Porsche is seriously looking into hybrid drives, announcing its new AG 911 GT3 R Hybrid, featuring innovative hybrid technology developed especially for racing. The all-wheel-drive car will be unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show and will be tested in long-distance races at Nurburgring, depending on the amount of fuel needed at pit stops, the hybrid could have a huge advantage. Read more on the innovative hybrid layout and design here.
For more news on electric cars, Treehugger has a great video from Peter Sinclair that explains the history, challenges, and potential future of plug-in electric cars, all in 10 minutes. Or if you like electric roadsters ripping up a Louis XIV period salon, have a look at the MOFO from James Piatt Design. Core77 reports that the MOFO team is aiming to deliver 300 units by 2012, and are in the midst of securing production facilities in South Africa.
“I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.” Jamie Oliver is the TED 2010 prize winner, a $100,000 award and an opportunity to realize a wish to change the world. Jamie Oliver has launched campaigns such as School Dinners, Ministry of Food and Food Revolution USA combining culinary tools, cookbooks and television with more standard activism and community organizing to create change on both the individual and governmental level.
One of the TED 2010 fellows, Hugo van Vuuren is a co-founder of Lebone which uses microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology to provide direct current power for standard high efficiency LEDs and equipment like cell phone chargers. Hugo is from South Africa and says “Africa is a land of constraints. Constraints inspire creativity. Creative design that solves Africa’s problems will also solve problems around the world.” Lebone was recently named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Innovations of 2009 by Popular Mechanics.
The finalists for the Most Beautiful Object have been announced by design Indaba. The 12 finalists will be exhibiting their entries at Design Indaba Expo 2010 from 24 to 26 February. The Ostrich Barstool from Tsai Design Studio is supposed to emulate the sensation of sitting on the back of an ostrich. Tsai design Studio won the award in 2008 for their Nestled Bunk Beds.
The Fifa 2010 World Cup is less than 4 months away and the event promises to deliver a unique African experience and shows off the African inspired designs of the new or revamped stadiums. Soccer City is one of the revamped stadiums, and should benefit the surrounding community of Soweto through infrastructure upgrades and increased business opportunities. The World Cup is also a good opportunity for organizations to be involved in social campaigns.
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