Straws are out, lids are in

Starbucks announces environmental milestone, thanks to the brainchild of an engineer with a new recyclable lid, the answer to eliminating plastic straws.

In the beginning, the assignment was limited in scope: Could Emily Alexander design a new lid for just one beverage to be used in just one store?

Alexander, an engineer in Global Research & Development at Starbucks, and her team set to work drawing up plans for a strawless lid that would showcase Starbucks’ Draft Nitro and its trademark cold foam that was being served at a Reserve store in Seattle.

For several weeks in 2016, Alexander would grab any available pen and a sheet of used printer paper when inspiration struck. She sketched and she sketched, working with a supplier in Wisconsin to conjure up complex designs including a two-piece twist-lock lid and a pull-tab lid that went nowhere (too busy). The versions that seemed most promising allowed customers to exult in the frothy foam, which Alexander calls “the hero of Nitro coffee.” Those anointed designs were then made into prototypes and shared with leadership, who would sit around, sip creamy foam through the lids and analyze their aesthetic. Ultimately, what emerged was a design that featured a teardrop-shaped opening about the size of a thumbprint — a cleaner, less-ridged version of a hot cup lid.

A man got his leg stuck in molten tarmac because the UK is basically melting

It’s literally so hot in the UK right now that things are actually melting.

And, one poor chap experienced everyone’s worst nightmare when his leg disappeared into some tarmac that had melted because of the heat.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in the north east of England tweeted photos taken of the young man stuck in the tarmac.

“Young man stepped on some tarmac and lost his footing,” read the tweet. “The tarmac had become so soft during the current heatwave that it melted.”

InstagramはおばさまのSNSになっていた。

最近、いろんなクライアントに本気でInstagramの運用をさせているんですが、みなさんはInstagramってどういう人が使ってると思ってますか? これを書いたのが2年前です。それからInstagramはとんでもない変貌を遂げていました。

2016年のニールセンの調査データ。 「Instagram」アプリの利用者数が2016年4月に1,000万人を突破 ~ニールセン、スマートフォンアプリの利用動向を発表~ このときはまだこの程度 で、2017年 Instagramアプリの利用者数は前年から43%増加し1700万人を突破~ニールセン SNSの最新利用状況を発表~ もうね。伸び率がヤバい。恐ろしくヤバい。 Facebookが抜かれるのも時間の問題です。 で、問題ここからです。 2016年の性別、年代別利用者数と伸び率 Twitterが実は若い女性が多いことにまず驚け!!総務省調査でもそうなってた。 それは別として・・ 2016年時点ではInstagramは18-34歳の女性の利用者が圧倒的…

This Stork Flew To Africa For The Winter And Ended Up With $2700 In Cell Phone Charges

Polish environmental group EcoLogic didn’t think twice about placing a GPS tracker on a male white stork. The practice is fairly routine: track Poland’s white storks while they embark on their annual 6,000-kilometer (3700-mile) migration to Africa. The results this year, however, were shocking both to the team and their wallets.

That’s because the SIM-chip transmitter attached to a stork named Kajtek racked up a $2,700 phone bill.

The researchers were tracking Kajtek’s movements and posting his journey online before they lost signal on April 26. His last known location placed him at the Blue Nile region in Sudan. EcoLogic told Super Express it’s unlikely the bird is still alive, and even more unlikely that he was placing the phone calls. They assume someone found the tracker and placed the sim card in their phone, making some 20 calls before the team realized it.

Tesla Reaches Moment of Truth in Mad Dash to Make 5,000 Cars Per Week

A final look at Bloomberg’s Model 3 Tracker suggests another shortfall. Elon Musk disagrees.

It’s been another rough quarter for the rollout of Tesla Inc.’s Model 3. The factory was shut down at least twice for extensive upgrades, a new production line was hastily erected in a tent in the parking lot, and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk moved from sleeping on the couch to sleeping under the desk. He was even seen personally torquing bolts on an assembly line, alongside a summer intern…

Scientists use caffeine to control genes—and treat diabetic mice with coffee

The proof of concept in mice works with tea, too.

In the distant future, your morning cup of joe may not just perk up your brain—it may perk up your genes, too. At least, that’s the optimistic outlook of some synthetic biologists in Switzerland.

A team led by Martin Fussenegger of ETH Zurich in Basel has shown that caffeine can be used as a trigger for synthetic genetic circuitry, which can then in turn do useful things for us—even correct or treat medical conditions. For a buzz-worthy proof of concept, the team engineered a system to treat type 2 diabetes in mice with sips of coffee, specifically Nespresso Volluto coffee. Essentially, when the animals drink the coffee (or any other caffeinated beverage), a synthetic genetic system in cells implanted in their abdomens switches on. This leads to the production of a hormone that increases insulin production and lowers blood sugar levels—thus successfully treating their diabetes after a simple morning brew…

与信をとらずに人を信じるー「CASH」運営のバンク、“いま”お金がなくても旅行できる新サービス | TechCrunch Japan

「これは、CASHを手がける僕らだからこそやるべき事業なんです」ーー即時買い取りサービス「CASH」を手がけるバンク代表取締役の光本勇介氏は、今日発表されたばかりの新サービスについてこう説明した。その新サービスの名前は「TRAVEL Now」。あと払い専用の旅行代理店アプリだ。

TRAVEL Nowで旅行を買うとき、その時点で旅行代金が手元にある必要はない。ユーザーは海外旅行を含む4000種類の旅行プランの中から欲しいものを選び、ボタンを押すだけ。するとハガキが送られてくるから、それを持ってコンビニに行き、2ヶ月後までに支払いを済ませればいい。そのハガキを持つ手は、TRAVEL Nowで買った旅行で日焼けしていても構わない …

SpaceX is sending an AI robot ‘crew member’ to join the astronauts on the space station

Employing a used Falcon 9 / Dragon combo for the third time

Early Friday morning, SpaceX will launch its 15th cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA, sending up nearly 6,000 pounds of supplies on top of its Falcon 9 rocket. On board the vehicle are shipments of food and water for the six astronauts living on the ISS, as well as new science experiments and technologies to be tested out in microgravity. And within that haul includes the first ever AI robot “crew member” to live on the station.

The robot’s name is CIMON — for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion — and it looks a bit like a volleyball with a computer screen on one side. The screen displays a simplified cartoon face that the bot will use to interact with the humans on the ISS. And to maneuver around, CIMON is equipped with 14 internal fans that propel the white ball, by sucking in the station’s air and expelling it to move in whatever direction it needs. That means CIMON can “float” throughout the station, zooming up to astronauts that call its name and nodding in response to questions.

SEETROËN – the First Glasses to Eliminate Motion Sickness – Visuall

According to statistics, one in three people experience motion sickness symptoms at least once in their life, and over 30 million people in Europe suffer from chronic travel sickness. To make long trips enjoyable for this group of people, the French automobile manufacturer Citroën has created SEETROËN, the first glasses to eliminate motion sickness.

The glasses use the Boarding Ring technology developed by the French start-up of the same name. This is a patented and tested paramedical solution with an efficacy rating of 95%. The principle is simple: equipped with moving liquid in the rings around the eyes, both along the frontal axis (right/left) and sagittal axis (front/back), the glasses recreate the horizon line to resolve the conflict between the senses that causes the affliction. After putting on the glasses, it takes 10-12 minutes to enable the mind to re-synchronize with the movement perceived by the inner ear while the eyes were focused on an immobile object such as a smartphone or a book. Then take the glasses off and enjoy the rest of your journey.