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.
Electric vehicle momentum swept the states this week as Inhabitat
took a spin in the new Rolls Royce 102EX Phantom EV
, and we brought you exclusive photos of BMW's brand new i3 and i8 electric cars
. We also showcased six sexy electric vehicles
set to hit the streets in 2012, watched a 350MPG EV win the Future Car Challenge
, and saw scientists create the world's smallest electric vehicle
from a molecule and four motors. Meanwhile, El Al airlines announced plans to launch a line of hybrid-electric Boeing 737 airplanes
, Ryno unveiled a crazy electric unicycle
, and a team of students revealed Uganda's first electric car
It was a big week for alternative energy as well as Kenya announced plans to tap lava power with a newly Toshiba-built geothermal energy plant
and scientists made a breakthrough in using urine as a viable power source
. We also looked into a scientist claiming to have achieved cold fusion
, a 'solar cucumber
' that harvests fresh drinking water from the ocean, and a sun-powered leaf
capable of making ice in the desert.
In other news, green textiles advanced by leaps and bounds as scientists wove fabric from 24-karat gold
, researchers developed a reusable fabric that administers drugs through the skin
, and the University of Kiel's developed a super-adhesive tape inspired by Gecko skin
. We also showcased an incredible set of sculptures made from recycled circuit boards
, we watched a crop of styrofoam robots invade Germany's streets
, and we saw an innovative self-powered irrigation system
win the 2011 James Dyson award. And just in time for the chilly winter season, we found these oh-so-handy texting gloves
which feature conductive fingertips that allow you to touch, tap, or type on any mobile touchscreen outdoors without having to remove your gloves.