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Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

The team from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main took a unique approach to this year’s Solar Decathlon by trying to solve urban housing issues. OnTop is a modular unit that can be

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Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

Designed to be ideally adapted to its environment, the Adaptive House responds to Thailand's tropical climate through passive environmental controls. Natural ventilation crosses through the home and up

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Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Since the famous Montreal Protocol banning CFC's and HCFC's was signed in 1987, the public seems to have largely forgotten about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. However scientists from the

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The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle

The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle

The new Voxan Wattman is the world's most powerful electric motorcycle - and it may just be the greenest adrenaline rush on the road. The bike can reach 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds, it's capable of hitting

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Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

Scotland Approves Europe’s Largest Tidal Energy Project

The government of Scotland just gave the green light to develop Europe's largest tidal energy project and the first commercial tidal turbine array in Scottish waters. MayGen Ltd. was awarded the 86

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INFOGRAPHIC: NH Hotels Cut Energy Used for Lighting 80% by Switching to Philips LED Lamps

INFOGRAPHIC: NH Hotels Cut Energy Used for Lighting 80% by Switching to Philips LED Lamps

Philips recently reduced the energy consumption of lighting at NH Hotels by 80% by fitting 600 hotel rooms across Europe with 23,500 LED lamps. The lamps are rated to last for up to 45,000 hours, which

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Tesla Opens Assembly Plant in the Netherlands

Tesla Opens Assembly Plant in the Netherlands

American electric car company Tesla Motors opened an assembly plant last week in the Netherlands. The new Tilburg facility will serve as the final assembly and distribution point for Tesla Model S sales

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Monsanto Drops Bid to Grow GMO Crops in Europe

Monsanto Drops Bid to Grow GMO Crops in Europe

Photo via Shutterstock It's no secret that European countries are less welcoming of genetically-modified crops than the US is; several European countries, including Germany, France and Italy, have even

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The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

Buying a mobile device these days can feel like signing a pact with the devil - and to make matters worse, it's difficult to determine where the parts were sourced and assembled and whether they were

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Study Finds Honey Bee Food May Contribute to Colony Collapse

Study Finds Honey Bee Food May Contribute to Colony Collapse

Honeybees photo from Shutterstock Last winter, beekeepers in the United States lost an alarming one-third of their hives to colony collapse disorder. While many acknowledge that pesticides, climate

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Report Shows Persistent Organic Pollutants are Accumulating in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas

Report Shows Persistent Organic Pollutants are Accumulating in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas

The Roof of the World has long been associated with notions of adventure, beauty, and the majesty of some of the tallest mountains on earth. However research has shown that amidst the stunning landscape

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UK Horse Meat Scandal Sparks Rise in Sales of Vegetarian Meat Alternatives

UK Horse Meat Scandal Sparks Rise in Sales of Vegetarian Meat Alternatives

In the wake of the ongoing horse meat scandal in Europe and the UK, producers and retailers of vegetarian meat alternatives have noticed a spike in sales. Quorn, the UK's biggest vegetarian ready-made

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Study Says Airflow Changes Due to Climate Change Responsible for US and EU Heat Waves

Study Says Airflow Changes Due to Climate Change Responsible for US and EU Heat Waves

Photo via Shutterstock It’s difficult to forget the days of sweltering heat and drought that many of us faced these past few summers. As we sat waiting for rain and a little relief, the words

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FDA Approves World’s First Bionic Eye: The Second Sight Argus II

FDA Approves World’s First Bionic Eye: The Second Sight Argus II

The FDA just gave official approval to the world's first bionic eye! Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II is a bionic eye that bypasses damaged rods and cones in the retina. A

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Horse Meat Scandal May be Linked to International Mafia Gangs

Horse Meat Scandal May be Linked to International Mafia Gangs

Image of mafia guy smoking, Shutterstock The horse meat scandal in the UK and Europe has taken a new turn since it has emerged that food contaminated with equine DNA may be linked to international

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Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

The challenge of dividing the burden of reducing global carbon emissions is the main issue preventing world leaders from agreeing on a binding climate treaty. But this week at the UN Framework

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Honda’s New Micro Commuter is Small, Efficient, and Features a Swappable Body

Honda’s New Micro Commuter is Small, Efficient, and Features a Swappable Body

Honda's Micro Commuter is a compact, fuel-efficient vehicle with an innovative design that enables its body to be swapped out to suit different purposes. Close to being production-ready, the lightweight

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Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

Desertec Moves Ahead With Plans to Build Massive Solar Plants in Northern Morocco

The Desertec Foundation, an international collaboration between politicians, businesses and scientists to develop sustainable energy resources, will continue to aid the Moroccan government in establishing

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40,000 Plastic Bags Re-purposed to Create Florentijn Hofman’s Gigantic Slow Slug Sculptures

40,000 Plastic Bags Re-purposed to Create Florentijn Hofman’s Gigantic Slow Slug Sculptures

Amidst the fast-paced, modern environment, it is nice to be reminded to slow down every once and a while and take in the scenery. Florentijn Hofman's two massive, brightly colored slugs, could be seen

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Construction Begins on the UK’s First Building Made Completely Out of Waste

Construction Begins on the UK’s First Building Made Completely Out of Waste

The University of Brighton just began construction on the UK's first building made completely of waste. Designed by local architect Duncan Baker-Brown, the structure will be composed of excess building

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Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Prefab Ekó Solar Decathlon House is an Awesome Sustainable Housing Solution for Brazil

Team Brasil chose wood as the main construction materials for their solar-powered Ekó House since these are more readily available in their home country and because they help to raise awareness of the

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Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

Team Romania Sells Their Solar Decathlon Plus-Energy PRISPA Home

The PRISPA's envelope has a dual function: not only does the photovoltaic array produce twice as much energy as the home can use, but it also provides solar protection. Albeit a rather expensive

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Overfishing Leaves North Sea With Just 100 Adult Cod; European Think Tank Proposes Five Year Fishing Ban

Overfishing Leaves North Sea With Just 100 Adult Cod; European Think Tank Proposes Five Year Fishing Ban

The issues of overfishing and rapidly decreasing fish stocks have raised alarm for many years, but now it looks like things have reached a tipping point in the North Sea. According to a new survey

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6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

Designed by the Technical University of Denmark, the Plus Energy FOLD House is a versatile modular home that can be configured in a variety of different ways depending on how its site is laid

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The European Solar Decathlon Starts Today!

The European Solar Decathlon Starts Today!

Team Inhabitat is currently on-scene in Madrid to bring you coverage of all 19 Solar Decathlon Europe Teams as their sun-powered projects compete to be the world's most efficient solar home. Stay tuned

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Team Roma’s Solar-Powered Med in Italy Prefab Has Amazing Thermal Properties

Team Roma’s Solar-Powered Med in Italy Prefab Has Amazing Thermal Properties

Combining hi and lo technology to create a comfortable powerhouse suitable for the Mediterranean climate, team Roma focused a lot of attention on Med in Italy's thermal massing. Being a more eco-friendly

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London Metropolitan University Unveils “Heliomet SunBloc” House for Solar Decathlon Europe

London Metropolitan University Unveils “Heliomet SunBloc” House for Solar Decathlon Europe

The primary material consists of relatively low-cost and lightweight EPS foam that allows unique interior and exterior designs to be created. The blocks are pre-cut prior to arrival at the construction

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Portugal’s Casa em Movimento Solar Decathlon Home is Completely Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

Portugal’s Casa em Movimento Solar Decathlon Home is Completely Wrapped in Photovoltaic Panels

CEM provides a wonderful solution for the 21st century's energy crisis in an attractive, compact design. In addition to being modular and therefore easily adapted as the family grows, it is completely

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World’s Strongest Electric Train Chugs Through Swiss Alps with Over 10,000 Horsepower

World’s Strongest Electric Train Chugs Through Swiss Alps with Over 10,000 Horsepower

The Gotthardbahn rail line running from Luzern, Switzerland all the way to Chiasso, Italy is one of Europe's most important and treacherous railways. Climbing up, down, and around some of the continent's

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Cube Pavilion: Mod Green Restaurant to Pop Up on Top of European Cliffs and Famous Monuments

Cube Pavilion: Mod Green Restaurant to Pop Up on Top of European Cliffs and Famous Monuments

The Cube Pavilion is less of a cube and more of a pentagon divided into an open and flexible dining area with a serving area and visible kitchen, all of which wraps around an 50 sq meter terrace.

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