All-electric flying bicycle takes to the skies in first manned flight

June 3, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Flying bikes have come a long way since Steven Spielberg sent Eliot flying towards the moon in E.T; notably, there are some very real, Hollywood-SFX-free ones in development. Aeroflex’s Hoverbike has so far reached a top speed of 30mph, and a maximum flying height of 15 feet, and now a team from Hungary has developed an all-electric flying bike that just recently achieved its first manned venture. The tricopter vehicle—dubbed Flike —has so far stayed aloft in controlled tests for over a minute, and with lithium-polymer batteries to power the cycle’s six rotors it has the capacity to sustain a 30-40 minute flight. Read the rest of All-electric flying bicycle takes to the skies in first manned flight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bay zoltan , electric bike , electric vehicle , flike , flying bike , flying electric bike , hoverbike , lithium batteries , litium polymer , tricopter

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Meet SUstand: A Recycled Cardboard Stand for Any Tablet or Smartphone

October 17, 2014 by  
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You’ve probably noticed how popular is cardboard in the world of sustainable products lately. Following the examples of foldable furniture and cardboard surfboards , a team from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has introduced SUstand : an elegant and environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic tablet stands. Designed to minimize paper waste, these stands are pre-cut on a piece of 100 percent recycled cardboard . A little push here, a slight bend there, and you’re suddenly the owner of four adjustable stands that can hold any tablet, phablet, or smartphone. By year’s end, there will be a crowdfunding campaign for producing SUstands directly from paper waste (like supermarket boxes) to reduce the environmental impact even further. SUstands will be available during the Dutch Design Week (October 18-26) at the Temporary Art Centrum , Eindhoven, the Netherlands. + SUstand Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment 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: cardboard stand , Eindhoven , Netherlands , phablet , recycled cardboard , recycled cardboard stand , smartphone stand , sustainable cardboard , SUstand , tablet , tablet stand , upcycled cardboard

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Spaceships With Solar-Powered Lasers Could Deflect World-Ending Asteroids

June 19, 2012 by  
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Solar technology has taken off and literally shot into orbit over the last few years with satellites and the USAF’s top-secret shuttle being powered by photovoltaic panels. Now a team from Scotland’s University of Strathclyde believes that the renewable energy source could have planet-saving potential – they’ve proposed building a series of spacecrafts equipped with solar-powered lasers that could deflect incoming asteroids. Read the rest of Spaceships With Solar-Powered Lasers Could Deflect World-Ending Asteroids Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , asteroid defence , asteroid laser , asteroid protection , solar energy beam , solar power laser , solar power space , solar satellite rays , solar satellites , solar satellites space , sun rays , university of Strathclyde

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Alejandro Cartagena’s Insightful Photo Series Explores the Carpooling Phenomena In Mexico

June 19, 2012 by  
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Search and Rescue Robot Takes Inspiration from Cockroaches and Geckos

June 11, 2012 by  
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Over the past few years we’ve seen  emergency services and the US military take inspiration from the natural world to create next-gen robots. They’ve come to include a rapid-response robot based on the cheetah , and a unit that can jump like a sand flea . Now,  a team from the University of California at Berkeley is looking at cockroaches and geckos to create a new range of search and rescue droids. Read the rest of Search and Rescue Robot Takes Inspiration from Cockroaches and Geckos Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cockroach robot , emergency services , gecko robot , rapid response robot , robotics , robots , search and rescue robot , university of berkeley , us military robot

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Scientists Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Reached a “Troubling Milestone”

June 1, 2012 by  
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According to a team from the  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Earth System Research Lab , the average monthly measurement for greenhouse gas was recorded at 400 parts per million in a remote Arctic location. The finding marks “a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide,” and increases in greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, which some scientists have warned about for several years. Read the rest of Scientists Report Greenhouse Gas Emissions Have Reached a “Troubling Milestone” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: atmosphere emissions , carbon dioxide , greenhouse emissions , greenhouse gases , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , NOAA , noaa greenhouse gas milestone

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Could Lasers Be the New Way to Kill Weeds?

May 22, 2012 by  
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When gardening, we’re sure many of you have used herbicides to kill weeds and other invasive plants. However, the thing about herbicides is that in order to kill weeds, they are often very toxic and affect everything from those using them to potentially the groundwater. To prevent any possible environmental damage with herbicides in the future, a team from the Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany have developed a hi-tech alternative:  weed-killing lasers ! Read the rest of Could Lasers Be the New Way to Kill Weeds? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco friendly herbicide , eco friendly laser , herbicide laser , Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) , Leibniz University , Leibniz University weed laser , Leibniz University weeds herbicide , weed killing laser

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Scientists Create Artificial Plastic Skin That Bleeds And Heals Itself

March 29, 2012 by  
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For years, scientists have been working to develop artificial skin for wounded patients and bio-medical research. Now a team from the University of Southern Mississippi has taken the effort one step further by creating a new type of plastic that not only ‘bleeds’ when damaged, but repairs itself just like human skin. Read the rest of Scientists Create Artificial Plastic Skin That Bleeds And Heals Itself Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial fake skin , bleeding plastic skin , PLASTIC Skin , SELF-HEALING plastic skin , UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI , UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI plastic skin

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Ambient River Bank House Opens Out to a Pine Forest in Montana

March 29, 2012 by  
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University of Maryland Wins 2011 Solar Decathlon

October 5, 2011 by  
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The WaterShed, designed and built by a team from the University of Maryland, is the winner of the 2011 Solar Decathlon . In addition to winning the overall competition, the Maryland entry also took first place in the Architecture category and second place in the Market Appeal category, and was in the top 5 in almost every category, including two other categories where they tied with several other teams for first place. The winning house is just 876 square feet (81.4 square meters) in area. It not only utilizes solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal, but also incorporates water collection, greywater filtration, and an edible garden wall among its numerous features. Second-place in the Decathlon was won by Purdue University, and the team from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand received the third-place award. link: Maryland Solar Decathlon Page

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