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MIT Team Unveils Airplane that Uses 70 Percent Less Fuel

MIT Team Unveils Airplane that Uses 70 Percent Less Fuel

Today a team of researchers at MIT unveiled their latest feat of engineering -- an airplane that uses 70% less fuel than conventional aircraft. The MIT team was one of six groups -- and the only

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Laser-Equipped Airplane Creates 3D Solar Map of New York City

Laser-Equipped Airplane Creates 3D Solar Map of New York City

Last month a low-flying airplane airplane equipped with a laser embarked upon two weeks of stealth missions over New York City. Not your average covert operation, these 9 six-hour flights were made in the

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Hydro Lance Recycles Jets into High-Speed Planeboats

Hydro Lance Recycles Jets into High-Speed Planeboats

Here at Inhabitat we've seen our fair share of airplanes repurposed into incredible new forms, but this heavy-duty recycling plan takes the cake. A company called Hydro Lance proposes to transform old,

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Solar Impulse Plane Takes First Successful Flight!

Solar Impulse Plane Takes First Successful Flight!

After seven years in the making, the Solar Impulse made its first real flight this morning from an airbase in Switzerland. The solar-powered plane got up to 5,500 ft in altitude and performed test

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Injecting Tons of Tiny Bubbles into the Sea May Help Cool Planet

Injecting Tons of Tiny Bubbles into the Sea May Help Cool Planet

A Harvard physicist recently proposed an interesting way to cool the earth -- brighten the sea. Russell Seitz wants to pump bursts of tiny bubbles into the ocean. Seitz reasons that because bubbles

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READER TIP: Bio-Luminum Tiles Recycled from Retired Airplanes

READER TIP: Bio-Luminum Tiles Recycled from Retired Airplanes

These sleek and modern Bio-Luminum™ tiles are made of reclaimed aluminum from retired airplanes! The aluminum comes from airplane fuselages which are melted into blocks and then sliced to create a

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Lego ‘Crawler Town,’ A Toy City on Wheels Roaming a Barren Planet

Lego ‘Crawler Town,’ A Toy City on Wheels Roaming a Barren Planet

Crawler Town is a concept mobile Lego city by designer Dave DeGobbi that "roams the barren wastes of a post steam-punk world after cataclysmic climate change do to excessive coal use." Forlorn Lego

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Airplanes Made From Cork May Soon Take to the Skies

Airplanes Made From Cork May Soon Take to the Skies

Cork is a useful material for making a number of things -- wine bottles, furniture, and cork boards, to name a few--but airplane parts? A group of Portuguese cork producers recently launched the Aerocork

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East German Airplane Transformed Into Super Posh Hotel Suite

East German Airplane Transformed Into Super Posh Hotel Suite

Looking for a luxurious hotel to stay at in the Netherlands? Why not try out this Cold War-era East German airplane, which has been transformed into a super delux hotel suite. Parked next to the Teuge

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Solar-Powered Plane Takes Maiden Flight

Solar-Powered Plane Takes Maiden Flight

We were thrilled to learn last month that the Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane that will take a 20 to 25 day trip around the world, made its first successful test down the runway. And now we're even

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Solar-Powered Plane Makes Runway Debut

Solar-Powered Plane Makes Runway Debut

Biofuels are often touted as the next big thing in airplane fuel technology, but solar power shouldn't be discounted -- as was recently proven by the team behind the Solar Impulse. The solar-powered plane

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Top 5 Most Innovative Green Bridges on the Planet

Top 5 Most Innovative Green Bridges on the Planet

Design and engineering innovations over the last two decades have had a dramatic impact on our ability to create beautiful, environmentally sensitive structures that help contribute to a more sustainable

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Teenager Builds Pedal-Powered Airplane Out of Balsa Wood

Teenager Builds Pedal-Powered Airplane Out of Balsa Wood

Lots of kids wish they could build an airplane and fly away, but Dutch teenager Jesse van Kuijk has become one of the rare few to make it happen with his pedal-powered plane made out of balsa wood,

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Solar Powered Plane Could Fly for Five Years Straight

Solar Powered Plane Could Fly for Five Years Straight

Homer's beloved character, Odysseus, may have garnered international acclaim by traversing the globe in a ship, but we think the famed traveler's latest namesake represents a much hotter way to roam.

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The Cosmic Muffin: A Boat Recycled From Howard Hughes’ Plane

The Cosmic Muffin: A Boat Recycled From Howard Hughes’ Plane

At Inhabitat we've brought you some terrific examples of recycled aircraft here, here, here and here. But Dave Drimmer's Cosmic Muffin, the iconic 'plane-boat' made from Howard Hughes' prized Boeing

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MotoArt Recycles Airplane Parts Into High-Flyin’ Furniture

MotoArt Recycles Airplane Parts Into High-Flyin’ Furniture

We've seen designers recycle airplane parts to create desks, tropical eco-hotels and a hostel, and now we can add couches and beds to the lofty collection! MotoArt is a team of designers who transform

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Solar Impulse Unveiled: Sun-Powered Airplane to Circle the Globe

Solar Impulse Unveiled: Sun-Powered Airplane to Circle the Globe

Flight pioneer Bertrand Piccard, an aeronaut who made the first nonstop round the world balloon flight, recently unveiled a prototype of an incredible solar-powered airplane that will one day circle the

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Win a Voltaic Bag: Planet Green’s Solar Backpack Sweepstakes

Win a Voltaic Bag: Planet Green’s Solar Backpack Sweepstakes

Tired of trying to find an outlet to charge your cell phone, iPod, and computer while on the go? Then what you need is a solar powered bag to charge all your devices and free yourself from the grid. Our

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Airplane Activity Center by GREENPLAY

Airplane Activity Center by GREENPLAY

GREENPLAY's Airplane Activity Center landed at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair; and we think these designers are soaring to new heights with their kid and eco-friendly, uplifting

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Sunseeker II Solar Powered Plane Takes Off

Sunseeker II Solar Powered Plane Takes Off

The only manned solar-powered aircraft in the world, the Sunseeker II is slated to take off on a European flying tour after the popular e-flight expo on April 5th.  Following the success of the Sunseeker

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PlanetSolar Boat to Sail Around the World

PlanetSolar Boat to Sail Around the World

From the solar-powered vehicle that crossed Canada, to a wave-powered boat that took on the Pacific, we've seen many impressive feats accomplished by green vehicles. But now the crew at PlanetSolar is

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DEBORAH Recycled Airplane Wing Desk by Reestore

DEBORAH Recycled Airplane Wing Desk by Reestore

We are big fans of Reestore here at Inhabitat - over the last year we have showed you Annie, the shopping-cart-turned-chair and Silvana, the washing machine drum-turned-table. Just when we thought their

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Timbuk2′s Custom-Built Pro-Planet Bags

Timbuk2′s Custom-Built Pro-Planet Bags

Timbuk2 built its base among the bike messenger set, where their bags are revered for their tough-as-nails construction, cycle-friendly ergonomics, and and on-the-go ease of use. We're excited to announce

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The Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane

The Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane

In this season of specters and spooks, what could be scarier than a steel-winged robotic spy plane shaped like a bat? The aptly named COM-BATis a six-inch surveillance device that is powered by solar,

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Nine Planets Wanted! UN Climate Change Exhibition

Nine Planets Wanted! UN Climate Change Exhibition

All eyes have been on the General Assembly sessions at the United Nations HQ this past week, and with good reason, there is a heck of a lot of work to be done in getting our planetary house in order.

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Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet

Human/Nature: Artists Respond to a Changing Planet

People have conducted studies of baboons, of the levels of sweetness in the oceans, and of the migratory patterns of swallows - studies including everything from minute traces of minerals to detailed

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Solar Powered Plane Breaks Record… Again!

Solar Powered Plane Breaks Record… Again!

Last year we brought you news of the Zephyr, an unmanned solar-powered airplane that shattered a world record with a flight of 54 hours. Not content with their initial achievement, the creators of the

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PR FOR THE PLANET: Al Gore’s WE Campaign

PR FOR THE PLANET: Al Gore’s WE Campaign

Earlier this spring, Al Gore launched the $300 million dollar "We Campaign" with a slick green logo and website to support his non-profit organization The Alliance For Climate Protection. Through

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Planet Green’s GREENSBURG docu-series premieres June 15th!

Planet Green’s GREENSBURG docu-series premieres June 15th!

It’s been just over a year since a massive tornado leveled Greensburg, KS and rebuilding efforts have hit full swing since Inhabitat last reported. If you've been wondering what all the buzz is about,

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Hy-bird Solar Hydrogen Plane

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Hy-bird Solar Hydrogen Plane

This solar-hydrogen plane might just be what Transportation Tuesday heaven looks like! The Hy-bird, by Lisa Airplanes, is a lightweight, hybrid plane made out of lightweight carbon fiber - it's final

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