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This mesmerizing lamp reacts to earthquakes across the globe in real time

This minimalist lamp responds in real time to earthquakes around the world. French artist Fabien Bouchard, who works under the name ParseError, linked the lamp to the data from IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) to which it reacts by emitting light pulses and rumble-like sounds.

The clean, simple design makes the Earthquake Lamp a beautiful object for any home, but its purpose makes it more than a beautiful light source. The artist, who lived through the great 2011… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Boris Johnson proposes 22-mile bridge to connect UK and France

Would a 22-mile bridge crossing the English Channel help connect the United Kingdom and France? Foreign secretary Boris Johnson proposed the infrastructure some have called the Boris Bridge, and spoke about the idea of a second link with France’s president Emmanuel Macron.

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NASA just unveiled a tiny nuclear reactor for future Mars residents

Researchers at NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy have revealed that they have successfully tested a small nuclear reactor that may someday provide power to human habitats on Mars and beyond. Called Kilopower, the reactor comes in several versions to meet certain power needs, from 1 kilowatt (enough to power a small kitchen appliance) to ten kilowatts, four or five of which would be required to provide power for a habitat on Mars. ”Kilopower’s compact size and robustness… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This gorgeous modern treehouse hides a surprising interior

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Nissan to start selling rooftop solar panels and batteries

Tesla’s model of selling electric cars and solar panels seems to appeal to other automakers too – now Nissan is getting in on the game with Nissan Energy Solar. They recently launched the service to sell rooftop panels along with their xStorageHome battery storage products. Their press release says United Kingdom residents equipped with their products could save as much as 66 percent on their power bills.

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Researchers develop self-healing concrete powered by fungus

Scientists at Binghamton University have developed the first application of fungi in self-healing concrete. In a paper recently published in the journal Construction and Building Materials, Binghamton University assistant professor Congrui Jin and her team outline the ways in which a special species of fungi, Trichoderma reesei, may act as a sealing agent when mixed with concrete. “This idea was originally inspired by the miraculous ability of the human body to heal itself of cuts, bruises and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The Revolve Wheel is a puncture-proof tire that folds into a compact pod

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Norway shoots for 100% electric short-haul flights by 2040

More than 50 percent of new car sales in Norway were electric vehicles, according to Electrek. Now the country aims to take the electric revolution to the skies. Norwegian airports public operator Avinor wants all their short-haul flights to be electric in just over 20 years. CEO Dag Falk-Petersen told Agence France Presse (AFP) they’re hoping “to be the first in the world” to switch over to all-electric air transportation. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

China built the ‘World’s biggest air purifier’ – and it’s actually working

What has been called the world’s largest air purifier by its operators is now up and running in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, China. The 100-meter (328 feet) tall tower has already improved the local air quality, according to Cao Junji, the scientist in charge of the project, and could prove to be a valuable tool in China’s fight against urban air pollution. Greenhouses covering the size of half a soccer field surround the base of the tower, into which polluted air is pulled. The smog… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building