2,500 orbiting solar “flying carpets” could power the planet

April 11, 2016 by  
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One need not venture to the Cave of Wonders to discover the magic of flying carpets. The  Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI), a collaboration between Caltech and global security company Northrup Grumman, has proposed the development of solar paneled “flying carpets,” each nearly the size of a football field, that would orbit in sync while gathering energy. This interstellar solar energy would then be beamed down to the planet to provide clean power across the globe. Read the rest of 2,500 orbiting solar “flying carpets” could power the planet

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Einstein’s gravitational wave theory proven by the sound of two black holes colliding

February 11, 2016 by  
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Albert Einstein’s last unproven theory has finally been confirmed. Gravitational waves – ripples in space-time – have been confirmed to exist after decades of research and experimentation. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) proved Einstein’s theory with the observation of waveforms created by the collision of two black holes, an event long predicted but never before measured. Read the rest of Einstein’s gravitational wave theory proven by the sound of two black holes colliding

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Tesla is getting ready to unveil its most affordable electric car to date

February 11, 2016 by  
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It’s the moment we have all been waiting for – Tesla is about to unveil the much anticipated Model 3 , its most affordable electric vehicle to date. The automaker is expected to release details of the $35,000 car on March 31, 2016, ahead of the vehicle’s market debut in 2017. The Model 3 will appeal to a much larger audience with its 200+ mile driving range and more attainable price tag. Read the rest of Tesla is getting ready to unveil its most affordable electric car to date

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Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank

September 15, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Caltech’s New Keck Institute for Space Studies is a LEED Platinum Think Tank Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Cal-Tech , California Institute of Technology , CalTech , Daylighting , eco design , eco university , green architecture , Green Building , green design , keck institute for space studies , kiss , lehrer architects , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , Toleman-Bacher House

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven’t Been Built!

September 15, 2014 by  
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If you love drooling over crazy architectural eye candy, here’s one fantastic infographic you won’t want to miss. In honor of World Architecture Day on October 6, Kon von der Schulenburg of Cantrell & Crowley compiled a visual list of the top ten most amazing building concepts in the world. From the lush ‘ Dragonfly ‘ vertical urban farm to crazy hashtag-inspired skyscrapers, Von Der Schulenburg has selected some of the most breath-taking designs that could one day shape our future city skylines. Click through to see them all! 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: Top Ten Most Amazing Buildings in the World That Haven’t Been Built! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cantrell & Crowley , Concept Architecture , cross hashtag towers , eco pods , futuristic architecture , greengru airportscraper , infographic , Kon von der Schulenburg , my dream our vision , ren building , the dragonfly , the vertical park , water droplet resort , wooden skyscraper , world architecture day

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3 tips from Caltech on how to keep project drift at bay

November 27, 2013 by  
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With the right approach, building owners can match actual energy savings with the theoretical. 

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

October 30, 2013 by  
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In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus , released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature .  In this publication she coined the term ‘ biomimicry ‘ and laid the groundwork for an emerging discipline that looks for innovative solutions to pressing global problems by emulating nature’s designs and processes. Since her book’s release more than 15 years ago, Benyus has evolved the practice of biomimicry research through numerous initiatives, including Biomimicry 3.8  — an amazing organization providing business consulting, professional training, and education on what humans can learn from the genius of nature that surrounds us. Though biomimetics is technically not a new idea, the relevance of this field has become increasingly apparent over the past few years as we’ve come to realize that Mother Nature is one of the universe’s most successful and time-tested designers, and we have much to learn from her. Watch our video above to hear from biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus as she chats with us about some of the incredible innovations that have come from Biomimicry, such as velcro , solar power , and more-efficient wind turbines . + Biomimicry 3.8 + Biomimicry coverage on Inhabitat + The Biomimicry Manual + CalTech Uses Biomimicry To Design Better Wind Turbines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , biomimetic inspiration , biomimicry , biomimicry 3.8 , biomimicry and sustainable design , biomimicry design , biomimicry expert , Biomimicry Institute , CalTech , Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy , design inspired by nature , design that mimics nature , FLOWE , green design , inhabitat interview , Janine Benyus , jill fehrenbacher , John Dabiri , sustainable design , The Biomimicry Institute , vertical axis wind turbine        

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DALE: Brilliant Solar-Powered Micro Home is Set on Rails for Mobility

July 2, 2013 by  
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Caltech’s Historic Linde + Robinson Lab Renovated into a LEED Platinum Eco Center

April 2, 2013 by  
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Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet

August 16, 2012 by  
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Bill Gates helped to invent the personal computer and now, through his philanthropic foundation, he plans to help reinvent the toilet . On Tuesday, the billionaire awarded the California Institute of Technology with a $100,000 first-place prize for its work on a solar-powered toilet. The self-contained unit, which recycles water and breaks down waste into useable energy, has become the focus of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to provide sanitation to the developing world. Read the rest of Bill Gates Awards $100,000 Prize to Caltech for Energy-Generating Solar-Powered Toilet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill and melinda gates foundation , bill gates , California Institute of Technology , CalTech , hygiene , loughborough university , michael hoffmann , reinvent the toilet challenge , sanitation , solar powered toilet , University of Toronto

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