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8 Solar trends for 2015 to follow

January 28th, 2015 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

  GTM Research’s solar analysts release every quarter, the most important data and findings from the past three months.  The most important charts from the Q4 2014 Solar Executive Briefing follow.



Dutch company using living plants to power streetlights

January 15th, 2015 at 2:32 pm » Comments Off

Dutch company harnessing electricity from living plants. The Dutch company Plant-e, is using living plants to power more than 300 streetlights, WiFi hotspots, and cell phone chargers.  The “Starry Sky” project started in November 2014 by Plant-e near Amsterdam in an old ammunition site called HAMburg.  



How Elon Musk’s Hyperloop will Change Transportation

January 11th, 2015 at 3:17 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream with a 60-page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power, supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely […]



Human Waste can be used as Fuel in Space

January 9th, 2015 at 1:24 pm » Comments Off

Get your toilet humor and poop puns ready – it’s time for another edition of “What do astronauts do with all that doo-doo?” NASA recently asked researchers to come up with a way to use all of the human waste expected to pile up when it builds a moon base. The best answer was to […]



Audi to come out with an Electric Car that Rivals Tesla

January 7th, 2015 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

Audi’s new Tesla Model S rival will offer a 280-mile all-electric range with room for a whole family Audi has revealed that an all-new, all-electric family car with a 280-mile range is currently under development. Technical development boss at Audi, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg revealed that the model, which is set to rival the Tesla […]



Internet of Things Innovations in Agriculture

January 3rd, 2015 at 3:55 pm » Comments Off

Venture capitalists invested a record amount in agriculture and food startups in the third quarter this year, totaling $269 million across 41 deals. Conservis, for example, raised $10 million to offer farmers a real-time view of operations. FarmLogs raised $4 million to deliver apps that help farmers increase their productivity and profitability by identifying the […]



It’s Illegal to Live off the Grid in the State of Florida

January 2nd, 2015 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s like saying our dependency on […]



Nissan’s New Electric Car will go farther than ever

January 1st, 2015 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

For many more people than realize it, electric cars are already adequate for their needs and better than a gasmobile for their bank account and quality of life. However, it often isn’t good enough for disruptive technology to be better than the incumbents. It has to be much better. The target for electric cars, in […]



Top 10 Articles on ImpactLab.net

December 27th, 2014 at 9:56 am » Comments Off

The articles posted on the Impact Lab represent an unusual mix, all of which are oriented around future trends, future thinking, or recent innovations that may more may not alter the course of history. With that in mind, here are the posts that caught most people’s attention over 2014.



Ocean Spiral – an underwater ocean floor factory connected to a floating sea base via a spiral tower

December 24th, 2014 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

Ocean Spiral They have built terminal 3 of Singapore’s airport and the The Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line aka Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway. Aqualine is a bridge–tunnel combination across Tokyo Bay in Japan. It connects the city of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture with the city of Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture, and forms part of National Route 409. With an overall […]



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