World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Editors’ Recommendations Major Airline Admits to Monitoring Passengers Via Onboard Cameras Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness We live in strange and wondrous times. Twenty years ago, the internet as we know it was hardly a blip on the mainstream radar. Just 10 years ago, Facebook and the iPhone were “newborns” in the public eye. Now, it’s 2017, and we’re throwing a zero-gravity party on the edge of space.On February 7, 2018, a highly customized A310 craft will take off from Germany’s Frankfurt Airport. For a full 90 minutes, the flight will do what it was designed to do: trace parabolic arcs in the sky to simulate the effects of zero gravity. This time, however, the astronauts-in-training who are usually aboard will be notably absent. Instead, the passengers will be unlike any the plane has flown before. World-renowned DJs Armin van Buuren, Steve Aoki, and W&W will show off their legendary turntable skills in the weightless environment. Also aboard: An exclusive selection of the world’s most hardcore EDM and space fans as part of World Club Domes’s first-ever zero-gravity party.Even amid Europe’s insane, world-famous club parties, World Club Dome has come to define what a proper mega-party can be. The original WCD concept debuted in Germany in 2012 as “the biggest club in the world.” Indeed, the massive, one-of-a-kind event spread across 20 stages with 200 headliners and Europe’s largest laser show. The concept quickly evolved into the 2,000-passenger World Club Cruise around Europe. In 2015 we saw the launch of the Ice Club-Train. This so-called “fastest club in the world” was packed with world-class DJs and partiers, all traveling at nearly 200 miles per hour. The same year, WCD launched “the highest club in the world” with Club-Jet: a Boeing 747 party flight with (you guessed it) some of the world’s best DJs. In 2017 alone, WCD events racked up more than 330,000 attendees. Now, they’re going even bolder.WCD has dubbed the Zero Gravity party flight “the world’s smallest nightclub,” and the bar to get in is higher than any club in the world as space is extremely limited. To apply, potential space party-goers must create and share a 20-second video on social media using the hashtag #wcdZeroGravity. From the pool of applicants, only two — one male, one female — will be selected from each continent. If you’re considering applying, be sure to don your best “astronaut wanna-be” club clothes and prove to the world why your zero-G EDM game is truly out of this world.Featured image courtesy of World Club Dome/Facebook. Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight?
BOSTON — The venture capital arm of one of Canada’s largest pension funds is investing in Hopper, a Cambridge, Mass.,-based online travel planning startup.Hopper says the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Service is leading the latest $12-million investment round that also includes Brightspark Ventures and Atlas Venture.As well, Derek Smyth, managing director of OMERS Ventures, is joining the Hopper board as a director.The latest investment brings Hopper’s total amount raised to $22 million, including previous investments from Brightspark and Atlas.“It’s really important to OMERS Ventures that we are leading a significant round of financing for a company like Hopper that has the strong potential to be a game-changer in its industry,” Smyth said in a statement.“Hopper’s management team is world-class, with the big data expertise required to completely revolutionize the way customers discover and book their online travel. Hopper is exactly the kind of company we look to partner with over the long term as it disrupts an entire industry.”The company hopes to win customers by simplifying travel planning on the Internet, where it says gathering widely scattered information can be both time-consuming and difficult.“Hopper has already crawled more than half a billion pages of travel data, with plans to double that by the end of the year, making it the largest travel database in the world,” the company said.“This funding round will further the company’s goal of using big data to take the frustration out of trip planning and make travel search smarter.”OMERS is one of Canada’s largest pension funds with over $55 billion in net assets, providing pension administration services to 420,000 members, one in every 20 workers in Ontario.