Inhabitat’s Week in Inexperienced: LA Auto Present, tidal power farm and Japan’s futuristic eco-metropolis

Every week our associates at Inhabitat recap the week’s most fascinating inexperienced developments and clear tech information for us — it is the Week in Inexperienced.
Inhabitat's Week in Green: LA Auto Show, tidal energy farm and Japan's futuristic eco-city

It was an enormous week for inexperienced automobiles, as Inhabitat scoured the flooring of the LA Auto Present to seek for the newest and biggest in inexperienced auto design and innovation. We have been excited to take a look at Audi’s hybrid-diesel E-Tron Spyder idea automotive, Croatia’s first electrical car prototype the DOK-ING XD, and Honda’s hotly anticipated 2013 electrical model of their common Match. Honda additionally made waves on the west coast auto present with their Civic Pure Fuel automotive, which took house the title of ‘Inexperienced Automotive of the Yr’ — the Civic is the cleanest operating inner combustion automotive licensed by the EPS. In the meantime, Ford introduced that their EVOS plug-in hybrid can be hitting the market subsequent yr, FlyKly’s extremely-trendy electrical bikes have turn out to be a selection journey in New York Metropolis, a German museum determined to recreate an operable model the world’s oldest electrical automotive, and the US Navy efficiently despatched a check-ship out on a 117 hour voyage utilizing a 50 % algae-derived gasoline.

There have been additionally some thrilling bulletins in clear power know-how this week, together with a current report accomplished by main scientists that predict big orbiting solar energy crops might provide all of the earth’s power wants by 2041. We additionally discovered that France will open the world’s largest tidal power farm in 2012, and GE will present the generators for a $one hundred million wind farm in Mongolia. Additionally for Mongolia, an area geo-engineering agency is planning to battle the capital’s scorching scorching summers by cooling it down with gigantic artifical chunks of ice that mimic naleds. London’s audacious mayor got here up with an equally formidable concept — his plan is to curb air pollution by spraying the town’s roads with a sticky calcium-based mostly adhesive capable of catch airborne pollution. We additionally received the within scoop from Panasonic’s Power Answer Enterprise Director, Haruyuki Ishio, on the futuristic eco-metropolis that’s being deliberate for Fujisawa, Japan.

Nevertheless, it was within the lab the place we discovered one of the crucial weird experiments being carried out, with a Dutch scientist enterprise a quest to create the world’s first lab-grown hamburger. If a hit, this burger will ring up at a cool $345,000 — not coming to a McDonald’s close to you anytime quickly. We noticed a exceptional leap in supplies innovation as researchers from the College of California Irvine developed a cloth that’s as robust as metallic, one hundred occasions lighter than Styrofoam, and composed of ninety nine.9% air. Scientists have been additionally exhausting at work at Duke College learning sensor outfitted dragonflies to assist within the improvement of higher flying robots. And whereas not fairly as chopping-edge as flying robots, these cool “Volt” self-heating winter boots are nonetheless fairly an achievement, and one which will get us enthusiastic about winter climate. Every Volt boot comes with its personal on-board ignition change, a heating plate, and a chargeable lithium-ion battery for twin-supply charging — they an ideal chilly-climate praise to those ingenious texting gloves which function conductive fingertips that help you use any cellular touchscreen outdoor with out having to take away your valuable hand-heaters and expose your fingers to frigid air.

In different sensible know-how information, Panasonic simply debuted their new LED bulb which seems to be precisely like an previous-faculty incandescent, so that you could be all nostalgic and make like Thomas Edison if you’d like, whereas solely utilizing a fraction of the power of an incandescent. Apparently there’s a marketplace for this. In the event you’re a father or mother or know mother and father of child gadget geeks, take a look at our prime ten iPhone and iPad apps for teenagers. On that notice, we’re additionally gifting away 15 free downloads of the brand new Oddballz Circus youngsters app, and you may enter to win it right here.

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