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March 6, 2016

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: Highlights from the Geneva Motor Show

by John_A

The Geneva Motor Show kicked off this week, and one of the stars of the show was the Koenigsegg Regera, an insane plug-in hybrid with 1,500 horsepower. Meanwhile, Goodyear rolled out a crazy spherical tire that lets cars drive sideways and Nissan unveiled its vision for the Fuel Station of the Future. We also spotted a “zipper truck” that snaps bricks together to build tunnels in just 24 hours, and Schwinge launched a futuristic pyramid-shaped superyacht.
Think green homes are more expensive than regular homes? Deltec just debuted a new line of super-efficient zero-energy homes that start under $100,000. A new star-shaped eco resort planned for the UAE will generate 100 percent of the energy it needs using 157,000 square feet of solar panels. Space-starved city dwellers will be happy to hear about this window that quickly transforms into a balcony. And a skyscraper in Los Angeles is building a terrifying glass slide 1,000 feet above the ground.

We knew New York’s Indian Point nuclear plant was unstable, but we didn’t think it was this bad. It turns out that a recent reactor outage was probably caused by bird poop. In other energy news, Oregon’s Senate scored a win for the environment by passing a historic bill to ban coal power, and the UK is getting set to fire up the world’s largest floating solar farm. Researchers at MIT unveiled the lightest and thinnest solar cells ever made. And just for fun, we brought you a mind-boggling machine that uses 2,000 marbles to create beautiful music.

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