Toyota announces return of the stair-climbing iBOT wheelchair

May 24, 2016 by  
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This week Toyota revealed plans for its second generation iBOT prototype, a wheelchair so adaptable it allows people to climb stairs. The comeback is great news for people who feel limited by conventional wheelchair mobility and could usher in a whole new frontier for how balancing technologies are used to improve people’s lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBQvEJJBY-A The iBOT originally appeared on the scene in 2001, yet with the hefty price of $25,000 it was out of commission…

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5.5-million-year-old cave holds prehistoric secrets few people have ever seen

May 24, 2016 by  
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A cave in eastern Romania has a unique environment that is hostile, and potentially deadly, for humans but makes a perfect home for all sorts of prehistoric invertebrates. The Movile Cave, located a few miles from the Black Sea, was sealed for more than five million years when it was discovered in the mid-1980s and, to date, fewer than 100 people have been allowed to enter. So far—48 species of creatures have been found living in the depths of the treacherous cave, most of which do not exist anywhere…

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7 impressive homes built to resist natural disasters

May 24, 2016 by  
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http://inhabitat.com/post-earthquake-passive-solar-home-is-built-around-resilience/ http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-russian-dome-home-of-the-future-withstands-massive-snow-loads/ http://inhabitat.com/this-hamptons-beach-house-is-as-beautiful-as-it-is-weather-proof/ http://inhabitat.com/tsunami-house-by-designs-northwest-architects-stands-strong-in-the-face-of-tidal-waves/ http://inhabitat.com/this-tiny-orange-cabin-is-naturally-resistant-to-fire-water-rot-pests-and-extreme-weather/ http://inhabitat.com/build-your-own-disaster-proof-earth-home-using-materials-of-war/ Deltec’s…

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Immense drought-tolerant green roof provides valuable teaching tool in thirsty California

May 24, 2016 by  
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Designed by CO Architects, the 100,000-square-foot complex facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty members, students, and researchers. In order to break the tradition of separate research and teaching, the architects provided open, public meetings spaces with large glass surfaces allowing visual contact between labs and promoting a more open attitude towards science. Related: Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification Various sustainable…

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