• San Francisco restaurant to double up as an environmental lab

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 4, 2014

    green-restaurant-1There are restaurants that serve you everything you’ve been dreaming about on an empty stomach, and then there are restaurants that do the environment a huge favor too. One of the latter, is the yet-to-open restaurant, The Perennial, located in San Francisco. What sets this one apart from the rest of the eateries you’ve been spending considerable amounts of time at, is the fact that The Perennial is a restaurant and environmental lab combined.

  • Albatern’s WaveNET system will generate energy from the waves in Scotland

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 4, 2014

    array-wavenet-albatern-1Depending completely on fossil fuels to power up the earth isn’t such a great idea anymore, not in the current circumstances of extreme pollution and a degrading environment. Instead, the only way out of this big muddle we’ve all got ourselves into, is renewable energy. Albatern, Scotland’s wave energy company, is looking at better ways to powering up, using a new system called the WaveNET. This one uses an array of floating generators, nicknamed Squids, which harvest energy from rising and falling waves.

    BEHA, the world’s first true hybrid aircraft

    Posted in Transport on December 1, 2014

    bio-electric-hybrid-aircraft-0Aircraft today are known energy-suckers, drinking up thousands of gallons of fuel on a daily basis, which makes them an eco-threatening necessity. Given the fact that air travel is the best way to go, there is no real way to compromise on the way aircraft are powered today. However, things are set to change in the near future. The Faradair BEHA (Bio-Electric-Hybrid-Aircraft), the world’s first true hybrid aircraft, could very well change the aviation industry for good.

    SOL Jewelry Collection uses solar panels to charge gadgets on-the-go

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 27, 2014

    sol-contemporary-jewelry-1There’s more to modern day jewelry than just aesthetics. Besides the fact that these glimmering pieces are meant to be worn as accessories to accentuate your style, they can also be used as sources of energy to power your gadgetry! The 3D-printed SOL collection, inspired by Islamic geometric patterns, does just this. Each of these jewelry pieces have a designated slot for a solar panel that can soak in the sun’s energy and be used later.

    The sustainable and solar-powered Jellyfish Barge allows users to grow crops on water!

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 27, 2014

    studiomobile-floating-greenhouse-1Finding an empty piece of land in an urban environment is extremely difficult. Given the fact that our cities are getting more and more crowded as the days go by, the only intelligent solution to the problem is moving over the surface of water bodies. Italian designers Antonio Girardi and Cristiana Favretto of Studiomobile brought to life a concept greenhouse that floats on water and is completely self-sustainable. The construction is a low-cost alternative using recycled materials that sits upon 96 repurposed plastic drums.

    Japanese firm designs underwater city called the Ocean Spiral

    Posted in Architecture on November 27, 2014

    ocean-spiral-shimizu-1One of the most unexplored regions on our planet is the depths of the oceans. Not many have ventured there, though we do dream about living below the surface quite often. Tokyo-based Shimizu Corporation is a step closer towards turning that dream into a reality. The company has unveiled plans for an underwater city that could very well be the next best place to live in the future. Called the Ocean Spiral, this sustainable underwater city is a futuristic Atlantis that could be turned into a reality for $26 billion!

    TGI Fridays opens green and clean restaurant in Milton Keynes

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 25, 2014

    tgi-fridays-restaurantMilton Keynes will now play host to a clean and green TGI Fridays restaurant. The company is looking forward to lighten its carbon footprint and become a greener and more sustainable business. The new restaurant in MK will cater to 266 guests and employ 85 people, most of who will be residents from the locality.

    Chinese researchers develop hi­tech smog mask that’s compatible with smartphones

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 25, 2014

    wearable-air-purifier-1Let’s not deny it, the air is not what it used to be. Urban jungles around us are being choked with exhaust fume and smog, now more than ever. Countries like China and India have been battling air pollution since more than a decade now and there seems to be no respite. To give the citizens of these heavily polluted countries some relief, a research team from Chongqing, China, unveiled this battery­powered wearable air purifier that promises to filter up to 99.9% of PM 2.5 fine particulates!

    After Sony and Fujitsu, Toshiba now grows vegetables indoors

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 24, 2014

    toshiba-vegetables-1Toshiba is better known for giving the world a dash of technology every now and then. Never before have we heard of this company growing vegetables. As alien as it sounds, that’s exactly what Toshiba is up to lately. The Japanese electronics giant is looking forward to producing 3 million bags a year, which in turn will strengthen its position as a healthcare company. Using all the technology it has got at its disposal, we think this isn’t going to be extremely difficult for the company either!

    Netherlands welcomes home glowing highways in place of streetlights

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 24, 2014

    tron-highway-7Whoever said streetlights are an indispensable means to road safety probably should have a look at what the folks over in Netherlands are up to. Instead of using electricity-hungry street lights, the Smart Highway project makes use of photo-luminescent stripes that glow in the dark, guiding drivers. The stripes soak in sunlight during the day and glow during the night. Design firm Studio Roosegaarde has been testing this concept that seems to be quite practical, so long as drivers keep their headlights on too.

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