conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

Oldest living manatee in captivity, Snooty, dies at age 69

Grab your tissues, folks. A 1,300-pound manatee named Snooty recently passed away after celebrating his 69th birthday. In the wild, manatees are fortunate to live into their teens, which is why the elder marine mammal was beloved by so many. According to the South Florida Museum, Snooty’s death was accidental and that the circumstances are being investigated.

 

Snooty was born in captivity in 1948 — before laws were passed to protect marine wildlife. Every year, a party was…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

New Traveler XL Limited tiny house can comfortably sleep up to 10 people at once

This house on wheels combines mobility with comfort and features a surprisingly spacious interior that can fit up to 10 people. The tiny house firm Escape Traveler unveiled an updated version of their Traveler design which comes with two bedrooms and offers the possibility to go completely off the grid with solar panels, battery storage and composting toilets.

The Traveler XL Limited features the modern, clean design of the original, but offers much more space and a wide array of functions and…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

Upcoming nuclear power plant in the UK may shoot giant rainbows into the sky

Related: Artist weaves stunning rainbows from 60 miles of thread
One Creative Environments director, Mark Martin, comments: “To see our landscape designs in the top five is an achievement in itself, and going by the comments received, we appear to have caught the imagination of the public. The landscape designs, discovery centre and rainbow installation will create a destination in their own right, helping the power station blend in with the stunning scenery in the region, whilst providing a place…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

Celebrate the magic of silence in this magical sound-proof treehouse

Related: Wolfgang Buttress’ Hive is brought back to life in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

Poppy Szkiler, co-founder and MD Quiet Mark, comments: “The Quiet Treehouse is a stunning combination of the latest acoustic and architectural design, not only beautiful to the eye, but a peaceful place that represents the value of quiet. After touring some of the UK’s most prestigious events, we wanted the structure to continue its Quiet legacy with the perfect partner that would fully utilise…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

World’s first autonomous, all-electric cargo ship to launch next year

The world’s first crewless, autonomously operated ship is set to sail in late 2018. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland is being dubbed the “Tesla of the Seas” because the vessel is fully electric. The $25 million ship will initially start out as a manned vessel, moving to remote operation in 2019 before going completely autonomous in 2020.

The 100-container ship is being developed by two Norwegian companies — agriculture firm Yara International and technology company Kongsberg Gruppen. In…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

This flower-clad home that spreads contagious happiness goes on sale in L.A.

A unique new home said to spread “contagious happiness” has hit the Los Angeles market—and it’s checking all the major boxes for walkability, amenities, and even sustainability. Architect and artist Cameron McNall originally designed the home, known as 4016 Tivoli, for his family, drawing inspiration from his dual careers and the California spirit of the 1960s. Wrapped in giant metallic flower cutouts, the quirky artistic home is also built to the City of Los Angeles’ “Green Building”…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

Thousands of plastic bottles transformed into an inspiring tower of hope in South Africa

A million plastic bottles are purchased worldwide every minute, with annual consumption set to top half a trillion by 2021. In a bid to bring awareness to the problem of plastic bottle use and pollution, artist r1 led a project to transform over 7,000 plastic bottles into an incredible sight to behold: a 20-meter-tall permanent art sculpture. Created in collaboration with the local community, the environmental art piece, called the iThemba Tower, symbolizes hope and inspiration in Troyeville, Johannesburg.

Artist…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

INTERVIEW: Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker on how biomimicry can improve happiness and creativity in the workplace

If you’ve ever admired the work ethic of an ant colony and wished you could apply those principles to your company, you’ll do well to check out Dr. Tamsin Woolley-Barker’s newest book. In ‘Teeming: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World,’ Dr. Woolley-Barker describes the many ways companies can learn from animal societies, as well as sensible ways to to apply those principles. A combination of sociobiology, biomimicry, and organizational theory, this book is…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

Centuries-old apartment in Israel transformed into a remarkable modern “cave”

This renovation of this apartment in Israel unifies the cavernous, centuries-old rooms into a modern residence that offers multiple views of the sea. Pitsou Kedem Architects concealed some parts of the ceiling arches while uncovering others to create a subtle combination of the old and the new.

The rooms of the apartment, located in Tel Aviv-Yafo¬– an ancient port city in Israel– have been altered over hundreds of years. Each room has its own character and ground level. The architects…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

New discovery suggests large quantities of water hidden inside the Moon

For years, scientists have assumed that the interior of the Moon is largely depleted of water.  However, a new study of satellite data has located numerous volcanic deposits distributed across the surface of the moon, leading scientists to believe that large amounts of water are trapped in the rock’s interior. The study, published in Nature Geoscience, explains that the ancient deposits are believed to be glass beads formed by the explosive eruption of magma from the deep lunar interior. As a…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

Lockheed to turn shuttle-era module into a prototypical space habitat for NASA

Deep space missions in the future will take us farther and farther away from Earth, and last year NASA chose six United States companies to develop deep space habitat prototypes, demonstrating where astronauts might live and work in space. Aerospace company Lockheed Martin recently won a Phase II contract for the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) study from NASA to develop a cislunar habitat, and they’re repurposing old materials to do so. They’ll be building a full-scale…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

Maryland grad turns recycled plastic bags into eco-fashion

Plastic is Trisha Cheeny’s bag. A recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she majored in interdisciplinary sculpture, Cheeny is looking to launch Pälemer, a line of clothing and accessories derived from used plastic bags and other recycled materials. Cheeny created Pälemer to “challenge ‘fast fashion’ and eliminate consumer waste,” she wrote on Kickstarter, where she’s raising funds for her inaugural collection.

Cheeny has created several prototypes, including…

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

Fukushima robot finds lava-like deposits thought to be melted nuclear fuel

Six years after the Fukushima meltdowns, there’s still a lot of cleanup to be done. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) deployed an underwater robot to assess damage inside the Unit 3 reactor late last week, and the robot obtained images of debris that might be melted nuclear fuel. In some areas, the debris was around three feet thick.

Related: Fukushima radiation levels at highest since 2011 disaster

Via The Guardian

Images via

Read More on Inhabitat

conservation, Inhabitat, lifestyle, News

Germany expects to add 900 MW of new offshore wind capacity in 2017

Germany’s offshore wind boom is accelerating. The Federal Republic has already brought online a total of 626 megawatts (MW) of new offshore wind capacity in the first six months of 2017 and an industry group expects to see total installations of 900 MW by the end of the year. If the Germany hits the 900 MW mark in 2017, it would exceed the 818 MW added in 2016.

At the current rate of expansion, Germany could be on track to blow past government targets of 6,500 MW for 2020, the industry group…

Read More on Inhabitat