Inhabitat's Week in Inexperienced: superdogs and a cave museum
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.
To date Elon Musk has created subsequent-gen spacecraft and a number of the world’s greatest electrical automobiles — might a futuristic airplane be subsequent? This previous week, Musk introduced that he’d wish to construct a “fairly cool supersonic, vertical takeoff and touchdown electrical jet.” In different transportation information, automakers had a Again to the Future area day final week. Stanford rolled out a self-driving DeLorean; Toyota showcased a particular Mirai with gull-wing doorways and a flux capacitor; and college students constructed an all-electrical model of Doc Brown’s time-touring automotive. A glossy photo voltaic-powered automotive gained the World Photo voltaic Problem by rocketing throughout the Australian Outback in 4 days. And we took a check-drive of the all-new, utterly rebuilt 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which simply hit the market in California.
Halloween is every week away, however some significantly spooky phenomena rocked the structure world this previous week. First an eerie floating metropolis was noticed within the clouds above China. Then the ruins of a four hundred-yr-previous church rose from the waters of a lake in Mexico. In the meantime, Kengo Kuma unveiled plans for an unimaginable museum set inside a cave in Manila, and Penda proposed a 20,000-individual metropolis constructed totally from bamboo. However the coolest improvement of the week simply is perhaps The Liberator — a tremendous machine that transforms unusual filth into tremendous-sturdy, fireproof constructing bricks.
Carbon nanotubes have been hailed as a technological panacea that may create all the things from subsequent-gen supercomputers to raised batteries — nevertheless they could have a darkish aspect. Final week, a brand new research found carbon nanotubes within the lungs of youngsters with bronchial asthma for the primary time. We have been additionally alarmed to study that San Francisco is spraying poisonous pesticides in public parks and playgrounds — and the apply could also be endangering the individuals and animals who go to. And talking of animals, Chinese language scientists have created the world’s first genetically engineered muscular superdogs for police and army purposes.