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Graphic for water in EPA's 1977 EPA Standards Manual.
Image credit: Steff Geisbuhler, Chermayeff & Geismar Associates/EPA

NewsFusion for April 2017


SeanChron | The Jetsons Have Arrived

I literally jumped out of my seat when I saw this video today of the Lilium flying car maiden flight. There's a great story behind the little jet...the design, the people, the fact that it is quiet and electric (and thus emission free) are all amazing. But the video though! It looks like it is straight out of a scifi tv show or movie. But it's not generated! This is the real thing folks.

Check it out...

Far Out Architecture | Pearl River Tower

Our latest crush on far out architecture is the Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China. It features a stunning design but also some of the most advanced cost-saving, high performance, and sustainability features in modern architecture. Designed by international architecture, engineering, and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) it is yet another inspiring accomplishment in their tradition of design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.

Miss Next Century

Miss Next Century 2017, Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra.
Image credit: Avi Loud.

Future-ish is pleased to announce our selection for Miss Next Century 2017: Canadian dancer, choreographer, model and visual designer, Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra.

Miss Next Century 2017 - Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra
Miss Next Century 2016 - Nina Davuluri
Miss Next Century 2015 - Kara Wilke
Miss Next Century 2014 - Adrienne Keene
Miss Next Century 2013 - Manalani Mili Hokoana English
Miss Next Century 2012 - Summer Rayne Oakes
Miss Next Century 2011 - Alyssa Campanella

22nd Century Role Models
We launched our Citizens of the Next Century List in 2010 and have had a fantastic time adding new individuals to the list each December. Our "next century citizens" are people that we feel are way ahead of their time. They are passionate about the science, design, and culture shaping our future and - more importantly - they are actively creating a better! In 2011, we announced our first ever Miss Next Century and based on the positive feedback we received, we decided to continue naming a Miss Next Century each year. You can look forward to a new Miss Next Century each February.

Congratulations to all of our Miss Next Century titleholders! Keep up the good work, keep inspiring us, and keep being fantastic role models for young women everywhere!!!

Future-ish Book Club

Our readers asked for it and we delivered...Welcome to the Future-ish Book Club!

Each month, we select a book from the world of science, design, and/or culture for our book club followers to read and invite them, and you, to discuss the book virtually on our site.

Have a book suggestion? Send us an email at studiof/at/future-ish/dot/com.

2017 Booklist
Jan | Hidden Figures | Shetterly
Feb | PhotoViz | Felton
Mar | SugarDetoxMe | Oakes
Apr | The Hidden Life of Trees | Wohlleben

2016 Booklist
Jan | Chaos Imagined: Literature, Art Science | Meisel
Feb | Of Beards and Men | Oldstone-Moore
Mar | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind | Harari
Apr | By the People: Designing a Better America | Smith
May | The Physics of Life | Bejan
Jun | Hillbilly Elegy | Vance
Jul | Angela Merkel | Qvortrup
Aug | Scraps | Brown & McQuaid
Sep | The Hidden Life of Trees | Wohlleben
Oct | People Knitting | Levine
Nov | Cities that Think Like Planets | Alberti
Dec | The Natives are Restless | Hale

2015 Booklist
Jan | Physics for Rock Stars | McKinley
Feb | Voices of Wisdom | Harden
Mar | Our Final Invention | Barrat
Apr | Knowledge is Beautiful |McCandless
May | Galaxy | Geach
Jun | Fashion China | Williams
Jul | Whaikōrero | Rewi
Aug | Young Architects 16: Overlay | ALNY
Sep | Applied Minds | Madhavan
Oct | The Food Lab | López-Alt
Nov | History of the World in 100 Modern Objects | Hornak
Dec | The Great Lady Decorators | Lewis

2014 Booklist
Jan | Uncharted Erez Aiden & Jean-Baptiste Michel
Feb | Writing Science in Plain English | Anne E. Greene
Mar | Fashioning Apollo | Nicholas de Monchaux
Apr | The Humor Code | Peter McGraw
May | The Book of Trees | Manuel Lima
Jun | Science Ink | Carl Zimmer
Jul | Kua‘a¯ina Kahiko | Patrick Vinton Kirch
Aug | A Taxonomy of Office Chairs | Jonathan Olivares
Sep | Letters to a Young Scientist | Edward O. Wilson
Oct | Finnish Design | Pekka Korvenmaa
Nov | Liquid Intelligence | Dave Arnold
Dec | Learning Curves | Klara Sjölén and Allan Macdonald

2013 Booklist
Jan | Blasphemy | Sherman Alexie
Feb | Grace: A Memoir | Grace Coddington
Mar | Resilience | Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy
Apr | Research is Ceremony | Shawn Wilson
May | Designers at Home | Ronda Rice Carman
Jun | Cooked | Michael Pollan
Jul | Beautiful Evidence | Edward Tufte
Aug | 101 Things I Learned in Engineering School | John Kuprenas & Matthew Frederick
Sep | Giraffe Reflections | Dale Peterson & Karl Ammann
Oct | Food, Genes, and Culture | Gary Paul Nabhan
Nov | (un)FASHION | Tibor & Maira Kalman
Dec | Science Writing in Plain English | Anne E. Greene

2012 Booklist
Mar | The Earth Knows My Name | Patricia Klindienst
Apr | Visual Complexity | Manuel Lima
May | Knocking on Heaven's Door | Lisa Randall
Jun | Information Graphics | Sandra Rendgen
Jul | About Time | Adam Frank
Aug | The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | R. Skloot
Oct | Make it So | Nathan Shredroff & Chris Noessel
Nov | Silent Spring | Rachel Carson
Dec | Empress of Fashion | Amanda Mackenzie Stuart

Miss Next Century 2017 | Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra

Miss Next Century 2017, Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra.
Image credit: Avi Loud

Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra is a Canadian dancer, choreographer, model and visual designer who is also known by the name JASE in her creative endeavors.

Ramgotra's work ranges from the exploration of her mixed race identity to addressing the challenges of diversity in the environmental movement, and the creative expression of complex environmental and social issues. Her goal as an artist is to create works that foster a new culture of inclusion, respect and innovation through cross-disciplinary partnerships: eliminating the abstraction that makes art inaccessible, and bringing the deeper meaning to the eyes and ears of her audience.

Inspiration for her work comes from her mixed-race experience, her research in the environmental field, and her strong desire to tell challenging truths about our culture. Ramgotra deeply values collaboration with other performers and artists in the area, and believes that making connections across disciplines will help bring art to the forefront of positive cultural change.

Ramgotra began her dance training with classical Indian styles such as Kathak and Bharatanatyam, and later explored Western dance traditions including jazz, modern, contemporary and ballet at the school of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle for many years. Most recently, she has been studying and participating in more urban and street styles such as popping, vogue and house alongside local artists such as Angel Moonyeka and Amy O'Neal.

Jasmmine's unique movement style is a fusion of all the forms she has learned up until this point, and she embodies them beginning and ending with a respect for the culture and roots of each form - she believes strongly that we need to acknowledge the history of each dance style, and continue to learn the legacies we are embodying when we practice them.

Ramgotra will graduate with a double degree in Environmental Studies and Dance, and a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Washington in June of 2017. Afterwards, she is looking forward to embarking on new meaningful collaborations that bring social issues, activism, art, and education to the forefront of cultural expression.

Ramgotra was named Future-ish's seventh Miss Next Century in 2017.

Examples of Ramgotra's creative works can be found below.

"Night Shade," collaboration created in November 2016:

"The Disposable Life", performed at the University of Washington Dance Majors Concert in March of 2016:

Excerpts from "In the White Frame" from June 2016:

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Cocktail Astronomy | Stellar Snow Angel

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

For this week's Cocktail Astronomy, we're all about the Holidays. With Justin Bieber holiday songs playing in the background, we'll be raising a our eggnog, hot spiced wine, and other favorite holiday cocktails to Sharpless 2-106, or S106 for short, that just so happens to look like a cosmic snow angel. Located in the constellation Cygnus, S106 is over 2,000 light years from Earth and is the 106th object to be catalogued by astronomer Stewart Sharpless in the 1950. The image above was taken by Hubble in February 2011 and shows the birth of a massive star, IRS 4 (Infrared Source 4) to be exact. Hot gasses create the wings of the angel and a ring of and gas orbiting the star serve as a belt.