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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.
This week Inhabitat shined a light on the future of high-tech architecture as we brought you 20 stunning sun-powered homes that are getting ready to battle it out in this year’s Solar Decathlon – including Team New York’s prefab Roof Pod, Canada’s TRTL solar shell house, and China’s Y Container home. We also brought you exclusive photos of the recently unveiled 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, while the Empire State Building soared to new heights as it achieved LEED Gold certification. In other NYC news, we covered an underground park in the Big Apple which is to be illuminated entirely by fiber optics. Vicent Callebaut also unveiled plans for an incredible self-sufficient skyscraper for Taiwan, and we learned that scientists are planning to build a fake volcano for climate change research.
It was also a hot week for energy-generating tech as Intel unveiled a solar laptop chipset that can be powered by a desk lamp and MIT developed a tiny kinetic generator that can produce 100 times more power than previous devices of its kind. Meanwhile, Google invested in the power of pig poop and researchers rolled out a new inexpensive, powerful, and lightweight jelly battery that could one day power laptops and electric vehicles. Energy infrastructure also got a boost as a UK competition showcased six designs for next-generation power pylons, and New Mexico announced plans to build an entire city for the sole purpose of testing green technologies.
In other news, this week we spotted several pulse-pounding electric vehicles: a streamlined carbon fiber jet ski and an incredible mirrored motorcycle. We also went back to the future with a look at Nike’s new pair of LED studded kicks, and we spotted a slick set of retro robots made from salvaged materials. Finally, we shared a bevy of tips for living a more sustainable lifestyle — check out these seven gadgets that can improve your health and five ways to green your home entertainment system.
Inhabitat’s Week in Green: sun-powered homes, retro robots and a solar laptop chipset originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 18 Sep 2011 20:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
This fall, students are, once again, invited to participate in the annual Lexus Eco Challenge educational program and contest for a chance to win part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. Over the past four years, Lexus has gotten more than 20,000 middle and high school students to take action intended to improve the environment. Last year’s grand-prize-winning middle and high school teams educated the community about the contamination of lobsters in our waters and in how to raise money to purchase solar panels.
Registration for the fifth annual Lexus Eco Challenge opens on September 26 and the event will conclude with the announcement of the first-place and grand-prize-winning teams in Spring of 2012. All entries will be judged on a variety of criteria, including team effort, understanding of the environmental issue(s), expected results and persuasiveness of the team’s argument. Interested in participating? Full details, including official rules and entry information, can be viewed by clicking here. Lobsters not required.
Electronic Arts is launching the “EA Sports Season Ticket” today, an annual $25 (2000 MSP) program that provides a premium service alongside five of the publisher’s titles. The “deal” will grant full access to digital versions of games three days before their retail launch, offer a 20-percent discount on DLC, and enable “free premium web content” and brand you as a paying customer (i.e. “membership recognition”).
Now, obtaining full, early versions of games sounds fantastic, until you read the fine print. Let’s allow EA to do the talking: “The digitally downloaded game will time out when the game is available at retail and consumers have the option to purchase the same full game on disc at retail.” If we’re reading that correctly, it means you get to download the game three days early, but you still have to go to the store to actually buy it. This probably explains why GameStop is “excited to be selected as the exclusive retail marketing partner for the roll-out of EA Sports Season Ticket.” (Note: According to Videogamer, EA is still working out specifics with Sony Europe, making it an Xbox 360 exclusive in that region for the time being.)
The “Free Premium Web Content” will kick off with the “Creation Center” in FIFA 12. It claims to allow greater customization tools, including team and tournament building. It’ll all be available “until the membership to the program has expired.”
The participating Season Ticket games will be this month’s Madden NFL 12, along with NHL, FIFA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR golf and NCAA Football going forward. You’ll be able to easily recognize those who bought into the program with their “exclusive membership” recognition badge that is displayed in-game and online.
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EA Sports Season Ticket launches today, offers full-game demos and DLC discounts originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 02 Aug 2011 09:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
All you probably need to know about the Uncharted 3 beta is that it’s more Uncharted — and therefore you want it right the hell now. Thinking about it that way, the article full of details posted by IGN is extraneous. But on the other hand, new info!
The beta includes two multiplayer maps: Chateau and the Airstrip (described here), both with “dynamic events” occurring during play, like planes flying in. Players can choose from nine modes including Team Deathmatch, 3-Team Deathmatch, Team Objective, Free For All, Plunder, High Stakes, and three unrevealed co-op modes that IGN mercilessly teased for a later reveal. Players will choose either a Drake/Sully/”treasure hunter” Hero team or a bad-guy team made up of customizable pirates.
Four of the new “Power Play” events will also feature in the beta. These one-minute events change the rules (like “marking” one person on the winning team to be worth three points) to turn the game around at critical moments.
Check IGN for the full rundown of beta components. The beta launches officially on July 4, but will be accessible early, on June 28, for Infamous 2 owners and PlayStation Plus members. Which, thanks to one of Sony’s acts of contrition, will be everybody! As long as the store is back up by then, that is. The beta is set to end July 13.
Here’s what you’ll be doing in the Uncharted 3 beta originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 30 May 2011 15:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.