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10 Little-Known Facts About Hyperloop

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In August 2013, Elon Musk (of Tesla Motors and SpaceX fame) publicly released designs for a revolutionary high-speed transportation system named Hyperloop.

Three years later, it’s clear that his unique concept has captured huge attention from around the world.

So, what is Hyperloop?

It’s a proposed system that uses capsules and tubes to transport people and goods at speeds of up to 760 mph. As a comparison, a typical high-speed train has a top speed of just 150 mph.

Think of it this way… a Hyperloop service running between Los Angeles and San Francisco is projected to get you to your destination in as little as 35 minutes.

Perhaps now you can see why the word ‘Hyper’ is used!

Anyway, I’m sure you’re already aware of Hyperloop. But I’m hoping that some (or all) of my 10 little-known facts will be new for you.

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This Custom-Made Bike Features a Sustainable Bamboo Frame

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Cycling has always been a green way of exercising and commuting. However, now you can go even greener, by riding a bike made with an eco-friendly bamboo frame.

The bike is designed and engineered by the Romania-based Craft Bicycle Company, whose mission statement is:

“Change every aspect of riding a bike using only high-quality products and sustainable materials.”

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8 Giant-Sized Renewable Energy Projects

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Can renewable energy really compete with coal, gas and oil?

Yes, it can. And it already is.

As proof, take a look at the impressive renewable energy projects listed below. They are built on a BIG scale – to help power whole towns, cities and counties.

These projects are part of an ongoing energy revolution that is seeing the rapid replacement of fossil fuels by clean, sustainable alternatives.

First up…

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Can You Spot the Hidden PC in This Elegant, Handcrafted Case?

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Sure you can.

It may not be immediately noticeable – but embedded within the ornamental wooden case is a powerful personal computer.

This uniquely designed PC package (named ATMO) offers aesthetic, environmental and sensory benefits.

Let’s take a look at this fascinating piece of equipment.

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The World’s First International Conference Dedicated to Alternative Fuels

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Countries with little or no oil reserves are often drawn to alternative fuels or biofuels. These non-conventional fuels offer protection against fuel security issues that can occur in our frequently hostile world.

Additionally, biofuels produce less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels when burned.

You may be familiar with some common biofuels: Ethanol, Green Diesel, Jatropha and Soybean.

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Wind-Up Radios Are Now Smarter Than You May Remember

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Do you remember when wind-up radios first hit the market in the 1990s?

They were certainly popular. But, they were also bulky and heavy.

I used to have one of the early Freeplay radios. It was great fun, but it involved far too much winding for my liking!

Twenty years later, technology has moved on in leaps and bounds. Wind-up radios are now cheap, lightweight and feature-packed.

A few months ago, I bought myself a $29.99 Duronic Apex. This is a radio, torch and alarm clock, that can be powered in three ways:

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Let There Be Light! Here’s How to Pick the Best Lightbulb

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As regular readers of Eco Tech Daily will know, I’ve been fascinated by the rapid transformation of lightbulbs in recent years. (Please see my article 2015: The Year of the LED).

Not so long ago, consumers had only three options when choosing a lightbulb.

The traditional incandescent lightbulb. Which offered warm light, but suffered from short lifetimes and expensive running costs.

The halogen lightbulb. This improved on the technology used by incandescents, and offered smaller bulbs with high-intensity light. Halogen lightbulbs also had better energy-efficiency (i.e., were cheaper to run) than incandescents.

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This Foldable E-Scooter Powers Through Its Kickstarter Funding Target

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Meet ZAR: The world’s lightest and smartest electric scooter that fits in a backpack.

This innovative, environmentally-friendly scooter has surpassed its $50,000 target on crowdfunding site Kickstarter in just four days.

What’s the buzz all about?

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Circular Homes: Dwellings of the Future, Inspired by the Past

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I’ve always been fascinated by circular buildings.

Think of the elegance of lighthouses, and the robustness of round castle towers.

You’re probably familiar with famous circular buildings such as the Colosseum in Rome, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles.

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