The top 5 Inhabitat videos of the year

December 31, 2016 by  
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From foraging for mushrooms (and avoiding the poisonous ones) to eating your banana peels instead of throwing them away and touring NYC’s first micro apartment buildings , we had loads of fun bringing you all sorts of videos this year. Check out our top 5 videos of the year below and vote for your favorite. [poll id=118]

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Look like trees have their own living Internet

April 15, 2016 by  
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Back in 1999, scientists at Switzerland’s University of Basel began an experiment to see how trees would handle the large amounts of carbon dioxide we’re releasing into the air. In so doing, they stumbled onto the unexpected discovery that trees exchange carbon with one another, even when they’re not directly connected. This “ wood-wide web ” could totally alter the way we understand forest interactions. Read the rest of Look like trees have their own living Internet

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The mysterious phenomenon of “hair ice” finally solved by scientists

August 13, 2015 by  
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For nearly a century, scientists have been baffled by the phenomenon known as hair ice – hair-like ice formations found in the forest during certain times of the year. Now, scientists have discovered that the answer to the mystery may be found in the humble fungus. Though most of us don’t realize it, fungi are pretty incredible organisms. The majority of carbon sequestration in northern forests is facilitated by fungi , clean-burning biofuel can be created by fungi, and fungi can be used to remove toxins such as BPA out of the environment.  Not impressed? Fungi also play an essential role in building the environment, as scientists recently determined after finding that the beautiful and rare “hair ice” are the handy work of fungi. Read the rest of The mysterious phenomenon of “hair ice” finally solved by scientists

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The world’s oldest polychrome book was so fragile nobody could open it – until now

August 13, 2015 by  
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Stunning modular Open/Private Apartment in Poland boasts a mini cinema

August 13, 2015 by  
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Surprising Photos Reveal the Enchanting World of Fungi

May 20, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Surprising Photos Reveal the Enchanting World of Fungi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Botanical , eco-photographer , fungi , fungi species around the world , magic mushrooms , mushroom photos , mushrooms , Photography , photos of fungi , Steve Axford

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Watch This Cheeky Video of the California State Bear’s Energy Saving Tips

May 20, 2014 by  
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The California State Bear has left his usual spot on the flag to teach us how to conserve our energy, water, and other precious resources in this new video . A recent national study says the effects of climate change are already being felt throughout the nation, and California specifically is a prime example as the state faces a near-record drought and a hotter-than-expected summer. In the video, the California State Bear demonstrates some of the energy-saving techniques he’s learned from  EnergyUpgradeCA.org ; tips we can all learn from and integrate into our daily lives. With the looming deadline to meet energy goals, we can all do our part to try and fight climate change today and protect the state for generations to come. WATCH THE VIDEO > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bear video , California , California Bear , california bear video , california energy saving , California State , California State Bear , conservation , Drought , eco bear , energy bear , energy bear radio , energy conservation , energy saving , environmental conservation

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Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes

October 1, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In another awesome project inspired by nature , scientists developed a new type of nano coating that makes a surface stay wet or keep it completely dry, and it never needs to be cleaned. Researchers at the University of Sydney created this newly discovered material by using raspberry-shaped nanoparticles that mimic the surface structure of a rose. Depending on the arrangement of these bundled particles, the surface can either repel water or soak it up like a sponge, and one of its many applications includes using it in airplanes to keep airborne viruses at bay. Read the rest of Rose-Like Nano Coating Could Keep Airborne Viruses Out of Planes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airplane , biomimicry , dirt repelant , does not need to be cleaned , fungi , medical technology , Medicine , microscopic , miniature , mold , nanoparticles , News , operation , rain , reduce mold in bathroom , repels water , research , School of Chemistry , science , stain resistant , stainless , surgery , things inspired by nature , University of Sidney , water resistant , waterproof        

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Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London

October 1, 2013 by  
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British designer Jess Shaw enjoys making imaginative, emotional lighting from all sorts of unusual materials. On past designs she has included goose and cock feathers, wire and rubber, in addition to a suite of other decontextualized materials. Her latest design, Lily Light, is a gorgeous chandelier made from bloomed willow that brings the countryside into any room. Read the rest of Gorgeous Lily Light Made with Bloomed Willow Shines at Tent London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biodegradable light , Botanical , eco-friendly chandelier , green home decor , green lighting , green materials , Jess Shaw , Lily Light , recycling / compost , willow lamp        

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Fungus Can Make a Cheap Violin Sing Like a Stradivarius

September 11, 2012 by  
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photo via Shutterstock Normally, finding mold on your instrument would make any violinist panic. Fungus needs heat and moisture to grow, both of which are deadly to the delicate woods used to make stringed instruments. But according to new research from Switzerland, fungus could be the secret to making a ho-hum violin indistinguishable from a Stradivarius – one of the most highly prized violins in the world. Read the rest of Fungus Can Make a Cheap Violin Sing Like a Stradivarius Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fungi , fungus , mold , musical instruments , stradiavarius , violin making , Wood

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