Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: 'Iron Man' prosthetics and a creepy Airbnb
Every week our pals at Inhabitat recap the week’s most fascinating inexperienced developments and clear tech information for us — it is the Week in Inexperienced.
Need to see the state-of-the-art in photo voltaic-powered structure? Take a look at eight of the world’s most effective solar-powered houses constructed by college students for the 2015 Photo voltaic Decathlon. In different photo voltaic information, Panasonic simply shattered a world document by constructing probably the most environment friendly photovoltaic panel on the planet. A Dutch agency lately introduced plans to construct the largest wind farm in Africa close to a distant Kenyan lake. And Washington, DC, unveiled the world’s largest waste-to-power system, which can generate electrical energy from the town’s uncooked sewage.
The self-driving automobiles are coming — and Tesla has a leg up on the competitors. This previous week, the electrical automaker launched a software program replace that permits the Mannequin S to drive, park and brake with out counting on a human driver. Tesla’s battery Gigafactory additionally hit the headlines as two journalists trespassed on the power grounds — after which injured staff with their automotive whereas trying to flee. Electrical bikes make numerous sense for metropolis cyclists, and the VANMOOF Electrified is likely one of the greatest. It comes with constructed-in lights, a dashboard show and built-in GPS monitoring — and we’re giving one away in our Inexperienced Halloween Costume Contest. We additionally showcased an superior underwater jetpack that lets you glide by way of the ocean like a dolphin, and we have been shocked to study that villages in Laos are making boats out of repurposed bombs from the Vietnam Struggle.
Are we alone within the universe? This previous week scientists found some sudden exercise round a faraway star — and a few consider that it might signify a megastructure constructed by an alien civilization. Again right here on Earth, 3D printers are revolutionizing the best way we make issues. A brand new constructing printer can crank out a whole two-story residence in a single day. In the meantime, Disney introduced a brand new partnership to produce 3D-printed bionic Iron Man arms for teenagers in want of prosthetics, and Adidas launched a brand new “Futurecraft” operating shoe made with 3D-printed supplies. And since Halloween is on the best way, we showcased the creepiest Airbnb we have ever seen: a dank subterranean room within the catacombs of Paris full of 6 million skeletons.