New giant octopus species discovered near Alaska

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You wouldn’t expect humans to have missed a whole species of giant octopus – but researchers recently revealed that’s exactly what we did. The giant Pacific octopus, which is the biggest octopus we know about on the planet, is in reality two species. Alaska Pacific University undergraduate student Nathan Hollenbeck led research to discover what the team is calling the frilled giant octopus. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Artists are turning the U.S.-Mexico border fence into the worlds longest peace-themed mural

As the Trump administration pushes towards building a new border wall, American and Mexican artists are working to turn the old border fence into an over a mile-long gorgeous mural. Mexican-born, American-educated artist Enrique Chiu is leading a binational effort to turn the fence into a work of art which spreads a message of peace to people crossing the border.

Last December, Chiu launched The Mural of Brotherhood, enlisting over than 2,600 volunteers to paint uplifting messages on the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dutch utilityplans massive windfarm island

TenneT, the primary electric utility company in the Netherlands, is planning to construct a “windfarm island” in the North Sea. This island would serve as an operational hub for a network of nearby offshore wind farms at a facility that would dwarf any current such centers. The plan, already in its advanced stages, proposes Dogger Bank, 125km (78 miles) off the East Yorkshire coast of England, as a potential location for the wind farm island. Once constructed, the hub would transmit electricity… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This solar-powered cabin is a dreamy green getaway in the Colorado Mountains

Perched on a rocky cliff at 10,000 feet elevation, the Big Cabin | Little Cabin offers unique views of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, the Collegiate Peaks, and the South Platte River. Renée del Gaudio Architecture designed the residence as a pair of solar-powered cabins which capture the essence of traditional cabins through a modern interpretation.

A thick forest surrounds the site to the north and offers a sense of privacy and protection to the occupants of the cabin. Gabled roofs… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Thresher sharks die in Massachusetts – likely due to cold shock

Winter is here, and even animals are feeling the impact. The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy responded to calls of two thresher sharks stranded on Massachusetts beaches, and said the sharks likely succumbed to cold shock.

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New 1 km solar road opens in Jinan, China

China is getting in on the solar road-building action. Qilu Transportation Development Group developed a one-kilometer, or around 0.6-mile, stretch of solar road near Jinan, the capital city of China’s Shandong Province. Quartz said three layers comprise the expressway: the solar panels rest in the middle with insulation below and transparent concrete on top.

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The E-Fan X jet heralds an electric passenger plane revolution

The E-Fan X is a hybrid electric-jet plane that may herald a new era of electric power in transportation. Designed by a consortium that includes Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens, the E-Fan X will offer partially electric powered flights that are cheaper, quieter, and more sustainable. This breakthrough in energy-transportation technology, which may encourage the growth of short-distance, small-to-medium passenger capacity aircraft, could alter “Aviation has been the last frontier in the electrification… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk shares pictures of his red Tesla Roadster ready to blast off to Mars

Leave it to Elon Musk to follow up on a crazy idea. Earlier this month, when he said he’d send his personal red Tesla Roadster to Mars aboard SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, some people wondered if he was joking. But the SpaceX CEO appears to be going through with the plan, and shared images of the electric car aboard the nose cone to launch atop the rocket.

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Double whirlpool spotted in nature for the first time

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have observed “double whirlpools” in the natural world for the first time. Until now, the unusual fluid dynamics phenomenon had only been theoretically envisioned. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first vending machine for the homeless is 100% free

Homeless people in the United Kingdom can now obtain food or items like socks or toothbrushes at no cost any time of day with a recently installed vending machine. New charity Action Hunger aims to work alongside existing charities tackling the issue of homelessness with the vending machines that can offer necessities at hours when charities may not be operating. The charity has plans to expand across the UK and to New York City in early 2018.

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