Wired. Travel - Lebanon’s rare cheese made in jars. Brain Candy. Brain Candy. Brain Candy. Culture - What your handwriting says about you. Cursive eulogies are everywhere these days, but the fact is, everyone still writes.
Grocery lists, medical prescriptions, even love letters are penned by hand – we just tend to use scribbly, un-joined print rather than the fancy longforms of the past. Script, which once dominated daily affairs and correspondence, is today reserved for the solemn formality of diplomas and wedding invitations. On those rare occasions when we do trade the keyboard for the quill, there’s the nagging worry readers will find our scrawl totally illegible, or at the very least unconventional.
Letterforms often still distinguish a country like regional cuisine or local currency once did In fact, variations between individual letterform styles shouldn’t be written off (pardon the pun) as mere personality quirks: there are, it turns out, recognisable and consistent differences in handwriting among nationalities – cultural fingerprints that tell a story between the lines.
There are subtler regional differences too. Wired. Twenty-three years.
It’s been twenty-three years since a female superhero has anchored her own movie—1994’s Supergirl being the most recent example. (Catwoman and Elektra? Both antiheroes. Don’t @ me.) And as comic books’ first female hero, Wonder Woman was long overdue for her full-length feature adaptation, which dominated theaters this weekend. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque wins Another Traveller C... - Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. For the second time in a row, Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has won the 2nd spot on the list of the world’s best landmarks, winning Trip Advisors Traveller's Choice Award of 2017.
Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel site, bases the choice of the winner on the opinions, ratings and comments of millions of travellers and visitors of architectural, and historic sites. It is also regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the world. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a widely loved attraction and place of worship in the UAE with people travelling lengths to visit the awe-inspiring beautiful destination. With its grand white marble domes and its artfully painted interiors with semi-precious stones, there’s so much to admire and there’s no surprise that its popularity has soared. The destination came second to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap. Wired. Every vision of the future of flight involves electric aircraft—air taxis hopping from one skyscraper to the next as airliners cruise silently over oceans.
After all, what kind of future traveler would rely upon fossil fuels? One who wants to go anywhere. For all the hype electric aviation gets, the concepts put forth by aerospace companies and startups are just this side of impossible. Flying requires extraordinary amounts of energy, and doing so under electric power requires at least one massive leap forward in battery tech. Or, as aviation expert Richard Aboulafia puts it when reviewing yet another flying car idea: “Insert miracle.” The problem is, batteries simply do not offer the power-to-weight ratio or cost needed to be feasible, and will not for some time. The question, then: Just how big a miracle does this flying future need, and how likely is it to get it?
A terrestrial survey offers reason for optimism. Critical Density Others suggest a shortcut of sorts. New Chemistries. Earth - Eerie underwater scenes of lost ship and aircraft wrecks. Last year, British photographer Steve Jones shot the well-preserved wreck of the World War Two US bomber B-17G Flying Fortress off the island of Vis, Croatia.
The aircraft crashed in 1944 after getting hit by anti-aircraft fire, killing co-pilot, Ernest Vienneau. “In years to come, many of the ships and aircraft lost during the World Wars will be gone forever.” Diving such sites can be both “exhilarating and spectacular” and “sombre and sad” when there has been loss of life, says Jones; something that hit home particularly hard on this shoot. The images Jones captured ended up having a surprisingly personal impact after he entered the photographs in the Underwater Photographer of the Year awards. His entry was published and spotted by the late co-pilot's family who got in touch with Jones. “They had never seen images of his resting place,” says Jones. But these relics from one of the bloodiest chapters in human history are slowly disappearing. Travel - The family out-sculpting Mount Rushmore. Dirty patches of snow dotted the roadside as we drove the winding route through the evergreen forests of south-western South Dakota, the van rattling despite the sedate pace.
A late afternoon chill travelled through me as we reached the top, stepping out of the van and into mud that sloshed beneath our feet. “I believe in first impressions,” my guide, Matt, said, “so don’t turn around until we get out to the wrist.” We walked on. Around me, mountains rose and hills rolled in the afternoon light. The dense pine forest extended for miles, set against a cerulean sky that peeked out from behind slate-coloured clouds. “Okay,” he said, “turn around.” Capital - Curious contraptions of yesterday's workplaces. If you’ve been in the workplace long enough, no doubt there’s a lengthy list of the technology you’ve cast aside.
Fax machines, pagers and copiers the size of a small car are all tools that were marvels of their time but have been replaced in the steady march of technical innovation. Despite their obsolescence, there’s something we can learn from them, says Steven J. Hansman, a futurist and expert on emerging and past technologies. Sometimes it’s about knowing when to act on a good idea, Hansman says.