World’s First Luxury Space Hotel – Aurora Station Hopes To Launch in 2022 And The Von Braun Station’s Space Hotel With Artificial Gravity Will Be In Orbit By 2025 With Cruise Ship-Style Amenities

World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Called Aurora Station Hopes To Launch in 2022 And The Von Braun Station’s Space Hotel With Artificial Gravity Will Be In Orbit By 2025 With Cruise Ship-Style Amenities

Californian company The Gateway Foundation has released plans for the Von Braun Station, a cruise ship-style hotel floating among the stars.

1. The Gateway Foundation is building a space hotel, based on the concepts of a Nazi and American rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.
2. The space station is expected to be operational by 2025.
3. The company plans to assemble it in orbit, using robots and drones.

The aim is to get the hotel off the ground by 2025 and make it fully operational for travel by 2027. Terrestrial construction on the Gateway Foundation’s project is set to begin October 1, 2019.

Modern luxury interiors help ground the space, which will have artificial gravity.

The Von Braun station is just one such space-based tourism option in development. Also planning to propel people into space are Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk’s SpaceX company and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin aerospace company, not to mention the International Space Station — which recently announced the possibility of commercial collaborations.

The Von Braun Station is also not the only space hotel design in the works. Earlier in 2019, US-based space tech startup Orion Span released plans for a luxury space hotel called Aurora Station, which it hopes to launch in 2022.

Aurora Station aims to sleep just 12, whereas the Von Braun Station will sleep 352 people with a maximum capacity of 450.

The Von Braun Space Station is the world’s first space hotel.

Among the stars
According to digitally rendered video and images released by the Gateway Foundation, the station resembles a rotating wheel, comprised of 24 modules, orbiting the Earth.

But how would the physics of the hotel work?

Tim Alatorre, a senior design architect at the Gateway Foundation, says the rotating wheel would create a simulated gravity.

“The station rotates, pushing the contents of the station out to the perimeter of the station, much in the way that you can spin a bucket of water — the water pushes out into the bucket and stays in place,” he tells CNN Travel.

“Eventually, going to space will just be another option people will pick for their vacation, just like going on a cruise, or going to Disney World.” Mr Alatorre added. But before you start counting your coffers to ensure a cabin on the station, there have been questions raised about the logistics of the project and its ambitious launch date.

Near the center of the station there’s no artificial gravity, Alatorre says, but as you move down the outside of the station, the feeling of gravity increases.

The Gateway Foundation’s hotel design is named for Wernher von Braun, an aerospace engineer who pioneered rocket technology, first in Germany and later in the United States.

SpaceX Starship and The Von Braun Rotating Space Station

This could be viewed as a controversial move. While living in Germany, von Braun was involved in the Nazi rocket development program. He later worked on the Apollo space program in the United States.

The name was voted for by the Gateway Foundation members because the station is based on designs von Braun sketched out some 60 years ago.

“The basic physics of the station hasn’t changed since the 1950s, the way the station rotates,” says Alatorre.

The main difference is the modern materials — new metal alloys, carbon composites, 3D printing, and launchpad technology that, says Alatorre, make a space hotel more probable in our current era.

Space tourism is an expensive game — Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic plans to launch passengers into sub-orbital space at the hefty sum of $250,000 per person, per trip.

Meanwhile, Aurora Station says a stay in its space hotel will cost an eye-watering $9.5 million.

Price-wise, in the early phases the Von Braun hotel will also be catering to those with dollars to spend, but the foundation is hoping to make it equivalent to “a trip on a cruise or a trip to Disneyland.”

Warm aesthetic
So what will Von Braun Station be like inside?

Alatorre says the hotel’s aesthetic was a direct response to the Stanley Kubrick movie “2001: A Space Odyssey” — just maybe not in the way you might think.

“It was almost a blueprint of what not to do,” says Alatorre. “I think the goal of Stanley Kubrick was to highlight the divide between technology and humanity and so, purposefully, he made the stations and the ships very sterile and clean and alien.”

Instead, Alatorre wanted to bring a slice of the earth to space, to avoid a laboratory, overly Star Trek-esque feel.

Onboard, there’ll be warm suites with carpets and stylish monochrome touches and chic bars that wouldn’t look out of place back on Earth, just with star-gazing views.

There will also be plenty of fun recreational activities for guests to enjoy, says Alatorre.

“We’re going to have a number of different recreation activities and games that’ll highlight the fact that you’re able to do things that you can’t do on Earth,” he says. “Because of the weightlessness and the reduced gravity, you’ll be able to jump higher, be able to lift things, be able to run in ways that you can’t on Earth.”

A sport that’s intriguingly called “supersize basketball” is one such concept, according to Alatorre.

‘Starship culture’
If it all sounds like a space-age gimmick, Alatorre is emphatic that the concept will have widespread, enduring appeal.

“People will want to go and experience this just because it’s a cool new thing and they’ve never done it before,” he admits.

“But our goal — the overall goal of the Gateway Foundation — is to create a starship culture where people are going to space, and living in space, and working in space and they want to be in space. And we believe that there’s a demand for that.”

That means having space be a place where thousands of people are “living, working and thriving.”

The Gateway Foundation also intends the space station to be used for research purposes, as well as asteroid mining.

Alatorre says the Von Braun hotel wants to be “the first in orbit,” but that even if the Gateway Foundation doesn’t launch by 2025, the company knows one of its competitors will.

Space tourism is the future, he says, and the Gateway Foundation believes that the future’s imminent.

Sustainability in space
Given the design is still exactly that — just a design — there are some questions that remain unanswered about how the space hotel will function in actuality.

For example, it’s been suggested that living in low gravity for an extended period of time is damaging to the human body. While vacationers will probably only visit the hotel for a few weeks, staff will plan to be there for six months to a year.

They’ll adjust schedules as needed, says Alatorre, but right now, the foundation thinks this proposition would be “perfectly safe.”

There’s also the sustainability question, as people look for more eco-friendly vacations, surely going to space is not the solution?

Alatorre points to SpaceX’s Raptor engine, which uses methane instead of petroleum-based fuel, suggesting “eco-friendly” rocket designs are the future.

He says recycling will be woven into the fabric of the space hotel.

“On the station itself, it’s going to be about the most environmentally friendly vacation you’ll ever have. Because we’re recycling everything,” says Alatorre.

“There’s no amount of water or trash or waste that is going to be discarded, everything will be recycled, reused, stored, converted to some other form.”

From moonshots to Mars
The US government recently vowed to revisit our lonesome natural satellite within five years, but the real action is arguably elsewhere as a trio of companies bankrolled by billionaires – Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX – compete to conquer the final frontier.

The obstacles are formidable; the progress is remarkable. Whether or not we witness commercial space travel take off in 2019 (in both senses of the phrase), the expert analysis of Stanford University’s Professor G. Scott Hubbard – a former director of NASA’s Ames Research Center – suggests that we stand on the threshold of a new era.

After the moonshot, the US wants to send astronauts to Mars. And then? Because we won’t stop there. Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 Command Module around the Moon as Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin bounded across its sterile surface, expressed this ever so well: ‘It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand,’ he said. ‘Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.’

Or as another Buzz might say: to infinity and beyond.

The Grand Tour redux
So will my children ever enjoy a Grand Tour of the Solar System, as envisaged in NASA’s charming Visions of the Future posters? (Do check them out.) Will they stand in the shadow of Mars’ Olympus Mons, which rears to more than twice the height of Everest? Will they gape at the raging auroras of Jupiter, hundreds of times more powerful than our own Northern Lights? Will they sail the methane lakes of Titan, Saturn’s most enigmatic moon?

Alas, no. If it comes to pass, such a journey would be the preserve of a privileged few for many generations; just as the original Grand Tour of Europe was restricted to the aristocracy, so a round-trip of our galactic neighbors would remain beyond the reach of all but a coterie of plutocrats for the foreseeable future.

There’s a fair chance, however, that my children’s generation will see the curvature of the Earth from a sub-orbital flight, and some of them might, just might, leave a footprint on the Moon (thanks to Wallace and Gromit, Harvey already spends a lot of time speculating about this possibility).

Will our children's children evolve into a spacefaring species? © James Whitaker : Getty Images

However, the company remain committed to their vision, viewing the Von Braun Station as the first step in mankind’s journey to colonize, and seemingly commodify, space, with the company planning to build further stations (including a hotel that can accommodate up to 3000 people per month), before colonizing Mars and mining the asteroid belt for raw materials.

Find out more about the project on the company’s official website

Fashion Tech Sweater for Winter – Engineers Develop Floating Solar Fuels Rig for Seawater Electrolysis


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Fashion Tech Sweater for Winter – Engineers Develop Floating Solar Fuels Rig for Seawater Electrolysis

Two mesh electrodes are held at a narrow separation distance (L), and generate H2 and O2 gases concurrently. The key innovation is the asymmetric placement of the catalyst on the outward facing surfaces of the mesh, such that the generation of bubbles is constrained to this region. When the gas bubbles detach, their buoyancy causes them to float upward into separate collection chambers.Image credit: Credit: Daniel Esposito/Columbia Engineering

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In a single hour, more energy from the sun hits the Earth than all the energy used by humankind in an entire year. Imagine if the sun’s energy could be harnessed to power energy needs on Earth, and done in a way that is economical, scalable, and environmentally responsible. Researchers have long seen this as one of the grand challenges of the 21st century.

Daniel Esposito, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has been studying water electrolysis?the splitting of water into oxygen (O2) and hydrogen (H2) fuel?as a way to convert electricity from solar photovoltaics (PVs) into storable hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen is a clean fuel that is currently used to propel rockets in NASA’s space program and is widely expected to play an important role in a sustainable  future. The vast majority of today’s hydrogen is produced from natural gas through a process called steam methane reforming that simultaneously releases CO2, but water electrolysis using electricity from solar PV offers a promising route to produce H2 without any associated CO2 emissions.

Esposito’s team has now developed a novel photovoltaic-powered electrolysis device that can operate as a stand-alone platform that floats on open water. His floating PV-electrolyzer can be thought of as a “solar fuels rig” that bears some resemblance to deep-sea oil rigs, except that it would produce hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water instead of extracting petroleum from beneath the sea floor. The study, “Floating Membraneless PV-Electrolyzer Based on Buoyancy-Driven Product Separation,” was published today by International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

The researchers’ key innovation is the method by which they separate the H2 and O2 gasses produced by water electrolysis. State-of-the-art electrolyzers use expensive membranes to maintain separation of these two gases. The Columbia Engineering device relies instead on a novel  configuration that allows the gases to be separated and collected using the buoyancy of bubbles in water. The design enables efficient operation with high product purity and without actively pumping the electrolyte. Based on the concept of buoyancy-induced separation, the simple electrolyzer architecture produces H2 with purity as high as 99 percent.

“The simplicity of our PV-electrolyzer architecture?without a membrane or pumps?makes our design particularly attractive for its application to seawater electrolysis, thanks to its potential for low cost and higher durability compared to current devices that contain membranes,” says Esposito, whose Solar Fuels Engineering Laboratory develops solar and electrochemical technologies that convert renewable and abundant solar energy into storable chemical fuels. “We believe that our prototype is the first demonstration of a practical membraneless floating PV-electrolyzer system, and could inspire large-scale ‘solar fuels rigs’ that could generate large quantities of H2  from abundant sunlight and seawater without taking up any space on land or competing with fresh water for agricultural uses.”

Commercial electrolyzer devices rely on a membrane, or divider, to separate the electrodes within the device from which H2 and O2 gas are produced. Most of the research for electrolysis devices has been focused on devices that incorporate a membrane. These membranes and dividers are prone to degradation and failure and require a high purity water source. Seawater contains impurities and microorganisms that can easily destroy these membranes.

“Being able to safely demonstrate a device that can perform electrolysis without a membrane brings us another step closer to making seawater electrolysis possible,” says Jack Davis, the paper’s first author and a PhD student working with Esposito. “These solar fuels generators are essentially artificial photosynthesis systems, doing the same thing that plants do with photosynthesis, so our device may open up all kinds of opportunities to generate clean, renewable energy.”

Crucial to the operation of Esposito’s PV-electrolyzer is a novel electrode configuration comprising mesh flow-through electrodes that are coated with a catalyst only on one side. These asymmetric electrodes promote the evolution of gaseous H2 and O2 products on only the outer surfaces of the electrodes where the catalysts have been deposited. When the growing H2 and O2 bubbles become large enough, their buoyancy causes them to detach from the electrode surfaces and float upwards into separate overhead collection chambers.

The team used the Columbia Clean Room to deposit platinum electrocatalyst onto the mesh electrodes and the 3D-printers in the Columbia Makerspace to make many of the reactor components. They also used a high-speed video camera to monitor transport of H2 and O2 bubbles between electrodes, a process known as “crossover.” Crossover between electrodes is undesirable because it decreases product purity, leading to safety concerns and the need for downstream separation units that make the process more expensive.

In order to monitor H2 and O2 crossover events, the researchers incorporated windows in all of their electrolysis devices so that they could take high-speed videos of gas bubble evolution from the electrodes while the  was operating. These videos were typically taken at a rate of 500 frames per second (a typical iPhone captures video at a rate of 30 frames per second).

The team is refining their design for more efficient operation in real seawater, which poses additional challenges compared to the more ideal aqueous electrolytes used in their laboratory studies. They also plan to develop modular designs that they can use to build larger, scaled-up systems.

Esposito adds: “There are many possible technological solutions to achieve a sustainable energy future, but nobody knows exactly what specific technology or combination of technologies will be the best to pursue. We are especially excited about the potential of  technologies because of the tremendous amount of solar energy that is available. Our challenge is to find scalable and economical technologies that convert sunlight into a useful form of energy that can also be stored for times when the sun is not shining.”

The study is titled “Floating Membraneless PV-Electrolyzer Based on Buoyancy-Driven Product Separation.”

More information: “Floating Membraneless PV-Electrolyzer Based on Buoyancy-Driven Product Separation,” International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (2017). , DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.11.086

Provided by: Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science


Artsy – Visual Art Online Platform Has Raised $50 Million at $275 Million Valuation in New Funding Round

Artsy – Visual Art Online Platform Has Raised $50 Million at $275 Million Valuation in New Funding Round

New York startup that helps broker art sales online has picked up funding and board members


Artsy has raised $50M to support their goal of creating a larger, more vibrant and diverse art ecosystem. This is a major step for the company and validation of Artsy’s model of partnering with and empowering the art industry–rather than competing with it.

“Artsy excited to use these funds to expand the art market and support a world with more art, artists, and the institutions that support them–a world where art becomes as ubiquitous as music” said Carter Cleveland, Artsy’s chief executive and original founder.

The market for buying, selling and learning about visual art online is getting a significant boost today. Artsy, the New York startup that has positioned itself as the go-to place for all things arty — a platform for people to learn about visual art online as well as explore opportunities to buy and sell work — has raised $50 million in funding.

The company is not disclosing its valuation but deal intelligence service Pitchbook notes that it is $275 million post-money (and $225 million pre-money).

The global art market is currently valued at around $44 billion annually, and about $3.75 billion of that was spent online in 2016, according to The European Fine Art Foundation, a rise of about 15 percent over 2015.

New York startup Arsty charges galleries a subscription fee for connecting them to buyers. It charges auction houses a commission to connect buyers with art work.

Competitors of Arsty include Berlin-based online auction house Auctionata Inc. and New York-based ArtBinder Inc.

Carter Cleveland, Artsy’s co-founder and CEO, said in an interview that the plan is to use the investment to dive deeper into auctions, which today are the fastest-growing part of the site after the company secured partnerships with Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips, the three leading brick-and-mortar auction houses.

Cleveland said Artsy has seen auctions quadruple in number on the platform in the last year, and now Artsy accounts for one-third of all received bids for auctions it hosts, and 9% of all sales.

Mr. Cleveland was joined at Artsy by co-founders Dasha Zhukova and Wendi Murdoch after the two had made contributions to the seed round, he said.

Artsy enables more than $20 million worth of art sales per month from a user base of 2 million unique visitors per month (who also visit it for its content, which includes an in-house magazine and other informational content) across its businesses that include its more than 1,800 commercial galleries as a member network of art gallery partners spanning more than 90 countries, according to the company.

The Series D, which brings the total raised by Artsy to around $100 million, was led by Avenir Growth Capital, a new firm out of New York, and includes a very long list of investors of 56, according to the Form D we spotted (TechCrunch). They include investment firm Avenir Growth Capital and included Mr. Kushner’s Thrive Capital, L Catterton and Shumway Capital. Mr. Kushner is brother to Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law. New individual investors in the art destination include Mr. Gebbia and Liberty Media Chief Executive Greg Maffei. The art dealer Larry Gagosian (founder of Gagosian Gallery), Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, members of the Rockefeller and Acquavella families, Greg Maffei of Liberty Media, Dasha Zhukova (Artsy co-founder, founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and partner of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich), board members Wendi Murdoch (also an Artsy co-founder), Sky Dayton (Earthlink, Boingo), and new board members Rich Barton (Expedia, Glassdoor, Zillow) and Bob Pittman (MTV co-founder, iHeartMedia CEO), and “such a proud seed investor” said Jim Breyer founder and CEO of Breyer Capital.

New York-based Artsy, incorporated as Inc., features images of paintings, photography and sculptures, and it enables people to contact sellers. Artsy partners with museums, galleries, art fairs and others behind artists’ work.


IMG_3224Pablo Picasso, “Nature morte au verre sous la lampe” (“Still Life with Glass under the Lamp”), 1962. Auction house Phillips sold this painting via Artsy, a marketplace for art. PHOTO: IMAGE COURTESY OF PHILLIPS / PHILLIPS.COM

“Technology is the next big frontier in the art market,” said art dealer Larry Gagosian, an early and returning investor in the company.

Under the deal, iHeart Media Chief Executive Bob Pittman, Benchmark Capital venture partner Rich Barton and Avenir Growth Capital co-founder Andrew Sugrue have agreed to join the board.

Founded in 2009, Artsy features art offered from galleries, auction houses and art fairs that can be accessed via its website and app. In 2016, Artsy began offering bids in live auctions, in a partnership with auction houses Christie’s, Sotheby’s , Phillips and Heritage.

The funding signifies an interesting shift in the relationship between art and the internet.

Art was one of the early movers when it came to early e-commerce efforts, with startups in the 1990s building portals to sell work from established dealers and artists, and companies like eBay and Amazon partnering with the auction houses to bring lots and their auction ethos to the web.

Much of that never really went anywhere, though, partly because of skepticism about whether it was possible to be able to authenticate work well enough on digital platforms, partly because the majority of buyers and sellers were not digitially-oriented, and, in the case of services like live auctions, whether the infrastructure was there to make it work. But the art market has evolved. Galleries and artists now directly use the internet to spread the word about their work, buyers are more digitally savvy, the quality of networks and devices has vastly improved; and the infrastructure that goes into making the art market run has caught up with the times: if you look at pictures of works of art on Artsy, you can zoom in to get very granular detail, and there is a long vetting process by way of the dealer connection, much like the relationship clothing site Farfetch provides between high end fashion houses and boutiques and buyers.

Artsy has been one of a group of startups that has reaped the benefits. (Others include Catawiki and Auctionata in Europe.)

“Art is one of the last consumer verticals that has not gone online,” Cleveland said today. “When we first started out, a lot of people asked us, ‘Will you ever be able to convince the industry?’ Well, we did that and then we were asked, ‘Would anyone actually ever bid on expensive artworks on there?’ Now we can definitively say Yes.” Fun fact: Artsy was part of the first-ever Disrupt lineup of startups back in 2010 (its old URL no longer directs to the site, though).

Going forward, there are plans to add in more features as well. One of the sticking points so far has been that Artsy doesn’t have video for their auction streams. The reason, Cleveland said, is because of the transaction distance on its platform: it attracts a global audience and so buyers can be up to 3,000 miles away from where the sale is originating, “one of the furthest of any streamed e-commerce site online,” Cleveland said. That means offering video would have too high a latency and so real-time bidding would not work.

Another is to push more sales, of course, as a way to bringing more turnover and activity into the market.

“Despite an estimated $3 trillion of art assets in the world, only $44 billion trades in a given year—and less than 2 percent of qualified buyers participate in this market due to high transaction costs, long lead times, and limited transparency on pricing and value,” said Sugrue, in a statement.

“We believe Artsy will bring this last major consumer category online and thereby substantially expand the size of the global art market. We look forward to working with Artsy to make a larger, more connected art market a reality.”

Artsy is not disclosing its valuation except to say that it is definitely higher than before. We’re still trying to find out what it is.

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The RealReal Company Just Raised $50 Million in VC Funding – led by this Female-Founded Company


Heads up! #Startup #Entrepreneur
Finally, freat news for the RealReal appears to be the real real thing.

Julie Wainwright, founder and CEO of consignment website of the RealReal Company Just Raised $50 Million in VC Funding – led by this Female-Founded Company.

Venture Capital’s Funding Gender Gap Is Actually Getting Worse – What is perhaps more surprising is that things haven’t improved—and have actually worsened—over the past year.

Venture capitalists invested $58.2 billion in companies with all-male founders in 2016. Meanwhile, women received just $1.46 billion in VC money last year, according to data from M&A, private equity, and venture capital database PitchBook. That massive disparity is due both to the differences in the number of deals and the average deal size by gender.

On Tuesday, the consignment company confirmed that it has raised $50 million from private equity firm Great Hill Partners in the biggest round led by a female-founded company this year, according to data from M&A, private equity, and venture capital database PitchBook.
That brings the company’s fundraising total to $173 million, making it one of the most well-capitalized women-run startups; Rent the Runway has received $179 million in funding so far after closing its Series E round last December. The clothing rental company’s $60 million round was the biggest raised by female founders in recent history, according to Forbes.

The RealReal news comes a little over a year after the startup closed its $40 million Series E round, but raising capital didn’t initially come easily to founder and CEO Julie Wainwright. Speaking to Fortune in March, she said she had initially found it difficult to woo investors.
“When you have different businesses that aren’t proven that may appeal more to a female [customer], a female investor is going to be able to evaluate that” better than a male investor could, she said. “I think in general, most VCs are trying to do their jobs, but there are a lot of unconscious biases.”

Wainwright recalled one particular episode when—in a pitch meeting—a male VC put his shoes on the table and told her that he could not see ever wanting to sell them or buy another man’s shoes. Needless to say, he is not a current investor.

TechCrunch reports that The RealReal is on track to sell $500 million through the platform this year and, in another parallel to Rent the Runway, may be opening a series of brick-and-mortar stores this year.

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The Nanotech In Fashion Is On Demand


The Nanotech In Fashion

Nanoparticles are increasingly used as coatings on clothing to make it waterproof, microbicidal, UV-blocking or antistatic.

The #NanoTech textile engineering and surface design of apparel clothing. Industrial applications of nanomaterials can be found in a wide variety of branches. Most people would be familiar with health care and electronics.

However, apparel industry benefits greatly with synthetic textiles incorporating nanotechnology that enable fabric with self-cleaning properties. Antibacterial, water-proof and flame retardants are becoming mainstream. nanotechtimelines-1600 (1)

Carbon Nanotech

The secret to a material’s strength lies in the properties of the atomic bonds connecting one atom to another. Carbon atoms have extremely strong bonds. Using nanotechnology, scientists manipulate carbon’s atomic structure to form hollow, carbon-based tubes that are super small (approximately 100,000 times thinner than a human hair), super light and stronger than steel. Researchers at the University of Texas’ Nanotech Institute have developed artificial muscles from carbon nanotubes that contract 30,000 percent per second (human muscles contract around 20 percent per second). They can operate at extreme temperatures, which makes them especially attractive for space applications and is one reason why the Air Force Office of Scientific Research has teamed up in this area. So far, there are no human applications, but a “smart skin,” on an aircraft would have the ability to change appearance in situations of danger.


Smart Tool-less Manufacturing in Nanotech Fashion Sports/Fitness/Yoga

Henry Ford’s early customers could have any color car, so long as it was black. In the marketplace, the greatest barrier to choose is cost. Elite athletes can drop thousands of dollars on custom-fit equipment, but for most players, it’s just a dream. Now, affordable, in-store diagnostics, including 3-D body scanners that analyze body geometry and kinematics, coupled with “tool-less” or direct digital manufacturing in place of molded dies or templates, are making custom-fit a true possibility. University research labs are helping to make the technology a reality. Scientists at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology are using 3D body scanners that image about 300,000 points on the body to develop virtual try-on systems and clothes that can be custom-made on the spot. Caine is guardedly optimistic: “This will happen, but I’m not sure when.”

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Global investments and demand in nanotechnology

It’s hard to find reliable information on how big global investment in nanotechnologies, particular in the private sector, nevertheless; the importance of nanotechnology is clearly high.

In 2003 the total demand for everything’s nano such as material, tools and devices was estimated $ 5-8 billion with a growth rate of 30% yearly. Without anything taken for granted, this information should imply spending of nearly $30 billion in 2008.

The market for nanotechnology-related textiles reached $13.6 billion in 2007 and is predicted about $115 billion by 2012 according to the book “New-product development, product development in textile’s Innovation and Production” published in 2012 by Woodhead Publishing Limited.conceptsystem-nanotechnology-1600

Nanotechnology is a priority in the United States innovation strategy, and in support of the President has the Federal Budget since 2001 spend almost total of $21 billion, whereof they provide around $1.5 billion for the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) 2015, according to the official site

Research from 2008, shows that nanotechnology has a high priority also in other competing markets such as European Union (EU) invested around $1.7 billion and Japan $950 million (Nanotechnology research and development).

Other Asian countries on the nano-bandwagon, China’s investment around $430 million, Korea $310 million and Taiwan $110 million. The same years spend US government $1.55 billion


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Want to know where are celebrities and billionaires investing in real estate business?


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Want to know where are celebrities and billionaires investing in real estate business?

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The Nobu Ryokan Collection, a new group of luxury retreats in exotic destinations around the world, created by Larry Ellison teamed up with Robert De Niro and chef Nobu Matsuhisa to open a hotel where rooms start at $1,100 a night.


Guests get preferential reservations at Nobu Malibu, which is located right next door. There’s also a custom Japanese-fusion menu that the hotel’s guests can order to their rooms. Mini bars are stocked with Dean & Deluca products.


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To Celebrate This Anniversary For The Most Inventive Music Tech – Wintergatan’s Marble Machine


#MusicTech #MusicTechMachine #Art+Music #Entertainment #Wintergatan #March2017

To Celebrate This Anniversary For The Most Inventive Music Tech – Wintergatan’s Marble Machine

The word of Westergren in Swedish which is the Galaxy; Westergren in Swedish way is for the Milky Way.

“Today it is exactly one year ago we released the Marble Machine Video. There is no better way to celebrate this anniversary, seeing all these versions has been an incredible experience for me. THANK YOU!!!” Martin said.

On this day March 1 last year, the Swedish band Wintergatan has Published “Marble Machine,” a fascinating music tech was born – Swedish musician Martin Molin has invented an unique music instrument based on a music box featuring 2,000 cascading steel marbles.


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Martin Molin from Wintergatan is one of artist along with many artists and music industry professionals were invited to engage with the #MusicBricks teams. Martin Molin from Wintergatan and creator of the Marble Machine with 21 million YouTube views, performed with new instruments and interacted with #MusicBricks creators and hackers for Music Tech Festival (Jan2015-June2016).


The Wintergatan Marble Machine includes a vibraphone, bass, kick drum, cymbal and other instruments using LEGO technic parts. Funnels, pulleys, and tubes guide the marbles as they are hand-cranked through the instrument. Thousands of internal parts were designed during the process of creating the instrument and fabricated by hand over a 14 month period.

The four members of the Wintergatan band _MG_3074swall play several instruments and if there is a need for a new instrument someone

figures out how to use it.

The members of Wintergatan band grew up in four separate small towns in Sweden, they shared a common goal, built a dream band and made it happen since 2013. The Wintergatan band members are:

Martin Molin ­specializes in vibraphone and music box

Evelina Hägglund specializes in keyboards

David Zandén­ specializes in bass Marcus Sjöberg specializes in drums


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In 2013 Martin’s band Wintergatan released a video Starmachine2000 showing how the band creates music combining all the elements of science, technology, engineering and math with a tinkering mindset in the use of instruments.




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A Vietnamese American ’Spacecraft Dressmaker’ works at JPL for 16 years


#Fashion #SpacecraftDress #Science #Tech

Lien Pham, a Vietnamese American who’s working for Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology for 16 years as a ’Spacecraft Dressmaker’.

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Lien Pham’s family left Vietnam in 1978. At the time, they were persecuted as Roman Catholics in a Communist country. Her family also had ties to the deposed South Vietnamese government and were targeted for political persecution.

When she first came to the U.S., her family settled in Los Angeles, and she found a job making lingerie for Olga. That was the only job I could get with her skills and limited English language ability. She made only $2.10 an hour.

To find a better job, she decided to learn a new skill. I attended a trade school in the San Fernando Valley [an area of Los Angeles] at night. They had basic courses in electronic assembly, which trained me in soldering and cabling.

In the 1980s, the aerospace industry in Southern California was booming. She found jobs at two big companies, Data Metrics and Litton, Inc., doing cabling for terrestrial vehicles and space satellites.

Lien Pham’s been making thermal blankets at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for 16 years.

Spacecraft electronics are unique — they’re not like what you find at an electronics store at a mall. It takes a lot of skill to connect all the cables. Just as clothing can be sewn too tight or too loose, thermal blankets — the glinting material each spacecraft is wrapped in to regulate its temperature — have to be cut to form. A thermal blanket has to provide just the right amount of heat — not too much and not too little — for the spacecraft to operate correctly.

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Pham is a member of Flight Technicians Services, a group at JPL that contributes to all stages of spacecraft assembly. Her particular team, which designs and fabricates the protective thermal blankets, is called the shield shop.

At JPL, a place known for complex engineering, Pham has a different background: she began her career as a seamstress after her family immigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam. Her experience behind a sewing machine has informed how she makes thermal blankets.

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What kind of materials go into a thermal blanket?

We use multiple layers of Mylar films with Dacron netting to separate them. For the outermost surface, we use Kapton film or Beta cloth, which resist temperature change.

We also use gold Kapton, which is good for conducting electricity. There’s a black material called carbon field Kapton. That’s for a charged environment, with a lot of electricity. It dissipates the charge.

What’s the toughest material to work with?

Teflon. Some spacecraft require it, but tape doesn’t stick to its surface. Tape is a part of the blanket-making process. At one point, we asked, “How are we going to build the material if the tape’s not sticking?” We came up with a fabrication method that creates a hem like you would see in clothing, where the material is folded and then sewn.

What kind of tools do you use?

We use commercial sewing machines designed for thick material such as denim. It has a walking feed that pulls in the material and cuts our sewing thread automatically. We also use a variety of hand tools like a measuring scale, scissors, surgical scalpels, hole punches, a heat gun, leather punch and weight scale.

Any advice for someone who is interested in space and JPL, but doesn’t necessarily have a science or engineering background?

Work hard and keep an open mind. It’s never too late to learn and take classes. There are a lot of people at JPL who didn’t start in science or engineering, but almost all of them have the drive to learn new skills or search for training.

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Trendy Blue Wine for Young People

Heads up!! #Startups #Entrepreneurs


Gïk, a Spanish Winemaking Startup Company. The wine is “a sweet and blue drink with 11.5% vol (alcohol).”


The Gïk team that created the wine is apparently all young people with no traditional wine education, all in their 20s something with no prior experience with the product. They are not business people but creators: designers, programmers, artists and musicians.

Gïk, the vino is created from different Spanish vineyards which an undisclosed combination of red and white grapes that has “no aging procedure.”; wineries are located mainly in La Rioja, Zaragoza, León and Castilla-La Mancha.

Gïk is produced through a pigmentation process. The “juice is hued neon blue with anthocyanin (two organic pigments found in grape skin) and indigo (a dye extracted from the Isatis tinctoria plant), and a non-caloric sweetener is added as well.”

They’ve spent the last two years conducting research in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country and Food Tech. research departments. Quality control checks are rigorous and all the elements used comply with the regulations for food products in the European Union.


A bottle sells for about $11, and is currently available in Spain, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Germany, with U.S. expansion in the works.


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An Italian Architect and Designer Brings His American Dreams to New York



An Italian Architect and Designer Brings His American Dreams to New York

Giorgio Zuffanti, an Italian architect, and designer who’s a proud Sicilian at the hometown in Catania, Italy. Giorgio graduated from School of Architecture University of Catania and realized his master degree in Tsinghua University School of Architecture (Chinese pinyin: Qīnghuá Dàxué) in Beijing, China.

During and after his studies, Giorgio worked as a project designer in diverse places including Italy, China, and the United States where he developed a strong design and graphic skills. He always brings an international design perspective into his work and has been involved with mixed-use, commercial, residential and hospitality projects.

Giorgio has learned a great deal of professional experience in China when he worked for Area-17 Shanghai as Senior Designer for retail for international brands, commercial and residential projects.

Currently, Giorgio is working for Doban Architecture as a senior project designer in Brooklyn NY. As a senior project designer, he can put his background to good use in the design of the projects as well as furniture design in conjunction with Think Fabricate as he has got international design awards. Giorgio has been working with famous international designers ever since. He actives on
various fronts, as a product designer, interior designer, and architect, today Giorgio can count on an extensive CV. He calls himself “A modern nomad architect”.


In collaboration with Think Fabricate, Giorgio designed and made pieces of furniture along with the design for the booth for the last Brooklyn Design Trade Show in NY.

For the Dialogue series, Giorgio in collaboration with Think Fabricate and got the nominations for Best of Year Award 2016. A global design awards program dedicated to the year’s best design products organized to the famous magazine Interior Design.

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Dialogue Table and Dialogue Bench are designed and fabricated in Brooklyn, New York, and published in important international Magazines.

The Dialogue Series crafted in maple and walnut with the brass inlaid pattern. “The spirit of the table is to bring people together”.

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In his free time, he has a love for the materials and craft technique. He combines the love for design, music, and arts.

Observe, sense and creates. It’s the mantra that has accompanied Giorgio his whole life. From there, his desire to travel, discover the world, get to know other cultures took hold. His passions for art, design, and photography started when he was young, thanks to his painting. He used to watch him paint when he as little and he liked it a lot.

He grew up in Sicily and he has always been inspired by the baroque architecture, but also by the art and graphic design in architecture and the legendary Deconstructivism architects Zaha Hadid. He had the chance to collaborate with the famous architect Kengo Kuma in an international workshop sponsored by the University in Sicily. That meeting was important for Giorgio because it led him to explore the Asia.

Giorgio always brings his international background in his projects.
His style is motivated by an attraction and passion to design and his great drawing skills. Giorgio takes inspiration from what is around him, from the countries he has experienced, to his travels and dreams.

Giorgio thinks that New York is still the center of the design and architecture world and for him is a fundamental experience because New York gives special vibes.

He lives in Brooklyn, a place that he really loves. Brooklyn is changing every day and he hopes to give his contribution to his style. For his talent and his love for this city he got the role as Representative Industry Chair for Urban Planning and Design for the Young Professional Brooklyn Chambers of Commerce (The first Italian to receive this position.)7

Giorgio is able to satisfy his innumerable skills and passions thanks to a series of cultural events created by him and his firm in collaboration with international design brands. In these events, Giorgio has involved international designers, architects, chefs, with the goal of reflecting how the details can be a unifying element between cross disciplines and generate new languages.


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