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Nov 19, 2017

Environment & Sustainability

Lab focuses on alternatives to gasoline

Nov 19, 2017: ARGONNE, Ill. – It's like a giant rolling Erector Set for engineers who really like to play around with automotive components. Formally called the Mobile [...]…

8000mpg Car Unveiled and guess what it’s only £2,000

Nov 19, 2017: The world's most fuel-efficient vehicle has been unveiled by its British inventor. Andy Green, 45, from the University of Bath, believes his three-wheel TeamGreen car [...]…

Big Wheels for Little Cars

Nov 18, 2017: Chemists build the world’s smallest auto dealership, molecule by molecule. No toy models, these cars actually drive The most prolific car manufacturer on the planet [...]…

Tsunami… this is Japan’s Answer

Nov 18, 2017: “It would not be surprising if a large earthquake were to hit the Tokai region, mainly Shizuoka Prefecture, tomorrow.” The comment was made about thirty [...]…

Floating Wind Farms

Nov 18, 2017: Floating wind farms placed far offshore could lead to affordable electricity — without cluttering the view. uge turbines mounted on floating platforms could make wind [...]…

True climate leadership still missing

Nov 18, 2017: The world is moving ahead without Trump - but not as fast and decisively as needed. Another round of climate negotiations is over. And, like last year, President Trump has failed to stop the global climate talks from moving forward. Indeed, his announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has brought even louder and clearer voices for climate leadership from the United States to Bonn. Civil society, cities, governors and some businesses have shown the true face of America here, exposing how Trump and his regressive fossil fuel agenda does not stand for the majority of Americans. America is still in - and Americans are rising up for climate action.We have also seen some positive announcements in recent days: a new alliance pledging…

A car that could save the planet fast

Nov 18, 2017: Silicon Valley’s big brains think they can beat Detroit and Tokyo and save the planet – all while doing 0 to 60 faster than almost [...]…

DIY – Convert Your car to use Hydrogen Today

Nov 18, 2017: The United Nuclear Hydrogen Fuel System Kit converts your existing vehicle to run on Hydrogen. Complete hydrogen conversion kits will soon be available for various [...]…

3000 People Died, You Should Ask These Questions

Nov 17, 2017: There are a lot of people who have died and the goverment has done an amazing job of confusing everyone and having everyone look in [...]…

Revolutionary Tesla Semi Truck arrives with a whopping 500-mile driving range

Nov 17, 2017: Semi trucks transport goods all over the country and without them we'd never get our stuff as fast as we do now, but they come with one big disadvantage - emissions. Today's semi trucks are powered by large diesel engines that emit so many pollutants into the air, easil Tesla forever changed the auto industry when it debuted the Model S and now it's set to do it again with the semi truck segment. Tesla's semi truck…

This solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining under one roof

Nov 17, 2017: As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating it into urban environments. From rooftops and community gardens, urban farming has descended onto waterways and lakes, like in the case of this solar-powered floating structure, called Lotus, which will function as a restaurant and farm. Lotus utilizes a vertical design to house its various hydroponic and greenhouse stations, along with indoor and outdoor dining areas where visitors can enjoy...

Tesla surprises the world with a new $250k Roadster

Nov 17, 2017: Tesla surprised the crowd tonight at the debut of the Tesla Semi with the reveal of a new Roadster, which will arrive by 2020. Although lately Tesla has been focused on more mass market electric cars, it hasn't forgotten where it started and is finally releasing a new Roadster. While the Tesla Model 3 focuses on the entry-level electric segment, the new Roadster will focus on the high end of the segment with a $250,000 price tag. What does that get you? For starters the Tesla Roadster will feature...

Son builds modern dream cabin from recycled materials for his aging father

Nov 17, 2017: Retiring to a cozy cabin in the woods is a dream of many, and one that Josh Wynne helped his father fulfill when he built and designed Mike’s Hammock, a compact dwelling located on his property in Nokomis, Florida. Designed for handicap accessibility, the modern one-room was crafted for aging in place and prioritizes sustainability in its use of recycled materials and low-energy footprint. Stylish and sustainable, the 604-square-meter cabin was constructed with mostly local and...

This Living Light is powered by a houseplant

Nov 17, 2017:   The lamp works using photosynthesis. As organic compounds are released in the soil, bacteria generates electrons and protons. Those in turn are used as a battery to power the light. The healthier your plant is, the more photosynthesis takes place and the more energy you generate, which is a pretty cool way to gauge how happy your plant lamp is. Related: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJogC46yNkQ Living Light produces up to 0.1mW of energy, which isn't enough to light an entire...

Gun Engine Explodes Fuel Efficiency

Nov 17, 2017: I have heard of these stories before… Let’s think about this computers and other technologies improve on yearly basis, most technology has a lifespan of [...]…

INTERVIEW: Inhabitat's own Greg Beach on telling global stories through the lens of a small town

Nov 17, 2017: How much do you know about your hometown? Author and Inhabitat writer Greg Beach, who moved to Watertown, Massachusetts at age nine, was inspired to dig more into his town's history after the Boston Marathon Bombing. You may only be familiar with the name Watertown because of the attack, but Beach shows there's a lot more to this place in his new book The World and Watertown: Tales of an American Hometown. Not only was Watertown once the Massachusetts Bay Colony's largest town - and the seat of the...

New NASA tool shows exactly how melting glaciers will affect coastal cities

Nov 17, 2017: NASA has developed a new tool that individuals and communities can use to determine the precise impacts that sea level rise will have on individual coastal cities. This newly accessible information will enable scientists and policymakers to have a more complete understanding of the consequences of climate change in specific areas. "This study allows one person to understand which icy areas of the world will contribute most significantly to sea level change (rise or decrease) in their specific city,"...

U.S. Judge Calls Ballast Water Equal to Sewage

Nov 17, 2017: Citing irreparable damage from invasive species introduced from far-flung ports, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled last Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must [...]…

Keystone 1 oil pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons days ahead of Keystone XL permit decision

Nov 17, 2017: 210,000 gallons of crude oil seeped out of the TransCanada-owned Keystone 1 pipeline this week - mere days before Nebraska's Public Service Commission is set to make a decision on whether or not to grant a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The first Keystone pipeline, running from Canada through the Great Plains, leaked oil southeast of Amherst, South Dakota. According to The Washington Post, this spill is just the latest in a series of leaks. Related: Via The Washington Post Images...

New periodic table sorts 3,700 known exoplanets into 18 categories

Nov 17, 2017: The Periodic Table of Exoplanets was designed by astronomer Abel Méndez‏ of the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico to guide scientists and science fans alike through over 3,700 known exoplanets, including those that may host life. To organize the thousands of worlds identified since the first exoplanet was discovered in 1992, Méndez created a chart that sorts the exoplanets into 18 distinct categories. “We know of over 3,700 planets around other stars. They...

Durable canvas cloth with embedded solar cells generates 120 watts per square meter

Nov 17, 2017: Tents, sun shades, and canopies could generate renewable energy with Norway-based company Tarpon Solar's solar canvas. They created flexible tarpaulins, with bendy solar cells from Swedish company Midsummer integrated. Instead of simply finding shade from the sun, with Tarpon Solar's product people could obtain clean power from the sunlight striking a canopy or tent. Related:…

Recycled materials make up this quirky solar-powered hotel in West Africa

Nov 17, 2017: A beautiful sun-soaked retreat on Cape Verde’s island of Sao Vicente prides itself on sustainability. Ramos Castellano Arquitectos designed the Terra Lodge Hotel using recycled and found materials, water recycling systems, and a rooftop solar array. The hotel draws the eye with its gridded timber frame, constructed from unfinished African wood, that partially encloses private verandas. Built predominately from lime-plastered concrete, the Terra Lodge Hotel’s five structures are...

The world's first space nation is now officially in orbit

Nov 16, 2017: Space is now officially home to the known universe's first "space nation". Asgardia launched its very first satellite, Asgardia-1, into orbit on November 12, 2017. Only about the size of a soccer ball, the satellite traveled aboard a NASA commercial cargo vehicle to make its two-day journey from NASA's…

Fisker patents EV battery with a range of 500 miles that can be charged in 1 minute

Nov 16, 2017: A battery for electric vehicles (EVs) able to charge up in just one minute may sound too good to be true. But that's exactly what electric car company Fisker is claiming. They've reportedly made a breakthrough in solid-state batteries - and say their technology could allow an EV to travel 500 miles after one charge of the battery. Related: Fisker is back…

Harrison Ford: The greatest threat is that people in charge don't believe in science

Nov 16, 2017: Take it from Indiana Jones (or Han Solo, or Rick Deckard) — doubting climate change is a poor decision. The actor who played all of these characters, Harrison Ford, made this known when he recently gave a speech at the 30th anniversary gala for Conservation International (CI). After receiving the Founders’ Award at the ceremony in Culver City, the outspoken advocate for ecological and environmental protection expressed his frustration at Trump — albeit indirectly. The vice-chair...

Pyramidal lakeside home is topped with a glass nature observatory

Nov 16, 2017: VOID Architecture has designed a striking, pyramid-shaped home in Finland that immerses the owners in nature while preserving contemporary comforts. Built to embrace the outdoors, the Pyramid House features timber-frame construction and abundant glazing that includes, as its crowning jewel, a fully glazed nature observatory at the top of the building. Ground-source heating, superior insulation made of naturally produced wood fibers, and automated electrical systems minimize the home’s energy footprint....

Long Story Short hostel is a modern escape tucked into a historical building in Moravia

Nov 16, 2017: A 17th century brick building in the historical capital city of Moravia, Czech Republic, now houses a gorgeous hostel that preserves the story of the place. Named Long Story Short, the hostel infuses the original building with a contemporary feel and combines raw materials with vintage furniture. Prague-based Denisa Strmiskova Studio renovated the building by highlighting the historical genius loci, while enriching it with contemporary design. The horseshoe-shaped building sits in the historical...

10 Healthy, energizing, clean-eating Thanksgiving recipes

Nov 16, 2017: Colder weather is upon us and with holidays around the corner, we’ve called upon our favorite clean, healthy, and energizing alternative Thanksgiving recipes to make this year’s feast both delicious and nutritious. Not only are these dishes healthy and easy to make, they’re also guaranteed to fuel you through this busy season and set you off on the right foot for the New Year. So say goodbye to guilt driven New Year’s resolutions, here’s to making the end of the year superkaleifragelisticexpialdelicious! Roasted...

Swytch is revolutionizing the e-bike conversion system

Nov 16, 2017: Wheels like the Geoorbital and the Copenhagen Wheel will turn your standard bike into an electric one, but they have their problems, primarily that their weight can make it impossible to pedal far in non-electric mode. That's why we're so into the new Swytch eBike conversion kit. Swytch puts the electronics and battery on your handlebar, leaving your wheel light and easy to pedal, even when you aren't in e-bike mode.

Suspicious radioactive cloud over Europe may have originated in Russia

Nov 16, 2017: A radioactive cloud of pollution sounds like a plot point out of the worst B movie - but that's exactly what multiple European networks recently detected. Official monitors in Germany and France detected ruthenium 106, a nuclide, in late September, and posited it originated in Kazakhstan or southern Russia. The incident raised alarms, not least because world leaders have accused Russia of activities like hacking elections, weaponizing information, and human rights abuses in Crimea. Rela...

Elephants should be recognized as legal persons, argues Connecticut lawsuit

Nov 16, 2017: Should elephants be viewed as legal persons in the eyes of the court? A new lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project argues yes. They say three elephants, owned by a Connecticut zoo, should have "the fundamental right to bodily liberty" and be placed in an animal sanctuary instead. Related:…

Vienna cocktail bar is hidden underground in an 18th-century cellar

Nov 16, 2017: The places hidden beneath our feet are sometimes home to a city’s coolest spaces. That’s the case for the krypt.bar, a subterranean cocktail bar in Vienna, tucked away in a forgotten 18th century cellar that was only recently uncovered after renovations on Berggasse—a famed street associated with Sigmund Freud. Designed by Büro KLK, this secret bar breathes new life into a historic setting and is decorated with minimalist furniture designs of the International Style. The 18th...

'We were blown away' - researchers eliminate obstacle to fusion energy

Nov 15, 2017: Fusion powers the sun, and if we could harness it here on Earth, we could obtain unlimited clean energy. Scientists have been working on that aim for years, and now researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Texas A&M University just made a huge leap forwards - by figuring out what to do with a byproduct of the process, helium, which weakens the materials comprising a fusion reactor. In nanocomposite solids, helium doesn't form into destructive...

Ole Scheeren unveils designs for a stunning sky forest in Vietnam

Nov 15, 2017: International architecture firm Buro Ole Scheeren just unveiled designs for Empire City, a greenery-infused skyscraper set to rise in Ho Chi Minh City. Expected to become Vietnam’s tallest building at 1,093 feet, the development softens its monolithic presence with sinuous, organic-inspired lines and abundant greenery that references the tropical environment. Empire City’s eye-catching highlight is the “Sky Forest,” an elevated garden that juts out of the building in a series of rice paddy-like...

Scientists discover new Earth-like planet only 11 light years away

Nov 15, 2017: It would still take eleven years of traveling at the speed of light to get there, but Ross 128, an Earth-like planet newly discovered by scientists, is the exoplanet closest to Earth that may support life. Named after the star around which it orbits, Ross 128 was identified by a team of European researchers as having a projected mass of 1.35 times that of Earth and may have surface temperatures suitable for sustaining life as we know it. Although scientists are withholding their judgement as to whether...

Hyperloop-inspired company promises 200 mph travel without the vacuum tubes

Nov 15, 2017: Arrivo, a high-speed transportation company founded by former SpaceX and Hyperloop One engineer Brogan BamBrogan, has announced a partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation to construct a "hyperloop-inspired" track through Denver. Unlike the hyperloop design, which depends on new infrastructure and vacuum sealing, Arrivo's system involves building open tracks on existing roadways and uses magnets to pull pods, which would hold cars, trucks, or buses, along a track at speeds of up...

7 global megatrends that could beat climate change

Nov 15, 2017: Is it too late for us to avert disastrous impacts of global warming? Maybe not, thanks to seven large-scale megatrends changing the way we live. The Guardian's environment editor Damian Carrington laid out trends that could turn the tide: renewable energy, electric cars, plant-based meat, energy efficiency, batteries, coal dying, and forests. It's clear we haven't yet won the battle - but there could be reason to hope. Related: Via The Guardian Images via…

Larch-clad extension breathes new life into an old hunting lodge in Canada

Nov 15, 2017: This quaint hunting lodge in Canada changed function several times before being turned into a cozy family home. The new owners commissioned architect Anik Péloquin to design an extension which would echo the architecture of the original building and provide the family with additional space. This resulted in a two-volume structure that fit perfectly into its wooded surroundings. The small house, located on a secluded lakeside lot in La Malbaie, Canada, was used as a hunting lodge for the first...

Cards Against Humanity buys land on the US-Mexico border to block Trump's wall

Nov 15, 2017: You may have gotten some laughs from the irreverent Cards Against Humanity game in the past, but now the people behind the "party game for horrible people" are hoping to do a lot more than entertain: stop Donald Trump's United States-Mexico border wall. They bought land on the border and retained a law firm to make it harder for the Trump administration to act on their plan, and then allowed people to chip in $15 for a piece of the land in their new Cards Against Humanity Saves America campaign....

Make your own tasty vegetarian turkey for Thanksgiving with this recipe

Nov 15, 2017: It's exciting to see that more and more people are opting to make their Thanksgivings cruelty-free, and there are a lot of tasty turkey alternatives on the market now for us vegetarians and vegans to choose from. But if you're tired of Tofurky and want to try something different this year, or just prefer to whip something up from scratch so that you know exactly what's going into your dinner, try our our flavor-packed recipe for vegan turkey that you can make right at home. Unlike its...

Inspiring youth village for orphans generates solar power for nearly 10% of Rwanda

Nov 15, 2017: In Rwanda, there are over 11 million people. One million are orphans. Husband and wife Seth Merrin and Anne Heyman, after hearing the country's biggest issue was its orphan crisis, started the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village to offer a safe community and a four-year high school education for at-risk orphans. Today, over 500 teenagers, from all of Rwanda's 30 districts, call the youth village home. Related:…

Historic French building stuffed with plastic bags looks ready to explode

Nov 15, 2017: A shockingly large number of plastic bags appeared to fill a historic stone building to near bursting in Bordeaux last month. The eye-catching installation is the most recent work of Luzinterruptus, a design collective famous for raising environmental awareness with plastic art installations. Created for the FAB Festival de Bourdeaux, the temporary artwork, titled The Plastic We Live With, turned into a light installation at night evocative of illuminated stained glass. Inspired by...

Hidden passageway discovered at ancient Mayan ruins

Nov 14, 2017: Researchers at Chichen Itza, the large Mayan city founded over 1,400 years ago on the Yucatan Peninsula, have discovered a new secret passage that is believed to be connected to an underground cave, known as a cenote, at the Temple of Kukulkan. The discovery was made by underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda and his team of researchers from the Great Mayan Aquifer Project, who used advanced imaging techniques to uncover the hidden passageway. Water-filled cenotes were sometimes used in Mayan...

VW floats plan for an electric, zero-emissions Beetle

Nov 14, 2017: Volkswagen's Beetle design is iconic - and the car company reportedly is actively considering developing an electric version. Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand told Autocar they're mulling over an electric successor to the Beetle of today utilizing their Modular Electric Baukasten (MEB) platform. He said such an electric Beetle would actually be "much closer to history" as it could be rear-wheel-drive like the VW Beetles of our 1960's dream...

This human-sized birdhouse for two is perched among the treetops

Nov 14, 2017: If you’ve ever wished you could make like a bird and roost in the trees, you’ll love this charming birdhouse-shaped hideaway nestled in a British Columbia forest. Calgary-based design firm Studio North recently completed Birdhut, a cozy nest for people and birds alike. Built of reclaimed pine felled by a recent fire, the tiny 100-square-foot structure uses locally scavenged materials to mimic a bird’s nest-building process. Accessible via a bridge to the hillside, the cozy one-room...