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Eight Old Chinese Cars You've Probably Never Seen... And Never Will

In a bid to reduce smog in its major cities, China is aiming to “eliminate” more than five million older cars... sort of like Cash For Clunkers but without the cash. What's an older Chinese car look like, you ask? We found 8 examples worth a look-see before they go to the crusher.

Don't Drive Noisy: Shanghai Authorities To Expand Ban On Horn Honking

“Honk If You Don't Mind Being Fined,” a Shanghai bumper sticker might read. Indeed, horn-honking has been banned on some city streets since 2007 and plans are afoot to expand the “no honking” zone in an ongoing effort to ease noise pollution.

Long-Lost General Motors EV1 Electric Cars Turn Up In Overseas Parking Lot

GM built over a thousand EV1 electric cars between 1996 and 1999, and the company's controversial decision to crush almost all of them still lingers as a black mark in the firm's history. Wonder of wonders, two EV-1s have been discovered, miraculously uncrushed, in a Chinese research institute parking lot.

Alcoa & Phinergy's Innovative Aluminum-Air Battery EV Makes Successful First Test Run

Is fear of a drained battery holding you back from buying an electric car? Aluminum producer Alcoa and clean tech company Phinergy have got something for that: a revolutionary aluminum-air battery pack that promises drivers a whopping 1,000 miles between charge-ups!

Earth Burger Features Crusty Blue Buns & A Fried Chicken Core

Feed the world? More like feed ON the world! The Orbi Yokohama cafe's “Blue Burger”, a nature-themed entree that looks unnaturally weird, features a crispy fried chicken filet sandwiched between a bun dyed blue, green & brown to match the Earth's oceans and continents.

Harness Wind Energy With The Portable, Collapsible WindPax Wind Turbine

You've seen those huge wind turbines that dot the open-plained landscapes of the Midwest (perhaps just in pictures) or maybe old wooden windmills on farms. Now, imagine being able to take that sort of technology with you on a camping trip. With the WindPax Wind Turbines, that's exactly what you can do.

Want This New Invention? The Wello Water Wheel

There are people who out there who will tell you not to reinvent the wheel. However, sometimes the wheel needs to be reinvented -- with a different purpose and to help those who don't have access to the same wheel as the rest of us do. The Wello Water Wheel is a new take on the wheel and it is out the change the world -- the Third World, that is.

Nimble Cargo Scooters Make Local Shopping More Fun

The California-made Nimble Cargo Scooter is a practical, fun alternative to shopping by bicycle. These sturdy, safe and simply-made scooters are ideal for local pick-ups, especially when bringing home large or unwieldy items like watermelons or cases of beer.

Turtle Taxi: Atypical Taxi Service Takes The Long Way Home

Most of us that use taxi services have one core expectation - that we will get to our intended destination just as fast as traffic allows, while taking the most direct route possible. But if we've learned anything by now, it's that not everyone is quite so traditional.

Generate Electricity By Playing With SOCCKET

"We combine play with innovative technology to address real-world issues in a meaningful fun way." That's what Uncharted Play's website says, and with a product like the SOCCKET Soccer Ball, the ball that generates energy and can charge small electrical devices, they're living up to that statement.

World's First Electric Wooden Bike Leads The Charge To Sustainable Cycling

Bough Bikes is a world leader in the field of handmade all-wood bicycles, having produced over 300 pedal-powered two-wheelers from sustainably harvested French Oak. Now the Dutch manufacturer is, ahem, branching out into electrobikes, showing off two prototype electric wooden bikes at this year's NYCxDesign.

Thousands Of Bikini-Clad Girls Form Dolphin To Raise Environmental Awareness

The annual “Chimelong 10,000 People's Bikini” event at Guangzhou, China's  Chimelong Water Park involved thousands of bikini-clad girls assembling to form the shape of a leaping dolphin. The stunt's stated porpoise, er, purpose was to raise awareness of environmental causes.

Innovative Solar Panel Parking Lot Could Someday See The Light

A parking lot made from thick, hexagonal solar cells tough enough to support the weight of a tractor? It's more likely than you think.. A 12-by-36 foot prototype "solar parking lot" made from the super-tough panels can generate enough power by day to keep nearby street lamps and signs safely glowing at night.

Green Chariot E-bus Brings Ultra-Capacitor Technology To Europe's Gray Streets

Look Sofia, no batteries! After proving its all-electric, ultra-capacitor, no-batteries technology over seven years and 8 million kilometres in Shanghai, China, the innovative Chariot E-bus is bringing its talents to South Bea, er, make that Sofia, Bulgaria.

+ Pool Could Be The World's First Water-Filtering Floating Pool

How many people actually swim in the Hudson and East Rivers? Not many. New York City is surrounded by water, yet the water isn't the cleanest and that deters potential swimmers. That's where the + Pool comes in. This community pool will float on one of New York's rivers and filter the river water through its walls, making the water inside the pool clean and great for swimming.

Innovative Food Research: Products Reflect Changing Diets

What will the diet of the future be like? Researchers in France have been busy developing diverse food types with higher nutritional value, alternative ingredients and production processes that are compeltley sustainable. Read on for more information, whether you are hungry or not.

Veloschmitt's KR E-250 Personal Transporter: The Messerschmitt Reloaded

If the Veloschmitt KR E-250 looks oddly familiar, you might have spent a little too much time in post-war Germany. Designers Achim Adlfinger and Fred Zimmermann have been there and now they've done that, evoking the spirit of Messerschmitt's quirky KR200 Kabinenroller in this three-wheeled pedal/electric velomobile.

Chinese Air Force Trains Monkeys To Seek & Destroy Bird Nests

China's Air Force doesn't monkey around when it comes to protecting their bases from wayward birds... scratch that, actually they do! A pair of macaques trained to seek out and eliminate bird nests near a PLAAF base are doing just that, destroying 6 to 8 nests per day each and permanently clearing 180 nests in just their first month on duty.

Vanhawks Valour: A Pedal-Powered High-Tech Connected Bike

The innovative Vanhawks Valour is a high-tech connected bike with a surprisingly low-tech power source: its rider. The stylish two-wheeler is anything but primitive, however. The stealthy carbon fiber frame features built-in Bluetooth 4.0 and a host of safety sensors that interact with a companion app.

Amazing Soundwall Wireless Speakers Doubling As Works of Art

Remember the musak of a few decades ago? Standing in moving elevators or shopping in retail stores and listening to strains of Mantovani may be a thing of the past, but enter wall art/ music in a new and a most amazing package called Soundwall. Read on or should we say, hear all about it below.