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ESTIEM Vision Moscow – “Space Food”

From the 12th to 18th of November 2014 the Vision seminar “Space Food” took place in Moscow.
After the arrival of the participants at the dormitory where we all stayed during the week, we were introduced to LG Moscow and had a general presentation about ESTIEM and the Vision project. In the evening we had our International night were we exchanged local beverages and food to get to know each other and their respective cultures.

On the next day we had a lecture introducing us to Space Food at Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) followed by a tour of the museum about the history of the university. After lunch we participated in a workshop called “National Space Food” where we developed our own space food products in little groups representing different countries. We had to face the problems of producing, packaging and delivering of our products for the use in zero gravity. At the end of the workshop we presented our creative and cutting-edge ideas. Following this we had a teambuilding training and an introduction to Russian culture including a small language session. In the evening we had a special sightseeing by car to see Moscow at night.

On Friday we visited the museum of cosmonautics where we had the possibility to see how cosmonauts live in space. Afterwards we had a company visit to the Ochakovo brewery with a guided tour through the company museum about beer and the production plant. We finished the tour with a tasting of different beers and non-alcoholic drinks. In the afternoon we enjoyed a special role-playing game in which we competed against each other to reach our individual aims by influencing the other participants in our imaginary space adventure. Later on we taught each other drinking games at a local bar.

Next morning we took part in a case study competition. After being divided in four groups we worked on the task to develop a concept for a moon based restaurant. We had to think about our target audience for our restaurant as well as the distribution and packaging of the food and finally the finished menu all considering the problems of low gravity on the moon. To conclude the competition every group had to present their ideas to a jury. The next activity was the city quest where we explored the city of Moscow.

On Sunday we started with a workshop about 3D printer. The task was to design a logo for our space company which was later burned into a wooden plate and create a model of the packaging for our space food which was constructed by a 3D printer. In the afternoon we went on a tour of the kremlin and the Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Furthermore we visited a museum for retro cars.

Our last day started with another two lectures about space food packaging and space bread followed by a visit to the control centre of the BMSTU. After this we had time to prepare for the Star Wars Gala dinner in the evening. Starting with a liquid nitrogen show we had a great party at the gala.

Thanks LG Moscow for organizing this awesome week. We had the chance to learn more about Russian culture and meet amazing new people with whom we had a lot of fun.

In high ESTIEM,

Lennard Eumann & Nadja Wilhelm (LG Paderborn)

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How Do You Spell Facebook, Mom, Cause I Want to Log In?

The internet is not only a standard part of all our lives, but now corners have been created for children barely able to click a mouse. My experiences as a parent a nine year old trying to write a report on planet X per internet search results to explaining an explicit Dora the Explorer Youtube video my younger one found. We strictly limit their online time and implement parental controls, yet we’re the odd ones of our generation.

Around 40% of all Generation X and Millennial mothers have set up a social media account for their children before the child’s first birthday, when another 7% do so before the child turns two.

What about children in between those two extremes? There are around twenty million children under 18 on Facebook. According to Consumer Reports, seven and a half million of these are under age 13, and five million of them are under the age of ten. McAfee estimates that over a third of 10-12 year old children are on Facebook. Facebook is losing teenaged users in the coveted 13 to 17 demographic. However, of those under 18 who set up Facebook accounts, around 80% say a parent helped. While many might say their parents knew to gain approval of the surveyors, I believe that many parents did help the kids set up Facebook accounts. Their greater mistake is not monitoring the actions of their kids online and teaching them proper behavior online.

I watch my oldest’s blog, once having to stifle laughter long enough to explain that just because the computer recommends a word in spell check doesn’t mean it is right. I had to CSS and HTML5 to my husband to explain the template changes she’d made and how. Teaching a child to Google themselves was quickly followed by an explanation that the best anonymity online is having the same name as 100,000 other people.

A pre-teen’s blog littered with cat videos and stock photos is a decent socialization to the digital world. Explaining how she could have hits from Romania and Russia don’t mean she’s internationally famous but one more target of email address harvesters is a good introduction to the hazards of the internet. Fortunately, we’ve yet to face the attack of the trolls, censorship for non-PC content because a group agrees to flag all your stuff as “hate”, or the general name calling of kids that becomes a permanent record online that could conceivably come up in a manager’s search for their names in 15 years.

Learning that your online posts become the public equivalent of the dreaded “school file”, but real. We thought would result in transgressions in second grade with gum in someone’s hair would prevent us from going to school. But those stupid posts from high school or drunk and crazy posts in college can haunt you, resulting in recruiters failing to call you back ten years from now or awkward questions from potential partners who learn more from a Google search now than a background check would find two decades ago.

The internet is changing the world, mostly for the better. Yet the ability to make the mean and meaningless chatter a permanent fixture on the world won’t improve anyone’s future until we teach all the kids to elevate their level of discourse – and hopefully learn better spelling and grammar, too.

If only the adults already online took the time to learn this lesson.

Lessons I’ve Learned from Teaching My Child About Online Activities

1. Don’t post when you’re tired, sick or otherwise afflicted. The odds of a mistake are too high.
2. Whether you select to edit it or delete it, it likely exists out there forever in some form.
3. What is put online is public, even if the profile is private.
4. If in doubt, don’t post it.
5. Keep your number of social profiles, accounts and so forth to a minimum. The fewer you have, the more time you can put into managing each.
6. If you wouldn’t say it to their face, certainly don’t post it online.
7. When the website is free, it makes its money from advertising – and tracking your interests and activities in a hope of improving the advertising. AKA, if the site is free and not selling things, you are the product.
8. Kid friendly websites are safer than the general internet, but kids will still be kids – especially if they feel powerful being able to bully someone they’ll never meet from their computer screen or chase someone online who they couldn’t touch in person.
9. Scum of the earth have seized too many domains that are a typo away from kid friendly websites.
10. Rule 34.
11. The awkwardness of explaining Rule 34.
12. Realize that everything you do online is tracked by someone, from the ISP to the web host to the email server to the social network. There is no privacy online short of a VPN, black web connection and multilayered software methods – and then your IP address is flagged for monitoring by the NSA.
13. If you make too many rules, whether in access controls on network or PCs, you’ll run into conflicts. If you create the ACLs on your side, you can conflict with other people’s ACLs.

14. Sometimes, an outright blacklist of sites, denial of privileges or saying “No” and sticking to it is the simplest control in any situation.

15. Users scream in any case if you invoke rule 14, but sysadmins and parents usually know best.

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Vision “Food Safety” In Brussels

Dear Readers,

In the year 2014/2015 the topic of the Vision project was „Food from Soil to Shelf“. The first Vision took place from 19th to 26th of October and was organized by the LG Brussels. The subtopic was „Food Safety“.

On the first evening we had a relaxed evening in a bar, but the next day the event started with a first presentation by Unilever, where we were taught a lot about their working on Food Safety. Later that day we had a presentation  from the european parliament, here we learned a lot about the legal background of Food Safety.

On the same night we had our international night, everybody brought some drinks, food and other stuff from their countries, so we could learn about culture from Germany, Norway, Spain, Russia, Greece or Poland.

Also, we had intersting lectures by e.g. Monsanto, that were very informative.

Really cool was also the visit of Lutosa, where we had the chance to see, how french fries are produced and in the end we could also try some of them.

Afterwards we had a brewery visit at the Busch Brewery. Their lightest beer had 7%, so the tour back was a little party.

We were also visiting the city of Ghent, where we had a boat tour and the fort of Namur. Last but not least we had a company visit at the Coda Cerva laboratories, where we were told a lot of interesting informations and facts about animal diseases and how they can be prevented.

I highly advise you all to apply for Vision events!

Christian Glies

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3D Printing and Its Impact on Logistics

Will 3D printing revolutionize the world? It has that potential.
Will 3D printing eliminate all of our logistic problems? No, but it will have a significant impact on logistics. How will 3D printing affect the world of logistics?

• What Gets Moved

3D printing could lead to logistics shifting from moving finished products to moving the feed stocks used by 3D printers to make finished products. In short, we’ll have more local manufacturing but keep the long distance shipping of raw materials if and until the finished products made by 3D printers can be recycled.
Metal can still be recycled, thought the polymers used for 3D printing is still TBD. When these items have been printed, painted, machined, coated and otherwise finished, they may or may not be recyclable. If not, then logistics must add them to the waste disposal network.

• You Can’t Print Everything

The logistics of everything we can’t print doesn’t change at all. You may print a fancy bodice, new furniture and biodegradable plastic plates, but the strawberries still come from California, the crab from Alaska, the potatoes from Idaho and the natural gas or oil that runs the stove from North Dakota. Medical products and drugs still get moved by truck to the stores, hospitals and pharmacies. Even if 3D printing nearly revolutionizes manufacturing, food, fuel and raw materials for what cannot be printed like timber and steel still get moved by the traditional methods.
High tech electronics are far to complicated to be printed by 3D printing baring a cute little protective case. Thus your microchips, smart phones and laptop computers are still going to be manufactured in Silicon Valley or China and shipped to the United States as they are today.

• How Travel Changes

3D printing won’t affect the economics of moving product. It is still ten times cheaper (or more) to ship something by water than by land. 3D printing won’t eliminate labor costs and labor cost differentials. 3D printing could mean it is easier to make fantastical designs or customized medical supports like exo-skeletons for disabled toddlers, but it may be made in China due to their cheaper labor costs and low shipping costs.
Suppose we get local recycling of feedstock for 3D manufacturing going, so that shipping of high volumes of feedstock are not required across long distances. You could theoretically see fewer trips to the big box mart and more to the garage for the kids’ latest creation. However, people still average around 10% of their time travelling. If they don’t have to go to the store as often, they will travel to activities or visit friends more often. An ideal world of local replicators, so to speak, will mean much more local travel and less long distance travel for goods. But it will have little impact on personal decisions for long distance travel, much less local ones.

• The Rest of the Waste Flow

3D printers are not Star Trek replicators. They unfortunately can’t dematerialize your paper waste, human waste and everything else you want to get rid of into energy to run your appliances or create new items.
The waste handling for 3D printed products may or may not include the landfill. Construction waste is at this point unchanged, since 3D printed buildings today are more like plastic shells that still need to be filled in with pipes and electrical wiring. Most of what is ripped out is recycled somewhere like the Habitat for Humanity Restore, burned for energy or taken to the landfill as it already is today. The logistics of waste handling for sewers are unchanged.