You know that old climate change cautionary bumper sticker about how “there is no Planet B” so we should hug our Mother Earth? In a shocking turn of events, the bumper sticker may not be an entirely trustworthy source of information. NASA is hot on the trail of a Planet B, and they’ve just come up with a new model to streamline the search.
In new research published this week in the Astrophysical Journal, NASA scientists outlined a new search model that calculates conditions for Earth-like planet in three dimensions, making the hunt much speedier. “Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new process that controls the habitability of exoplanets and will guide us in identifying candidates for further study,” said NASA’s Yuka Fujii in a statement.
In the future, the team plans to look for those planetary characteristics that humans like so much, such as gravity, atmospheric composition, surface pressure, and the presence of water. Read more about it here, while remembering to not believe everything you read on a bumper sticker.ML
Canyon Ranch, the 38-year-old luxury resort brand, is trying something new: injectable facial treatments. It’s a shift in strategy, since Canyon Ranch has so far been known for its focus on natural wellness.
The company recently hired a new CEO, Susan Docherty, who comes from General Motors. She’s helping the brand expand beyond its two U.S.-based resorts in Arizona and Massachusetts. It has already opened a spa in Kaplankaya, Turkey, and is planning to open two dozen more locations both in the United States and around the world. It is also piloting a cruise program in partnership with Celebrity Cruises called Canyon Ranch At Sea.
CR Aesthetics, as the new injectables are called, will use Botox to relax wrinkles, Juvederm to smooth skin, and Latisse to enhance eyelash growth. The company began using these products aboard their Celebrity ships cruises, and they were well received by guests. The focus on injectables came directly from customer requests, Docherty tells Fast Company. The majority of Canyon Ranch’s guests are older than 45, and are actively seeking cosmetic treatments. “We believe that being happy with how you look is an important factor in feeling content,” she says. “This is what our customers were asking of us.”ES
The world of online luxury retail is getting crowded. Between Net-a-Porter, Farfetch, 24 Sevres, and Matches, well-heeled shoppers have a wealth of options. All of these brands are coming up with innovative ways to provide customers with the kind of white-glove service they used to get when they still shopped in gleaming brick-and-mortar stores.
Orchard Mile, a three-year-old site, has found one approach that works. It allows customers to create their own “shopping street” that consists of the brands they actually shop at. So rather than having to wade through brands picked by the website’s style editors, the customer can click on their favorite brands–say, Balenciaga, Marni, Marc Jacobs beauty, and Ulla Johnson–and see a customized website that features their idiosyncratic picks. Unlike Net-a-Porter and 24 Sevres, which curate the products available from each designer, Orchard Mile offers that designer’s entire collection. This means the experience is more like actually walking down a street and entering each designer’s store.
Since the company unveiled this new “My Mile” platform several months ago, Orchard Mile has seen impressive results. Sales are growing at a rate of 26.9% a month, while the average purchase is $350, the company says. As retailers struggle to customize the experience for each person who visits its site, Orchard Mile’s approach has been to put those decisions in the customer’s hands–and it appears to be working.ES