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Inhabitat’s Week In Green: the Sunportal, six gingerbread wonders of the world and a DeLorean taxi cab
At Inhabitat, we have actually constantly got an ear to the ground paying attention for the most current advancements on the planet of green innovation, however the globe’s finest designs are commonly found in Mom Nature. From bullet trains to Velcro, this week we considered the different methods developers have actually found design motivation in nature to fix human issues. We also considered some of the ways researchers and entrepreneurs are discovering new ways to harness the power of nature. One such instance is the Sunportal, a new modern technology that makes use of pipelines to deliver daylight anywhere in a structure. German business owner Gregor Schapers set up a solar range system in El Sauz, Mexico that is being utilized to produce tortillas. And after a year sailing the seas, a wave-powered robot completed its trip across the Pacific Ocean this week, setting a new globe record at the same time.
Google has already been taking us to exotic locations through Street View, but now it’s hoping to enshrine the most famous places on Earth through the World Wonders Project, one car (or trike) at a time. A total of 132 sites, ranging from natural landmarks like Yosemite to much more synthetic constructions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, have both an on-the-ground view as well as 3D renderings, videos and loads of history from UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund, among others. The educational bent is so conspicuous that Google is offering up some of the content in downloadable bundles for schools along with the usual web-based look. All of it promises a much more fascinating, hands-on approach than a dry textbook, and it’s a unique way of bringing encyclopedic knowledge to an era of Chromebooks and the cloud.
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[T]heories about RadioShack’s continued solvency involves wedding DJs, emergency cord replacement, and off-brand wireless telephones. Another theory entails countless RadioShack gift cards that sit unredeemed in their recipients’ wallets. Day has even conjectured that the store is “still coasting on” an enormous fortune made from remote-control toy cars in the mid-1970s.
Which reminds us: we need to hit The Shack later today to pick up a 90 minute extended range cassette tape for our stereo dual-dubbing cassette deck.
A syndicate of consumer electronics titans including AMD, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung and LG announced this week that its products will collectively drop support for VGA by 2015. Saying sayonara to the 20+ year-old analog technology is pretty self explanatory to us in this day and age, but the council of doom apparently felt compelled to cite DisplayPort’s and HDMI’s benefits of increased energy efficiency, smaller size and support for higher-resolutions as proof the move wasn’t personal — just business. AMD plans to lead the charge by starting the VGA removal process in 2013 and even intends to go the extra mile by stripping DVI-I and low voltage differential signaling technology (LVDS) support too. We definitely side with AMD’s desire to focus on cutting edge standards like Displayport 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a sooner, but if plenty of lead time and “going green” excuses help everyone else involved in the sentencing sleep better at night, then so be it.
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