Imagine your country is a beacon of democracy, when suddenly, it’s overrun by angry rebels and hardcore jihadists. To add insult to injury, elements of the army — after losing control of half the country — stage a haphazard coup and throw your president out of power barely months before...
Jebel Jais was supposed to lead to the boom of the new, growing, oil-rich and tourist-friendly United Arab Emirates. Instead the road became a perfectly paved 22-mile symbol of the global recession, a dream for fast drivers, and a safe haven from a brutal surveillance state — all to the tune of just $80 million.
Despite the onslaught of apps and gizmos, nothing has persuaded me that two-to-four hundred pages of text can be improved upon as a medium – only better written, edited, transmitted, and distributed. What has changed is my desire to hang on to physical copies, as almost all of my new purchases are electronic. It’s not just the prospect of shifting all those boxes, but something else: a dematerialisation of my desire for paper and a corresponding accommodation with the ephemeral, absolutely and incontrovertibly caused by the experience of the internet.
Artur Coelho's insight:
"Despite the onslaught of apps and gizmos, nothing has persuaded me that two-to-four hundred pages of text can be improved upon as a medium – only better written, edited, transmitted, and distributed. What has changed is my desire to hang on to physical copies, as almost all of my new purchases are electronic. It’s not just the prospect of shifting all those boxes, but something else: a dematerialisation of my desire for paper and a corresponding accommodation with the ephemeral, absolutely and incontrovertibly caused by the experience of the internet."
Islamic State is a bunch of slave-running, homicidal rapists and terrorists. But increasingly, it’s also the legitimate government of northwest Iraq and eastern Syria. Laith Alkhouri and Alex Kassirer from West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center explained: While the Islamic State’s barbarity is undeniable, its life force stems from a side...
Venturing ever further from the rivers and coasts that it helped develop in the first three decades of China’s post-Mao reforms, China’s burgeoning dredging fleet has not only excavated new land in the South China Sea, but has also given China a big new shovel to break ground on the...
Everyone has heard of the Le Mans (officially 24 Hours of Le Mans), it's the oldest automotive race in the world and has been held annually since 1923, but have you ever seen 24 Hours Of LeMons?The LeMons is (arguably) way more fun to watch than Le Mans because entrants are only allowed to drive cars valued at less than $500 total.Created by a creative car guy from Car & Driver magazine in 2006, the LeMons is ludicrous fun for viewers, but sometimes not so much fun for the drivers.(Vimeo Lin
Artur Coelho's insight:
"if the thing runs and it's unlikely to kill bystanders, then bring it on."
Lee Miller was famous for her shots of the second world war, but there were many other women in the line of fire whose photographs have faded into obscurity: meet Gerda Taro, Catherine Leroy and Françoise Demulder
JF Ptak Science Books, Quick Post Benjamin Butterworth, the Commission of Patents, produced in 1892 a superb work on the history of state of technical achievement in the U.S., The Growth of Industrial Art. The "art" part of the title...
During the Cold War, nuclear states tested atomic weapons in almost every conceivable environment — deserts, oceans, space, islands. Scientists already knew nukes’ effects on cities. But how would they affect jungles? The Australian government wanted to know. So in July 1963 Australia conducted a simulated nuclear test in order...
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