Video: Michael Phelps’ Water-Saving Tips

September 2, 2017 by  
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As a successful swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps knows a thing or two about water — including how to save it. He’s teamed up with Colgate for their “Save Water” campaign, and his tips don’t…

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These tenacious bees create sturdy nests by carving out standstone

September 14, 2016 by  
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Bee populations have suffered in recent years , but one tenacious species thrives in a harsh environment: the deserts of the American Southwest . An entomologist from Utah State University (USU) found not only does this new bee species build nests in sandstone , they actually prefer to construct homes there, and their curious habit helps them survive. Almost 40 years ago, USDA-ARS entomologist Frank Parker found bees living in sandstone at two places in the San Rafael Desert in Utah . Although he researched the unusual bees, his work was set aside for many years until USU doctoral student Michael Orr began to once again research the insects . Orr found nests made by the “uncommon” and “hard-to-find” bees in five other locations in southern Utah, Death Valley in California, and at the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde in Colorado. Related: Australian beekeepers celebrate rare flowering of trees that are a magnet for bees The new species, called Anthophora pueblo , “actually prefers nesting in sandstone,” according to Orr. He’s the lead author on a paper published this week in Current Biology . Though now retired, Parker is also credited on the paper. Orr said, “The desert is a hard place to live. Anthophora pueblo has pioneered a suitable niche between a rock and a hard place.” Sturdy sandstone offers the bees protection. Orr says sometimes bees stay inside the sandstone nests as a way to cope with drought when flora is limited. Built high into the rock, the bee nests also offer safety from flash floods or erosion. There’s even less chance of microbes that threaten bees coming to the sandstone nests. Since sandstone doesn’t have as much organic matter as some habitats, most microbes growing in the rock make food for themselves, and so aren’t as likely to invade the bees’ home. Via Phys.org Images via Michael Orr, Utah State University

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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat talks with NYC’s 911 Memorial designer Michael Arad

September 10, 2015 by  
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No other event stands out in America’s recent collective memory as clearly as the attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. This one event changed us, and the world, forever. To memorialize such trauma requires a tremendous sensitivity, skill and humility. A healthy dose of courage is necessary too, particularly given how polarizing the 9-11 memorial project has been from the very start. Architect Michael Arad’s design for the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan was chosen out of 5,200 submissions, and officially opened at Ground Zero in downtown New York City, on the 10 year anniversary of that horrific day. We had the great privilege to chat with Michael Arad about his iconic design for the 9-11 Memorial in NYC and his architectural work in general. Read on for an insightful discussion about one of the most important memorials in United States history. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Inhabitat talks with NYC’s 911 Memorial designer Michael Arad

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Scientists preparing to “awaken” a second 30,000-year-old Frankenvirus from Siberia

September 10, 2015 by  
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What you’re about to read may sound like the plot of an upcoming science fiction thriller, but we assure you, it’s all real. Scientists are preparing to bring a 30,000-year-old giant virus back to life , after it was unearthed from the frozen wastelands of Siberia. The bug in question, called Mollivirus sibericum, is the fourth type of prehistoric virus found since 2003 and researchers hope that reanimating the virus will help us learn about what’s in store as the permafrost melts.  French researchers are currently investigating whether it could pose a potential harm to humans or animals before they revive the so-called Frankenvirus. Read the rest of Scientists preparing to “awaken” a second 30,000-year-old Frankenvirus from Siberia

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Wood Innovation Design Center rises as world’s largest timber office building

May 27, 2015 by  
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EXCLUSIVE PICS: Shipping Container Home Pops Up in NY

August 24, 2014 by  
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A Flying Car that Takes You Sightseeing: Is This the Future of Transportation?

June 20, 2014 by  
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Michael Jantzen’s Seed-Sowing Machines Plant Flowers in Response to Environmental Destruction

April 22, 2013 by  
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Artist  Michael Jantzen  has released designs for a solar-powered seed-sowing machine that would plant flowers in response to evidence of environmental destruction. Placed in various locations around the world, these structures would detect signs of pollution and automatically release small quantities of flower seeds onto the ground below. The result is a paradox: the more flowers blooming around one of the apparatuses, the worse the environmental degradation in the surrounding area. Read the rest of Michael Jantzen’s Seed-Sowing Machines Plant Flowers in Response to Environmental Destruction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , American artist , Art , eco-friendly art , environmental art , environmental degradation , environmental destruction , green design , green solar design , michael jantzen , renewable energy , Solar Power , Solar-powered Eco-Seed Sowing Machines        

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Let’s save ‘endangered technical species’

April 15, 2013 by  
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An exclusive excerpt from the new book by Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart.

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April 15, 2013 by  
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