The top five is back. This week we have solar-powered planes, eco-friendly shopping centres, hybrid tanks, expensive petrol and a solar-powered tablet computer. Enjoy!
Solar-powered plane lands in Phoenix
Solar Impulse is a fuel-free, solar-powered plane. It’s in the prototype phase right now, but engineers hope it could one day pave the way for commercial solar-powered planes.
French shopping centre opens its green roof
The Beaugrenelle Shopping Centre in Paris has officially opened its 7,000 square metre green roof. The roof is designed to provide a habitat for plants and small animals, as well as limiting temperature fluctuations inside the centre.
The hybrid military tank
We’ve heard a lot of news lately about the US military investing in green technology. This gas-electric hybrid tank has been designed to replace the existing Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and can go into silent all-electric stealth mode in order too surprise the enemy.
Petrol prices may have been rigged for the last decade
A report from the Telegraph yesterday revealed that over the last ten years motorists have been “taken for a very expensive ride”. The offices of two major petrol companies were searched by officials looking for evidence of price-rigging.
My name is Earl
And finally, we have a solar-powered, water-proof, shock-proof, mud-proof tablet computer. “Earl” has been designed as an off-grid gadget to help would-be explorers find their way around the wilderness — or call for help if they get into trouble.