Solar Impulse is gearing up for five-day solar-powered flight across the Pacific Ocean

May 5, 2015 by  
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Solar Impulse , the experimental solar-powered aircraft with just enough room for a pilot, is still on its way around the world, despite a number of delays due to poor weather conditions. The project has been grounded in Nanjing, China, since April 21 where they landed after a one-day flight following a three-week weather delay . The sun-powered plane was originally planned to embark on the five-day trans-Pacific journey on May 5, now delayed to at least May 9. André Borschberg , co-founder of Solar Impulse, will pilot the record-setting Pacific Ocean crossing as soon as conditions are favorable. Borschberg has been gearing up for the challenge by fine tuning his yoga and meditation techniques and become more comfortable in the cramped cockpit of the solar-powered aircraft. He’s also used his time on the ground to comb over the aircraft, making sure that everything is in tip-top condition for the five-day flight to Hawaii. Solar Impulse is traveling around the world, powered entirely by the sun, as an ambassador of the #FutureIsClean movement, a global effort to raise awareness for clean energy. + Solar Impulse Images via Solar Impulse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Andre Borschberg , around-the-world trips , bertrand piccard , china , flying across pacific , flying around the world , futureisclean , solar impulse , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered flight across pacific ocean , solar powered plane , zero fuel plane , zero fuel vehicles

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Watch Oregon’s Lost Lake disappear down a bizarre hole

May 5, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Located in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest, the Lost Lake presents a highly unusual natural phenomenon; each winter the lake bed fills with water from nearby streams, and every spring it drains—rather like a bathtub—down a large hole. Jude McHugh, spokeswoman for the Willamette National Forest, told The Bulletin that the hole has been there for as long as anyone remembers, and that the mysterious phenomenon is most likely the result of the regions porous volcanic landscape —the hole itself is believed to be an open lava tube. As for exactly where the Lost Lake’s waters go each spring, no one is entirely sure, but it’s thought that it seeps into the subsurface where it recharges nearby aquifers. Via Treehugger Image screengrab via YouTube Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: central oregon park , groundwater aquifers , lost lake , Mount Hood National Forest , oregon national park , snowpack lake , volcanic landscape , water issues

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Solar Impulse 2 sets world record for longest solar-powered flight by landing in India

March 11, 2015 by  
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The world watched as Solar Impulse 2  (SI2) landed in India on March 10, marking the first time a solar-powered aircraft has landed in the Asian country, as well as setting the world record for the longest solar-powered flight to date. This is the second stop of twelve on the zero-fuel aircraft’s record-breaking trip around the globe, which began on March 9 in Abu Dhabi. The city of Ahmedabad plays host to the vessel for four days, as the crew prepares to take off again for the third leg of their historical journey. Read the rest of Solar Impulse 2 sets world record for longest solar-powered flight by landing in India Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andre Borschberg , around-the-world trips , bertrand piccard , flying around the world , solar impulse , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered plane , zero fuel plane , zero fuel vehicles

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Felix Ruder designs Symbio, a 100 percent biodegradable stool

March 11, 2015 by  
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Architecture student Felix Ruder designed Symbio, a 100 percent  biodegradable stool as part of a class project at Sweden’s Lund School of Architecture. Inspired by Alan Wisman’s book “What Happens to the World Without Us,” the chair’s seat is made from reclaimed polished black granite and its legs are made from reclaimed oak. “One can watch how nature slowly eats the legs and all that is left is the stone,” writes Ruder. + Felix Ruder 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: “green furniture” , Alan Wisman , Biodegradable , black granite , Felix Ruder , oak , Reclaimed Materials , stool , Symbio

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