Kia Joins Hybrid Race with Forte LPI

Since the hybrid race began, every automaker around the world has been hard at work designing their own piece of Green Technology. Kia Motors is the most recent to join this fight for sales, with their new Forte LPI Hybrid.

Russian Aviation Innovation: A Unique Identified-Flying Object

With all the fascination surrounding UFOs (unidentified flying objects), here is the story of an IFO (identified flying object), which Russian engineers are currently working on. The new Lokomoscanner is sure to attract many potential buyers from Russia and abroad (although perhaps not from other galaxies). Read on but…duck!

Live In Austin? Go Green and Borrow A Car For Free

Just the other day an acquaintance of mine told me how difficult it was to share a car with her husband. They can't afford the expense of another car, but sometimes while he uses their car to go to work she really needs the car to go to the doctors or the grocery store. If only they lived in Austin, TX. Brandi Clark would let her borrow a car for free.

Cactus, Skyscraper Size

A skyscraper in the shape of a cactus is planned for the new Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture in Qatar. Designed by Aesthetics Architects in Bangkok, the giant structure doesn't just look like a cactus. The shades around the building open and close in response to the heat, like cactus cells, making the cactus tower a true example of biomimicry.

No Screw, No Glue: An Office Suite In Cardboard

Recently Joost van Bleiswijk created his first cardboard office suite, a là no screw, no glue, for the award-winning Amsterdam-based advertising firm, Nothing. And he accomplished his goal in grand fashion, as if he were building the Colosseum.

High Speed Michigan Mag-Lev to Reduce Highway Congestion

Traffic congestion on major highways isn't getting any better. While many ideas have been brought forth to solve this issue, very few ever make it into reality. The newest of these ideas and one that may actually become a reality, is a high speed Mag-Lev Rail that will run between Detroit and Lansing.

Technology Transfers To Textiles For Horses, Dogs, And Cats To Keep Them Cleaner

Dog Gone Smart™ is designing and manufacturing dog jackets, and dog and cat beds made from a cotton NanoSphere® fabric, and will soon debut a line of horse blankets and saddle pads made of the same material. This is a welcome technology to the pet world. It enables a healthier environment for pets and people, reduces use of toxins used in cleaning solutions, and reduces energy consumption.

Russian Innovation: Ricochet Lightweight Jacket

Russian researchers have created a new super-light armour jacket called the Ricochet Vest, which is the latest in ballistic protection against a direct shot from an assault rifle. It weights just 2 kilograms (about 4 pounds) while standard police issue is 10 kilograms (about 20 pounds). Read all about this new and efficient armor designed for police officers.

Toyota to Revive MR2 with a Prius Based Sports Coupe

Two years ago, Toyota unveiled the FT-HS concept at the North American International Auto Show. At the time the FT-HS concept was to be an environmentally friendly sports car that provided some excitement for drivers, while still being responsible. After that, the concept disappeared from the radar and nothing was heard about it. Now, it seems as though Toyota is planning on using the FT-HS concept as way to bring back the ever popular MR2 in the form of a 2-door Prius.

Toyota iQ to Come to North America Branded as Scion

A short while back, Toyota released their new iQ concept to the world. Shorty after, they began talking about production and in doing so caught the attention of quite a few potential buyers. Now, it isbecoming more and more apparent that the new subcompact concept will be branded as a Scion when it hits North American soil.

Biodegradable Packaging Design for McDonald’s: Could it Help?

Have you ever eaten at a fast food restaurant and noticed how much trash comes with your burger, drink and fries? University of the Arts graduate student, Andrew Millar has noticed the amount of trash and has designed an alternative eco-solution to this wasteful problem. 

Engineers Create Biocomposites That Can Curb Global Warming

What we can do when we put our minds to it! Well, not "we," but a group of environmental engineers at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment. They created an artificial wood, which is just as strong as the real thing, using biocomposites that are completely biodegradable. This faux wood has the potential of saving our forests, reducing green house gases, and actually shrinking landfills. Stay tuned... these researchers are on to their next big breakthrough.

BMW Improves Hydrogen Engine Efficiency to Compete with Today's Turbo Diesels

Hydrogen power has been an ongoing project for many companies. One of the most pressing problems is the reduction in efficiency when compared to other kinds of fossil fuel burning engines. BMW has recently come up with a solution to this problem by changing the induction system of their Hydrogen engine.

Human Slingshot: Banshee Bungee

Propel yourself straight forward on land, water or snow with Banshee Bungee.

12 Hot Designs From The 2009 IceHotel: Catch Them Before They Melt!

While we in the U.S. are looking forward to Spring's budding flora, 124 miles north of the Artic Circle in Sweden, lies at least one more month of winter. It is here, in the town of Jukkasjärvi ("meeting place") in the Swedish Lapland, that world famous architects, sculptors, and designers submit their designs to the IceHotel in hopes that they will be chosen to contribute to its annual building... even though their contributions will melt after four or five months.