Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle Debuts At CES

January 28, 2019 by  
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It may have taken five years, but Harley-Davidson’s vision for the electric motorcycle market is here and ready for pre-order. First conceptualized with a prototype in 2014, the production-ready model made its European debut at the Milan press conference of the EICMA show last November and appeared again at the Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ) in Las Vegas in early January. The company reports that deliveries on the sleek, speedy ride will ship in the fall, 2019 and the price tag will be $29,799. However, there is still a lot we don’t know, specifically detailed information about weight, horsepower or battery longevity. Harley-Davidson did provide some general information implying that the new LiveWire will launch off the line with a capacity for zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of around 110 mph, along with fast charge times and a battery-capacity MIC combined range of more than 110 miles. Related: Large scale 3D Printer capable of printing a motorcycle Unlike traditional clutch-driven motorcycles , the rider simply twists the throttle to accelerate without the need to shift. The motorcycle was designed with a sporty feel, placing the engine low on the bike for excellent balance and control from jump-start through braking and sudden stops. True to the history of Harley-Davidson, the engine makes a statement that will draw attention to the overall sleek and aerodynamic design. This look is furthered by the anodized-metal-like paint finish that draws the eye from the nose to the contoured rear fender. Not to be defined only by classic styling, the LiveWire incorporates useful modern technology as well. Bluetooth capability and a liquid-crystal display provides the rider visual and audio interaction. Connect the Harley-Davidson app on your phone to the color touch screen above the handlebars to receive notifications if someone touches or tries to hijack your ride. The screen also displays battery life and other essential information, along with easy-to-see navigation and your musical playlist. In addition to the LiveWire, Harley-Davidson showed their dedication to the future of electric motorcycles with two more prototypes. Both the models appear to target the moped class of urban transportation with low-end power and top speeds of around 30mph. + Harley-Davidson Images via Harley-Davidson

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Prosecco production is destroying soil in some Italian vineyards

January 28, 2019 by  
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Many people enjoy a glass of prosecco with their dinner , because it pairs well with everything from seafood to spicy Asian dishes. But the demand for the Italian sparkling wine is starting to cause some problems. According to a new study released earlier this month, the wine is destroying the soil in northeastern Italy’s vineyards. The amount of soil erosion from Italy’s prosecco vineyards is not sustainable, according to Jesus Rodrigo Comino, a geographer at the Institute of Geomorphology and Soils in Malaga, Spain. Even though he wasn’t involved in the study, he said that the future of the vineyards could be in jeopardy. Italy’s prosecco vineyards produce about 90 million bottles of the sparkling wine each year. After growing concerns about the skyrocketing demand of prosecco and its effect on the local environment, researchers from the University of Padua in Italy decided to look into the “soil footprint” of high-quality prosecco. Related: The growing wine industry is threatening California’s Napa Valley After studying 10 years of data for rainfall, land use, soil  and topographic maps, they found that prosecco was responsible for three-quarters of total soil erosion in the region. Then, they compared the soil erosion numbers with annual prosecco sales and came up with an annual “soil footprint” of 4.4 kilograms per bottle. It is worth noting that soil erosion isn’t always negative. To keep an ecosystem healthy, the erosion can help generate new soils. But that doesn’t mean that this current trend with prosecco production should continue. Scientists said that vineyard owners can reduce soil loss by leaving grass between the rows. According to simulations, this one solution could reduce total erosion by half. Other ideas include planting hedges and other greenery around the vineyards and also by the rivers and streams. According to Comino, “Only the application of nature-based solutions will be able to reduce or solve the problem.” Via Science News Image via seogolic0

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The electric Vespa scooter of your dreams is coming in 2018

November 8, 2017 by  
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Environmentally-conscious commuters, rejoice ! Vespa’s first electric scooter will hit the market next year, and it will have a range of about 62 miles. The good news was announced at the Milan Motorcycle Show by parent company Piaggio. Though the price of the Vespa Elettrica has not yet been revealed, an eager fan base can’t wait to get their hands on the chic electric two-wheeler. Vespa’s first electric scooter is as high-tech as it gets. A 4.3-inch TFT color display sits between the handlebars, displaying information on speed, range, and charge level. When the scooter is connected to the Vespa Elettrica app, messages and phone calls can also be received. Vespa is currently developing a special helmet that is equipped with a built-in Bluetooth speaker and microphone for just this purpose. The app can also be used on a smart phone to keep track of diagnostic information and locate the vehicle on a map. According to Piaggio, the Elletrica will have “superior performance” to a 50cc scooter – although its range is about three times less than the 174-mile range of the 50cc Vespa Primavera . Piaggio says that the new Vespa Elettrica is “perfect for city environments.” The electric scooter charges in four hours from a normal wall outlet, and Vespa Elettrica owners can expect 10 years (or approximately 50,000 to 70,000 km) of use from the scooter . Piaggio is also developing a hybrid version of the Elettrica that has a gas-powered generator . The Elettrica X will have a range of approximately 124 miles. + Vespa Via The Verge Images via Vespa

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BMW and LEGO team up to create a futuristic flying motorcycle

February 20, 2017 by  
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LEGO provides inspiration for everyone from preschool-aged future engineers to BMW  designers. Recently, BMW and LEGO collaborated on the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model kit based on a BMW motorcycle . Now, designers from the two companies took inspiration from the Technics kit to bring to life with the Hover Ride Design Concept – a flying hover motorcycle that looks like something straight out of the future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r_E1iQOVWE The 603-part LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure model kit allows LEGO aficionados to construct a miniature version of the best-selling BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. BMW Motorrad first approached LEGO with the idea to design the first LEGO Technic model designed together with a motorcycle manufacturer. Then they went a step further to design the Hover Ride Design Concept. Related: BMW’s futuristic self-balancing motorcycle is like a real-life Batman’s Batpod The hovering vehicle probably won’t hit markets anytime soon. In a press release BMW described the Hover Ride as a futuristic concept “full of emotion and creative energy though not laying claim to technological plausibility.” Combining BMW and LEGO design elements, designers from both companies created the concept with the help of a BMW training unit that gives trainees opportunities to work across departments on different projects. They built the life-size model of the Hover Ride, complete with a propeller. BMW Motorrad Head of Vehicle Design Alexander Buckan said in a video on the project, “This futuristic concept bike is pretty amazing. I’m really impressed how an idea can be created by LEGO elements and actually become a valid suggestion on how we can ride a motorcycle in the future.” And not only can grade schoolers learn from playing with LEGOS – Buckan said their unusual process to create a LEGO Hover Ride and then a real Hover Ride offered an excellent learning opportunity for the designers involved. You can purchase the LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure kit for £54.99, or just under $70, here . Via BMW Group Images via BMW Group

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Super 73 is the perfect bike-motorcycle hybrid for your urban commute

June 20, 2016 by  
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Super 73 is a clever ebike that fills the gap between the bike and the motorcycle. The best selling motor vehicle ever is the is a 49cc motorcycle, called the Honda Super Cub. It has out sold any car, and is used as the primary form of transportation to this day in many developing countries throughout the world. Super 73 fits in that same niche, but with a bunch of super handy details that make it the perfect way to get around your own town . The bike has 1000 watts of power packed into a stylish Californian design that includes a cup holder, bottle opener, USB charging port, removable lithium battery and illuminated rear and headlights. It can go over 25 mph, has powerful disc brakes, wide tires to let it tackle any terrain and can charge fully in just 4 hours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzEKG9SK9ys + Super 73 on Kickstarter

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Sarolea SP7 Electric Carbon-Fiber Motorcycle Fires Up for the Isle of Man TT Zero Race

May 1, 2014 by  
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The famous Isle of Man TT Zero race for electric motorcycles kicks off next month and Sarolea’s new SP7 carbon fiber electric motorcycle will be competing against the world’s best battery powered motorcycles. Many of us have never heard of the Belgian company since it hasn’t produced a motorcycle in 50 years, but Sarolea’s history dates back to the 19th century. Read the rest of Sarolea SP7 Electric Carbon-Fiber Motorcycle Fires Up for the Isle of Man TT Zero Race Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon fiber , electric motor , electric motorcycle , green motorcycle , green transportation , Isle of Man TT , lithium ion battery , sarolea , sarolea electric motorcycle , sarolea SP7

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6 Totally Insane Designs Made From Repurposed Toilets

July 18, 2013 by  
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Proposed Red Line Park Could Be Cleveland’s Answer to The High Line

July 18, 2013 by  
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The iKnife Helps Surgeons Find Tumors by Sniffing Out Cancer

July 18, 2013 by  
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Removing cancerous tumors from a patient is a very precise science, and it can be very difficult for surgeons to determine where tumors begin and end. That’s why chemist Zoltan Takats and his team of researchers from the medical school at Imperial College London designed the iKnife , a brilliant scalpel that can help physicians determine whether the tissues they’re removing are cancerous. The knife could save precious time in the operating room , and it could ultimately make surgeries much faster, safer and more effective. Read the rest of The iKnife Helps Surgeons Find Tumors by Sniffing Out Cancer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cancer , cancer-sensing knife , cancer-sniffing knife , cancer-sniffing scalpel , green tech , high-tech scalpel , iKnife , Imperial College London , lipids , scalpel , surgery , Zoltan Takats        

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Grimshaw Architects Completes Light & Airy Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne

July 18, 2013 by  
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