Inhabitat’s Week in Inexperienced: vertical farm, photo voltaic power funnel and a brainwave monitor

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: vertical farm, solar energy funnel and a brainwave monitor

This week Inhabitat reported reside from the Los Angeles Auto Present as we introduced you the most well liked new inexperienced automobiles — starting with the 2013 Fiat 500e electrical car. We’re additionally eagerly awaiting the revealing of BMW’s new i3 Coupe idea. In different inexperienced transportation information, JR Tokai unveiled Japan’s new lightning-quick 310 MPH MagLev practice, whereas Amtrak introduced that trains touring between Chicago and St. Louis have been cleared to speed up to one hundred ten MPH on a brief stretch of monitor. It is no MagLev, however we’ll take it! Designer Jeffrey Eyster additionally unveiled the MRV-1, a leisure car that doubles as a sustainable nature retreat.

Within the persevering with quest to develop excessive-rise farms in cities, designer Brandon Martella has designed a vertical farm and residential tower for downtown San Diego that would develop as much as 10 % of the town’s produce. Development can also be set to start subsequent month on a 32-story modular tower — the tallest modular constructing on the planet — at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards mega-improvement, and the MTA is exploring subway plug balloons and lockdown methods to assist shield the transit system from future storms. Estonian agency Salto Architects have developed Quick Monitor, a springy trampoline sidewalk that allows you to bounce down the road, and in maybe probably the most outlandish improvement proposal of all, SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to determine an eighty,000-individual colony on Mars.

Ever want you can management issues together with your thoughts? It won’t be that far off: InterAxon has developed a brainwave-sensing headband that screens your ideas. In one other futuristic technological feat, scientists have developed a self-filling water bottle that harvests water from the air. In the meantime researchers at Washington State College have produced 3D-printed moon rocks that could possibly be used to construct buildings on the floor of the moon, and a 3D printing startup referred to as Protection Distributed says it’s going to share downloadable plans for 3D-printed plastic weapons over the web.

In renewable power information, this week researchers at MIT introduced plans to create a “photo voltaic power funnel” that would harvest power from a wider spectrum of daylight than present photo voltaic panels. Scientists at Rice College developed a brand new sort of photo voltaic power know-how that creates steam from icy-chilly water, and the parents behind the HydroICE venture have found out a strategy to develop a photo voltaic-powered combustion engine that would scale back photo voltaic prices by seventy five %. Saudi Arabia introduced that development will start subsequent yr on an unlimited photo voltaic farm as a part of its $109 billion funding in photo voltaic power, and designer Vivien Muller launched a Kickstarter marketing campaign for her nifty bonsai-impressed photo voltaic charger.

December is right here and the vacations are quickly approaching — that will help you get a leg up on the present-giving season we have packed over 300 presents into our 2012 Inexperienced Vacation Present Information — together with Gadget Presents starting from a water-powered clock to a folding electrical bicycle and a lovely bamboo keyboard. We additionally helped you get set to rejoice with tricks to inexperienced your holidays with eco-pleasant decor and eight nice power-saving LED Christmas lights.

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