Extraordinary spray-on coating makes any object almost indestructible

September 16, 2016 by  
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Line-X sells a range of tough, durable coatings meant to help line the beds of trucks to protect the vehicle from rain and other elements. However, as the team from YouTube channel How Ridiculous recently found out, it can also be used to render everyday objects virtually indestructible – including melons, eggs, and even lightbulbs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeCH7czRPz8&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=HowRidiculous In a recent video, the team sprayed a whole watermelon with Line-X and threw it off a 150-foot tower. Rather than smashing into pulp at the bottom, the melon harmlessly bounced off the ground and flew back into the air. (The inside of the watermelon, however, was reduced to mush.) Naturally, this got the amateur scientists thinking about how the spray would affect more fragile objects. Related: Incredible coating makes watermelon bounce after 150-foot drop In their latest video, they put Line-X to the test on both a lightbulb and an egg – and miraculously, after being thrown from an incredible height, neither object shattered on impact. (Of course, that doesn’t mean the contents came out unharmed.) However, the video did uncover one thing Line-X can’t do – apparently the tough coating won’t protect a bowling ball from being dropped on the head of an axe. + Line X + How Ridiculous Via Sploid

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Shelter Pack emergency homes compress to 31-inch-tall slabs for easy transport

September 16, 2016 by  
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Gürsu’s design for the Shelter Pack won the Golden award at the 2016 A’ Design Awards . The emergency shelter measure just 31 inches (80 cm) tall when compressed. When expanded to full size, Shelter Pack includes a bedroom with space for four beds, a bathroom, a fully appointed kitchen, and a dining area complete with its own furniture. Each portable apartment takes just a few hours to assemble. Related: 8 Innovative emergency shelter designs for when disaster hits The intelligence of the design spans far beyond the shelter’s ability to collapse. Water spouts on the roof reduce the risk of leaks and funnel rainwater into a collection tank for later use. A rooftop skylight filters daylight into the living space, reducing the need for artificial lighting. The walls are composed of multiple layers of fire- and waterproof materials, which simultaneously protect the interior from damage while providing heat insulation in case of inclement weather. Overall, each installed Shelter Pack home provides 129 square feet of living space that can sustain residents for months on end. With numbers of refugees on the rise, from both war and climate change, smart solutions like this one will be a necessary addition to disaster relief efforts around the globe. + Designnobis Via Yanko Design Images via Designnobis and Hakan Gürsu

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Light Bulb Moment? Researchers See Bright Idea

August 18, 2016 by  
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The humble light bulb has been around so long that it feels a bit strange to discuss it in the realm of eco-tech. We forget that the light bulb, now found in virtually every single home in America, was once a groundbreaking innovation. Light! At…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Simple steps you can take to save a ton of energy at home

December 15, 2015 by  
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When you research saving money around the home, the first thing you probably encounter is replacing incandescent lights with LED light bulbs and buying a programmable thermostat. And while LED light bulbs and properly timed thermostats are big energy savers, there are some simple things you can do today to save energy and money that require hardly any time and money at all. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Simple steps you can take to save a ton of energy at home

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Hulger Launches First Drop Top Lamp Shade to Match Energy-Efficient Plumen Light Bulbs

July 16, 2014 by  
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Design brand Hulger just introduced the latest addition to their award-winning, energy-efficient lighting family: the Plumen Drop Top Lamp Shade (A). Made from mouth-blown glass, the Drop Top is Hulger’s first lampshade designed with the Plumen 001 in mind. The tinted and transparent shade flares out in an A-line shape to flatter the pear-shaped Plumen 001 bulb and direct light downwards. The shades can be purchased separately in one of three colors–amber, black, or white. + Hulger 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: energy efficient light bulb , energy efficient plumen , glass lamp shade , green lighting , Hulger , mouth blown glass , plumen , plumen 001 , plumen drop top lamp shade , plumen light bulb , reader submitted content , transparent lamp shade

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How Silver Spring Networks saw the light on LED-lit cities

July 29, 2013 by  
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How many technologies does it take to change a city's light bulbs? One company is finding out.

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IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020

October 23, 2012 by  
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Ikea has long been recognized for its adoption of sustainable practices, from investment in renewable energy to their participation in the American Forests plant-a-tree program , and today the company has unveiled what might be its most ambitious initiative to date. The Swedish furniture manufacturer has stated that they plan to not only transition to 100% renewable energy sources by 2020, but will also plant more trees than they use in production. IKEA also aims to limit sales to energy-efficient products like LED bulbs , refrigerators and induction stoves. Read the rest of IKEA Announces Plan to Become 100% Energy-Neutral by 2020 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , “wind power” , Energy Neutrality , ikea , induction cooking , LED lighting , plant a tree , Solar Power

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Extraordinary ‘Bamboo Stalactites’ Sprout Mushrooms in Liter of Light’s Shanghai Biennale Pavilion!

October 23, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Extraordinary ‘Bamboo Stalactites’ Sprout Mushrooms in Liter of Light’s Shanghai Biennale Pavilion! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo stalactites , Biennale pavilion , Cape Town , cop 17 , green design , Liter of Light , low-cost housing , mushroom farm , plastic light bulbs , shanghai , slums , solar bulbs , South Africa , Stephen Lamb , sustainable design , Touching the Earth Lightly , Urban design

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New LED Bulbs Light Up National Mall

February 3, 2012 by  
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At a press conference on the National Mall on Jan. 30, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar flipped a ceremonial light switch to reveal the park’s energy upgrades: LED light bulbs installed in the 173 streetlight…

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Oregon to Address Mercury in CFLs

January 20, 2012 by  
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Oregon’s legislature will once again consider a proposal to reduce mercury in compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). The proposal – introduced on Wednesday by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee – is less…

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