A Groovy Solution for Drippy Wine Bottles

Brandeis Now: “Daniel Perlman — wine-lover, inventor and Brandeis University biophysicist — has figured out a solution to this age-old oenophile’s problem. Over the course of three years, he has been studying the flow of liquid across the wine bottle’s lip. By cutting a groove just below the lip, he’s created a drip-free wine bottle.”

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Low-Fidelity Aircraft Jettison In-Flight Misery

Wired: “The good people of A3, the California-flavored startup-within-a-multinational-corporation at Airbus, calls it a ‘low fidelity aircraft’ … Researchers armed with Ikea furniture, board games, and plastic-wrapped meals, wanted to know how people would handle themselves if airlines swapped those cramped rows of miserable seats for something more imaginative. They tested something A3 calls ‘Transpose’—a conceptual modular cabin that offers a bevy of in-flight activities: a facial over here, a latte over there, a spin class up front.”

“So when do you get to hop aboard? Well, after Airbus gets all those cool interior concepts past the Federal Aviation Administration and its European equivalent … And after it figures out all of the important engineering stuff, like how to run electrical, plumbing, and oxygen and fire systems through a plane with an interior that shifts about.”

“But the biggest impediment might be financial, because any square footage on an airplane not hosting a human body is losing revenue. ‘You have to charge people to fly them through the air, because they’re taking up weight and space in a cylindrical tube that’s burning hydrocarbons,’ says Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst with the Teal Group. More space to move around means less money for profit-hungry airlines. Airbus says Transpose could defray costs through brand sponsorships—maybe SoulCycle would pay to host cloud classes for high-class clientele?—and by very carefully balancing its tradeoffs.”

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