Inventions

Stories about inventions — things we created from scratch — including some step-by-step- processes.

Andrej Berlec and his Solar-Powered Bicycle.
Guest Adventures

Solar-Powered Bicycle

Editor’s Note: After suffering knee pains, Andrej Berlec invented his own solar bicycle. Now he can ride up to 250 km per day. He doesn’t have a lot of money left after building his prototype so he hopes to launch a Kickstarter Project to fund mass production. By Andrej Berlec Location: Slovenia Invention of a

Street retrofit optimized for humans
Big Ideas

Retrofit street design optimized for humans not cars

Does anyone describe the philosophy of our roads in one word? Is it efficiency? Is it cost? It appears to me there is no guiding principal. So why not build stuff optimized for what it means to be human? Not only is this street redesign optimized for health and happiness, but it also 2–4 times as safe and energy efficient. These ideas have been rattling around in my head for years, and I’ve finally decided to give them life in this quick sketch.

A bicycle rack in the shape of a giant comb
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Artistic Bicycle Racks

Below are two bicycle racks that I discovered in my wanderings. The first is a new coffee shop in Bay View, Wisconsin, which is not only beautiful, but a great way to save space.

A mockup of the Eco-Footprint Label or Ecolabel. It shows how far away the product originates, for example locally or the other side of the planet. It also lists the resources and ingredients used to manufacture the product. For example, this can of corn used 9 gallons of water to grow the corn, and it used 1 gallon of oil to fuel the farm machinery and ship it to the store.
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What if there was a nutrition label for the planet?

Introducing the Eco-Footprint Label, a nutrition label for the planet. Helping make environmentally-conscious decisions by informing shoppers of the “ingredients” in their packaging and costs of shipping.

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