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BMW Delivers the First i3 Electric Car in the U.S., Pricing Starts at $41,350

BMW Delivers the First i3 Electric Car in the U.S., Pricing Starts at $41,350

After years of development BMW recently announced the delivery of the very first i3 electric car in the U.S. The 2014 i3 has been on sale in Europe since late last year, but the first buyer, Charles Rabie

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Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction", an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open House in Susquehanna

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UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

UK Jumps on the Driverless Car Bandwagon with New Legislation

The UK refuses to be left out of the driverless car revolution. Science minister David Willetts is encouraging British companies to develop self-driving cars, and to ease implementation of the vehicles

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Students Recreate Le Corbusier’s Minimalist Maison Dom-Ino as a Pavilion for Venice Biennale

Students Recreate Le Corbusier’s Minimalist Maison Dom-Ino as a Pavilion for Venice Biennale

Architect Valentin Bontjes van Beek and a group of students gave Le Corbusier’s famed Maison Dom-Ino second life as a pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The 1:1 model was built by students of

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Want Your Own Honeycomb Hive? Vivid Sydney’s LED Cellular Tessellation Pavilion is For Sale!

Want Your Own Honeycomb Hive? Vivid Sydney’s LED Cellular Tessellation Pavilion is For Sale!

Cellular Tessellation was built by Bond Architecture staff and students, who had to fit together 1,200 laser-cut pieces and 3,000 bolts and plywood spacers. The interesting fact about the installation is

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World’s Longest Artificial Reef Under Construction in Mexico

World’s Longest Artificial Reef Under Construction in Mexico

The world's longest artificial reef is under construction off the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The Kan-Kanán project will be 1.9 kilometers (1.18 miles) long upon completion and will help protect the

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Governor’s Cup Pavilion Weaves Through Trees With Over 25,000 Recycled Cups

Governor’s Cup Pavilion Weaves Through Trees With Over 25,000 Recycled Cups

Here at Inhabitat, we love seeing artists transform recycled materials into larger-than-life sculptures, which is why we popped over to Governors Island to check out Governor's Cup, a giant recycled-cup

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GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

GF7 Flying Car Reaches 550 MPH in the Air, Then Turns into an Electric Car on the Ground

Designer Greg Brown and engineer Dave Fawcett are finessing a design for a jet-propelled car that can reach speeds up to 550 miles in the air, but then converts into a zero-emissions electric car on the

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Could a Fake Floating Beach Pop Up in Manhattan by 2016?

Could a Fake Floating Beach Pop Up in Manhattan by 2016?

While the government is trying to prevent sea level rise from washing away the northeastern seaboard, a team of designers have launched an imaginative new concept that'll make sure a sandy beach is always

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INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

Earlier this week Inhabitat reported that the Solar Impulse 2 launched its maiden flight in preparation for its record-breaking sun-powered trip around the world next year. The lightweight and

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Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google is continuing its quest to spread internet across the globe with its latest investment: 180 small satellites that can provide connectivity to underserved areas. The company is investing $1 billion

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Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new type of solar cell that uses multiple junctions instead of single subcells to gather the full spectrum of light. The

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NASA Architect Designs Tiny FireFly Camping Trailer for Adventure and Disaster Relief Applications

NASA Architect Designs Tiny FireFly Camping Trailer for Adventure and Disaster Relief Applications

Designer Garret Finney drew upon his experience working as a senior architect for NASA's Habitability Design Center (HDC), where he designed small, ergonomic habitats for astronauts. After leaving NASA in

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How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

How to Prolong the Lifespan of 6 Items You Care About

Image via Shutterstock Jeans Dirt rarely shows its face on denim until it's really dirty, so unless you're wearing jeans to trek through mud or you always go commando, don't wash them after every wear.

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Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal, Raises Over $1.5 Million

Solar Roadways Crowdfunding Campaign Blitzes Goal, Raises Over $1.5 Million

Inhabitat has been reporting on the Solar Roadways project since 2009, so we are excited to see that their latest Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1.5 million! Funds are going towards

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Chitkara University’s Solar Lounge Offers Style and Comfort in a Compact Clean Energy Charging Station

Chitkara University’s Solar Lounge Offers Style and Comfort in a Compact Clean Energy Charging Station

Many of us would prefer to work outside in nice weather, but it’s usually only a matter of time before we’re forced back inside in search of a power outlet. To combine the joys of the outdoors and

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Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Japan to Build Massive 1.5km Ice Wall in Order to Stop Radiation Leaks from Fukushima Nuclear Plant

In March, Inhabitat ran a story about how the Japanese government had pledged $470 million towards the construction of a massive ice wall that they hoped would contain the radiation from the Fukushima

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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The Lightning LS-218 Electric SuperBike is the Fastest Motorcycle in the World

The Lightning LS-218 Electric SuperBike is the Fastest Motorcycle in the World

With a 200 horsepower electric motor and a top speed of 216 mph, the Lightning LS-218 SuperBike is not just the world's fastest production electric motorcycle - it also holds the world land speed record

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6 Amazing Bike-Friendly Bridges for Greener Cities

6 Amazing Bike-Friendly Bridges for Greener Cities

Calatrava's Peace Helicoidal Bridge Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Peace Bridge goes across the Bow River in Calgary, Canada. Implemented by the city's Council to promote healthy transportation,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button

Futuristic Solar-Powered Skylock Secures Your Bike With the Touch of a Button

For years fear of theft has deterred many would-be bike commuters from taking the two-wheeled plunge. Securing one's bike outside work or a restaurant has required big combination chains or hefty D-locks

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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TEST DRIVE: The 45 MPG Ford Fiesta is Fast and Best in Class

TEST DRIVE: The 45 MPG Ford Fiesta is Fast and Best in Class

Now, maybe we just love our small and nimble cars, but the engine of the Ford Fiesta really feels like the company could do something with it, like pump it up and put it in a sports car, if it added a

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Giant Air-Purifying “Urban Forest” Unveiled for the Milan Expo 2015

Giant Air-Purifying “Urban Forest” Unveiled for the Milan Expo 2015

The external facade of Nemesi & Partners' Palazzo Italia is made from a special type of air-cleaning cement patented by Italcementi. According to the architects, "In direct sunlight, the active

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New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

An engineer who has previously built factories for General Motors and Starbucks, Dan Belliveau founded Coffee Flour, a unique new company that makes flour from the byproduct of coffee production. Using

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

It sounds like an April Fool's joke, but from what we can tell, the Chinese government is completely serious about their latest high speed rail project. According to multiple news outlets, China plans to

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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country's extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed

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Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Thanks to a team of Harvard scientists, being called a "shrimp" will no longer amount to an insult. The University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering isolated chitin in the arthropod's

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