The Best of Fast Company: A Green Version of the Red Wagon, Electronic Polar Bears, and the Freedom Leg

This week at Fast Company, we looked at a Silicon Valley designer's green take on the little red wagon, a zoo that replaced real polar bears with electronic versions, a prosthetic leg that replaces crutches, and Joule Biotechnologies' attempt to make fuel out of thin air.

Scot Herbst is one of the design minds behind the HP Touchsmart, but he's spent nights and weekends working on Kaiku Design, a boutique toy company that focuses on hand-built, natural toys--including an updated version of the timeless red wagon.

The St. Louis Zoo has taken a strange approach to filling in its empty polar bear exhibit: electronic polar bear replacements. Does this make any sense?

Crutches are currently the only option for leg sprains and breaks, but the innovative Freedom Leg prosthetic could make crutches a thing of the past.

Joule Biotechnologies claims that it has produced fuel from a microbe that requires just sunlight and CO2 to produce ethanol, diesel, and other hydrocarbons. Will its claims hold up?

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Tags: Algae | Alternative Energy | Animals | Biofuels | Toys

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