Get away from it all in gorgeous solar-powered glamping tents in Australia

May 29, 2018 by  
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Those wanting to go way off grid to get away from the hustle and bustle can find respite in the unbelievably idyllic setting of Australia’s Sierra Escape . Tucked into the rolling hills of the Mudgee countryside, the eco-friendly lodge just unveiled two new solar-powered glamping tents  that include extra large windows, guaranteeing spectacular panoramic views of sunrises, sunsets and starry nights. Of course, if you’d prefer, you can also “soak in” the stunning scenery from the large outdoor bathtubs. Located just northwest of Sydney, the Mudgee countryside is known for its immense natural beauty, as well as its award-winning wineries. Surrounded by rolling hills, the Sierra Escape lodge offers a perfect off-grid experience. Along with enjoying the peace and quiet that surrounds the property, guests can also enjoy some of the region’s delicious wines. Related: Rainforest Retreat is a nature lover’s escape with minimal building impact Guests at the Sierra Escape eco lodge can choose from two tents located discreetly, even from each other, to offer the utmost privacy. Both tents run completely on solar power and have enough energy to charge phones and power a small fridge, indoor and outdoor lighting, a small gas cook-top and the tents’ gas hot water systems. The Duliti tent (meaning ‘together’ in the local Aboriginal dialect) sleeps up to seven guests and is designed to help families and friends bond over the area’s incredible beauty. The family-sized tent comes with a total of five beds. A designer kitchen is perfect for enjoying large, family-style meals in the indoor or outdoor dining spaces. Inside, there is a wood-burning fireplace for chilly nights. There is also a fire pit to throw a few shrimps on the barbie if the mood strikes. Those looking for a more secluded romantic getaway can enjoy the Uralla tent (meaning ‘home on the hill’). The tent, also equipped with an abundance of extra large windows, brings even more luxury and comfort to the glamping experience . There is a designer kitchen, king-sized bed, fireplace and outdoor freestanding tub to enjoy spectacular views while soaking in a warm bath. According to the owners, the lodge has plans to add a few more features in the future. For starters, they are hoping to build a swimming pool out of a shipping container . The area will be used as a common social space, and include space for barbecues, yoga, wine tastings and more. + Sierra Escape Images via Sierra Escape

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We could avoid 3.3 million cases of dengue fever each year if we limit global warming

May 29, 2018 by  
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Climate change: it’s not just about rising oceans. According to new research from the  University of East Anglia (UEA), action on climate change could help avoid millions of cases of dengue fever . If we limited global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius — a Paris Agreement target — we might be able to avoid around 3.3 million cases annually of the tropical disease  in the Caribbean and Latin America alone. There are around 54 million cases of dengue fever, caused by a mosquito -spread virus, in the Caribbean and Latin America every year, and approximately 390 million people are infected worldwide. But by around 2050, in a 3.7 degrees Celsius warming scenario, this number could increase by 7.5 million additional cases a year. While dengue fever is only fatal in rare cases, a specific treatment does not exist, and symptoms include headaches, muscle and joint pain, and fever. Related: Climate change could reverse all reductions in child mortality over the last 25 years But if we take action against global warming , we might be able to prevent millions of cases, according to UEA’s research, which drew on computer models and clinical and laboratory-confirmed reports of dengue fever in Latin America. Keeping warming to two degrees Celsius could lower cases by as many as 2.8 million per year by 2100, and keeping warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could see an extra drop of half a million cases a year. Lead researcher Felipe Colón-González of UEA said, “While it is recognized that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would have benefits for human health , the magnitude of these benefits remains mostly unquantified. This is the first study to show that reductions in warming from two degrees Celsius to 1.5 degrees Celsius could have important health benefits.” Co-author Carlos Peres of UEA said, “Our economic projections of the regional health costs of climate change show that developing nations will bear the brunt of expanding arbovirus infections, so a preventative strategy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions sooner rather than later is the most cost-effective policy.” The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published the research this week; researchers from Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso in Brazil contributed. + University of East Anglia Image via Depositphotos

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Zencube is state-of-the-art LED salt lamp that helps you breathe easier

June 17, 2016 by  
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Zencube is a brand new take on the Himalayan salt lamp. Known for a multitude of health benefits, salt lamps are the perfect antidote to all the unseen negative effects of technology around us, helping us breathe easier and sleep better. Zencube contains the natural air purification of traditional salt lamps nested within a sleek, modern design. The all-in-one system connects to an app and changes colors to reflect your mood, with the option to add essential oils to its membrane. Its LED bulb uses 90% less energy than a halogen bulb, while providing soft, ambient mood lighting all day. Zencube’s Apple-reminiscent design also will not melt or get sticky like traditional salt lamps — something we can all say Om to. + Zencube

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LUX3 is a color-changing wooden lamp that boosts your mood and health

March 24, 2016 by  
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LUX3 is a wooden designer lamp, in the form of a light emitting cube, that transmits well-being via colored light or through the use of water enriched by color energy. An easily understood app allows you to interact with LUX3 and gives you all the information you need to use it. Uniting craftsmanship with the latest technical innovations, each LUX3 is completely handmade in Italy and lets you choose your light color to compliment your mood or to work in harmony with your circadian rhythms . + LUX3 on Kickstarter 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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A gigantic tree lives inside this gorgeous glass house in the mountains of Kazakhstan

March 24, 2016 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: How to boost your mood with the right home decoration

September 15, 2015 by  
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Whether you realize it or not, the style of your home can have a massive impact on your mood . So how do we create the kind of positive surrounding that can help us feel uplifted and happier? When in doubt, look to science for the answer. For instance, science has discovered that the wrong pillows can make you feel on edge, and too much clutter can actually cause you to make bad decisions. The following infographic gives you 5 scientifically-proven decorating tips to create a space that will leave you feeling calm, happy and at ease. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to boost your mood with the right home decoration

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CREE reimagines fluorescent office lighting that dims to take advantage of natural light

May 8, 2015 by  
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Designed for today’s modern office, CREE Lighting ’s new LN suspended luminaire is an update of the typical inter-office fluorescent lighting system, replaced with long-lasting LEDs . With 105 lumens per watt, CREE’s system effectively keeps offices lit for maximum productivity, but with a modern twist. The lighting system is fully adjustable, dimming to just 5 percent to allow users to enjoy natural light, or change lighting conditions to match the mood of the day. Read the rest of CREE reimagines fluorescent office lighting that dims to take advantage of natural light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cree Lighting , eco design , Fluorescent lighting , green design , LED lights , office lighting , sustainable design

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Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

October 13, 2014 by  
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The amazing ColorUp lamp can mimic any color from a surface or physical object, allowing you to customize your lighting again and again to fit the mood or room. The giant bulb-shaped lamp, designed by PEGA Design & Engineering , takes advantage of LED lights ’ ability to illuminate in millions of colors. The innovative lamp’s base acts as a swatch sampler, reading a color from a surface that is then magically transformed into the lamp’s hue! Read the rest of Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: color changing LED , ColorUp Lamp , eco design , green design , LED lights , PEGA Design & Engineering , sustainable design

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Li Xiadong’s Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

October 13, 2014 by  
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Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards

March 11, 2014 by  
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A new crowdfunding project aims to put the power to fight colony collapse disorder in the hands of everyday people. Now, anyone can log on and download a simple design for their own internet-connected beehive . These hives do more than provide a home for local bee populations — they also give scientists new tools to monitor global bee health using specialized sensors which track geolocation, humidity, temperature, bee numbers, and even the mood of the colony. The hope is that being able to crowdsource this data will help scientists better understand why bees are declining and how to protect them. Read the rest of Open Source Beehives let Citizens Save Bees from their own Backyards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee colonies , bee decline , beehives , beekeeping , colony collapse disorder , Crowdfunding , crowdsourcing , honey bees , open source , urban beekeeping        

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