Autonomous concept car features an urban garden on wheels

December 9, 2016 by  
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From a Swiss think tank widely known for its outrageous car concepts comes the automotive dream to end all others: an autonomous vehicle featuring a mobile office and a living garden . The Rinspeed Oasis is set to be unveiled at the upcoming CES event held in Las Vegas in early January 2017. The fully autonomous concept vehicle takes a wildly different approach to commuting, with a built-in personal assistant, a lock-box for packages, and a host of other smart features that change the way we think about transportation. Rinspeed has promoted the “mobile office” notion in previous concept designs, and the Swiss think tank even transformed a Tesla Model S into a self-driving office on wheels. With the debut of the Oasis concept next month, Rinspeed is upping the stakes quite a bit in terms of innovation and thinking outside the literal box of a car frame. That’s the whole point of the Oasis concept, according to the company’s press release, which acknowledges some critics might be scratching their heads at the notion of growing plants inside a car. Related: Rinspeed turns Tesla Model S into an autonomous mobile office “Urban gardening on wheels as a new trend? A little bit out there? Maybe. But as always, the creation of Swiss mobility innovator Frank M. Rinderknecht is an oasis for inspiration in the otherwise rather expansive automotive wasteland,” the company said. The Oasis also features an onboard “personal assistant” that puts artificial intelligence to work for the car owner by linking personal data (via digital calendar and social media accounts, for instance) with the vehicle’s navigation system and traffic information. As a result, the vehicle can not only let you know whether you’ll make it to your destination on time, but can also give you a heads up if you’re about to miss an appointment. Let’s be clear about one thing: there are no plans for mass production currently in place. At CES, Rinspeed will do what they do for another year in row, which is reveal outlandish concepts to push the envelope of automotive design and hope that carmakers will follow. Via New Atlas Images via Rinspeed

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Why big oil needs to integrate — or disintegrate

August 9, 2016 by  
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The “supermajors” will have to make some drastic financial changes if they don’t want go the way of the dinosaur.

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Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home!

July 3, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dagobah , dagobah system , Dinosaur , Easter Island , Endor , etsy , ewok , Ewoks , george lucas , Minnesota , moa+i , princess leah , r2d2 , sasquatch , star wars , Tatooine , the wonder room , tony larson , yoda

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INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir”

July 3, 2014 by  
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We’ve featured many a tiny house on Inhabitat, but did you know that one trailblazing lady was the inspiration behind many of those miniature homes? Meet Dee Williams : an early pioneer and sustainability advocate of the tiny house movement, she downsized from a three bedroom home into an 84 square foot house she built herself for $10,000 after she was diagnosed with a heart muscle disease. Ten years later, she’s inspired countless others to pursue big dreams in tiny spaces and has just recently published her first book and memoir, “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir.” Unlike the typical how-to construction manual–Williams has already published a DIY tiny house e-book called “Go House Go” –”The Big Tiny” delves into Williams’ motivations and life lessons learned from building and living in a tiny house the size of an area rug. Click through to read our interview with Dee Williams. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Tiny House Pioneer Dee Williams Discusses Living Large in 84 Square Feet in Her New Memoir “The Big Tiny: A Built-it-Myself Memoir” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 84 square foot home , book review , dee williams , dee williams interview , dee williams memoir , dee williams the big tiny , dee williams tiny house , downsizing , go house go , inhabitat book review , inhabitat interview , interview , Jay Shafer , the big tiny , tiny homes , tiny house , tiny house movement , tiny house trend , tiny houses

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Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction

April 1, 2014 by  
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Scientists have identified five mass extinctions over the course of the Earth’s history. While many are familiar with the cataclysmic event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, the most dramatic die-off happened during the Permian 252 million years ago. According to research from MIT , a microbe named Methanosarcina may have been responsible for the demise of 90 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land vertebrates. The tiny organisms multiplied in such numbers that they were able to bombard the atmosphere with methane , causing the oceans to acidify and turn the climate into a hostile environment for life. Read the rest of Methane-Producing Bacteria May Have Caused Earth’s Largest Mass Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: archaea , Biodiversity , CO2 , Dinosaur , global warming , greenhouse gas , greg fournier , mass extinction , methane , methanosarcina , microbes , microorganisms , MIT , ocean acidification , permian , siberia , volcanic activity        

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Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs

April 1, 2014 by  
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As if SeaWorld didn’t have enough bad press in the wake of the shocking documentary Blackfish , a document obtained by Buzzfeed reveals that the marine park gives its whales psychoactive drugs and anti-depressants. According to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice affidavit , SeaWorld’s whale trainers give their orcas benzodiazepine, which has a valium-like effect on the mammals. Read the rest of Document Reveals That SeaWorld Gives its Orcas Anti-Depressants And Psychoactive Drugs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anti-depressants , benzodiazepine , blackfish , captive whale , MarineLand , orcas , PETA , psychoactive drugs , SeaWorld , whales        

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Gardens of Anfa: Flourishing Vine-Wrapped Skyscrapers Set to Spring Up in Casablanca

April 1, 2014 by  
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Adorable Dinosaur Nightlight Uses Algae To Glow In The Dark!

August 16, 2013 by  
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Is your little one afraid of the dark? Or are they just crazy about anything dinosaur-related? This adorable dinosaur-shaped nightlight from California-based company  Yonder Biology  might be the perfect friend to get them used to sleeping alone. Made from polyethylene plastic, the dinosaur-shaped container houses dinoflagellate algae. This is just one of many types of algae with bio-luminescent properties, which is a fancy way of saying it glows in the dark. Because the algae is a living organism, Dino Pets actually depend on their owners to survive. Daily sunlight is a must, and special dino food is added once every 1-3 months to keep the algae happy. The Dino Pet is currently gathering funding on Kickstarter. Keep reading to find out how you can nab one! READ MORE >>   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , alternative energy , bio-luminescence , Design , dinosaurs , kids stuff , nightlight , toys        

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Ancient Marine Diatoms Could be Used to Make Biofuels, Electronics and Health Foods

October 23, 2012 by  
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Diatoms photo from Shutterstock Diatoms are tiny marine life forms that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Now a team from Oregon State University believes that they could be used to make biofuel production from algae truly cost-effective, as they can simultaneously produce other valuable products such as semiconductors, biomedical products and even health foods . Read the rest of Ancient Marine Diatoms Could be Used to Make Biofuels, Electronics and Health Foods Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae biofuel , biofuel production , diatoms , Dinosaur , electronics , health foods , marine lifeforms , oregon state university

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