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Self-Powered House Generates Income for You

Self-Powered House Generates Income for You

This is a concept project that's on its way to real reality. I say real reality because not only are there hopes to turn this project into a reality, there's money moving towards that end. In Germany, this "Plus-Energy" house is designed by Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), headed by Werner Sobek (who succeeded the great Frei Otto, a master of lightweight structures.) - thanks for the info, TreeHugger. There's a bit of credibility right there that lends itself toward thinking this is a project on its way toward the real world. What is it? Why, it's a square house completely covered in photovoltaic panels and solar thermal systems that generate electricity and hot water.

What else would it be?

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Skyara Sells Experience

Skyara Sells Experience

As it is the holiday season when I write this post, I suggest thinking about something like this for the person who says they want nothing, couldn't possibly see the value in another gift, that person who you cannot possibly satisfy. How about tea with MC Hammer? You TOO can do wild and crazy things like a Trap and Skeet Shoot with the co-founder of MySpace! All of this is available (at a cost) via this fabulous new place by the name of Skyara. They've got the two experiences I just mentioned up for promoting this startup - other events cost anywhere from $10 to over $100.

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Extreme Design Legacy of the River TRON-Themed Room in Ice Hotel is Awesome [Video]

Extreme Design Legacy of the River TRON-Themed Room in Ice Hotel is Awesome [Video]

If you're a TRON fan, then you've probably been pretty happy with the TRON-themed accessories that have been released the last few months. You may have even given some serious thought into buying your own light cycle (we can't blame you). But, if you didn't want to spend the money to race around your city on one, maybe you'd prefer to stay in a room designed specifically to look like it was removed from the TRON world, and shoved into an ice hotel.

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Taiwan Tower in Taichung Features Helium Balloons Instead of Elevators

Taiwan Tower in Taichung Features Helium Balloons Instead of Elevators

The Taiwan Tower may look like a concept right now, but it won't for long. This is one concept that, just as it was being drawn up and planned, had already been given the green light to be built into the real world. The Taiwan Tower, which will be built in Taichung in the near future, will not only be the tallest building in that particular city, but it will also substitute elevators for something completely unorthodox: balloons.

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