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Look For: Oceanus at Novus

May 22, 2015 at The Battery in San Francisco – www.novus.conf.com

The future is in your hands.

The future is in your hands.

An evening of stirring, inspirational talks with successful visionaries out to change the world? Count us in! Novus invites the public to reimagine the American dream, and presents an impressive host of speakers and presenters to act as lanterns. Oceanus was immediately enthused at the opportunity to hear from fellow pioneers, and then further thrilled to be invited to speak at the conference. Our mindset going in: reimagine the worldwide dream.

Join us Friday, May 22, at The Battery in San Francisco, for a fireside chat with Sean Ironstag (founder of Oceanus) and Ari Eisenstat (Novus delegate, founder of Draem Ventures, and Oceanus board member), as we discuss what it means to us to truly be progressive and create a better, higher model of society. We look forward to an open and engaging atmosphere, and the opportunity to connect with similarly ambitious people. See you there!

Lab Mistake Results in Momentous Find!

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It’s a happy accident: A mistake at an IBM research lab has created “a super-strong, super-light, and super-recyclable new material,” that could transform the old-school world of plastics and polymers and improve a slew of products, NBC News reports. Most of our polymers date back decades—think Styrofoam from the 1940s or nylon from the ’30s. But when researcher Jeannette Garcia forgot an ingredient in a polymerization reaction, she ended up making two new polymers—the first discovered in 20 years—including one so strong “I couldn’t even get it out of the flask,” she says. “I had to break the glass with a hammer.”

That polymer, nicknamed “Titan,” has about one-third the strength of steel and could show up in future computers, reports Mashable. The second, called “Hydro,” is a gel-like material that essentially heals itself when cut in two—which could work wonders as a “powerful-on-contact adhesive,” it adds. Both reduce down to molecules easily, which is big news because, “We can begin as scientists to design molecules that are incredibly tough, incredibly durable, but still recyclable,” a chemistry professor explains. That could mean a more eco-friendly shopping bag or water bottle, or even a tougher material for military drones.

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The myriad of benefits humanity will reap from Oceanus’ plan to clean our ocean:

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The Benefits…

   More than hope: Oceanus provides a platform for which opportunity is limitless and possibilities abound. While oceanic ​cleanup is, and always will be, the core of what we stand for, the amount of plastic polluting our oceans is staggering. In fact, that overwhelming mass of plastic is an immeasurable source of raw material. As addressed in other areas on our website, Oceanus will use this material to construct an entirely new and revolutionary infrastructure on which to foster life, the benefits of which are myriad and diverse. From environmental rehabilitation to ​​scientific research, on this page, we examine in detail the various  expected perks that will arise as byproducts by virtue of Oceanus pursuing its primary objective.

   To read more about the problem at hand, please, click here: www.titan-oceanus.com/the-problem.html                                                                                                                                        To read more about Oceanus’ plan of action, please, click here: www.titan-oceanus.com/the-solution.html 

Oceanus will:

  • Stem the release of toxins into our global habitat:

​            Plastic is essentially an everlasting floating sponge, soaking up most of the toxins it                comes into contact with as it drifts along the currents of our oceans. When it is                        consumed by marine creatures, these contaminants enter their systems as well. By                encapsulating this toxic waste in concrete, Oceanus neatly removes this                                   threat—trapping those dangerous toxins, and preventing them from further                            poisoning our global ecosystem. 

  • Foster an environment in which scientific research may be conducted unimpeded:

​            Bureaucratic red tape from local governments inhibit shocking amounts of                               developments from being made in the realms of scientific research. Invaluable                       progress is stymied by restrictions placed upon researchers, and their facilities, by                  the countries in which they reside. Outside of any country’s territorial waters, and                    therefore at complete liberty to govern itself, Oceanus is singularly located as to                      allow researchers utter freedom to conduct their work, sans                                                        bureaucratic nonsense. Previously stifled exploration in the fields of stem                                cell research, gene therapy, neuroprosthetics, gerontology, bionics, pharmaceuticals,              biochemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology, neuroscience, and more can thrive                    on Oceanus, without worry of heavy handed government regulation halting                              progressionthe results of which will further the good of humanity at large.

            Because Oceanus is, in essence, sovereign, we will have the ability to forbid                              any and all activity which would be detrimental to marine wildlife within a 200                        mile radius. This area will be devoted to the rehabilitation of the local                                        ecosystem, free of the devastation caused by trawling, fishing, and the passage of                    polluting ships. This sizable aquatic reserve will also be a boon to marine                                  biologists, who will have the rare opportunity to observe the effects of a fragile and                fading ecosystem being restored from the base up.

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  • Encourage the restoration of marine wildlife:

​            With 700 million tons of plastic debris occupying inestimable miles of oceanic                          habitat, native creatures are choked out of the ecosystem. Phytoplankton can                            not subsist on the little sunlight which filters through this nebulous, viscous muck,                 kicking off a starvation snowball effect which echoes all the way up to the top of the                food chain. Clearing away this noxious inorganic cloud of microplastic will enable                    the phytokplankton to return, breathing life back into a gasping ecosystem.

            70% of all the oxygen in our atmosphere comes from aquatic pelagic plant life                         (the rainforests only produce 28%, with the remaining 2% coming from other land-                  based sources). Phytoplankton alone is responsible for 50% of this vital life-giving                    element. Currently, an area of ocean around the size of the United States                                  is being deprived of its ability to support phytoplankton. By allowing it to thrive once              again, oxygen levels will begin to climb, fostering a healthier environment world-                      wide.

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  • Further the conceptualization and implementation of green living:

​​            The idea of green living is not new to humanity, and self-sustainability is a                                lifestyle many have found attractive throughout the ages. A project of this scope,                      however, which is not only self-sufficient, but has immense beneficial consequences              for our world as a whole, has never before been attempted. Oceanus will become                    a model for future green communities, sustained wholly by environmentally                            friendly methods.    

         –  A large part of creating this model is Oceanus’ use of  alternative energy                                   sources.Chief among these are solar and wind energy; we will also be among the first             to harness the unlimited power of wave energy, and to produce biodiesel fuel from                 algae. By exercising these methods to their fullest, both time-tested and                                   emerging technologies, Oceanus will be the first project of its kind powered entirely               by green energy. 

            In addition to providing an environmentally proactive platform capable                                    of supporting a populous where none existed before before, a bed of fertile soil will                be laid atop the buoyant modular blocks which form Oceanus’ foundation. In this                    soil, we will plant  grass, trees, and crops (in an area where no soil dependent plants              could thrive before), which will not only help to feed the population of Oceanus,                      but will also increase oxygen production in the area surrounding our facility. This                    will veritably boost overall planetary oxygen levels, which will help replenish ozone in              our atmosphere, and in turn, by the same token, help to stem global warming.   

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   While Oceanus is still in its research and development stage, we are actively seeking forward-thinking individuals to help both spread awareness of the problem at hand, and of Oceanus’ innovative solution. We are also currently taking applications for positions within the project itself. Some current fields of interest being: structural engineering, marine biology, chemistry, ecology, plastic recycling, polymer engineering, alternative energy, industrial mechanics, marine navigation, biochemistry, as well as any other pertinent field of expertise. Regardless of expertise, Oceanus welcomes all progressive, forward-thinking, consultants willing to lend vision to our project. If interested in becoming involved in any way, shape, or form; or, if you have any further questions or inquiries, drop us a line: www.titan-oceanus.com/contact-us.html                                

   Prefer to email us directly? Please do, at: support@titan-oceanus.com   We, of course, always look forward to hearing from those interested in our project.

Please visit our site at: www.titan-oceanus.com                                                                             Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/oceanusproject

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The toxic plastic soup that is our ocean.

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Plastic: a remarkable, cheap, and light-weight material, both durable and long lasting. This space-age polymer was once viewed as the path to a better and brighter future, and in many ways it has been. Without the invention and application of plastic, the advances our species has made over the past century in science, medicine, and technology would have been unattainable. We would not be living in the advanced world we are now, if it wasn’t for the development of plastics. That’s not even taking into account the affect plastic has on the luxuries of our daily lives, things like transportation, communication, food preservation, and the like. Plastic has not only helped to rocket humanity into an age of advanced science and technology, but has also helped to shape our day-to-day lives into ones of convenience.

Make no mistake though, there is a dark side to this seemingly miraculous material, one that could very well outweigh all the benefits provided by this resilient polymer—the same property that makes it such a popular substance: it’s longevity. Plastic was designed to last forever, and that’s exactly what it does.

Of the estimated 200 million tons of plastic littering our oceans, the majority can be found floating in one of the six major oceanic gyres around the world. These massive, slowly rotating gyres are the result of ocean currents converging in such ways that they create these colossal oceanic vortices. Now, imagine over 200 million tons of plastic debris thrown in the mix. The results are disastrous. ​The largest of these, the North Pacific Gyre, actually consists of two somewhat smaller gyres, creating a singular enormous whirling vortex of trash that spans an area larger than the United States. This is commonly referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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​One of the problematic properties of plastic is that it’s not biodegradable; it literally lasts forever. While plastic does not biodegrade, it does photodegrade: UV light from the sun breaks the plastic down into ever-smaller pieces of plastic known as microplastics. Do not mistake this process with biodegradation though. These microplastics break down into smaller and smaller pieces, but they always remain what  they are: plastic—just smaller pieces that are increasingly harder to clean up. Over 90% of the plastic polluting our oceans is made up of microplastics smaller than your fingernail. This photodegradation continues right down to the microscopic level, where we can’t even see the individual pieces of plastic with the naked eye. Instead, we see this viscous toxic sludge where water should be. We are not only polluting our oceans, we are actually changing the ​chemical composition of them as a whole. That is a big deal.

These microplastics act like sponges. They soak up and retain all kinds of toxic chemicals, such as DDT and PCBs. Unable to distinguish their food from these microplastics littering our ocean, many marine animals end up dying with bellies so full of plastic that no food can pass through them. They literally starve to death with full stomachs. Imagine thisit’s a horrifying reality. 

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While many animals perish from the ingestion of virulent plastic, many others survive long enough to enter our food chain, permeating it with toxins from the bottom up. In the picture to the left is a rainbow runner, a popular game fish, that was caught off the coast of California, belly chock-full of toxic microplastic. Here’s the thing, all this plastic is going nowhere, except in the bodies of the fish we consumeunless we contain it. Here at Oceanus, that is what we plan to do.

This environmental crisis is exactly that, an environmental crisis—one of the largest to date. If our oceans go, we go. Experts predict that over the course of the next two generations, if nothing is done to stem this, and we continue in this disposable plastic throw-a-way culture we are so used to living in, with no oceanic cleanup, all of our oceans will be in the same conditions as the gyres are now, if not worse. It’s already starting to happen.

The irony of it all, is we cannot just cut plastic out of our lives. We live in a plastic world. We rely on plastic too much to just delete it from our culture. If we as a species were to just exsect plastic from our lives altogether, we would not only halt any and all medical, technological, and scientific progression, we would be retrogressing back to a tribal-like society.

Plastic is used in just about everything we interact with: communication, transportation, consumption, medicine, technology, modern luxuries, down to the device you are using to read this. We can’t just stop using plastic on a macro level like that. It’s not feasible, logical, or possible—something more must be done. While plastic restraint is quite important, as is the development of biodegradable plastics, it’s just not enough. We must focus on cleanup.

​Hindered by a stale and banal way of thinking, oceanic cleanup has been virtually nonexistent. We need a fresh, new perspective. Something innovative and bold. The outdated, conventional ways of the past, in regards to dealing with this just aren’t cutting it (as is proven by the lack of notable action that has been taken thus far). Outside of the box thinking is what’s needed if we are going to tackle one of the largest environmental crises of our time. The traditional approach to gyre cleanup usually revolves around scores of ships trawling the ocean with huge nets,miles long, to collect plastic debris. Researchers and government agencies alike have faced a multitude of obstacles with that traditional approach—things like: the mass amount of manpower that would be needed to operate the scores of ships necessary for a project of this scale; the astronomical price it would cost to fund a project of that magnitude, most of which would be the tremendous amount that would be spent on the fueling of all those ships; also the environmental damage that would be wrought by the burning of all that fossil fuel, which could very well be even more harmful to our environment than if we had done nothing; and most importantly, the fact that the majority of what would be caught in those nets would be marine life, since all the microplastic (which is the real problem) would just slip right through any traditional net, and any net fine enough to collect microplastic would also collect plankton, a disastrous culling, as phytoplankton is the source of over 50% of the world’s oxygen. These are some of the reasons why many researchers and government agencies have all but given up on this daunting task, giving in to defeatism. Yes, when viewed in that light, under those guidelines, it does seem impossible… But there is still hope.

Plastic may have once been the path to a better and brighter future for all humanity, but our negligence as a species has come full circle. Plastic has now become our calamity. As when dealing with many things from 100 years ago, we must change our mindsets. We must change the way we think not only about plastic, about pollution, and about cleanup, but our conceptualization and approach as well. The time for stale thinking and timidity is over. It’s time we step up and handle this calamity we have beset ourselves with, not just for the survival and betterment of our species, but for the world as a whole.

We as a people created this disaster. We cannot sit idly anymore, letting this plastic refuse poison our oceans. If we do, we are not only poisoning our oceans, we are not only poisoning the marine life, we are not only poisoning ourselves, but we are poisoning generations to come. Is that the legacy we really want to leave?

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