Why natural stone is the best choice for your fireplace

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Now that fall has started to settle in across the United States, there’s nothing better than getting cozy next to a roaring fire. If you aren’t thinking about natural stone when it comes to creating a green fireplace, maybe it’s time you did. Natural stone retains heat better than just about anything out there, is practically maintenance-free and resists wear and tear. On top of that, it can handle the extremes in temperature that are an inherent part of fireplaces and doesn’t suffer from rot and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Tesla is shipping hundreds of Powerwall battery systems to Puerto Rico

Tesla, best known for its pioneering electric cars and major investments in energy storage technology, is stepping in to aid Puerto Rico in its recovery from Hurricane Maria by sending hundreds of Powerwall battery systems to the American Commonwealth, whose 3.5 million citizens still do not have access to electricity. Because full power is not expected to be restored for months, the Powerwall energy storage systems, which can be paired with solar panels, could prove to be vital tools as Puerto Rico… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk wants to build a rocket that can fly you from New York to Shanghai in 30 minutes

Imagine being able to travel from New York to Shanghai in just 30 minutes. If Elon Musk — the visionary behind PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla — succeeds with his newest vision, a trip of this kind will soon be possible. During Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the entrepreneur shared his goal to build the code-named “BFR,” which could transport anyone anywhere on the planet in just 60 minutes. Musk, who has long-dreamed-of founding a human colony on Mars, is willing to use his own… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BIGs LEGO House officially opens to the public in Denmark

It’s finally here—Bjarke Ingels Group’s much-anticipated LEGO House in Denmark officially opens to the public today. Built in the small town of Billund where the iconic LEGO brick was invented, the “House of the Brick” is a unique space that promises visitors the ultimate LEGO experience with its exhibitions, experience zones, and LEGO-themed architecture, restaurants, and public spaces. The LEGO House, which celebrated its grand opening yesterday, is filled with 25 million LEGO bricks… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New Passenger Drone can fly you to work hands-free with zero-emissions

Get ready to commute in style. For the past three years, Passenger Drone has been developing a zero-emissions, easy-to-use passenger drone that has the potential to eliminate stressful commutes. With 16 electric engines, the drone can travel up to 80 km/h without barely making a noise. Not only will the Passenger Drone reduce air and noise pollution, it will help reduce stress levels and improve the general health of commuters around the world.
 

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Floating Cloud will be a landmark of world peace in Copenhagen

An uplifting House of Peace (HOPE) may soon rise on Copenhagen’s waters. Junya Ishigami and Svendborg Architects won a design competition to design an active symbol and landmark for world peace with their proposal of the Cloud. Shaped like a puffy cumulus cloud, the floating structure is envisioned as a visitor center and sanctuary for individual reflection.

The House of Peace has been 15 years in the making and began in 2003 when four friends shared a vision to combine art and architecture… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

VIDEO: 60,000-year-old preserved underwater forest discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

When Hurricane Ivan formed in 2004, it did more than devastate regions in the Caribbean and parts of the United States’ coast. According to the new documentary “The Underwater Forest,” it also unearthed a fossilized forest of cypress trees which grew more than 50,000 years ago. Located 60 feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico, the underwater forest features fossilized cypress trees which have intact bark and are still leaking sap.

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UAE unveils plans for massive city simulating human settlement on Mars

Before humans move to Mars, there’s much research to be done, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is getting in on the effort on a large scale with a 1.9 million square foot city. The Mars Scientific City will simulate conditions for life on Mars. The research city could be a step on the path towards the UAE’s goal of a city on the red planet itself in 2117.

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Dubai has officially started testing flying taxis

The United Arab Emirates is one step closer to becoming the first country in the world to launch a flying taxi service. On Monday, the German firm Volocopter tested one of its two-seater Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT), which hovered for about five minutes approximately 200 meters off the ground. By launching the first drone taxi service, the United Arab Emirates seeks to define itself as a progressive nation focused on innovation.

The two-seater taxi resembles a small helicopter cabin and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Researchers engineer new antibody able to fight 99% of HIV strains

Researchers have made what the International Aids Society called an “exciting breakthrough” in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Pharmaceutical company Sanofi and the United States National Institutes of Health together engineered an antibody that can tackle 99 percent of HIV strains. The antibody has prevented infection in primates.

Related: 44-year-old British man could be the first to receive HIV cure

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