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Harley Davidson E – Bike

For the ultimate combination of style, performance and innovative design, look no further than the new line of electric bikes from Harley Davidson.

It’s not all about the premium branding that comes with the 116-year old motorcycle manufacturing legacy.

The highly anticipated set of bikes comes with impressive features that any biking lover would relish.

Slated for release in 2019, the LiveWire is first on the line, with the capacity to go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds.

For motorcycle lovers who delight in that unique rumble of speed, it comes with a new signature sound during acceleration. That’s an outstanding feature in as far as electric bikes go.

Another first for the new model is its cellular connection, which the company claims is not available on any other mass market motorcycle.

It’s telematics system displays all the necessary data about operations via a connected app. On a single charge, the bike can go for up to 110 miles.

Details are still scanty for their other all-electric concept bikes, but judging from their style, they hold promise of great things to come.

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Guggenheim Tulum’s Treehouse

The brainchild of Peggy Guggenheim’s great-grandson, IK Lab’s new seaside gallery features curved walls like the NYC original—and a few other surprising features

Before you enter IK Lab, a new arts and cultural space in the heart of Tulum, you must first take off your shoes. Part of the experience, according to its designer Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel, is through your feet, which alternately pass over carpets of curving jungle vines and polished cement. And proceed with caution: The floor occasionally slopes unexpectedly.

“If you don’t pay attention, you’ll fall,” says Sterkel, explaining how an uneven floor is a humbling attitude adjustment. “You have to lose control to pay attention to what you feel, emotionally and spiritually.”

The Argentine native, a former painter with no formal architectural background, constructed the curvaceous, womblike IK Lab on the site of his eco-conscious resort Azulik (a portmanteau of the Spanish word for “blue” and the Mayan word for “wind”) with a deep reverence for Mother Nature: No trees were cut, and the amorphous structure sits on stilts so that local wildlife can still pass below. Light permeates both the walls of vines reinforced by transparent fiberglass and the grand, misshapen portico doors—all of which normally spells disaster for showing art.

“This is the counter model of the standard gallery,” says IK Lab director Santiago Rumney Guggenheim, since curators typically prefer the reliable blank canvas of straight white walls. But when Rumney Guggenheim moved to Tulum in January (having grown up in Paris and lived in New York, where he temporarily had a gallery of his own), he immediately proposed that Sterkel turn the site into a gallery.

“When I walked into the space, it reminded me that in 1948, Peggy [Guggenheim, his great-grandmother] had opened a gallery in New York called Art of This Century, and the walls were curved,” he says. (The family legacy of difficult architecture also includes the curving walls of the Frank Lloyd Wright’s New York building, for starters, or the cavernous, billowing ones of Frank Gehry’s Bilbao). “I saw it as a challenge,” he adds. “You have to rethink how you’re going to put together a show.”

On Friday, IK Lab opens its first exhibition: “Alignments,” in which Rumney Guggenheim makes use of the unusual space by hanging nearly-ten-foot-long sculptures by Artur Lescher from the cavernous ceiling and illuminating neon works by Margo Trushina. In an adjacent 39-foot-high dome, Tatiana Trouvée’s 250 Points Towards Infinity comprises suspended pendulums pointing at 250 different points on the ground.

Beyond this inaugural show, the duo’s vision is farther reaching, including art programs for local children, and a multidisciplinary residency for aspiring artists, fashion designers, chefs, musicians, and more now under construction off-site deep in the jungle. “The artist will be developing his or her work as a resident taking in consideration and being affected by what’s happening around them, walking barefoot, touching different textures and exchanging ideas,” says Sterkel, who calls Tulum “a Mayan paradise.”

“They’ll make a playful space of creativity and sharing and playful and everyone is learning,” he adds. “This is my dream there.”

Crystal Skull Bridge & Strange Lingams in River – Kbal Spean, Cambodia

Hey guys, today we are at a very special place called Kbal Spean in Cambodia. As you can tell, this is a very remote place, but there are some very interesting Hindu artifacts found underwater. We are in the deepest part of the jungles of Cambodia. But there are remnants which are more than 900 years old in this area, and they are found underwater, so we are going to try and find them today. So, let’s go. I had previously shown you underwater lingams at a place called Phnom Kulen, this place is about 40 kilometers from there. I am trying to decode the meaning of these underwater lingams and why ancient builders made carvings on the river beds in these remote mountains. I find it very intriguing that there are 2 sites which have ancient underwater carvings side by side. What could be the meaning of this? I have been walking for more than 45 minutes now, I have been walking uphill. You can see how dark this entire area is, well, it is 2 o clock in the afternoon. There is bright sunlight, but with all these trees, you can see that even sunlight cannot pass through, because we are in the middle of a jungle. And we still have to walk for more than an hour to reach these ancient Hindu sites. So I am gonna keep walking. So we have reached the top of Kbal Spean mountain. We can find some very interesting stone carvings here. Now what does Kbal Spean mean? The word actually comes from Kabala, meaning skull, in Sanskrit. And Spean means bridge in Cambodian. But I will show you Kbal Spean later, let us look at the carvings now. And here we can see something fantastic

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Sikkim 100% Organic

State goes 100% organic. Wildlife returns, crop yields improve, tourists flock.

Governments around the world are looking to the Indian state of Sikkim to see if going organic is viable. So far all signs are pointing to yes.

The state banned the import of all pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and GMOs in 2003, becoming the world’s first fully certified organic state in 2016.

At first farmers struggled with the transition, with steep declines in crop yields, but the government promised things would get better in the long run and to compensate for their losses in the short-term.

A decade and a half later, “the cloud-wreathed state is starting to see the dividends” of its investment, The Washington Post reports.

Within three years their harvest returned to what it used to be, says the farmer in the BBC News report below:

And now the yield for most crops is actually higher than it was during the days of conventional farming, according to a report by the Center for Research on Globalization.

Fruit yields are up 5%, and the state’s cash crop cardamon has increased a whopping 23%.

That’s in part thanks to rebounding pollinator populations. Since pesticides have disappeared, wildlife of all sorts are reportedly returning.

The region boasts 500 species of butterflies, 4,500 types of flowering plants, and rare wildlife like the red panda, Himalayan bear, snow leopards and yaks.

Tourism is also on the rise, increasing 70% since the state went all organic. Tourists travel from far and wide to see the natural beauty and bounty of the ancient kingdom of Sikkim, which became an Indian state in 1975.



Anyone caught using pesticides in Sikkim could be fined $1400 or spend three years in prison.

Why does the government take organic agriculture so seriously?

To “keep the good health of the soil, provide quality food to the people, provide chemical-free air and water to the people, and also to conserve the rich biodiversity of the state,” Sikkim’s agriculture secretary says in the video above.

The densely populated country of India has had to learn the hard way what industrial agriculture does to the rivers, soil, air quality and general health of its people.

The government of Sikkim wants to try another way.

The government of India plans to replicate the organic model in Sikkim in other parts of the country, according to the BBC report.

Giants in the Jungle of Ecuador ?

According to many legends and myths, the Amazon jungle hosts a race of gigantic humans. Furthermore, the many Amazonian tribes tell stories in relation to these fantastic creatures and their settlements.

A team of experts decided to travel to Ecuador in order to prove whether these stories are true or just pure fiction. They were helped by the Aboriginals to a secret place where very strange and mysterious rituals take place.

When they arrived at the place, they discovered a gigantic megalithic structure. The surface of the structure was flat and polished. According to experts, the purpose of that structure was ceremonial.

It is almost impossible to think to imagine how someone would manage to build such a prodigious structure hundreds of thousands of years ago. However, the most interesting thing was not the construction itself, but the variety of utensils found around it.

Their size would have made them impossible for a normal person to handle them. They say that these tools confirm the existence of these extraordinary creatures.

Have a look at the following video for more information and please don’t forget to share your opinions with us. 

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Electric Motorcycle Range 186 Miles

 

The upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas—from January 7 through 10—will see the public debut of the Nawa Racer—an electric motorcycle concept that combines a traditional lithium-ion battery pack with an ultracapacitor which will boost range and performance to levels even gas-powered bikes struggle to reach.

French company Nawa Technologies is responsible for the Nawa Racer, a futuristic café racer designed in conjunction with British engineering firm Envisage Group to show off Nawa’s ultracapacitor system. But rather than Nawa being a new motorcycle manufacturer itself, the company plans for its tech to be incorporated into existing designs.

The technology opens up the hybrid sector for motorcycle propulsion and works by supplementing the power on offer from the lithium-ion set-up—in the concept’s case, a relatively small 9kW/h unit producing 100 hp—with a 0.1 kW/h ultracapacitor known as the NawaCap, mounted on top of the battery unit in the area a conventional bike’s gas tank would sit. Power is converted into forward motion by the hubless rear-wheel-drive system.

The NAWA Racer electric motorcycle concept.

The ultracapacitor gives the Nawa Racer a claimed range of 186 miles. Photo: Courtesy of Nawa Technologies.

Where Nawa’s configuration works at an optimum level is in stop/start city riding. The company claims its ultracapacitor captures as much as 90 percent of the energy expelled during braking and puts that back into the power unit, ready for your next burst of acceleration. By comparison, a lithium-ion battery alone can reuse roughly 20 to 30 percent of the available braking regen.

The ultracapacitor gives the Nawa Racer a claimed range of 186 miles (300 km) from its 9kW/h battery unit, as opposed to about 80 miles that could reasonably be expected from a power unit of this size, sans ultracapacitor. The company also claims the NawaCap can be fully recharged in just two minutes, with the lithium-ion battery pack taking an hour from zero to 80 percent capacity from a home power supply. The gain in projected vehicle range is due to the ultracapacitor’s ability to capture the regenerative braking much more efficiently than a standard lithium-ion battery pack.

“The Nawa Racer is our vision for the electric motorbike of tomorrow—a retro-inspired machine, but one that is thoroughly modern,” says Ulrik Grape, CEO of the firm. “Nawa Technologies’ next-gen ultracapacitors have unleashed the potential of the hybrid battery system—and this design of power train is fully scalable. There is no reason why this cannot be applied to a larger motorbike, or car or other electric vehicle. And what is more, this technology could go into production in the very near future.”

Iranian Architecture That Resembles Sacred Portals of Light

An instagram photographer is taking viewers on a visual journey through the history of iranian architecture and design.

 M1rasoulifard captures the structural and artistic intricacies of iran’s most significant places of worship and cultural complexes, from the jāmeh mosque — one of the oldest still standing in the country — to the chaharbagh school, both in the city of isfahan.

As home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Iran is recognized for its ancient architectural wonders, whose often modest façades hide complex mosaic motifs and richly detailed ornamentation within.

Throughout the photographic series, the artist highlights the vibrant patterns extending along the diameters of domed ceilings, and the intricate network of symbols spanning across surrounding walls. the abstract captures and their cropped compositions seek to accentuate the labyrinthine geometries and meticulous tiling innate to iran’s architectural record.

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardsheikh lotfollah mosque in isfahan, iran | 400 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of jāmeh mosque of isfahan, iran | 900 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of sheikh-lotfollah mosque in isfahan, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of jāmeh mosque of isfahan, iran | 900 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of shah-e-cheragh mosque in shiraz, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of chaharbagh school in isfahan, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of sheikh-lotfolah mosque in isfahan, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque in qom, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardsheikh lotfollah mosque in isfahan, iran | 400 years old

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardceiling of shah-e-cheragh mosque in shiraz, iran

iran architectural photography by m1rasoulifardCeiling of jāmeh mosque of isfahān, iran | 900 years old

 

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