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Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

December 31st, 2012

Top 9 Inhabitat Editors’ Favorite Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

December 31st, 2012

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We’re quickly making our way towards 2013, and as as we countdown these last few days of 2012, we here at Inhabitat are looking back at all the best green design and news stories from the past year. We saw a number of great strides achieved over 2012, proving that there are millions of people out there working tirelessly to make the world we live in a better, more sustainable place. From educating people on the little things they can do to help combat climate change to the mainstream adoption of 3D printing to a feel good story about a man who single-handedly planted an entire forest, check out the stories that really shined in the eyes of our editors this year.

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Inhabitat’s Top 6 Original Photo Stories of 2012 — Vote for Your Favorite!

December 31st, 2012

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The news never stops, and neither do we here at Inhabitat. Our team can always be found on the scene with a camera in hand, ready to break the latest news in green design and beyond. Whether it was capturing the first signs of flooding during Hurricane Sandy or snapping pics at the opening of NASA’s new LEED platinum base in Cali, we pounced at every opportunity we had to hit our shutters. Jump ahead to see what original photo stories really made waves in 2012 and cast a vote for your favorite!

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The Sprout Hog Is a Cute and Fun Way to Get Kids to Grow Plants

December 31st, 2012

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Check out this little Sprout Hog – an earthenware sculpture made for growing sprouts for small people. Simply place a piece of old washcloth or similar fabric in the bottom of the hog, sprinkle some sprouting seeds of your choice, and then have your child water 2 to 3 times daily depending on the humidity of your location. These homegrown sprouts will be considerably fresher and tastier than the ones you will find in the store.

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‘Dystextia’: Muddled texts can signal stroke, doctors say

December 31st, 2012
While anyone who texts has probably sent or received weirdly illegible messages at some point, Harvard researchers point to garbled texts as one possible indicator of neurological problems. [Read more]



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Proposed Light Rail System by HASSELL to Change Transit in Sydney

December 31st, 2012

As cities all over the world begin to reinvent their sustainable means of transportation, Sydney, Australia is getting on the bandwagon with the help of HASSELL, Arup and Aurecon. The New South Wales Government has dedicated a light rail system from Randwick and Kingsford through the CBD to Circular Quay. This $1.6 billion, 12 kilometer project will help reduce urban congestion and will reclaim a number of streets for pedestrians within these populated neighborhoods.

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As it stands, the light rail will link Circular Quay and Central via George Street, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick. Over 40% of George Street will become pedestrianized as a result. This along with a new bus improvement strategy throughout the CBD will dramatically shift the transportation flow of the area, and help reduce the carbon emissions in downtown Sydney.

Construction is slated to begin in 2014.

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See-through speaker system is a real looker

December 31st, 2012
Audio systems shouldn't just sound good, they should look good, too. The Transparent Speaker system plays it low key with a glass design that lets a room's decor shine through. [Read more]



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Navia Driverless Electric Shuttle Reduces Traffic (and Pollution) in Pedestrian-Heavy Urban Areas

December 31st, 2012

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Google may have captured all the headlines with its driverless cars, but it’s not the only one experimenting with autonomous vehicles. Induct, a mobility solutions firm based in France, has developed a driverless electric shuttle designed for use in pedestrian-heavy areas such as airport parking lots, shopping malls, business parks and universities. Called “Navia“, the shuttle can provide an on-demand, planet-friendly transportation in areas that existing vehicles cannot reach.

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In place of a driver, Navia boasts laser range finders, cameras and GPS technology as well as accelerometers and gyroscopes that allow it to instantly calculate its position, route and distance traveled. This arsenal of high-tech equipment ensures that the vehicle will move safely, even though areas crowded by pedestrians. Capable of carrying up to eight passengers at a maximum speed of 12.5 mph, Navia’s propulsion system uses Lithium-Polymer batteries and a 15” instant wireless recharging system that gives the shuttle a boost of juice at each stop.

The first Navias have already been scooped up for early testing at Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), with partnerships already planned with the University of West Florida and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, Induct says.

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Norway Faces Possible H1N1 Flu Outbreak – CRIENGLISH.com

December 31st, 2012

Norway Faces Possible H1N1 Flu Outbreak
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As more patients are tested positive for H1N1 virus infection in major Norwegian cities, doctors fear that Norway is facing a possible endemic outbreak of the disease also know as the swine flu. As many as 84 cases of swine flu have been registered so ...



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Infiniti teases Q50, an update to the G sedan

December 31st, 2012
The Detroit auto show will see a new Infiniti model replacing the current G sedan. [Read more]



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