John Glenn Astronomy Park to open in Hocking Hills

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 8:44 AM


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An astronomy park honoring astronaut John Glenn will open in the late fall at Hocking Hills.

Construction was recently started on the John Glenn Astronomy Park about 40 miles southeast of Columbus in secluded, tranquil woods. Hocking Hills is known for its lack of light pollution, making it a favorite viewing spot for astronomy fanatics.

“The Friends of Hocking Hills State Park is privileged to help honor John Glenn’s legacy by developing a facility that has such tremendous potential to offer visitors from around the globe an unforgettable experience.” said Julieann Burroughs, president of the Friends of Hocking Hills State Park board of directors. “The park will spark an interest in science, exploration and astronomy among visitors of all ages and is expected to become a meaningful scientific research facility.”

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The park, designed by Ohio-based M&A Architects, will include an 80-foot Solar Plaza that is encircled by a law wall with notches that offer framed views of the sun on certain days. An enclosed 540-square-foot observatory also features a retractable roof to permit night sky viewing. The park will also feature gathering areas, open green space and parking.

Before John Glenn died in December, he agreed to lend his name to the park. Raymore added that increased tourism benefits the area through much-needed economic development, as visitors generate more than $134 million annually in the region.

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“In addition to miles and miles of trails through dense forests, stunning rock formations and rushing waterfalls, our star-filled skies get high marks from visitors,” said Karen Raymore, Hocking Hills Tourism Association executive director. “The Tourism Association is thrilled at the opportunity to offer one more reason for travelers to visit the region and a new way for them to experience another natural attraction, which has been here since the dawn of time.”

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos takes Bill Gates' place as world's richest man

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

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Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, is the richest man in the world, taking the spot previously held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Forbes reported Thursday

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Bezos, who owns just under 80 million shares of Amazon, had a net worth of $90.6 billion when markets opened Thursday, which put him $500 million ahead of Gates, Forbes reported.

Forbes said Bezos is the third American to top the global ranks aside from Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett. He is also now the seventh person to hold the world’s richest person title. 

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New Tesla Model due out Friday

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

This undated photo provided by Tesla Motors shows the new Model 3 car. The promise of an affordable electric car from Tesla Motors had hundreds of people lining up to reserve one. At a starting price of $35,000 before federal and state government incentives the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla’s previous models. (Associated Press)
This undated photo provided by Tesla Motors shows the new Model 3 car. The promise of an affordable electric car from Tesla Motors had hundreds of people lining up to reserve one. At a starting price of $35,000 before federal and state government incentives the Model 3 is less than half the cost of Tesla’s previous models. (Associated Press)

Tesla is expected to launch its relatively affordable $35,000 Model 3 Friday.

It’s not just another sedan, auto industry observers are saying. It’s the California automaker’s bid to boost sales and invade territory long held by General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and others.

“Tesla has much to celebrate with the delivery of the first Model 3s, but the high-profile electric car maker faces a challenge like never before,” Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for car marketplace Autotrader, said in a statement. “The Model 3 is intended to be high volume — a first for Tesla. It is aimed at the core of the vehicle market in terms of price.”

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The Model 3 will face stiff competition, Krebs added.

Akshay Anand, executive analyst for Kelley Blue Book, said the new model may be the key to Tesla’s success or failure.

“Tesla is still a halo, lifestyle brand to many consumers, so the Model 3 represents the first time the brand is within reach,” Anand said. “Will the Model 3 meet lofty expectations? Can production continue without hiccups, unlike with the Model X?”

If the Model 3, along with the Chevrolet Bolt, meets or beats expectations, it could be “the early steps toward an electric future in automotive.”

The launch is happening at a time when the government of the United Kingdom recently pledged that it will ban vehicles with traditional internal combustion engines by the year 2040, following similar declarations by France and Norway.

Autotrader is a Cox Automotive brand. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, of which this news outlet is a part.

NuVasive reports higher revenue

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 4:39 PM

NuVasive’s local Libery Lane site. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
NuVasive’s local Libery Lane site. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

San Diego-based NuVasive, Inc. which recently opened a West Carrollton spinal implant devices factory, reported increased revenue and profitability Thursday.

For the quarter ended June 30, the company said revenue increased 10.3 percent to $260.6 million. An operating profit margin of 11.4 percent was also reported, with non-general accounting practices diluted earnings per share up 15 percent from the prior year to 46 cents.

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“NuVasive delivered better than expected operating profitability and earnings per share results in the second quarter 2017, along with continued strength across our international business, growing at more than 20 percent for the third quarter in a row,” Greg Lucier, chairman and chief executive of NuVasive, said in a statement.

NuVasive reported second quarter 2017 total revenue of $260.6 million, a 10.3 percent increase compared to $236.2 million for the second quarter of 2016.

The company put net income at $12.7 million, or 22 cents per share, compared to $30.2 million, or 57 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2016.

On a non-general accounting practices basis, the company reported net income of $24.1 million, or 46 cents per share, compared to $20.6 million, or 40 cents a share, for the second quarter last year.

UDRI announces partnership with composites company

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 2:09 PM

Brian Rice, a materials research engineer at the University of Dayton Research Institute, talks about the additive manufacturing research he and others are performing for the Air Force in a photo taken last year. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
Brian Rice, a materials research engineer at the University of Dayton Research Institute, talks about the additive manufacturing research he and others are performing for the Air Force in a photo taken last year. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) is partnering with a Cambridge, Mass company in a new project.

N12 Technologies, Inc., which focuses on using nanotechnology to strengthen composite material, said Tuesday it is partnering with UDRI in using a N12 Technologies material called “NanoStitch” with UDRI’s carbon nanotube production technology.

Brian Rice, a UDRI engineer, said the project will “meet the growing demand for their innovative carbon nanotube product while validating our own production capabilities.

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“The carbon nanotube product market is set for explosive growth and we’re thrilled to be working with the market leader in the category,” Rice said.

N12 Technologies developed the world’s first industrial process for carbon nanotubes for composite reinforcement, both the company and UDRI said in their announcement.

NanoStitch provides designers and engineers with the ability to add “toughness, impact resistance, and fatigue tolerance into their composite materials with a lighter, thinner laminate,” the partners said.

“We are relentlessly pushing the composites industry forward,” N12 Technologies CEO Brad Berkson said in the joint statement. “NanoStitch has proven itself as a commercially-viable product and is attracting attention from some of the biggest companies within the aerospace, automotive, renewable energy and consumer goods industries. UDRI is a key partner in helping us to scale our business and establish NanoStitch as the industry standard for nano-enhanced advanced composites.”

UDRI researchers have performed research work in nano-enhanced composites for some 20 years.