New super batteries could charge phones in seconds and electric cars in minutes

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A scientific breakthrough at the University of Surrey could completely change how we charge our devices. Researchers developed a new material that could be used to create supercapacitors 1,000 to 10,000 times more powerful than conventional batteries. The new super batteries would also be safer, greener, faster charging and more efficient.

The breakthrough is made possible by a special type of polymer that is, surprisingly enough, adapted from the principles used to make soft contact lenses…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



These crazy CarTubes could move city traffic underground

 

What would it look like if we took cars off the road and put them underground? PLP/Architecture is proposing we do just that, with their CarTube project that would see the creation of a network of underground tubes with massive conveyor belts that move vehicles from one place to another. And, according to TreeHugger, they’re proposing we do away with above ground roads – instead covering them with green features like grass and trees.

 

 

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PLP Architecture’s CarTube proposes plan to move city traffic underground

 

What would it look like if we took cars off the road and put them underground? PLP/Architecture is proposing we do just that, with their CarTube project that would see the creation of a network of underground tubes with massive conveyor belts that move vehicles from one place to another. And, according to TreeHugger, they’re proposing we do away with above ground roads – instead covering them with green features like grass and trees.

 

 

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11 buy-nothing gifts of time

Giving someone a great gift they’ll really treasure doesn’t mean dropping a ton of cash. Sometimes the best gift you can give a friend or loved one is something much less tangible: your time. This year skip the store-bought gifts and give your loved ones a View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Lucid Motors to build electric vehicle plant in Arizona

California-based electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors just announced plans to construct an assembly plant in Arizona that the company expects will turn out 50,000 to 60,000 electric luxury sedans when operations begin at the end of 2018. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How shared space makes four micro apartments in Japan seem much larger

It is hard to believe but in case of this house in Japan size does not really matter. Designed by Osamu Nishida and Erika Nakagawa from ON Design & Partners, Yokohama Apartment features four super-small residential units each less than 20 sq.m in size (the smallest measures only 16,27 sq.m). However, nevertheless such reduced dimensions, these small hats feel as great and large enough spaces to live in. Magic resides in the shared open-air courtyard of the house conceived as a real living-room… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

WonderSphere safely brings nature indoors for hospitalized children to enjoy

Many studies link exposure to nature to improved health and healing, but it’s risky to exposure immunocompromised patients to the dirt and microbes of the outdoors. That’s why science teacher and nature lover Katie Stoudemire created the WonderSphere, a sealed chamber that children can safely stick their hands into to touch and explore plant life. The design recently won the Core 77 Design for Social Impact Award.

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14 green gifts for big kids

Even the greenest kids want gift action during the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you have to buy them junk from Walmart. We’ve collected a list of 14 green gifts that will cheer up your kid without being totally detrimental to the environment, and View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

American veterans arrive at Standing Rock to defend Dakota Access Pipeline protesters

Veterans arrived to stand with Standing Rock.

We’re not sure if by “protect” they actually mean “spraying protesters with rubber bullets, tear gas, and freezing water.” View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

15 great holiday gifts for your furry friends

For those of us whose pets are practically our children, buying presents and seeing them enjoy their gifts is a delight. Whether you’re looking to make your pet feel a little cozier and loved, or encouraging them to have more fun, we have a great lineup of View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building