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Kenya’s Dwindling Predator Populations Pave the Way for Thorny Plants

Kenya’s Dwindling Predator Populations Pave the Way for Thorny Plants

Plant-eating animals may be rejoicing over the global decrease in predator populations, but it may be leaving the environment in a hairy situation. Researchers at the University of British Columbia are

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SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

SOM Transforms a Monolithic San Francisco Office Tower into a Bright and Breezy LEED Platinum Vision

680 Folsom was originally built in 1964 for the Pacific Telegraph Company. While sturdy and solid, the fortress-like building was out of date and did not comply with seismic standards. Rather than

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Pumpktris is a Working, LED-Lit Tetris Jack-O-Lantern

Pumpktris is a Working, LED-Lit Tetris Jack-O-Lantern

Hoodlums will think twice before smashing Pumpktris, which glows thanks to 125 embedded LED lights, rather than a candle. Set to a Halloween-themed version of the ever infectious Tetris soundtrack,

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Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

Researchers who examined the bones of Roman gladiators say that some of the mightiest fighters in history were in fact vegetarians. The researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni

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Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

Sewage Water: Silicon Valley’s Answer to California’s Deepening Drought

In response to California's deepening drought, officials are turning to transforming sewage into potable water. The Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, which opened this summer, may be the

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The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Undulating Infinity Centre Unifies a School Campus With a Central Library

The Infinity Centre was designed to draw students back to the library by making it the central heart of the campus. Radiating out from the library are two wings that together form protected and private

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Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

Australia’s Pittwater House Opens and Closes With Timber Shade Facade

The Pittwater House’s floor plan is divided into pavilions, one addressing the beach and the other facing the street or “front” of the home. Either side is connected with a sprawling double-height

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Celebrate Fall With These 6 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes!

Celebrate Fall With These 6 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes!

Vegan Pumpkin Fudge Combine 3 cups sugar, 1 cup unsweetened soy milk, 3 teaspoons light corn syrup, ½ cup pumpkin puree and ¼ teaspoon salt in a saucepan and stir until it comes to a boil, then reduce

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Daan Roosegaarde Debuts His Solar-Powered Glowing Highway in the Netherlands

Daan Roosegaarde Debuts His Solar-Powered Glowing Highway in the Netherlands

Artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde and producer Heijmans Infrastructure have debuted their test drive of Smart Highways, a sustainable road system for safer driving, on a highway in Oss in the

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Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

Revolutionary Delta Printer 3D Prints Structurally Sound Homes from Clay

Italy's WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) aims to help the world's impoverished by 3D-printing sustainable dwellings using all natural materials. Unveiled at the Maker Faire Rome, the portable 3D

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A Forest Planted in Norway Will Become a Very Special Book in 2114

A Forest Planted in Norway Will Become a Very Special Book in 2114

An anthology of books is growing in Norway. Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s next project involves a future literary collection printed with paper from spruce trees that have just been planted. The

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Sett Studio’s Modern Live Oak Residences in Austin Show that Green Design Should be Standard

Sett Studio’s Modern Live Oak Residences in Austin Show that Green Design Should be Standard

Shown here is 902 W Live Oak, a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home adding up to 2,222 sq ft. You can buy this home right now for $799,000 and it's next door neighbor, 900 W Live Oak is also for sale - for the same

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Zombie-Powered Vertical Farm Keeps Inhabitants Safe from the Living Dead

Zombie-Powered Vertical Farm Keeps Inhabitants Safe from the Living Dead

Just in case Night of the Living Dead becomes a reality, zombie enthusiasts across the globe are gearing up to plan for the potential zombie apocalypse. The folks at Architects Southwest have devised a

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Gaelle Villedary’s Green Carpet Rolls Through Provincial Town in Southern France

Gaelle Villedary’s Green Carpet Rolls Through Provincial Town in Southern France

Situated in the south of France, Jaujac is a tiny commune, right on the bank of the Lignon river. While the city walls are rich with literary history and medieval architecture, they are tucked deeply

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10,000 New Seeds Added to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to Safeguard Against Climate Change

10,000 New Seeds Added to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to Safeguard Against Climate Change

As climate change becomes a very real global problem, scientists are stocking up the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The vault, which is stationed on a Norwegian island in the arctic, aims to protect the

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Sean Godsell’s MPavilion Blooms Like a Flower With Steel-Clad Pneumatic Arms

Sean Godsell’s MPavilion Blooms Like a Flower With Steel-Clad Pneumatic Arms

Inspired by the temporary pavilions of the Venice Biennale and London’s Serpentine Gallery, the MPavilion was designed to be a multi-functional venue for talks, workshops and performances. Based off of

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Santiago Calatrava’s Iconic Peace Bridge Wins Canadian National Steel Design Award

Santiago Calatrava’s Iconic Peace Bridge Wins Canadian National Steel Design Award

Calatrava's striking helical design for the candy cane-colored Peace Bridge was completed in 2012, and it provided a remarkable solution to a number of challenging design criteria. Over the 126-meter

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Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Wim Delvoye’s Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

Artist Wim Delvoye has proven that he is the master of transforming disused machinery and tires into gorgeous works of art. But the artist also has a sinister side, as this his Chapel series illustrates

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Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

Designer Marc Mimram wants “to create a garden station, a station of the senses that delights travellers and allows them to engage with the beauty of their surroundings.” The concourse design responds

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Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible ‘Smart Paper’ Display

Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible ‘Smart Paper’ Display

The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted the latest batch of Apple's patents, and as usual, none of us has any idea which of them will go anywhere. But one of them—#8,855,727, to be precise—is

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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

Photo via Hometalker Knick of Time Smart Coat Rack Put those unread words to good use by creating a colorful book coat rack that any bibliophile would admire. Just imagine the effect this functional

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards of sustainability.

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

Arhitektura d.o.o. designed the Ribja Brv Footbridge for an international design competition to replace a decaying timber bridge built in 1991. The bridge was first conceived by the late architect Joze

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Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon’s Espaço Espelho d’Água

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances

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Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

The amazing ColorUp lamp can mimic any color from a surface or physical object, allowing you to customize your lighting again and again to fit the mood or room. The giant bulb-shaped lamp, designed by

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Airport Screening Heightened After First US Ebola Patient Dies

Airport Screening Heightened After First US Ebola Patient Dies

Last week, Liberian man Thomas Eric Duncan died from Ebola at hospital in Dallas, Texas. Duncan was the first patient diagnosed in the United States with the virus. Duncan’s death has brought even more

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Sistine Chapel to Illuminate Michelangelo’s Masterpiece with 7,000 LEDs

Sistine Chapel to Illuminate Michelangelo’s Masterpiece with 7,000 LEDs

Art lovers can now take in the Sistine Chapel's sprawling painted ceiling with ease, thanks to a new installation of 7,000 LED lights. Viewers have been admiring Michelangelo's 16th century fresco in

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Diem Chau Carves Pencil Tips Into Incredible Miniature Animal Sculptures!

Diem Chau Carves Pencil Tips Into Incredible Miniature Animal Sculptures!

The artist’s striking tell-tale raven emerges from the whittled, rectangular base of the flat carpenter’s pencil. Standing tall and erect on the white painted stub, Diem has carved the raven in a

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Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Mobile Verbandkammer is a Hulking Modular Container for Artists and Hackers in Belgium

Currently situated on FLACC's first floor gallery as part of the Manifest 9 Parallel Events in Genk, Verbandkammer hosts cultural production, work and residential space as well as archival facilities in

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