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AeroVelo’s Human-Powered Helicopter May Be On Track to Win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

AeroVelo’s Human-Powered Helicopter May Be On Track to Win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

The Atlas helicopter, designed and built by Canadian team AeroVelo, might be the first human-powered helicopter to reach a height of three meters for at least 60 seconds—two key parameters for the

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French EV Car-Sharing Service Autolib to Set Up Shop in Indianapolis

French EV Car-Sharing Service Autolib to Set Up Shop in Indianapolis

When it comes to hubs of alternative transportation and the sharing economy, one usually thinks of progressive hotspots like San Francisco or Portland. Thanks to French car-sharing service Autolib,

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Flying Helicopter Hover Bike Takes Off in Prague

Flying Helicopter Hover Bike Takes Off in Prague

If you’ve ever dreamed of levitating out of traffic when cycling to work, your dreams may soon come true. Three Czech companies have joined forces to develop a helicopter/bicycle hybrid, complete with

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San Francisco to Launch Bike-Sharing Pilot Program this Summer

San Francisco to Launch Bike-Sharing Pilot Program this Summer

When transit watchers look back on 2013, they'll remember it as the year of the bike share. Last month, the country watched as New York rolled out Citi Bike to much fanfare (and plenty of grumbling).

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Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

Clip-Air: Modular Transportation Capsules Carry Passengers by Land, Sea, or Air

The layout of a train is a lot like an airplane or a bus in terms of packing a lot of people into a tube to move them somewhere else. So why not just load people into a train and then slap some wings on

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Multifunctional Mobiel Bike Cart Helps Urban Farmers Carry Tools and Produce

Multifunctional Mobiel Bike Cart Helps Urban Farmers Carry Tools and Produce

Inspired by a thriving demographic in Vancouver, Mobiel is a multifunctional cart designed to support the day-to-day needs of commercial urban farmers - people who grow food on a medium to large scale on

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FAA Wants to Move Away from Leaded Gasoline by 2018

FAA Wants to Move Away from Leaded Gasoline by 2018

Photo via Shutterstock Sometimes it seems like air transportation is the last to catch up with energy innovations. Busses, cars and trains regularly run on a variety of green options. But airplanes,

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Tokyo’s Eco-Cycle Park Bicycle Elevator Stores 144 Bikes Underground

Tokyo’s Eco-Cycle Park Bicycle Elevator Stores 144 Bikes Underground

Tokyo’s underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion with a single push of a button, the Eco Cycle

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Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

In a warming world, every gas-powered vehicle contributes to CO2 emissions. California-based Cool Planet Energy not only believes they have a low-cost alternative to gasoline, but one that is actually

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Giant Solar-Powered Geodesic Robot Walks Into our Nightmares on 12 Crab-Like Legs

Giant Solar-Powered Geodesic Robot Walks Into our Nightmares on 12 Crab-Like Legs

Welder Scott Parenteau has created a gigantic geodesic dome that walks about on 12 creepy crab-like legs! Parenteau's spider-like "Walking Pod" is powered by a wind turbine and a roof-mounted solar panel,

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Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of Your Electric Car Depends on Where You Live

Infographic: The Carbon Footprint of Your Electric Car Depends on Where You Live

In a recent study comparing grid-powered electric car emissions around the world, Shrink That Footprint found that when electric cars are charged with low-carbon power, they have just a quarter of the

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US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets

US Navy to Use Low-Emission Switchgrass Fuel to Power Fighter Jets

Photo via Shutterstock With ambitious long-term energy goals, US Navy is at the forefront of alternative energy use and energy efficiency. Now, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy

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Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing

Japan’s New 310 MPH ‘Floating’ Maglev Bullet Train Hits the Tracks for Testing

Japan is working on a blazing fast 310 mph maglev "floating" train - and the latest prototype just hit the tracks for testing! This week Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) unveiled the top-of-the-line

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Watch Inhabitat’s ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Hear from Leading Auto Designers and Architects!

Watch Inhabitat’s ‘Big Ideas in Small Spaces’ Webcast and Hear from Leading Auto Designers and Architects!

Watch the 'Big Ideas in Small Spaces: Proportion in Design' discussion right here! Our webcast has just ended, but you can still hear everything that was discussed by clicking on the video above. 'Big

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Ultra-Compact Musguard Bicycle Fender Rolls Out to Save Your Seat on Rainy Days

Ultra-Compact Musguard Bicycle Fender Rolls Out to Save Your Seat on Rainy Days

Bicycles are one of the world's most efficient modes of transportation - but ride one in the rain and you'll wind up with a soggy seat as the rear while kicks up a steady stream of water. Enter the

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Monkey Light Pro Lets You Download and Animate Your Own Bike Wheel Display

Monkey Light Pro Lets You Download and Animate Your Own Bike Wheel Display

Technology has brought bike accessories way past the classic bell-and-handlebar-streamer setup. Monkey Light Pro enables you download and display your own LED animations. The kit consists of four pieces

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1,300 MPG Student-Designed Ultra-Light Car Runs on a Tiny Lawnmower Engine

1,300 MPG Student-Designed Ultra-Light Car Runs on a Tiny Lawnmower Engine

Students at Brigham Young University in Utah have designed a car that can travel the distance from Utah to Michigan on a single gallon of fuel. The fish-shaped car—which weighs less than 100 pounds and

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Solar Impulse Launches ‘Revolutionary’ Inflatable Hangar to Provide Shelter from Stormy Weather in St. Louis

Solar Impulse Launches ‘Revolutionary’ Inflatable Hangar to Provide Shelter from Stormy Weather in St. Louis

A revolutionary inflatable hangar has replaced a tornado-torn building in St. Louis, Missouri that was set aside for the Solar Impulse plane during its groundbreaking solar-powered flight across the

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High-Capacity Flash Charger Can Juice Up an Electric Bus in Under 15 Seconds

High-Capacity Flash Charger Can Juice Up an Electric Bus in Under 15 Seconds

Electric vehicles are a great option for personal use, but when it comes to public transportation, the technology has its limitations. Electric buses require overhead power lines or lengthy recharge times

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Citi Bike Opens to Daily and Weekly Riders in NYC

Citi Bike Opens to Daily and Weekly Riders in NYC

Good news for New Yorkers who've been waiting patiently to take a shiny new Citi Bike for a spin. The city officially opened the bike share program to all riders (it was previously only available to

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Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

This amazing Solar Impulse airplane recently completed the second leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States, and today co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are

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Patio Furniture Transforms into DIY Bike-Powered Generator

Patio Furniture Transforms into DIY Bike-Powered Generator

When riding a stationary bicycle, it easy to feel as though you aren't getting anywhere or doing much of anything other than managing a quick workout. The cardio is great, but what if you could capture

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Honda Lowers Pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV to $259 a Month

Honda Lowers Pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV to $259 a Month

In an effort to keep ahead of the competition, Honda has announced that the pricing for the 2013 Honda Fit EV has been lowered to $259 a month. Currently the Fit EV's monthly lease price is set at $389 a

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Remote-Controlled Car-Helicopter Hybrid Transitions from Air to Land Seamlessly

Remote-Controlled Car-Helicopter Hybrid Transitions from Air to Land Seamlessly

Flying cars aren't quite ready to take to the roads (or in the skies) just yet, but a new remote-controlled car brings them one step closer to reality. The B RC Hybrid Car-Helicopter starts off scooting

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Henrik Fisker Teams Up With Hong Kong Billionaire Richard Li to Save Fisker Automotive

Henrik Fisker Teams Up With Hong Kong Billionaire Richard Li to Save Fisker Automotive

Although Fisker Automotive hasn't produced a car since July, a few parties have stepped up to save the fledgling automaker. Reports say that Fisker co-founder Henrik Fisker has teamed up with a group of

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Citi Bike Share Program Officially Launches in New York City

Citi Bike Share Program Officially Launches in New York City

New Yorkers rejoice - NYC's first bicycle sharing program just launched with 6,000 bikes! So far over 10,000 people have signed up to use the brand new Citi Bikes in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and the system

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Architect Frank Gehry Says LA Subway Plans Spell ‘Disaster’ for Walt Disney Concert Hall

Architect Frank Gehry Says LA Subway Plans Spell ‘Disaster’ for Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall photo from Shutterstock By 2020 Los Angeles could have the second largest subway system in the US, after New York. While this is fantastic news for residents and environmental

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MindDrive: World’s First Social Media Powered Electric Car is Fueled by Tweets and Likes

MindDrive: World’s First Social Media Powered Electric Car is Fueled by Tweets and Likes

A group of Kansas City teens have transformed a 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia into the world’s first social-media fueled vehicle! With the help of non-profit MindDrive, the teens converted the vintage

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5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Summer in a Big City

5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Summer in a Big City

Park it at the Park Parks were designed to be an oasis from the concrete jungle, and every major city has a public park system. We all know the big ones like Central Park or San Francisco’s Golden Gate

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Chicago Announces Plans to Roll Out “Divvy” Bike-Sharing Program in June

Chicago Announces Plans to Roll Out “Divvy” Bike-Sharing Program in June

Hot on the heels of the launch of New York City's new bike-sharing program, Chicago officials announced this weekend that the Windy City will kick off a bike-sharing program of its own by the end of June.

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