China built the ‘World’s biggest air purifier’ – and it’s actually working

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What has been called the world’s largest air purifier by its operators is now up and running in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, China. The 100-meter (328 feet) tall tower has already improved the local air quality, according to Cao Junji, the scientist in charge of the project, and could prove to be a valuable tool in China’s fight against urban air pollution. Greenhouses covering the size of half a soccer field surround the base of the tower, into which polluted air is pulled. The smog… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Scientists made the coldest liquid water ever – and it’s crazy weird

Water freezes at zero degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, right? While that’s technically water’s freezing point, under certain conditions water can be supercooled, and a group of scientists recently measured the lowest liquid water temperature to date: -42.55 degrees Celsius. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Historic Frank Lloyd Wright building to be destroyed in 5 days – unless it’s bought

For the first time in more than 40 years, we’re about to lose a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building. The beautiful Lockridge Medical Clinic building in Whitefish, Montana was designed by Wright in 1958 and is one of the last he designed before his death in 1958. The building was created as a medical clinic that was comfortable enough to feel like a home, complete with Wright’s iconic touches. Now, the owner wants to tear it down to make way for a three-story mixed-use development unless someone… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first vending machine for the homeless just launched – and it’s totally 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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Laser-driven fusion energy leaves no radioactive waste – and it’s within reach

Dramatic advances in lasers could get us closer to fusion energy. An international team of 11 scientists are pursuing what was once thought to be impossible, according to the University of New South Wales (UNSW): fusion power with hydrogen-boron reactions. They describe this in their recently published study as the ideal clean fusion process: the technique needs no radioactive fuel elements and doesn’t leave toxic radioactive waste.

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NASA confirms asteroid came from another solar system – and it’s incredibly bizarre

The presence of an elongated asteroid hurtling through our solar system prompted a call to action from observatories throughout the world. It’s the first confirmed object from another star according to NASA, and it may be as long as a quarter mile. And while the rocky asteroid may not really be piloted by aliens – it could give us clues into the formation of other solar systems.

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Sony’s Aibo robo dog is back – and it’s cuter than ever

Remember the Sony Aibo pet robot that debuted in 1999? A new-and-improved version is launching in Japan today, and it’s high-tech upgrades are worth talking about. The pet robot runs on Artificial Intelligence (AI), therefore, can develop a personality over time. Reportedly, it is also “capable of forming an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion.” As if these features aren’t cool enough, the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Compact OffGridBox provides drinking water and power where it’s needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity – the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks – including a $15,000 price point that’s hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists finally know what is causing underwater ‘fairy circles’ and it’s not good

Have you — like many — been dumbfounded by the mysterious, underwater “fairy circles” which have been found in the Mediterranean and Baltic sea? If so, you’re not alone. Fortunately, scientists finally know what is causing the sea floor phenomena. On a not-so-positive note,  it turns out the “bald patches” devoid of vegetation are actually caused by a foreign species which may put entire ecosystems at risk.

In the paper “Fairy Circle Landscapes Under The Sea,” which… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A colossal iceberg is breaking off Antarctica right now – and it’s big enough to fill Lake Michigan

Scientists are preparing for an iceberg which is gargantuan in size to break away from an Antarctic ice shelf within days — or even hours. Initially discovered by UK researchers in 2010, the to-be iceberg has been rapidly growing since 2016. Once the crack in the continent’s Larsen C ice shelf breaks away, the resulting iceberg will be an astonishing 620 feet (190 meters) thick. Harboring 277 cubic miles (1,155 cubic kilometers) of ice, the natural phenomenon will hold enough mass to fill more… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building