Is fat algae a new sustainable biodiesel?

Green and renewable energy using algae is not so new, but according to scientists from Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) and ExxonMobil (XOM:US)  they have found the way how to produce energy-rich fat in the algae in order to use that to produce biodiesel at an industrian scale.

According to companies success in developing algae-based biodiesel at commercial levels will provide a number of tangible benefits.  “The fuel emits fewer greenhouse gases than most conventional energy sources, and that will help strengthen our ongoing transition to low-emission energy resources. Also, unlike other biofuel feedstocks, such as corn, algae production at an industrial scale would not stress food production”, the companies say.

Exxon says that to boost fat production, SGI scientists worked with their counterparts at ExxonMobil as nutritionists of sorts, tweaking the part of the algae genome responsible for the assimilation of nitrogen, an essential nutrient. The change is an algae with about 40 percent of its biomass as fat. “That’s more than double the fat content of conventional algae”, the company states.

Exxon published this finding in their second quarter earnings call in July this year. The companys is expected to publish the third quarter earnings on the 27th October. The company market value is 349 billion dollars and stock performance has been -1, 19 percent during this year.

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Breitling SuperOcean is a Classic

The Breitling SuperOcean Heritage is a Classic. According to the Swiss company, Breitling has redesigned its Superocean Héritage line, dedicated to modern-day explorers. The result is a new face as original, pure and dynamic as ever, for this highly successful collection that is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

To mark the 60th anniversary of this pioneer of wide-open spaces, Breitling had reinvigorated its iconic design while maintaining its unique character. The main development took the form of a new steel bezel with an ultra-hard high-tech ceramic ring that is scratchproof and extremely shock-resistant. The elimination of the metal ring surrounding the minute circle means the bezel appears to form a seamless whole with the dial in a matching color, adorned with the original Superocean logo.

The Superocean Héritage II is interpreted in two watch sizes (42 and 46 mm) and as a 46 mm chronograph, all available in three colors: black, blue and bronze. The latter versions are available with an exclusive brand-new rubber-leather strap in the same color and enhanced by contrasting stitching.

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Volvo XC90- too big to drive? No.

I had the pleasure to testdrive this SUV-luxury car, Volvo XC90. You know, the first thoughts when you see the car: how to drive this tractor? Well, I was surprised in everything.

First, the design and engineering. Volvo XC90 (VOLVB:SS)  is a car for outdoors, gardening and sports lovers. It has pleanty of space to take your items with you. And most important: the car is so brilliant with safety and engineering & hybrid solutions that you are amazed. Wheter your journey is in the city or in the countryside, this car is taking all needed actions and informing you when needed. And the designers have done their best in the quality and design inside the car with luxury materials like crystal and leather.

The so called City Safety recognises other cars, pedestrians, bicycles and large animals like mooses in the dark, and brakes automatically if needed. Pilot Assist helps you to keep the car in the middle of the road during long-distance driving. And Driver Alert informs you when a coffee break is needed. All these functions are based on the Volvo´s target for 2020: no injuries in a Volvo car.

Second, energy. This test car was also a plug-in-hybrid, which allows you to drive with electric power for about 35-40 kilometres. I first thought that you notice this kind of switch, but no. The driving was easy with both and you do not even notice the change during the drive.

Otherwise the average consumption is less than in average in the same size of other cars due to the electric power. According to the Volvo´s technical information, the consumption would be in this kind of a car: 2,1 litres per 100 kilometres due to the integrated system and the Co2 would be 49 g per kilometer.

Third, solutions for Drivers. The central operating panel is a touch panel (like in Tesla´s cars) and it allows you to integrate your iPhone or Android-phone to the service desk. This allows you for example to use Apple CarPlay with your own music, messages, podcasts, audiobooks from your own mobile phone. It is working well, altough the panel is having quite a many fingerprints, so maybe in the next series, they might use some kind of new material in this?

Finally, yes, this car is not too big for ladies, this car is using hybrid efficiently and this car has high-tech solutions for safety.  The overall experience of driving is very good and the usability of functions is also very good.

Technical details:

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine AWD, plug-in-hybrid

Petrol/electric, automatic gear, four-wheel drive

Kilometres with electric power: 35-40 km

 

 

 

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The start of the Sailing Season

The start of the Sailing Season and the new Rolex.  Rolex Yacht-Master 40 is a new Oyster Perpetual with everose gold and black gloss finish dial. This nautical luxury watch has multicolour sapphires, green tsavorities and one diamond.

And because of its nature, it is waterproof to 100 metres. The co-operation with Rolex and Sailing stretch back to the 1950s.

The second model of the Yacht Master series is the Yacht-Master ii. This professional regatta watch was created in 2007. It features an exclusive function developed by Rolex: a programmable countdown with a mechanical memory that can be synchronized on the fly. A function that is required for precise timing during the crucial starting sequence of a regatta.

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Tag Heuer and 20th Century Fox collaborate in Kingsman

KingsmanTagOneShe_Ref103_2TAG Heuer, part of LVMH Group (MC:FP), has announced a global partnership with MARV films and 20th Century Fox in the upcoming new film from acclaimed director Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in cinemas worldwide on September 22, 2017. TAG Heuer’s Connected Smart Watch is the Official Watch of The Kingsman.

In the new film, the Kingsman agents will all be fitted with TAG Heuer watches. According to the Tag Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver,  Kingsman means explosions, action, laughter, and, of course, elegance.

Director Matthew Vaughn added: “For Kingsman: The Golden Circle, we needed a smart watch for our agents. We looked at the different options available, but none of them were elegant enough for a Kingsman. Then I saw an interview on Bloomberg TV with Jean-Claude Biver about his connected watch, and it became immediately obvious; the Kingsman agents would wear the TAG Heuer Connected.”

See the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle:

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Jewelleries for summer celebrations

Spring and summer time celebrations start with classic cherry blossom. Here we have listed some of the summer jewellery items for you and your loved ones. In the luxury watches, this is my favorite: Harry Winston and their classic view of this powerful blossom.

 

Chopard  “For You”, a fine watch and jewellery collection, introduces white gold jewellery set with delicate pear-shaped diamonds or emeralds blossoming in a sparkling corolla. Chopards “For You” was launched in the Baselworld 2017.

 

Faberge has desinged new “Three colors of Love collection” set with engagement and wedding rings including emeralds, rubies and sapphires. There are also matching rings for her and him, #sayyeswithcolors.

 

GraffDiamonds has got inspiration from butterflies and this time in red and blue.  These jewellery watches are called Princess Butterfly collection and they combine the beauty of diamonds and gemstones. Behind the Princess Butterfly’s show-stopping exterior is a jewelled timepiece.

 Päivi Härkönen

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