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Aug 24, 2016

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Win a $500 shopping spree from IKEA to make over your dorm room

Aug 23, 2016: What student wouldn't love IKEA? Cool, multi-purpose furniture and decor at a fraction of the price. There's no better way to kick off the school year than with a brand new place to call your own. And thanks to our friends at IKEA, we're giving away a $500 shopping spree at the Scandinavian mega store for one lucky winner to deck our their dorm room. Fancy a wireless charging table? How about a standing desk? Or even a new bike? Enter below to score everything you could possibly need.

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California

Aug 23, 2016: The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water will change the state for years to come, but this need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of how producing energy can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. One of the finalists of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city, and filters...

Tropical solar-powered home boasts spectacular views of the ocean and jungle

Aug 23, 2016: While sustainability is a key objective of the two-story Terrace House, the architects also strived to make the home as comfortable and beautiful as possible. The 300-square-meter building’s remote location on Puntarenas necessitated the design of semi-prefabricated steel members lightweight enough to be brought on-site and preassembled with local construction methods. The use of lightweight materials and careful placement of the house against the back of a steep hill helped minimize site disturbance....

Tesla releases the world's fastest consumer production car

Aug 23, 2016: In an announcement this afternoon, Tesla unveiled a new battery option for its Model X and Model S cars. The upgrade would extend the range of the Model S to 315 miles per charge – the first time any electric vehicle on the market has surpassed 300 miles of range. The Model X will receive a more modest upgrade, extending its range to 289 miles on a single charge. The upgrade will also allow the Model S P100D Ludicrous to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds flat, making it the...

Kengo Kuma's "floating kitchen" uses Chinese dishes to support the shelves

Aug 23, 2016: Beijing Centre for the Arts' founder Weng Ling commissioned Kuma to create a unique kitchen design. So he came up with a simple concept, an assorted range of kitchenware supporting the kitchen's structure instead of the other way around. The Floating Kitchen includes ceramic bowls and plates, wooden boxes, vases, woks, wicker baskets, pots are pans, all coming from the Chinese city of Chengdu. All these elements are used for holding translucent kitchen worktops and shelves at different...

Yoga teacher builds a meditative 168-square foot tiny house haven

Aug 23, 2016: Grim built the 22-foot home with the help of her carpenter friend Rudy Hexler and an apprentice named Lenny in 2015. The tiny house sits quietly in the wooded Pacific Northwest and took only six months and USD $38,500 to complete. A curved porch made from removable 8’ by 8’ pallets is partially covered by a plexiglas awning to keep the rain out and the sunshine pouring in. Related: Towable Riverside tiny house packs every conventional amenity into 246 square feet The living room features...

Japan wants to make 2020 Olympic medals from recycled smartphones

Aug 23, 2016: The Rio Games may have just ended, but Tokyo is already gearing up for the 2020 Olympics - and organizers want to source materials for the gold, silver, and bronze medals from discarded smartphones and other electronics. The country's e-waste stream could certainly provide enough precious metals to cover the demand; the problem lies with collecting the discarded devices from the public. In 2014 Japan recovered 143 kg of gold, 1,566 kg of silver and 1,112 tons of copper - an essential component...

Meteodyn to present expert study papers and software demos at WindEnergy Hamburg

Aug 23, 2016: Meteodyn, a global provider of wind resource assessments, wind-farm design, and wind-power forecasting, will take part to the world’s largest wind energy event in Hamburg, Germany. WindEnergy Hamburg is on September 27 to 30, and organizers have accepted four papers from Meteodyn: Modeling wind flow in forested area: a parametric study Post-conversion of Lidar data on complex terrains SWIP project: New Windpower Engineering & Development…

Red Lion N-Tron series managed switches certified by ODVA to meet CIP specification

Aug 23, 2016: Red Lion Controls, global experts in communication, monitoring, and control for industrial automation and networking, announced its latest firmware for the N-Tron series of NT24k and 700/7000 managed industrial Ethernet switches has been certified by ODVA to meet the requirements of the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) specification. With embedded support for CIP, this broad industrial Ethernet Windpower Engineering & Development…

EDF EN Canada sells undivided interests of the Rivière-du-Moulin Wind project

Aug 23, 2016: EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, announced the closing of the transaction by which it divested 15% undivided interests in the 350-MW Rivière-du-Moulin Wind project. The interests has been acquired by the Regional County Municipality (RCM) of Charlevoix and Fjord-du Saguenay (5%), the Innu of Mashteuiatsh and Essipit First Nations (5%), and Windpower Engineering & Development…

Costa Rica celebrates 113 days of 100-percent renewable energy (and counting)

Aug 23, 2016: Costa Rica is much more than a lush, green tourist paradise; it’s also a green energy pioneer. The small Central American nation has generated 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources for the past 113 days, and the run isn’t over yet. The country, which draws clean energy from a variety of renewable sources, still has its sights on a full year without fossil fuels. With a 113-day stretch of 100-percent renewable energy under its belt and several months left in the year,...

Maison T is a discreet alley pad in Hanoi with a secret garden

Aug 23, 2016: The house offers a high degree of privacy and functions as a relaxing environment hidden away in an alleyway in Hanoi. Quiet and open, the small residence offers all the amenities of a town house, and includes a beautiful garden space. Related: Studio 102 transformed an abandoned house in Hanoi into a growing, green office space Flexible partitions visually connect the different spaces within the house, and provide views of the garden. The garden looks and function as an integral part of...

Spreading crack in Antarcticas ice shelf could cause massive collapse

Aug 23, 2016: A large rift is forming on the Antarctic Peninsula’s most northern ice shelf, threatening to break off an iceberg the size of Delaware. The crack is spreading quickly, meaning the collapse could take place very soon. If the huge chunk breaks off, it could destabilize the shelf and go down in history as the third largest ice calving event ever recorded. The Larsen C Ice Shelf is at risk of losing 10 to 12 percent of its mass, and soon. Scientists from Project MIDAS have been following...

7 world-changing finalists announced for the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Aug 23, 2016: Cooperación Comunitaria In 2013, Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid ravaged La Montaña, one of the poorest and most marginalized areas of Mexico. Home to over three-quarters of the Mexican state Guerrero’s indigenous population, the beautiful but devastated area struggled to get back on its feet in the wake of mass destruction. Cooperación Comunitaria was founded to radically improve the population’s living conditions with a comprehensive model that begins with community outreach...

Climate change will be the demise of US national parks

Aug 23, 2016: This week the National Parks Service turns 100 years old, a reflection of genuine dedication and hard work to preserve land and monuments across the U.S. Now the NPS is facing its biggest threat of all: climate change. Melting glaciers, wildfires, erosion, and rising sea levels are just some of the mammoth effects that will likely bring an end to these national gems as we all know them. The NPS has charted the toll climate change has had on its 412 protected parks and monuments all...

Enter the Biodesign Competition to get your ideas in front of the X-Prize

Aug 23, 2016: Construction has come a long way since the Neolithic days of our earliest dwellings but many of today’s building practices still require unnecessary amounts of resources and energy. To make matters worse, conventional construction too frequently compromises our health and the health of natural environment, but with the wealth of recent scientific and technological advances, we know that this need not be the case. To address this issue, the X-Prize for BioDesigned futures is seeking applicants with...

Monstrous goldfish found in Australian rivers were released as pets

Aug 23, 2016: Australian researchers are warning of a new, invasive threat to the continent’s native wildlife: goldfish that were abandoned by their owners and released into the wild. Most of us think of goldfish as a small and harmless species, but apparently Western Australia’s rivers contain just the right conditions to allow the fish to grow into two kilo monsters that wreak havoc on the local ecosystem. There are a number of reasons why these fish pose such an environmental hazard. For...

France's competitive dialogue takes shape

Aug 23, 2016: FRANCE: The government has issued a decree allowing the use of "competitive dialogue" when tendering offshore wind power projects.

Tiny robot caterpillar can push objects ten times its size

Aug 23, 2016: Physics researchers at the University of Warsaw have created an innovative soft robot that packs a powerful punch for its size. Despite being only 15 millimeters long, this powerful machine can carry loads up to 10 times larger than itself. While soft robots inspired by caterpillars have been designed before, it’s been a challenge to build them at a natural scale due to the available parts simply being too large and inflexible. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wulyMNiakpU That’s where...

Investment firm takes Lagerwey stake

Aug 23, 2016: NETHERLANDS: Dutch investment fund Ponooc has acquired a minority stake in turbine manufacturer Lagerwey, the firm announced.

Inhabitat spends the night in a Harvard-designed tiny cabin in the woods

Aug 22, 2016: We've all dreamt of living "tiny"; living in a pint-sized home on a secluded stretch of land. If you've ever been the teensiest bit curious, but not quite ready to take the plunge, you're in luck. Those situated close to New York and Boston can now find respite in a tiny house for a night, or a few, thanks to the Harvard student startup Getaway. The Airbnb-style, 160-square-foot mobile cabins start at just $99 per night for…

Tiny sci-fi-esque pod cabins make the California desert look like an alien planet

Aug 22, 2016: Located on a remote campsite within Zittel’s 35-acre A-Z property, the Wagon Station Encampment was conceived to welcome creative minds to get in touch with their “desert fantasy.” The Encampment is open twice a year when the desert climate is mild—in the spring and fall—with each “open season” divided into weeklong sessions. “It is open to anyone who feels an affinity with Andrea’s mission in the high desert – including (but not limited to) other artists, writers, thinkers, hikers,...

Scientists to seek 'line in the rock' marking new man-made Anthropocene epoch

Aug 22, 2016: Scientists are about to embark on a global hunt for a "golden spike," a physical point in the geological record marking the shift from one epoch to another, in a quest to convince skeptics in the geology community that humanity's impact on the planet has been so profound that our impact on the climate, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, habitats, biodiversity and other species…

Vancouver home built almost entirely with former building's materials

Aug 22, 2016: Concrete and steel are building materials commonly perceived as ‘cold’, but Measured Architecture manipulated them to achieve textural warmth inside and out the house. Its grey walls have an organic texture achieved by impressing charred wooden planks just before the composite material dries out. A playful industrial edge is given by an outdoors weathering steel sculpture + ladder by local artist Fei Disbrow and an indoor steel slide for the kids next to the stairs. Related: Trash to Treasure:...

Thousands of water-filled condoms create an immersive rainstorm in Taiwan

Aug 22, 2016: Famous for arts activism, Luzinterruptus often uses recycled or unconventional materials in large-scale installations to protest environmental and social issues, from pollution to poor health care. Their latest piece in Kaohsiung, Taiwan is the third installment of its Rain Interactive series, which previously popped up in Madrid and London. As with former iterations, this year’s sculpture was created with extra-large and extra-strength condoms filled with blue-dyed water and small autonomous light...

Boiler Nine Bar + Grill breathes new life into downtown Austin's historic power plant

Aug 22, 2016: Austin’s restaurant scene got a little hotter this year, with the July opening of Boiler Nine Bar + Grill, which occupies part of the historic Seaholm Power Plant. The 1950 art deco power plant, in the heart of the downtown district, celebrated the first chapter of its new life as the restaurant opened. With 11,000 square feet of ground floor space, Boiler Nine is the only part of the renovated power plant open to the public at this point. The power plant is undergoing a larger redevelopment project...

Louisiana residents hit by flooding say weather advisories weren't urgent enough

Aug 22, 2016: Last week’s flood in southern Louisiana is being called the worst natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Sandy, http://inhabitat.com/radio-silence-as-the-worst-disaster-since-hurricane-sandy-ravages-louisiana/ but as recovery efforts continue, it’s become apparent that some residents ignored flash flood warnings. NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday revealed interviews with locals who say their neighbors told them it never flooded there—weather forecasts are notoriously unreliable,...

The oldest living tree in Europe has survived over 1,000 years

Aug 22, 2016: A pine tree rooted in Greece, nicknamed Adonis, is thought to be the oldest living tree in Europe. Estimated at 1,075 years old, this Bosnian pine has seen more history than any other single tree. The most impressive feat is that, despite having the capability to clone itself, this individual wooden giant has made it this long without having to do so. There are tree systems that have technically lived for upwards of 10,000 years, but the individual plants themselves are not the originals....

Tiny Lithuania apartment boasts a space-saving split personality

Aug 22, 2016: The owner was looking to transform his existing apartment into a space which would accommodate two people, but remain open and spacious. This architects met this request by splitting the apartment into two parts, with an open-plan main living area bathed in natural light. Terracotta tiles dominate the bedroom and bathroom and meet the white walls of the living room along a sharp line. Related: Daniel Libeskind unveils design for geometric recreational attraction in Lithuania These contrasting...

Chiles solar price hits record global low - at half the price of coal

Aug 22, 2016: For the first time, the price of solar power in Chile hit a record low of $29.10 per megawatt hour (MWh) in an energy auction. Spanish developer Solarpack Corp Tecnologica http://www.solarpack.es/cas/index.aspx won the contracts, which mark a record low price for solar power on a global scale, and a rate almost half the price of coal power at the same auction. With solar technology becoming ever more affordable, places with abundant sunshine will likely see contract prices continue to fall, leading...

Centuries-old stable is converted into a self-sustaining dream home

Aug 22, 2016: Perched on a mountain in the north of Ibiza, the white modern home retains traces of the original stable including the ‘sabina beams’ and ancient stonewalls. Since the stable was seriously deteriorated, the architects could only salvage the walls and parts of the roof. To respect the local vernacular, only materials with a history of use on the island were added to the redesign, such as the iroko window frames and white chalk-plastered stonewalls. Related: Old horse stable transformed...

Climate change could be driving U.S. tornadoes southeast

Aug 22, 2016: Modern weather has become more unpredictable as global temperatures and sea levels rise, and it turns out tornado activity is no different. New research is showing that U.S. tornadoes have been shifting southeast over the last few decades, out of the aptly named Tornado Alley. This phenomenon leaves scientists wondering if climate change could be to blame. A recent study in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology detailed the findings of following twisters over a period of 60...

Enercon investigating turbine 'incident' in Canada

Aug 22, 2016: CANADA: Enercon has dispatched a team to investigate an incident at the 23.4MW Point Tupper project in Nova Scotia, where a turbine has reportedly collapsed.

Zika outbreak declared in Miami Beach

Aug 22, 2016: An outbreak of the Zika virus has been identified in a section of Miami Beach, Florida after five people were determined to have been infected. Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) stated on Friday that…

Sempra awards 100MW deal to Vestas

Aug 22, 2016: UNITED STATES: Vestas has won a 100MW supply deal from developer Sempra US Gas and Power to provide turbines to a project in Michigan, northern US.

Australian Islamic Centers lantern-like skylights flood worship space with multi-hued light

Aug 22, 2016: Australian architect Glenn Murcutt released the first images of his latest creation, the Australian Islamic Centre in Melbourne, which features an unusual rooftop covered in lantern-like skylights. Murcutt, the 2002 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, worked on the building’s design for more than a decade in collaboration with architect Hakan Elevli of the Melbourne-based firm Elevli Plus. Once the building is completed later this year, it will serve double-duty as a mosque and community...

How to make edible LEGO jello shot minifigs for your next summer soiree

Aug 22, 2016: vegetarian lego, agar agar, agar agar shots, vegan jello, vegan jello shots, vegetarian jello, jello lego, vegan lego pieces, edible lego pieces, edible legos, alcoholic jello, jello shot recipe, vegan snacks, vegan party foods, yuka yoneda…

This ultra-compact micro kitchen unfolds like a Swiss Army knife when it's time to cook (VIDEO)

Aug 22, 2016: Ana Arana International Contemporary Furniture Fair during NYCxDesign week, Small apartment? No worries with #anaarana's Gali kitchenette all-in-one with everything you need to store, prep and cook food in a super-compact form. #icff #nycxdesign #interiordesign #nyc #design A video posted by Yuka (@yukatory) on May 14, 2016 at 11:21am PDT stove, microwave, trash can, storage, a countertop, a sink I live alone in a very small apaartmnet but my kitchen is huge, and I'm always thinking...

Germany is building world's largest passive housing complex with 162 green units

Aug 21, 2016: Related: Belgium's largest passive office building breaks ground in Brussels…

DIY: Learn How to Build a Portable Shopping Cart That Attaches to Your Bike

Aug 21, 2016: Berto Aussems got tired of balancing his grocery bags on his bike's handlebars, so he designed this clever eco shopper that can attach to the back of a bike. Versatile, easy to use and transport, the wheels of the cart can be folded down to bring it to standing…

Indian man creates a free school under a bridge to educate New Delhis poorest children

Aug 21, 2016: Indian grocery store-owner Rajesh Kumar Sharma has an unusual but inspiring side gig—providing free lessons for hundreds of New Delhi’s poorest children in an open-air school beneath a Metro bridge. Sharma, whose philanthropic story went viral on the Internet in 2012, founded the “Free School: Under the Bridge” where he teaches basic Hindi and English. Volunteer teachers Laxmi Chandra and Shyam Mehto who teach mathematics assist him. As many as 200 students attend the free school on a regular...

Zika virus can remain in sperm for twice as long as previously thought

Aug 20, 2016: The Zika virus was found in the sperm of a man six months after he originally showed symptoms from the infection - twice as long as was previously thought. Previous cases reported that traces of Zika could last up to three months, but this case demonstrated the possibility that the virus was actually able to replicate and reproduce itself inside the male genital tract. The Italian man, who believes he contracted the virus during a trip to Haiti, had traces of Zika in his semen, urine, and saliva...

Artist Berndnaut Smilde creates amazing indoor clouds

Aug 20, 2016: It's looking rather cloudy inside. That's because Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has the ability to create small, fluffy clouds indoors. He creates luminous masses of vapor that slowly float through rooms and hallways of buildings, transforming them into surreal,…

World's leading sea ice expert warns the "Arctic death spiral" will make global warming even worse

Aug 20, 2016: The terrifyingly ominous phrase “Arctic death spiral” refers to the chart that measures the continual melt laying waste to the ice in the Arctic Circle over the last 30 years. Climate scientists have issued repeated warnings that the Arctic death spiral is the Earth’s “canary in a coalmine,” and that greenhouse gas emissions must be curbed in order to fend off certain destruction. As time passes and global temperatures continue to rise, many conservationists are arguing that the point of...

Airbus to build flying autonomous taxis that soar over traffic

Aug 19, 2016: If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in traffic, wishing you could just fly above the chaos, you might soon get your wish.  Aeronautics giant Airbus has announced a new plan, dubbed “Project Vahana,” that would create a fleet of on-demand autonomous drones to carry passengers through the skies. And if that doesn’t sound crazy enough, the company says it could begin testing as soon as 2017. Much like Uber, passengers would use an app to book passage on the craft, and then travel...

Beautiful timber office sequesters carbon in Austria

Aug 19, 2016: Located in Mödling, Austria, 52 Cubic Wood is mostly clad in vertical strips of timber carefully crafted and joined together. In addition to its beautiful appearance, timber was chosen over concrete and steel because of its advantage as a "carbon sink" thanks to trees' absorption of carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. That carbon is not released until the timber decomposes or is burnt. Aside from the timber cladding, a mirrored facade partially covers the ground level. The angled mirrors...

New Shanghai pavilion looks like a cloud sandwiched between two horizontal planes

Aug 19, 2016: This ethereal pavilion located the banks of the HuangPu River in Shanghai references the original temporary structure built in on the site 2013 using 20,000 white ropes. Schmidt Hammer Lassen redesigned the pavilion as a permanent space for exhibitions and events that maintains the cloud-like appearance of the 2013 structure. The new pavilion looks like a space created by extruding the outline of a cloud. Its curved glass envelope references the way clouds are depicted in traditional Chinese prints...

Historic Belgian farmhouse renovated into a modern solar-powered home

Aug 19, 2016: The architects preserved the brick from the original farmhouse, where it can be seen in both the facade and interior, however the two stepped additions are clad in timber for a contemporary touch. "Old and new work remain visible,” said architect Tom Vanhee, according to Dezeen. "The new volumes are clad in wood, and the old brick exterior can be seen inside the entrance.” The original building and the extensions are united under a pre-weathered zinc roof. The original brick structure...

Diamond-shaped Casa Forest house in Switzerland makes the most of a wooded lot

Aug 19, 2016: This diamond-shaped house in Switzerland is a cozy home for a family of nature enthusiasts. Dubbed "Casa Forest", the building has a faceted form that provides different views of the surrounding forest near Basel. Its designers, architecture firm studio Daluz Gonzalez Architekten wrapped the house in dark, mottled ceramic panels that help the building blend with its surroundings. The house features a double-height central space that connects the ground floor dining area and kitchen with a lounge...