Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies

March 31, 2014 by  
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Following the devastating 2011 tsunami , Japan’s Fomm designed an electric vehicle that can protect people in areas susceptible to flash floods or tsunamis. The Concept One electric car is not only the “world’s smallest class four-seater electric vehicle,” but it can also can float like a boat. Read the rest of Fomm’s Concept One Electric Car Floats Like a Boat in Emergencies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amphibious vehicle , electric floating car , electric motor , floating car , fomm , fomm concept one , green car , green transportation , Japan , tsunami        

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MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices

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A team of MIT engineers have created ‘living cells’ made from bacteria that could be used to ‘grow’ electronic devices. The cells are then used to produce biofilms that incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. The resulting ‘living materials’ could produce complex biological molecules, which could be utilised in solar cells, self-healing materials, diagnostic sensors and even smartphones. Read the rest of MIT Engineers Create New Hybrid Materials That Could ‘Grow’ Electronic Devices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electronic gadgets , gadgets , green materials , living cells , living materials , MIT , smartphones , Timothy Liu        

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Jason Pomeroy Unveils Environmentally Responsive Century City Mall in the Philippines

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Award winning eco-architect Jason Pomeroy of Pomeroy Studio recently celebrated the launch of the Century City Mall he designed in the Philippines. The architecture seeks to challenge the ‘business as usual’ energy and water intensive mall typology by going back to basics. The 22,000 sqm mall is characterised by its shell-like structure that seamlessly forms the wall and roof, and protects the interior from the tropical rain and sun. The internal spatial organisation is structured along 19th century arcade principles, whereby a public thoroughfare provides a passage through Century City. It further seeks to optimize the penetration of natural light and ventilation through a series of skylights and air wells. The environmental and social responsiveness is also enhanced by a series of stepped sky courts that form external terraces to provide destination food and beverage areas. The culmination of such social spaces optimises the experience for the shoppers, and furthermore drives down the operating costs for both the tenants and the landlord. + Pomeroy Studio 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: air wells , Century City , century city mall , corporate sustainability , Jason Pomeroy , manila , natural light , natural ventilation , Philippines , Pomeroy Studio , reader submissions , skylights , Urban design        

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Upcycle Leftover Wood & Tile Flooring

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Did you recently give your home a green renovation? If so, odds are that you have some leftover remodeling material lying around the house. Fortunately, Trade Price Tiles just launched a new infographic that offers some DIY ideas for putting this extra material to good use. Check out the full infographic after the break to learn how to make your own headboard, wood doormat, and tiled tabletop! 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! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to Upcycle Leftover Wood & Tile Flooring Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY , diy design , DIY project , do it yourself , Green Building , green design , infographic , Recycled Materials , recycled tile , recycled wood , sustainable design , tile flooring , wood flooring        

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Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires

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Tesla has announced that it is adding a new underbody shield and aluminum deflector plate to the Model S following two collisions that led to car fires last year. The two fires prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct a four-month investigation , which is now being closed due to Tesla’s design change. Read the rest of Tesla Model S Gets a New Underbody Shield to Protect its Batteries and Prevent Fires Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: car safety , electric car , elon musk , green car , green transportation , NHTSA , tesla , tesla battery , Tesla fire , tesla model-s        

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White Wolf Hotel Hovers Over Northern Portugal’s Gorgeous Landscape

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10-Cent Plastic Bag Fee Could Be Coming to New York City

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New Yorkers may soon have another reason to choose reusable bags over plastic ones. The NYC City Council recently introduced a proposal to enact a 10-cent fee on plastic bags at supermarkets, bodegas, drug stores and even clothing stores. If approved, the fee could help curb the number of plastic bags clogging landfills and save the city millions of dollars per year. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 10 cent plastic bag fee , eco design , green design , nyc plastic bag fee , plastic bag ban nyc , plastic bag charge New York City , plastic bag tax , sustainable design        

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International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) this week declared that Japan’s Southern Ocean whale hunt was illegal under international law. After a three week hearing, the court said that Japan’s so-called ‘scientific’ whaling program in the Antarctic failed to meet the conditions for scientific whaling under regulations set by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and ordered a temporary halt. Read the rest of International Court of Justice Orders Temporary Halt on Japanese Antarctic Whaling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: illegal whaling , International Court of Justice , international fund for animal welfare , International Whaling Commission , japanese whaling , Southern Ocean , Southern Ocean Sanctuary , whaling        

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IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared

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The United Nations’  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report Monday on the impact of climate change at their gathering in Yokohama, Japan.  Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability  uses strong language to emphasise its conclusion that global warming is happening right now and will get worse unless the world acts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions . Read the rest of IPCC Report Warns Climate Change is Happening Now and Nobody Will be Spared Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptation , Climate Change , Climate Change 2014: Impacts , global warming , Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , IPCC , Japan , report , risks , UN , vulnerability        

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Is New York Turning on Tesla Too?

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The battle between Tesla Motors and Auto Dealers Associations across the United States keeps raging on. It turns out that New Jersey isn’t the only state that could pass legislation against Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales approach this month – apparently legislators in New York are trying to advance a similar bill. Read the rest of Is New York Turning on Tesla Too? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , green car , green transportation , new jersey , New York League of Conservation of Voters , New York. , tesla , tesla model e , Tesla Model X , tesla model-s        

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