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Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought

Radiation at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant 18 Times Higher Than Thought

Radiation levels at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan are 18 times higher than previously thought. The operator of the Japanese nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said

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Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About ‘We Are All Radioactive’: a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About ‘We Are All Radioactive’: a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

INHABITAT: What made you decide to start the We Are All Radioactive series? Lisa: I grew up in Japan, and my family and friends still live there -- so the earthquake was really shocking to me. My first

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Testing Resumes for the Fastest-Ever Maglev Passenger Train in Japan

Testing Resumes for the Fastest-Ever Maglev Passenger Train in Japan

The trials for the world’s fastest magnetic-levitation train planned for Japan resumed yesterday, continuing work to extend the 24-kilometer test track built over five years by the Central Japan Railway

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INFOGRAPHIC: Whose Carbon Is America Burning?

INFOGRAPHIC: Whose Carbon Is America Burning?

In 2007, US carbon emissions peaked at roughly 6,029 Mt. We know a lot a how these emissions are generated, and why they have declined since then. But few of us realize where they come from. The flag

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Japanese Engineers Create Ultralight, 3D-Printed Ornithopter Based on a Prehistoric Dragonfly!

Japanese Engineers Create Ultralight, 3D-Printed Ornithopter Based on a Prehistoric Dragonfly!

Since the early days of our existence, humans have always been jealous of flying animals. From bugs to birds, we've spent a lot of time trying to copy organisms who have the ability to defy gravity. Our

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Jim Denevan’s Ephemeral Sand Illustrations Briefly Decorate Californian Beaches

Jim Denevan’s Ephemeral Sand Illustrations Briefly Decorate Californian Beaches

Based in Santa Cruz, CA, Denevan's art brings an appreciation for natural environments and the passage of time. His large-scale drawings have been accomplished on ice, earth, and now sand. Using a rake or

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Why Are So Many of Today’s Apples Mushy and Tasteless?

Why Are So Many of Today’s Apples Mushy and Tasteless?

Despite an early and unjust reputation as the forbidden fruit, apples have been an integral part of a healthy diet for thousands of years. Burdened with the task of keeping the doctor away, most would

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This Bamboo Calculator Is a Throwback to Old School Solar-Powered Gadgets

This Bamboo Calculator Is a Throwback to Old School Solar-Powered Gadgets

Solar-powered calculators have been on the scene since the 1970s, but nothing much, except the shape, has changed since. Now a solar-powered calculator made entirely from bamboo is putting a modern twist

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Nissan Announces Plans for Fully Autonomous Vehicles by 2020

Nissan Announces Plans for Fully Autonomous Vehicles by 2020

Nissan has announced plans to release multiple autonomous vehicles by the year 2020. The auto maker's goal is to have the technology available across its model range within two vehicle generations, and in

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Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

Japan Creates Sperm Bank to Save Endangered Animals

As iconic animals such as the West African lion and mountain gorilla reach the edge of extinction, scientists in Japan are working towards saving the genetics of endangered animals for future generations.

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Tokyo’s Friendly Green Power Ranger Helps Overburdened Commuters at Subway Stations

Tokyo’s Friendly Green Power Ranger Helps Overburdened Commuters at Subway Stations

New York may have Spiderman, but it seems that Tokyo now has its very own friendly neighborhood Power Ranger. While he's not exactly saving lives, 27-year-old Tadahiro Kanemasu is helping overburdened

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Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Stanford University Robots Sniff Out Toxic Algae in Washington’s Puget Sound

Every summer it seems like news about a surge of poisonous red tides gets worse and worse. But in a ray of hope, Stanford researchers say they are wrapping up a successful test of toxic algae-detecting

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Glass and Cor-ten Steel Cloudy Bay Shack Offers Gorgeous Views from Each Room

Glass and Cor-ten Steel Cloudy Bay Shack Offers Gorgeous Views from Each Room

Wine distributors, journalists and wine sellers are all in for a treat when visiting the Richmond Ranges vineyards. The gorgeously creative façade facing the road is clad in weathered steel, which

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Iconic Qatar National Convention Center in Doha Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Iconic Qatar National Convention Center in Doha Awarded LEED Gold Certification

Arata Isozaki’s initial concept was based on the holy Islamic Sidra Tree, which symbolizes the end of the seventh heaven. Huge steel columns create a tree-like appearance and an illusion of two trees

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Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Translucent House in Tousuienn Glows After the Sun Sets Over Japan

Made from a sturdy steel structure, this Hiroshima home is completely covered in polycarbonate, a long-lasting, high impact-resistance material. Thanks to its translucent qualities, the large volume

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DIY: Make Your Own All-Natural Moisturizing Face Cream

DIY: Make Your Own All-Natural Moisturizing Face Cream

Image via Shutterstock It seems like every other day, a new report gets shunted about online that lists all the horrible, harmful effects that ingredients in daily personal care products can wreak on

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Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Australian and Japanese Researchers Team Up to Develop Non-Toxic Solar Panels

Photo via Shutterstock Solar panels provide one of the cleanest forms of green energy by converting sunlight into electricity, but the photovoltaic panels we use are made with toxic elements including

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300 Metric Tons of Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima, Alert Levels Raised to “Serious”

300 Metric Tons of Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima, Alert Levels Raised to “Serious”

Two and a half years after a near meltdown, the Fukushima nuclear power plant is still in trouble. The Nuclear Regulation Authority issued a new warning Wednesday, raising the severity level of the

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Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Shigeru Ban Completes Incredible Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Beloved for his numerous contributions to disaster relief and design in general, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban uses cardboard as a construction material in residential, commercial, and public

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Artist Natsuko Kogure Creates Over 600 Colorful Octopi From Recycled Newspaper

Artist Natsuko Kogure Creates Over 600 Colorful Octopi From Recycled Newspaper

Kogure recently exhibited over 600 of her bright, whimsical octopi at Gallery Le Bain. Each of her marvelous mollusks is composed of recycled newspaper and carries a unique expression, color palette, and

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Apples Aren’t as Sweet Anymore, and Climate Change is to Blame

Apples Aren’t as Sweet Anymore, and Climate Change is to Blame

Photo via Shutterstock Fuji apples have always been known to be one of the sweetest varieties to take a bite out of, but if you noticed that apples are tasting a little less sweet these days, you

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Basque Activists Create Green Graffiti on a Hillside to Petition the Construction of a High Speed Train

Basque Activists Create Green Graffiti on a Hillside to Petition the Construction of a High Speed Train

Villagers in the French-Basque region have found a creative way of expressing their discontent with a new railway to be constructed on a picturesque hillside at the foot of La Rhune mountain. Residents

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The Ienami Bonkei Planter is a Green-Roofed Cityscape for Your Desk

The Ienami Bonkei Planter is a Green-Roofed Cityscape for Your Desk

For those trapped in an office who yearn to gaze upon a bucolic landscape, the Ienami Bonkei Planter by Japanese designer Chiaki Murata is the perfect desk accessory. Bonkei is the art of creating natural

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Kengo Kuma’s Boat-Shaped V&A at Dundee Museum Gets Green Light for Construction

Kengo Kuma’s Boat-Shaped V&A at Dundee Museum Gets Green Light for Construction

Kengo Kuma won a competition to design the V&A at Dundee in Scotland back in 2010, but the architect's original plan for a boat-shaped building cantilevered over the water turned out to be too costly, so

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Designer Fumi Masuda About Sustainable Design

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Designer Fumi Masuda About Sustainable Design

Japanese designer Fumi Masuda, who is responsible for the Pile Chair (an Inhabitat favorite) is the director of the EcoDesign Institute, a professor at the Design Department at Tokyo Zokei University,

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Taiwanese Nuclear Plant May Have Been Leaking Toxic Water for the Past Three Years

Taiwanese Nuclear Plant May Have Been Leaking Toxic Water for the Past Three Years

Photo via Shutterstock It looks like Japan isn't the only country to suddenly realize that its nuclear plants have radioactive water leaks. A report from Reuters says a nuclear plant in Taiwan may have

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Japanese Government Will Help TEPCO Build a Wall of Frozen Soil to Contain Radioactive Water Leakage

Japanese Government Will Help TEPCO Build a Wall of Frozen Soil to Contain Radioactive Water Leakage

© IAEA ImageBank According to Japan’s Natural Resources and Energy Agency, Fukushima Daiichi, a nuclear plant just 130 miles northeast of Tokyo is leaking roughly 300 tons of highly radioactive

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KAIST Launches First Road-Charged OLEV Electric Buses in South Korea

KAIST Launches First Road-Charged OLEV Electric Buses in South Korea

Several years ago the Korean Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) unveiled their On Line Electric Vehicle (OLEV) charging system, which promised to charge cars and even city buses wirelessly through

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Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

As the world's population soars above 7 billion, the threat of severe drought weighs heavily on global food supply. To help in the fight against worsening climate change, scientists in Japan have bred a

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6 Ways to Convert Poo into Power

6 Ways to Convert Poo into Power

Power-Generating Toilet Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University have invented a way to harness poop power at home- with a convenient toilet system. Their No-Mix Vacuum toilet uses suction to

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