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TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Tests the Real-World Mileage of the 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid

TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Tests the Real-World Mileage of the 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid

It's inconceivable that an automaker could advance 10 years in automotive technology and build a car with half the fuel mileage of its predecessor, unless it were a radically different car. Well, it turns

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William Brown’s Lockheed Stratoliner Hydrogen Jet Can Go Anywhere On Earth Without Refueling

William Brown’s Lockheed Stratoliner Hydrogen Jet Can Go Anywhere On Earth Without Refueling

Some of the best aircraft in the world are inspired by unique birds, and this zero emissions jet concept from designer William Brown is no exception. The Lockheed Stratoliner is a hydrogen jet that uses

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Beautiful Golden Screened Indra Office Tower Enlivens Barcelona’s Poblenou

Beautiful Golden Screened Indra Office Tower Enlivens Barcelona’s Poblenou

The lean, trapezoidal building sits on a two storey rectangular base, which houses the entrance, service rooms and garage. The remaining ten floors seem to float above the base, extending toward the

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Design Build BLUFF & 88bikes Build a Reclaimed Mobile Bike Shop for Navajo Youth

Design Build BLUFF & 88bikes Build a Reclaimed Mobile Bike Shop for Navajo Youth

88bikes was started in 2006 by friends Dan Austin, Nicolas Arauz and Jay Austin, who wanted to change the world one bike at a time. Their first project successfully raised the funds for 88 bikes to be

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Researchers Studying How to Increase Fuel Efficiency By Changing Our Behavior

Researchers Studying How to Increase Fuel Efficiency By Changing Our Behavior

Sure, you can save fuel by making lighter cars and more efficient engines or by adding new batteries, but what if fuel economy could be boosted just by changing the bad habits of drivers? That's exactly

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SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

SKhy Bus Is A Carbon-Negative Solar & Wastewater Fueled Shuttle Bus Of The Future

Portuguese designer Alan Monteiro has illustrated his vision of green transportation: an aerodynamic carbon swallowing, wastewater recycling, oxygen releasing, unmanned shuttle bus concept called SKhy.

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TEST DRIVE: The Chevy Volt vs. The Plug-in Prius

TEST DRIVE: The Chevy Volt vs. The Plug-in Prius

We were surprised how much more upmarket the Volt felt compared to the plug-in Prius. We have to mention that the vehicle we were driving was not a final production model, so some features and trim might

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Germany’s Double-Skinned ARCA-Regler Facility is Powered by Geothermal Energy

Germany’s Double-Skinned ARCA-Regler Facility is Powered by Geothermal Energy

Located along a disused railway, the glimmering aerodynamic building reflects ARCA’s high tech design identity while furthering its environmental interests. The front portion of the building has walls

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Electric Killacycle Killajoule Aims To Be The Fastest Motorcycle Ever – Of Any Kind

Electric Killacycle Killajoule Aims To Be The Fastest Motorcycle Ever – Of Any Kind

Electric motorcycles are fast, but until now they were only raced amongst themselves, separating the land speed records of traditional motorcycles and electric motorcycles into two groups. The land speed

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VIDEO: Watch the Lightning SuperBike Top 200 MPH and Break a Land Speed Record!

VIDEO: Watch the Lightning SuperBike Top 200 MPH and Break a Land Speed Record!

Last week we announced that the Lighting Electric SuperBike broke the land speed record for electric motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week by jumping over 200 miles per hour -- eventually

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Rent a Human at Surrey’s Green City Centre Library!

Rent a Human at Surrey’s Green City Centre Library!

Libraries around the world are embracing modern technology through digital media, computer programs, and up-to-date literature, but the Bing Thom-designed City Centre will be taking it to the next level,

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A Pothole Turns The Bluebird EV Land Speed Record Attempt into a Disaster

A Pothole Turns The Bluebird EV Land Speed Record Attempt into a Disaster

The ultra-aerodynamic Bluebird electric vehicle set out to set a new land speed record for the UK last Saturday, but the run resulted in a shockingly bad accident instead. The Bluebird reportedly

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Wold Record-Breaking “Schluckspecht” EV Goes Over 1,000 Miles on a Single Charge!

Wold Record-Breaking “Schluckspecht” EV Goes Over 1,000 Miles on a Single Charge!

Electric vehicle records are being broken all the time these days, which is great news for the advancement of EV technology. But the “Schluckspecht” EV (“heavy drinker” in German)

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Stanford University’s Xenith Racer Could Be the Fastest Solar Car Ever Built

Stanford University’s Xenith Racer Could Be the Fastest Solar Car Ever Built

Stanford's Solar Car Project has spent almost two years building their entry for this year's World Solar Challenge - a streamlined solar vehicle that may be the fastest solar car ever built. Designed in

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Ohio State’s 400 MPH Buckeye Bullet 3 to Attempt Electric Vehicle Speed Record

Ohio State’s 400 MPH Buckeye Bullet 3 to Attempt Electric Vehicle Speed Record

Last year Ohio State's streamlined Buckeye Bullet supercar made headlines as it shattered the world speed record for an electric vehicle by clocking in a blistering 291 miles per hour. As if that feat

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Pipistrel Introduces The World’s Most Powerful Electric Airplane

Pipistrel Introduces The World’s Most Powerful Electric Airplane

Pipistrel just rolled out the world's most powerful electric aircraft -- and it's the first to seat four people. The Taurus G4 required two years of preparation and development, but took just four months

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Trucks Get ‘Winglets’ To Make Them More Fuel Efficient

Trucks Get ‘Winglets’ To Make Them More Fuel Efficient

In order to make them more fuel efficient and aerodynamic, airplanes have winglets (curved structures) at the wing tips to reduce drag. ATDynamics are hoping that this same engineering trick will also

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Self-sustaining BioEnergy Domes Produce Organic Veggies, Fish and Energy!

Self-sustaining BioEnergy Domes Produce Organic Veggies, Fish and Energy!

Pacific Domes has already installed a BioEnergy Dome that helps feed and supply energy to the residents of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Naatani, Arizona. The interior hosts a fresh pond, which

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Joysxee is a Real Eco-Paradise Island That Floats Atop Garbage!

Joysxee is a Real Eco-Paradise Island That Floats Atop Garbage!

Sowa began constructing his first island in 1998 not far from Cancun. Collecting empty plastic bottles, plywood and bamboo he’d found on the beach, he built up the island to include a two story house

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Seashell-Shaped Tung Chung Swimming Pool is Wrapped in an Energy Efficient Shell

Seashell-Shaped Tung Chung Swimming Pool is Wrapped in an Energy Efficient Shell

The public facility is set along the coast and it offers a 50-meter heated indoor-pool and a 25-meter teaching pool. Its aerodynamic shell consists of a double-layer PTFE membrane stretched over a

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London’s Striking Modern Tourist Information Centre Harvests Rainwater and Geothermal Energy

London’s Striking Modern Tourist Information Centre Harvests Rainwater and Geothermal Energy

Photo by Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat Rising from the earth in a pointy array of metal peaks, the dynamic information center makes a strong visual impact within London’s urban fabric. The

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1,980 MPG Student-Designed Car Wins the Mallory Park Fuel Efficiency Challenge!

1,980 MPG Student-Designed Car Wins the Mallory Park Fuel Efficiency Challenge!

The young students at Kingdown School in Wiltshire, England are wise beyond their years, having built the car that was the winner of the Mallory Park Mileage Marathon. The amazing energy efficient car

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Space-Age Paperless Dutch Office Resembles a Fallen Meteor

Space-Age Paperless Dutch Office Resembles a Fallen Meteor

Each side of the aerodynamic building has angled surfaces of varying heights, with wall-to-wall windows on each level. The strips of windows follow the bends of each surface, letting in daylight at

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Toyota and Parlee Cycles Team Up to Develop New Bicycle Based on Prius Design Principles

Toyota and Parlee Cycles Team Up to Develop New Bicycle Based on Prius Design Principles

To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Prius and a decade of environmentally sustainable transportation, Toyota has teamed up with Parlee Cycles in an effort to create a bicycle based on Prius

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Impulse Solar Car To Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

Impulse Solar Car To Compete in 1800-Mile World Solar Challenge

Engineering students at Berkeley have spent thousands of hours building the new Impulse Solar Car, which will compete in the 1800-mile World Solar Challenge across Australia in October. The design still

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MVRDV’s Speech Bubble Inspired Building Wins China Comic and Animation Museum Design Bid

MVRDV’s Speech Bubble Inspired Building Wins China Comic and Animation Museum Design Bid

MVRDV focuses on achieving excellent energy ratings, and the CAM Museum is no different.  The sleek aerodynamic design creates even wind pressure, and a lower need for air conditioning. The interior is

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Supercharged Honda Mugen CR-Z Hybrid to Debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Supercharged Honda Mugen CR-Z Hybrid to Debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is mostly about, well, speed, but fans of the British festival of all things automotive are anticipating that a new Honda hybrid will be at the event -- and it will have

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Solaleya’s Shell-Shaped Solar “Pearl” House is a Breezy Green Retreat

Solaleya’s Shell-Shaped Solar “Pearl” House is a Breezy Green Retreat

Over the past few years we've seen many architects move away from traditional architecture in an attempt to make their designs more sustainable. One of the great things about this trend is that it gives

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Focus ECONetic: Ford Gives a Sneak Peek of Europe’s Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Car

Focus ECONetic: Ford Gives a Sneak Peek of Europe’s Most Fuel-Efficient Compact Car

Ford has unveiled the new Ford Focus ECONetic compact car ahead of its debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show next week. This compact car's claim to fame is its efficiency: at 80 miles per gallon, the ECONetic

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Hyundai Unveils the Hydrogen-Powered Blue2 Hybrid

Hyundai Unveils the Hydrogen-Powered Blue2 Hybrid

Hyundai just unveiled their latest ‘green’ muscle car at the Seoul Auto Show – the Blue2 hydrogen hybrid! The sleek, futuristic sedan combines the company’s “Blue Drive” design

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