New autopilot software update improves performance and feel of Tesla cars

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Tesla isn’t content to be the most valuable car company in the United States. The company has been working to improve their software, and their new Autopilot comes with relaxed speed restrictions that make driving on undivided roads and off highways even better. Vice president of Autopilot software Chris Lattner said on Twitter the performance of the car is “much improved.” View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



China subverts pollution with contained vertical farms – and boosts yield

Around one fifth of arable land in China is contaminated with levels of toxins greater than government standards, according to 2014 data. That’s around half the size of California, and it’s a growing problem for a country that faces such levels of pollution they had to import $31.2 billion of soybeans in 2015 – a 43 percent increase since 2008. Scientists and entrepreneurs are working to come up with answers to growing edible food in a polluted environment, and shipping containers or vertical gardening… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Forward Labs’ new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla’s – and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention when it comes to solar roofs, but meanwhile, start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof technology that not only blends right in with traditional roofs, but it is 33% cheaper that Tesla’s offering – and it can be installed in half of the time.

Forward Labs’ roof is different from Tesla’s in that, instead of using individual solar shingles, it uses a standing-seam metal roof that is made up of one large, layered piece. It has a tempered… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BMW just unveiled the sleek electric motorcycle of the future

Ready to commute in style? A futuristic, zero-emission motorbike was recently unveiled by BMW at the Concorso D’eleganza Villa D’este, an event presently taking place in Italy. Modeled after the BMW Motoradd Vision Next 100, the design is both sleek and functional and is perfect for those who need to transit in urban settings.

The BMW Motorrad Concept Link may look like a scooter, but it is anything but. The motorbike has a low-slung, stretched body with a flat seat and, according to the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Atelier Space turn a 1925 nursery into a daylit solar-powered residence in the Netherlands

Smart adaptive reuse can do wonders with old, abandoned and disused buildings. Dutch firm Atelier Space breathed new life into this 1925 nursery in Leiden, the Netherlands, and converted it into a beautiful, daylit residence with all the amenities, technology and polish worthy of a modern urban home.

The architects preserved much of the original 1925 nursery, turned the former gym into an airy, open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area. They divided a large classroom into three separate… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dwell on Design 2017: The West Coast’s largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

Dwell on Design, the West Coast’s largest design event, is back and better than ever for 2017. The highly-anticipated three-day design event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 23 – 25 and will feature 300 exhibitors, continuing education opportunities and onstage programming from the top leaders in design.

 

 

 

 

For it’s twelfth year, Dwell on Design will feature architect Sir David Adjaye. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Pope Francis gifts Trump his book on climate change

Pope Francis and President Donald Trump have made no secret of their opposing viewpoints: on immigration, on climate change, or on walls. So many people were curious to see how their recent meeting at the Vatican in Rome would play out. The meeting appeared quite cordial but the Pope definitely won the day with his gift for Trump: an encyclidal on climate change.

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Solar-powered EarthCruiser camper expands at the push of a button

Related: Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a cute hybrid microbus perfect for the eco-conscious road warrior

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World’s fastest electric car just shattered its own record

Critics have claimed clean technology lags behind fossil fuel-powered devices. They once said electric cars weren’t as powerful or speedy as gasoline-fueled ones, but one sleek clean car just showed vehicles can be super fast without polluting our planet. The Nio EP9 – which already put other cars to shame with a speed of up to 194 miles per hour – just smashed its own record. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Three-fourths of sunscreens don’t work as they claim and may contain harmful chemicals

Before heading to the beach, most people make sure to pack a bottle of sunscreen. After all, the ultraviolet rays can be quite damaging and no one wants to develop skin cancer later on in life. While doing so is recommended, it turns out certain ingredients in hundreds of common sunscreens don’t work as well as advertised, according to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Additionally, 73 percent of 880 sunscreens that were tested contain “worrisome” ingredients people… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building