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Jul 02, 2016

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How to protect your family from mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals

Jul 1, 2016: Protecting Your Family From Mosquitoes Without Using Harsh Chemicals Summer is coming, and with it comes barbeques and other outdoor activities that we can enjoy in the warm weather. Unfortunately, the warming weather also brings mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquitoes are the most prevalent carrier of insect borne diseases, carrying things like dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever and the Zika virus. These diseases are responsible...

Climate scientists: Jet stream crossing equator not unprecedented

Jul 1, 2016: A story picked up by Inhabitat and other publications that the Northern Hemisphere jet stream crossing the equator and mixing with the Southern Hemisphere jet stream is "unprecedented" and signifies a "global climate emergency," in the words of Paul Beckwith, a geography professor at the University of Ottawa, appears to not be accurate according to atmospheric scientists interviewed by The Washington Post. Notably, Jennifer Francis, a professor of meteorology at Rutgers University who specializes...

Egg-shaped GreenPod office lets you work from almost anywhere

Jul 1, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3n9PHLBrk4 Created for both work and leisure, the multipurpose GreenPod offers the comfortable and controlled environment of an office space with the freedom to pop up nearly anywhere. The egg-shaped workspace would be engineered to block outside noise, respond to weather changes, automatically charge all electronic devices, and pull up on work files and data for the right person using facial recognition. A haptic feedback system would connect GreenPods globally....

Tesla responds to first ever death-by-autopilot crash in Florida

Jul 1, 2016: This week Tesla disclosed that the first known death caused by a self-driving car was due to one of its own. Joshua Brown was involved in a fatal accident on May 7, when his Model S sensor system failed to discriminate between a bright white sky and the bright white side of a large 18-wheel truck crossing the highway. A release by Tesla admits that the autopilot system is “not perfect and still requires the driver to remain alert.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=5TjbqVartjM Brown...

Greenland's wooden Icefjord Center will offer sweeping views of the glacial landscape

Jul 1, 2016: The Icefiord Center, planned to be built on a UNESCO-protected site in Greenland, will present 4000 years of cultural heritage and knowledge on the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier which scientists have been studying for centuries. Related: Accessible sail-shaped viewing tower hovers over the edge of Denmark’s Aarhus harbor Dorte Mandrup's proposal won the competition and was lauded by the jury for its poetic qualities and simplicity. Its framework is covered by a gently sloping wooden boardwalk...

INFOGRAPHIC: Which supplements are backed by science and which are snake-oil

Jul 1, 2016: It seems like hardly a week goes by where we don't hear about a new miracle supplement or cure-all vitamin. But sometimes these panaceas are nothing more than modern-day snake oil. Before you start tossing the latest trendy supplement into your grocery bag, check out this infographic, which shows which products are worth your money and which are nothing but hogwash. The larger the circle, the more the supplement is Googled. The blue bubbles are generally recognized as useful, with the most useless...

Antarctic ozone layer shows "first fingerprints of healing"

Jul 1, 2016: Nearly 30 years ago, almost every country in the world signed the Montreal Protocol to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in refrigerators, aerosols, and dry cleaning. The chlorine in CFCs was said to interact with ozone in the atmosphere to deplete it. MIT scientist Susan Solomon's work helped provide the impetus for the Montreal Protocol,…

Revamped NYC rooftop is brought to life with tinted resin panels

Jul 1, 2016: Evan C. Lai Landscape Design (ECLLD) was asked to design an eco-friendly rooftop of a gritty east village townhouse in New York City. The client, who is of Scandinavian descent, was looking for a refined garden that did not compromise functionality. The whole…

The ultimate solar-powered Ecomo pod home for off-grid living in South Africa

Jul 1, 2016: Pietro Russo has been perfecting the art of off-grid life for several years now, and we are thrilled to finally present his personal home in one of South Africa's most delicate landscapes. Russo and his wife spend several months walking their land in the Klein Karoo to determine how to position their prefabricated Ecomo home to optimize every possible view without causing undue harm to the unique fynbos ecosystem. The result is a warm and elegant design with glazing on both Ecomo homes are prefabricated...

Plush green-roofed cultural center replaces 2004 Olympic Games facilities in Athens

Jul 1, 2016: Architect Renzo Piano just completed a new park, library and theater complex in Athens' Kallithea district- the first public building in Greece to achieve a Platinum LEED certification. The new complex, which was in large part made possible to build thanks to a €596 million ($664 million) donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, replaces a horse-racing track and a parking lot left over from the 2004 Olympic Games. The Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center looks like an artificial hill that...

Body parts wash up on Rio beaches just weeks before the Olympics

Jul 1, 2016: A little more than a month from now, Olympic volleyball players will be spiking balls in the sand on the famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Preparing the city to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games is no simple task, but a series of unfortunate and embarrassing events have added to the skepticism about the fate of the massive international event. Yesterday, a beachgoer discovered a dismembered foot as well as another unidentified body part on the shore, washed up with the tide. The...

P&S Market Research says global wind-industry composites market to grow 7.8% annually through 2022

Jul 1, 2016: the global wind turbine composite materials market was valued at $3,970.4 million in 2015, and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.8% through 2022. Windpower Engineering & Development…

The window for averting catastrophic climate change has probably closed

Jul 1, 2016: When world leaders first signed the Paris agreement back in December, some scientists said it wasn't good enough. James Hansen was one of the more outspoken ones, referring to the agreement as a "fraud."…

ILSCO Appoints One Source Associates as new manufacturers rep

Jul 1, 2016: ILSCO is pleased to announce the appointment of One Source Associates, Inc. as the representative agency for the ILSCO brand of electrical connectors in Maryland. Windpower Engineering & Development…

Siemens 3.2-MW turbines are headed to Saxony

Jul 1, 2016: Siemens will supply three direct drive wind turbines, SWT-3.2-113 to be precise, for the onshore wind power plant Naundorf. Windpower Engineering & Development…

Win a Tentsile Tree Tent and BioLite Energy Kit (worth $1072) in the Inhabitat off-grid camping giveaway

Jul 1, 2016: Summer is just a few weeks away, so it's prime time for an adventure in the great outdoors. But going off-grid doesn't have to mean giving up modern comforts - which is why we've partnered up with BioLite and Tentsile to give away an awesome camping prize package worth over $1000! Our grand prize winner will receive a Tentsile Stingray tree tent and a BioLite Energy Kit (complete with a CookStove, a Solar Panel 5+, and a PowerLight Mini), and one lucky runner-up will receive a brand new BioLite Baselantern....

IKEA recalls 36 million MALM dressers and chests after six fatalities

Jul 1, 2016: Favorite inexpensive furniture company of the masses IKEA just had to issue some unsettling news. They are recalling nearly 36 million MALM dressers and chests after six children died due to the products. They are offering either a refund or repair kit so families can anchor their furniture to walls. Related: IKEA issues repair kits for 27 million dressers and chests after two children crushed…

713 trillion gallons of water discovered under drought-stricken California

Jul 1, 2016: Stanford University researchers have just found a potential new source of water deep underneath California’s Central Valley. While the thought of accessing 713 trillion gallons of fresh, untapped water might be tempting, the reality isn’t that simple and probably won't save the state from either itself or the effects of climate change. A paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences confirmed that the underground reservoir in question contains...

Lava Mae's big blue bus brings mobile showers to San Francisco's homeless population

Jul 1, 2016: Lava Mae is a San Francisco-based concept which aims to "deliver dignity" by providing shower and toilet services in a repurposed bus that roves around the city, making regular stops to provide the much-needed facilities to homeless guests.   We covered the story of Lava Mae a few years back, when their idea of converting old buses into mobile showers for the homeless was still just another cool new idea on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Three years on, Lava Mae's big blue bus is...

MENA to grow 21% a year says Make

Jul 1, 2016: MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA: Between 2016 and 2025, wind capacity in the Middle East and Africa region is expected to grow by an average of 21.7% a year, consultancy firm Make has predicted.

Abandoned Shanghai factory transformed into an industrial-chic artist atelier

Jul 1, 2016: Located within the Wuwei Creative Industry Park, the adaptive reuse Ceramic House is but one of many buildings that have been converted on the former factory grounds. Archi-Union Architects gutted the interior, added large glazed openings to bring in natural light, and expanded the building’s footprint with a new upper floor. The original concrete and brick, however, are preserved and visible both inside and out. The renovated building houses an exhibition space, a reception area, office, and a...

Google buys Norwegian wind

Jul 1, 2016: NORWAY: Technology conglomerate Google has agreed to buy all the electricity generated from a 160MW wind project in Norway to power its European data centres.

How to make edible utensils that you can eat after you use (VIDEO)

Jul 1, 2016: how to make edible cutlery, make your own edible utensils, make edible utensils, diy edible cutlery, bakeys edible cutlery, bakeys edible spoons, edible spoons, edible utensils, how to make edible utensils, yuka yoneda, inhabitat diy We all know how wasteful plastic utensils can be for the environment, which is why Narayana Peesapaty's edible cutlery made of biodegradable (and delicious) materials has been gaining tons of attention. Peesapaty's Kickstarter campaign has already raised over four...

'Global climate emergency' declared after jet stream crosses equator

Jun 30, 2016: A prominent climate scientist has declared a "global climate emergency" after observing the jet stream in the Northern Hemisphere crossing the equator and mixing with the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere. Paul Beckwith, a geography professor at the University of Ottawa, wrote in a blog post that this behavior is new and "indicates that climate system mayhem is ongoing." If the merging of the jet streams continues, it could disrupt the seasons, threatening the food supply chain and causing...

New sweet potato could alleviate hunger for "millions"

Jun 30, 2016: Each year, the World Food Prize Foundation honors individuals who contributed to "improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food throughout the world." This year's laureates include a team of three from the International Potato Center and the founder of HarvestPlus. The four researchers are credited with making sweet potatoes more nutritious, which could impact over ten million people in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Douglas Varey builds vintage electric go-karts with ber sustainable materials

Jun 30, 2016: Seattle-based designer Douglas Varey builds vintage-inspired go-karts using re-purposed materials, electric motors and a little bit of good old frugal ingenuity. His most recent creation, aptly named "Austin Boulogne," is an impressive addition to his collection of designs. The racer was inspired by the fleet of cars used in the 1923 Boulogne GrandPrix - the most important light car race of its day - by the England-based Austin car company. The light marine plywood bodywork is inspired...

Curvaceous Corten steel office beats the heat with solar-savvy design

Jun 30, 2016: The 4,905-square-foot office building is set on a small corner site abutting a road junction in full view to pedestrians and motorists. To mitigate the harsh solar rays from the south, the architects created a horseshoe-shaped building pointed towards the north that wraps around a cooling, north-facing pool. On the south side of the building, the architects left a void for a small grass courtyard shaded by the building. The Corten steel external walls extend far beyond the building’s internal volumes...

Solar Roadways are coming to historic Route 66

Jun 30, 2016: What if roads and highways produced renewable energy? That's the ambitious idea husband and wife team Scott and Julie Brusaw dreamed many years ago and pursued through a startup, Solar Roadways. Now that dream will be turned into reality on a section of Missouri's Route 66. The Brusaws started Solar Roadways to pursue the idea.

Green Blade banana fiber panels provide a stylish, sustainable alternative to wood

Jun 30, 2016: This is a green product made thanks to the banana trunk !! Can you imagine? They produce decorative and acoustic panels thanks to it! I can give you the contact: chloe.rabouteau@fibandco.com Established in Martinique, FIBandCO gives a second life…

Ancient Mars could have been more like Earth than we thought

Jun 30, 2016: NASA's racked up some thrilling new finds about everyone's favorite red planet and potential site of a future human colony - Mars.

Declutter your life with Lift, the ultimate multi-use bike hook

Jun 30, 2016: Simple and modern, Lift is a new multi-purpose bike hook that can be used for so much more than hanging your wheels. The smart storage system is strong enough to stow your bike and accessible enough to store everyday items. Its notched wooden dowel makes it easy to hang a bag, jacket or scarf, while the durable powder-coated steel arm does the heavy lifting for bikes or ladders. A CNC-milled baltic birch base secures it snugly to the wall and the final product is topped with ethically-sourced synthetic...

Satva's organic yoga-inspired clothing supports education for young girls in India

Jun 30, 2016: Designed in California, Satva's line of organic women and children's clothing stand the test of time. Their price point is competitive too -- yoga brands like Lululemon who don't advertise as using ethically-sourced or organic materials, charge nearly twice that of Satva. Made with GOTS certified organic cotton free of chemicals, heavy metals, and allergens, Satva is also an affordable clothing option for people with skin sensitivities. We tried a couple of items, and the cotton is breathable...

These omnidirectional wheels turn any car into a 360-degree maneuvering machine

Jun 30, 2016: When it comes to automotive technology, we’ve seen a lot of advances in recent years, including more fuel-efficient vehicles, a rise in electric and hybrid engines, and the emergence of self-driving technology. That’s all been great and wonderful, but it hasn’t addressed one of the biggest problem plaguing drivers everywhere: parallel parking. Omnidirectional wheels could do that, though. Canadian car buff William Liddiard has created the first (that we know of) truly omnidirectional wheels...

English home's green-roof ensures seamless continuity with the verdant countryside

Jun 30, 2016: The house is organized so that the studio and working spaces are separated from the living area, taking up the uphill side of the building. Its main circulation route runs perpendicular to the site slope, with a beautifully designed modernist entrance flanked by a concrete pavilion. A simple open stair run through the rectangular puncture in the roof surface. Related: Old horse stable transformed into a chic art studio and guesthouse Since the clients, both artists, wanted a live-work arrangement...

Scientists find first contagious cancer transmissible between species

Jun 30, 2016: Scientists have seen contagious cancer before, in Tasmanian devils, in dogs, and in soft-shell clams in Prince Edward Island. Now, researchers are adding one more occurrence to the list: a contagious, leukemia-like disease that appears to be widespread among shellfish with hinged shells, called bivalves, such as clams, mussels and cockles. Researchers discovered evidence, for the first time ever, that this particular disease can spread between species, making it slightly more terrifying. A team of...

Will driverless cars fuel suburban sprawl?

Jun 30, 2016: In a recent article for the Wall Street Journal, writer Christopher Mims argues that driverless cars like those being developed by Google and Uber might lead to greater suburban sprawl. On the face of it, the argument makes a certain sort of sense: other major advances in transportation technology have enabled us to live farther and farther from where we work and play, so why wouldn't self-driving cars change our lifestyles even further? Mims offers a few reasons to back his predictions:...

Beijing is sinking four inches every year

Jun 30, 2016: It sounds like Beijing's in trouble. Satellite images and sensors aided scientists from China, the UK, Spain, and Germany to determine the city is sinking by up to four inches every year, and has been sinking since 1935. The problem is tied to Beijing's water struggles. According to the scientists, the city is "one of the most water-stressed cities in the world." Beijing mainly relies on underground aquifers for water sources, but demand exceeds supply. The researchers think low levels of groundwater...

Kurgo's bright orange shipping container office is a haven for dogs

Jun 30, 2016: The dogs' accessories and travel supplies company's office combines two of our favorite things: dogs and shipping containers. The animal-friendly environment features various seating areas and product display corners were dogs could test the latest designs. Small bright offices are set in wooden cubicles complete with fake grass that pups can enjoy. Related: Costa Rica’s ‘Land of the Strays’ is a canine paradise where nearly 1,000 dogs roam free The various containers were painted...

Doubleback camper van extends 6.5 feet with the press of a button

Jun 30, 2016:   The van frame the Doubleback is based on is originally 5.92 meters (19.4 feet) long -- a generous size for a van but a bit cramped as a living space. However, once it extends, the pod adds another 2 meters (6.5 feet) to the space, for a total of 7.92 meters long (25.9 feet).   The extended compartment in the rear of the van is made of a lightweight, but incredibly strong aluminum composite that weighs only 130 kilograms (286 lbs). With built-in supports extended, the area can...

Offshore injury rate falls in 2015

Jun 30, 2016: EUROPE: The annual health and safety incident report by the G9 offshore group shows the total recordable injury rate (TRIR) on offshore projects has fallen 3% compared to 2014.

RenewableUK sees carbon budget boost

Jun 30, 2016: UK: The UK government is set to adopt a "bold" carbon budget for 2028-2032 as recommended by the committee on climate change (CCC), supporting the case for continued investment in renewables.

Australian site secures finance for extension

Jun 30, 2016: AUSTRALIA: Developer Neoen has secured a A$173.5 million ($128.8 million) loan to extend its 100MW Hornsdale project in South Australia.

Steampunk-inspired lamps are crafted from over a hundred washing machines

Jun 30, 2016: A total of 133 washing machine drums were turned into lamps to light up Portugal’s São João de Deus Street. Volunteers of Teatro Metaphora collected the old and broken washing machines over the course of six months. Many appliances were found on the street, where they were put out as garbage, while others were donated by homeowners. The design collective initially aimed for one hundred washing machines, however, the number of discarded and donated washing machines they received quickly surpassed...

Dan Roosegaarde's smog-sucking tower will clean the skies of China

Jun 30, 2016: It’s difficult to determine whether Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde hates smog, or loves it. The artist garnered global attention last year by creating jewelry from smog harvested in Beijing, one of the world’s most polluted cities. He’s also the inventor of a smog-sucking electric tower that was designed to clean up China’s pollution-riddled skies, and now he’s partnered with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection to launch Smog Free Project China, which will take Roosegaarde and...

7 NASA discoveries that will blow your mind

Jun 29, 2016: http://inhabitat.com/nasa-confirms-a-second-mini-moon-is-circling-earth/ http://inhabitat.com/its-official-kepler-has-discovered-1284-new-exoplanets/ http://inhabitat.com/nasas-kepler-space-telescope-discovers-six-more-earth-like-planets-that-could-support-human-life/ http://inhabitat.com/nasa-finds-water-and-potential-for-microscopic-forms-of-life-on-mars/ http://inhabitat.com/nasas-pee-recycling-forward-osmosis-bag-turns-urine-into-an-out-of-this-world-beverage/ http://inhabitat.com/nasa-...

PHOTOS: The Great Salt Lake is drying up and it could have a global impact

Jun 29, 2016: At seventy-five miles long and thirty-five miles wide, Utah’s Great Salt Lake is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere. Its massive size might make it seem like a fixed part of the American West, but the great lake is vanishing so quickly, it has researchers and ecologists scrambling to find a solution. Last spring, cranes were brought in to lift 80 boats out of the muddy marina after water levels dropped so low that the lake could no longer support sailing. The state approved...

Don't let Monsanto and Whole Foods kill GMO labeling

Jun 29, 2016:   The first-of-its-kind law requiring foods sold in Vermont to declare whether or not they contain genetically modified crops is set to take effect on July 1st -- unless a national law being considered by Congress passes first. The proposed national legislation would effectively override the regulations outlined by Vermont's law, delaying any labeling changes for another two years and allowing food manufacturers to place QR codes or 800 numbers on their packaging rather than a plain-English...

Students build a stunning solar-powered multi-use space from salvaged materials

Jun 29, 2016: Created for the University of Utah’s annual Design Build Bluff project, Cedar Hall is located next to the historic John Albert Scorup House, a historic 1890s property that, despite twelve years of effort, is unable to accommodate the multifunctional needs of the student body. The objective of the Cedar Hall project was to design a simple yet elegant flexible assembly space that could also attract the Bluff community to campus. The 850-square-foot Cedar Hall building is clad in handsome,...

Full-size replica of Noah's Ark pops up in Kentucky

Jun 29, 2016: The project, brainchild of Ken Ham, evolution-denier and president of the Creationist Christian organization Answers in Genesis (AiG), is partially funded by the secular state of Kentucky through sales tax incentives, despite the fact that it is a for-profit enterprise. Adults will have the opportunity to " experience the pages of the Bible like never before" for $40, while people with kids will have to pay $28 for a 1-day ticket for their young ones. Related: Ride a wind turbine in this crazy...