When you design a city around a car, you end up with a sprawl — just look at Los Angeles or Houston. The architects at SOM are designing a green-minded city for China that will still let cars in, but the focus of the city is such that you won't really even need one, even if you're traveling all over China.
Plantagon, a Swedish company that makes greenhouses, is happy to remind us all that by 2050, nine billion people will be living on Earth, seven billion of them will be living in cities, and every single one of them is going to be hungry a lot of the time. Plantagon has the solution in the form of skyscrapers for plants. Tasty plants. And they're building one.
Whenever a company names its product with an "X" we generally expect something really cool and groundbreaking. In the case of the just unveiled Tesla Model X, that's exactly what we got, but it might be hard to notice upon first glance.
Remember those dire warnings years ago from you parents to avoid touching that pink fluffy insulation in your home? Well if one company has its way, such warnings will become a thing of the past.
Here in the U.S., we're used to thinking about solar power as one of those happy eco-friendly things that we'd all totally be using except for the fact that it's so much more expensive than fossil fuels. In the developing world, though, it's exactly the opposite: solar power is gaining ground with 1.3 billion people simply because it's the cheapest way to go.
Chalk this up under things that sort of seem like terrible ideas: geothermal energy developers are planning to pump millions of gallons of water into an active volcano in Oregon to see if they can somehow generate electricity without angering the gods.
The problem of what to do with discarded electronic devices has been a growing but largely ignored issue. But one veteran technologist may have come up with the perfect solution: automated recycling for cash.
If you decided to take the design dynamics of a speedboat mixed with a fancy Japanese toilet and apply them to an electric vehicle, you just might get something as oddly futuristic looking as the Sim-Lei car.
We all know we shouldn't throw light bulbs or batteries in the trash, but how to recycle them often remains a mystery. One option is the boxes at big chain stores, but soon a safer and more enticing solution may be available: deposit them in a reverse vending machine and receiving an immediate reward for your trouble!
Sad news for everyone who has ever wanted to drive a car shaped like a sperm down the highway: Aptera, who has been working on an ultra-efficient, ultra-futuristic space fighter on wheels, has run out of both time and money.