Blue Origin unveils interior images of capsule to transport tourists to outer space

March 30, 2017 by  
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The day when tourists venture to space could arrive sooner than we think. Blue Origin – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ‘ spaceflight company – just unveiled images of the interior of their New Shepard capsule that could transport travelers to outer space as soon as 2018. Blue Origin’s emphasis on tourism means the capsule is filled with large windows to allow stunning views of Earth. New Shepard could transport the first space tourists to just above the Kármán line, commonly considered the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space. There they’ll float around weightless for a few minutes. Naturally windows are an all-important component of space tourism, and Blue Origin says on their website their capsule will have the biggest windows in the history of spaceflight . In an email, Bezos said, “Every seat’s a window seat, the largest windows ever in space.” Related: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is the first to land a rocket intact upon return from space Inside reclining black seats featuring the Blue Origin feather logo hint at luxury aboard the New Shepard, which can seat six. The company draws on the romanticism surrounding astronauts as they describe the experience on their website, from communicating with Mission Control to earning astronaut wings. The reusable New Shepard rocket has successfully launched and landed five times to this point, but a person has not yet traveled in the capsule. The interior is quite a departure from SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule interior – which has smaller windows – but The Verge pointed out while SpaceX’s primary target is transporting astronauts to the International Space Station , Blue Origin focuses on tourism. But Elon Musk did say recently two private citizens could travel around the moon in a Crew Dragon – also in 2018 – so it appears a new space race is on. After New Shepard’s booster and capsule separate, the capsule free falls for a few minutes before landing with the help of parachutes. The booster also returns to Earth courtesy of an autonomously controlled rocket-powered landing so both can be reused. A New Shepard capsule mockup will be on display at the 33rd Space Symposium from April 3 to 6 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. + Blue Origin Via The Verge Images via Blue Origin

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Zaha Hadid’s Kushner tower reimagined as the Eye of Sauron

March 30, 2017 by  
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When the family of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and China’s Anbang Insurance Group announced plans to redevelop a Zaha Hadid -designed skyscraper at Manhattan’s 666 Fifth Avenue, just about everyone, from lawmakers to government ethicists, balked. Although the deal would have helped transform the Kushners’ struggling office-and-retail property into a 1,400-foot mixed-use tower with retail space, high-end condominiums, and an 11-story hotel, negotiations eventually buckled under public pressure. Still, we’ll always have the renderings—and the Photoshopped artwork, one of which reimagines the monolith-like edifice as Barad-dûr . Designed by Hadid before her death last year, the $7.5 billion project, renamed 660 Fifth Avenue, would have involved gutting the 60-year-old building to its steel bones and adding 40 or more floors. Anbang’s withdrawal from negotiations has thrown the future of the property into question, although a spokesman says that the Kushner Companies is in active discussions with other investors to keep the project on life support. @PeterGrantwsj Here's the final concept. pic.twitter.com/AOIe9YHH7F — Grok (@Groked) March 21, 2017 Related: Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza focuses on environmental sustainability Meanwhile, the Twittersphere has been having a field day with a rendering of the proposed citadel, with one adroit user Photoshopping it into the Tower of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings . Whether this is in reference to the Mark of the Beast, the Kushners’ Trump-adjacency, or the fact that the building is a mite four blocks south of Trump Tower , is up for debate. The Kushners purchased 666 Fifth Avenue on Jared’s birthday in January 2007 for $1.8 billion. Although Jared, who is married to First Daughter Ivanka Trump, divested his stake in the building after taking a job in the White House, he sold it to his family, raising not just concerns about Anbang’s links to the Chinese government but also conflicts of interest. In fact, five Democratic members of Congress wrote to a White House lawyer last week about the would-be deal, which they called “unusually favorable for the Kushners.” Anbang would have invested $400 million in the project, as well as taken out a $4 billion construction loan for renovations, according to reports. Via Artnet

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This company could set a new bar for transparency in food

October 7, 2016 by  
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The Real Co. is launching a new “Single Origin Verified” label to tell consumers exactly where their food comes from.

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A trip down the soft energy path

October 7, 2016 by  
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Lessons of the first 40 years of the “soft path” to U.S. energy policy as told by Amory B. Lovins, the climate scientist that coined the term.

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Take a Tour of Blu Homes’ First Prefab in Joshua Springs This Weekend

September 12, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Take a Tour of Blu Homes’ First Prefab in Joshua Springs This Weekend Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , blu homes , desert architecture , desert home , eco design , eco home , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green home , Joshua tree , open house , origin prefab , palm springs , Prefab , prefab home , public tours , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , tim disney

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Daniel Libeskind to Transform Maze Prison in War-Torn Ireland Into Center For Peace

September 12, 2012 by  
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We may think of Ireland as the origin of Guinness and St. Patrick’s Day, but the country’s history is far darker than many Americans realize. For centuries, Nationalists who believe Ireland should be completely independent from the United Kingdom have been in constant conflict with Unionists, who believe it’s necessary to remain part of the UK. For most of the late 20th century and early 21st century, Maze prison , located just west of Belfast, has been the symbolic center of the struggle between these two factions, but that chapter of history might be coming to an end. Daniel Libeskind has been chosen by the Northern Irish government to transform the prison into a museum dedicated to peace. Read the rest of Daniel Libeskind to Transform Maze Prison in War-Torn Ireland Into Center For Peace Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , conflict resolution , Daniel Libeskind , green renovation , Ireland , Maze Prison , peace , restoration , war

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Grolar Bears Evolving Along Natural Selection Principles Due to Warming Climate

November 26, 2009 by  
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Photo Credit: www.kewlwallpapers.com Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species , was published on 24 November 1859, almost exactly150 years ago. This seminal book is widely considered to be a scientific landmark, in the way it changed humankind’s anthropocentric belief that we were of divine creation and all plants and animals were put here simply for us to rule over

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