There are many plausible reasons to believe that self-driving cars are safer than those operated exclusively by humans. One is Google’s recent announcement that the 11 incidents its autonomous autos have been involved in can all be attributed solely to human interaction. But the technology is still nascent, and the potential for pitfalls is alarming. A newly released video shows a group of besuited journalists testing out Volvo’s fancy new self-parking feature: the car gently reverses itself, waits, and then accelerates rapidly into two soon-to-be-bruised men. The cause of this horrific event? The XC60 in question apparently wasn’t equipped with the “Pedestrian Detection” feature—that option requires an extra fee.
Herzog & de Meuron just completed their stunning solar-powered Bordeaux Stadium and the real thing certainly doesn't disappoint. The firm initially unveiled its design in 2011 and the new rectangular building is now ready for the Euro 2016 football championship. The 42,000-seat Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux is refreshingly different compared to typologically similar structures built across the globe and features a massive solar photovoltaic plant that will provide energy for sports games and the surrounding area.
In 2014, migratory birds carrying highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 infections brought the disease to the United States, sparking an outbreak that has affected more than 21 million egg-laying hens in Iowa alone, according to IOWA Public Radio. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Protection reports that as of May 20, 2015, 20 states in the country have reported outbreaks of the HPAI H5 virus, causing concern that national supplies of eggs are at risk.
France just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas to be partially-covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring dramatic changes to the nation’s skylines and bolster the efficiency of all new commercial construction, but the law will help France pick up the pace the solar adoption—which has lagged behind other European nations in recent years.
After backing away from Gensler's design for its San Francisco headquarters, Uber has unveiled a new design by New York-based Shop Architects that features two separate buildings connected with glass walkways, a small city park and a day care center for the staff's children. The new headquarters will be located in San Francisco's Mission Bay in a development dubbed a "biotech hub" that has recently been attracting high-profile companies.
Moving house is hard. However, it’s even worse if you’re a student who’s forced to move constantly semester after semester. Wish you could break that costly and wasteful cycle? Check out Room in a Box, an all-one-in kit that packs everything a student needs to furnish their home—from a bed frame to shelving—into a compact box. Made from 100% recyclable and sturdy cardboard, Room in a Box can be assembled and disassembled in less than 30 minutes without the use of any tools.
Want to save energy and look good doing it? The new Nanoleaf Gem LED light bulb makes going green easy and stylish with its elegant faceted design. Made from shatter-resistant glass, this energy-efficient bulb casts a warm and inviting light that’s literally easy on the eyes with or without a lampshade. We spotted the Nanoleaf Gem in our rounds at the ICFF furniture fair, where the beautiful bulb was displayed alongside the Red Dot Design Award-winning Nanoleaf One and Nanoleaf Bloom bulbs.
No, that's not a planter box: Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, is officially the world's smallest park. The Guinness Book of Records even confirmed this in 1971, so you know it must be true! The tiny urban green space is just two feet wide and was dedicated in 1948 by Portland resident Dick Fagan. Of Irish descent, Fagan claimed that there were leprechauns living in the park and the pint-sized city landmark remains the site of St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Read on for more details of the little park's larger-than-life history!
Today, HueRay! is launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the pilot run of its flagship product, revolutionary light emitting bicycle grips. HueRay! aims to deliver safety, comfort and style to the growing number of urban cyclists. Conventional bike lights illuminate the road ahead or make cyclist noticeable from the rear, but ignore making riders noticeable from the sides. HueRay! grips make cyclists more noticeable in traffic by emitting bright lateral lights, for added rider noticeability. HueRay! sets a benchmark with its ability to provide both safety and comfort benefits, while echoing the fun of cycling with customizable, rechargeable, colorful light hues.
A family in France commissioned Ziegler Antonin to add a writer's nook and garage to an existing home in Senneville sur Fécamp, located in the Normandie region of northern France. Designed to nurture creativity and inspiration, this tiny observatory opens on three sides to a glorious view of wide open spaces. More about this mixed-use project right after the jump.
New York Design Week always inspires us, but this year was especially bright with lighting innovations from all across the globe. We saw ingenuous new ways to make LEDs radiant - using fiber-optics, acrylic tubes and other types of diffusion, as well as LED Edison bulbs, 3D-printed pendants and luminous modular tree lamps. Scroll down to discover the latest and greatest innovations in lighting design on display at New York Design Week.
There is a methane situation on Mars. Maybe. NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected methane on the planet, which excites researchers to no end, but some believe that the methane samples the rover is picking up are actually coming from the rover itself. The question of methane on Mars has been a mystery for decades, and it seems researchers may not really be any closer to solving it.
Ladies, are you jealous of your man’s time in his stinky old man cave? If so, it might be time to get your own “She Shed”! According to NBC TODAY, more and more women have been embracing the trend of building their own special getaway cottages. Sandra Foster, who built her own sassy She Shed in New York’s Catskills Mountains, says she uses the tiny space to escape the pressures of work and to have some peaceful personal time.
Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!
You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.