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Norway to Build World’s First Tunnel for Ships

Credit: Norwegian Coastal Administration

Norway to Build World’s First Tunnel for Ships (slow) slow
Norway to Build World’s First Tunnel for Ships (fast) fast

Credit: Norwegian Coastal Administration

There are tunnels for cars, tunnels for trains, tunnels for pedestrians, but now Norway has a plan to build the first ever tunnel for large ships. The tunnel will be built in the west of the country for large seagoing ships. It will be 1.7 kilometers long and have a height of roughly 50 meters from top to bottom. This will make it large enough for even large cargo ships to pass through. It will cut through the narrowest part of a peninsula.

Credit: Norwegian Coastal Administration

The tunnel is being built to shorten a frequently stormy route in the region. The coastal waters in the west of Norway are particularly dangerous due to a combination of currents, shallows and high waves. Bad weather there often delays freight traffic and liner service.

There has been talk of building such a tunnel since 1870. Construction of the tunnel should begin in 2018 at the earliest. It is expected to take four years to complete.

 

 
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Volta – The Stylish Electric Bicycle from Pure Cycles

Volta (slow) slow
Volta (fast) fast

A lot of us would love to go to work by bicycle. There are lots of reasons to switch. It’s good for the planet. It’s certainly healthier. And who really enjoys sitting in traffic?

On the other hand, it’s no fun starting out your workday all sweaty and tired. An e-bike seems like a perfect solution, but up to now they have been too heavy and ugly.

Enter the Volta, one of the most innovative e-bikes on the market now. The Volta weighs only 15.8 kilograms. That’s light enough to easily carry upstairs. The Volta comes with lots of options and features. You can choose a low maintenance, mess-free belt drive or a traditional chain. The rear-mounted motor makes steering it very natural. And it looks great; the battery is hardly visible, but it is able to give you a 64-kilometer range. And the motor has the power to take you up the steepest hills in your route.

It has other great features like headlights and taillights which automatically activate in low-light and an automatic brake light. It comes with a built-in GPS tracker in case your bike is ever lost or stolen.

Find out more about the Volta at their Kickstarter site in the link:

Volta on Kickstarter

 

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This scale is based on the grade level of text. For example, a “5.0” means the reading level of a fifth grade elementary textbook. A ’12’ is equal to a the 12th grade or last year in high school, a ’13’ equals the first year in university. The grade levels correspond to the U.S. school system.