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LiveWire by Harley-Davidson is a super-fast and energy efficient electric motorcycle

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Harley’s Electric Engine

Handmade demonstration models of Harley-Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, LiveWire, were shown in New York at an invitation-only event. Harley’s research facility is in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and it’s designed to go from 0 to 60 in less than four seconds.

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LiveWire on the Road

With the increase in sustainability and environmental trends over the years, the President of Harley, Matt Levatich explains that these trends are part of the lifestyle and the requirements of riders. Harley’s decision really puts electric motorcycles on the map since no one can tell how big this industry will be or how significant it will be but Harley has the resources to make it humongous.

It has been said that there is almost zero market size currently for a full-sized electric bike, so one common thought is that Harley has the marketing power to create demand for full-sized electric bikes. Not only is Harley going to generate some demand, they will also work to lower costs, build charging stations, and to improve technology that will in-turn, help all of the players in the market. In 2012 Harley sold 260,000 bikes, and Zero Motorcycles, the top seller of full-sized, high-powered electric bikes sold only 2,400 electric bikes in 2013.

 

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Hand-built LiveWire

 

 

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This video shows astronauts playing soccer from the International Space Station (ISS) and astronauts answering fan submitted questions.

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Watch TIME.com Chat With the Crew of the International Space Station

 

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This is one video you won’t want to miss! It shows astronauts playing soccer from the International Space Station (ISS) and they answer fan submitted questions. The crew talks about the teams that they are rooting for, their jobs, what type of cameras they use for space photography, the foods that they miss eating, and how often they get to chat with their families among other things.

You can watch the whole video downlink here:

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( Source: http://time.com/2970293/time-space-station-video/ )

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With a 200 horsepower electric motor and a top speed of 216 mph, the Lightning LS-218 SuperBike is not just the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle – it also holds the world land speed record as the fastest production motorcycle period. The LS-218 has a driving range up to 180 miles per charge, and it can be recharged in just 30 minutes with a quick charger.

The numbers:

-200 horsepower
-168 lb-ft. of torque
-weighs 495 pounds
-tops out at 216mph

“Consumers no longer are required to pay more for less performance to support green technology”, said the CEO of Lightning Motorcycle. It’s been tested and proven to win against the best gasoline race bikes.

For a mere $38,000 the insanely fast Lightning LS-218 can be yours starting this summer!

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Aside from its speed, shocking good looks, ultimate customer satisfaction and impressive mechanical/electrical design there are many fun facts about the innovative Model S. Whatever else the company and Elon Musk have up their sleeve, we are excited to see it in the much anticipated Model X and more!

A reflection on some of the Model S’s impressive accomplishments is in order, and just remember, you read it here.

Some fun facts about the Tesla Model S include:

  • The NHTS’s tried to perform a root crush resistance test on the Model S, and it actually broke. The roof crush resistance is over twice the requirement by the NHTSA.
  • It also got a 5.4 star crash test rating which was the highest ever recorded.
  • The Model S has the largest panoramic sunroof of any production car.
  • The Motortrend’s Car of the Year Award is extremely coveted and the Model S was the first electric vehicle to receive this award ever.
  • The largest digital display/touchscreen at 17” of any production vehicle. In effect creating a “minimalist” design with no knobs or physical dials on the dash.
  • This car also has the lowest drag coefficient of any production car, at 0.24.
  • The sound system in the Model S includes “visual surround control” where a 3D image of the insides of the vehicle comes on the screen and users can just drag their fingers to direct music to be louder accordingly.
  • The cargo space in the car is the largest in its class, in fact underneath the front hood is even more storage space!
  • There are only 20 moving parts
  • A web browser is included in the 17” display, with internet provided entirely by Tesla!

Now we are interested in knowing more about Tesla’s commitment to the planet…and that smaller Model S (code name: “Blue Star”).

 

 

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Building the perfect floor for the NCAA Final Four is no easy task. It’s a 33-ton beast made of maple, steel and pride. Take a look at how it all comes together.

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The Populous architect team has completed construction of the World Cup Arena in Natal ahead of schedule and 3 percent below budget. Brazil’s president Dilma Rouseff officially inaugurated the “Arena das Dunas” and congratulated the design team for their successful completion of the structure. The multipurpose arena, called “The Stadium of the Dunes”, will be used as a venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The Arena das Dunas located within a park setting can accommodate 42,000 spectators. Its unique façade and roof are made up of 20 petal shaped modules inspired by moving dunes. The form responds to Natal’s climatic conditions and utilizes prevailing on shore breezes and air flow via ETFE louvers between the modules. A continuous undulating concourse connects the ‘petals’ and contributes to the overall asymmetric look of the structure.

The steel trusses are covered with aluminium tiles on the outside and PVC pre-stressed membrane inside. Translucent polycarbonate connects the joints and allows natural lighting to penetrate the interior. In addition to several sustainable features, the building boasts a rainwater harvesting mechanism with a capacity of 3,000 cubic meters.

The stadium has already hosted events-the first a match between two of Rio Grand do Norte’s main soccer teams on 26 January, 2014. The venue will officially open on 12 June, 2014.

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Environmental groups say that Russia will not live up to its promise of a “zero waste” Olympic Games this month. While officials promised this year’s Games would be sustainable and “in harmony with nature,” local researchers say the event is shaping up to be anything but. Not only has the landscape been damaged, increasing the danger of landslides and mudflows, but the Games have also damaged biodiversity in the region.

One zoologist with the Environmental Watch on North Caucasus, Suren Gazaryan, told TIME magazine that the construction work involved has been devastating to the region: animals have had their migration routes blocked, local residents have only limited access to clean drinking water, and waste is being illegally dumped.

Gazaryan also says that parts of the nearby natural park have been completely destroyed, destroying some of Russian’s most diverse plant and animal life. The researcher is currently living in exile in Estonia after being charged as a criminal for his human rights work. Other members of his group have also been detained and harassed for raising concerns about the 2014 Olympics.

Simon Lewis, of the UK-based sustainability group Team Planet, believes that Sochi should never have been chosen by the International Olympic Committee due to the delicate ecosystem in the area. Even some IOC members have admitted to the press that they would never have voted to hold the event in Sochi if they’d known then what an impact the Olympic Games would have on the nearby environment.

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The INgSOC bike combines the aerodynamic shape of a triathlon bike with flexible handling and hybrid technology to create a wild-looking chain-less bike that runs in three modes: battery-powered, battery assist, and battery charge mode, where the user powers up the battery by pedaling.

The INgSOC’s frame is constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. A battery powers the motor as well as a headlight and rear tail lights, plus an iPhone charging dock. What do you think of the INgSOC?

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Scorching heat in Australia and the impact it’s having on sports:

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