Plastic straws are a thing of the past, but which reusable straw is best for the future?

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The days where plastic straw wrappers litter the counter tops of restaurants, coffee shops and fast food joins are nearing their end. With several governments like Australia and the United Kingdom banning and taxing single-use plastic items and companies like Starbucks, Disney and Hyatt taking their own environmental stand by rejecting any further distribution of plastic straws, sustainable and reusable varieties of the pipettes have been popping up all over the marketplace.

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A sustainable tiny cabin powers this holographic lighthouse of the future

Lighthouses are beloved around the world for their architectural beauty and historical significance. But in recent times, the number of operational lighthouses has sharply declined due to the advancement of electronic navigation technology. In a bid to raise awareness of these romantic maritime towers and promote preservation, French designer Nicolas Abdelkader of Paris-based Studio NAB has proposed Hololightkeeper, an experimental and sustainable project that combines traditional maritime design… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The largest fire in Greenland’s history warns of an extreme future

The largest wildfire in Greenland’s history is burning bright as a warning sign for a future rattled by catastrophic climate change. On the world’s largest island, known for its snow-covered glacial landscape, satellite images have captured the similarly colored smoke clouds now billowing from the fire. Scientists are concerned that the black carbon smog produced by the fire could be absorbed by Greenland’s massive ice sheet, of which one-third has now been affected by the soot settling from the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

1967 Volkswagen Camper transformed into ‘Back to the Future’ time machine

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11 Solar-powered homes that show the future of architecture

What will the future of architecture look like? If the impressive solar structures at this year’s Solar Decathlon are any indication, they’ll be smarter, more energy efficient, and a joy to live, work, and play in. This month, a dozen of university-led teams designed, built, and presented their futuristic homes at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado. In the lead up tomorrow’s unveiling of the winner, we’ve rounded up the 11 sustainable dwellings to give… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Are gyroscopic vehicles the future of urban travel?

What do you get when you mix a car with a segway? A futuristic Gyroscopic wheel with a joystick that may just be the future of urban commuting.

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Fly down a zipline in the Willy Wonka-esque Future Forest in London

Bompas & Parr are like real-life Willy Wonkas—and they brought their magic touch to the inside of a UK shopping mall. The design duo launched a free ‘Future Forest’ in the Westfield London shopping center with the theme of urban reforestation. The immersive experience is an incredible indoor forest playground with a fantastical Fruit Cloud, electricity-producing plants, a historic tree circus, and even a 40-meter-long zip-line that starts atop a 5.3-meter-high treehouse.

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Pence vows America will put boots on the face of Mars in near future

During a speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, Vice President Pence made a bold promise that in the near future, the United States of America will send astronauts to both the moon and Mars. Now the chair of the National Space Council — which was only revived last Friday, Pence added that new, ambitious goals will be set to ensure America becomes a leader in space exploration.

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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.

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