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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: flying cars, solar paint and a needle-free vaccine

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.

In recent months Ebola has ravaged West Africa, and there are currently more than 13,000 confirmed cases around the world. But medical workers may soon have a new weapon in their arsenal: A needle-free vaccine has proven to be 100 percent effective at stopping the transmission of Ebola in animals. The vaccine, which is administered through a nasal spray, could help prevent further outbreaks of the virus. If you have a medical emergency, the time it takes for an ambulance to arrive can be the difference between life and death. That’s whereThe Ambulance Drone comes in. The small quadcopter, created by Delft University graduate Alec Momont, contains a defibrillator, CPR aids and various medicines, and it also contains a camera and communication device, enabling an emergency response team to communicate with people on the scene.

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Energica Eva is a ‘naked’ electric superbike for the street

If you liked the basic concept behind CRP Racing’s Energica electric superbike (now the Energica Ego) but wanted something that was more stripped down, you’ve just met your dream machine. The company has unveiled the Energica Eva, a “naked” streetfighter counterpart to the Ego. You’ll still find a high-powered 136HP motor (good for 149MPH) and a 95-mile battery (with a 3.5-hour full recharge), but much of the design has been pared down and shortened for urban riding. You’ll see more of that electric powerplant, while the handlebars, pegs and wheels should be more city-friendly. As for a launch date and price? CRP isn’t ready to hand those out yet, but it was previously aiming for a price between $25,000 to $28,000 — you’ll have to really want a fast, environmentally conscious two-wheeler for the Eva to make sense.

Onyx communicator lets you live out your ‘Star Trek’ dreams for $99

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Push Band offers wearable insight for your strength training regimen – engadget


There are plenty of activity trackers on the market that measure things like steps, distance and more. But what about offering useful feedback for those gym sessions? That’s what Push aims to do with its wearable. The gadget measures power and velocity in order to gauge just how well you’re doing with bench press, squats and more during each rep. Those metrics are used to determine where intensity or weight could be increased, beaming the collected data to a companion app. From there, you can monitor progress, set goals and get recommendations for improving — on top of sending your numbers to a coach or personal trainer. Push is also continually adding new exercises for the tracker to keep the stats collection as complete as possible. And athletes have already taken notice. Strength and conditioning coaches for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Cardinals, East Tennessee State University and others have used the wearable to gauge weight room performance. After a successful crowdfunding campaign and nabbing 2,000 pre-orders, the Push band ison sale now for $189.