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To Fight Oil Spills, An Open-Source Swarm of Robotic Sailboats (Video)

Ask anyone who lives in the Gulf or the Niger Delta: oil spills are very nasty, and they don’t clean themselves up. Chemical dispersants can make spills worse. And deploying hundreds of people in boats to run the clean-up presents a host of health ha…

Sugar or Glass? When Gastronomy Meets Glass, Positive Ideas Crystallise. (Photos)

Chef Christian EscribĂ  making sugar hair… an alternative to nylon? Photo Credit: Poldo PomĂ©s, oh!BCN

Bored of conferences? Looking for inspiration? Then oh!BCN might just be your thing. It is a new kind of happening based around the unusual assoc…

Chevy Spark EV to Become GM’s First 100% Electric Car Since EV1 was Crushed

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Not a Plug-in Hybrid Like the Volt.. More Like the EV2
So far, GM hasn’t been all that enthusiastic about electric-only vehicles. They made the EV1, but it ended up in the junkyard. The Chevy Volt can run on electricity alone for about 35 m…

Tesla Model S Electric Sedan to Have Faster ‘Sport’ Version and Longer Range Aerodynamic Version

The Model S electric sedan, schedule for a late 2012 release. Photo: Tesla Motors

Why Not Put the Aerodynamic Tweaks on All Models, Though?
Our friends over at GreenCarReports have learned that Tesla Motors will make special versions of its Model S e…

Get A Workout While You’re Working With The Fitness@Work

Images credit Benjamin Cselley

Here is an interesting idea for those trapped at their desk; industrial designer Benjamin Cselley has designed what appears to be an entire gym into an office chair. He writes: ” If the white-collar-worker won’t do thei…

6 Great Wooden Flat-Pack Designs Spotted at Valencia Design Week (Photos)

The Desmon chair by Oriol Barri. Photo Credit: Petz Scholtus.

At the Valencia Design Week I spotted quite a few new flat-pack ideas, of which a surprising number were made of wood. My favourite are Mr Simon’s chairs that fold away into a table to sav…

Sonno, The Slow Alarm Clock Lets You Sleep The Hours You Need

For those of you who seriously want to (or are able to) join the Slow Movement, the designers at Ham&Cheese in Valencia have just created an alarm clock that might help you become s l o w. Sonno, a beautiful wooden device lets you sleep the hours you…

Ford Rides into Frankfurt with E-Bike

Ford Motor unveils its E-Bike in Europe — where else? Image courtesy Ford.

Joining Daimler’s smart car, BMW, Audi, and Land Rover, Ford Motor has joined the E-Bike world with a two-wheeled concept vehicle the automaker debuted at the current Frankf…

Roomier Prius V Hybrid (aka Mama Prius) Going on Sale in US Next Month

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58% More Cargo Space, Starting at $26,400
After releasing more details on the 2012 Prius Plug-in, Toyota is now announcing that the Prius V (which I dubbed the ‘Mama Prius’) will go on sale in the United States at the …Read the full s…

Toyota Unveils 2012 Prius Plug-in (87 MPGe, $32k)

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Toyota’s a Bit Late to the Lithium-Ion Party, But Better Late Than Never
We’ve known it was coming for a while, but until now we didn’t have official numbers on pricing and fuel economy for the 2012 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid. Well, th…