Ben Way: How an Entrepreneur Bounces Back
As one of the first dot com entrepreneurs, Ben Way had raised 33 million dollars by the time he was 17, then lost it all before he turned 20. Now he's back with fresh ideas and millions of dollars.
What's the Latest Development?
When Ben Way lost the 33 million dollars he had secured as part of a dot com project, he also lost his house, his car and his girlfriend. But he has come through the experience to shine in the world of solar energy, proving himself a capable (and tested) entrepreneur. Today, his solar energy company, Freetricity, is one of the largest in Britain. Having operated for only two years, the enterprise turned over $20 million last month. The company is currently raising half a billion dollars to enter the American solar energy market.
What's the Big Idea?
One of Way's longer term projects is something he calls Arc Island, a floating island the size of Manhattan where Way wants to create a new society "with no overarching authority or political rules." By putting the idea on Kickstarter, an online platform for funding creative ideas, the project has already received $25,000 in investment. Way says his investors are currently divided between dreamers and doers, i.e. those who have the vision and those who have the technical and engineering know-how to build a gigantic floating island.
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- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
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It turns out, that tattoo ink can travel throughout your body and settle in lymph nodes.
In the slightly macabre experiment to find out where tattoo ink travels to in the body, French and German researchers recently used synchrotron X-ray fluorescence in four "inked" human cadavers — as well as one without. The results of their 2017 study? Some of the tattoo ink apparently settled in lymph nodes.
Image from the study.
As the authors explain in the study — they hail from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment — it would have been unethical to test this on live animals since those creatures would not be able to give permission to be tattooed.
Because of the prevalence of tattoos these days, the researchers wanted to find out if the ink could be harmful in some way.
"The increasing prevalence of tattoos provoked safety concerns with respect to particle distribution and effects inside the human body," they write.
It works like this: Since lymph nodes filter lymph, which is the fluid that carries white blood cells throughout the body in an effort to fight infections that are encountered, that is where some of the ink particles collect.
Image by authors of the study.
Titanium dioxide appears to be the thing that travels. It's a white tattoo ink pigment that's mixed with other colors all the time to control shades.
The study's authors will keep working on this in the meantime.
“In future experiments we will also look into the pigment and heavy metal burden of other, more distant internal organs and tissues in order to track any possible bio-distribution of tattoo ink ingredients throughout the body. The outcome of these investigations not only will be helpful in the assessment of the health risks associated with tattooing but also in the judgment of other exposures such as, e.g., the entrance of TiO2 nanoparticles present in cosmetics at the site of damaged skin."
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