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Pietro Russomanno’s BKR Concept Bike Has a Sturdy Wood Frame

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The BKR is a concept bicycle by Pietro Russomanno with a sturdy, malleable, and elastic wood frame. The bike’s skeleton is crafted from plywood with inert rubber gaskets sandwiched in for effect. The cycle features an innovative ‘Easy Saddle’ system that allows the rider to change the height of the seat by simply pushing a button. A specifically designed dynamo on the front wheel generates energy and transmits speed/distance information directly to a Smartphone dock on the handlebars.

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Tûranor PlanetSolar: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Sets Transatlantic Speed Record

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MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar boat, set a new record for the fastest transatlantic crossing by a vessel powered entirely by solar energy, smashing its own 2010 record by four days. The 115-foot Swiss catamaran traveled 2,867 miles (5,310 kilometers) across the Atlantic Ocean in 22 days, conducting experiments along the Gulf Stream as part of the PlanetSolar DeepWater expedition.

Linus’ New Scout Bicycle Combines Comfort and Style for a Green Ride You’ll Never Want to End

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Few vehicles are as perfectly designed for efficient locomotion as the bicycle. And while it only takes wheels and a frame to make a bike, a little attention to style and comfort can create a life-long passion for carbon-free transportation. No bike demonstrates this more eloquently than the Scout, which Linus calls “the bike for everyone” – read on to find out why!

BMW’s i8 Plug-in Hybrid Will be the First Production Car to Use Scratch-Resistant Gorilla Glass

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BMW is going to unveil the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, but in the meantime the automaker has released the first batch of specs for the i8, the flagship of its new i sub-brand. In addition to featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain wrapped in a sexy sports car body, the i8 will be the first production vehicle to be equipped with Gorilla’s chemically hardened glass, which is scratch-resistant and lighter than conventional glass.

The FreeBike Project Leases Bikes to Students at No Cost

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After paying for tuition, books and accommodation throughout college, the word “free” sounds like sweet music to the ears of any student. The FreeBike Project not only allow students on campuses across America to lease bicycles at no cost for a semester, but they also donate a bike to students in the developing world for every set of wheels borrowed in the U.S.

California Breaks Ground on the First High-Speed Railway in the United States

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Construction on America’s first high-speed rail system just officially began in Fresno, California! The nation’s most expensive public infrastructure project (estimated to cost $68 billion) is predicted to cut pollution, reduce traffic congestion and improve access to jobs – but not all California business owners and residents are supportive. Although the new bullet trains will transport passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in only two hours and 40 minutes (compared to six hours by car), critics warn that the costs outweigh the benefits.

Photosynthesis Bike Could Purify the Air as You Ride

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Biking to work is about to get a whole lot greener. Not only are bikes better for the Earth than driving and a great way to keep in shape — but a new design concept recently unveiled by Bangkok-based Lightfog Creative & Design Company could actually purify polluted air while in use. The idea is to have an aluminum frame that generates oxygen through a “photosynthesis system,” causing a reaction between water and electric power from a lithium-ion battery.

Invisible Buses: Photorealistic Prints Provide Moving Urban Camouflage

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

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The streets of Vilnius, Lithuania are full of ghost buses that blend right into their surroundings while passing through intersections as if only existing in translucent ethereal form. Matching up to the scenery beyond when glimpsed at just the right moment, the buses are momentarily camouflaged thanks to photorealistic printed imagery mounted to their exteriors for this summer’s Vilnius Street Art Festival.