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32,000+ LEDs Will Light Up 2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

32,000+ LEDs Will Light Up 2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

New York City will be ringing in 2014 tonight with a dazzling, energy-efficient ball drop featuring over 32,000 LEDs in Times Square. The 11,875 lb. geodesic sphere boasts 2,688 Waterford Crystal

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Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Breakfast pastry Pop-Tarts has transformed a vintage Airstream trailer into an oversized toaster, with giant Pop-Tarts ready for the taking. The silver Airstream toaster rolled up to Park City, Utah,

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SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

SuperLimão Studio Turns an Old House into a Fabulous Boutique in São Paulo

Brazilian furniture designer Fernando Jaeger creates modern, functional pieces using local materials, traditional craft and reforested wood out of São Paulo. He has a number of stores in and around the

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Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Green technology advances by leaps and bounds - and in 2013 we saw no shortage of incredible innovations. From an ingenious ocean cleanup invention that could combat plastic pollution to a pedal-powered

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The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The Velux Sunlighthouse is Austria’s First Carbon Neutral Home

The site for the Sunlighthouse is on a narrow sloped lot outside of Pressbaum to the west of Vienna. The less than ideal orientation and not much southern exposure made it challenging to utilize solar

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Stunning Arborg House is Covered in Icelandic Moss

Stunning Arborg House is Covered in Icelandic Moss

Located two hours drive from Reykjavik, the Árborg House stands on a hill above the glacial valley of Hvita river. Its exteriors are clad in long lasting hardwearing concrete with vertical lines and

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Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One Announces First Round of Applicants to Live on Mars in 2025

Mission Mars One has filtered through its first round of applicants, selecting roughly 1,000 potential Mars-dwellers to advance to the next level of screening. Over 200,000 people applied to join the

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Inhabitat’s Top 6 Design Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top 6 Design Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

In 2013, architects and designers went above and beyond to push the boundaries of design and build a more sustainable future. But it wasn't all glossy skyscrapers and high-profile projects - in the past

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China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

Over 8 million acres of Chinese countryside has been deemed too polluted to grow food. According to the Chinese cabinet, the farm land is too rife with heavy chemicals to support healthy vegetation, and

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Inhabitat’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

Inhabitat’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

The media tends to feed on negativity - but if you dig a little deeper you'll find a wealth of uplifting and inspiring stories just below the surface. Sometimes they're about brilliant teenagers who came

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AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

AB Studio Transforms a Modest Cottage into an Eco-Friendly Multi Generational Home

Asked to create a design reflecting modernism with an eco-friendly approach, AB extended the home in various directions, incorporating rectilinear volumes and elevated outdoor spaces. With a starting

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Inhabitat’s Funniest Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Hilarious!

Inhabitat’s Funniest Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Hilarious!

Q: What do you get when you combine a turtle and a hamburger? A: One of the funniest news stories of the year! (Don't worry, the turtle survives.) Even though 2013 had its share of dark and disturbing

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Top 6 DIY Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 DIY Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2013 was one of the biggest years yet for DIY fans with tutorials showing you how to make your own natural face creams and build your own vertical mason jar herb gardens topping the traffic charts. Read

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China Rejects GMO Corn and Grain from United States

China Rejects GMO Corn and Grain from United States

The Chinese government has rejected 545,000 tons of corn imported from the United States because of unapproved genetic modifications. China’s Ministry of Agriculture turned away the corn—a genetically

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MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

MASS Design Group’s Butaro Doctor Housing Wins Green Accolades in Rwanda

The Butaro District Hospital serves over 400,000 people and it was built from local materials by local craftspeople and artisans. Not only is the hospital quite beautiful, it also provides much-needed

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Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

2013 saw a number of uplifting stories, but unfortunately, we also saw the dark side of humanity rearing its ugly head too many times. From the extinction of this majestic rhino off the face of the Earth

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Top 6 Art Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Art Stories of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

From a room that let us walk through the rain without getting wet to a repurposed slaughterhouse truck filled with wailing stuffed animals, 2013 saw a vast assortment of eco-art stories that had our

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The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

They say that if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime - and social entrepreneur Veronika Scott is proving that the old adage rings just as

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Brilliant 3D Grass Printer Can Print a Garden in Any Shape You Can Imagine

Brilliant 3D Grass Printer Can Print a Garden in Any Shape You Can Imagine

Gardening just entered the 21st century - a team of students at the University of Maribor in Slovenia developed an innovative 3D printer that can create objects out of living grass! Maja Petek, Tina

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Python Squeezes Life Out of Security Guard at Bali Hotel

Python Squeezes Life Out of Security Guard at Bali Hotel

Photo of python/Shutterstock A security guard in a luxury hotel in Bali, Indonesia was strangled to death by a python today. The victim, Ambar Arianto Mulyo, attempted to apprehend a python that was

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Old Christmas Trees Hung Under BQE as Life-Size Pine Air Fresheners

Old Christmas Trees Hung Under BQE as Life-Size Pine Air Fresheners

Last year, artist Michael Neff rescued more than a handful of Christmas trees from a sad, dried out, sidewalk fate by installing them as a pine-scented installation beneath the Brooklyn Queens

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Didier Faustino’s Big Bang House is Shaped Like a Starburst

Didier Faustino’s Big Bang House is Shaped Like a Starburst

Architect Didier Faustino's imaginative "Big Bang" house is a dynamic building that appears to explode outwards from a central point. Designed for French developer Christian Bourdais’ Solo Houses

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Santiago Calatrava’s Beautiful Sharq Crossing Bridge Will Bring a High Line Style Park to Doha

Santiago Calatrava’s Beautiful Sharq Crossing Bridge Will Bring a High Line Style Park to Doha

Designed in his iconic style, the beautiful Sharq Crossing gracefully arcs just outside of Doha’s busy skyline, adding a gentle curve over the water. The bridges will help manage Doha’s traffic,

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

INFOGRAPHIC: How Future Cities Will Succeed

What will the smart city of tomorrow look like? Industry Perspectives: Creating Smart and Sustainable Cities is a new report and infographic published by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute and

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Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

Wiel Arets Architects Completes Energy Efficient Garden-Topped B’ Tower in Rotterdam

The B' Tower composed of three volumes of retail and residential spaces is an extension of Marcel Breuer’s 1955 ‘Bijkenkorf’ department store. The residential tower is located on top of the retail

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Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Couple Handcrafts Spectacular Minnow Light Shades with Responsible New Zealand Pine Veneer

Industrial designer Carl Menary (also the maker of the ReTyre Clip) designed a series of four light shades for his wife Victoria to make and sell. They wanted a product made from local materials that

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Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

Tiny Wooden Writer’s Block Cabin and Boathouse Offers a Tranquil Natural Retreat in Maine

The Writer's Block cabin is located at the mouth of the Sheepscott River in Westport, Maine. Multi-functional, the cabin works as a studio, sleeping quarters and a boathouse for a canoe. <a

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Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

Top 10 Deliciously Modern Gingerbread Houses

GINGERBREAD GEODESIC DOME HOUSE There is no doubt that this amazing gingerbread geodesic dome would make Buckminster Fuller proud. The super tasty abode was created by the designers over at Scout

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World’s Largest LEGO Snow Globe Lights Up London

World’s Largest LEGO Snow Globe Lights Up London

LEGO artist Duncan Titmarsh recently unveiled the world’s largest LEGO snow globe in London! Glowing with LED lights, the snow globe shows fourteen London landmarks in LEGO brick grandeur. Titmarsh used

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Studio APXE Designed the First Plus Energy House in Bulgaria

Studio APXE Designed the First Plus Energy House in Bulgaria

The first Plus Energy House in Bulgaria recently popped up near Sofia. Designed by Studio APXE, the passive house will generate more energy than it consumes due to the implementation of a photovoltaic

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