Wednesday, 18 January 2017

WOW! a Stainless Steel iPhone 8? yes please!

Apple is rumoured to be swapping aluminium for stainless steel in the iPhone 8

Apple will use stainless steel instead of aluminium for the so-called iPhone 8's metal frame, according to the latest rumour out of the company's East Asia supply chain reported by DigiTimes. (We first spotted it over on Apple Insider)

It would be the first time Apple has used stainless steel since the iPhone 4s, Apple Insider says, and the switch adds credibility to predictions that the iPhone 8 will feature a glass-sandwich design (glass at the front and back of the phone).

DigiTimes hasn't always been correct when it comes to reporting on Apple's future iPhone plans, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that stainless steel will be used for high-end models back in September, according to MacRumors.

Kuo said: "As stainless steel has a better look than aluminium and costs more, we expect only high-end new iPhone models to come with a stainless steel frame next year."

The latest rumour from DigiTimes, which cites Taiwanese sources, stems from reports that Apple has changed its supplier, placing orders for stainless steel iPhone casings with manufacturing partner Jabil, instead of its usual supplier Foxconn.

But this contradicts a report from MacRumors, which said Kuo believes that "Foxconn will be the sole supplier of high-end iPhone models next year as the exclusive manufacturer of the new stainless steel frame."

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Why does Kourtney Kardashian use Stainless Steel 'everything' for her Kids?

It might seem like overkill to only use stainless steel or glass dishes, but according to experts, there's science to support Kourtney's claims.

In a recent post, Kardashian explains that she serves her kids food on stainless steel dishware "because it's durable, more hygienic, and doesn't contain chemicals. We even use reusable stainless steel straws instead of wasting disposable plastic ones." The chemicals she's concerned about? Mainly, bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. BPA is found in many plastic products like water bottles, food storage containers, and even plastic plates and bowls. Phthalates are also found in plastics and are used to make them more flexible and resistant to breaking. The effects of phthalates on the human body are currently unknown.

"We use both glass and stainless steel containers instead of Tupperware for leftovers and to store food in my pantry," continues Kourtney. "For the kids' lunches, we use stainless steel bento boxes. We have a whole cupboard full of eco-friendly dinner plates, cereal bowls, flatware, and cups all made of stainless steel."

So is Kourt's concerted effort to avoid all BPA and other chemicals in plastic products misplaced? Probably not. First, we should explain the effect that BPA has on your body. "BPA is clearly an endocrine disrupter, which basically means it messes with your hormones," explains Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D., author of the upcoming book Bodywise: Discovering Your Body's Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing. "BPA acts like estrogen, which may increase the risk of hormonal cancers like breast, uterine, thyroid, and possibly even prostate cancer."

One thing, though: "The research is not totally conclusive but is suggestive," according to Roshini Raj, M.D., associate professor at NYU School of Medicine. The FDA still considers the levels of BPA that come into contact with food to be safe based on their most recent assessment, which was in 2014. That being said, they also moved to ban the substance from baby products like bottles and formula containers back in 2012.

If you're wondering how BPA makes it from a plastic container into your food, the key is heat. "This wasn't really much of a concern for us before microwaves because nobody heated anything in plastic, so it's really a modern problem," notes Abrams. "Anytime you heat something in a plastic that contains BPA, it transfers from the plastic to whatever you're eating." That includes a lot of frozen foods that come in cardboard containers, she says. "You think 'oh well that's not plastic,' but it's got a plasticiser on the inside of the cardboard."

Two other major culprits are bottled water and reusable plastic water bottles. You might argue that both water bottles and aluminum cans aren't heated up before people consume what's inside, but unfortunately, you don't know what happened to the bottle or can before it was in your possession. It could have been transported on a truck that sat out in the sun, or stored in an overheated warehouse before making its way to your grocery store. The same goes for leaving a reusable water bottle in a hot car. Even if your water bottle is empty when it gets heated up, some BPA will be absorbed into water that you put in the bottle later, says Abrams.

Fortunately, there are tons of BPA-free water bottles on the market. If possible, it's a good idea to choose a glass or stainless steel water bottle, since there's been quite a bit of controversy over BPA-free plastics being not so chemical-free.

So while it might seem like Kourtney Kardashian's stainless steel dish and container obsession is a little wacky, it's actually probably a good idea-especially if there are small children in your house. Even though more research needs to be done to confirm the exact effects of BPA, health experts generally recommend avoiding it when possible, which is a good enough reason for us to reconsider microwaving those leftovers in a plastic container.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

This Stainless Steel Sky Mirror is incredible… would you cross it?

Martin Duplantier has conceived a series of pavilions, bridges, and observatories for a walking trail in china’s famed wulingyuan scenic area. the ongoing project, which was awarded first place in a recent competition, intends to create a physical relationship with the natural landscape. 

Each intervention uses mirrored Stainless Steel for its structure, and black stone, that becomes reflective when wet, for the flooring. Martin Duplantier conceived the route’s architecture as a sequence of stealthy geometric shapes, which, in contrast to the natural environment, appear delicately placed within the topography. the first intervention takes the form of an elliptical disk that mirrors its surroundings. an off-center aperture not only affords views of the drop below, but allows brave visitors to lay down on a strong net tethered above the void. a second observation bridge has two levels: an upper level that functions primary for circulation, while its lower counterpart allows weary walkers to take a seat in mid-air.

Titled the ‘water mirror’, the next spanning structure comprises an irregular set of stones topped with 2 centimeters of water. every seven minutes, the water disappears before reappearing through spray nozzles that create a temporary cloud in the middle of the mountain range. this mist then lands on the stones, reapplying the bridge with a veneer of water. In addition, three pavilions have been designed as part of the route, offering incredible views from each of their three storeys. the rooftop offers a 360 degree panorama, while a café is positioned at the intermediate level. below, exclusive VIP suites allow select guests to spend the night overlooking the picturesque landscape.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

The Stainless Steel Rose Museum of Beijing

The world’s first museum dedicated to roses has opened in beijing. designed by NEXT architects, their architectural design is defined by the smooth stainless steel envelope that is wrapped around the building with a pattern of chinese roses cut out from the surface. ‘the rose museum aims to create a new architecture for china, in which history and modernity, art and architecture blend,’ explains NEXT architects china partner jiang xiaofei. the opening coincides with the world rose convention, in which the event will be hosted inside the museum and over thirty countries will participate. the 100 acre rose park will showcase 2,000 species of the flower which also has a long history in chinese culture dating back to 11th century B.C.

To showcase this history and the culture of roses in general, the museum is covered by a perforated stainless steel façade measuring 300 meters. this detached skin creates four half open courtyards between the façade and the main building; the rose pattern creating a constantly changing play of light and shadow. the organization is reminiscent to the traditional chinese walled-off courtyards and at night the building inverts itself where the façade lights up and projects shadows of the flowers outside.

Throughout history, the walled courtyard program epitomized traditional chinese architecture and culture; it became the ‘ideal model’ to embody social and the harmony between man, house and nature.  the semi-transparent walls engages with the surrounding space, in contrast to the solid heart of the museum building. john van de water, partner at NEXT architects, comments: ‘the main challenge with the rose museum was to find a modern chinese identity for a building which significance is so deeply rooted into chinese culture.’

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Monday, 28 November 2016

How to get the perfect Chardonnay with Stainless Steel.

“Chardonnay’s home is in Vertus”, said Etienne Godard, the sales and marketing manager of Champagne Paul Goerg, a cooperative which was founded in 1950 and has 120 hectares in the heart of the Cotes de Blancs.

“Chardonnay is the least planted in Champagne overall and so many producers are looking for it for their best cuvées. We’re fortunate that we have it on our doorstep in abundance.”

Paul Goerg’s range includes three Blanc de Blancs, the Brut – which is a blend of the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 – the Absolu with zero dosage and its current vintage of 2005.

Even the rosé uses a substantially higher percentage of Chardonnay at 85% and Goerg’s prestige cuvée, Lady, the jewel in the Goerg crown also has 85% selected from the best vines.

“We vinify plot by plot and always hand harvest,” said Godard. “We do fermentation in Stainless Steel to bring out Chardonany’s purest characters and then after blending, we bottle and the wine sleeps in the cellars for at least three years before disgorgement. For our cuvée, Lady, it’s six to eight.

“Chardonnay needs extensive ageing to express its elegance.The balance between acidity, structure and character needs to be all there which takes time.”

Speaking about the 2016 vintage, Godard admitted it was “tough” with 20-30% less yields than last year.

“In Vertus, the quality is still there though and we can rely on the reserve wines to keep the prices stable for a smaller harvest.”

Paul Goerg’s 2007 vintage will be released next year, with 2006 not declared.

“It was another tricky one,” said Godard. “An extremely early harvest with a cold winter followed by a hot summer then an extended stretch of rain. It was the second earliest since 2003. But as we picked early, the quality is good with relatively big volumes.

“We don’t produce every year and don’t feel that we need to. We have some of the longest lead times before release but it’s better to wait and be happy with the final product.”

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Call Up Stainless Steel UFO's to light your way home!

It's easy to take streetlights for granted until there aren't any, and then the darkness can be unsettling or even dangerous. While streetlights are static and not always in places where they're needed, though, a new project proposes using drones to fly lighting above those who need it.

Fleetlights was dreamt up by UK insurer Direct Line, as a way to make people feel safer and to potentially save lives in unlit areas. The concept can be likened to an Uber for streetlighting, with users of the service able to send a request for lighting via a mobile app and have it flown out to their location.

Direct Line suggests any such service might find interested parties among individuals walking home from work in the dark and among search and rescue teams. As per the company's vision, a user would send a request from their smartphone, which would be relayed to a manned local Fleet Control center. Here, an operator would assign the requisite available drones to the request and dispatch them to the user's location.

The drones would fly fully autonomously, and on arrival would arrange themselves in a formation ahead of the user. A lead drone would communicate with the user's mobile device and with the secondary drones, meaning that as the user moved, they would continually reposition themselves, thereby lighting the user's path.

Once the user no longer needed the lighting, they could use the app to indicate as much and have the drones return to Fleet Control. The Fleet Control operator could also call the drones back if needs be, for instance if they needed charging.

The firm has trialled Fleetlights in the UK town of Petworth, chosen because it is said to have one of the most dangerous – specifically, unlit – roads in the country. Trials were also carried out in the surrounding South Downs. Two types of drones were used, both fitted with high-powered on-board lights. They also feature carbon-fiber airframes with Stainless Steel and titanium fixings, as well as two lithium-polymer batteries for redundancy.

The Fleetlights project was started in August with the trials being carried out more recently.

(Fleetlights is in reality a branding exercise that isn't planned for development as a commercial venture by Direct Line)

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

So it's Stainless Steel that makes Coca Cola Taste Great!

If you've ever been to McDonald's, chances are you've also bought a coke from one of its machines. It may just be standard Coca-Cola, but some fans claim the drink at McDonald's is better than at any other fast food chain.

You may not agree, but the restaurant has now revealed the secret behind its most popular thirst-quencher on its website. The reason for the drinks's success is all to do with the way its chilled, the water purity and how the Coca-Cola syrup is stored. According to author Mark Proffitt, who wrote a blog about why McDonald's cola tastes better than at any other fast food chain, most Coke retailers get their syrup in a bag.

Most Coke retailers get their syrup in a bag box, according to author Mark Proffitt, who wrote a blog about why McDonald's cola tastes better than at any other fast food chain.  The reason for the drinks's success is all to do with the way its chilled, the water purity and how the Coca-Cola syrup is stored

But McDonald’s sells so much Coca-Cola that it receives its syrup inside Stainless Steel cylinders, which keep it fresher.

The final straw is in fact all to do with the McDonald's straw. It's much wider than a typical straw at many other restaurants, which the eatery claims makes the drink taste better.

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