Send your loved one’s ashes to space – on one of Elon Musk’s rockets

May 17, 2017 by  
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Sending a deceased family member or loved one’s ashes into space may seem like an impossibly grand gesture, but San Francisco-based Elysium Space makes it possible. They’ve offered interstellar burials for a few years now, but yesterday they announced their Elysium Star II memorial spacecraft will hitch a ride on none other than one of Elon Musk’s rockets. And it costs less than the average cost of a funeral with a price tag of $2,500 . Elysium Space partnered with launch company Spaceflight in November, and yesterday announced ashes will be aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission. They’ll blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. According to Elysium Space, the memorial spacecraft – their dedicated satellite containing cremated remains – “will be deployed in a Sun-synchronous orbit, ensuring it will pass over every location in the world.” Related: The moon can be your final resting place for just $12,000 A loved one’s ashes are placed in a capsule, which is marked with their initials. The capsules and personal messages are also included in the memorial spacecraft. The satellite containing ashes will voyage among the stars for around two years before reentering the atmosphere and burning up – like a shooting star, according to Elysium Space. For those two years loved ones will be able to track the spacecraft in real time on a free app. 100 participants are booked, according to the company, and among them are United States military veterans and aerospace enthusiasts. CEO Thomas Civeit said in a statement, “We are honored to assist families in achieving their dreams, riding on one of the greatest rockets in the world. The historical launch provides the perfect conditions to make this memorial spaceflight an exceptionally meaningful experience for all participants.” Via CNBC and Elysium Space Images via Good Free Photos and Elysium Space Facebook

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Free Carbon Calculator App ECOBOT Is Two Parts Practical, One Part Ooops

December 8, 2009 by  
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Image via ECOBOT ECOBOT is a free app for your computer that tracks your fuel, paper and power consumption and calculates your carbon footprint. It’ll then show you where you’re making the biggest impact on the planet, and it can show you how to reduce and offset. Two aspects of the program are practical and nearly automatic, but one aspect looks like it has a gaping hole in the thought process

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Cloud Tower To Float Over London for 2012 Olympics

December 8, 2009 by  
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all images courtesy of the CLOUD | www.raisethecloud.org Discovery News brings us the The Cloud, an observation tower made of glowing spheres anchored by lightweight, transparent towers.

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Pragmatic Environmentalism Hosts Carnival of the Green

December 8, 2009 by  
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This week marks Carnival of the Green #205 , and it’s being hosted by Pragmatic Environmentalism , a blog that explores urban sustainability. Thanks so much to Brenda Pike, who runs the site, for a last minute Carnival round-up.

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Breakthrough? Ordinary Paper + Ink + Nanotubes = Battery

December 8, 2009 by  
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Image: Stanford Carbon Nanotubes FTW (Again) Stanford researchers have discovered a way to rapidly make batteries and supercapacitors with ink that contains carbon nanotubes and ordinary paper. As shown in the video below , they simply coat the paper with the special ink, put it in an oven and out comes a highly conductive storage device.

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Will Print Magazines Be No More? Magazine Publishers Partner Up for Digital Distribution

December 8, 2009 by  
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Image via YouTube We’ve been hearing rumors about magazine publishers working together to take their content digital, and it sounds like even the glossies will soon be found on e-readers. Time Warner, Conde Nast, Meredith, Hearst and News Corp. have officially joined forces to create a new way to distribute digital versions of magazines

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