Sander Bakker’s Leaf-like Blom Unfolds into a Stunning Lamp

January 2, 2014 by  
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Dutch designer Sander Bakker is releasing his second design for California-based makers SplinterSeed . The shape of the Blom table lamp relies on the subtle interaction between its leaf-like parts—much like the way a flower is formed by its petals. It also incorporates a classic switch design by Italian design legend Achille Castiglioni. + SplinterSeed 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “flat pack” , blom lamp , eco design , eco lamp , green lamp , green lighting , Sander Bakker        

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Explore the Elemental LED Design Center – Your Online Resource for the Latest in Energy Efficient Lighting

June 13, 2013 by  
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Are you an eco-conscious architect, designer or lighting professional looking to stay up to date on the latest innovations coming off the energy-efficient lighting front? We’ve teamed up with  Elemental LED  to provide designers with the ultimate resource for all things LED by creating the  Elemental LED Design Center , a one-stop destination for green lighting carefully curated by leading industry professionals. Here you can learn about everything from  how to choose an LED vendor  to retrofitting or creating new constructions with  energy efficient LED lights and systems . You’ll even find  plenty of inventive ideas  that showcase new and unexpected ways to use LEDs to interior spaces. Check out the  Elemental LED Design Center  today and start creating your own new and beautiful LED lighting designs!   CHECK OUT THE DESIGN CENTER HERE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “lighting design” , and led lighting design competition , design a lamp , Design Competition , design resources , eco design contest , eco lamp , elemental design center , elemental LED , elemental led lighting design , elemental led store , green design competition , green lamp , industrial design competition , inhabitat competition , inhabitat contest , interior lighting resources , lamp design , lamp design contest , learn about lighting design , LED bulb , led lamp design , led light design , Lighten Up , Lighten Up! An LED Lighting Design Competition , lighting contest , lighting design center , lighting design competition , lighting design contest , lighting design resources , lighting resources , product design competition , win this        

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Nir Meiri’s Marine Light is Made from Dried Seaweed

May 10, 2013 by  
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State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints

May 10, 2013 by  
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It has only been a couple of days since the Liberator 3D-printed gun was successfully fired in Texas by Defense Distributed . But after the gun was downloaded over 100,000 times in just two days, the State Department told founder Cody Wilson to take down the blueprints from the company’s servers immediately. The sheer number of downloads is not what is causing concern for the federal government – they are concerned as to who is doing the downloading. The web-based plans are subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations that do not allow the “export [of] any defense article or technical data for which a license or written approval is required without first obtaining the required authorization from the DDTC (Directorate of Defense Trade Controls).” Read the rest of State Department Steps in to Block Access to 3D-Printed Liberator Gun Blueprints Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D-printed gun , blueprints , Brazil , California , Chuck Schumer , Cody Wilson , ddtc , Defense Distributed , directorate of defense trade controls , download , germany , international traffic in arms regulations , leland yee , liberator gun , mega , New York. , server , Spain , steve israel , texas , UK , US , us state department        

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Solar Power Trees Sprout at Nation’s First Net-Positive Leased Public School

May 10, 2013 by  
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Fabio Servolo’s Drip LED Lamp Subtly Urges Users to Save Electricity

May 6, 2013 by  
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The Drip LED Lamp designed by Italian designer Fabio Servolo is cleverly shaped as a tap and a faucet. Rather than being switched on, it is turned on exactly like a tap – by rotating the handle. The design draws a connection between the precious resources of water and energy , encouraging users to conserve energy rather than letting it ‘go down the drain.’ Read the rest of Fabio Servolo’s Drip LED Lamp Subtly Urges Users to Save Electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Conserve Electricity , Drip Lamp , Fabio Servolo , Faucet Lamp , green lamp , italian design , LED , Power Conservation , Recycled Materials , Spreading Awareness        

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Wake Forest Develops Revolutionary New FIPEL Light-Emitting Polymer Lamp

December 26, 2012 by  
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Researchers at Wake Forest University recently developed a revolutionary new type of light bulb ! Forget the days of fragile glass and toxic mercury – these amazing new bulbs use nanotechnology to create a moldable light-emitting polymer. According to the developers, this new technology utilizes field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology to create a soft white full spectrum light that theoretically could last a decade. They’ve already partnered with a manufacturer and the product is set to hit the shelves sometime next year. + Wake Forest University Via Tech Hive 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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California Pot Growers are Decimating the Local Environment Warn Scientists

December 26, 2012 by  
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The California pot business is booming, which is great news for marijuana advocates. The bad news is that the boom, like other booms in the past, is decimating the California environment . Pot growers have illegally cut down trees, graded mountains, dumped fertilizer, spread poisons and pesticides and have diverted or used up local water resources in their attempts to keep up with the burgeoning pot industry. Read the rest of California Pot Growers are Decimating the Local Environment Warn Scientists Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California environmental impact , California marijuana , California pot growers , California pot impact , Eel River Salmon , environmental destruction farming , Eureka California pot , Marijuana environmental impact , Northern California environment , Pacific fisher

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Schneid Enlightment’s Beautiful Lamps Are Made from Locally Sourced Wood

November 15, 2012 by  
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German lighting maker  Schneid Enlightment set out to produce a line of lamps that produce warm, indirect light for living rooms. The company’s gorgeous pendant lamps achieve that, and they’re made from sustainably-sourced poplar, ash or oak wood. The materiality and shape of the lamps is very organic, and yet they have a highly graphic symmetry. The lamps are made entirely from wood, and they are suspended from a white fabric cable. For more information, visit Schneid Enlightment’s website . + Schneid Enlightment 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “lighting design” , german lamps , germany , green lamp , green lighting , green lighting design , Niklas Jessen , pendant lamp , poplar lamp , poplar wood , Schneid Enlightment , wood lamp , wooden lamp

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BP to Pay $4.5 Billion in Damages for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

November 15, 2012 by  
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Two years after the horrific Deepwater Horizon explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the verdict is in for oil giant BP . The company has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in penalties and it pled guilty for felony counts of misconduct. A full $1.256 billion of the total fine will be levied towards criminal punishment – one of the largest monetary disciplines in U.S history. After years of litigation, BP finally faces retribution for the April 2010′s Deepwater Horizon debacle. The rig’s catastrophic failure killed 11 workers and spewed over 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf, eclipsing the 1989 Exxon Valdez’s Alaskan spill as the worst environmental disaster the nation has ever seen. Today, BP said that it would plead guilty to 11 felony charges related to employee deaths as well as two misdemeanors for the obstruction of Congress. The company will pay $4.5 billion in damages, with the possibility of more to come with the number of environmental and grievance claims sought by private plaintiffs and Gulf Coast communities. Their deal also includes a payment to the US Securities and Exchange Commission as well as the National Academy of Sciences and The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. To fund the cleanup, BP has already sold $35 billion worth of assets with an additional $12 billion reserved for legal actions and claims. An un-capped class action settlement with over 100,000 private individuals could potentially cost BP an additional $7.8 billion. Despite the news, U.S shares gained 0.3 per cent today while UK rates remained flat. Market analysts say that the settlement plea deal will remove a significant amount of liability, allowing BP to once again function as a business without the shadow of pending sanctions. “Of course you never like to see value moving out of the company, but it’s good news if this will allow them to be an oil company again,” said Jason Gammel, an energy analyst at Macquarie in London to Reuters. Going forward, the penalties will almost certainly spark a debate in Congress as to how the money should be divided amongst Gulf Coast states. Last year, Congress passed a law that promised 80 per cent of all fines to be distributed to Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas under the Clean Water Act . The payments will be doled out by BP over the next six years. BP has acquiesced to five years probation and the oversight of two monitors for process safety and ethics. Future trials in 2013 initiated by the Justice Department in August may potentially increase civil damages to $21 billion if they are found guilty of further gross negligence under the Clean Water Act. It’s still unclear how much fault lies with Swiss company Transocean Ltd (the owner of the Deepwater Horizon) and Halliburton , who provided the faulty cement work on the Macondo well. Transocean is currently in discussion with the Justice Department to pay $1.5 billion in damages. Since the spill, BP has gone from the second largest Western oil producer to the fourth. Via Reuters Images via NASA and United  States Coast Guard

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