World’s first mass-producible 3D-printed electric car will cost under $10K

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The world’s first mass-producible, 3D-printed electric car is set to revolutionize the auto industry. An Italy-based electric car company XEV and 3D printing material company Polymaker launched the tiny LSEV during a recent press conference held at the 3D-Printing Cultural Museum in Shanghai. In a statement, Co-founder and CEO of Polymaker Dr. Luo Xiaofan said, “XEV is the first real mass production project using 3D printing. By saying real, I mean there are also lots of other companies using 3D… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



World’s first rechargeable proton battery requires zero lithium

For the first time, scientists have created a rechargeable proton battery, an environmentally friendly alternative to lithium ion batteries that with more development actually might be able to store more energy. Lead researcher John Andrews, professor at RMIT University, said in a statement, “Our latest advance is a crucial step towards cheap, sustainable proton batteries that can help meet our future energy needs without further damaging our already fragile environment.”

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Tesla Semi goes on its first production cargo trip, transporting battery packs

The Tesla Semi recently hit the roads on its very first production cargo trip, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who posted a picture to social media. The image showed two of the heavy duty trucks, which Musk said would ferry battery packs from the Nevada Gigafactory to the California car factory.

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Balkrishna (B.V.) Doshi becomes the first Indian architect to win the Pritzker Prize

The winner of the 2018 Pritzker Prize was just announced. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LEGO is rolling out its first plant-based plastic pieces

Plants from plants: that’s LEGO’s description for their first sustainable bricks ever. They’ll be rolling out botanical elements like trees, leaves, and bushes manufactured with plant-based plastic sourced via sugarcane this year. The move is part of their goal to utilize sustainable materials in their packaging and core products by 2030.

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Astronomers uncover echoes of the very first stars

Scientists have identified faint radio signals emitted by the first stars shortly after they shined their light on the universe for the first time. The evidence suggests that the earliest stars formed 180 million years after the Big Bang in a period of transition known as the cosmic dawn. “Finding this minuscule signal has opened a new window on the early universe,” Arizona State University researcher Judd Bowman of Arizona State University told The Guardian. “It’s unlikely we’ll be able… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Snhetta unveils plans for worlds first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle

Snøhetta has revealed designs for the world’s first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle—an incredible proposal given the region’s below-freezing temperatures. Located at the foot of Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier, the circular Svart hotel will offer panoramic 360-degree views of the fjord and use solar panels to produce more energy than it needs. The sustainable building is being developed in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska.

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Super blue blood moon eclipse to occur next week for the first time in 150 years

On January 31, turn your eyes to the sky, because the moon is going to do something that it hasn’t done in a century and a half. On the last day of the month, lucky celestial viewers are going to witness a super blue blood moon eclipse.

So what is a super blue blood moon eclipse? Let’s break it down. The supermoon is when the full moon is closest to the Earth, so it looks extremely bright and big. A blue moon is when the moon is full for a second time in a calendar month. Then, while all… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first vertical forest for low-income housing is coming to the Netherlands

“The high-rise building of Eindhoven confirms that it is possible to combine the great challenges of climate change with those of housing shortages. Urban forestry is not only necessary to improve the environment of the world’s cities but also an opportunity to improve the living conditions of less fortunate city dwellers”, said Stefano Boeri. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Super blue blood moon eclipse to occur for the first time in 150 years

On January 31, turn your eyes to the sky, because the moon is going to do something that it hasn’t done in a century and a half. On the last day of the month, lucky celestial viewers are going to witness a super blue blood moon eclipse.

So what is a super blue blood moon eclipse? Let’s break it down. The supermoon is when the full moon is closest to the Earth, so it looks extremely bright and big. A blue moon is when the moon is full for a second time in a calendar month. Then, while all… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building