Mind-blowingly awesome lecture tonight by Emory Douglas...designer, illustrator, and activist. Sponsored by design studio, Civilization. Part of Design in Public's Design Lecture Series and Seattle Design Festival. Just...WOW.
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.
This week we join many of our fellow Trekkies in celebrating Star Trek's 50th anniversary and NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope images of nebulae that resemble two of the series' most famous star ships, Captain Kirk's USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and Captain Picard's Enterprise-D NCC-1701-D.
The nebulae (catalog numbers IRAS 19340+2016 and IRAS19343+2026) are located on the Milky Way's outer disk and are visible using Spitzer's infared technology that allows it to view objects deeper in space often obscured by dust.
Cocktail pairing: since Aldebaran whiskey made cameos in several Star Trek series, we suggest pouring a shot of your favorite whiskey from right here on Earth. And don't forget to raise that glass to 50 years of Star Trek ;-)
NewsFusion for September 2016
- The Nature Conservancy develops map to predict animal migrations due to climate change | The Nature Conservancy
- Genetics helps refine giraffe conservation | The Washington Post
- Elon Musk uses Twitter to 'crowd investigate' Space X Falcon 9 explosion | TechCrunch
- Inaugural Amman Design Week a huge success | Al Jazeera
- First medal winners named in London Design Biennale| Dezeen
- Foot Locker and Asics introduce sneaker design academy to help young footwear designers | Fast Company
- Native American tribes align behind protest of Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) | Chicago Tribune
- Modern Hawaiian farmers share ancient ahupua`a agricultural system at meeting of World Conservation Congress | Voice of America
- Linda Burney becomes first Indigenous woman elected to Australia's lower house of federal parliament | The Guardian
This week we would like to welcome our newest and nearest exoplanet neighbor, Proxima b. That's right, scientists recently confirmed the discovery of Proxima b, an Earth-like planet in the Alpha Centauri system. Alpha Centauri, long thought to be one star but actually a trio of stars including the binary stars Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, as well as a third red dwarf star, Proxima Centauri.
Though many Earth-like exoplanets have been identified, the proximity of Proxima b and the fact that it is in the habitable or 'Goldilocks' zone is what makes this discovery so exciting. The best news is that is Proxima b resides in the habitable zone of it's start which means liquid water could exist. If you have liquid water, then you can have, yes...ice cubes for cocktails!
Cocktail pairing: nothing but the best champagne for our new neighbors, cheers! We'll bring a welcome to the galaxy gift right over ;-)
NewsFusion for August 2016
- Fresh fruit await Mars trial astronauts that will soon end a year of experimental living on Mauna Loa | The Guardian
- Researchers are working to redesign e. coli genome, first step in hacking other genomes | Popular Science
- Scientists find Earth-like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, just 4.2 light years away | CNN
- Paris gets more people friendly by redesigning major intersections for pedestrians | Fast Co.Exist
- A new consumer-friendly design may help drones go mainstream | Fast Co.Design
- Nina Garcia and Marie Claire Magazine on how the world of fashion can help address climate change | Marie Claire
- Native American fashion designers showcased at 2016 Santa Fe Indian Market
- Celebra a huge success in showcasing cultural diversity in Brazil during Rio Olympics
- Held every 12 years, Naropa 2016 in Ladakh honors life of 11th century Indian Scholar/Saint with month long celebration of Buddhist spirituality
Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire Magazine and judge extraordinaire of Project Runway, recently visited Alaska to see effects of climate change on glaciers first hand. The full article appears in the September issue of Marie Claire and the online article with multiple media elements is available here: On Thin Ice: Can the Fashion Industry Help Save the Planet?
What she experiences is life changing and what she shares about the role the fashion industry can play in helping address climate change is certain to be industry changing.
Below is the teaser video:
NewsFusion for August 2016
- Scientists in Brazil create robot-like machine to help spinal injury patients | NPR
- ScienceDebate offers 20 questions for US 2016 presidential candidates | Science Debate
- The physics of those amazing gymnast flips in the Olympics | Wired
- Letter signed by over 100 designers in support of Apple teaches the US Supreme Court about design law and the role of design in tech | Quartz
- A brief history of athletic wear and fashion in the Olympics | Jezebel
- Sports-themed architecture, town planning, and other arts used to be competitive sport in Olympics | Curbed
- Maori worldview leads New Zealand to grant personhood to lands and rivers | NY Times
- 2016 World Nomad Games just around the corner, September 3-8, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
- Shifting Sands Reveal ancient Hawaiian Petroglyphs at Waiʻanae on Oahu | MauiNow