AC/DC Co-Founder And Guitarist Malcolm Young Dead At 64

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378457 04: Guitarist Angus Young of the Australian rock band AC-DC, right, holds plaque as brother and bandmate Malcolm Young looks on after the Rock Walk handprint ceremony September 15, 2000 at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, Ca. (Photo /Newsmakers)

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died on Saturday at the age of 64. AC/DC announced the sorrowful news on their Facebook page. The rock icon was said to have died peacefully with his family by his bedside. Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years, the illness is the reason that he was forced into retirement. Young started having memory and concentration issues in 2010. By 2014, Young’s condition deteriorated to the point he was not on the band’s “Rock or Bust” album. On September 24, 2014, the band announced that Young would not be rejoining the band. Stevie Young, Malcolm’s nephew, replaced Malcolm on the band’s 2015 Rock or Bust World Tour. Malcolm started the band with his brother Angus Young in 1973 and the legendary heavy metal group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” the AC/DC Facebook page said on Saturday morning. “Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC.” The Australian band known for its powerhouse riffs reminisced about their beloved brother. “With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band,” the statement said. “As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man.” The announcement delved into Young’s persona, “He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

Angus concluded by saying, “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

He is survived by his wife O’Linda and two children.

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We Finally Get A Teaser Trailer For ‘Incredibles 2’ And Jack-Jack Is On The Attack

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What has been 13 years in the making, we finally get a trailer for Incredible 2. The teaser trailer for the sequel to the 2004 Disney hit debuted on Saturday, but it is only the trailer and we have many, many months until the heroic Parr family and Incredibles 2 hits theaters. In the teaser trailer, Jack-Jack is on the attack after discovering that he has superpowers. Bob and Helen may need Jack-Jack’s new powers to take on the Underminer. The sequel will pick up immediately following the ending of the first movie. “You know that at the end of the first movie when he comes up and you see the family dressed as superheroes, well that’s where [we] start this movie,” Pixar head John Lasseter said.

Earlier this year, Incredibles writer and director Brad Bird gave details of the exciting sequel at the Disney Animation Presentation at D23, “It’s so great to be here to tell you about the film. It’s fundamentally a story about family…with this new film, we’re excited to jump back into that world. We have controls able to do so much more than before. The whole world of Incredibles 2 is gonna be greatly expanded upon. We’ll be seeing a lot more of Elastagirl.”

The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, who provides his one-of-a-kind voice to be Lucius Best / Frozone, Holly Hunter as Helen Parr / Elastigirl, Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible, Sarah Vowell as Violet Parr, Huck Milner as Dash Parr, and John Ratzenberger as The Underminer. The official synopsis: “It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.”

It will be tough for the sequel to beat the original Incredibles which snatched up two Oscars and grossed more than $633 million at the box office. Incredibles 2 comes to theaters on June 15th, 2018.

[EW]

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The secret to how Tesla gets its cars to look so good (TSLA)

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Tesla Model 3

  • Designer Franz von Holzhausen had an impressive resume before joining Tesla.
  • But the combination of his frustration with the traditional auto industry and Elon Musk’s distinctive ideas about how to solve problems has taken his work to a new level.
  • He’s followed an unlikely path to becoming the most influential car designer of his generation.

Before Franz von Holzhausen signed on with what was then called Tesla Motors in 2010, he was on his way to being a member of the automotive design world’s elite.

He had graduated from Art Center College of Design in the early 1990s, making him an alumnus of the world’s most prestigious transportation design program, counting among its graduates the likes of J. Mays, Chris Bangle, and Henrik Fisker.

At General Motors, he designed a pair of exquisite roadsters, the Pontiac Solstice the the Saturn Sky. From there he want to Mazda North America, where he ran the entire show and garnered praise for his concepts vehicles.

If Holzhausen had remained on that track, he would have been a car-design aristocrat. Instead, he too a huge leap of faith and joined a buzzy Silicon Valley startup, far from the automotive capitals in Michigan, Japan, and Germany. And he became the most influential designer of his generation.

Yes, I know that’s a big statement. Jaguar’s Ian Callum or Aston Martin’s Marek Reichman might object, and Luc Donckerwolke is capturing plenty of attention for his work a Hyundai, following a stint designing Lamborghinis.

But the key factor for Holzhausen is that as Tesla rolls out its Model 3 sedan, attacking the mass market, he’s witnessing the return on his risky decision to join CEO Elon Musk back when Tesla was selling only one car, the original Roadster. Many designers of high reputation who are about Holzhausen’s age (he’s 49) continue to imaging the future within the context of the past.

Holzhausen gets to envision the future on its own terms — gorgeous electric cars that will someday be able to drive themselves. The car designer of the coming decades might admire the legends if the profession’s history (and there have been many). But when it comes to crafting a career and a reputation, they will look Holzhausen.

I recently got the chance to speak with Holzhausen and he shared some details about how he came to join Tesla and what guides his design philosophy.

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It was Holzhausen, not Musk, who was the budding superstar back in the late 2000s.

When Holzhausen joined Tesla in 2010, memories of a near-bankruptcy in 2008 were still fresh. The company had only a single vehicle to sell — the Lotus-based Roadster — and although it had stoked enthusiasm with all-electric cars that were fast and sexy and would raise $226 million in an IPO shortly after Holzhausen arrived, the carmaker lived on the edge of a knife.

Even though the traditional auto industry had endured its own near-death experience during the financial crisis, by 2010 General Motors had staged its own IPO, returning to the public markets after a government bailout and bankruptcy. Moribund auto sales had begun a recovery, and other electric-car startups were showing the strains of introducing new technologies; most would fail. A lot of experts figured Tesla would be out of business in a few years, as the cost of launching new vehicles killed the company.

But Holzhausen was frustrated with the traditional industry and ready to leave Mazda. A few chats and meetings with Musk proved that the experienced designer and the entrepreneur with a designer’s sensibility were on the same page, sharing vision and values.

For Holzhausen, it was Musk’s and Tesla’s absolute commitment that cinched the deal. Musk has said that he and Holzhausen share the same taste, so beyond that critical aspect of the relationship, it boiled down to how serious Musk was about completely remaking the landscape of transportation.

The bottom line for Holzhausen? 

"Tesla was all in," he said in an interview with Business Insider.

 

Holzhausen mission was to create a "world-class design competency" for Tesla. The company’s first car was cool, but the Roadster was based on a Lotus design. Holzhausen would have the nearly unique opportunity to start from scratch.

Tesla’s roadmap, drawn up by Musk, was straightforward. The company had to first create an exciting electric car that would change the impressions that EVs were glorified golf carts. That car would be sold at a high price to early adopters and fans of high-performance, exotic sports cars. 

The money would fund additional, luxurious, pricey electric vehicles, and that money would provide the funding for the first major endgame: a mass-market vehicle intended to bring long-range electric mobility to the masses.

The Roadster’s Lotus underpinnings meant that when those ran out, Tesla would need a new car. For Holzhausen, going to work at Tesla’s earliest design studio in Hawthorne, CA, at SpaceX headquarters, that meant about two years to come up with a new vehicle — a rare opportunity to pen a "clean sheet" design.

Roadster production would phase out by 2012. And regardless, Tesla had to start selling a more versatile lineup or vehicles. While a snazzy two-seater was fun to drive and thrilling to look at — more so when you realized you were running only on electrons — people wanted to buy sedans and SUVs.

Holzhausen had a lot of work ahead of him.

Tesla zigged rather than zagged with the Model S, which was revealed in 2011 and went on sale the following year. And Holzhausen introduced his own design philosophy.

The auto industry is over a century old. Tesla is the first new carmaker to emerge in decades. So it’s just about the rarest thing imaginable for a car designer to be able to imagine a new vehicle without feeling the explicit burden of the past. Just try to sketch a new Mustang at Ford or Corvette at Chevy. 

Tesla was announcing itself as a real car company with the Model S, so Holzhausen knew that his ideas would define the visual vocabulary of numerous vehicles to follow: SUVs, sports cars, coupés, probably even pickup trucks and vans. The whole tamale. 

A lot of designers would have let it rip and tried to be the next Giorgetto Giugiaro, the crucial Italian designer of Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, and Maseratis. In a sense, Holzhausen did become the next Guigaro, minus the more flamboyant efforts. Giugiaro designed dozen of cars, and not all of them made viewers automatically weak in the knees.

Holzhausen let Musk be his guide. Musk embraces something called "first principles thinking" and has made it into a mantra at Tesla. The idea is to avoid thinking by analogy — let’s make this car look like that car, just sort of different or better — and instead deal with problems by stripping them down to the core and working your way up.

Holzhausen’s version of this has been to embrace what he calls "efficiency." He assumes that every Tesla has to be beautiful, and besides, making a piece of industrial design beautiful doesn’t really cost anything. It’s more a matter of choosing beauty as a first principle because, in a competitive market, the best-looking product stands out.

With efficiency, Holzhausen had a concept that could inform not just the design of the Model S sedan but also the entire, evolving Tesla brand.

 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Kevlar cartilage could help you recover from joint injuries

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It can be difficult to fully recover from knee injuries or other damage to your joints, if just because there hasn’t been an artificial replacement for cartilage that can withstand as much punishment as the real thing. That may not be an issue in the long run, though: scientists have developed a Kevlar-based hydrogel that behaves like natural cartilage. It mixes a network of Kevlar nanofibers with polyvinyl alcohol to absorb water at rest (like real cartilage does in idle moments) and become extremely resistant to abuse, but releases it under stress — say, a workout at the gym.

You don’t even need a lot of it to replicate a human body’s sturdiness and overall functionality. A material with 92 percent water is about as tough as real cartilage, while a 70 percent mix is comparable to rubber. Previous attempts at simulating cartilage couldn’t hold enough water to transport nutrients to cells, which made them a poor fit for implants.

There’s a long way to go before the material becomes useful. Researchers are hoping to patent the substance and find companies to make it a practical reality. The implications are already quite clear, mind you. If it works as well in patients as it does in lab experiments, it could lead to cartilage implants that are roughly as good as the real tissue they replace. A serious knee injury might not put an end to your running days.

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This may be the most heartbreaking ‘Blue Planet II’ moment so far

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This may be the most heartbreaking ‘Blue Planet II’ moment so far

Footage of a mother pilot whale on 'Blue Planet II' had viewers in tears
Footage of a mother pilot whale on ‘Blue Planet II’ had viewers in tears

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Humans may be a blight on the planet, but we make a damn good nature documentary.

On Sunday night Blue Planet II went into the open ocean, and revealed the devastating effects that plastic has had on our seas.

Along with shots of marine life tangled in plastic netting, they had one truly devastating story to tell about a mother pilot whale.

The pollution and plastic that gets dumped into the sea is thought to be making whales’ milk toxic. This pilot whale’s calf died from drinking her contaminated milk, and she refused to let go of her baby.

The abject tragedy of the scene struck a chord with many viewers:

The BBC offered some comfort to those of us shocked by the devastation wrought by plastic.

The BBC also has a page recommending ways to reduce your plastic footprint

Do it for the baby whales.

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