MGM Installs the Largest Rooftop Solar Array in the US - and it Only Powers 1/5 of the Hotel

by , 10/24/14

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When you think Las Vegas you might not think about sustainability, but that’s all starting to change – in a big way. MGM Resorts announced that it has installed the largest rooftop solar array in the US – the second biggest in the entire world – on top of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Now, before you get too excited, keep in mind that the stunningly massive array will only generate a mere 1/5 of the building’s needs.

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Corten Steel-Clad OKE Cultural House Evokes the Former Mining Identity of Ortuella

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Dome Shaped Earth Bag House Keeps Residents Naturally Cool in Colombia

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Plants Know When They're Being Eaten and They Don't Appreciate it

by , 10/23/14
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Vegetarians and vegans pay heed, new research shows plants know when they’re being eaten. And they don’t like it. That plants possess an intelligence is not new knowledge, but according to Modern Farmer, a new study from the University of Missouri shows plants can sense when they are being eaten and send out defense mechanisms to try and stop it from happening. The study was carried out on thale cress or Arabidopsis as it’s known scientifically – that is closely related to broccoli, kale, mustard greens and other siblings of the brassica family and popular for science experiments. It’s commonly used in experiments because it was the first plant to have its genome sequenced, and scientists are intimately familiar with how it works.

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Study Reveals That Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarians

by , 10/23/14
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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 Vienna claim the bones collected from the city of Ephesos (now Turkey) reveal that the gladiators enjoyed a diet of mostly grains and meat-free meals, suggesting that even super athletes can thrive without meat.

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Tiny Green-Roofed Wood Cabin Boasts a Minimal Carbon Footprint in Chile

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Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has just opened the world’s largest single turbine geothermal power plant, which will add 140 Megawatts (MW) to the country’s national electricity grid. The project is viewed as a major boon for development initiatives and poverty reduction in Kenya and is anticipated to reduce electricity costs in the nation by 50 percent by early 2015. The Olkaria IV power plant cost $126.5 million to build and is expected to have an immediate effect on power prices, which will result in flow on benefits to the price of essential goods and the cost of living.

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This Inspiring Multicolored Community Center is Made From Over 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

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South Miami Wants to Secede From Florida Due to the State's Climate Change Apathy

by , 10/23/14

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What do you do if your state is ignoring the threat of climate change and putting your home and family in peril? Well, if you’re a group of officials from South Miami, you take matters into your own hands and pass a proposal to secede from northern Florida and attempt to make a difference on your own!

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INFOGRAPHIC: What's Ahead for an Overpopulated Planet

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Right now there are 7 billion people on the planet and that number keeps growing. To support that many people, the planet’s natural resources have been stretched to capacity. Now add 3 billion more people to that total and you have a picture of what the future holds. By 2050 there could be a total of 10 billion people on the planet – that’s a lot of people and a massive amount of resources. Keeping 10 billion people alive on the planet could require an astonishing three Earth’s worth of resources to supply enough water, energy and food necessary for survival. So what does the future hold for an overpopulated world? Norwich University explains it all with this fascinating infographic.

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Hero MotoCorp Produces Food, Energy, and Vehicle Parts at Their Green Garden Factory in India

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Refold Cardboard Standing Desks Let You Customize Your Workspace in Style

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Most of us already know the many benefits of standing desks, but buying new office furniture can get expensive. These standing desks by Refold are an ideal solution, as they’re lightweight and portable, so they can be assembled in just a few seconds and then tucked away when no longer in use. Refold desks are 100 percent recyclable, weigh just 6.5 kg (14 lbs), and fold up into a self-contained carry case. Additionally, as cardboard is an ideal drawing/painting surface, you can customize your desk with whatever unique designs will inspire you during your work day. Since manufacturing items locally is far more sustainable than shipping around the world, this New Zealand-based company will be manufacturing their desk in the USA for American Kickstarter campaign supporters. They’ve already doubled their Kickstarter goal, but you can order your own standing desk now.

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

by , 10/23/14
filed under: News, Water Issues

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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 state’s best ammunition against chronic water shortages. With an intense microfiltration system in place, the $72 million facility turns wastewater into high quality drinking water.

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Join Architecture for Humanity NY and Make a Difference on Day of Impact 2014

by , 10/23/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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If you’ve been enjoying all of the wonderful architectural activities that Archtober has to offer this month, why not show your appreciation by helping out some communities that could really use it? This Saturday, October 25th, Architecture for Humanity‘s New York chapter will be hosting Day of Impact 2014, a chance for volunteers to put in some sweat equity to rebuild and revamp areas of the city that are in need. Though the registration date has technically passed, there are still a few spots left to participate, so sign up here and make a difference!

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

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Artists Rebuild the Berlin Wall for 25th Anniversary of Its Fall

Artists Rebuild the Berlin Wall for 25th Anniversary of Its Fall

The installation will stand as a "symbol of hope for a world without walls" when thousands of glowing spheres illuminate the former inner city line of the Wall for three days.…

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Coffin Shelves Pull Double Duty as Chic Design for Life AND Death

Coffin Shelves Pull Double Duty as Chic Design for Life AND Death

In certain cultures, it's customary for the dead to be buried with their possessions. For a change, how about being buried in your possessions instead? That's the twist that William…

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Resilient "Living Breakwaters" Project Wins Prestigious 2014…

The Living Breakwaters project was designed specifically for Staten Island and Rarutan Bay and is based on the idea of flood mitigation through the implementation of a…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Community Gardening Has Grown in the United Kingdom

INFOGRAPHIC: How Community Gardening Has Grown in the United Kingdom

Community gardening is on the rise as increasing numbers of urban dwellers realize the benefits of homegrown produce. This recent growth of interest has also seized hold in the United…

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Tom Fruin's Candy-Colored Plexiglass House Sparkles Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Tom Fruin's Candy-Colored Plexiglass House Sparkles Under the Brooklyn…

The Kolonihavehus structure made its debut a few years ago in Copenhagen, where Fruin built the installation in front of the Royal Danish Library. Fruin is known for his talent…

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