Where the runway meets the street

01. Solarama!

“Keeping tabs on the Solar Decathlon is a bit like watching a slow-moving golf tournament. Over two weeks, 20 college and university teams from around the world compete to see who has created the best residential prototype for a solar-powered home. The houses—installed in a Solar Village on the National Mall in D.C.—are judged on ten criteria ranging from architecture and lighting design to communications and net metering. The daily tallies are kept on a giant leaderboard as well as on the Decathlon Web site.” (metropolis)

02. Thist Just Inbox: Infographic Posters from Visual Aid

“Visual Aid (like The MacMillan Visual Dictionary’s kid brother) is a series of books containing loads of information that must be visualized to be understood. For example: the space race chronology, human anatomy, comparative sizes of spacecraft, swimming strokes and the like. Now, after the release of their 2nd book, Visual Aid: Stuff You’ve Forgotten, Things You Never Thought You Knew, and Lessons You Didn’t Quite Get Around to Learning, they’ve released all their graphics in poster form.” (core77)

03. Nook eBook Reader

“nook’s easy-to-read E Ink® display is more like a traditional book than a computer screen. With no glare or backlight, and adjustable text size, you can read comfortably for hours.” (bn)

04. Bikes On Board: Stuttgart Cog Railroad (above)

“German commuter trains have rush hour restrictions for bikes on board that many Americans who travel by train and bike are familiar with. “Die Zacke” cog railroad between Marienplatz in South Stuttgart to Degerloch, however, features this fantastic platform just for bikes.” (freshbump)

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