Taiga Motors’ Orca is a $24,000 electric watercraft with a two-hour battery
- Montreal startup Taiga Motors has spent the last few years tackling the tricky task of electrifying snowmobiles, but it’s now turning its attention to making cleaner and quieter personal watercraft.
- The 23kWh battery can be charged on standard or level 2 (240V) outlets, or more quickly with a DC fast charger (from 0 to 80 percent in 20 minutes), provided owners can find one of those near enough to the water (or with enough space to fit a truck and trailer).
- Taiga Motors says it’s gone to great lengths to build a battery back that not only can withstand the punishment of riding at up to 65 miles per hour on open water, but one that won’t lose its overall capacity when stowed away for the winter.
Women drive the vast majority of spending decisions in the US — here are 4 crucial things all salespeople should know about selling to them
- Many times, I've been in a sales situation when the salesman asks my husband several questions about his career, and then asks me questions only about our kids.
- If that's the case, I'd say this: The dynamic between men and women in professional situations is changing, and now, more than ever before, it's crucial to be aware that what you're communicating with your words and actions might not be sending the message you're intending.
- Treating people with respect, showing them they can trust you, and going into conversations with an open mind are techniques you've likely heard before, but if you want to be effective selling to women now and in the future, they'll need a new level of awareness.
- Natalie draws on 15 years of comprehensive financial planning experience, six years with fintech startups, and a decade of professional speaking to share advice that works in real life, not just on paper.
The worst US tropical system this year may not even have a name
- This week an unnamed low pressure system—it only has a 30 percent chance to develop into a tropical depression or storm before moving inland into the upper Texas coast, the National Hurricane Center says—will bring a surge of tropical moisture into the state of Texas.
- One measure of atmospheric moisture is known as "precipitable water," and this system will likely bring values of 2.4 to 2.6 inches into the Texas coast.
- This flooding threat comes only a little more than two years after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the upper Texas coast, including Houston, with widespread areas receiving 40 inches or more of rainfall.
- In 2001, a tropical storm barely worthy of the name (Allison)—so weak were its winds—pushed into the Texas coast and dropped 15 to 25 inches over much of the Houston area.
Bees swarm airplane -- and have to be removed with water cannons
- On Sunday morning, Air India flight 743 from Kolkata to Agartala was delayed by two and a half hours after a swarm of honeybees clamped themselves onto the window of the flight deck.
- The swarm took up residence on the left hand window panes, obstructing the pilots' vision.
- The plane had already been delayed 90 minutes due to a technical fault, before the bee attack added an extra hour's delay.
- The flight to Agartala, in northeast India, takes just 60 minutes.
- The plane took off two and a half hours behind schedule.
- Kolkata airport -- Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International -- is one of India's busiest, processing 21.8 million passengers a year, with 40 million predicted by 2021.
- Bhattacharjee told CNN that airport staff had carried out checks for bees in the wake of the incident.
This swim by a cancer survivor just broke a world record
- Sarah Thomas, an open water marathon swimmer from Colorado, completed the record-breaking feat at around 6.30am Tuesday morning, more than 54 hours after she set off from the British port of Dover.
- Despite the length of the swim, Thomas said that she "knew what to expect from the currents and the weather and the cold," and was "very prepared for the amount of time" she was going to be in the water.
- Thomas' planned route was around 80 miles in length, but she ended up swimming more than 130 miles after being pulled off course by strong currents.
- Tuesday's feat is not the first time Thomas has completed a Channel crossing; she first swam across the world's busiest shipping route in 2012, completing the challenge in 11 hours 22 minutes.
- Washer told CNN that he met Thomas through marathon swimmer Elaine Howley.
9 things that aren't helping the environment as much as you think they are, from recycling to carbon offsets
- To do their part in counteracting these trends, many people are trying to reduce their waste, cut down their meat consumption, and avoid high-emissions activities like flying.
- Paper bags degrade much faster, but turning trees into pulp may require more energy and produce more carbon emissions than the production of petroleum-based plastic bags.
- A 2011 analysis found that a paper bag had to be reused at least four times to bring its global-warming potential down to that of a high-density polyethelene plastic bag.
- Opting for reusable bags can make a difference in terms of waste and litter, but the same UK study found that a shopper would have to reuse a cotton bag 131 times to bring its global-warming impact down to that of a high-density polyethelene plastic bag.
Digital Water Company 120WaterAudit Secures $7M Series A to Help Industry Professiona...
- According to a 2018 study, nearly half of all U.S. students go to schools in states that do not have specific programs for testing drinking water and more than 40 percent of schools turned up samples with higher than recommended levels of lead.
- Within the past two years, 120WaterAudit won the Rise of the Rest pitch competition, quickly followed by the company’s acceptance and win of Imagine H20‘s 2019 accelerator cohort with the vision of building more sustainable solutions for water resource management.
- HG Ventures supports innovation and growth across The Heritage Group by investing and partnering with private companies developing new technologies and approaches in both our core and adjacent markets.
- We leverage the world-class expertise of The Heritage Group operating companies and research center to offer a unique value proposition to our portfolio company partners.
James Cameron, Victor Vescovo, and the Saga of the Deepest* Solo Dive Ever
- What I am going to tell you is that at the moment, only Poseidon himself can tell you exactly how deep it is, and that the measurement is such a sticky subject that James Cameron found time while shooting the Avatar sequels in New Zealand last week to set the record straight for me.
- The newcomer’s measurement of 10,924 meters set a record—beating the original trip down in 1960 by Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard, as well as Cameron’s 10,908—as the attending press release noted last week after Vescovo completed his final dive (the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean).
- If you wanted, you could drop a 11,000-meter-long cable down into the Challenger Deep and measure depth that way, but the thing will be buffeted by 7 miles of currents, obliterating any pursuit of accuracy.
The best men's waterproof shoes you can buy
- While some waterproof shoes are made specifically for running, others are better for casual strolls or outdoor adventures.
- The shoes feature a waterproof suede upper, sealed seams, gusseted tongues, and raised rubber foxing around the perimeter to keep water out.
- The shoe features a 100% waterproof stretch-knit upper with full-grain leather overlays (both materials are surprisingly thick and durable), the brand's own high-energy-return SH/FT cushioning technology on the midsoles, and rugged rubber outsoles.
- If you're planning on adventuring in the great outdoors this summer, you'll definitely want a pair of On Running shoes in your closet.
- Appropriate for the office and the outdoors, SWIMS loafers are constructed with natural rubber and TPU, which means that they are, in fact, waterproof.
- SWIMS loafers are extremely breathable, encouraging ventilation and dryness thanks to their specially designed fabric that is meant to allow sweat to dry while simultaneously keeping water out.
The Crane Wife
- Ten days after I called off my engagement I was supposed to go on a scientific expedition to study the whooping crane on the gulf coast of Texas.
- Our expedition was housed at an old fish camp on the Gulf Coast next to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, where three hundred of the only six hundred whooping cranes left in the world spend their winters.
- More than once I’d said to my fiancé, How am I supposed to know you love me if you’re never affectionate or say nice things or say that you love me.
- I told him this was like us going on a hiking trip and him telling me he had water in his backpack but not ever giving it to me and then wondering why I was still thirsty.