Jaguar gives "the most beautiful car ever made" an electric upgrade

September 11, 2017 by  
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In 1961, the Jaguar E-type was labeled as one of the best looking cars of all time. Even Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made.” Now Jaguar has turned the retro E-type into an electric car , which the automaker calls the E-type Zero. To create the E-type Zero, Jaguar started with a 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar E-type Roadster. Its six-cylinder combustion engine was then swapped out for an electric powertrain with 295 horsepower. Its lithium-ion battery pack has the same dimensions and weight as the original engine and it’s even placed in the exact same location as the former transmission. Even with the new electric powertrain and its components, Jaguar managed to cut 100 pounds from the original car’s weight. This means that it drives and handles just like the original E-type, while emitting zero emissions. Thanks to its electric powertrain, the E-type Zero is actually faster than the original E-type with a 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds, about one second quicker than the original. The electric powertrain uses some of the same parts as the upcoming I-Pace electric car and has a driving range up to 170 miles. “We have integrated the new electric powertrain into the existing E-type structure, which means a conventional engine could be reinstalled at any point,” said Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic. “We think this is essential as it ensures a period Jaguar remains authentic to its DNA”. + Jaguar Images @Jaguar

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The worlds first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge is almost complete

September 11, 2017 by  
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Eindhoven University of Technology has a massive 3D printer capable of printing immense objects – and it’s currently creating the world’s first 3D-printed reinforced concrete bridge. The bridge will be installed this month in the small Dutch town of Gemert, and it will be the first of its kind thanks to an innovative printing technique that reduces waste. Technically, Madrid introduced the world’s first 3D-printed bridge earlier this year – but the Gemert bridge will be built using a special process that reinforces the concrete layers with steel cables as the concrete blocks are formed. This technique – which was was developed by a team of researchers working with Teho Salat, a professor of concrete construction – ensures that the bridge’s concrete is “pre-stressed” in order to avoid the typical tensile stress that often occurs in concrete construction. Related: World’s first 3D-printed pedestrian bridge pops up in Madrid The concrete used to print the bridge is thicker than normal, so it retains its form as it is printed. This is important because it means little – if any – concrete is wasted. Concrete production releases carbon dioxide, so reducing waste is incredibly important for the environment. Additionally, printing with moldable concrete means there’s no need for formwork, again reducing the amount of materials needed for construction. Working in collaboration with Dutch company BAM Infra , the team has spent two months printing the pieces, which will then be fused together to construct the bridge. The structure is slated to be installed in Gemert in late September. + Eindhoven University of Technology + BAM Infra Via 3D Print Images via BAM Infra

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NASA researchers says Harvey flooding pushed Houston down two centimeters

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Harvey unloaded around 33 trillion gallons of water in the United States, the weight of which is capable of bending the Earth’s crust . From satellite data , it looks like this is what happened in Houston . Scientist Chris Milliner of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted a map with GPS data revealing Houston has been pushed down by around two centimeters (or about 0.8 inches). Milliner’s map included Nevada Geodetic Laboratory data revealing the area around Houston was actually pushed down because of the weight of all the water from the tropical storm . One gallon of water weighs around 8.34 pounds, so if Harvey dumped 33 trillion gallons of water, that’s about 275 trillion pounds. Related: Arctic warming likely turned Harvey into “an extreme killer storm” GPS data show #Harveyflood was so large it flexed Earth's crust, pushing #Houston down by ~2 cm! #EarthScience #HurricaneHarvey #txflood pic.twitter.com/88lNScJBq9 — Chris Milliner (@Geo_GIF) September 4, 2017 It’s not the first time scientists have documented how the weight of water can alter the land. The Altantic cited a 2012 study focusing on the Himalayas that found a seasonal flux in the mountains’ height as water fell and then made its way down the mountains into Asian rivers. They also noted a 2017 study found “vertical surface displacement [with] peak-to-peak amplitudes” of 0.5 to one centimeter in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Atlantic suggested the changes around Houston could be seen as a “fast-action version” of what takes place in mountain ranges during the seasons. The change could be due to soil beneath GPS stations compacting because of the weight of the water, Milliner said. But he thinks crust deformation was the main means of the change, since some of the GPS stations are on bedrock and also saw the depression. The ground has already been sinking in Houston, because we’ve pumped groundwater out of the city’s aquifers, according to The Atlantic. Milliner clarified the phenomenon he saw after Harvey is in addition to subsidence the city has experienced. Via The Atlantic Images via Chris Milliner on Twitter and U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Zachary Wolf

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Shimmering LED-studded tower focuses on sustainability in Seoul

September 11, 2017 by  
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American firm The Beck Group designed an office tower in Seoul that makes its focus on sustainability a beautiful asset. Known as The Harim Group Headquarters, the 86,000-square-foot tower features many energy-saving technologies, including an attractive S-shaped recess in the facade that creates a low pressure zone for facilitating natural ventilation on every floor. The sculptural building is studded with LED light fixtures that give the facade and interior a shimmering effect. As the largest agricultural business in Korea, the Harim Group wanted a headquarters building that would be highly visible in Seoul and show off the firm’s commitment to sustainability. Thus, the Harim Group Headquarters is located in Seoul’s flashy Gangnam district on one of the city’s busiest pedestrian streets and cuts an impressive figure in the city skyline, both day and night. Fourteen stories of office spaces are stacked atop three stories of retail and restaurant space at the base to engage the public. Related: World’s newest mega-skyscraper opens in Seoul The curving S-shaped recess that stretches from the ground-floor retail to the roof garden gives the building visual identity, while allowing for natural ventilation. Polished and perforated stainless steel panels line the recess and are illuminated with white LEDs that create a shimmering effect. The building’s energy use is further reduced with operable low-E coated windows, a building automation system, green roof, rainwater harvesting system, and an underfloor air distribution system. + The Beck Group Via ArchDaily Images via The Beck Group

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Jaguar’s new I-Pace electric SUV is ready to take on the Tesla Model X

November 15, 2016 by  
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Jaguar is taking aim at the Tesla Model X by unveiling the I-Pace – an all-electric concept car that previews an SUV set to launch in 2018. The I-Pace features a 90 kWh battery, a driving range of around 220 miles, and it generates 394 horsepower and 516 foot-pounds of torque from two electric motors . Jaguar also says the I-Pace will be able to reach 60 mph faster than most sports cars at around four seconds. Jaguar debuted the I-Pace this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show and according to the automaker, the concept is not far off from the production version. Since the I-Pace doesn’t use a conventional engine, designers were able to maximize space for passengers and their stuff. Thanks to its cab-forward design, the I-Pace will have more interior room than many larger SUVs. Once inside, you’re greeted with a large center-mounted 12-inch touchscreen and an additional 5.5-inch touchscreen. The traditional instrument cluster has been replaced by another 12-inch screen with a color head-up display. Related: Jaguar Unveils 850 Horsepower C-X75 Plug-in Hybrid Supercar “This is an uncompromised electric vehicle designed from a clean sheet of paper: we’ve developed a new architecture and selected only the best technology available,” stated Wolfgang Ziebart. + Jaguar All photos @ Jaguar

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Daylit eco-friendly home in London is built around a 100-year-old pear tree

November 15, 2016 by  
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The 425-square-meter Pear Tree House is a self-build project for the firm director Jake Edgley’s own family home. To preserve the 100-year-old pear tree—a remnant of the site’s past as a Victorian fruit orchard—the architects split the house into two volumes that frame the tree in an internal courtyard and are linked by a green-roofed glass walkway. The entire structure is elevated on pile foundations to avoid damage to the tree roots. The walls of the home that face the courtyard are glazed to bring natural light , views, and ventilation into the home and allow the street-facing facade to remain mostly closed for privacy. Related: Edgley Design restores a run-down home with stainless steel cladding The interior of the home is also arranged for optimal solar orientation , from the kitchen in the northeast that takes advantage of morning light to the southwest living areas that are bathed in afternoon light. The interior layout features mostly open-plan spaces that can be easily modified if and when the homeowners’ mobility becomes limited. Board-marked concrete walls on the ground floor give the home texture, while timber surfaces such as the bespoke joinery made from oak veneer lend warmth to the restrained interior palette. + Edgley Design Via Dezeen Images via Edgley Design , by Jack Hobhouse

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J Mays Retires as Ford’s VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer

November 6, 2013 by  
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Ford just announced a series of changes in its senior leadership team, and one of them is the retirement of J Mays , group vice president and chief creative officer of design. J Mays is retiring after more than 33 years in the automotive industry, 16 of which were with Ford. Mays joined Ford in 1997 as vice president of design and led the teams that developed new models of the Ford Fusion , Focus, Fiesta, Taurus, Mustang and F-150. Read the rest of J Mays Retires as Ford’s VP of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aston martin , automotive , automotive industry , BMW , Car Design , ford , J Mays , jaguar , Land Rover , lincoln , Mazda , mercury , volkswagen , volvo        

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Traditional Japanese Superfood Wards off Flu Virus

November 6, 2013 by  
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Scientists recently discovered that a pickled turnip popular in Japan fights off the flu virus, giving it a good chance of becoming the world’s next superfood . The traditional Japanese pickle called Suguki or Lactobacillus brevis proved effective at boosting the immune systems of mice exposed to the flu virus. Test results were published in  SfAM journal and  Letters in Applied Microbiology, and have already spurred human clinical trials. Read the rest of Traditional Japanese Superfood Wards off Flu Virus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: exopolysaccharides , increase immune system function , japanese food cures flu , Japanese pickle wards off flu virus , Lactobacillus brevis , latest superfood from Japan , natural flu vaccine , organic flu vaccine , probiotic drink for flu , suguki pickle , traditional japanese food , Traditional Japanese pickel        

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Jaguar Unveils 850 Horsepower C-X75 Plug-in Hybrid Supercar

June 27, 2013 by  
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Jaguar just unveiled its streamlined, sexy C-X75 supercar , which features the company’s first carbon composite monocoque chassis and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with over 850 horsepower. The vehicle is designed to showcase the advanced technologies that will eventually show up in future Jaguar models, and it can go from 0-100 mph in under six seconds. Read the rest of Jaguar Unveils 850 Horsepower C-X75 Plug-in Hybrid Supercar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , electric motor , green car , green sports car , jaguar , jaguar C-X75 , Jaguar hybrid , Jaguar hybrid sports car , Jaguar plug-in hybrid , Jaguar sports car , plug-in hybrid        

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The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube

June 27, 2013 by  
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It only took a few thousand years, but someone has finally reinvented the wheel —and it actually works better than the original. Skateboarder David Patrick’s crazy SharkWheel was discovered by chance while he was creating a cube out of six soft pieces of piping. Patrick dropped the cube by accident, and to his amazement, the piece started rolling and it didn’t stop. Read the rest of The Wheel of the Future is Here and It’s Shaped Like a Cube Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: David Patrick , eco design , green design , reinventing the wheel , SharkWheels , skateboarding wheels , Square Wheels , sustainable design        

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