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BMW X6 Vantablack – when black is the new black

BMW X6 Vantablack

An opening night without the intense lights: BMW is the very first automaker to produce a Vantablack automobile, painted with a light-absorbing paint in the blackest black. Where does this supreme black come from? And what makes it so unique?

If you’re trying to find elegance and even beauty, not to discuss a little bit of hazard, for your cars and truck than the clear option is to opt for a black paint task. The obstacle with black is that every bit of dirt and even every ding reveals up in glaring detail. Surrey NanoSystems has actually developed a brand-new black paint that gets rid of that – Vantablack, and it’s entirely readily available on the BMW X6.

BMW X6 Vantablack

Vantablack is not really a color pigment or a paint, however a finish of carbon nanotubes. Versus a deep black background, items covered in Vantablack product appear to vanish, as the understanding of spatial depth is lost.

The BMW X6 automobile has actually been covered with the Vantablack alternative VBx2, which was initially established for the fields of architecture and science. This Vantablack variation has an overall hemispherical reflectance (THR) of one percent and is for that reason still thought about “superblack”, however it supplies a minimum of a little surface area reflection from every angle. The excellent benefit of the VBx2 product is that it can be sprayed on.

BMW X6 Vantablack

It’s not simply that you’re not seeing light with Vantablack; it’s that you’re seeing the lack of light. In result, Vantablack turns a 3D item into a 2D thing. Of course, that would imply that you will not see any of the lines and information of the body, so that’s why BMW utilizes a variation of Vantablack – VBx2 – that has one percent overall hemispherical reflectance that permits a little quantity of reflection from every angle.

BMW X6 Vantablack

According to designer Hussein Al Attar, this was the unique lure of the Vantablack cars and truck job. The non-reflective paint likewise opened brand-new point of views for the designers, who had the ability to focus on shapes and percentages without needing to think about reflections, shading and light.

A world best without the brilliant lights: BMW is the very first producer to create a Vantablack vehicle, painted with a light-absorbing paint in the blackest black. Surrey NanoSystems has actually come up with a brand-new black paint that does away with that – Vantablack, and it’s entirely readily available on the BMW X6.
Vantablack is not in fact a color pigment or a paint, however a finish of carbon nanotubes. Versus a deep black background, things covered in Vantablack product appear to vanish, as the understanding of spatial depth is lost.

Spanish wines – what you need to know

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Photo: spanishwine-nodus.com

Did you know that Spain is one of the greatest producers of wine in the world? It appears the first place, in terms of planted surface area and it’s the third largest producer (second international exporter, when it comes to volume). The country offers a broad range of native grape varieties, which make unique, typical wines. What do you need to know about the Spanish wines? Let’s check them all!

Tempranillo – the noble


It is definitely the star among Spanish grapes and it gives the most representatives quality wines of the country. Often referred to as “the noble grape of Spain”, the red Tempranillo is typical for the region of Rioja. Its name comes from the Spanish “temprano”, meaning “early”, because of its early ripening. The grapes give powerful, intense fruity wines, with a good balance of alcohol content, color and acidity, and a smooth mouth that turns velvety in time. Wines are very suitable for ageing in wood.  Tempranillo is currently widely planted across Spain because of its proven quality, and it is an authorized grape variety in 28 designations of origin.


Verdejo – the elegant

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White Verdejo grapes give a unique personality to D.O. Rueda wines. Its origins date back to the 11th century. It is very likely that the so-called Mozarabs (mozárabes, Iberian Christians who lived under Arab Islamic rules) brought the variety from North Africa.

The resulting velvety wines boast unique flavors, rich fruity expression with a hint of scrub herbs, an excellent level of acidity and a special, elegant bitter touch.


Monastrell – the rich


It’s a red, very productive grape, probably introduced to the Iberian Peninsula by the Phoenicians. Also known worldwide as Mourvèdre, this Mediterranean grape variety makes dark-colored, rich, full-bodied wines, often with a gamey flavor and high levels of alcohol. Specialists say it has high levels of resveratrol, the “miracle” antioxidant. It also shows a special affinity for Garnacha (Grenache): when blended with it, it gives structure and a velvety touch to the wine.

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Moscatel de Alejandria – the sweet

Moscatel de Alejandria

Moscatel de Alexandria berries are thick, fleshy, pale yellow with a musky taste. It has a powerful aroma, and high sugar content. Traditionally used to make sweet desert white wines, Moscatel de Alejandria is considered to be one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still existing. The grapes originated from North Africa: it is said that queen Cleopatra also drank Muscat wine…

In Spain, Moscatel gives its best expression in regions next to the sea (Alicante, Valencia and the Canary Islands). Wines made from these grapes are sweet, finely aromatic, with a distinct personality; they are also appreciated as a blender in dry and sparkling wines.

Moscatel de Alejandria

Garnacha Tintorera – the intense

Garnacha Tintorera

Garnacha Tintorera is a red flesh varietal: “tintorera” comes from “teñir”, meaning “to dye”. Its pulp is highly colored, and produces intense dark-red wines, smooth on the palate, with distinctive flavors that remind of plums and black olives. The powerful and ripe tannins make the wines very suitable for blending, and contribute to the typical Mediterranean character.

Garnacha Tintorera

Albariño – the fresh


White Albariño variety is representative of the D.O. Rías Baixas, and it is well adapted to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean. It was presumably brought to Spain by monks in the 12th century.

The grapes are small and very sweet, with unusually thick skins which help the fruit tolerate the damp climate, and also contribute to the acidity and to some residual bitterness. They make wines with a distinct aroma, suggesting melon, apricot, peach, tropical fruits, and flowers. They also bring crispiness, freshness and slight mineral notes. As Rías Baixas are also famous for their seafood, Albariño wines – also nicknamed Sea Wines – are the perfect companion for seafood or fish dishes.


Bobal – the bold


Red grape, native to Utiel-Requena wine region (Valencia), it gives its best expression there, because of the high elevation combined with short and dry summers. For a long time, Bobal grape was used only for bulk wine production, until it was rediscovered it and used it to its maximum potential. When it’s well mastered, Bobal fully expresses the essences of the land: intense color and character, powerful structure, spiciness, high level of tannins, good body and complex flavors. The varietal can also be used for carbonic maceration reds, as well as for fruity rosés with a unique color.


Macabeo – the elegant


White Macabeo, also known as Viura, is cultivated in many Spanish wine regions. It produces dry white wines, with nerve and character that improve with age. The plant over-produces grapes with big berries; bunches are so tight that they can easily rot; this is why they have to be picked early.


The resulting wines are light colored and greenish, medium bodies with nice complexity; fine nose of peaches and white flowers; fruity and floral aromas, remarkable acidity. Fruity and fine sparkling Cava wines are also produced from Macabeo.

Spot, the world’s scariest robot, is now for sale

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We’ve seen the Spot robotic quadruped mature as well as develop, from its earliest days as a bigger, a lot more troublesome monster to a thoroughly fine-tuned maker efficient in pulling  vehicles. Currently manufacturer Boston Dynamics is placing the robo-dog for sale.

Boston Dynamics has actually begun marketing its four-legged Spot robotic, yet you possibly will not be able to obtain your hands on one. It’s the opposite of the typical sales procedure: companies require to send out pitches to Boston Dynamics, which it will certainly after that analyze them for viability.

Boston Dynamics just has 20 of the robotics readily available now, but it’s desire is to make around 1,000 for usage out in the area. So it has to be extremely selective concerning the one who would like to have one robo-doggy. It hasn’t divulged just how much they will certainly set you back.

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Spot, the robot dog

But for now, you can not simply take down your money and also leave with a Spot. Rather, Boston Dynamics will certainly rent the Spot crawler to business with authentic usages for it: rates are and also differ on demand, yet believe in the 10s of thounsands United States bucks.

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Spot can act indoors and outdoors

“An active robotic that climbs up stairways and also goes across harsh surface with extraordinary convenience, yet is little sufficient to make use of inside your home” is the summary on the Boston Dynamics sales web page. “Built to be a customisable and also sturdy system, Spot autonomously achieves your commercial noticing and also remote procedure demands.”
Exactly how can you utilize Spot? The robotic is developed to endure rainfall, so it can function outdoors, as well.

Boston Dynamics has actually begun offering its four-legged Spot robotic, however you possibly will not be able to obtain your hands on one. It’s the opposite of the typical sales procedure: companies require to send out pitches to Boston Dynamics, which it will certainly after that analyze them for viability.

The future is now!

Photo: Boston Dynamics