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Airborne Metro: A Giant Nuclear-Powered Airport That Flies 3,000 Passengers Across the Sky

Airborne Metro: A Giant Nuclear-Powered Airport That Flies 3,000 Passengers Across the Sky

This crazy Airborne Metro, if ever built, could reduce emissions from air travel 80% by revolutionizing the way we fly. The giant, 3,000 passenger craft is a nuclear powered airport and shuttle in the

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SolarShip’s Solar Cargo Helium Plane Is a Futuristic Airship That Actually Exists

SolarShip’s Solar Cargo Helium Plane Is a Futuristic Airship That Actually Exists

People have talked about building futuristic airships for zero emissions cargo shipping for a long time, but most of these green blimps remain on the drawing board. One company, SolarShip, has taken the

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6 Groundbreaking Green Innovations We Spotted at Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards

6 Groundbreaking Green Innovations We Spotted at Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards

OSORB We've written about Osorb before, but we were eager to see this miracle material in person. Made out of what is essentially glass, the substance acts like a nanomechanical sponge that absorbs

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Pipstrel USA Wins $1.35 Million in NASA/Google Green Flight Challenge

Pipstrel USA Wins $1.35 Million in NASA/Google Green Flight Challenge

The Google-sponsored NASA Centennial Challenge Competition just awarded the largest aviation prize in history to Pipstrel USA of State College! The competition, better known as the Green Flight Challenge,

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Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

Amazing Prefab “Green Box” Has a Double Vertical Garden Shooting Up Through Its Center

The roof and vertical gardens are populated with autochthonaus plants, which basically means they require virtually no water, and since this one was installed in Spain, it features native species that

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Embry-Riddle Students Make History With “Eco Eagle” Hybrid Propulsion Aircraft

Embry-Riddle Students Make History With “Eco Eagle” Hybrid Propulsion Aircraft

Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently demonstrated an aviation first by cruising the sky in a hybrid propulsion aircraft. A team of nearly 200 students spent the last year and a half

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Sennheiser’s New Eco Turntables Are Easy on the Eyes, Ears, and Environment

Sennheiser’s New Eco Turntables Are Easy on the Eyes, Ears, and Environment

Sennheiser is one of the most iconic names in the audio and electronic business - everyone from the Beatles to Beyonce have used their microphones, headphones, and speakers. In an attempt to connect

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Interview: Ruud Visser Transforms Old Churches and Water Towers Into Incredible Modern Homes

Interview: Ruud Visser Transforms Old Churches and Water Towers Into Incredible Modern Homes

According to Visser, he first became interested in the preservation of old buildings when studying at the University of Delft in southern Holland. Since then, he has developed a strong belief in the

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Oliver VTOL’s Hexplane Proves Six Engines Are Better Than Two

Oliver VTOL’s Hexplane Proves Six Engines Are Better Than Two

Would you believe that six engines on a plane are not only more efficient than two, but also safer? It sounds a little crazy, but that's the claim made by Oliver VTOL. This new VTOL "Hexplane" concept

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Futuro Prefab: Spaceship-Shaped 1960s House of the Future Lands in Rotterdam

Futuro Prefab: Spaceship-Shaped 1960s House of the Future Lands in Rotterdam

The Futuro prefab stands 10 feet high, is 26 feet in diameter, and comes complete with an airplane hatch entrance. Suuronen chose a round design not only for its strength, but also for its ability to feel

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MB Architecture Builds a Semi-Subterranean Eco Home in East Hampton, NY

MB Architecture Builds a Semi-Subterranean Eco Home in East Hampton, NY

When you think of luxury homes, you might picture something along the lines of an energy-hogging, three-story mega mansion, decked out with a fancy facade and lavishly landscaped lawn. But Maziar Behrooz,

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Google & NASA Partner to Host Green Flight Challenge With $1.65 Million Prize

Google & NASA Partner to Host Green Flight Challenge With $1.65 Million Prize

From the Elektra One electric airplane to Siemens' plug-in hybrid aircraft, we've been seeing a lot of eco-friendly airplanes lately. While we love any airplane that doesn't spew massive amounts of carbon

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How Green Design Will Propel the Planes Of The 21st Century

How Green Design Will Propel the Planes Of The 21st Century

Aircraft are responsible for a staggering 11% of the United States' CO2 emissions, however a lot of work is being done to make them more environmentally friendly. Plane designers are doing everything from

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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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Finnair to Launch World’s Longest Biofueled Commercial Flight Today

Finnair to Launch World’s Longest Biofueled Commercial Flight Today

Today Finnair is set to break a world record as it launches a cooking oil-powered flight from Amsterdam to Helsinki - the world’s longest biofueled commercial flight to date. Commercial airlines have

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Kyle Bean’s Life-Like Portraits are Made Entirely Out of Pencil Shavings

Kyle Bean’s Life-Like Portraits are Made Entirely Out of Pencil Shavings

Created for Wallpaper’s ‘Handmade issue’, these fun portraits are depictions of the contributors to the edition, and portray their subtle impressions with just a few precisely placed layers of

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eGenius Plane Sets World Record for Electric Aircraft Speed

eGenius Plane Sets World Record for Electric Aircraft Speed

The eGenius, an electric glider devised by a team from the University of Stuttgart, has set a new record for electric aviation by maintaining an average speed of 100mph over two hours. The result of the

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The Mighty Cri-Cri Electric Mini Plane Breaks Another Speed Record

The Mighty Cri-Cri Electric Mini Plane Breaks Another Speed Record

Attendees of this year's Paris Air Show got to see history being made as the mighty micro Cri-Cri broke the electric plane speed record. The plane first took to the skies last September and drew in a

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EADS Rethinks the Way Planes Fly With New All-Electric Aircraft Design

EADS Rethinks the Way Planes Fly With New All-Electric Aircraft Design

At the 2011 Paris Air Show the aerospace giant EADS showcased an all-electric propulsion system for a commercial airliner that could be ready to fly in just 20 years. The plane, called the VoltAir, is a

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NASA Develops Program to Fill Gaps in Pollution Monitoring on Earth

NASA Develops Program to Fill Gaps in Pollution Monitoring on Earth

NASA is expanding their DISCOVER-AQ research program, which measures pollution levels on Earth from space, to help them fully understand how to precisely measure gaps in air pollution data. NASA has been

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Boeing Plant Camouflaged Beneath a Fake Neighborhood Tapped as Salvaged Lumber Source

Boeing Plant Camouflaged Beneath a Fake Neighborhood Tapped as Salvaged Lumber Source

South of downtown Seattle is an old Boeing airplane assembly plant that produced nearly 7000 Flying Fortresses while hidden beneath a roof with a fake suburban neighborhood on top. The site is now the

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First Trans-Ocean Biofuel Powered Flight to Take Off Tonight

First Trans-Ocean Biofuel Powered Flight to Take Off Tonight

This evening at 9pm, the Gulfstream G450 airplane will become the first trans-Atlantic flight to be powered partially by biofuel (supplied by Honeywell). The flight will take off from Morristown, New

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Virgin America’ New Fuel-Efficient LEAP Engines Will Save $1.6 Million Per Plane

Virgin America’ New Fuel-Efficient LEAP Engines Will Save $1.6 Million Per Plane

With the cost of air travel soaring this year due to the rising cost of fuel, many travelers have been cutting back, or not traveling at all. Today, Virgin America announced plans to switch to a new breed

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The Top-5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cellphone Radiation

The Top-5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cellphone Radiation

1. USE AIRPLANE MODE Most people don't know this, but many phones now have a function that allows their cellphones to be used on airplanes. Because airplane mode cuts off all wireless transmissions from

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Synergy Diesel Glider Plane To Compete in CAFE Green Flight Challenge

Synergy Diesel Glider Plane To Compete in CAFE Green Flight Challenge

John McGinnis of Kalispell, Montana, designed this diesel-powered glider plane, which seats five and has 200 horsepower on tap but maintains the efficiency of a glider due to the wing design. The compact

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Boeing Announces New Factory Will be 100% Powered by Renewable Energy

Boeing Announces New Factory Will be 100% Powered by Renewable Energy

Boeing recently announced that their new 787 jet assembly plant in South Carolina will be completely powered by renewable energy. The new facility will have a roof covered with solar panels that will

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New Graphene Super Paper is 10x Stronger Than Steel

New Graphene Super Paper is 10x Stronger Than Steel

The University of Technology in Sydney recently unveiled a new type of graphene nano paper that is ten times stronger than a sheet of steel. Composed of processed and pressed graphite, the material is as

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UpWind Has the Secrets to Building Wind Turbines That Will Power 20,000 Homes

UpWind Has the Secrets to Building Wind Turbines That Will Power 20,000 Homes

A joint European project called UpWind has announced that new technologies will allow engineers and scientists need to start producing wind turbines with 20 megawatt (MW) capacities -- that's enough to

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The Safe House is a Transforming Fortress of Sustainable Solitude

The Safe House is a Transforming Fortress of Sustainable Solitude

Located in a small village on the outskirts of Warsaw, the Safe House is surrounded by a series of thick, movable walls that arm and disarm like an armadillo's armor. In its daytime state, the eastern and

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Make Your Own Cardboard World With the Amazing COOLS Kit

Make Your Own Cardboard World With the Amazing COOLS Kit

COOLS Kit is not a new piece of crazy-shaped furniture or recycled cardboard household object - it's an amazing set of hand-tools with connectors meant for building just about anything you can imagine! On

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