At 1,066 feet above rainforest, a view of the changing Amazon

June 23, 2016 by  
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A steel structure in the Amazon, taller than the Eiffel Tower, soon will begin monitoring the atmosphere above the world’s largest tropical forest for insights into global warming.

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Spend a night in an apartment atop the Eiffel Tower

May 20, 2016 by  
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Plenty of tourists visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris every year, but not many can say they’ve made it their vacation home. Next month, four lucky contest winners will have the chance to stay in an apartment on the 300-meter tall landmark’s first floor during the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament. The competition, which opened this week, is being held by vacation rental company HomeAway , which will transform part of the tower into a temporary luxury apartment. Winners will be able to bring five friends and family members and spend one night in the Eiffel Tower , as well as the chance to dine in the tower for dinner and breakfast and appreciate the view. HomeAway will also put up the lucky winners for an extra three nights in one of the company’s Paris vacation rentals. Roundtrip airfare for the winners will be provided by Expedia. This is the first time that guests have ever been invited to sleep in the Eiffel Tower. HomeAway has hired interior designer Benoit Leleu to create and furnish the one-of-a-kind apartment. Guests will be treated to an amazing view of the city’s historic landmarks in the apartment’s lounge, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Palais, Sacre Coeur on Montmartre and the Seine River . Related: UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower There are four prizes available, and entering the competition is easy. All you need to do is give a short answer explaining what you would do if the Eiffel Tower apartment were yours for the night, along with your contact information. If you’re interested in this chance of a lifetime (and who wouldn’t be?) you can enter here . You have until the end of May to sign up for a shot at the prize, and the winners will be announced June 10th. + HomeAway Via The Big Story

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These portable triangular solar modules charge up in a jiffy

May 20, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyYbZV3aGOY The designers suggest their fast-charging Portable Solar Modules are ideal for outdoor activities – though they are admittedly vague with details since this is still a conceptual design. Charged in any place where sunlight is present, the panels are said to be capable of charging mobile phones , cameras, tablets and other electric devices. They also have a mirror panel interface which makes it easy to ascertain how much of a charge they are carrying at any given time. Related: Quantum Dot solar windows could turn any window into a power source Highly portable, the solar panels are ideal for travel. They can be attached to a backpack, or simply folded out. Their modular nature provides ample opportunity to be creative, and why not? We may as well have a good time while harnessing the sun’s infinite power, right? + Red Dot Award Via Yanko Design

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This artist turns used pen refills into miniature sculptures of world landmarks

February 12, 2016 by  
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Sreenivas M.R. had a hobby of collecting used pen refills from friends. As part of ‘Say No to Plastic’ program, which he organizes for awareness on global warming in schools and colleges, he setup used pen refill collection boxes to add to his collection. After a while, he realized that he could turn these  raw materials into incredible miniature structures, like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Tower of Pisa . His work has set a national record and was featured in the ‘India Book of Records’ in 2012 for making miniature of Taj Mahal from 700 used pen refills, but he isn’t stopping there. Sreenivas’ goal is to have covered the famous landmarks from all over the world. Right now, however, he is focusing on making miniature of houses and interior design works. He also helps in making miniature models for exhibitions and fairs. + Sreenivas M.R. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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LEGO arm lets kids customize their own prosthetics

February 12, 2016 by  
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What if you could build your own arm using  LEGO bricks? An innovative prosthetic arm that allows children to incorporate their own personalized LEGO attachments could make that dream a reality. The idea, which took home the Grand Prix award at Paris’s Netexplo digital technology summit, is known as the IKO Creative Prosthetic System. Due to its adaptability, the unique prosthetic can suit a range of preferences for shapes, colors, and accessories, bringing empowerment and creativity to children with disabilities. Read the rest of LEGO arm lets kids customize their own prosthetics

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UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower

February 24, 2015 by  
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The Eiffel Tower has just unveiled a new, sustainable facelift, and perhaps the most striking update to the famous landmark comes in the form of two of Urban Green Energy’s (UGE) vertical axis wind turbines . Installed 400ft up, within the tower’s iconic framework, the turbines are now providing 10,000kWh of green electricity each year. Read the rest of UGE’s Vertical Axis Wind Turbines now provide green power for the Eiffel Tower Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , “wind turbine” , Eiffel Tower , france , green energy , green renovation , green upgrade , landmark , Paris , renewable energy , UGE , urban green energy

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Giant Chrome T-Rex Constructed On The Banks Of The River Seine

July 17, 2013 by  
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Paris is famed for its art. After all it is home to the Louvre and works such as The Mona Lisa. But you know what the city has always lacked? A four-meter-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton . That is, until now. The life-sized chrome sculpture was recently installed on the banks of the Seine River in Paris by French artist Philippe Pasqua . Read the rest of Giant Chrome T-Rex Constructed On The Banks Of The River Seine Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Anthony Gelot , Eiffel Tower , Paris , Philippe Pasqua , sculpture , seine river , Tyrannosaurus Rex        

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Frank Lloyd Wright Student Builds Tiny Desert Dwelling That Fits Only a Bed

July 17, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Frank Lloyd Wright Student Builds Tiny Desert Dwelling That Fits Only a Bed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Broken Arrow Workshop , Dave Frazee , desert shelters , eco design , Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture , green design , Miner’s Shelter , small shelters , sustainable design , taliesin        

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Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

March 26, 2013 by  
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Newly Developed Graphene Aerogel is the World’s Lightest Material

March 26, 2013 by  
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Last year, German scientists created aerographite , which at 0.2 milligrams per cubic centimeter was dubbed the world’s lightest material . However they have now been eclipsed by a team from China’s Zhejiang University , who have created Graphene Aerogel ; a sponge-like solid material made from freeze-dried carbon and graphene oxide, which weighs just 01.6 milligrams per cubic centimeter, just twice the density of hydrogen. Read the rest of Newly Developed Graphene Aerogel is the World’s Lightest Material Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerographite , carbon , Graphene Aerogel , graphene oxide , nanocarbon , world’s lightest material , world’s lightest substance , Zhejiang University

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