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Live off-grid in a UFO home

April 27th, 2016 at 7:29 am » Comments Off

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 […]

Transparent wood is the new glass

April 22nd, 2016 at 11:47 am » Comments Off

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 […]

Skyscraper of Delivery Drones is possible future for Urban Delivery

April 2nd, 2016 at 7:30 am » Comments Off

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.

Grid storage technology helps to integrate renewables

March 29th, 2016 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

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.

Bill Gates to back waterless toilet that will revolutionize global sanitation

March 25th, 2016 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

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.

This bed automatically makes itself

March 24th, 2016 at 9:14 am » Comments Off

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 […]

Hyperloop aims for Europe launch by 2020

March 21st, 2016 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

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.

Groundfridge prefab root cellar will take you back to your roots

March 9th, 2016 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

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’s smart house of the future

November 2nd, 2015 at 4:56 pm » Comments Off

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.

City of the future: A city designed for bikes only (no cars allowed!)

October 23rd, 2015 at 6:37 pm » Comments Off

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.