The Solar Impulse airplane landed in Switzerland this morning after a 26-hour flight that proved that a solar-powered airplane can fly in darkness. The propeller plane has nearly 12,000 solar cells on its
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Can a solar-powered plane fly at night? We'll know for certain in just a few short hours. Early this morning the 40-horsepower Solar Impulse aircraft embarked upon its first 24-hour trip. Just before
NASA and Lockheed Martin just unveiled a design for an ultra-efficient aircraft dubbed the Supersonic Green Machine. Though there's not much known about the craft at this point in time, it could prove to
We’ve reported on cardboard high chairs, cardboard houses and cardboard coffins, but never have we seen cardboard applied on such an impressive and artful scale. Artist Don Lucho is taking this
InterfaceFLOR's giant recycled elephant was created in partnership with the Human Elephant Foundation and Chicago’s Field Museum. The elephant was crafted entirely from tires by South African artist
the Japanese space agency, JAXA, successfully unfurled a solar sail in space for the first time.
This three-wheeled, shape changing, two-person electric car of the future is more than just a concept vehicle — it’s a concept for a future transportation system. Designed by Tom Kent the
Photos by Siddharth Siva Assistant architecture professor Ginger Krieg Dosier recently unveiled a new breed of biologically “grown” bricks that are durable, sustainably manufactured, and
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,
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
In todays wireless world, why are our apartments still tied to a location? In this building concept, Felipe Campolina combines the eco-friendly aspects of green design and mobility of a trailer all within
It's a known fact that Google employees are some of the happiest around. Google's campus is a known work-wonderland and it's about to get a little cooler. Google Inc. is building a roller coaster -- in
A huge milestone was recently reached at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida when an A-10C Thunderbolt jet took to the air running its engine on plant based fuel. The Air Force is the largest consumer of
Biomimicry strikes again–this time with Snookie, an underwater robot that has an artificial sensory organ inspired by the “lateral-line system” seen in blind fish like the Astyanax.
Photo Credit: Carbon Nano Tubes by Anastasios John Hart Nanotechnology is generally pursued by scientists and those involved with high-tech gadgetry, weapons, and medical devices, but that doesn't mean
Portable wireless mice have a problem: most of them rely upon disposable batteries, which often wind up in landfills as e-waste. Adele Peters' Corky mouse aims to change all that -- it's a kinetic
The Palomar5 “Camp” is an incredible project that brought 30 thinkers under the age of 30 from 30 different disciplines together for six weeks to foster innovation outside of the corporate
China is speeding towards the future of public transportation with the launch of the fastest high-speed train on the planet! Averaging 217 mph (350 km/h), the new train is faster than a speeding bullet
It's almost time again for the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan's biennial auto show that is famous for showcasing the latest and greatest concept cars. This year's show doesn't take place until October 24, but
This week the Architecture + The City Festival took us to Treasure Island for an upclose view of the proposed sustainable development plan and a not so shabby panoramic view of the whole San Francisco Bay
Who knew that pedal-powered flight would have such a sudden resurgence in popularity? Recently we looked at a Dutch teenager who is making waves with his pedal-powered plane made out of balsa wood and
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.
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
The next frontier in green transportation is bound to be flight travel, which is why it is not surprising to see that NASA just announced the Green Flight Challenge. The competition will be awarding a
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