All-female high school team invents solar-powered tent for homeless

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Twelve young women from San Fernando High School in California have created a solar-powered tent to serve the growing homeless population in the San Fernando Valley. Over several years, Daniela Orozco and her classmates noticed the stunning increase in people living on the streets of San Fernando, a city of over 24,000 located 20 miles northwest from Downtown Los Angeles. They wanted to act. ”Because we come from low-income families ourselves, we can’t give them money,” Orozco, a senior, told Mashable…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Breast cancer spread connected to amino acid in asparagus

Scientists have linked the spread of the disease breast cancer to a compound that’s in asparagus and several other foods, The Guardian reported. Studies with mice reveals asparagine drives the advance of the cancer, and when they reduced asparagine in creatures with breast cancer, the amount of “secondary tumors in other tissues” dropped. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Wooden home designed to withstand extreme weather assembled in just two days

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300 artificial islands in Dubai, ‘The World,’ may get another chance

The World, an archipelago of 300 artificial countries planned for Dubai, met an untimely end right before the 2008 financial crisis. But construction is underway once again. The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright reported, “After a decade in limbo, The World is back – with more ambitious plans than ever before.”

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Dreamy cabin is the perfect lakeside escape for large families

Montreal-based YH2 Architecture has given the traditional lakeside cottage a modern refresh in Window on the Lake, a minimalist timber cabin that derives its name from its stunning glazed end wall. Located just steps away from the shores of Lac Plaisant in Quebec’s Mauricie region, the gabled dwelling features a clean and minimalist design so as not to detract from its surroundings. The spacious family cottage sleeps up to 12 across two floors.

Built of timber inside and out, Window… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Your shampoo and deodorant are as bad for you as car exhaust

That stuff you use to get ready in the morning? It could be as bad for your health and the planet as car pollution. A new study shows that half of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in our air may come from products like shampoo, perfume, deodorant, as well as household products like paint, bleach and pesticides. Every time you wash your hair, paint your house, spray your hair, put on deoderant or paint your nails, you are making the air quality in your home and city worse – not to mention the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This company makes leggings with biodegradable, compostable fabric

Have you ever heard the words ‘biodegradable’ and ‘compostable’ associated with activewear? Fitness company Aqua Vida offers leggings and shorts made with Amni Soul Eco fabric that is 100 percent recyclable and reusable – and in an anaerobic landfill or compost heap, will decompose in less than three years.

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No one knows why these bees build incredible spiraling hives

Caution: after what you are about to see, you may never be satisfied with your run-of-the-mill honeycomb again. That’s because these design-savvy bees weren’t content to live in generic boxes like most bees, so they made their hives look like something that could have come out of the mind of Zaha Hadid herself.

Known as sugarbag bees (Tetragonula carbonaria), the insects live in Australia and create an unusual single-layer spiraling hive that is completely unlike the traditional flat beehive…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Graphene filter made out of soybeans makes water from Sydney Harbor drinkable

Imagine if we could create clean water from any freshwater source – no matter how dirty – in just one step. Australian scientists have done just that with a filtration technique that utilizes graphene film. It’s so effective that even the filthiest water was clean enough to drink after passing through the filter. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This incredible geodesic dome home could be yours for $475k

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