Ultralight Carbon Fiber Blackbraid Bicycle Weighs Less Than 11 Pounds!

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The race to create the world’s lightest bike is hot and heavy in the cycling world – and PG Bikes and Munich Composites just shot towards the front of the pack with their ultralight Blackbraid Bicycle. This streamlined carbon fiber cycle weighs just under 11 pounds without sacrificing durability and strength . Munich Composites developed the bike’s braided carbon technology, which is as stable as steel and weighs less than aluminum. The Blackbraid is now available in a fixed-gear or a 14-speed touring model. + PG Bikes + Munich Composites Via Hi Consumption Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 11 pound bike , 14-speed blackboard , blackbraid bicycle , braided carbon technology , carbon fiber , fixed gear blackbraid , green transportation , lightest bicycle , Munich Composites , pg bikes , sustainable transportation

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El Dot Designs’ Versatile Mistress Workstation is Made From FSC-Certified Plyboo

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El Dot Designs ‘ Mistress Workstation is a versatile desk made from FSC-certified Plyboo with hairpin legs. Designed for Mistress Creative in Venice Beach, California, the self-contained creative powerhouse comes complete with a movable power supply with 3 outlets and 2 usb ports, a magnetic dry erase board, and even a bamboo bag hook underneath. The first 15 were a huge success at the California advertising agency, and El Dot Designs plans on putting them into production for a broader audience. + El Dot Designs The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , El Dot Designs , fsc certified wood , green design , green interiors , Los Angeles , Mistress Creative , Mistress Workstation , Plyboo , sustainable design , Venice Beach

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Bicycle Storage Designs Creates an Eco-Friendly Indoor Storage Solution for Bikes

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Bicycle storage can be a real pain, especially if you live in a building with no dedicated storage space. Rather than tying up your pony to a tree or a fence outside your home, rest easy knowing that your bike is safe and sound indoors. Bicycle Storage Designs created this eco-friendly storage solution that is able to hold up to four bicycles. Built from Queensland Hoop Pine and flat-packed for low-impact delivery, the system is easy to assemble, nice to look at and ready for your choice of finish. Check ‘em out here ! (If not for the rack, then for the site’s sweet soundtrack!) + Bicycle Storage Designs The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle racks , bicycle storage , Bicycle Storage Designs , bike racks , Bike Storage , green bike storage , indoor bicycle racks

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Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Trippy Thermophores Change Color with Heat

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Dutch designer Tim Van Cromvoirt wanted to create a wall application that would look organic and act like living organism. So he used his final year at the Design Academy of Eindhoven to experiment with materials and reactions. What he developed was Thermophores, a spiky, sensitive and surreal piece of wall-art that reacts to changing temperatures. Read the rest of Tim Van Cromvoirt’s Trippy Thermophores Change Color with Heat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , biomimicry , Decorative Objects , Design Aacdemy of Eindhoven , dutch design , heat , sensitive , Spiky organism , Thermophores , thermosensitive , Tim van Cromvoirt

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Kia Opens Solar-Powered Car Dealership in South Africa

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Car dealerships tend not to be the greenest of buildings; they’re typically located in strip-malls outside of town, and of course, they are made to hawk gas-guzzling vehicles. But Kia Motors  is charting new territory in car dealership design with the opening of a new solar-powered dealership in Weltevreden Park, South Africa. The new building, which opened its doors earlier this month, features roof-mounted solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, and rainwater harvesting , making it one of the greenest car dealerships in the world. Read the rest of Kia Opens Solar-Powered Car Dealership in South Africa Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , car dealership , green car dealership , kia , kia dealership , kia motors , rainwater , rainwater harvesting , rainwater retention , Solar Power , solar-powered car dealership , South Africa , Weltevreden Park

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Merry-Go-Round: A Collection of Tables and Lights made from Trash by Design Stories and Returhuset

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Swedish studio  Design Stories and Returhuset have come together to produce Merry-Go-Round , a collection of tables and lights made from objects that are traditionally seen as waste materials. The shade on their Drawstring Lamp is a stiff waste fabric designed to filter sunlight. The stiffness of the fabric allows it to hold its organic form. Read the rest of Merry-Go-Round: A Collection of Tables and Lights made from Trash by Design Stories and Returhuset Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , “sustainable furniture” , Design , eco furniture , eco-friendly lighting , lamp , sustainable lighting , table

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WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima

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The 2011 Fukushima disaster was incredibly devastating, but the event’s full impact may not be realized for years to come. According to a recent report from the World Health Organization , people living near the site of the accident have a higher risk of developing certain cancers. Women are particularly vulnerable, and female infants have a 70% higher risk of developing cancer. Read the rest of WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima Accident , Fukushima cancer , Fukushima cancer risk , Fukushima disaster , fukushima nuclear power , nuclear disaster 2011 , nuclear power cancer risk , Nuclear Power disaster , nuclear power risks , thyroid cancer nuclear power

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MIT Unveils 4D-Printed Objects that ‘Make Themselves’

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As if the rise of 3D printing in the past few years wasn’t cool enough, MIT’s Skylar Tibbits just unveiled the future of 4D printing in a TED talk this week . It may sound unbelievable, but the new technology combines 3D printing with shape-shifting design. Tibbits explained that the process involves a 3D-printed object that is capable of self-assembling or changing into another shape when exposed to an outside factor like heat, water, light or sound. Read the rest of MIT Unveils 4D-Printed Objects that ‘Make Themselves’ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , 4d printing , eco design , green design , MIT’s Self Assembly Lab , Skylar Tibbits , sustainable design , TED talks

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Would You Live Under a Bridge? Group Advocates Building Shipping Container Homes Under Hong Kong Overpasses

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You may not think that the space under a bridge would be an ideal place to call home, but a group called Under Bridge Action is proposing to transform  the unused space under Hong Kong’s overpasses into affordable shipping container homes . The industrial area of Kwun Tong has endless overpasses, which the group sees as desirable unused spaces that could be turned into youth hostels, arts performance venues, small businesses, and pop-up housing for young professionals . Under Bridge Action is currently campaigning for the government to deem these areas as the next new neighborhood, under the bridge downtown. Read the rest of Would You Live Under a Bridge? Group Advocates Building Shipping Container Homes Under Hong Kong Overpasses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: affordable housing hong kong , Cargotecture , eco design , green design , Hong Kong population issues , Kwun Tong , shipping container home , sustainable design , Under Bridge Action

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The 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Hybrid Car is Light, Strong, and Nearing Production

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Nothing says “Welcome to the Future” like a 3D-printed runabout vehicle with a hybrid engine, three wheels, speeds of up to 110 mph, and capacity to carry up to 1,200 lbs. The Urbee 2 is the result of Jim Kor’s dream for a modern, sustainable vehicle that will someday revolutionize the way that we commute. The exterior’s lightweight construction of ABS plastic allows for a minimum amount of drag and fuel required to operate the car, and it’s stronger and more easily manipulated than steel. Able to hold two passengers, the Urbee  could very well be the next big thing in urban transportation . Read the rest of The 3D-Printed Urbee 2 Hybrid Car is Light, Strong, and Nearing Production Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , ABS plastic , aerodynamic , car , commute , fused deposition modeling , Guinness World Record , hybrid , jim kor , Kor Ecologic , Le Mans , polymer , redeye , steel , urbee 2 , vehicle

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