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VW XL1: The world's most efficient 'production' car debuts in the U.S. (261 MPG)

The XL1 emits just 21 g/km of CO2, thanks to its high-tech lightweight design, aerodynamic efficiency, and a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 48 PS (35kW) two-cylinder TDI® engine, a 27-hp electric motor, a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a lithium-ion battery.

The estimated European driving cycle of 261 mpg fuel consumption figure is a record that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, showing that Volkswagen is redefining what is technically feasible in the automotive industry. 

The XL1 also has a top speed of 99 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds.

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Transportation / Cars

October 3, 2013

The XL1 offers an estimated European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg (more than 200 mpg estimated in the U.S. cycle) and can cover up to 32 miles as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric mode.

Combining to create the exceptional frugality are its light weight (1753 pounds), impressive aerodynamics …

MAP : The Location of Academic Knowledge

The production and publication of academic knowledge has distinct geographies. 

This graphic visualises the locations of academic journals listed in Thompson Reuters’ Web of Knowledge: the most important and influential collection of academic content.


This map uses data from the Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports (JCR) from 2009, allowing us to measure the locations and impact factors of journals.

 The JCR Science Edition contains references from over 7,300 journals in science and technology. The JCR Social Sciences edition contains references from over 2,200 journals in the social sciences. 

A reference for each of the 9,500 journals in the sciences and social sciences was downloaded to extract the journal’s location. A cartogram is used in which each country is represented by a box that is sized according to the number of journals published from within it. 

The shading of each country indicates the average impact factor (a measure of how often articles within a journal are cit…

Monsanto Spends Nearly $1 Billion on Crop Insurance Company

October 3, 2013

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I grew up in a small farming community in Iowa and if there’s one thing I can say with certainty, it’s this: farmers love, love, love to talk about the weather. 

There’s too much heat. Not enough. Too much rain. Not enough. Cold snaps, tornados, dust storms, late frosts, early frosts. 

Weather oddities like straightline winds that send locals out to rubberneck at corn fields flat as pancakes.

While plenty of that coffee-shop talk still goes on today, what’s changed is the way farmers have embraced sophisticated technology to make informed decisions about planting, harvesting and more. 

While growers can’t control the weather, understanding it in today’s climate-challenged world may be the next best thing. 

That’s why Wednesday’s headline that agribusiness giant…

GOOGLE DOMINANCE : Age of Internet Empires


This map illustrates the most visited website in each country.


The map uses freely available data retrieved Alexa on August 12th, 2013. The company has provided website analytics since 1996. 

Alexa collects data from millions of Internet users using one of over 25,000 different browser extensions, and the data used for this visualization were calculated “using a combination of the estimated average daily unique visitors to a site and the estimated number of pageviews on that site from users in that country over the past month”.

The data are visualised as a choropleth map, where the colour indicates each country’s most visited website. 

Starting from the evident dominance of two companies (Google and Facebook), whose colours (red and blue, respectively) cover most of the map, we styled the illustration as an old colonial map, and named it after the computer game series Age of Empire.

 A second map below illustrates the same data, using the hexagonal cartogram of the Internet …

Electric DeepFlight Super Falcon is an Underwater Plane for the Super Rich

by Charley Cameron, 10/03/13

Marine engineer Graham Hawkes spent his life designing submersibles for both the military and the oil and gas industry before he happened upon the idea of creating a vehicle that could ‘fly’ underwater

The resulting two-seater electric underwater plane—the DeepFlight Super Falcon—promises to move through the seas in “style, safety, and comfort,” providing unique experiences in a craft that is “[d]esigned to do barrel rolls with dolphins and spy-hop with whales.”

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Read more: Electric DeepFlight Super Falcon is an Underwater Plane for the Super Rich | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

by Diane Pham, 01/17/12

Have you ever wondered what the tree population and density of the United States looks like? 

This amazing map shows just that. 

Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods Hole Research Center in conjunction with the U. S. Geological Survey Science Center‘s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and the US Forest Service, the map was generated based on a series of data sources including readings collected from space-based radars, satellite sensors, computer models, and simply counting trees the old-fashioned way. 

The map was created for NASA to help determine how the world’s forests have the potential to store more carbon in the future.

Read more: Amazing Map Shows the United States' Tree Population and Density | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Las páginas webs más visitadas del mundo, país por país

Día 04/10/2013 - 11.01h

Dos miembros de Information Geographies han diseñado el mapa «Age of internet empires»

Mark Graham y Stefano De Sabbata de Information Geographies de Oxford han realizado un mapa en el que señalan cuales son las páginas web más visitadas por país. 

El gráfico basado en Alex Data llamado «Age of internet empires» señala que Google y Facebook son los preferidos en el continente americano y en Europa. Por ejemplo, en España se visita más Google. Pero esta presencia no es igual en todo le mundo.

Tal como señalan a través de su página web, la situación es mucho más compleja e interesante en Asia, donde las páginas locales han logrado resistir y batir a los grandes imperios tecnológicos estadounidenses.

Por ejemplo, en China la página más visitada es Baidu, el «Google chino». Se trata del buscador de contenidos chino que utilizan sus ciudadanos, es decir la población más grande en internet. Pero Baidu no es preferido sólo en China sino que también es el más …

Lo que calla Maduro: Estos son los últimos RunRunes de Nelson Bocaranda

por @DolarToday - Oct 3, 2013 @ 9:50 am - en Noticias



Sin duda que la expulsión de la Encargada de Negocios y otros dos diplomáticos estadounidenses es -únicamente- obedece al permanente deseo del régimen de Nicolás de echarle las culpas de sus fracasos, ineficiencias, corrupción y hasta del narcotráfico cotidiano a otros y no a los suyos, a sus colaboradores y enchufados. 

Así como culpabiliza a empresarios decentes y a trabajadores honrados desde causantes del desabastecimiento hasta de los apagones, desde la criminalidad hasta la escasez de productos y hasta del alza del dólar a la enésima potencia, con este acto de hace unos días quiso responsabilizar a los estadounidenses que salieron ayer del país de haber concertado sabotajes y cortes de luz con fuerzas de la ultraderecha opositora en el estado Bolívar. 

Dijo ayer el Presidente desde la comandancia de la Guardia Nacional: “Les metí el dedo donde tenía que meterlo. Les desarticulé el equipo de vanguardia para desest…