Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: Fisker Karma will get a worth reduce, and extra!
Architects are always pushing boundaries to redefine what buildings can do. Baca Architects simply unveiled the UK’s first “amphibious home,” which is ready to stand up and float when floods strike. Designer Michael Weeks has developed a self-adequate dome house referred to as the Life Pod that may be transported nearly anyplace. In Kazakhstan, architects are proposing the world’s first condo constructing topped with a ski slope. And Franek Architects simply unveiled a spiraling mountaintop walkway in Czech Republic that includes a 330-foot slide.
In terms of automobiles, the newest and biggest automobiles get a lot of the consideration, however there’s loads of older autos value a re-evaluation. Working example: You can now purchase a Fisker Karma at half of its unique worth — and the plug-in electrical supercar nonetheless shines years after its preliminary launch. In different transportation information, BMW introduced plans to spice up the i3’s electrical driving vary by 50 % to assist compete towards the Chevy Bolt. And researchers developed an revolutionary hydrogen gasoline nano reactor that would make gasoline cell automobiles a lot cheaper.
Should you nonetheless have not recovered from the truth that Pluto is not a planet, take coronary heart: Astronomers consider they’ve discovered a brand new ninth planet in our photo voltaic system. “Planet X” is believed to exist within the far reaches of area the place it circles the solar as soon as ever 15,000 years. In the meantime, a gaggle of Belgian astronomers payed tribute to David Bowie by outlining a brand new constellation within the form of a lightning bolt. Right here on earth, Denmark has damaged a renewable power report through the use of wind generators to supply forty two.1 % of its power. We additionally showcased a number of intelligent air pollution-preventing designs: a magnetic wand that cleans up oil spills like magic, and a plant backpack that gives you with recent air wherever you’re. And if it is freezing in your neck of the woods, you will be glad to know that researchers are engaged on garments that convert photo voltaic power into warmth.