Design

Photosynthesis bike purifies the air as you ride

Biking to work or downtown when the weather allows it is one of the greenest things you can do – not only does it prevent the gases you would be emitting by driving, but it’s also a great way to keep in shape. But a new concept unveiled in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, could take things […]

Does a green roof on a bus really make sense?

Greening the urban environment is not only pleasant to look at – it’s a necessity! But as cool as planting a green roof on a bus is, is this really an efficient way to go at it? The good I absolutely love green roofs – and I love innovative public transportation! It makes sense that […]

Using Origami to solve a space problem

Brigham Young University (BYU) engineers have teamed up with one of the world’s leading experts in origami to solve one of space exploration’s most challenging (and ironic) problems – the lack of space. Working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a team of mechanical engineers have designed a solar array that can be tightly compacted for […]

Engineers try to seal Chernobyl with a giant arch

Chernobyl is still one of the most radioactive places on the face of the Earth, and authorities are working on a huge program to reduce any further risks of contamination. Work began in recent days to remove, bit by bit, the giant chimney protruding from the Chernobyl nuclear power station. The Chernobyl disaster was a […]

The 240-year-old beautiful ancestor of the moderen computer

You may find it hard to believe, but what you’re seeing in the picture above is actually a self-operating, programmable machine, capable of writing letters and words with a quill pen, that’s still functioning after a quarter of a millennium. The lovely automatons An automaton (plural: automata or automatons) is a self-operating machine or robot. […]

Swedes invent invisible bike helmet

You know what sucks about riding a bike? Except for, you know, all the traffic and all the reckless car drivers, and rain, and sometimes being really tired? Bike helmets. Of course, they do provide the advantage of keeping your brain from getting splattered if you crash, but they’re not really comfortable, and they take […]

The coconut-shaped bamboo dome that was built without a single nail [awesome pictures]

It always gives me a pleasant feeling to see innovative, eco-friendly designs such as this one. Bamboo architect Vo Trong Nghia developed he gorgeous bamboo Water and Wind Cafe in the Binh Duong province of Vietnam. Not only is it incredibly beautiful and surprisingly sturdy, but it is built from bamboo, a fast growing, sustainable […]

Designing cloud bridges to connect mountain ranges

The fastest way to get from any point A to any point B is through a straight line – but when your point A is on a mountain, and your point B is on another mountain, that’s pretty hard to work out. According to architect Arturo Tedeschi (A>T), that’s also boring, so they came up with a […]

Creating Lord of the Rings elf-like treehouses

Anthony Gibbons, a designer which specializes on sustainable materials and biomimicry developed some rad looking tree houses which seem to be taken straight from the elves’ forest home of Lothlorien in Lord of the Rings! The Roost (as its called) rises up above the forest floor with sleeping quarters, viewing platforms, and spiral stairs, fully […]

Flying car takes off in Slovakia

Merging road cars with airplanes into a two-in-one  purpose vehicle may seem like a SciFi endeavor, but how truly crazy is this idea? Although we’re far from seeing people hovering to work in a Jetson’s-like craft or mid-air traffic jams like in the Fifth Element, some people believe street-legal cars that can both run on […]

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