The world’s first space hotel could launch by 2022

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We’ve all heard of the companies promising to launch humans on trips to space, but have you thought about where you will stay once you get there? Startup Orion Span thinks they have the answer, because the company hopes to launch a luxury space hotel into orbit in the next few years. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, start saving your pennies – a 12-night stay will set you back a mere $9.5 million PER PERSON. But don’t worry, the price includes transportation, food and drinks,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge looks like it came from another planet

Four robots, nearly 10,000 pounds of stainless steel, and six months later, Dutch robotic 3D-printing technology company MX3D finished 3D-printing a stainless steel bridge. Gizmodo said it’s the first 3D-printed steel bridge in the world — and looks like it’s straight out of a science fiction movie.

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World’s largest solar energy project will be 100 times bigger than any other on the planet

200 gigawatts of solar power. $200 billion. 100,000 jobs. Those are the numbers attached to what could be the biggest solar energy project in the world, under a deal signed by Saudi Arabia and Japanese conglomerate company SoftBank, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. The move could help Saudi Arabia, the largest oil exporter in the world, progress from oil to renewables.

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Worlds largest single-domed tropical greenhouse unveiled for France

A lush paradise of waterfalls and tropical plants has been unveiled in Coldefy & Associates’ designs for Tropicalia, the world’s largest tropical greenhouse under one roof. Proposed for Pas-de-Calais, France, the 215,000-square-foot greenhouse will be sheathed beneath a double-insulated dome and designed for energy efficiency and include heat recycling. The $62 million project will feature a variety of tropical landscapes filled with flora and fauna and linked by a one-kilometer walking path.

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

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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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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3D-printed Valentine heart in Times Square is the world’s largest lens

If you stop by Times Square this month, you are in for a treat. This year, the city is celebrating love with a massive lens that lets you see the city, and your special somebody, through a totally different perspective.

 

For the 10th anniversary of the New York City Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, designers pulled out all the stops.

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The world’s largest ivory market just banned ivory

In an historic vote, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong voted 49-4 to ban the trade of ivory by 2021. The conclusion of a campaign waged by organizations such as Avaaz to end Hong Kong’s massive ivory trade, the ban could save tens of thousands of African elephants from poaching each year. The vote in Hong Kong comes two years after Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying pledged to end the View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Billions of pieces of plastic trash are sickening the world’s coral reefs

As if coral reefs didn’t have enough to contend with, a new study shows that 11 billion pieces of discarded plastic are spreading disease across the world’s reefs. Plastic tumbling along the coral causes small cuts in the corals, which exposes them to diseases, increasing the likelihood that they will get sick from 4% to an astonishing 90%. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building