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

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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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Conservationists rid Florida of invasive iguanas by smashing their heads

Invasive iguana populations have soared in Florida, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched a $63,000 research project to figure out the best way to get rid of the lizards. But some people are taking issue with one method: that of smashing in the iguanas’ heads.

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86% of teens in study have traces of BPA in their bodies

A vast majority of teenagers in a recent study had traces of Bisphenol A (BPA) inside of their bodies, according to the University of Exeter. They tested 94 17 to 19-year-olds and found BPA in 86 percent. The researchers are calling for better packaging labeling to allow people to pick BPA-free products.

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Off-grid Ecocapsule microhomes finally make their international debut

We’ve been following the Slovakian team who designed the solar- and wind-powered Ecocapsule microhome since they originally burst onto the scene with such a daring, visionary design. Now, nearly 10 years after their initial concept was born, the Bratislava-based group is finally making their international debut with an exclusive release of 50 off-grid dwellings that can be installed pretty much anywhere. Although this round of smart, self-sufficient tiny dwellings will only be available to customers… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How one couple adapted a 204-square-foot tiny house for their new baby

What’s it like to live in a 204-square foot space with a baby? Samantha and Robert Garlow of SHEDsistence know -after designing and constructing their own tiny home, and moving in in early 2016, they welcomed their first baby, Aubrin, last year. Inhabitat spoke with Robert about their experience living tiny.

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Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community

If you ever happen to visit Chernobyl, you might run across one of the around 300 stray dogs that reside there. After the 1986 disaster, residents weren’t allowed to bring their pets, and many dogs were left behind. Today, their descendants still live in the area, and while their life isn’t easy, The Guardian, which shared their story, described them as “a playful example of global kindness and cooperation.”

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Solar-powered school will teach children how to grow and cook their own food

C.F. Møller has unveiled new renderings for the New Islands Brygge School, an innovative lower-secondary school that takes a more hands-on and experimental approach to learning. Located in the heart of Copenhagen, the 9,819-square-meter school will teach children how to harvest and cook the food grown in the rooftop garden. In addition to a landscaped roof, the building will feature rooftop solar panels and an array of energy-saving technologies.

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Simba Snoozeliner night bus will let passengers sleep on their way home

We doze off on public transportation 27 times a year, according to James Cox, CEO of United Kingdom-based sleep brand Simba. So the company came up with an idea: the Simba Snoozeliner, a bus with 14 sleep pods outfitted with Simba mattresses, noise-canceling headphones, and liver-cleansing Milk Thistle. A steward will even be on hand to wake people up at their stop.

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American women and their dogs rescued after surviving five months at sea in shark-infested waters

Two women from Honolulu, Hawaii, are basking in the sweet relief of being rescued after they and their dogs spent five months stranded at sea in shark-infested waters. Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava set a course for Tahiti on May 3rd but shortly after, suffered engine failure and a broken mast when a storm battered their boat. Fortunately, they had water purifiers, a year’s worth of dog food, and rice, pasta, and oatmeal. The basic supplies kept them alive long enough to be spotted by a Taiwanese… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

There’s a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed revolutionary new glass blocks that are embedded with small solar cells. Not only do the blocks generate energy, but they also provide thermal insulation and allow natural light to enter buildings.

Called Solar Squared, the blocks are embedded with an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on tiny solar cells – during the manufacture process. The design ensures… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building