A more stylish option to wait out the apocalypse, is a fully sustainable floating home. The Unidentified Floating Home, from Italian mini yacht-maker offers a completely off-grid existence on the ocean. According to the company’s co-founders, Pierpaolo Lazzarini and Luca Solla, the UFO is intended for “living in a floating house and moving slowly around the […]
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Wood, an inexpensive and renewable resource, has many applications. Including building materials for high rises, bicycles, and foam insulation. Recently researchers developed transparent wood for potential use in windows, and solar cells, providing a cheaper alternative to silica-based glass. Led by Prof. Lars Berglund at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, researchers chemically remove lignin from natural […]
Amazon’s delivery drone testing have brought up many questions about the logistics of how to handle these machines. Like where will they be deployed? How do you extend the range to places farther away, and how will cities adapt to a constant frenzy of drones buzzing around.
Developing cheap energy storage is a critical step in moving to renewables and away from fossil fuels as the primary source of electricity: it’s the only way such intermittent sources can supply power to the grid when the wind’s not blowing and the sun’s not shining.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation first challenged the world to design a sustainable and inexpensive toilet, researchers from Cranfield University may have a viable contender - the Nano Membrane Toilet. It was funded by the Gates Foundation in September 2012 for $710,000.
The OHEA smart bed automatically makes itself three seconds after you get up. In all but 50 seconds, it straightens your pillow and duvet. The company is selling its own bedding to work with the bed, so you won’t be able to use your own. However, it’s just a prototype, and it’s not currently for […]
Thanks to an agreement recently announced, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia are all set to benefit from Elon Musk’s futuristic transportation system. The tubular transportation system of the future, hyperloop, is headed for Europe.
Before there were electric fridges, many people had root cellars. Those were essentially underground rooms with stable cool temperatures year round. You can now buy a Groundfridge from Weltevree, the company co-founded by designer Floris Schoonderbeek, famous for the Dutch Tub.
Honda has designed a smart house that is an innovative eco-friendly, energy efficient lab, able to generate its own power as a solution to living off the grid.
More people ride bikes the more that bike lanes multiply in cities, from New York to São Paulo. Over the past ten years, bike commuting in the U.S. has grown 62%. But it’s still a tiny fraction of overall transportation.