Google’s Aptera Schedules October 2009 Release Date

Last summer Google invested $2.75 million into Aptera Motors in an attempt to create a revolutionary, eco-friendly car (see Panda Ju’s post). Fast forward a year and the Aptera 2e, an all-electric car that the company calls an "aerodynamic marvel," has reached pre-production and is scheduled to start being manufactured in October of this year. The fuel efficiency of 300mpg (0.78L/100km), when plugged in every 120 miles (190km), would make it one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the world. This means you can drive the three-wheeled vehicle 100 miles on a single charge and then fully recharge the vehicle through a standard outlet (110v) in less than 8 hours. In regard to speed, the Aptera 2e can go from zero to 60 in under 10 seconds, and has a top speed of 90 mph. Right now, California is the only place to buy and drive one. 4,000 people have put down a $500 deposit on the 2e, however deposits are not guaranteed sales. Aptera has yet to put a firm price on the vehicle, but has given a rather wide range of $25,000 to $45,000. The company website indicates the commitment is to build 100,000 units by 2015.

aptera’s website

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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