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"Full Moon", Night Skiing Without Artificial Light

"Full Moon", Night Skiing Without Artificial Light

Videos

Night skiing without artificial light: Closing lift stations and the setting sun mark the end of the action for most skiers. Not for Max Kroneck and Jochen Mesle. While ski towns fall asleep they head into the mountains and see them awaking in a new light. The snow starts glistening again.

The Fight To Save Broad Beach

The Fight To Save Broad Beach

Long Reads Nature

Malibu homeowners banded together to address sea level rise. A decade later, they are at war with the city, the surfers, and each other. The choices are clear: Do nothing and lose the coast. Stall by dredging in sand, bouldering up revetments and emergency sea walls. Or look at long-term solutions.

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Explainers Health Life Psychology

Active people tend to overthink what food is doing for their body—Is keto good for endurance? What’s the perfect post-training macro spread? Butter or no butter in my coffee?—but underthink what it’s doing for their mind. Yet you’ve probably noticed that what you eat impacts what’s going on upstairs.

Is Duty-Free Dead? On The Trail Of Travel-Exclusive Unicorns

Is Duty-Free Dead? On The Trail Of Travel-Exclusive Unicorns

Food

“Travel exclusive” bottlings have mostly dried up, and so have strange American export releases. And there certainly aren’t rows and rows of “unicorn” bottles just sitting in some far-flung terminal somewhere in the South Pacific.

How Do Airlines Price Tickets?

How Do Airlines Price Tickets?

Economics Explainers Videos

To the average buyer, airline ticket prices appear to fluctuate without reason. But behind the process is actually the science of dynamic pricing, which has less to do with cost and more to do with artificial intelligence.

Rubber Tires — A Dirty Business

Rubber Tires — A Dirty Business

Business Nature Videos

The booming global tire market is worth billions – but this comes at a high price, both to humans and the environment. Over 50 million car tires are sold each year in Germany alone. But where does the natural rubber for them come from?

The Trillion-Dollar Auction To Save The World

The Trillion-Dollar Auction To Save The World

Long Reads Nature Politics

Ocean creatures soak up huge amounts of humanity’s carbon mess. Should we value them like financial assets? Governments could confer legal rights on nature, effectively giving ecosystems the right to sue for damages—and incentivizing polluters to not damage them.

Virginia Mori

Inspiration
Virginia Mori
Searching For Meg White, The Elusive White Stripes Drummer

Searching For Meg White, The Elusive White Stripes Drummer

Media

The White Stripes played their final show in 2007 and officially called it a day in 2011. Jack White continued performing, but it’s been over a decade since we heard from Meg White. Could renewed attention over a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination coax her back into the spotlight?

The Education Of Natalie Jean

The Education Of Natalie Jean

Life Long Reads

For years, Mormon mommy blogger Natalie Lovin curated a picture-perfect life. Natalie’s job was being a lovably quirky wife and mother who documented her idyllic life online. Then she left the church—and her husband.

The ‘Hidden Mechanisms’ That Help Those Born Rich To Excel In Elite Jobs

The ‘Hidden Mechanisms’ That Help Those Born Rich To Excel In Elite Jobs

Business Life

Sociologists Daniel Laurison and Sam Friedman have uncovered a striking, consistent pattern in data about England’s workforce: Not only are people born into working-class families far less likely than those born wealthy to get an elite job—but they also, on average, earn 16 percent less in the same fields of work.

The Oddly Autocratic Roots Of Pad Thai

The Oddly Autocratic Roots Of Pad Thai

Food History

In rice-centric Thailand, then known as Siam, the dish seemed more Chinese. But Thailand’s prime minister, who first rose to power as part of a military coup against the longtime monarchy, had spoken. As part of his strident nationalism, he wanted all Thais to eat pad Thai.

Science Fiction Short Film: Others Will Follow

Science Fiction Short Film: Others Will Follow

Videos

The lone survivor of the first mission to Mars uses his last moments to pass the torch of inspiration. Others Will Follow was inspired by a speech written for President Nixon to deliver in the event that the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the moon.

Matt Rota

Inspiration
Matt Rota
The World’s Tallest Water Slide Was a Terrible, Tragic Idea

The World’s Tallest Water Slide Was a Terrible, Tragic Idea

Business Videos

At nearly 169 feet tall, Verrückt was taller than Niagara Falls. Riders flew down the world’s tallest water slide at 70 miles per hour, challenging the laws of physics. Then, on August 7, 2016, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was decapitated on the ride. What went wrong to cause such a horrific tragedy?

Behind The Walls Of Brazil's Secretive Gated Communities

Behind The Walls Of Brazil's Secretive Gated Communities

Photos World

Photographer Giovana Schluter grew up uneasy in one of Brazil’s many private neighbourhoods – artificial worlds built for the middle classes. So years later, she returned to a manufactured enclave just like the one of her youth, hoping to get to the heart of their emptiness.

Montenegro's Scenic Coast Spoiled By Greed

Montenegro's Scenic Coast Spoiled By Greed

Nature World

Montenegro is the only country in the world to describe itself as “ecological” in its constitution. But the exploitation of its Adriatic coastline, where developers are given free rein, tells a different story.

Small Cities, Big Challenges

Small Cities, Big Challenges

Architecture Cities Videos

From building in a crowded capital threatened by rising sea levels to creating modern housing alongside historic landmarks, this is how small cities around the world are overcoming some remarkable challenges.

How Singapore Solved Housing

How Singapore Solved Housing

Cities Politics Videos

Because 80% of the population lives in one of its one million public apartments, they carry no social stigma and are enjoyed by the rich and poor alike. Singapore has adopted such a unique set of policies that the usual measures fail to accurately capture just how far ahead it is.

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Coming, It’s Already Here

The Climate Crisis Isn’t Coming, It’s Already Here

Long Reads Nature

The climate crises will spell our doom, a disaster that’s not merely on its way—it’s already here. Rosecrans Baldwin embeds with the government agents and the doomsday experts preparing now for the plagues, and the panics, and the fast-approaching day when life on our warming planet finally falls apart.

What Do We Call Boomers Who Are Just As Screwed As Millennials?

What Do We Call Boomers Who Are Just As Screwed As Millennials?

Economics

The rise of hustle culture is often attributed to millennials, but when it comes to grinding in the gig economy these days, Boomers are leading the way. According to Uber, 25 percent of its millions of workers are over 50, with more drivers over 50 than under 30. Meanwhile, Boomer homeowners are the fastest growing demographic for Airbnb.

The Case For Making Low-Tech 'Dumb' Cities Instead Of 'Smart' Ones

The Case For Making Low-Tech 'Dumb' Cities Instead Of 'Smart' Ones

Cities Tech

There’s no concrete definition of a smart city, but high-tech versions promise to use cameras and sensors to monitor everyone and everything, from bins to bridges, and use the resulting data to help the city run smoothly. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?

Joseph Ford

Inspiration
Joseph Ford
"Abandoned", The Story Of The S.S America Vessel

"Abandoned", The Story Of The S.S America Vessel

History Videos

In 1940, a stunning and iconic vessel was launched called the S.S America. A ship of pride for the United States and after a long career in her golden years, the vessel ended up in a state of limbo for a while. She was left abandoned floating aimlessly until she was bought out and renamed to the SS American Star.

The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow

The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow

Explainers Food

Here’s the first thing you should know: Expiration dates are not expiration dates. Food product dating, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls it, is completely voluntary for all products — with the exception of baby food. Not only that, but it has nothing to do with safety.

A Shocking Campaign Uses Graphic Images To Point Out The Damage That Plastic Pollution Has On The Ocean’s Wildlife

A Shocking Campaign Uses Graphic Images To Point Out The Damage That Plastic Pollution Has On The Ocean’s Wildlife

Art Media Nature

A simple plastic bag seems harmless, but it can represent extreme suffering – and even death. Depicting this unfortunate truth through strong images, Sea Shepherd, an NGO focused on the conservation of marine wildlife, is launching a plastic awareness campaign.

Air Co’s Vodka Is Made Out Of Carbon Dioxide Pulled From The Atmosphere

Air Co’s Vodka Is Made Out Of Carbon Dioxide Pulled From The Atmosphere

Food Innovation Nature

To bring the spirit in-line with its contemporaries, Air Co. has applied a process that converts air-based carbons into pure ethanol using a proprietary, solar-based electrical procedure. The result? An 80-proof vodka that looks, tastes, and feels like the traditional spirit, but with a reduced environmental impact due to its specialized “distillation” process.

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