The first salty lakes discovered in the Arctic could hold the key to finding alien life

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Lush green roof of native plants breathes life into a Texan cabana

This minimalist concrete-and-glass cabana looks as if it rose straight from the ground thanks to its beautiful green roof that ties it into verdant surroundings in Palmer, Texas. Dallas-based architecture firm Wernerfield designed the PTX1 Cabana, a simple and transparent structure that provides a strong contrast to the wild and colorful plants like yucca and sage that grow atop its roof. The rectangular pool house also doubles as a “remote” entertaining space with an indoor lounge, bathroom… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

15 gifts that will wow the lady in your life

Is the lady in your life an adventure lover? A letter writer? A knitting fiend? Does she love to explore new wines, or indulge in exquisite chocolates? Whatever her tastes and leanings, we’ve got something for her in this year’s gift guide. We’ve scouted around for some of the most interesting, ethical, and eco-friendly gifts and stocking stuffers out there, from books and edibles to craft supplies and clothing, so you’re sure to find something special for your ladylove. Read on to check out some… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

16 great gifts for the guy in your life

Got a special guy in your life, but you aren’t sure what to get him for the holidays this year? Look no further. We’ve rounded up 16 incredible gifts that are just as unique as your guy. There’s a wood helmet for the biker, a solar grill for the barbecue-lover and a stackable tree tent for the adventure lover. Click on to see all the great options.

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Barrel-shaped wooden pod retreat in France inspired by real life ‘bird charmer’

Related: Egg-shaped GreenPod office lets you work from almost anywhere

+ Aurélie Poirrier
+ Igor-Vassili Pouchkarevtch-Dragoche
+ Vincent O’Connor

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NASA considers puncturing Yellowstone supervolcano to save life on Earth

As the gaze of the United States, carefully protected by glasses, faced towards the cosmos this week, the more anxious among us may have worried about potentially more harmful interstellar phenomenon, such as asteroids and comets. As devastating as such an event would be, a new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion unit has determined that the threat of a supervolcanic eruption to life on Earth may be more pressing than any interstellar collissions with Earth. Such an eruption from a supervolcano, like… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

These 8 amazing van conversions will inspire you to ditch the grid for the nomadic life

Maybe it’s the spring weather, but hitting the road suddenly seems like a more appealing idea than ever. These 8 van conversions (many of which were crafted by DIYers with little experience and lots of creativity, persistence, and wanderlust) will motivate you to give the mobile life a try.ihrihgirh View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

NASA announces alien life could be thriving on one of Saturn’s moons

In a live broadcast today, NASA researchers announced the agency had uncovered the existence of some of the key ingredients necessary for life as we know it on Saturn’s icy moon, Enceladus. Scientists already knew that the moon had liquid water on the surface, due to the presence of geysers spewing water near the moon’s south pole.  Now, hydrogen has been detected in those jets of water, which suggests the strong possibility that Enceladus’s oceans could support microbial life.

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Renovated Beijing factory gets new life with an elegantly-integrated Zen garden

After several renovations since the construction of this Beijing factory in 1970, an extensive overhaul turned it into a series of office spaces with a beautiful Zen garden in the back. He Wei Studio / 3andwich Design renovated the building to convey the essence of the traditional Chinese private garden and allow occupants to enjoy the courtyard in different times and from different perspectives.

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7 charming off-grid homes for a rent-free life

Want to make rent and utility bills a thing of the past? We’ve rounded up seven off-grid homes that could be the answer to making your dreams a reality. Stylish and self-sufficient, these eco-friendly dwellings promise freedom from the grid. Many are even set atop wheels to let you can move with your home to almost anywhere you desire. Keep reading to see the seven charming homes that offer homeowners the chance to live off the grid and rent-free.

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