Nebula 12 Light Fixture
The Nebula 12 is a concept developed by Micasa LAB, Zürich. Using meterological data from MetOff the Nebula forms to represent outside weather.
Microsoft just announced that it will effectively be carbon neutral by the next fiscal year. But the way it plans to do so is much more interesting than your typical “buy a bunch of offsets” emissions-reduction scheme—instead, the company is creating a “carbon price and charge back model” that will levy fees on each of its various internal business groups for the emissions they generate. In other words, Microsoft is imposing a carbon price on itself.
The fee applies to data centers, office buildings, etc—each arm of the many-tentacled business. An extensive software system will tally how much carbon each “business unit” is emitting, and how much it will be docked. That amount paid will go into a company-wide investment fund that will be used to purchase renewable energy, and, yes, offsets.
The business groups can opt to invest in energy efficiency or local renewable power—which will likely be cheaper than coughing up the fees. Microsoft will essentially be running its own mini-version of a cap and trade. But whether or not it actually works will depend entirely on how stringently the system is enforced, and the price Microsoft sets on carbon emissions. If properly calibrated, it should prove a worthy experiment in reducing CO2 with innovative corporate governance.
(via scinerds)Source: miaoued
I WANT THIS CAR IN MY LIFE. RIGHT NOW. Source: news.discovery.com
While you may feel like you’re smoking PCP when looking at the concepts included in the People’s Car Project, I promise you, you’re not hallucinating. Yes, that’s a hover car design and yes, it does look like a translucent yo-yo.
The concept car is one of three designs Volkswagen culled from 119,000 unique, user-submitted ideas of the People’s Car Project (PCP) that the company debuted in China nearly a year ago. The company recently displayed the ideas and concepts at the Beijing Motor Show.