U.S. cities are establishing innovation districts to foster entrepreneurship. They should take note of Boston’s new District Hall.
Nissan’s self-cleaning paint could end the era of car scrubbing.
Volvo may have figured out how to end one of the biggest hassles of being a parent—maneuvering a bulky car seat.
Walls might be the next frontier for urban farming.
“Micro-organisms like algae are like bacteria—it’s one of those things that in our culture people try to get rid of,” Griffa says. “But algae offer incredible potential because of their very intense photosynthetic activity.” Algae take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen while growing. Compared to a tree, micro-algae are about 150 to 200 times more efficient at sucking carbon out of the air.
For kids in developing world slums, dental hygiene is a real problem. With this cheap gum developed by a team of college students, they might be able to have their candy and clean teeth.
"The thing with gum is that you want it because it’s tasty. The health benefits are almost extra," says one of the gum’s creators, Josh Tycko. "Toothpaste is seen as extra expenditure for long-term dental care that is too far on the horizon to be thinking about when you’re living on a small budget."
They won’t win any beauty contest, but a Chinese company has figured out how to print practical homes from waste materials—all for half the cost of conventional construction.
This “float down eatery” in Melbourne brings you your lunch in the most delightful way.
“Who doesn’t love hitting a gong? It’s an indisputably awesome activity.”
Choosing solar power no longer has to be a sacrifice for the sake of the environment. In Germany, Italy, and Spain, installing your own solar panels can now actually save money.
A report released by European renewable energy consulting firm Eclareon shows that solar energy has reached “grid parity.” In other words, over the full lifetime of the equipment, the total cost of owning and operating rooftop solar panels is about the same as buying electricity from the grid.
High-school student Megan Grassell couldn’t find cute, age-appropriate bras for her younger sister, so she made her own. Now her company Yellowberry is being held up as a model of innovation, design, and feminists united against the sexualization of girls.
"At first, … it was hard to get people to take me seriously. I was talking to someone the other day who’s been a great mentor to me, and he said "Megan, when you first came to me with that bra, and you thought you were ready to go, I thought, ‘Who is this high school girl?’"
This tiny electric vehicle is a survivor: If there’s a flood, the car can float to safety.
From a net-zero energy historic courthouse in Colorado to a homeless center in Oregon filled with green space, these days, the best sustainable architecture goes far beyond a few rooftop solar panels.
There’s little need to be wary of a nighttime stroll though a park in Cambridge, England. During the day, particles in the surface of the path absorb UV light. In the evening, they release that energy again. The result is a beautiful effect that its creators call “Starpath.”
The former astronaut shares his views on the importance of innovation, collaboration, and leadership to the success of any project.