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The AIRPod, invented by Guy Nègre and developed by MDI, has been in the works for two decades, but we haven't yet seen viable production models on the market. That may change, though, as the U.S. licensee for the MDI technology, Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), was recently backed by a $5 million investment from Robert Herjavec through the show Shark Tank.
The AIRPod is said to weigh just 617 pounds, with a top speed of about 50 mph, and a range of approximately 80 miles. The car can be filled with compressed air in less than five minutes with a commercial-grade air compressor, which are found at just about any gas station, at a cost of less than $2 per fill-up.
Source : http://www.treehugger.com/cars/airpod-air-powered-vehicle-could-be-tiny-car-go-your-tiny-house.html
ØSMOSIS is now providing it’s rapidly expanding community with a platform to view, admire, and buy into the Ø. concept. This E-gallery provides meticulously selected artists, Designers, and products. ØSMOSIS, loves finding the next big thing as much as sharing it with others, without taking ourselves too seriously and remembering to maintain a strong sense of humor. The unity of creative, intelligent, and innovative design; is a driving force at the core of the Ø. brand. We have set off to create a space with a varity of talents and interests unite to form a lifestyle.
The never ending quest of artistic and innovative potential has now lead us to create a market place for the thinkers of today in hopes to spread the vision and create a spike in the grand awakening of a generation. Come together to fuse a truly unique blend of what will be and what must change. Science, art, fashion and technology have finally begun their migration towards oneness. We envision a sustainable market with biomimetic roots and a high demand for quality and ingenuity. The work we do today should create a better future and demand growth.
Basque designer Jean Louis Iratzoki has moulded the shell of a chair from a plant-based polymer that is fully recyclable and biodegradable
"There are two things happening right now that have transformed biotechnology," says Raymond McCauley, bioinformatics expert at Singula in California, whose job is to nurture ideas and mentor bio-startups. The first, he says, is the digitisation of biology -- gathering data, examining how human systems work and testing drugs can all be done in a computer. The other is the democratisation of the tools. "Hackers are taking $3.5 million [£2.2 million] DNA sequencers and building the same thing for 1/10,000 of the price," he says. "What was an infant science a few years ago can now be a commercial venture." McCauley gives Wired six examples of future biotech products.
Missouri-based startup Modern Meadow has devised a method to make leather from bacteria. "Next year's fashion accessory could be vat-grown shoes," says McCauley, who works with the startupat Singularity University. Using insights from medical tissue engineering and stem-cell research, CEO Andras Forgacs is applying the same slaughter-free techniques to growing meat products.
Electric DNA control
Evolutionary Solutions, a Mountain View startup, can make custom DNA on demand. Traditional methods to synthesise DNA are extremely expensive, prone to high error rates and take a long time to do. Instead, the startup has developed a technology that uses an electric field to control a DNA-producing protein, to make sure the DNA sequence produced is error-free and fast.
Canadian fruit producer Okanagan Specialty Fruits makes Arctic apples: fruit that has gone through a process called gene silencing, which prevents them from going brown when sliced or bitten. "They're just turning the dial down on a gene, rather then adding in foreign genes and turning it into a Frankenfood," says McCauley. The apples will still rot, but not for a few days.
Mining the microbiome
San Francisco firm Second Genome wants to sequence our microbiome. These trillions of organisms are, says McCauley, "inside and on top of humans," and are needed to digest food, prevent disease-causing bacteria in the body, and synthesise nutrients. Second Genome's business model is based on trying to figure out how the data can be useful to doctors and whether it could influence drug design.
23ansMe started the trend of individual DNA testing in 2006, but several startups are taking this further. StationX has a software system that will sequence tumour DNA from cancer patients, then provides data analysis to tell them whether a specific drug or treatment will work. DNA Nexus, meanwhile, is building software to upload genetic infrastructure into the cloud, so genomic data and tools can be instantly shared.
Cambrian Genomics custom-prints genes using lasers. "A hundred million base pairs of DNA made by the old methods would cost $100 million. We can make it for $37,000," says Austen Heinz, cofounder and CEO of the San Francisco-based startup. Clients include the US military, which wants DNA to create new types of biomaterials, and synthetic-biology startup Universal Bio Mining, to make microbes for Nasa Mars missions.
Written by Madhumita Venkataramanan
Australian firm Elenberg Fraser has won planning approval for a 226-metre-high Melbourne skyscraper that will feature a curvaceous form taken from a music video by Beyoncé. The new Premiere Tower at 134 Spencer Street will boast a series of curves and bulges designed to make it as structurally efficient as possible, but that also reference one of Beyoncé's music videos.
The shape is an homage to the undulating fabric-wrapped bodies of dancers in the singer's music video for Ghost – a song from her self-titled 2013 album, which was originally published as one half of track called Haunted but released as a stand-alone music video.
"For those more on the art than science side, we will reveal that the form does pay homage to something more aesthetic – we're going to trust you've seen the music video for Beyoncé's Ghost," said the Melbourne-based studio.
The 68-storey structure, which was approved by planning officials in May, will be located at the west end of the city's central business district. It will contain 660 apartments, as well as a 160-room hotel.Parametric modelling – a type of computer-aided design that allows complex shapes to be created in response to data constraints – was used to develop the unique form, which will swell in and out at various points around the facade.
According to Elenberg Fraser, the shape of the Premiere Tower also responds to climate, wind and the particular limitations of the site.
"This project is the culmination of our significant research," said the firm. "The complex form – a vertical cantilever – is actually the most effective way to redistribute the building's mass, giving the best results in terms of structural dispersion, frequency oscillation and wind requirements."
It follows in the footsteps of MAD's hourglass-shaped skyscrapers in Mississauga, Canada, which were dubbed the "Marilyn Monroe towers" by local residents.
The project is backed by Fragrance Group, the property development arm of Singapore real estate tycoon Koh Wee Meng. Public house the Savoy Tavern, which reopened in 2014 after laying derelict for nearly 20 years, will now be demolished to make way for the tower.
The aim is to eventually replan the entire precinct, whilst also respecting its heritage buildings. "The whole precinct is designed with a more long-term view to urban design, creating a self-sustaining development," added the architects.
No completion date has yet been released.
Client: Fragrance Group
Council: Melbourne City Council
Project manager: PDS Group
Town planner: Urbis
Building surveyor: PLP Building Surveyors and Consultants
Civil engineer: WSP Structures
Fire engineer: Omnii
Land surveyor: Reeds Consulting
Quantity surveyor: WT Partnership
Services engineer: Murchie Consulting
Acoustic engineer: Vipac
Landscape architect: Oculus consultants
Heritage consultant: Trethowan
Waste consultant: Leigh Design
ESD consultant: Ark Resources
Wind engineer: MEL Consultants
Traffic engineer: Cardno Limited
Structural engineer: WSP Structures
Fire services engineer: Murchie Consulting
Geotechnical engineer: Golders Associates
Facade engineer: Inhabit
Facade access consultant: Altitude
Overshadowing consultant: Orbit Solution
Aviation consultant: Thompson GCS
Plastik Magazine was launched in Beirut in 2009 by Eli Rezkallah, making it the first visual publication in the Middle East.
In 2010, Plastik was granted the premier print award in New York by the Printing Industries of America Inc. Eli Rezkallah and Ryan Houssari are the Creative Directors and dynamic duo behind Plastik Magazine and their bold photographs will be on display at the Adler Subhashok Gallery in Bangkok.
“Lady in the Loo” will be published in the magazine’s upcoming feature, out globally on the second week of April. The photographs feature the latest collections from VERSACE, Tod’s, Christian Louboutin and the like.
Photography: Eli Rezkallah
Creative Direction: Ryan Houssari
From My Little Pony in the 90s to Claire Boucher (a.k.a. Grimes) to Jem and the Holograms, Kelly Osbourne, poodles, the horse ladies in Fantasia and even Helen Mirren, all the best creatures of the world are going pastel — and you might want to follow suit! It’s been nearly one year since I took the plunge and lightened my naturally brunette mane in the name of adventure, and I haven’t looked back since. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, however, and there’s a lot that can go wrong. There have been split ends a plenty, uncomfortable allergic reactions to homemade rinse-out treatments and the notorious hair dye that just will not budge.
And that, my darlings, is why I have created a tried and tested guide for you: Pastel Hair 101. I have spoken to several trusted hairdresser friends, searched the internet for tricks of the trade, and been my own little pale blue Guinea Pig, so hopefully you can learn from my quest for pastel hair enlightenment. With the trend for candy-colored locks growing ever larger — as mainstream celebrities and oddballs alike get their blue rinses out — there are so many products and treatments available on the market that it can seem slightly overwhelming to hair dye novices. Luckily, I have done all the hard work for you. So follow me on your path to your perfect pastel; let me be your sensei….
1. Don’t Be A Beauty School Drop Out — Learn The Basics
The molecule within your hair shaft that is responsible for its natural color is called melanin. Bleach works by oxidizing the melanin, therefore irreversibly removing its color. Eumelanin, which is responsible for dark pigments in hair, is easily removed by bleach, sometimes leaving a slightly yellow tone. Phaeomelanin, however, which creates red or golden tones in hair, is more difficult to conquer! That is why if hair is not bleached correctly it can turn an uneven, brassy orange color.
As you can tell, bleaching is a very complex process and best left to the professionals. I sincerely do not suggest you try this at home. (Especially if it’s applied by your auntie, after several glasses of cheap rosé wine when you’ve had a stupid argument with your mom over an umbrella. Just saying.) Leave it to the professionals. Unless you want to look like Slim Shady circa 2000. Or Spike from Buffy.
2. Choose Your Color Wisely — Look At The Facts
Any color can be pastelized, and I’ll show you how later, but before you decide on your first delicate shade, bear this in mind:
Some colors are like a brief fling, or holiday romance — they are wonderful while they last, but as quickly as they come into your life they will fade away, leaving nothing but a faint memory… These are the red tones. Pinks are notoriously flighty, making them perfect for a fashion color virgin, but a bit annoying to maintain.
Luckily, Bleach London has the perfect remedy in the form of their Rosé shampoo and conditioner range — the first and only of its kind on the market. Lightly pigmented with their signature pink hue, this range helps maintain your pink color with every wash, and can help banish any unwanted green tones in blonde hair, too!
Rosé Shampoo, $10/Rose Conditioner, $10/Rose Hair Crayon, $6, bleachlondon.com
Other colors, however, just don’t know when to call it quits! Despite copious shampoos, fading treatments and DIY stripping jobs, they simply will not go away, and will affect whatever color you put on top. I know this from experience.
My first foray into the world of pale hair was with Bleach London’s Washed Up Mermaid. I loved the color, but unfortunately I was after more of a duck egg blue shade (which I managed to achieve by layering their Blullini color over my faded green). I am currently trying to fade my hair to blonde so I can try some new pink/lilac hues, but I am having a very hard time! Green pigment is infamous for its longevity, which is amazing for a more permanent result. However, if you are afraid of follicular commitment, I would stay far away from green shades!
3. Buy A Quality Product
Peaches-and-cream stylings are decidedly more mainstream now than a few years ago (with high street pharmacies such as Boots or Walgreens adding more daring dyes to their shelves). Salon professionals seem to give a synonymous thumbs up to longstanding fashion color brand Crazy Color. With 27 shades to choose from, Crazy Color has been on the scene since 1977 at the height of the punk movement. Sold at a variety of independent retailers, Crazy Color can also be purchased directly from the brand’s website, at just $6.50 for a 100ml bottle. You can also submit a selfie of your result to their gallery!
Marshmallow Semi Permenent Colour, $7, crazycolor.com
With 34 shades to their name from Apricot all the way to Alpine, Directions is also a household name in the fashion color world. At $6 for an 88ml tub, it’s the cheapest choice.
Pastel Pink Semi Permanent Colour, $6, directionshaircolor.co.uk
New kids on the block Bleach London are also a trustworthy source of pretty semi-permanents. Their range is not as extensive as Crazy Color’s or Directions’, with just 12 shades (in both creme color and crayon form), but they are gaining a cult following, and now have themselves a salon in the basement of Topshop’s flagship Oxford Circus store. Colors are $8 for 150ml bottles.
Rose Semi Permanent Hair Colour, $8, bleachlondon.com
WARNING: Many home hair coloring products contain metallic salts that react violently with many professional products. A reputable hairdresser will do a strand test if they suspect such a product has been used in the course of a consultation if you are to re-color your hair at a salon.
4. Mix The Perfect Color
You Will Need:
- Mixing Bowl
- Tint Brush
- Conditioner or hair treatment. (For amazing results, try Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer if you’re feeling flashy! It intensely repairs your hair post bleach, and improves the life of your color overall.)
- Hair color
- Shower cap
The actual process of giving yourself a mermaid makeover is very simple. Most at home creme dyes are the color that will come out on your hair. (However, I find Bleach London colors appear slightly different and develop once applied.) To get your preferred intensity of pastel, add color bit by bit to a generous blob of conditioner in your mixing bowl, stirring with your tint brush, until you have the perfect saturation.
Once you have your color mixed, apply to white blonde lightened hair, section by section using your brush, until your entire head of hair is thickly coated. Cover your head in a shower cap and leave for the amount of time stated on your hair color packaging. (Usually between 15 and 30 minutes.)
Fashion color cremes do not damage your hair, especially when mixed with conditioner. In fact, your color will actually improve your hair quality, much like an intensive treatment. When your time is up, simply rinse your hair until the water runs clear and there is no product left. Do not shampoo!
5. Look After Your Locks
Unlike our lovely friend the centauress above, not all of us have three sweet cherubim to look after our colored hair. (Boo, hiss.) We have to call on the help of a few hair products instead. To prevent your color from fading, always use a shampoo designed for colored hair, as other shampoos may be too harsh. My stylist friends recommend Chroma Sensitive by Keratase, or any containing low or no sulphates. Over-washing your hair also strips your now porous hair of its natural oils, and speeds up the fading process. Try not to wash your hair more than two times a week.
Keratase Chroma Sensitive, $35, allbeauty.com
Chemically lightened hair also needs regular TLC. Try to do a hair treatment once a week to keep your parched hair from losing elasticity and shine. Bleach London’s Reincarnation Mask is both inexpensive and works wonders at reviving damaged hair with the help of wheat proteins and sunflower seed extract. Avoid blow drying, unless absolutely necessary. Minimizing heat styling will keep hair in optimum condition.
Reincarnation Mask, $10, bleachlondon.com
Another top tip to prevent colored hair breakage is to ditch all hair ties with metal joins. If you often wear your hair up, it’s worth investing in some velvet elastic hair bands.
Velvet Hair Tie Set, $3, forever21.com
6. If You Change Your Mind, It’s Not The End Of The World
At the end of the day, it’s just hair. It will grow. If you decide you want to try a new shade, fade to blonde, or go back to what nature gave you, the first thing you will need to do is shift your pesky pastel.
Depending on whether you have a stubborn pigment (see above), most pastel shades will fade very quickly when not maintained. However, if you want a quick fix there are a few solutions that don’t involve a bottle of peroxide. Washing your hair with a harsh shampoo, such as an anti dandruff product, should shift your color in a couple of washes. Failing that, dish washing soap will do the job, but be sure to nourish those locks post Fairy Liquid to avoid looking like the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.
One DIY wash out treatment I would not recommend, however, is the infamous mix of Vitamin C powder and anti dandruff shampoo. It didn’t fade my color significantly, but it did leave me with inflamed skin on my neck and jaw and a nasty, itchy rash. Ouch!
If, like me, you can’t shift your headstrong color, take a trip to the salon for a bleach bath. (Which sounds a lot more sinister than it actually is!)
And there you have it.
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