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

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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



Watch Toyota’s flying car take its first test flight

Have you ever wanted to ride in a flying car? In just a few years, you might soon be able to! Several companies are working on developing this technology, and Toyota-backed Cartivator recently made progress on this goal by taking its flying car for a tentative test flight. Though the vehicle still needs a lot of work, the Japanese-based startup company is certain the car will be ready to fly in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Watch this groundbreaking new solar device open and move like a flower

Smartflower is a solar panel that can’t stay still. Inspired by the sun-tracking behavior of certain blooms, the portable all-in-one unit rotates its solar-module “petals” throughout the day for maximum exposure. This format, claims Smartflower Energy Technology, the Austrian firm behind the Smartflower, allows the system to be 40 to 50 percent more efficient than traditional photovoltaic arrays.

The Smartflower’s day starts at sunrise when it deploys its panels, which are backed… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Watch Apple’s incredible new store in Dubai change shape before your eyes

Apple pulled out all the stops for their glamorous new store in Dubai. Designed by Foster + Partners, the recently completed Apple Dubai Mall is unlike any mall we’ve seen before with its giant “Solar Wings” that open and close in a beautiful choreographed display. The kinetic art installation, which ranks among the world’s largest, helps to create an engaging civic space, while providing an innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates.

Located next to the iconic… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s riveting new climate change documentary ‘Before The Flood’ for free this week

We’ve reported before on actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s work to raise awareness of climate change. From his role service as United Nations representative to his rousing environmentalist speech at this year’s Oscars, DiCaprio has done everything he can to spread the word. Now, he’s going one step farther and making his new documentary, Before the Flood, available for free on YouTube. But if you’re interested in watching it on the small screen, you’ll have to act fast – it’s only going to… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Watch NASA-funded 3D food printer whip up an entire pizza

Last year NASA funded one man’s plan to build a food 3D printer for astronauts – and now the first prototype can 3D print an entire pizza! Some of these initial pies may not look like much, but the man behind the project, mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dignity Watch: Lawmakers in support of Death with Dignity

What a year it’s been for advancing Death with Dignity policy reform! All this activity is even more impressive considering many states have abbreviated legislative sessions this year.
Picking up on the momentum from Vermont enacting the first law of its kind on the east coast and the first passed through a legislative process, several lawmakers on the northeastern seaboard advocated for Death with Dignity bills with more enthusiasm than they have in the past. Bills were introduced by elected lawmakers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, as well as Hawaii and Kansas.

Many of the legislative committees considering these bills heard impassioned testimony about the importance of safeguarded assisted death legislation, regional newspaper readers and editorial boards took strong stances in support, and lawmakers spoke prominently about the Death with Dignity bills they support.

The Connecticut bill, introduced by Rep. Betsy Ritter and Sen. Edward Meyer, was the most actively discussed in public forums this year. On February 7th, the Hartford Courant editorial board published a strong endorsement of the proposed legislation. The Connecticut joint Public Health Committee heard public testimony on March 17th. Dozens of people—residents of the state, Connecticut elected officials, and lawmakers from nearby Vermont—showed up at the State House and over 400 people submitted written statements to share their thoughts about House Bill 5326.

Prior to the public hearing, then State Rep. Holder-Winfield spoke to voters about why he supports Death with Dignity while he campaigned for a vacated state senate seat. Previously an opponent of these laws, he changed his mind after witnessing his mother’s painful and protracted death in 2012. In an interview with the New Haven Independent he explained, “Going through that and watching her suffer changed my perspective. The whole time she was in pain. She was coherent. I think she would have liked the option.”

In this year’s short session, it was impressive the Connecticut bill received as much interest as it did. Typically the state legislature only considers budget-related bills. While the bill didn’t advance before the deadline, that it was even considered this year is an indication of the growing call for Death with Dignity policy reform.

Two states, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have longer legislative sessions this year, and their Death with Dignity bills are still active for consideration. The Pennsylvania bill was introduced in 2013 and will remain active throughout this second year of their legislative biennium. Pennsylvania State Sen. Leach proposed Death with Dignity legislation because, as he mentioned in an editorial, “Ideally, the end of life is a time filled with sadness, but also sweetness, reconciliations and meaningful goodbyes. It is an intensely personal time that should be choreographed and lived by the person and the family affected.”

The champion of the New Jersey bill, Assemblyman Burzichelli, started his push for this legislation during the run-up to our 2012 near-win for Death with Dignity in Massachusetts, and after watching Vermont Governor Shumlin sign the bill into law last year, he was encouraged to reintroduce the proposed legislation again for the 2014-2015 biennium. In an online interview, he stated, “People want control of their circumstances and they want additional options.”

We couldn’t agree more with all of these outspoken elected lawmakers. That so many are courageously speaking openly in support of these laws allowing terminally ill individuals to decide their own fates is a bold step forward for our movement. Like you and I, these lawmakers believe all Americans should have the additional end-of-life options afforded to them under Death with Dignity laws. With your help, the National Center, and its politically-oriented sister organization the Death with Dignity Political Fund, will continue to support these efforts and set the course of the movement throughout the US.

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