Is it Time for a Wooden Skyscraper Revolution? It Makes a Lot of Sense.

The world’s population is becoming more urbanized by the day. That means a lot of new city dwellers need somewhere to call home. But, where do we house them? Traditionally it’s been in new concrete or steel buildings and skyscrapers. But there is another option: wood.

Woman Quits Job to Build Sustainable Bamboo Homes in Bali

If you are from the United States or Europe, it’s unlikely your local planning commission would approve of a structure built out of bamboo. Yet, if you are from Eastern Asia, building with bamboo is one of your best options. The wood is stronger than you may think—it actually has the same strength as concrete and the strength-to-weight ratio of steel. Yes, steel.

The Futuristic Mobile Tiny Home That Is Powered by Solar and Wind

The tiny house movement is continuing to gain popularity as an alternative to buying more expensive and larger homes that require more maintenance. One of the latest designs is EcoCapsules, which brings the mobility of a tiny home to a new level. Designed by Nice Architects from Bratislava, Slovakia, the EcoCapsule is a portable unit powered by wind and sun energy.

Tesla’s ‘Drive for Free’ Superchargers are Sprouting Up Around the World

“Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight.” That’s what Tesla promised in 2012 when they announced their revolutionary Supercharger program. Using just solar power, they promised to build a network of electric car chargers that would allow owners of their award-winning Model S to drive many places for free. What’s more, they said each charger could top up your car in just 30 short minutes – way faster than the car chargers that came before.

A quick look at Tesla’s latest Supercharger maps reveal they’ve been VERY busy installing Superchargers all over the world. For drivers in the US, a free cruise up and down both coasts is now pretty easy. You can also zip through the center of the country with ease.

Can Harnessing Ships and Tides Beat Nuclear Power?

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Without a doubt, one of the challenges facing our world population is the need for sustainable energy sources. With the converging issues of pollution, dwindling fossil fuel supplies and a rising population, it’s high time we work on smart solutions. Now Nautical Torque Technologies is proposing a way of generating electricity that eliminates many of the problems with previous technologies and does it using a readily available energy source: docked ships and tides.

Supercharger: Drive for Free, Forever, On Sunlight

“Drive for Free. Forever. On Sunlight.” Don’t worry, you read that right. If you haven’t heard of Tesla Motors, your ears will be ringing with the name soon. The revolutionary California based company has been changing the face of the automotive industry one step at a time, and they’re doing it with electric cars. Now, in perhaps the most stunning move yet, they have introduced Supercharger, an electric car charging system which promises to eliminate all the major concerns about owning an electric car.

A Lush Suspended Field Demonstrates the Cycles of Life

Think of it as a trampoline which grows a verdant carpet of plant life. Floating well above the floor a net of fabric springs to life in the form of bright green sprouts. The piece allows viewers to interact with the space, climbing up through manhole like openings in the fabric, poking their heads into its green rolling landscape and climbing onto its springy surface.

Don’t Worry, Drive On: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies

Two things never seem to change about crude oil: the constant warnings that our thirst for it is unsustainable, and the fact that we continue to use it like it will last forever. These two troubling trends are issues which should be dealt with, and quickly, as this intriguing motion graphic from The Post Carbon Institute points out.

Micromachina: Real Insects Become Miniature Machines

A world of gigantic mechanized insects comes to life before our eyes. Tiny scientists inspect gears within their robot-like beasts, fine tuning their components as they prepare them for work in some imaginary world. The tiny models are the work of artist Scott Bain, who creates each bizarre piece using actual insects like some entomologist with an obsession for the mechanical. The models are fascinating on their own… but they have a message far larger than their scale.

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