The Scandinavians reveal their superior genius to the world, again! (Kidding) Anyhow, the Norweigan government is funding an interesting project: a seed bank, comprised of the world's known agricultural crops, to be housed in a vault dug into the mountainside of a remote island near the north pole. The vault is designed to withstand all kinds of catastrophes, be they naturally occuring or manmande: asteroid impacts, a global nuclear war, ill effects from climate change, etc.
Check out these pictures of a capsule hotel in Japan. With the global trend toward urbanization (in 2006, for the first time ever, more than half the world's population lived in urban areas) these kennel-like lodgings may be the future of the world's great cities.