Giant steps

Step into synaesthesia’s visual soundscape, built with the music of John Coltrane.  The Israeli animator and artist Michal Levy is among the roughly 3 per cent of people who experience synaesthesia – a neurological condition in which people have a recurring sensory overlap, such as ‘tasting’ words or envisioning letters and numbers each with their own inherent colour. Levy possesses…

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Airbus says “It’s a gas”

Airbus has debuted three new concepts for the world’s first “zero-emission” commercial aircraft — and one or some might enter service during or before 2035, according to a press release published on Airbus’ website. Airbus debuted three new concepts for the first-ever “zero-emission” commercial aircraft and aims to press the future aircraft into service during or before 2035. The new concepts represent…

Rich Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s reputation as an eco-friendly travel destination has been further cemented with its Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) standard for lodging and tour operators achieving the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s GSTC-Recognized Standard status. “As global leaders in sustainability, we are honored to receive the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s recognition for the Certification of Sustainable Tourism Standard,” said Gustavo Segura,…

Paper trails

Ted Florence is ready for his family trip to Botswana. He has looked up his hotel on Google Maps and downloaded a digital map of the country to his phone. He has also packed a large paper map. “I travel all over the world,” says Florence, the president of the international board of the International Map Industry Association and Avenza…

Pre-War to Gen Z

Are today’s teens in a panic about climate change and happy to hang out with their parents, whilst pensioners think plastic recycling and global warming are just silly modern hysteria? Worldwide research on our perspectives depending upon when we were born has been carried out in 40 countries, with a stratified sample – that is, specifically designed to reflect a…

Lie and sleep

There is an old trick of which I used to be a master: half waking up, then snoozing my alarm and pushing myself back down into sleep for another five, 10, 50 minutes. Suddenly, though, it has become a lot harder. I now need to sink back into the Land of Nod fast enough to avoid remembering the existence of…

‘Leave No Trace’

The seven “Leave No Trace” (LNT) principles were formed by the Leave No Trace organization as a set of guidelines meant to educate campers and protect the environment. One of the tenets of outdoor recreation—camping, specifically—is the idea of enjoying the natural world while minimizing impact as much as possible. For future generations to be able to enjoy spaces that we use…

Five passports for you

When you’re traveling, if you like what you see and want to remain abroad for a little longer than a couple of weeks, you typically only have a few months. Failure to leave when you’re supposed to could result in deportation or an indefinite ban from the country. However, there are a few ways around the limit — you could…

Stay at a traditional Japanese house

It had been a packed afternoon of exploring the charming city of Tamba Sasayama, where the vibrant energy of young businesses ran hot through the city. But it was also a relentlessly cold and rainy day. so I was already fantasizing about hot baths and steaming hot pots when we arrived at the 100-year-old traditional Japanese house. Read more courtesy of Voyapon.com…

A self-isolation silver lining?

Behind the unprecedented disruption of routine life by the recent Coronavirus could lie one of the most profound transformations of our lives: closer connections, greater happiness, and a healthier relationship to work. Despite the anxiety, fear, and illness that is likely to touch each of our lives, there may be a silver lining once we’re on the other side, according…

Chateau bravo!

With their lofty towers, glittering ballrooms, geometric gardens and all that gilded finery, no one does castles better than France. From the Dordogne’s renaissance piles flanked by dusty olive groves and pretty hilltop villages to the turret-studded landscape of the Loire Valley, French châteaux are a brilliant display of the country’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, often with wonderful stories…

Where BnB?

Brian Chesky is no stranger to big lifts. The 38-year-old former bodybuilder and Airbnb CEO has, in the space of 11 years, hauled his property rental dream from a single air mattress to a multi-billion dollar startup success story. But as hosts rage and debt piles up, the huge weight of the coronavirus pandemic might be too much for Chesky…

Let’s rock!

Rock art, that is paintings and carvings on natural rock formations, is one of the earliest forms of creative expression and a universal phenomenon among prehistoric societies, in this case, Indian. An instrument of communication rather than simply art, it is an assemblage of material culture which provides a glimpse into the lives of people who painted them. Rock art…

Stay afloat

Some facts… Scientists predict that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in summer by 2030, or even sooner. Scientists worry that climate change could cause the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which could raise sea levels by as much as 19 feet. Read more courtesy of FactRetriever.com

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