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UN releases inconceivable new estimate of Earth’s 2050 population

Right now there are 7.5 billion people on Earth – and counting. But the world in 2050 will be even more packed, according to new United Nations (UN) projections. This week they released the World Population Prospects: 2017 Revision report – and estimate there could be nearly 10 billion people on the planet in a little over 30 years.

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World’s greenest and healthiest office crowned in Washington, D.C.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) headquarters in Washington DC, designed by Perkins+Will, has been named the greenest and the healthiest office on the planet! The project, dubbed “the living laboratory”, received both LEED and WELL Platinum Certification under WELL Building Standard.

The 8,500-square-foot office space features human-centric design elements that reduce stress, increase air quality, mask sounds and regulate the body’s physiological processes. Employees have no…

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Astrophysicist warns asteroid strike is not a matter of if, but when

Humans have done a pretty good job of trashing the Earth all by ourselves, but we don’t often stop to consider external threats – like asteroids. A 1908 asteroid explosion over Siberia ravaged 800 square miles, and Queen’s University Belfast astrophysicist Alan Fitzsimmons said another asteroid collision is simply a matter of time. He’s calling for better preparation – since most of us don’t ever think about asteroids as a true threat.

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Three stacked spruce ‘shoeboxes’ reimagine a 1934 house in Ljubljana

This renovated house in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has three shoebox-like volumes stacked and shifted to create pleasant overhangs and terraces. Ofis Arhitekti renovated an existing house designed by architect Emil Navinsek in 1934 as a home for his two elder sisters who lived together. The new structure draws upon the existing house floor plan and combines the original textures and materials with concrete, metal and wood.

The house is located on a street built mostly in the 1960s and 1970s, with…

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Canada celebrates sesquicentennial with world’s first glow-in-the-dark coin

On July 1, 1867 the British provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Canada (which became the provinces of Ontario and Quebec) united to form the new Dominion of Canada, a process known as Canadian Confederation. During the next 150 years America’s neighbor to the north has given the world maple syrup, ice hockey, Jim Carrey and Justin Beiber. Now, in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial Royal Canadian Mint has released world’s first glow-in-the-dark coin in circulation.

 

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Elon Musk-inspired Hyperloop Hotel could be the future of travel

Imagine zipping between cities in mere minutes—all from the comfort of your hotel suite. That’s the futuristic vision of the $130 million Hyperloop Hotel, a proposal built upon Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One high-speed train system currently in development. Designed by University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate architecture student Brandan Siebrecht, the Hyperloop Hotel envisions seamless transport between 13 cities with a proposed flat fee of $1,200.

The visionary Hyperloop Hotel won the…

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SCAD students save a piece of American history with vintage train car restoration

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)’s award-winning tradition of historic preservation hit another home run for Preservation Month. SCAD students salvaged a piece of American history that would have otherwise disappeared when they restored of a rare 1911 wooden passenger train car. The students turned the railroad preservation project into an educational opportunity and intentionally left parts of the train car in its found state to teach visitors about the preservation process.

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This giant nest for humans lets you curl up and get away from it all

Although getting a nest might sound like a crazy idea, this is actually something you can do. Gufram, an Italian furniture manufacturer based in Barolo (Piedmont area), can offer you a real, and surreal, human-size nest La Cova in which you will feel yourself better than anywhere else. This “place”, rather than an object, will provide you with a sense of warmth and protection.
Radical design La Cova, that literally comes with two eggs (pillows), is a huge piece made of polyurethane foam and…

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EPA to eliminate 1,228 employees by August – including dozens of scientists

Though 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is a real threat — one that poses risk to the wildlife, environment, and humans, the Trump administration maintains that global warming fueled by unsustainable habits is a “hoax.” As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under Scott Pruitt, has taken a massive hit. In addition to scrubbing climate science from the agency’s website, the EPA has ignored advice from agency scientists while issuing regulatory decisions….

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This Louisiana craft beer pioneer ‘went green’ long before it was cool

Abita Brewing Company has been a tastemaker since 1986, both in terms of craft beer – you’ve probably sipped their Purple Haze – and sustainable technology. Before Heinekin opened a carbon neutral brewery or Sierra Nevada installed a Tesla Powerpack system, Abita invested in clean tech just because they felt it was the right thing to do. Inhabitat visited brewery headquarters in Abita Springs, Louisiana and spoke with President David Blossman and Director of Brewing Operations Jaime Jurado about…

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Renewables will reign supreme by 2040, latest BNEF report shows

Renewable energy is on track to take over the world, if Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s predictions are correct. This month they released their annual New Energy Outlook report, which reveals 51 percent of the world’s power generation could come from renewables by 2040. During the next 23 years, 72 percent of the $10.2 trillion spent on new power generation will go into solar power and wind power.

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Architects transform 150-year-old Slovenian hay barn into a stunning contemporary home

OFIS Architects have converted an old hay barn in Slovenia into a gorgeous living space. The barn was originally used to house cattle on the first floor and store hay on the upper level, but had been left empty for years. To convert the space into a comfortable loft space without sacrificing the building’s local vernacular, the architects were determined to use as much as the existing structure as possible.

 

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