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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.

Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

 One of five inventors of the LEDsafari lamp interviewed an African student who was recently trained to build his own LEDsafari.  The student is very enthused about the invention because it is going to bring affordable light to his continent, giving Africans more time in the evening to study, to discuss, to work, to create... It will make them more productive and, thereby, richer.  A simple, cheap, safe, and environmentally clean lamp, this student hopes, will 'light up the Dark Continent.'

Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle: Two-Wheeled Barrel Of Fun

The innovative Austrian-designed Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle (“Eletromotorrad” in German) doesn't look like any other electrobike while performing better than most of its competitors.

The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.

Chinese Company Cranks Out 10 3D-Printed Houses In 24 Hours

In the future, houses will be 3D-printed using recycled construction waste and tailings... oops, by “the future” we meant China! A Shanghai-based construction company took a mere 24 hours to slap together 10 3D-printed houses and while the homes aren't exactly mansions, they're the ultimate cheap digs.

Want To Hold Up An ATM? No... You Don't!

Are you wondering what this beetle has to do with holding up an ATM? Well, this innocent looking bombardier beetle is not so innocent; in fact, this beetle is the inspiration for a foam bomb developed to explode in a burglar's face if he tries to mess with an ATM.

Bags Of Mountain Air Soothe Smog-Addled Chinese City Dwellers

Citizens of notoriously smoggy Zhengzhou could breathe a little easier – for a few minutes, at least – thanks to a local travel company's promotional gimmick. Staffers brought 20 big blue bags of fresh air collected 120 miles (300 km) away at Laojun Mountain to the east-central Chinese city and distributed it  to grateful mask-wearing residents.

Can Lasers Aid Australian Scientists To Collect Space Junk?

For the last half century, space junk has been circling the earth in very destructive patterns. Now an Australian team of scientists addresses the problem head on armed with high- tech, infra-red lasers that will zap the debris out into space. Read on for more information.

Translucent Concrete: Scientific Marvel and Brilliant Innovation

Translucent concrete is a wondrous creation that sprang from the brilliant mind of Hungarian architect, Aron Losonczi. It represents a new frontier in architectural construction, design, innovation and beauty. Read on for more information on this fascinating subject.