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Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest!

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It’s that time of year again – school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we’re offering you a chance to win a brand new PUBLIC Bike or a Voltaic solar backpack! We’re looking for smart ideas that will lower your environmental footprint for the coming academic year, and our grand prize winner will receive their choice of a PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1 bike decked out with a rear rack, a metal basket, and a brass bell (worth a total of $574!), and three runners-up will each win a Voltaic Converter solar-powered backpack (worth $129) — perfect for keeping your electronics charged for a full day of classes. The deadline for all submissions is September 17th at 11:59PM ET – read on to learn how to enter!

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The Mystery of the Death Valley Sailing Rocks Has Finally Been Solved

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Remember those crazy rocks that were mysteriously sliding along the Death Valley floor when no one was watching? Someone finally caught the stones in action and we finally know what is making them move. Three scientists slapped 15 GPS-loaded rocks onto the Racetrack Playa and after a lot of patience, they discovered that a little bit of water, ice, wind, and a very precise set of circumstances is all it takes to get the stones moving.

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Street Artist r1 Recycles Reclaimed Wood Pallets Into Mobile Pop-Up Benches in Johannesburg

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Architect Provides Budget-Minded Family with Stunning Rammed Earth Ajijic House

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Google Successfully Tests Project Wing Delivery Drone

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Google has announced the successful testing of Project Wing, an experimental “unmanned aerial vehicle,” a.k.a. a drone. The project has been developed over the last two years under the auspices of the Google X team, with the company trying to work out if delivery-by-drone is feasible to pursue as a service.

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McDonald's Stockholm Will Let Customers Trade Cans for Burgers

by , 08/29/14

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A new program at McDonald’s in Stockholm is even more affordable than their Dollar Menu. Through an collaboration with DDB, the fast food chain is now accepting recycled cans in exchange for food. Geared toward the city’s endless festivals, the program was designed to get young festival goers to unwittingly clean up the massive amounts of beer and soda cans left around the city after the festivals close.

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25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

by , 08/29/14
filed under: Architecture, News, Tiny Homes

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The tiny home revolution has reached Portland, Oregon, as the city nears approval for a massive new tiny house community. The project, which is pending the perfect plot of land, will provide modern efficient homes for people who earn less than $15,000 a year, as well as the homeless population. Backed by Multnomah County, the non-profit organization Micro Community Concepts has teamed up with TechDwell to design the homes that will help Portland residents get back on their feet.

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Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks Turn Handwritten Notes into Digital Files

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Classic stationary and notebook purveyor Moleskine has taken a leap into the future with their new Livescribe 3 smartpen that turns your notes into digital files. The amazing notebook is paired with a pen packed with motion sensors that translate the pen’s movements into digital images. With the Moleskine Livescribe Notebooks, you can still jot down all of your genius ideas- without having to transcribe them later.

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Screen-free Time Can Improve Kids' Recognition of Nonverbal Emotion Cues, UCLA Study Indicates

by , 08/29/14
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A new study released by University of California Los Angeles researchers shows that children who were denied screen time for five days improved their ability to read nonverbal emotion cues by a greater amount than a control group who had screen time as usual for the same period. Students across both groups self-reported an average of four and a half hours of screen time per school day, so while there are a number of questions raised by the study, the results do give pause for reflection.

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Marking the Forest : An Architecture Course in the Oregon Woods

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People who love architecture tend to love wild spaces as well: after all, buildings and landscapes complement one another, right? Well, imagine being able to study architecture design in a forest environment, where structures are created in symbiosis with the living environment. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? If this sounds like something you’d love to study, you’re in luck: there’s an architecture studio in the heart of the Eugene, Oregon forest called Marking the Forest that might pique your curiosity. The course is given through the Architectural Association in collaboration with the University of Oregon, and delves into subjects such as thoughtfully marking and occupying wild terrain, and re-appropriation of wood into a forest. If this course interests you (or you know someone who’d love to take it), check out the links below for more information.

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+ University of Oregon Architecture and Allied Arts


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How to Make Your Own Terrarium

by , 08/29/14

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I’ve always coveted my friend Melissa’s fabulous terrarium, which is the centerpiece of her stylish, cozy Brooklyn apartment. I’ve secretly wanted one of my own for ages, and recently realizing that some artsy ones can sell for thousands of dollars, I decided it was high time to learn how to make my own on the cheap. After much pleading, I finally managed to convince Melissa to spill her terrarium secrets, which she was kind enough to share in this post! Read on to learn how you can make your own at home:

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Send in Your Ideas to OPENGAP's Tranquil Artists Retreat Design Competition for a Shot at Winning 2000 Euros!

by , 08/29/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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Do you ever feel like your creative juices are drowned out by constant distractions? Whether it’s your cell phone or the noisy neighbor next door, overstimulation is a common problem for urban dwellers. That’s why OPENGAP has launched the 2014 Inspiration Hotel Competition, an open ideas contest that seeks innovative design proposals for a rentable quiet place that fosters creativity and concentration. Open to both professionals and students of all disciplines, the competition imposes few design limits and restrictions in hopes of encouraging avant-garde architectural solutions. Early bird registration ends September 23, 2014.

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Next-Generation Nissan Leaf to Have Double the Driving Range

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With a real-life driving range of about 80 miles, the current generation of the Nissan Leaf can’t travel very far – but the next Leaf will have a much longer range. While it still won’t be able to travel as far as a Tesla Model S, the next-generation Leaf will be able to travel 186 miles between charges.

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Ultra-Grippy and 100% Biodegradable YOGO Mat Folds Down to the Size of a Newspaper

Ultra-Grippy and 100% Biodegradable YOGO Mat Folds Down to the Size of…

San Francisco-based startup YOGO just launched the YOGO Mat, a foldable eco-friendly yoga mat compact enough to fit into a purse or backpack. Made from 100% biodegradable natural tree…

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Parachuting Grilled Cheeses Coming to New York Next Week

Parachuting Grilled Cheeses Coming to New York Next Week

Do grilled cheeses taste better when delivered by parachute? Probably not, but New Yorkers will get to find out next week when Aussie company Jafflechutes brings its air-dropped…

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Could Locally-Generated Solar Power be the Key to NYC Storm Resiliency?

Could Locally-Generated Solar Power be the Key to NYC Storm…

One company's bid to win a $30 million grant put up for grabs by the NYC Economic Development Corporation could be a major game changer in terms of urban resiliency in situations…

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WHO: World's Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

WHO: World's Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the recent Ebola outbreak that started in March of this year is accelerating at an alarming rate and could affect more than…

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Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

Located in Stockholm, Carlsson's low-cost prefabricated home is based on a frame made out of laminated plywood. The house can be assembled quickly on-site, and its modular construction…

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