FABRIC Unveils Mesmerizing Wooden Zoetrope Pavilion in Copenhagen

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Apple Brings Manufacturing Back to America with New Solar-Powered Plant in Arizona

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Apple has faced a lot criticism for failing to monitor its manufacturing partners’ questionable work safety standards, but it looks like the company is trying to turn a new leaf. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced that the iPad and iPhone designer is opening a new manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona that will be entirely powered with renewable energy.

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14 Delightfully Tiny Hobbit Homes

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Hobbit homes aren’t just for Middle Earthlings anymore. Regular humans can now own their very own cozy Hobbit Holes made to order by Wooden Wonders, a Maine-based company. Click here to take a tour through some of their most popular styles – from the adorable Little Merry to the grass-topped Woodshire.

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Frank Gehry to Design Facebook's London and Dublin Headquarters

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Facebook’s new headquarters for London and Dublin will receive the same treatment as the company’s Silicon Valley campus with designs by starchitect Frank Gehry. The London office will take over three floors of a preexisting office space in Regents Park, giving Gehry the opportunity to redesign a renovation, while Facebook’s Dublin office will be built from scratch in iconic Gehry style – both inside and out.

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'Desert Cascades' Solar-Powered Waterfall Flows in the Desert

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Does the image of cool, cascading waterfalls flowing in a dry desert sound like an unimaginable mirage? Artist and UNESCO-IHE Cultural Ambassador Ap Verheggen says that thanks to recent technological developments, that desert oasis may be closer to reality than we think. A conceptual art project, Desert Cascades explores how solar energy could power an autonomous waterfall in one of earth’s most uninhabitable environments.

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The Climate Change Tipping Point is Shockingly Close for Cities Around the World

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A group of researchers at the University of Hawaii has done the math to figure out how soon cities around the world will begin to feel the effects of major climate change – and their findings may shock you. The closest tipping point will affect Manokwari, the capitol of West Papua, Indonesia, where temperatures are expected to skyrocket by 2020 – just a few short years away. Jakarta and Lago aren’t far behind, and Mexico City will feel the heat by 2031 followed by Bogota, Cairo, Bagdad, and Nairobi in 2036.

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HOW TO: Prepare Healing Teas from Winter Trees

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People have been using plants for both food and medicine for thousands of years, and most of us are probably quite familiar with several healing teas or infusions. Have you ever made peppermint tea to soothe an upset belly? Or steeped a cup of chamomile to calm jangled nerves and hopefully help you sleep? These are just a couple of plants that we have turned to for both help and mere enjoyment over the years, but many people don’t realize that certain trees can also be used to make beneficial drinks, especially over the colder months.

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Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Wind Turbines

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How can we generate more power from renewable sources without using massive plots of land for solar and wind farms? Go fly a kite. According to David Olinger, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), tethered underwater kites could be used to generate large amounts of electricity by harnessing the power of ocean waves and currents. Olinger recently received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop this technology, and work is scheduled to begin in January.

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Old-Fashioned Steam Engines Could Solve Solar Energy Storage Problem

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Australian engineers might have solved one of the biggest obstacles to scaling up solar energy — the lack of affordable storage technology that allows solar to be used at peak demand after the sun goes down. Their California-based startup Terrajoule is applying an older technology, namely steam engines, to build a storage system that could lower the cost to under $100 per kWh, which is less than 20 percent of what it costs for current battery storage systems. This new system will also last longer (it has a 25 year lifecycle), thereby eliminating use of the toxic and rare materials contained in batteries.

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Billionaire Closes Off Access to One of California's Best Public Beaches

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When wealthy venture capitalist Vinod Khosla shut down public access to Martin’s Beach–one of California’s “hidden jewels”–he incurred the wrath of the local community. For well over a century, the surfers, fishermen, and picnicking families enjoyed access to Martin’s Beach via a private toll road; however, Khosla has blocked that road, thereby shutting the public out from the public beach. Despite protests, a San Mateo County judge recently ruled in favor of the rich billionaire’s right to lock out the local community.

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X-Men's Hugh Jackman Funds Global Education With New Laughing Man Coffee

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Hugh Jackman’s Laughing Man coffee not only provides a stellar cup of good joe, but also supports struggling communities around the world. Founded in 2011 with his partner David Steingard, Laughing Man Coffee is part of Laughing Man Worldwide, a charitable organization that distributes 100 percent of their revenue to fund education, community development and new businesses in developing countries. Laughing Man’s line of coffees, teas and accessories are sold in their New York outpost and online, so coffee lovers everywhere can give back while drinking their morning brew.

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Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

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In 2013 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources conducted a survey on 70,294 species of animals around the world – and they found that over 30% of them fall into a threatened category. SuperScholar just launched a new infographic that shows the results of this alarming study and explores the factors threatening to wipe out three species in particular – rhinos, elephants, and lions. Check out the full infographic after the jump!

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Ken Rinaldo's Cascading Garden Uses Vermiponics for Growing Veggies Vertically

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Ken Rinaldo, artist and professor at Ohio State University‘s Knowlton School of Architecture, recently brought his innovative “Cascading Garden” research project to Russia. The living installation uses vermiponics (live worms and their waste) to fertilize vegetables, and features custom vertical grow bags that Rinaldo developed for use both indoors and outdoors and in wet and dry environments. Each bag can be planted with a variety of plants, such as kale, lettuce, cabbage and other local vegetables for easy to harvest edibles just about anywhere.

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Build Your Own Origami City with Paper Punk’s New URBAN FOLD Box Set

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We’ve featured Paper Punk‘s awesome 3D paper building blocks in the past – and they just launched a new set on Kickstarter that lets you build your own origami city! URBAN FOLD contains over 700 pieces that can be connected together to create soaring skyscrapers, urban forests, and other city sights. Check out the Kickstarter and donate today to pick up a set of your own.

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New Green School to Open in New York City’s East Village

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Relief is on the way for downtown Manhattan parents who are worried about increasingly overcrowded classrooms and teach-to-the-test mentality. The New Amsterdam School, lower Manhattan’s first Waldorf grade school, is currently accepting students to learn in a newly renovated, green space. Find out more about this exciting new alternative learning environment and how you and your child can experience it here.

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New Green Grade School To Open in East Village - Will Be Downtown Manhattan’s First Waldorf School

New Green Grade School To Open in East Village - Will Be Downtown…

For New York City families with preschool-aged children, nothing strikes fear into the heart quite so much as the search for a decent school for your child, and this frantic search…

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UK Households Trash 96 Million Chickens Each Year

UK Households Trash 96 Million Chickens Each Year

Photo of factory chickens via Shutterstock A study by the UK government's waste advisory body the Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap) reveals that UK households throw away…

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi's Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi's Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament…

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Solar-Powered Rooftop Home to Be Raised Atop CCNY's Spitzer School of Architecture

Solar-Powered Rooftop Home to Be Raised Atop CCNY's Spitzer School of…

The Solar Roofpod is an 800-square-foot, modular one-story structure built with sustainable materials. CCNY students designed the building to take advantage of underutilized rooftops…

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