Incredible eco-friendly mansion is hidden entirely underground

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Incredible subterranean mansion with a waterslide boasts some serious eco-credentials

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Rwanda’s capital city has gone completely and permanently car-free

October 5, 2015 by  
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Cities all over the world have been working hard to tackle congestion problems in their central districts. Singapore, London, and Stockholm have instituted congestion charges for cars coming into the city center, while hundreds of cities around the world are experimenting with car-free days. But one month ago, Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, declared its Central Business District a permanently car-free zone. What was once a traffic-choked stretch of roadway is now a tranquil empty space, filled only with pedestrians. Read the rest of Rwanda’s capital city has gone completely and permanently car-free

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Dutch Pigs Keep Cool with Their Own Water Slide

August 19, 2013 by  
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Most people don’t realize it, but pigs wallow in mud to keep cool . These sensitive animals don’t have sweat glands like humans, and they’re also prone to sunburn . One Dutch farmer, Erik Stegink, decided to give his pigs a state-of-the-art wallowing experience by installing a bright yellow water slide leading into his farm’s mud pit. The slide isn’t entirely unprecedented; as one Redditor noted, one Chinese pig farm encourages pigs to dive into water. Now, we just need to see a video of these pigs on the yellow slide. Via DesignTaxi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative farming , humane farming , mud bath , pig behavior , Pig Farming , pig wallowing , pigs , waterslide        

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Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050

August 19, 2013 by  
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As the sea level rises and storms become more intense due to the effects of climate change, a new study predicts that damage to coastal cities will cost $1 trillion every year by 2050. The research, which is published in the August 18 edition of the journal Nature Climate Change , states that areas along the edges of Asia and North America are the most vulnerable. In the United States, New York, New Orleans, and Miami are singled out as being at high risk. Read the rest of Study Predicts Coastal Flooding Damage Will Cost $1 Trillion a Year by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asia , china , coastal flooding , economic projection , ecuador , England , guangzhou , guayaquil , Hurricane Katrina , India , kolkata , Miami , Mumbai , nature climate change , New Orleans , New York. , north america , sea level rise , shenzen , Superstorm Sandy , University of Southampton        

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction?

August 19, 2013 by  
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In our newest series, The Biomimicry Manual , we are thinking about design in a different way and asking ourselves “ How would nature do it? “. Nature’s designs are tried and true, and there are a number of creatures on this planet that have a few tricks we can study and borrow from to make life on earth better. Take, for instance, this tiny party animal seen above. The pen-tailed tree-shrew ( Ptilocercus lowii ) is a beautiful, bright-eyed social climber, with a lovely naked tail ending in a fabulous feathery fringe. It spends its days sleeping, but by night, this little creature indulges its taste for naturally fermented palm wine. A lot of it . In fact, booze is pretty much what they live on. So what can we learn from them? Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: addiction , alcoholiism , alcoholism , asknature , bioinspiration , bioinspired design , biomimicry , curing addiction , curing alcoholism , palm wine , pen-tail treeshrew , the biomimcry manual , tree-shrew , treeshrew        

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VIDEO: Hungry New Yorkers Nosh on Crunchy Cricket-Topped Appetizers

August 19, 2013 by  
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Entomophagy , the consumption of insects as food, has been gaining popularity, and last week Inhabitat stopped by an event where curious New Yorkers were trying out the trend and tasting some crunchy cricket canapes. Click here to see our video with reactions from these brave foodies, and tell us in our poll below whether or not you would be willing to embrace bugs as a food source . Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cricket brittle , cricket canape , cricket cookies , cricket dining , cricket energy bars , cricket farming , cricket farms , cricket protein , cricket snacks , cricket treats , crickets nyc , eating crickets , future food salon , new york food , people who eat crickets , sustainable food , weird food , weird food nyc        

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Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices

August 19, 2013 by  
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Anyone with a mobile device has likely experienced the frustration of having to be reliant on a battery . The charge never lasts long enough, and finding a source of electricity on the run is a hassle. Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a solution to modern tech troubles with their new communication technique called “ ambient backscatter .” The process uses TV and cellular transmissions to connect wireless gadgets so that they communicate with one another, reflect existing signals, and share information. Read the rest of Researchers Develop Battery-Free Wireless System to Power Mobile Devices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ambient backscatter , battery-free , computing machinery’s special interest group on data comminications 2012 , Hong Kong , joshua smith , mobile devices , Seattle , tv tower , university of washington , wireless network        

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