Limestone Skyscrapers is a beautiful design approach to salvaging mining sites

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Tesla unveils designs for a plug-in hybrid mobile home, the Model H

by , 12/31/69
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The best designed products these days generally come with a hefty price point, and the Tesla brand epitomizes this. Elon Musk understands that many people are so desperate to own one of Tesla’s incredible, sexy electric cars that they make great sacrifices to afford such an extravagant purchase. In an attempt to ease the burden, and perhaps expand their marketshare, Tesla has unveiled plans for their next ground-breaking innovation: a plug-in hybrid mobile home.

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Source reveals Apple's new car will be autonomous—and powered by Siri

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Last month, rumors began swirling about a new Apple car after it was revealed that the company had hired a group of engineers from electric car battery manufacturer A123. In typical Apple fashion, the company hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumors, but some new details have been revealed after someone close to the project talked to reporters last week. While there are still few details on the idea, we do know two things: first, the new Apple car will be autonomous and, second, that it will be controlled by that voice that everyone loves to hate: Siri.

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Uber to roll out self-driving cars after receiving numerous complaints against drivers

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Hot on the heels of Elon Musk’s comment that he expects self-driving Teslas to be available by summer, Uber has announced that it is rolling out its own fleet of autonomous vehicles in select markets. The troubled transportation company, which has been at the center of controversy surrounding its driver screening process and passenger safety, said the move was a way to “better protect [its] customers by removing the human element.”

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Chevrolet unveils 2016 Malibu Hybrid at the New York Auto Show

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Chevrolet just unveiled its brand new 2016 Malibu Hybrid at the New York Auto Show – and it’s stylish, lighter, and more efficient thanks to a jolt of technology borrowed from the 2016 Chevy Volt. The brand new Malibu Hybrid gets over 45 miles to the gallon, and it features an 80-cell, 1.5 kw-h lithium-ion battery pack that can power car up to 55 mph before a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine kicks in.

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Noah Oasis Skyscraper transforms offshore oil rigs into vertical bio-habitats

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World's Tiniest Tiny Home Constructed in Tucson, AZ

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Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular, and new design ideas seem to pop up every other day. We’ve seen some pretty impressive micro dwellings from all over the world, but this miniature masterpiece from Tucson Arizona is officially the teensiest house on Earth – so small in fact that it is almost impossible to fit inside. Measuring a mere 2′ long by 2′ wide, the 4 square foot home is approximately the size of person, but thanks to a bit of ingenuity and space-saving design principles, it has everything its owner, 32-year-old Randall Walker, could possibly need.

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NYC's High Line Park So Popular That Creators Plan a High-Speed Tram to Move Pedestrians

by , 04/01/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Jeff Koons may want to hang a train over the High Line, but the park’s creators, Friends of the High Line, have decided to put a train back on the High Line in order to keep up with the park’s extreme popularity. Because of the park’s growing crowds every summer, which are anticipated to double when the final section is complete, the architects and engineers have decided it is time to put a people-mover style tram on the High Line to help pedestrians get from one side of the High Line to the other. While the original rails will still be daintily planted with wildflowers and grasses, a high-speed levitating train line will be built alongside the park to transport tired and crowd-weary tourists the 1.3-miles, end to end.

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The Grama Eco Vehicle Comes With A Green Roof!

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Innovation sometimes strikes from the least likely places, and this concept is proof of this statement. The Grama, by Portuguese luxury car company Tolos, is a hydrogen-powered vehicle that compliments its sleek design with a brand new fueling solution. Whereas most hydrogen vehicles face the problem of a lack of fueling stations, the Grama solves this by turning water into hydrogen thanks to its unique green roof!

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People-Powered Skyscraper to Claim New "World's Tallest" Crown in Dubai

It’s been just three months since the Burj Khalifa took the title of “world’s tallest building”, and already the shifting sands of Dubai have spawned a successor! A paragon of modern architecture, the iconic ICARUS tower is currently soaring towards the sky to become the next “World’s Tallest Building”. Designed by Daedalus Architects, the timeless skyscraper blends seamlessly into its surrounding environment and harnesses a nearly inexhaustible resource to provide for 100% of it’s energy needs: human labor.

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Man Hacks Prius to Run on San Francisco MUNI Electric Bus Power Lines

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When we first spotted this crazy picture of a Prius driver hitching a free energy ride on San Francisco’s MUNI power lines, we couldn’t believe it! Equipped with a giant trolley pole, the Franken-Prius hacks into the same overhead electrical system that propels the city’s buses, getting free power from San Francisco‘s public transportation infrastructure.

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Scientists Create World's First 3D-Printed 3D Printer!

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Researchers at Germany’s Doppelbock University just opened the door to the future of rapid prototyping technology by developing the world’s first 3D-printed 3D printer! Dubbed the Ecophage, the duplicitous device is capable of using readily available materials to create copies of itself – albeit at a slightly smaller scale. Best of all, it’s outfitted with a built-in material re-processor that can convert virtually any carbon-based substance into filament for 3d-printing.

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Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

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China’s copycat architecture trend has been well documented – so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian village. However when Chinese developer AuthentiCity Ltd. sought to recreate the historic hamlet of Colonial Williamsburg, it wound up with something else entirely – an exact replica of hipster haven Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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NYC Will Replace Taxis With New Driverless Google Cabs

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News has just broke that NYC Mayor de Blasio has signed a contract with Google to replace all the city’s yellow cabs with Google’s patented driverless cars. The mayor’s office reported that 5000 driverless cabs will hit New York City streets by 2016, and the vehicles will come specially outfitted to meet the needs of busy New Yorkers. New in-vehicle amenities will include everything from ATMs, hot food vending machines, and what the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission calls “better entertainment options”.

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McDonald's to Add Lab-Grown 'Chicken' McNuggets to its Menu

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McDonald‘s just announced it will be the first fast food restaurant in the United States to add lab-grown meat to its menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin’s lab-grown burger experiment in London last year, McDonald’s says they will ‘grow’ their own chicken McNuggets in special laboratories across New Jersey. The move is expected to reduce the number of real chickens needed to supply the company’s 35,000 outlets across the globe.

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Google Purchases Dubai’s World of Islands to Reconfigure into Google Shaped Floating Cities

Google Purchases Dubai’s World of Islands to Reconfigure into Google…

At the beginning of 2011, Dubai's most notorious man-made islands, a.k.a. The World, made a splash with news that they were slowly but surely sinking into the sea. Now, in a bizarre…

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New Zealand guest house fits luxurious living in a tiny space

New Zealand guest house fits luxurious living in a tiny space

Team Green Architects created a sustainable, simple retreat on a rural property in Dalefield, New Zealand. The 106 square-meter guest house is a modern villa that can sleep eight people…

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Facebook to test its enormous internet-beaming solar drone this summer

Facebook to test its enormous internet-beaming solar drone this summer

As part of their ambitious plan to bring internet connectivity to the estimated 1.1 to 2.8 billion people who are currently unable to access the internet, Facebook plans to conduct…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Tips to lower your carbon footprint

INFOGRAPHIC: Tips to lower your carbon footprint

Changing your carbon footprint at home depends on limiting your electricity usage, since electricity accounts for the majority of residential carbon emissions. If you can't move to wind…

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Bio-Pyramid turns Egypt’s ancient pyramids into a gigantic desertification-fighting skyscraper

Bio-Pyramid turns Egypt’s ancient pyramids into a gigantic…

The ‘Bio-Pyramid: Reserving Desertification’ proposal won an honorable mention in the 2015 eVolo Skyscraper Competition and was designed by David Sepulveda, Wagdy Moussa, Ishaan…

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