Architects transform an old hay barn into a stunning minimalist home

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Famous swimming pigs in Bahamas found dead after consuming ‘wrong food’

A pod not of dolphins, but of swimming pigs, has delighted tourists in the Bahamas for years now. But seven of the swimming pigs were recently found dead. One of the owners of the pigs, Wayde Nixon said tourists gave the animals wrong food. The tragedy follows irresponsible behavior by visitors such as giving the pigs rum or beer, and the owners may now have to regulate access to the swimming pigs.

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SpaceX is sending two private citizens to the moon next year

Since humans first walked on the moon in 1969, many people have looked up at the night sky and longed to do the same. Leave it to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to make those dreams reality. SpaceX announced yesterday they’ll be sending two private citizens – who they said have “already paid a significant deposit” – up to the moon. The moonshot moon mission could happen as soon as next year.

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Mid-century modernism and sustainable design meet in two desert homes

Two new residences in Palm Springs by o2 Architecture combine the best of mid-century modernism with 21st-century sustainable design. The team brought to life an unbuilt project by Arizona modernist architect Al Beadle designed in 1970s, while combining mid-century modernism and sustainable design in the o2 House, located just a few steps from the Beadle House. The two structures, each in its own way, fit into the rocky desert landscape of Arizona.

Originally named Palisades Dos, the Beadle…

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Prince Charles is waging war on Britain’s grey squirrels – with Nutella

Prince Charles reportedly backs a plan to sterilize Britain’s grey-squirrel population, and it involves Nutella. The monarch-in-waiting is said to have met with members of the U.K. Squirrel Accord, a coalition he helped establish three years ago, to discuss ways of reducing the animal’s numbers without culling. First introduced from North America, the Eastern grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, has been the bane of the region’s native red squirrels since the late 19th century. Not only do grey squirrels…

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6 impressive structures built around living trees

There’s something magical about a treehouse, whether it’s a chance to rise above the business of life, feel more connected to nature, or just showcase an opportunity to build a man-made structure that fits in with the surrounding environment. Around the world, the idea of the treehouse has captivated architects and designers, and many have created structures wrapped around living trees that allow occupants to dwell in harmony with nature. Inhabitat rounded up four homes, one office, and one tearoom…

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New material made from fiber-reinforced hydrogels is 5 times tougher than steel

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have managed to create a flexible, eco-friendly material that’s five-times stronger than cabon steel. Known as “fiber-reinforced soft composites,” the material is made by combining polyampholyte hydrogels with woven glass fiber fabric, which creates a bendable material that’s extremely durable. The uses for such a material are manifold, but perhaps one of the most exciting is for bearing the load of artificial ligaments and tendons.

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