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Smart Highway: The Sustainable, Interactive Road of the Future

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Dutch designer presents a plan to reinvent the highway

It's strange to think of how far cars have advanced since being invented, while the roads we drive them on have barely changed. With his Smart Highway concept, Rotterdam-based designer Daan Roosegaarde aims to move road technology deep into the future.  The proposal, selected as "Best Future Concept" this week at the Dutch Design Awards, outlines a plan for......read more

Solar Roadways

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Every paved road could be a source of renewable energy. Why the hell not?

There are myriad opportunities when it comes to solar applications, and this one is a tripple win.  Every paved surface in the country -from highways to bike paths - could be generating renewable energy with Solar Roadways.  We could generate enough electricity to power the country 3 times over.  And there's more: programmable LEDs would send information to drivers, while......read more

Roadster Scoot

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From RH Baby & Child $149.00

With the clean lines associated with the zippiest vintage European race cars, Restoration Hardware's Roadster Scoot for kids is a beautiful toy car—that allows children between the ages of two and four to get behind the wheel and power it along. It's pedal-free (meaning it's foot-powered) and comes with padded seating, a working steering wheel and silver-walled rubber tires. Altogether,......read more

All Roads Lead To Rome

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A Cartographic Play On The Idiom

Everyone is familiar with the saying “All roads lead to Rome,” dating back to a time when all empirical roads radiated out from the capital of the Roman Empire. Now mostly spoken to express the idea that all paths lead to a central subject, it still serves as an interestingly common idiom. Designers Philipp Schmitt, Benedikt Groß, and Raphael Reimann of Mooveal Lab sought......read more

Electric DeLorean Goes Back to the Future

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Clean version of iconic roadster set to roll out in 2013

The DeLorean DMC-12, the iconic sportscar made famous in the time-traveling eighties flick Back To The Future, is set to return to American roads in 2013. It will retain its retro-futuristic look, says Humble, Texas-based DeLorean Motor Company, but the internal combustion engine will be replaced by a lithium battery setup designed by FLUX Power. The DMC-12 EV, which will retail for......read more

Kenneth Cobonpue's Bamboo and Rattan Roadster

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The world's first biodegradable car.

Sustainable designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner have joined forces to shape what's being touted as the world's first biodegradable car. The Phoenix is a superlight roadster built from rapidly renewable bamboo and rattan, along with steel and nylon. Borrowing design principles from Mother Nature herself, the exterior structure is built like a leaf and the interior is a single woven......read more

At the Energy Crossroads

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President Obama's original energy plan was thrown off the rails. Can his new strategy survive?

Nothing ever works out as planned. Just ask President Obama, who came into office equipped with an ambitious energy plan that addressed climate change and American dependence on foreign (read: Mideast) oil. Within two short years, a massive financial meltdown, an unprecedented offshore oil spill, and a GOP-controlled Congress has demolished that strategy, sending the administration back to the......read more

Solar Roads

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Rhode Island researchers look to harvest solar energy from asphalt.

There are 2.7 million miles of roads stretching across the United States. On hot days, all that asphalt absorbs warmth from the sun, heating to 140 degrees or more. The energy potential of this phenomenon has not gone unnoticed. Researchers from the University of Rhode Island are looking into several ways to harness the solar energy potential of roads to melt ice, power streetlights and signs,......read more

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