Geocaching.com Turns 12-Years-OldIt’s been 12 years since Geocaching.com came to life on a home computer in the spare bedroom of a Seattle-area apartment on September 2, 2000. At that time, fewer than 100 geocaches had been hidden around the globe. Twelve years later, more than 1,000 geocaches are hidden by geocachers and published by volunteer reviewers each day.The mission of Geocaching.com is, “To Inspire Outdoor Play through Location-Based Technology,” and for many people, Geocaching.com has grown from a website into a way of life.The game of geocaching powers exploration and discovery, creating and enhancing the spirit of a community bound together through the love of outdoor adventure. It is simply amazing to consider the wide variety of adventures and experiences that have been created and shared on Geocaching.com by you, the geocaching community. Millions of lives all over the world have been changed in a positive way and this is just the beginning!With your help as a global community of outdoor adventurers, we are determined to share the adventures of geocaching with the rest of the world. As a community, we’re growing up fast but staying young in our thinking. We’re striving to turn every location into an adventure and ‘wow’ our fellow geocachers with new ways to explore, share our adventures, and enhance the quality of our lives through geocaching.At Geocaching.com, we’re honored to be part of the worldwide community of adventure-seekers known as geocachers. We invite you to join us on this journey for years to come. Now, get outside and play! It’s as easy as clicking here.Happy Geocaching!Jeremy, Elias, and BryanFounders of Geocaching.comExplore the Trails and Win: The Superchips Ultimate Geocache Adventure!You’re on a mission. Your goal is to help any of the 2,000 Superchips TrailDash Trackables reach the best outdoor and 4×4 related caches in the United States. Your mission could have an incredible reward that’s perfect for a serious 4×4 enthusiast. The Superchips Sweepstakes are giving away cool TrailDash Jeep® Programmers. Track the latest movements of these custom Trackables on the Geocaching.com Superchips page, and look for details on the Superchips Sweepstakes.The Superchips “Explore the Trails and Win” sweepstakes is solely sponsored by Superchips and its parent PowerTeq Inc. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. For beginning and end dates and other sweepstakes details, see Sweepstakes Official Rules on the Superchips website. SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – May 2, 2012May 3, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching.com Turns 14 – Rare Fun Facts RevealedSeptember 2, 2014In “Community”90 Year Old Inspires GeocachersJune 29, 2011In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs” Share with your Friends:More
A couple weeks ago, Rusnano Sistema Sicar, a Russian private equity fund, announced that it will invest $6 million in Apis Cor, a startup originated from Siberia which has designed a 3D printing technology for the construction industry.The Apis Cor 3D printer is a mobile robot capable of constructing buildings using fine-grained fibre concrete with special additives. It can build walls in any design for buildings of up to three storeys in a very short time.According to the fund, this technology has no equivalent in the world. It “outperforms conventional [construction] technologies in terms of speed and ease of construction” at a “competitive cost.”“We expect the Apis Cor technology to make cottage construction 19% cheaper than foam concrete houses as soon as next year, with a further potential cost reduction of up to 30%,” Rusnano Sistema Sicar stated.Apis Cor made the news last year when it printed a printed a 38 sq. m. house in the Moscow suburb of Stupino in just 24 hours at a cost of less than $10,000.See Also: Can wearables transform the construction industry?Preparing for international expansionBeyond the Russian market, the company targets Asia and the Middle East, where important state-sponsored construction programs have been launched, as well as the USA and Europe, where demand is high for original and highly complex architectural house and cottage designs.Apis Cor expects to generate several dozens of million US dollars in revenues next year with a fleet of dozens of 3D printers.“3D printing has enormous potential for the construction industry, with a projected share of up to 30% of the global low-rise cottages market, which is valued at $68 billion. (…) Apis Cor has the potential to become a leader in the 3D construction industry and claim first-mover premium in this fast-growing market,” said Sergey Dergach, CEO of Sistema Consult, a company acting as an investment adviser to Rusnano Sistema Sicar.Originated from Irkutsk, Apis Cor has offices in Moscow and San Francisco. Earlier this year, the startup received praise at several Russian startup contests and received a grant of 3 million rubles (approximately $50,000) from Skolkovo, the international tech hub under completion on the outskirts of Moscow.The First InvestmentApis Cor comes as the first portfolio company of Rusnano Sistema Sicar. This fund was established last year by Sistema, a diversified Russian corporation, and Rusnano, the state-backed nanotechnology investment corporation. The partners expect the fund to manage $100 million in assets, allocating cash funds progressively to finance the transactions. The fund is open to new investors.Rusnano Sistema Sicar seeks to invest in high tech companies at various stages of growth. It is seeking these investments in Russia and neighboring countries as well as in Europe and Israel.Rusnano Sistema Sicar targets a variety of sectors including:Information technologiesRobotics and on-board equipmentSoftware and cloud technologiesCommunication equipment and end-to-end solutionsRenewable sources of energy and energy saving technologiesMicroelectronicsAutomated control systemSpecial communications systemsSoftware for comprehensive security systems.This story first appeared in East-West Digital News, a partner of ReadWrite covering the Eastern-European statup scene. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Related Posts Tags:#3D#3d printing#apis cor#construction#construction tech#featured#funding raising#Rusnano Sistema Sicar#russian Adrien Henni Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…
zoomImage Courtesy: Goodbulk Monaco-based owner of dry bulkers GoodBulk has embarked on an ambitious capital raising campaign as it welcomes new ships into the fleet.The company has secured a USD 73 million-worth credit facility with ING Bank and has entered into an investment agreement to collect around USD 10 million from share issuance.A portion of the five-year facility will be used to finance the purchase of M/V Aquasalwador, a 2012 built Capesize vessel of 180,012 dwt built by Daehan, KR.The vessel was bought in July for USD 34.7 million, which was financed by a combination of cash on hand and USD 24.5 million of availability under the ING Bank credit facility.The Capesize was delivered to the company on September 5.On the same day, GoodBulk entered into an investment deal to issue 572,738 new common shares to an unaffiliated investor at a price of USD 17.46 per share, hoping to raise USD 10 million in total. The share issuance is expected to be completed by September 7 2018.Following the issuance of the new common shares, GoodBulk will have 30,116,458 common shares outstanding.The company has been in fleet reshuffling mode over the recent months, having bought two Capesizes last month and sold 2012 built Supramax vessel, the M/V Aquapride.GoodBulk also has the option to acquire a third 2012-built Capesize vessel within September 2018 for USD 35.7 million.Upon completion of the announced transactions, GoodBulk will control a fleet of 26 dry bulk vessels, including 24 Capesizes, 1 Panamax, and 1 Supramax bulker.
TV icon Bob Barker has sent a letter on PETA’s behalf to Wyoming state senators. In the letter, Barker urges the lawmakers to block “ag-gag” House Bill (H.B.) 126, which would ban undercover cameras on factory farms—and as Barker, who grew up in the neighboring state of South Dakota, explains, video footage from undercover investigations has helped law-enforcement officials across the country prosecute cases of animal abuse.Barker, a lifelong Republican, is passionate about ensuring that law-enforcement officials have all the resources that they need to enforce the law.“As a lifelong Republican who feels that authorities should have access to everything that they need to enforce the law, I’m writing in the hope that you will reject House Bill (H.B.) 126, which threatens to shroud illegal abuses in factory farms and slaughterhouses in secrecy by keeping cameras out of these facilities,” he wrote. “Video footage from undercover investigations, which are often prompted by whistleblowers who work on factory farms or in slaughterhouses, has helped law-enforcement officials across the country, including in Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and West Virginia, prosecute cases of animal abuse. Will you protect our right to collect this evidence by opposing H.B. 126?“Because government inspection of factory farms for cruelty violations is neither mandatory nor common and workers who report abuse to supervisors are routinely ignored, evidence from undercover investigations is critical for exposing abuse and helping officials prosecute abusers. My friends at PETA, for example, went undercover in 2008 at Aviagen Turkeys, Inc., in West Virginia and found workers beating, stomping on, and maliciously killing birds, but even after the abuse was brought to a supervisor’s and Aviagen management’s attention, the cruelty continued. Over two months, the investigator collected detailed evidence showing that these abuses were not isolated incidents but part of a pattern of routine and systematic cruelty to animals. Ultimately, the evidence helped state police and prosecutors obtain 23 indictments for cruelty to animals against three former employees, all of whom were convicted and one of whom was jailed.“Americans today want better treatment of animals killed for food, not for their legislators to hide illegal cruelty on farms behind locked doors. Over the last few years, I’ve been joined by figures from all walks of life, from Republican strategist Mary Matalin to animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, in opposing bills similar to H.B. 126, and legislators have listened, as such bills have died or been tabled by sponsors in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and Tennessee as well as Arkansas, the second-largest poultry-producing state in the nation. I hope to hear that you’ll stand up for protecting our right to document and expose cruelty to animals.”Barker isn’t alone in protesting bills such as HB 126: Other prominent people who have joined PETA in speaking out against them include Cloris Leachman, Katherine Heigl, Republican strategist Mary Matalin, and animal welfare expert Temple Grandin. Similar bills have been defeated or abandoned by their sponsors in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, and Tennessee as well as Arkansas, the second-largest poultry state.Source:PETA