Every US Company Worth $1B+ In One Map

The United States is home to 98 unicorn companies that are each valued at $1B+. As of 12/19/2016, nine private US companies are worth over $10B. The three most valuable unicorns in the US are Uber ($68B), Airbnb ($30B), and Palantir Technologies ($20B), and all of them are located in California, the state with by far-and-away the most unicorns. Ten other US states are also home to at least one company worth $1B+. Rounding out the top three are New York and Massachusetts.

US unicorns are worth approximately $657B. Combined, these companies have raised just over $121B.

According to the CB Insights database and the real-time global unicorn tracker, CB Insights visualized the locations of every US-based unicorn in the map below.

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Want to Feel of Any Place on Earth in Seconds – Matcha Makes Your Dream Come True

Matcha is an edge-to-edge chaotic fire hose of Instagram Stories grouped by context — there is an endless amount of content. It can take you to Chile, London, or nearly any place in the world and try to pull Stories from those regions. The result is like sticking your head into a cold flowing river — a snapshot of inappropriate raw human interaction and genuinely funny moments.

In essence, Matcha gives you the general feeling of any place on earth in seconds. By design, you can zero in on any user’s story or just traverse forever in the void. You can also watch your friend’s stories as well as curated/suggested stories using Instagram’s algorithm. Oh, and you can stream Live Videos too.

Matcha embraces the chaos and walks you to the edge of sensory overload. Your reward is a wildly addictive adventure around the world.

Check out Matcha and lose yourself everyday. 🍵


Bringing Virtual Communications to Life Via PERSONALIZED 3D AVATAR API from Photographs


Loom.ai enables a new era of virtual communication by automatically converting selfies into expressive 3D avatars. The core technologyIMG_7184 leverages Loom.ai’s deep expertise in computer vision and machine learning combined with VFX magic to create life-like human face visualizations.

The animatable and expressive faces can be used to power applications in VR, gaming, messaging, e-commerce and virtual classrooms for individuals and businesses around the world.

Personalized photoreal 3D facial rig from a single front facing photograph using our public Avatar API. Fully automatic pipeline deployed on the cloud. These results are produced using a pre-defined facial animation cycle.

The output of Avatar API is an industry-grade FACS facial rig customized to the user photo and can be imported into any standard game engine or digital content creation pipeline.

Close up of the eye region showcasing the complexity of the automatically generated facial rig. Loom.ai eye framework handles gaze constraints that allow fast saccades and produces subtle yet complex deformations in the eyelids.

Retargeting example with a reference non-photorealistic companion avatar, which is also available via Loom.ai API. The stylized avatar preserves the global geometric fidelity captured in the photoreal version while simplifying the appearance and movement.

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15 Days Left for Designing and Dealing With Poop for Astronaut In A Spacesuit


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15 Days Left – How to get involved with NASA? Crowdsourcing ideas for NASA’s Space Poop Challenge – If You know the Best Way to Poop in a Spacesuit, the Agency Wants to Hear It (The Deadline is Dec. 20. 2016)

Got A Great Idea For Designing and Dealing With Poop In A Spacesuit? Space Poop Challenge: NASA Seeks Solutions To Astronauts’ Potty Problems

Since 2011, NASA has been using crowdsourcing to help them solve some of the problems that crop up on the International Space Station (ISS), from coming up with solutions to the difficulties of astronauts exercising in space, and the risks of Galactic.

The space agency is seeking solutions “for fecal, urine, and menstrual management systems to be used in the crew’s launch and entry suits over a continuous duration of up to 144 hours (6 days).” 

NASA is asking for everyone’s help making the solar system’s most portable port-a-potty in coming up with new ways they can handle needs the human beings who are astronauts have in terms of waste. 

“What’s needed is a system inside a space suit that collects human waste for up to 144 hours and routes it away from the body, without the use of hands.  The system has to operate in the conditions of space — where solids, fluids, and gases float around in microgravity (what most of us think of as ‘zero gravity’) and don’t necessarily mix or act the way they would on earth. This system will help keep astronauts alive and healthy over 6 days, or 144 hrs,” NASA explained in a statement.

Currently, astronauts wear diapers during launching, landing and spacewalking. However, diapers are only a very temporary solution, and can’t provide adequate protection for longer than one day. Given that astronauts can find themselves in spacesuits for up to 10 hours at a time — or up to 6 days if something catastrophic happens while in space — a new solution is sorely needed.

Robonaut is the robotic astronaut on the International Space Station. NASA

The new system would be included in NASA’s Modified Advanced Crew Escape Suit that will be used during the first crewed Orion missions. The winners will be announced Jan. 31, 2017, and NASA will award up to three prizes — adding up to a total of $30,000 — for the best ideas.

So, if you think you are up to this scatological challenge, you can submit your proposal here before Dec. 20. After all, as the folks over at NASA helpfully point out: “when you gotta go, you gotta go. And sometimes you gotta go in a total vacuum.”

The “Space Poop Challenge” — that’s what it’s called, we’re not making this up — is the latest project of the NASA Tournament Lab, a program to invite members of the public to help come up with “novel ideas or solutions” for space-related problems. It’s hosted on HeroX, a crowdsourcing platform.

And here’s the challenge: Create an “in-suit waste management system” that can handle six days’ worth of bathroom needs.

The logistics of pooping in space, in general, have long been resolved. Astronauts at the International Space Station, orbiting the Earth for months, have some noisy contraptions with vacuums, fans, hoses and bags that take care of business.

But those space toilets won’t fit in a pressurized spacesuit — and they certainly aren’t hands-free.

“How has NASA handled this in the past? Well, for one thing, they weren’t handling it for 6 days,” HeroX explains.

Basically, when astronauts are in spacesuits they stick with diapers to handle waste. That’s fine for a few hours.

But someday NASA might send an astronaut on a mission that calls for spending days at a time in a suit.

NASA is looking for an idea for a solution that would collect feces, urine and menstrual fluid without relying on gravity, and then keep all that waste away from the body. And the astronaut has to be able to move, sit and squeeze into tight places without a problem. And it can’t take more than five minutes to implement the system. And it can’t cause any air leakage in the pressurized suit. And it has to be entirely hands-free in its operation. And it needs to work for both men and women of “varying size and weight.” And ideally it would be comfortable — physically, emotionally and psychologically — for the astronauts.

There’s nothing on the market now that comes close to achieving this, NASA says.

“Current commercial products that provide urine waste management utilize gravity to route and collect urine away from the body. Some require the use of hands,” the HeroX site notes. “No commercial products have been found that provide fecal waste management for a 144-hour period with or without the use of hands.”

NASA says that out of all the ideas presented through HeroX, up to three will be awarded, with up to $30,000 total in prize money. There’s a possibility that the idea might be implemented and your idea would actually help an astronaut find relief in space, although there’s no guarantee.

The deadline is Dec. 20. You can find more information about the contest here.

Space Poop Challenge

Description:  The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seeks proposed solutions for fecal, urine, and menstrual management systems to be used in the crew’s launch and entry suits over a continuous duration of up to 144 hours. An in-suit waste management system would be beneficial for contingency scenarios or for any long duration tasks.

Sponsoring/Partner Organizations:  NASA

Benefits of Participation/Awards Available:  $30,000

Open Date: October 11, 2016 Submissions Open

Close Date: December 20, 2016 Submission Deadline

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Stripe Founders Patrick Collison and John Collison Are Youngest Irish Billionaires – A Payment Startup Stripe Valued at $9 Billion in New Funding


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Stripe Founders Patrick Collison and John Collison Are Youngest Irish Billionaires – A Payment Startup Stripe Valued at $9 Billion in New Funding

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Stripe Inc. is the new standard in online payments, Stripe is the best software platform for running an internet business. They handle billions of dollars every year for forward-thinking businesses around the world. Stripe is introducing new product Roadar as a modern tools to help you beat fraud, fully integrated with your payments.

Stripe Inc., the U.S. payment startup backed by investors include Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, and PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel, Max Levchin, and Elon Musk, is bringing its service to Singapore to help local startups build online businesses.

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Stripe thinks that building an internet business is a problem rooted in code and design, not finance.  Stripe developer-friendly APIs let their users focus on building great products. Stripe have previously helped start Skype, Lala, Act Blue, Kickoff, Interstate, Auctomatic, Encyclopedia, GazeHawk, and Wesabe.

Stripe Inc. raised new financing that values the startup at about $9 billion, cementing its status as a major player in the crowded digital payments space and heralding a possible initial public offering.

CapitalG, the late-stage investment arm of Alphabet Inc., and venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners led the $150 million round, with participation from existing investors including Sequoia Capital. The San Francisco-based startup was previously valued at $5 billion and has raised more than $450 million to date.

“The company’s valuation is a reflection on its size, scale, potential profitability and an unbounded market size,” General Catalyst managing director Hemant Taneja said, comparing Stripe to Amazon Web Services, Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud-computing business, which pulls in more than $2 billion in quarterly revenue. “If AWS is the stack for computing, Stripe is the stack for commerce.”

Stripe’s soaring value is a bright spot in a startup sector that has seen mostly stagnant or falling valuations this year. India’s top ride-hailing service Ola is seeking new funding at a 40 percent lower valuation. The Bloomberg U.S. Startups Barometer, which measures things like capital raised, deal count and number of exits, has fallen 8.9 percent in the past year. Stripe shows that some startups capable of making money can still attract richer rounds.

Stripe also got revolving credit facility of up to $250 million from JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, and Barclays Plc, according to people familiar with the financing. They asked not to be identified because the transaction is private.

These banks are vying for IPO clients in the tech industry. Given that startups rarely use venture capital financing to pay back debt, the fact that Stripe is borrowing cash suggests lenders believe the company can pay the money back through profits or by raising capital in the public market, said Jay Ritter, professor of finance at the University of Florida.

“Taking on a credit line suggests that the company is possibly raising equity in an IPO in the not too distant future,” he said. “Stripe is obviously big enough to appeal to public market investors and cover the fixed costs of going public and being a publicly traded company.”

Stripe began by making mobile payments tools for developers. At first, the six-year-old company attracted small tech companies in the U.S. It has since become a competitor to digital payments giant PayPal Holdings Inc., winning over larger enterprises including Facebook Inc., Target Corp. and Macy’s Inc. Stripe is now worth twice as much as Square Inc., a mobile payments firm that went public a year ago.

Stripe has users in 110 countries and in recent months it started in Asia. Money from the new round will be used for faster international growth, possible acquisitions, more developer tools and new software to help businesses in different ways, Stripe said.

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With this investment, Alphabet now has stakes in three large tech startups that may go public soon. Earlier this month, its CapitalG unit disclosed an investment in Snap Inc., operator of the Snapchat messaging service. Alphabet also has a stake in car hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc.

Stripe provides software that lets businesses easily accept payments online, from credit cards to bitcoin, Android Pay and Apple Pay. It also provides tools to help with data security, fraud prevention, accounting and billing. The Wall Street Journal earlier reported the fundraising.

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A New Gold Standard for Artificial Joints (Titanium + gold) – High Hardness in the Biocompatible Intermetallic Compound β-Ti3Au


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#MedicalCare #HealthWellness

A New Gold Standard for Artificial Joints (Titanium + gold) – High Hardness in the Biocompatible Intermetallic Compound β-Ti3Au

Rice Lab Discovers Titanium-Gold Alloy that is Four Times Harder than Most Steels

Titanium is the leading material for artificial knee and hip joints because it’s strong, wear-resistant and nontoxic, but an unexpected discovery by Rice University physicists shows that the gold standard for artificial joints can be improved with the addition of some actual gold.

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“This began from my core research,” said Morosan, professor of physics and astronomy, of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice. “We published a study not long ago on titanium-gold, a 1-to-1 ratio compound that was a magnetic material made from nonmagnetic elements. One of the things that we do when we make a new compound is try to grind it into powder for X-ray purposes. This helps with identifying the composition, the purity, the crystal structure and other structural properties.

“When we tried to grind up titanium-gold, we couldn’t,” she recalled. “I even bought a diamond (coated) mortar and pestle, and we still couldn’t grind it up.”

Morosan and Svanidze decided to do follow-up tests to determine exactly how hard the compound was, and while they were at it, they also decided to measure the hardness of the other compositions of titanium and gold that they had used as comparisons in the original study.

One of the extra compounds was a mixture of three parts titanium and one part gold that had been prepared at high temperature.

What the team didn’t know at the time was that making titanium-3-gold at relatively high temperature produces an almost pure crystalline form of the beta version of the alloy — the crystal structure that’s four times harder than titanium. At lower temperatures, the atoms tend to arrange in another cubic structure — the alpha form of titanium-3-gold. The alpha structure is about as hard as regular titanium. It appears that labs that had previously measured the hardness of titanium-3-gold had measured samples that largely consisted of the alpha arrangement of atoms.

The team measured the hardness of the beta form of the crystal in conjunction with colleagues at Texas A&M University’s Turbomachinery Laboratory and at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University, Morosan and Svanidze also performed other comparisons with titanium. For biomedical implants, for example, two key measures are biocompatibility and wear resistance. Because titanium and gold by themselves are among the most biocompatible metals and are often used in medical implants, the team believed titanium-3-gold would be comparable. In fact, tests by colleagues at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston determined that the new alloy was even more biocompatible than pure titanium. The story proved much the same for wear resistance: Titanium-3-gold also outperformed pure titanium.

Morosan said she has no plans to become a materials scientist or dramatically alter her lab’s focus, but she said her group is planning to conduct follow-up tests to further investigate the crystal structure of beta titanium-3-gold and to see if chemical dopants might improve its hardness even further.

Additional co-authors include Pulickel Ajayan, Sruthi Radhakrishnan and Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, all of Rice; Tiglet Besara, Yan Xin, Ke Han and Theo Siegrist, all of Florida State; Fevzi Ozaydin and Hong Liang, both of Texas A&M; and Sendurai Mani of MD Anderson. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, Texas A&M’s Turbomachinery Laboratory and the Florida State University Research Foundation.

Author Information

Eteri Svanidze, Tiglet Besara, M. Fevsi Ozaydin, Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, Jiakui K. Wang, Sruthi Radhakrishnan, Sendurai Mani, Yan Xin, Ke Han, Hong Liang, Theo Siegrist, Pulickel M. Ajayan and E. Morosan

  • 1Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA.
  • 2National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310, USA.
  • 3Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA.
  • 4Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA.
  • 5Department of Translational Molecular Pathology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77005, USA.
  • Corresponding author. Email: emorosan@rice.edu

Science Advances  20 Jul 2016:

Vol. 2, no. 7, e1600319

DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600319

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UCI Student Accidentally Creates A Rechargeable Battery That Lasts 400 Years


UCI Student Accidentally Creates A Rechargeable Battery That Lasts 400 Years 

Scientists of the University of California in Irvine have developed a rechargeable battery that might be good for 400 years of power. The invention came about almost entirely by accident.

The researchers are still unsure as to why the combination of the gel and the gold wires make a super battery. But because gold is a very expensive material, the scientists want to try out a few alternatives before they start producing a marketable product.

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Want to Sleep Better at Night with a Peace of Mind? A FDA Approved Device for Migraine Headaches


55C352F2-68C0-4B93-AD4B-200382D992A6This Device Could Prevent Migraine Headaches.

Unique FDA Approved Device for Migraine Prevention – Cefaly offers the best safety efficacy ratio compared to current anti-migraine oral medication. It is the first line treatment for patients having frequent migraine attacks. Cefaly enables the use of medicines to be significantly reduced and the sufferer’s quality of life to be markedly improved. It is the solution for most of migraineurs. Cefaly has been approved by the FDA for use under prescription.

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The Research Papers Are Here:

(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3620126/

(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24289825

(3) http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2013/02/06/WNL.0b013e3182825055.abstract

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Super Strong High-Tech Socks You Don’t Need to Buy a Pair of Shoes


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Super Strong High-Tech Socks for Any Sport You Do!

FYF-for-any-sport-you-do#FreeYourFeet with FYF, the world’s most minimalist, high-tech footwear, designed to protect your feet during any sport you can imagine.

Dyneema® is the Basic Ingredient of the FYF, these are its’ Incredible Properties

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(1) https://fyf.io

(2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd0sthYMcuU





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