco-Community

The village's restoration began in the 1990s. The project incorporated eco-friendly principles and materials while ensuring that the village retained its traditional elements. The renovation used local

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Inhabitat Attends an Inspiring (and Soggy!) Woodland Design Lab Camping Trip in Wales

Inhabitat Attends an Inspiring (and Soggy!) Woodland Design Lab Camping Trip in Wales

On our first morning there, and all subsequent mornings, Tabitha played a few notes on her violin to wake us up (in lieu of a loud, harsh alarm clock), which is when we realized how serious these

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Front Yard Coop: A Solar-Powered and Self-Propelling Chicken Coop!

Front Yard Coop: A Solar-Powered and Self-Propelling Chicken Coop!

Raising chickens in one's backyard is a growing trend that has given away to some awesome chicken coop designs. But just when we thought we'd seen them all, enter the Front Yard “Full Monty” Coop

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Awe-Inspiring Zero-Carbon Crossway Passivhaus Has a Vaulted Meadow Roof

Awe-Inspiring Zero-Carbon Crossway Passivhaus Has a Vaulted Meadow Roof

The 20 meter roof span is covered in beautiful flowers during the spring time, and integrated into the snowy landscape during winter. But nobody will go cold since a combined photovoltaic and thermal

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World’s First Wastewater Hydrogen Fuel Plant Opens Today In Orange County, California

World’s First Wastewater Hydrogen Fuel Plant Opens Today In Orange County, California

Air Products, one of the leaders in hydrogen fueling technology, have just announced the official opening of the world's first fuel cell and hydrogen energy station in Orange County, California.

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BMW’s 2014 i3 Electric Car Spotted in Chicago Before its Official Unveiling

BMW’s 2014 i3 Electric Car Spotted in Chicago Before its Official Unveiling

We just came across a spy video (shot by YouTube user jprothe) of BMW taping a commercial or promotional video for its 2014 i3 that shows the yet to be unveiled electric vehicle in action on Wacker

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Ecotricity Rolls Out the World’s First Wind Powered Car Charger

Ecotricity Rolls Out the World’s First Wind Powered Car Charger

Ah Ecotricity, how we love your innovative and awesome ways. Not content with pioneering electric highways and eco-friendly supercars, the UK based renewable energy company has created the world's first

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