Here’s why you might see a cancer warning on your coffee in California

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The battle has been raging for years: is coffee a carcinogen or not? A judge in California wants to put the matter rest, after declaring that there’s enough evidence for risk that California coffee sellers should have to post a warning.

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Intuits new green-roofed campus is an indoor/outdoor dream office

Intuit’s new Marine Way Building (MWB) in Mountain View, California, aims to become an antidote to the trend of building insular campuses across Silicon Valley. WRNS and Clive Wilkinson Architects joined forces to design a human-centered, urban-minded workplace that connects to both nature and the public realm.

The development comprises two new office buildings and two new parking structures as major additions to Intuit’s existing campus, originally developed in the 1980’s as a suburban… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This tiny house on wheels can expand to meet the owner’s needs

This tiny house on wheels, built to withstand extreme climates, can expand in order to adjust to specific user needs. The Tiny House Company’s newest design, named Swallowtail, can be used as a primary home, weekender, studio, extended living space, or anything in between.

The design was inspired by post-war homes– it features a butterfly roof, timber screen, plywood cladding and corrugated sheeting. The butterfly roof has an integrated box gutter and downpipe for easy connection and rainwater… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s largest solar energy project will be 100 times bigger than any other on the planet

200 gigawatts of solar power. $200 billion. 100,000 jobs. Those are the numbers attached to what could be the biggest solar energy project in the world, under a deal signed by Saudi Arabia and Japanese conglomerate company SoftBank, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. The move could help Saudi Arabia, the largest oil exporter in the world, progress from oil to renewables.

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This glass cabin in Iceland lets you watch the Northern Lights from your bed

This luxury glass cabin in Island lets you enjoy views of the Northern Lights and amazing sunsets from the comfort of your bed. Encased in glass, the Panorama Glass Lodge exposes its visitors to the natural spectacle of its remote location while providing all the amenities of a cozy home for two.

The house is located by the Greenland sea, just a 30-minute drive from Reykjavík. As a family-owned property available for rent, it provides full privacy to its guests while offering panoramic views… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MINI just unveiled an amazing all-electric model of their iconic car

MINI blended inspiration from the past and future for an all-electric car with a retro flair: the classic Mini Electric. The company said this unique car signals their commitment to zero emissions technology. In a statement, they said, “The spontaneous power of its electric motor provides a new dimension to the unmistakable go-kart feeling that helped propel the British small car in its original form to worldwide popularity.”

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Scientists discover a huge new human organ hiding in plain sight

Researchers have revealed their unusual discovery of a new human organ, the interstitium, which consists of a series of fluid-filled, shock-absorbing compartments that shield body tissues. The interstitium was previously thought to be dense layers of connective tissue. However, Dr. David Carr-Locke and Dr. Petros Benias identified it as an organ while scanning a patient’s bile duct for signs of cancer. The doctors collaborated with New York University pathologist Dr. Neil Theise to further explore… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Worlds largest single-domed tropical greenhouse unveiled for France

A lush paradise of waterfalls and tropical plants has been unveiled in Coldefy & Associates’ designs for Tropicalia, the world’s largest tropical greenhouse under one roof. Proposed for Pas-de-Calais, France, the 215,000-square-foot greenhouse will be sheathed beneath a double-insulated dome and designed for energy efficiency and include heat recycling. The $62 million project will feature a variety of tropical landscapes filled with flora and fauna and linked by a one-kilometer walking path.

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Scientists create ‘umbrella’ spray to protect coral reefs from sun damage

Researchers have crafted a new liquid substance that can be sprayed onto the surface of the water above vulnerable coral reefs, shielding them from intense UV and visible light beaming down from the Sun. In doing so, the spray may help to defend reefs from extreme bleaching events. 50,000 times thinner than a human hair, the biodegradable spray is made from a natural lipid and calcium carbonate, a key component of coral reefs. A study View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Winners of the 2018 Architecture at Zero competition announced

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