The true story behind Groundhog Day

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filed under: Animals, Features

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This year, as poor Punxsutawney Phil is hoisted into the air to divine our future weather, you might find yourself wondering how on earth this became a “thing”. The modern Groundhog Day holiday is based on ancient celebrations of the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, prompted by the early signs of spring. But the holiday’s origins are much weirder than that, and they involve a wood-gathering witch, a Roman hedgehog, and a whole lot of candles.

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

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VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Valentine

Wondering what sweet treats to give your Valentine this Friday? Here’s a delectable recipe that is sure to delight. Follow along as Inhabitots’ pint-sized pastry chef Petey Rojas shows you the easy steps to making his yummy vegan red velvet cupcakes in this adorable video. We promise that your better half will love them—and it wouldn’t hurt to whip up a batch for yourself too!

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LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

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The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project just passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The proposed 515-mile transmission line could be used to carry any type of electricity, but project managers promise the focus will be on wind and solar resources of Arizona and New Mexico. The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying the approval is the culmination of a 7-year effort by SunZia.

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British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Botanical, Gardening

 

Heart-shaped-meadow

Winston Howes, green thumb and hopeless romantic, planted 6,000 oak trees in the shape of heart in his South Gloucestershire meadow 15 years ago as a tribute to his late wife, Janet. His stunning memorial was his very own secret garden for years until a hot air balloonist happened to cruise over the land and captured a picture of the giant grassy emblem. “I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer—but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky,” the pilot, Andy Collet told The Telegraph. “It was a perfect heart hidden away from view—you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story.”

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Construction underway on Canada's first Holocaust memorial designed by Libeskind

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Architecture, News

Libeskind Holocaust Memorial Rendering

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, a day commemorated by International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s a perfect time to unveil the design for Canada’s upcoming National Holocaust Monument, under construction in Ottawa this year. The monument is the first in the country to commemorate the tragic events of the last century, and is an epic undertaking, not only for the designers but for the builders as well.

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Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

Kale

While New York City managed to remain relatively unscathed by the first big snowstorm of the year, we’re still facing a bigger and even scarier emergency – a major shortage of kale. In an effort to prepare for what was being called a historic blizzard, many New Yorkers stockpiled basic supplies recommended to go off grid for days if necessary. But for those determined not to skimp on their superfood intake while they waited out the storm, kale was in high demand and short supply, as documented by lovers of the leafy greens on social media networks.

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Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every year

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Your opinions as to just how historic the great snowstorm of 2015 was probably vary greatly depending on where you are. If you’re in New England there may be a sense of “we’ll dig ourselves out eventually; while in NYC it’s more of a “wha, that’s it?” Yes, as ever, recent extreme weather patterns may be a result of climate change, and scientists believe that this—and future—winter storms have and will hit greater extremes as the result of a warming planet.

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Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide

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Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks!

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Architecture, Art, gallery

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Ryan McNaught, aka The Brickman, was recently commissioned by the Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia to recreate the ancient city of Pompeii entirely from LEGO bricks! The exhibit, now on display in the museum, shows how Pompeii looked at the moment of destruction in A.D 79, how it looked when it was discovered in the 1700′s, and how it looks today.

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Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

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The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

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It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but for jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be – because the solar power jobs sector grew 20 times faster than any other sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, the number of solar jobs has surpassed the number of coal mining jobs – a hopeful sign for both alternative energy and job growth.

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Obama protects 12.3 million acres of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against drilling

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Conservation, News

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

As President Obama put it in his State of the Union address, he has “no more campaigns left to run.” Therefore it looks like he is using his remaining time in office to make as much of a difference as possible. Amongst his final efforts are plans to keep potential drilling and exploitation out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world.

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Reinier de Jong designs minimalist Stip table made from birch plywood and ash

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Dutch designer Reinier de Jong‘s Stip table is an elegant wooden furnishing remarkable for its minimalist design and high-quality craftsmanship. The sturdy dining table comprises ash wood legs and a birch plywood tabletop finished with white HPL. ‘Stip’ means dot in Dutch, and the table’s name was inspired by the circular shapes that punctuate the table’s form; the end grain of the angled ash legs are made visible through four round openings on the white tabletop.

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