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2021 could be the year Apple fixes everything and changes its image

2021 could be the year Apple fixes everything and changes its image

For all the great and revolutionary products and features Apple has released over the years, there are just as many head-scratching decisions that have taken away or ruined things we love. They’re usually gone forever, like USB-A ports or headphone jacks, but every so often Apple hears our wails and reverses course. It happened most recently with the butterfly keyboard. Way back in 2015, Apple shifted away from its very excellent scissor-switch keyboards to a proprietary “butterfly” model that was thinner than its predecessor. Apple claimed it was superior, but unhappy users loudly complained about the keyboard, which was so prone to sticking and unresponsive keys that Apple launched a service program extending to every butterfly MacBook ever made. Apple finally retired the butterfly keyboard once and for all in 2019, and…

How to make use of typographic refinement in Pages and other macOS software

How to make use of typographic refinement in Pages and other macOS software

Well-drawn type has been integral to the Mac since the very start. Steve Jobs, who famously adored a calligraphy course in college, insisted that the Mac use “real” fonts, something made possible by the company’s early partnership with Adobe Systems. From 1984 through the present day, Mac operating systems have always let you use typefaces that look great—as well as those designed poorly, to be fair—but the features associated with type aren’t always well exposed. Apple has over several years gradually and quietly added support for refinement available by accessing features in OpenType, the standard way in which font files are created for digital use. Cracking open the Fonts palette in Pages and other Apple software (as well as some third-party apps or their alternative controls) can let you make routine…

Apple M1 Macs: What you need to know about buying a new Mac with Apple silicon

Apple M1 Macs: What you need to know about buying a new Mac with Apple silicon

Macs are undergoing a big change. Apple is switching its internal architecture from one that uses Intel CPUs, third-party graphics processors, and other parts, to the company’s own “system on a chip.” The first Apple silicon SoC for Macs is called the M1. It’s a big step for Apple and the Mac. But what does it mean for you? In this article, we cover what Apple’s system on a chip means to the user, how it affects what software you can use, and answer other frequently asked questions. WHAT IS THE ‘APPLE SILICON’ M1 SYSTEM ON A CHIP? “Apple silicon” refers to the chips Apple makes. In the Mac, they replace the Intel processors they have used for the past 14 years, and will eventually also replace the AMD graphics processors in higher-end…

The New Truth About CHOLESTEROL

For most of my adult life, I usually avoided eggs. I had read that since yolks are full of cholesterol, eating them would raise my blood cholesterol and harm my heart health. Then, around three years ago, to lose a few kilograms, I reduced simple carbs and added more protein to my diet – including eggs. But I wondered what that would do to my cholesterol levels, so at my next medical check-up, I asked for a blood test. My doctor surprised me with this response: “We were wrong about that all along. The best research says you don’t need to avoid eggs.” To reassure me, she ordered the blood test. The results? Same healthy cholesterol levels as before. It got me wondering: how many other people were unnecessarily avoiding eggs…

The New Truth About CHOLESTEROL

1 Can jewellery retail court Gen Z?

We’re in the midst of a major rebranding of legacy jewellers, as it becomes clear that the classic luxury cues these houses relied on for decades are losing relevance for Generation Z. Along with millennials, these youngsters are predicted to garner more than 60 per cent of the luxury market by 2025, according to Boston Consulting Group. Luxury jewellery veteran Tiffany & Co has recognized this with a slew of initiatives to attract a younger customer base. Its latest campaign, Not Your Mother’s Tiffany, is accompanied by a pop-culture partnership with Beyonce and Jay-Z. The signing of 18-year-old British tennis champion Emma Raducanu as its latest brand ambassador shows how seriously the jeweller is taking its foray into youth culture. While these long-awaited shifts in brand marketing represent progress for the…

1 Can jewellery retail court Gen Z?
拜登規則

拜登規則

我們是美國,沒有什麼事情是我們無法一起做到的!」美國時間七月四日晚間,美國總統拜登在白宮南草坪舉辦的國慶日園遊會上,用這段話,為將近十五分鐘的致詞作結。 這場約千人出席的「派對」,相較於七月一日在北京天安門廣場舉行的中共建黨百年慶祝大典,規格顯得迷你;拜登著重美國如何逐漸擺脫疫情陰霾的談話,也明顯少了中共總書記習近平一番警告外來勢力恐將「頭破血流」的霸氣。 兩大強權,一周內的兩場慶典,東方巨龍的聲勢更為浩大,但華裔美籍的中國研究專家裴敏欣在中共建黨百年大典隔天撰文評論,對中國而言,「拜登,可能是更可怕的敵人。」理由是:「不同於川普以侮辱、威脅和關稅疏遠盟友,拜登修復了美國的聯盟,成功形塑一條相對團結的抗中戰線。」 六月,當台灣社會聚焦於新冠疫情,太平洋另一端的拜登政府則是連續出手,從最外顯的地緣政治,到5G戰、科技戰、金融戰,都像是在這一個月內完成了關鍵布陣,上任至今許多曖昧或決斷的背後意義,也似乎在此一個月間豁然開朗,攸關全球政經格局的「拜登規則」瞬間清晰──如同裴敏欣的解讀,這是一套「比川普更兇狠」的對中戰略。…

The Exhausted Americans

“And now what? What does citizenship mean now?” P.16 IF PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WANTS TO HEAL THE divisions in U.S. politics, he needs to stop all this talk about “unity” and instead focus the attention of all Americans on a common foe: toxic polarization. That’s the advice the Biden administration has gotten from psychologist Peter Coleman. In a series of memos, Coleman, a mediator with experience in conflicts as far-flung as the Middle East, Haiti and Africa, has advised the new administration that the best way to repair and reverse the extremism in U.S. politics is to focus the attention of Americans on the virulence of their divisions and mobilize them to attack the problem. Coleman has come to this conclusion after traveling the world consulting with peacemakers and policymakers and studying the societal…

The Exhausted Americans

ROBOTS GONE WILD!

ROBOTS REALLY ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD. They’re writing novels – the first was 1 The Road published in 2018, a cyborg’s homage to Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. And they’re making lunch: a robot that can make 2000 burgers a day is being tried out by US restaurant chain CaliBurger. What human can compete – especially given that androids don’t complain or ask for a pay rise? But we are quickly learning that there is another side of robotkind, one that’s all too human. Here’s a by-no-means-complete list of failed attempts by automatons to replace us flesh-and-bone types. WORST HOTEL SERVICE EVER A few years back, the Henn na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan, hired 243 robots to cover positions ranging from concierge to hotel porter. Unfortunately, the check-in robots had trouble answering…

ROBOTS GONE WILD!

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN PEN

To describe a writer who sold 40m copies of his books in his lifetime — inaugurating one of the most profitable franchises in history — as underrated would seem counterintuitive, but Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, has always seemed to provoke the ‘yes, but’ response (‘Yes, but Le Carré was the real deal’; ‘Yes, but he was too sybaritic to be serious’ — as if the two were mutually exclusive). To be fair, Fleming himself was often foremost among the non-cheerleaders. He described the first Bond novel, Casino Royale, as “an oafish opus”, and further downplayed expectations in a 1963 BBC radio interview: “I’m not in the Shakespeare stakes. I have no ambition.” Perhaps it was simply politic to hide your light under a bushel if you found yourself…

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN PEN
A Masterclass IN LIFE

A Masterclass IN LIFE

I grew up in a bar. When most kids my age were at the park playing ball or riding bikes, I was watching old men shoot pool and play shuffleboard. I saw a bar-room fight before I ever saw a sporting event on TV. I don’t imagine that Dr Spock’s book on child rearing, which was so popular 50 years ago, advised exposing children to dimly lit drinking at an early age. But lessons can be taught by unlikely teachers in unusual environments. All that is needed are instructors with pure hearts. Clear eyes are optional. My parents owned a bar called the M Ninety-Seven, named for a nearby highway in Detroit. Built in the ’30s, it had a long wooden bar that was on the right as you walked in.…

HOW TO PLAN YOUR FIRST BIVVY TRIP

HOW TO PLAN YOUR FIRST BIVVY TRIP

Tom de Dorlodot knows a thing or two about travelling and flying. A professional paraglider and paramotor pilot he has literally turned his passion for flying, adventure and travel into a career. He entered his first Red Bull X-Alps when he was 21, and has since travelled and flown in more than 60 countries around the world. He set up the Search Projects in 2011 to travel and fly remote areas, and has crossed Africa overland north to south, sailed the Pacific and Atlantic, and covered an estimated 13,000km during different vol-bivouac trips. Last year he was back in the Karakoram, where he has flown seven times over the last 12 years. At our Cross Country Subscribers’ Masterclass in November he shared some of what he knew. Here are some of his…

RELIGIOUS CONVERSION

In the first half of the 20th century, Loro Piana produced a fabric known as Priest Cloth, which was used, perhaps obviously, in making clerical vestments. The wool was imported from Tasmania, which is to wool what California is to oranges or Ontario is to maple syrup. The cloth had all the hallmarks of fine wool, which is breathability, insulation, water resistance and comfort. What was good enough for the church is generally good enough for the wider public, and an attempt to produce fabric that was slightly lighter, and suitable for year-round wear, resulted in the Tasmanian being born in the 1960s. The advertising for the Tasmanian had a touch of incongruity and irreverence. The imagery placed suits made from Tasmanian fabric in situations one might consider wholly unsuitable: surrounded…

RELIGIOUS CONVERSION

MASSIMO SCALI

His career has been one of highs and lows, but the five-time Italian ice dance champion is now in his groove and he could not be happier. Adecade has passed since Massimo Scali and his former ice dance partner Federica Faiella took their final bows, after which both went in different directions: Faiella became a full-time member of the Italian police force, married and had a child, while Scali turned to coaching and choreography. A few months after teaming up in 2001, Faiella and Scali surprised everyone when they danced into second place at Nebelhorn Trophy and qualified for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The duo finished in 18th place in Salt Lake City. The next four seasons saw them slowly climb the international ice dance ranks, and shortly after a 13th-place finish…

MASSIMO SCALI

GRACE PERIOD

Tis call’d the evil:A most miraculous work in this good king;Which often, since my here-remain in England,I have seen him do. How he solicits heaven,Himself best knows: but strangely-visited people,All swoln and ulcerous, pitiful to the eye,The mere despair of surgery, he cures,Hanging a golden stamp about their necks,Put on with holy prayers: and ’tis spoken,To the succeeding royalty he leavesThe healing benediction. With this strange virtue,He hath a heavenly gift of prophecy,And sundry blessings hang about his throne,That speak him full of grace. These words are spoken by Malcolm in Act IV of Macbeth. The ‘good king’ in question is Edward the Confessor, one of the last of England’s Anglo-Saxon monarchs. The king’s touch capable of restoring those scrofulous wretches to health was a medieval belief that persisted into the early…

GRACE PERIOD

HISTORY FACTS That Sound Fake But Aren’t

THE USE OF FORKS WAS ONCE CONSIDERED SACRILEGIOUS This widely used eating utensil was seen as offensive to God when it was first introduced to Italy in the 11th century. Oddly enough, people used to eat with their fingers and pointed knives. The number of fingers used for eating distinguished the upper class from other classes. Three fingers were considered to be good manners. The oldest forks were discovered in Turkey, dating back to the fourth millennium BCE, but it was likely that they were only used as tools. The Catholic Church in Italy argued that God had created humans with fingers so that they could eat God’s food, but this didn’t stop the production of expensive forks made of gold for wealthy families. NAUGHTY PARROT During US President Andrew Jackson’s funeral in…

HISTORY FACTS That Sound Fake But Aren’t
What is a Mini LED display and why do you want it?

What is a Mini LED display and why do you want it?

We’ve heard rumors for about a year or so that Apple is on the verge of launching some products with Mini LED display technology. It could come to MacBooks, iPads, iMacs—really anything with a display, though it’s quite unlikely to ever end up in Apple Watch or iPhone (which use OLED displays). What is a Mini LED display and what exactly will it do for you? This short explanation may help you understand why this technology could represent such a big step forward into the future for Apple’s products. A BETTER BACKLIT LCD To understand Mini LED, you first have to know the basics of how a traditional backlit LCD works. That’s what we have in all our iPads, MacBooks, and iMacs today. It can get complicated, but in short, there’s a backlight (usually…

New tools for iPadOS 16

New tools for iPadOS 16

iOS and iPadOS 16 share many new features but some are specific to iPad or iPhone. For example, the Lock Screen on iPhone gets a new look that we’d have liked to see on iPad too, but this feature won’t appear on iPadOS. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, declared that “iOS 16 is a big release with updates that will change the way you experience iPhone.” There’s certainly packed a lot in there, with Messages and Mail getting an overhaul too. Significantly, Apple is introducing a ‘buy now, pay later’ option called Apple Pay Later, allowing payments to be spread over six weeks. It will be available anywhere that accepts Apple Pay. Consumers will also be able to track orders directly in the Wallet app. Elsewhere, the…

The Chances for Peace in Ukraine are Slim

The Chances for Peace in Ukraine are Slim

NOW NEARING ITS ONE YEAR anniversary, there appears to be little hope Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, itself the latest phase of an 8-year conflict, will end any time soon. Peace negotiations began within days of the February 24 invasion but were undermined from the start by wildly different demands, espionage and battlefield developments. By April, talks had collapsed, with Kyiv increasingly outraged by emerging evidence of Russian atrocities in parts of occupied Ukraine. Both Kyiv and Moscow acknowledge that a negotiated settlement will likely be needed to end the conflict. But the two sides appear to be living in different, contradictory, realities. Ukraine is demanding the full withdrawal of all Russian troops from Ukrainian territory per its 1991 borders, reparations, war crimes prosecutions for Russian leaders and NATO membership. Russia is demanding…

Quick Comfort

Quick Comfort

Cheater’s Mac and Cheese Replacing a traditional béchamel sauce with cream cheese, which melts almost instantly, makes this recipe ultraspeedy. Feel free to swap in other vegetables, such as fresh or frozen cauliflower florets or peas, for the broccoli. 4 ounces short pasta, such as penneKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (optional)1½ cups fresh or frozen broccoli florets2½ ounces cream cheese (⅓ cup)1 tablespoon unsalted butter½ ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (⅓ cup), plus more for serving 1. Cook pasta in a pot of generously salted boiling water 2 minutes less than per package instructions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water and cover to keep warm. Add broccoli to pot; continue boiling until pasta is al dente and broccoli is bright green, 1 to 2 minutes more. Drain. Return pot to medium heat; add…

SNOW FUN IS THE BEST FUN

SNOW FUN IS THE BEST FUN

Groundhandling. Pull up, stabilise, turn around, tilt the wing to one side, collapse it, control it, move with it, stay centred, move forwards, feel the wind, balance on one foot, feel the pressure, play with the brakes, turn, pull, collapse, control. These, and much more, are a standard part of any good paragliding groundhandling training day, and over time will result in giving the pilot a high level of confidence both on the ground and in flight. Sometimes though it takes a little effort to practise these exercises after a great day’s flying, or to look for the best place to unpack the glider just for groundhandling when the weather is not right for flying. But what if you could do these training exercises at speed on skis on the snow…

The Price Of Pompeii

The Price Of Pompeii

I was standing in the main street of Pompeii, Italy, on a cool November day in 1992. The Via dell’Abbondanza – the street of abundance – a broad avenue running north-south through the ruined city, was completely empty save for me. There was not a single person between the brooding hulk of Mount Vesuvius off in the distance and me. It felt more abandoned than abundant, but I didn’t mind. I’d first read about the city of Pompeii as a ten year old. An ancient Roman city smothered one night in 79 CE in a thick blanket of ash when Vesuvius erupted and killed most of its inhabitants. It had seemed like a mythological place, not a place I would ever get to visit myself. Years later, here I was. The…

Wise Animals I Have Known

Most of my life has been spent in getting to know animals. When I was five or six the animal was an ol’ houn’-dawg – one of the wisest persons in the world I thought at the time. I may have been right. Later it was rabbits, guinea pigs, white mice. Then in my adult life as a naturalist it has been deer, raccoons, skunks, foxes and a long parade of other wild animals observed in close intimacy outdoors. If I live to be 80 and still greet the mornings with a praise like prayer, it will be because I knew animals. They are very close, said Saint Francis, to the paternal heart of God. I think they must be. By instinct, an animal puts infinite trust in life. This morning at…

Wise Animals I Have Known
Pomegranate Revered Since Antiquity

Pomegranate Revered Since Antiquity

Since ancient times, I, the esteemed pomegranate (Punica granatum), have been regarded with reverence as a symbol of your human central beliefs. In many cultures and virtually every religion, I have come to represent life and death, fertility and marriage, beauty and abundance. Why, you may ask? It all has to do with my seeds (my name means ‘apple with many seeds’), while my orb shape and crown of sepals take on a different meaning all together. Buddhists revere me as one of the three blessed fruit (the other two are peach and citrus); in some Hindu traditions I’m a symbol of prosperity and fertility, while for Muslims I’m a symbol of beauty. As a romantic symbol I have featured in sonnets and literature, as well as Renaissance paintings. Sandro Botticelli and…

THE COLOUR OUTSIDE LINES

‘Dare to use colour in interiors,’ was designer India Mahdavi’s advice to the audience of a May Copenhagen event on colour by Danish brand Montana Furniture. ‘One colour is never enough. It needs to be offset with others to even be noticed – the more colours, the merrier. Look at them as friends who enter into a conversation.’ Her one regret? Not having applied more vibrancy throughout her career. Mahdavi joined textile and colour designer Margrethe Odgaard and colour psychologist Karen Haller in sharing their insights on making full use of the spectrum in product and spatial design, with Frame founder Robert Thiemann as moderator. Arguably best known for the pink Gallery restaurant at London’s Sketch, Mahdavi is now a colour connoisseur. She came up with the millennial pink hue –…

THE COLOUR OUTSIDE LINES
THE FUTURE OF TECH

THE FUTURE OF TECH

Every day, it seems, a new techy term pops up, leaving us non-techies asking questions in what sounds like a foreign language. “What is an NFT?” for example. And “Where, exactly, is the metaverse?” If you’re confused, you’re not alone. While it might feel as if technology is speeding up, it follows a predictable formula called Moore’s Law, which has correctly predicted the pace of human advancements in technology for nearly six decades. Moore’s Law suggests that the number of transistors on a computer chip will double about every two years. This is a reliable indicator of how much and how quickly technology will change. And while Moore’s Law has held true for all this time, it hasn’t stopped other key trends in tech from accelerating far faster than computer chips can…

Beware The ANTI-CLIMAX

Beware The ANTI-CLIMAX

Picture the scene: you’ve spent years working towards a specific goal. You’ve put in countless hours of work and made many sacrifices, but now you’ve got there it’s not how you imagined. Instead of celebration, elation and pride, you feel emptiness, confusion and doubt. Welcome to the anti-climax. The often-experienced but seldom-discussed downside of achieving life’s biggest milestones. Many of us work tirelessly towards our goals. We may spend our lives dreaming of the day we get married, publish our first book or purchase our first home. However, often, when we achieve these things it doesn’t feel quite as expected. In fact, the achievement of these goals feels a bit of a letdown. So why do we often experience an anti-climax when achieving big goals? “An anti-climax can be an unexpected by-product…

December

Don’t miss… THE BOY, THE FOX, THE MOLE AND THE HORSE Gather round the box this Christmas for an animated adaptation of Charlie Mackesy’s bestselling story The Boy, the Fox, the Mole and the Horse. Many of us first encountered Charlie’s exquisite illustrations during the pandemic, their simple messages of hope catching our imagination. Idris Elba stars as the voice of the fox, Tom Hollander the mole and Gabriel Byrne the horse in this heartwarming fable about the search for home. This is the Christmas cheer we all need. On BBC One and iPlayer. MEET THE… Lord OF Misrule Throwing a Christmas party? You might like to employ a Lord of Misrule to oversee festivities. This jolly Christmas character first appeared in the 14th century – in the guise of a farm worker in…

December
Jony Ive reveals Steve Jobs’ oneword advice on design

Jony Ive reveals Steve Jobs’ oneword advice on design

In an interview in design magazine Wallpaper, former Apple Chief Design Sir Jony Ive reminisces on advice given to him by company founder Steve Jobs. He also expresses his anger that much design today doesn’t work as well as what he and Jobs did at Apple, and is all the poorer for it—going so far to claim that “many products do not deserve to exist.” Ive is described in the interview as “unfailingly polite, solicitous and considerate” but often describes his design process as “furious” and “angry,” particularly in relation to design’s response to climate change, an issue on which he has been working with King Charles III, Britain’s new monarch (formerly Prince of Wales). Ive left Apple in 2019 to form his own design consulting firm and recently cut all ties…

DANTE 700 YEARS OF THE INFERNO

DANTE 700 YEARS OF THE INFERNO

Michelangelo placed him in heaven in his“Last Judgment”; Sandro Botticelli re-created the circles of hell created by his poetic imagination; and Hieronymus Bosch, William Blake, and Gustave Doré imagined his infernal visions in brilliant works of art. Even today, when the theology and politics of late medieval Florence seem so remote, Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, still fascinates and inspires readers the world over. Completed just before Dante died in 1321, it consists of three parts—Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso—The Divine Comedy is a long poem recounting the author’s journey among the damned in hell, guided by the Roman poet Virgil. Later, he is reunited with his beloved, Beatrice, who guides him up to purgatory, and then to Paradise, where, in a moment of ecstasy, Dante glimpses God. In naming his lifework…

Putin’s War Is Europe’s 9/11

Putin’s War Is Europe’s 9/11

On the morning of Feb. 24, as Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, German army chief Alfons Mais got up and wrote on LinkedIn that he had “never ever expected to experience war again” in Europe. After years of budget cuts, he observed, the Bundeswehr, Germany’s military, “stands naked. The options we can offer our government to support the [NATO] alliance are extremely limited.” Only three days later, on Feb. 27, after Putin had put his nuclear deterrent forces on alert, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz committed an extra 100 billion euros (around $112 billion) to his country’s 2022 defense budget. In another major turnaround, he also authorized third countries such as the Netherlands to ship German-made defensive weapons to Ukraine, and he supported a call for the…

A Tribute to Rod Linkous, W7OM

A Tribute to Rod Linkous, W7OM

November 30, 2022. Indeed, Rod’s passing shortly after his 88th birthday was a very sad day. A hearty amen to all the nice things that have been said about Rod and his accomplishments in ham radio. Rod was real gentleman. In all my years of knowing Rod, I never heard him say a disparaging word about anyone. Rod received his first license in 1949 when he was 15 years old – W7KIM – the beginning of a passion for ham radio that he enjoyed for the rest of his life. Rod’s first station was a set of ARC-5 aircraft radios and simple wires in trees. Years later, he became W7YBX and finally, W7OM, in 1977. Rod entered the US Air Force aviation cadet program after high school, having already received his pilot’s…

THE DEADLY COST OF DIRTY AIR

THE DEADLY COST OF DIRTY AIR

WHEN COVID-19 began tearing around the globe, Francesca Dominici suspected air pollution was increasing the death toll. It was the logical conclusion of everything scientists knew about dirty air and everything they were learning about the novel coronavirus. People in polluted places are more likely to have chronic illnesses, and such patients are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. What’s more, air pollution can weaken the immune system and inflame the airways, leaving the body less able to fight off a respiratory virus. Many experts saw the possible connection, but Dominici, a biostatistics professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was especially well equipped to test it. She and her colleagues have spent years creating an extraordinary data platform, one that aligns information on the health of tens of…

L’ÈTERNEEL classique

USING OPPOSITE WEIGHTSHIFT

Standard weightshift is used to give a nicely coordinated turn, especially when thermalling. If you are thermalling right then you use right-side brake and apply right weightshift, which means putting more load on the right side of the harness seat on the side where you are braking. If you are thermalling left, you apply left brake and weightshift left. A nice combination of weightshift and brake will help you to make a more efficient turn and improve your climb rate, especially in a tight core. This technique is used by all pilots and is a fundamental part of good flying. Opposite weightshift Sometimes pilots use another completely different technique in certain situations, which I call ‘opposite weightshift’. I have not heard of pilots discussing this often, but once I pointed it out I realised…

USING OPPOSITE WEIGHTSHIFT
HOW VIRUSES SHAPE OUR WORLD

HOW VIRUSES SHAPE OUR WORLD

LET’S IMAGINE PLANET EARTH WITHOUT VIRUSES. We wave a wand, and they all disappear. The rabies virus is suddenly gone. The polio virus is gone. The gruesomely lethal Ebola virus is gone. The measles virus, the mumps virus, and the various influenzas are gone. Vast reductions of human misery and death. HIV is gone, and so the AIDS catastrophe never happened. Nipah and Hendra and Machupo and Sin Nombre are gone—never mind their records of ugly mayhem. Dengue, gone. All the rotaviruses, gone, a great mercy to children in developing countries who die by the hundreds of thousands each year. Zika virus, gone. Yellow fever virus, gone. Herpes B, carried by some monkeys, often fatal when passed to humans, gone. Nobody suffers anymore from chicken pox, hepatitis, shingles, or even the…

Rethinking your drinking

‘Having a proper sustainability strategy is a bit like the new internet: it will make or break businesses of the future’-PierreMansour, TheWineSociety This month, world leaders are gathering in Glasgow for COP26 – a conference described by Sir David Attenborough as possibly ‘our last opportunity’ to make the necessary step-change towards protecting the planet from a ‘crippling’ climate crisis. Wine will not top the list of global concerns at COP26. Its carbon footprint is modest compared to domestic heating or aviation. But the glass of wine in our hands still contributes significantly to environmental damage and global warming, by degrading soils, reducing biodiversity, contaminating groundwater, releasing CO2 during fermentation, and in its packaging and transport. Efforts are being made to respond. The Porto Summit in 2019 called for action. Many wine producers, notably…

Rethinking your drinking

Raincoats FOR Change

On a typical wet Singapore afternoon back in October 2013, Dipa Swaminathan, a Harvard-educated telecommunications lawyer, was driving home after working out at the gym when she noticed two road cleaners crouched under cardboard sheets near her home. They were completely drenched. That is so sad, Dipa thought as she drove past. She stopped the car and reversed back to where the migrant workers sheltered, rain pounding down heavily against them. Rolling down her window, Dipa asked the men to get into her car so she could take them to her house for cover. The workers shook their heads. “We are muddy and we will dirty the car,” said one. “I can wash my car, hop in!” Dipa insisted. Dipa drove the workers to her home, where they took refuge on the front…

Raincoats FOR Change
BESPOKE BATHING

BESPOKE BATHING

The experience of architecture happens across various scales, from a building’s situation to its skin, and from the entire interior down to the most minute of fittings. There’s a big difference between selecting products from a catalogue and developing something specifically for a project, something that conveys the very essence of the architectural concept. Laufen has realized the need to add this degree of influence to the bathroom, a space whose fittings haven’t historically received such high levels of customization. Laufen wants to move beyond the role of manufacturer to become an ‘industrial partner’. This means that in addition to offering its already extensive product portfolio, the brand can work with architects, designers and investors to create bespoke bathroom products that meet their individual specifications. Part of the goal of the Bespoke…

2022全球經濟關鍵報告忐忑的成長

「這是QE歷程上的重大事件,對美國經濟和全球資金環境,都可能產生重大影響。」說話的,是瑞士信貸私人銀行亞太區副主席陶冬,時間,是十二月十五日聯準會利率決策會議後。 而在這一場會議中, 聯準會主席鮑爾(Jerome Powell)做出了幾項「關鍵決定」,看在陶冬眼中,這幾項決定所代表的,是聯準會「全方位」的政策轉向。 「放棄了『通膨是暫時的』這一慣常的表述…;放棄了『等待完全就業後再升息』的思惟,預計明年加息三次…;調高了GDP、CPI在二○二二年的預測,下修了失業率的預測…;三月中結束購債計畫。」針對句句聲明措辭,陶冬一一盤點,並細細品味。 隨後,在這篇題為《聯儲(聯準會)全面轉鷹》的專文中,陶冬寫到:「所有的轉身都是過去幾周發生的,表明美國貨幣當局在退出二○年版QE、推進貨幣環境正常化的路上,已經不那麼淡定了。」 大摩:兩座大山將退場 財政、貨幣政策「完成階段性任務」 「正常化」,這是展望二二年全球經濟的首要「關鍵字」。 時間再往前推,十一月十四日,投資銀行摩根士丹利(Morgan Stanley,以下簡稱大摩)發布了年度經濟展望報告,標題下的是:The Training…

2022全球經濟關鍵報告忐忑的成長

NIKKI HALEY’S OPEN FIELD

NIKKI HALEY WAS A DONALDTRUMP loyalist, one of the rare high-profile cabinet members to leave the White House on good terms. Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner even told Newsweek last summer that she’d be welcome to return, anytime she chose. But there she was on the Laura Ingraham show on Fox News in late January, offering a distinctly non-Trumpian view of the 2020 election. “We lost a lot of women and a lot of college-educated. We want to bring them back in and expand the tent,” she said. “January 6 was a tough day, and the actions of the president since Election Day were not his finest, and [that] troubles me greatly because I’m really proud of the successes of the Trump administration, whether it was foreign policy or domestic policy. [But]…

NIKKI HALEY’S OPEN FIELD
Modern stone age

Modern stone age

The paleolithic period – or ‘Stone Age’ – has an evocative place in the modern popular imagination. It looks both backward and forward, an ancient clean slate from which to project and describe humanity’s near future. While The Flintstones are a prehistoric family, their lives are enmeshed in the trappings of an emerging post-war modernity: domestic appliances, fast food and entertainment. We see this duality emerge once again, between the Stone Age and modernity, expressed in a new Modern Stone Age. The character of these spaces eludes and obscures the hand of human design and planning. The sinewy columns, misshapen doorways and globular window portals appear gelatinous, like extruded, misshapen bone marrow. Form is persistently organic, never repeating to the point of motif or feature. Territories morph and billow onwards, carrying…

Staying Relevant

IN TIMES OF UPHEAVAL, SKILL SETS FLUCTUATE. New (or less-frequently used) skills may become more urgently necessary, while well-honed skills may take a backseat For years, we have studied the skills executives utilize to lead their organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic gave us our first opportunity to examine the impact of a crisis on a global scale. We surveyed over 3,026 executives worldwide in partnership with The Official Board, a global corporate directory of medium and large companies. Thirty percent of respondents were based in the United States, with the remainder representing 120 countries from every continent, except Antarctica. Respondents represented 53 key functions including CEO, CFO and CIO and more than 86 industries—primarily banking, insurance, financial services, consulting and telecommunications. Notably, 84 percent of respondents offered text responses that elaborated on…

Staying Relevant

SPACE Projects

What’s at the heart of S-P-A-C-E Projects’ approach? PEPIJN SMIT: It sounds clichéd, but I still wholeheartedly believe in the power of physical space. I like that you can really inspire, engage and connect people in an interior. The core of what I do comes from the joy of designing spaces. I once read a dictionary definition of the word space as ‘two of more items at a distance from one another’ – I liked that, and it’s why the letters in my studio name are interspersed with hyphens. You start with objects, then assign them a certain shape, colour or material. That’s also what I learned from studying furniture design. But putting two objects in a space gives them a relationship to each other. For commercial projects, the question is…

SPACE Projects
How to check your Intel and M1 Mac’s SSD health using Terminal

How to check your Intel and M1 Mac’s SSD health using Terminal

If you have a newer Mac, it likely uses a speedy solid-state drive to store files, apps, music, videos, and other important stuff. But there’s one thing you may not know about SSDs: They wear out over time. Since the SSD is such a vital part of your Mac, it’s a good idea to keep tabs on its health. While it usually takes a really long time to wear out an SSD—likely far longer than you’ll keep your Mac—problems can arise. Most recently, users started noticing that new M1 Macs and some Intel-based ones are showing advanced wear after just a few months of use, a troubling sign that could cause drives to burn out years before expected. So even if you have a brand-new M1 Mac, you might want to check…

FIGHT OFF VIRUSES

FIGHT OFF VIRUSES

One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear is that some people who get the virus don’t suffer much, while others become very sick indeed. And while the elderly have been particularly hard hit, some do survive – even centenarians. As for younger people, whose immune systems are supposed to be more robust, many have nevertheless died of it. So, what factors give some people a stronger immune system than others, regardless of age? What does it mean if, for example, your partner or child gets sick, and you don’t – or vice versa? We know that our immune-system function slowly declines with age. Just like when you see a photo of yourself from ten years ago versus one taken this afternoon, you see changes in your face, skin and…

Quicksteps

Quicksteps

BABY BOOM Newly retired Czech skater Michal Březina and his wife Danielle Montalbano are getting ready to welcome a baby boy in November. The couple has a daughter Naya, who is now 21/2. Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Bruno Marcotte are expecting their second child, a girl, in July. Their daughter Zoey will turn 3 in October. In a social media post in early May, China’s Han Yan revealed he had married in January and became a father in April. Yan did not provide any details about his wife or the newborn. LAST DANCE Spanish ice dancer Adrián Díaz announced his retirement from competitive skating on May 23. Díaz and his partner Olivia Smart won over a lot of fans last season with their dogged determination to claim the sole ice dance spot Spain had at the 2022 Olympic…

THE MAGIC DOWN THERE

THE MAGIC DOWN THERE

Acapulco, look here comes the sunAcapulco, it’s a day for funI can’t wait till I meet your sweet senoritasKiss everyoneThis is not time for siesta, this is time for fun… The lyrics to the title song of Fun in Acapulco — the 1963 fiesta starring Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress — helped cement the vision of this palm-fringed, mountain-rimmed, semi-circular bay in the state of Guerrero, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, as a kind of sun-sparkled, azure-splashed Shangri-La. It was already well on its way to becoming Mexico’s largest beach and balneario resort city, but, at the time, still retained vestiges of its original twilight-paseo, bayside-village charm. The Duke of Windsor made a visit in 1920 and gave the place his proto-influencer approbation. Elvis never made it to Acapulco — he’d been declared persona…

I Am Mushrooms A Magic, Wild, Meaty Treat

I am not an animal, a plant or a mineral. Take a minute to get your head around what a crafty ‘20 questions’ choice that makes me, infuriating little brothers and sisters on car rides everywhere. “What is it?” they shout, to which their torturer finally answers: I, mushroom, am a fungus. I do keep you humans guessing. I am both edible and toxic, vegetarian yet meaty in flavour, wild and domesticated, a contemporary health craze and an ancient remedy. I can send your mind on a wild hallucinogenic flight. I can also kill you. And I come from a mysterious, much larger organism underfoot that you can barely comprehend. I am its fruiting body, in fact, as it spreads invisibly underground or through the fibres of a log. You can…

I Am Mushrooms A Magic, Wild, Meaty Treat
7 key Mac preferences that have new hiding spots in Ventura’s System Settings

7 key Mac preferences that have new hiding spots in Ventura’s System Settings

One of the major (and majorly controversial) changes in macOS Ventura is a redesign of System Preferences. It’s now called System Settings and it’s designed to better resemble the iOS Settings app. Apple’s desire to have more commonality between macOS and iOS is understandable, but the problem is that it’s now a chore to find the settings you need. The years of muscle memory developed by Mac users are out the window and it’s time to relearn where everything is. You can find most of the frequently-access preferences up front (Apple ID, Battery, Bluetooth, and Sound, for example). Others have been renamed to match the corresponding iOS setting, such as Security & Privacy, which is now Privacy & Security. But most notably, System Settings now uses a lot of subsections and lists,…

GATSBY OF THE WEST END

It is not easy to remain incognito in this world. We have so many curtains opened to our lives; there are so many opportunities for people to take a peek and draw their conclusions about us. It’s even harder for those who have something to show for their lives and achievements. Some are smarter than others at keeping a low profile, and Guy Belot is one of those happy few who have managed to stay under the radar (except ours). Everywhere we have gone recently, Guy’s name seems to have cropped up — from a drink named in his honour at 5 Hertford Street to boxes of cigars put away for him by various London merchants. For a 27-year-old, this is unusual, and it piqued our curiosity towards this Gatsbyish Mayfairite. Belot’s…

GATSBY OF THE WEST END
Troops Fight On in the Mideast

Troops Fight On in the Mideast

JUST OVER SIX MONTHS INTO HIS TENURE, President Joe Biden has overseen the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and pulled back the Pentagon’s mission in Iraq amid domestic and regional pressure. But in Syria, the U.S. military remains with no discernable exit plan. “Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria are three completely separate issues and should not be conflated,” a senior Biden administration official tells Newsweek. “On Syria, we do not anticipate any changes right now to the mission or the footprint.” That’s because the administration says the strategy is working as is. “We are supporting Syrian Democratic Forces in their fight against ISIS,” the official adds. “That has been quite successful, and that’s something that we’ll continue.” The Syrian Democratic Forces are one of several factions in Syria’s decade-long civil war. The largely…

Backyard observing lists

Backyard observing lists

I’ve always held the opinion that a backyard astronomer should never go outside without an organized list of objects to observe. Whether designed for a single evening or as part of a goal-oriented observing program, having a plan helps you avoid night after night of aimless searching, which could diminish your interest in the hobby. I offered ideas for one-night observing lists in my February 2020 column, “February’s Finest Sights.” But this time around, we’ll look at some extensive compilations of deep-sky objects that can keep you engaged for nights on end. Perhaps the best known deep-sky list is the Messier Catalog. And while it can serve as a single night list (if you’re adventurous enough to tackle a Messier marathon), its 110 entries are better subdivided into a series of…

LETTERS

What a Surprise I normally read my Reader’s Digest from beginning to end but wasn’t looking forward to ‘Indonesia’s Snake Bite Doctor’ (March) as I don’t like snakes! To my surprise, I found the Bonus Read most interesting with some fantastic previously unknown facts. Dr Tri Maharani – known as Maha – must have saved hundreds of lives by passing on her toxicology knowledge to other doctors. A wonderful lady. SHIRLEY APLIN Roany’s Good Nature Pam Houston’s story ‘He Trots the Air’ (February) brought tears to my eyes. It so beautifully and eloquently reflected her love, respect and compassion for her horse, Roany, and his intelligence and loyalty to Pam. I felt like I was experiencing Roany’s life and dignified ending first-hand. COLLEEN J. ATKINSON Sustainable Vehicles The race to reduce landfill is being won by Dutch researchers who have…

LETTERS
Re-kindling CONVALESCENCE

Re-kindling CONVALESCENCE

A hundred years ago convalescence was seen as a necessary part of the recovery process. The word was part of the vernacular, describing a liminal space between health and illness: a phase when people were neither ‘sick’ nor ‘well’ but somewhere in between. Today the word is almost obsolete and, rather than taking time to rest and recuperate, most people return to work as soon as humanely possible. They are helped by wonder drugs like antibiotics, which, by dealing effectively with the extreme symptoms of illness, con the body into thinking it’s fully recovered when often it’s only part way there. COVID-19 has re-introduced us to the concept of a prolonged recovery, with numerous patients claiming they are not back to full health after more than 100 days. It has also seen…

Hanging By A Thread

Seven people had just plunged to their deaths and 13 others huddled fearfully in crippled cable-cars suspended high above Singapore’s harbour. Any moment they could be torn loose from their frail hold on survival. As the afternoon drew towards a close on the resort island of Sentosa, hundreds of visitors began making their way to the cable-car station for the 1.75-kilometre trip back to Singapore. It was Saturday, January 29, 1983, and grey clouds were rolling in. Everyone hoped to beat the rain. At 5.50pm, seven members of a family from India boarded a brightred gondola and were lifted up over the South China Sea. From 54 metres above the jade-coloured waters of Singapore harbour, the view from the bubble-shaped car was breathtaking. Inside, Manmohan Kaur, 25, her mother-in-law, Pritam Kaur, 60, a…

Hanging By A Thread

VARIOUS ASSOCIATES

How was Various Associates established in 2017, and how has the studio evolved since? QIANYI LIN: We left London in 2015 after completing our studies, and spent the following year looking for meaningful projects to pursue in China. One of our British ex-classmates from the Royal College of Art happened to be working in Hong Kong at the time, and after speaking to them, it became clear that there was space in the Chinese design market, particularly in Shenzhen, to do something creative. We feel that for many years, the predominant approach to significant projects has been to go for a stereotypical vision of grandeur – marble, expensive materials, a ‘Cinderella’ feel. Initially, we weren’t sure if our experimental attitudes towards spatial design would gather currency in China, but after talking to…

VARIOUS ASSOCIATES

What I’ve Learned

JEREMY MYERSON: I was born and brought up in Liverpool as the youngest of four brothers. My earliest memories are from the late 1950s, early ’60s and I really felt that we were at the centre of the cultural universe. It was the time of The Beatles, my family knew Brian Epstein’s family. Liverpool, the football club, was winning all the time. The world seemed to be looking at us. My mother was a college lecturer. She also painted and was a potter. My father was more scientific. He’d studied medicine, but actually worked as an accountant. They were interested in all aspects of culture. So I grew up in a house with a lot of books, music and stories. My father’s eldest brother worked on office interiors in New York…

What I’ve Learned
LAUGHING Matters

LAUGHING Matters

Making people laugh connects us to one another. But what humour endures? For me, it’s personal life stories and experiences. Life, twisted and moulded until you find the funny, will always evolve, and therefore endure. I’ve found that the closer it cuts to the bone, the funnier it is. The beauty of life is that everyone is similar in some way. While we may not have the same experiences, everyone can relate to observations on life, family and the varieties of behaviour we all encounter every day as we go about our lives. Humour is very helpful in everyday life. For example, it can end tense situations. In my life, humour has ended arguments at home and at work too many times to mention. Finding humour can break tension immediately. My…

The Quirks Of LONG-TERM LOVE

The Quirks Of LONG-TERM LOVE

After 25 years of marriage, a relationship problem in my home typically plays out like this. I go to the kitchen to make dinner and see my husband’s walking stick leaning against the drawers that contain my pots. (Ambrose has been nursing a bad knee.) I move the stick a metre over and rest it against the door frame. The next day, it is back leaning on the drawers. I move it again. This can go on for weeks. Neither of us mentions it to the other. It’s just a silent tug-of-war about where things belong in the house. I mentioned this to him the other day, about how hilariously low-stakes the romantic drama has become in our lives, and he countered that, actually, he hadn’t noticed that I kept moving…

AIRTAG EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT APPLE’S TRACKING DEVICE

AIRTAG EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT APPLE’S TRACKING DEVICE

Apple recently opened up its Find My network to third-party device makers, but that’s not stopping the company from making its own item tracker. We’ve heard rumors about AirTag since around 2019, and the company has finally released them. They’re pretty simple, really: You add the AirTag to your account and attach the tag to some object, and then the Find My app will tell you where it is in the Items tab. Since nearly all modern Apple products can passively (and privately) use their Bluetooth radios to locate lost devices, you’ll have a pretty good chance of locating something you accidentally leave somewhere. You can locate devices in real time, and also set a device to Lost Mode, which will notify you and display an optional phone number and message…

Bose SoundLink Flex: A Bluetooth speaker with striking looks, pleasing sonics

Bose SoundLink Flex: A Bluetooth speaker with striking looks, pleasing sonics

I typically expect good sound from Bose products, and the weatherproofed $149 SoundLink Flex easily fulfilled my expectation. In fact, I was a tad surprised to discover that it was a monaural speaker given the dulcet tones radiating from its enclosure. The Flex is a bit bass-centric, but given the younger audience, that’s both understandable–and desirable. To heck with that. I like it as well. DESIGN AND FEATURES The SoundLink Flex measures 3.6x7.9x21 inches (HxWxD) and weighs 1.3 pounds. It feels substantial, but not like an anchor in the backpack. It’s available in stone blue, black, and white smoke. I tested the stone blue, and to be honest, it’s my favorite of the three colors. The non-grill areas of the Flex are covered in a grippy silicone material, so it doesn’t slip from your…

THE MEASURE OF THINGS

THE MEASURE OF THINGS

For details, see Resources. A COUPLE OF WINTERS AGO, WHEN Herb Sambol decamped from Manhattan to a tiny Palm Beach bungalow, he was trying it on for size—literally, and without even realizing it. Already the owner of two stunning homes in New York (a 1,700-square-foot aerie in a Richard Meier–designed glass-and-steel downtown tower, as well as a four-bedroom Sag Harbor residence), the real estate entrepreneur was not shopping for a third home, much less one the size of a studio apartment. But the “cozy cabin,” a short drive from the stable where Sambol keeps two horses, grew on him. At the end of his rental period, when he heard it was going on the market, he asked the owners to sell it to him. Sambol enlisted architect Lee F. Mindel, with whom…

First Drive: 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

First Drive: 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

Hey, Toyota—is everything, um, OK? Strapped into the new Toyota GR Corolla and sitting in pit lane awaiting our turn at a 2.1-mile section of Utah Motorsports Park’s wildly undulating road course, we felt slightly silly. Until now, we imagined, the only people who’d ever worn helmets inside a dealership-ready Corolla were unbalanced folks with visions of, well, something as absurd as a track-ready production Toyota Corolla. One such person is Toyota President Akio Toyoda. He’s been pushing the company’s Gazoo Racing (GR) subbrand, and he personally signed off on the final product. The result is the craziest showroom-spec Corolla hatchback ever built. Just how out of bounds is it? We can count on one hand the sporty Corollas sold here over the decades. It was long ago typecast as an anodyne, safe…

dx

dx

DXpeditions to the rarest of the rare, especially those to the sub-Antarctic, are dangerous and just plain hard to do. This month, Mike Crownover, AB5EB (with some additional photos from Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA) will take us along for the ride aboard Marama to one of the most remote islands on earth, Bouvet. The 3Y0J DXpedition is over now, and it was quite a roller coaster ride for the team, as well as for us DX chasers. I hope that Mike’s story will give us all a little more insight into how scary and dangerous these DXpeditions can be. This team deserves our deep appreciation for going above and beyond in order to activate the #2 rarest DX entity in the world for us all. It was not easy. Bouvet has…

The Genius of Aretha

WEARING A CRISP WHITE SHIRT and a black bouffant curled in a flip, Aretha Franklin seemed pensive but confident as she walked into the legendary FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in January 1967. Franklin, just 24 years old, proceeded to take control with exceptional poise. She had not yet become a musical and cultural icon. She had not yet become Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. That day, she was largely unknown and a mystery. The studio musicians were not sure what to think. The creative tension was as thick as the cigarette smoke. It’s hard to imagine now, but Franklin was desperate for a hit. She had spent the previous six years recording a restrained kind of jazz at Columbia Records, without huge success. Now, at Atlantic Records, producer Jerry…

The Genius of Aretha
BRIDGING CULTURES AND GOOD CAUSES WITH MUSIC

BRIDGING CULTURES AND GOOD CAUSES WITH MUSIC

ON A SUNLIT FEBRUARY morning in Cape Town, Ross Frylinck waited near the doorway of a private home perched on a steep mountainside overlooking False Bay. Co-founder of the Sea Change Project, an environmental organization dedicated to preserving the kelp forest in South Africa’s coastal waters, Frylinck had gathered with a group of colleagues and musicians to welcome Yo-Yo Ma to Cape Town, one of 36 stops on the cellist’s six-continent tour known as the Bach Project. Preparing to receive one of the world’s most celebrated musicians caused some trepidation. “We were all a bit intimidated,” Frylinck said later. But the tension dissipated as soon as Ma arrived. The cellist’s face was open and warm, and his demeanor caring, earnest, and inquisitive. “His whole heart was smiling in the room,” Frylinck…

Carta bianca

«Inizio sempre un progetto con i proprietari che si innamorano di un mobile, un oggetto, un quadro. Qui è stato per la panca di Kaare Klint del 1930» Florence Lopez «Amo il teatro, l’opera, il cinema, per le loro scenografie e i loro allestimenti, e sono fortunata che mi venga offerta la possibilità di lavorare su luoghi singolari che hanno una storia», dice l’interior designer e antiquaria parigina Florence Lopez. Si è innamorata a prima vista quando il suo amico, l’architetto italiano Leo Berellini, le ha mostrato questo triplex di 100 metri quadrati con vista sulle torri della chiesa di Saint-Sulpice e sul campanile di Saint-Germain-des-Prés. La personalità solare ed entusiasta del proprietario, collezionista nel cuore, l’ha conquistata tanto quanto il labirinto atipico e giocoso di scale, passerelle, terrazze e logge interamente…

Carta bianca
Three reasons to buy the M1 Mac mini instead of the 24-inch iMac

Three reasons to buy the M1 Mac mini instead of the 24-inch iMac

After more than a decade with the same design, the iMac finally has a brand-new look, and it’s stunning. The 2021 iMac also has Apple’s super-fast M1 processor, a bigger display with even more pixels, a much-needed update to the FaceTime camera, and some pretty awesome audio capabilities. But is this enough, or would you be better off spending your money elsewhere? 1. PERFORMANCE AND PRICE One thing is clear: The M1 chip is far superior to the 8th-generation Intel quad-core and 6-core options in the iMacs it replaces. If you are just seeking a new iMac to replace an older generation of iMac, then you won’t be disappointed in the speed boost. There is little to distinguish the iMac from the other M1 Macs, though. We have tested all the M1 Macs…

macOS Ventura: How to use your iPhone as a Mac webcam with Continuity Camera

macOS Ventura: How to use your iPhone as a Mac webcam with Continuity Camera

The Mac’s FaceTime camera sucks—720p or 1080p, it doesn’t matter. But Apple does make great cameras, like those in the iPhone, and with macOS Ventura and iOS 16, Apple is leveraging its iPhone cameras so they can be used as a webcam through a new enhancement to macOS’s Continuity Camera feature. If you’re sick of being embarrassed by your Mac camera’s image quality during videoconferences, or you demand better quality for video recordings of yourself that you want to use, Continuity Camera is a godsend. And fortunately, it’s so easy to set up and use, that you’ll come to rely on it and only use the Mac’s built-in camera in emergencies. Here’s how to set up and use Continuity Camera. But first, here are the requirements: > A Mac running macOS Ventura > An…

CHINA IS WATCHING

CHINA IS WATCHING

WHEN RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin ordered the first of his 190,000 troops into Ukraine on February 24, the invasion had a seismic effect on Europe and the Western world. But tremors were also felt some 5,000 miles to the east: Taiwan rapidly became a trending topic. For years, the world has speculated nervously on when President Xi Jinping will finally make good on the Chinese Communist Party’s vow to annex Taiwan, a self-ruling island off the east coast of the People’s Republic of China—an act that threatens to provide the spark that ignites a hot war between Beijing and Washington. The developments in Ukraine offer Beijing a hazy window into its own future. Russia’s many failures and miscalculations in its blitzkrieg, and its struggle to assert full control in Ukraine against a…

New Products

KOYOT 5/5 P The Koyot 5 and its Plume version, the 5 P, are Niviuk’s latest EN-As. With 39 cells and an aspect ratio of 4.7, they are designed as post-school wings for pilots to progress and gain confidence on. Niviuk say they are comfortable and docile, have good thermalling behaviour, progressive inputs and long brake travel. The Plume version saves around a kilogram over the standard, coming in at 3.2kg for the smallest size (22m2 for 45-70kg). The Koyot 5 range covers all-up weights from 45kg up to 135kg. There are four standard colour choices for the Koyot 5, and two (different ones) for the Koyot 5 P. niviuk.com EMOTION 4 U-Turn say their new EN-A is a good-natured glider that combines safety with sporty handling. It’s suitable for beginners but with the…

New Products
gotham glory

gotham glory

What does it mean to create a grand New York City apartment— something equal in ambition and quality to the finest homes of the Gilded Age—in the 21st century? How do you express the ideas of connoisseurship and luxury in a way that feels modern, elegant, unpretentious, and, above all, relevant for a young family? In short, how do you invent the future? AD100 designer Steven Volpe had the rare opportunity to explore those questions in the design of a 10,000-square-foot, full-floor apartment, with 13-foot ceilings, located in a slender, skyline-defining tower in midtown Manhattan. But before Volpe and his team could bring in a single Giacometti lamp or Picasso painting, they faced a massive engineering challenge: essentially creating a building within a building to mitigate the eerie sounds of wind…

HOPE IN HELL

For me, George Hahn is an unexpected delight in a topsyturvy, unbalanced world that needs perspective, humour and great coffee. This raconteur du jour on the Instagram scene shot to prominence when he posted a video he calls the “78 seconds that changed my life”. It was a satirical take on Fox News’ insistence that, in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, the metropolitan heartlands of America resembled war zones. In the video Hahn repeated these lines but added that it was a “hellscape” because the streets were lined with people “getting ice cream” and “having dinner”. Then an editor in New York emailed me a link to a New York Times profile of a man pictured in his apartment with a copy of The Rake on show. Same guy!…

HOPE IN HELL
THE OPIOID BACKLASH

THE OPIOID BACKLASH

DANNY BARCELONA LIVES IN constant fear that doctors will stop the medications he considers lifesaving. The 66-year-old has suffered for more than two decades with a debilitating nervous-system disorder and severe back and shoulder pain, forcing him to close his once-thriving dental-lab business in Asheville, North Carolina, and sometimes leaving him bedridden for 18 hours a day. That he can function at all, he says, is due to his ongoing prescription for oxycodone, an opioid. In the middle of an epidemic of opioid overdoses, doctors, hospitals and pharmacies across America are facing intense pressure to sharply cut back on prescribing and dispensing the drugs. About 8 million patients in the U.S. who depend on opioids to face constant, intense pain are at risk of losing access to the one treatment that…

TAKE YOURSELF HOME

“I wanted to honor the original architecture while creating something that feels like me,” Troye Sivan says. When asked what someone unfamiliar with his biography might surmise simply by walking through his Melbourne home, Troye Sivan remains sanguine: “I’d hope they’d think that I’m an unpretentious guy, maybe a bit eccentric, someone who loves art and design, someone devoted to his family—and definitely the fact that I’m gay,” says the wildly popular 25-year-old Australian singer-songwriter and actor. Indeed, if that hypothetical visitor happened to be a persnickety design snob, they’d surely not fail to register the array of treasures by the likes of Percival Lafer, Ettore Sottsass, Tobia Scarpa, and Marios Bellini and Botta; the cabinetry details inspired by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé; and the bespoke, Memphis-flavored appointments of the bathand…

TAKE YOURSELF HOME

My Dad and I, REBUILT

Growing up, I understood one thing about my dad: he knew everything. This was our relationship, in sum: I asked him questions and he told me the answers. Is there really a man in the moon? How do sailing boats work? What is the highest score anyone’s ever gotten in Pac-Man? In my teen years, he taught me things I’d need to know to survive in the real world. How to drive a manual car. How to check your car tyre pressure (though the gauge he bought me 20 years ago still sits untouched in my glove box). The correct knife to use to cut a melon. When I moved out on my own, I called him at least once a week, usual ly when something broke in my apartment and I…

My Dad and I, REBUILT
REGIONAL TOWNS

REGIONAL TOWNS

Pre-pandemic co-working was popular mainly with freelancers and start-ups, but the ongoing backdrop of uncertainty has seen traditional businesses de-risk by setting small teams of their employees up in local hubs. ‘Businesses today are looking for flexible rental options that are versatile and highly responsive to changing market dynamics,’ says Kong Wan Sing, founder of JustCo. Before the pandemic, 50 to 60 per cent of the Southeast Asian flex space provider’s deals were with enterprises. As of last December, it was 90 per cent. Sing told Coworking Insights: ‘The combination of businesses seeking to deploy less capital into real estate, and employees expecting more choices over how and where they work, will fuel expectations toward flexible office space to complement primary real estate needs over the next decade.’ In Australia, major…

The weight of the VW

The weight of the VW

Formula 1 is set to maintain its DI V6 turbo hybrid power units for the foreseeable future. However, after extensive discussions with the current and some intent OEMs, the next generation, set to arrive in 2026, will contain some crucial recipe changes. One of the most significant is eliminating the e-Turbo-style heat energy recovery system (H-ERS). The H-ERS is a motor-generator unit mounted on the turbocharger shaft of a Formula 1 internal combustion engine. The unit converts heat energy from exhaust gases into electrical energy. This is then used to power the car’s electrical driveline (either charging the battery or directly deployed to the kinetic energy recovery unit) to boost the power unit’s performance. It’s arguably the most significant performance differentiating system onboard the power unit. Party politics Understanding how this primary performance…

OWC ENVOY EXPRESS: ROLL-YOUR-OWN EXTERNAL THUNDERBOLT 3 STORAGE

OWC ENVOY EXPRESS: ROLL-YOUR-OWN EXTERNAL THUNDERBOLT 3 STORAGE

You may have noticed that external SSDs from top-tier vendors are pricey—especially when they’re Thunderbolt. If you’re looking to lessen your financial pain a little, then OWC’s $79 Envoy Express T3 (Thunderbolt 3) enclosure might be just what the doctor ordered. Populate it with a budget M.2 NVMe SSD, and you’re on your way to external storage nirvana for a very reasonable price. The kicker is a clever caddy that adheres (semipermanently) to your computer, laptop, or display and allows you to keep the drive handy, but securely in place and out of harm’s way. DESIGN AND SPECS The Envoy Express measures approximately 4.1x1.6x0.5 inches and weighs around 3.3 ounces—including the SSD. The metal case is all black with a brushed-metal stripe down the middle bearing the name and OWC logo. Though shown in…

40 ANNI DI AD ITALIA

AD N.79 Dicembre 1987 Piacenza AD N.89 Ottobre 1988 Moltrasio, Como AD N.130 Marzo 1992 Milano AD N.165 Febbraio 1995 Firenze AD N.165 Febbraio 1995 Borgarello, Pavia AD N.176 Gennaio 1996 Milano AD N.177 Febbraio 1996 Milano AD N.192 Maggio 1997 Sovicille, Siena AD N.212 Gennaio 1999 Milano AD N.215 Aprile 1999 Roma AD N.257 Ottobre 2002 Como AD N.261 Febbraio 2003 Milano AD N.270 Novembre 2003 Firenze AD N.272 Gennaio 2004 Milano AD N.273 Febbraio 2004 San Felice a Cancello, Caserta AD N.287 Aprile 2005 Pavia AD N.298 Marzo 2006 Portofino, Genova AD N.306 Novembre 2006 Vicenza AD N.329 Ottobre 2008 Torino AD N.331 Dicembre 2008 Venezia AD N.335 Aprile 2009 Padova AD N.341 Ottobre 2009 Napoli AD N.370 Marzo 2012 Crete Senesi, Siena AD N.371 Aprile 2012 Milano AD N.371 Aprile 2012 Milano AD N.371 Aprile 2012 Milano AD N.376 Settembre 2012 Chianti, Toscana AD N.376 Settembre 2012 Mogliano Veneto, Treviso AD N.383 Aprile 2013 Milano AD…

40 ANNI DI AD ITALIA

Which Way to Normal?

News flash: The coronavirus isn’t going to be public enemy No. 1 for the global economy in 2022. The biggest dangers this year will stem from inflation and the risk that policymakers will call the post-Covid recovery wrong. This is the year we’ll find out whether the global economy is robust enough to get by with less help from governments and central banks. And whether inflation is a temporary byproduct of Covid or a more persistent problem. When confronted with a wide range of possibilities, forecasters usually settle somewhere in the middle. Among those Bloomberg surveyed, the consensus is that the world economy will expand 4.4% in 2022, after the 5.8% bounceback of 2021. From 2023 onward, most agree, growth will return to its long-term norm of around 3.5%, as if Covid…

Which Way to Normal?

Dark Retail

Ambitious developments in the construction of the so-called ‘metaverse’ encourage the ongoing dominance of ‘immersiveness’ as a spatial design strategy that elevates and centres the participation and creative direction of the consumer to define, personalize and edit the retail experience. Partner apps, augmented reality, engaging art installations and in-store gamification facilitate this, knocking on the fourth wall of retail – promising consumers a newly empowered role as both listener and storyteller. In Dark Retail, disruptive retailers are challenging the prevailing orthodoxy, designing spaces that renew the status of the retailer as creative instigator and that affirm the phenomenological stability of the product. The structures and pathways of these spaces are built on and along linear and cold geometries. Spotlights in formations reminiscent of dotted grid paper hover squarely above, or else…

Dark Retail
IT’S ALL RELATIVE

IT’S ALL RELATIVE

The first time I met Piero Castellini Baldissera was at his home in Casa degli Atellani in the center of Milan. Nicolò Castellini Baldissera, his son and my partner, hadn’t provided much forewarning about his family palazzo—about its likely connection to Leonardo da Vinci while he was painting the Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie church across the street, or about the attached apartment building filled with members of his extended family, or even about the museum and café run by his cousin in the middle of the compound’s courtyard. When Piero’s ancestor Ettore Conti purchased the 15th-century palace in 1919, he enlisted the help of the legendary architect Piero Portaluppi (the husband of Conti’s niece Lia Baglia, whom he later adopted) to restore it. He engaged him a second…

美國大基建效應全解讀

美國大基建效應全解讀

自從我們建立了洲際公路系統、打贏了太空爭霸賽,美國就再也沒有足堪比擬的計畫,直到現在……。這是二戰以來美國最大的一筆投資!」美國總統拜登(Joe Biden)四月七日發表這段演說時,語氣其實頗為平淡。畢竟,他在一周前的三月底已對外公布這項計畫,今天頂多算是補充說明。 他的後方站著美國副總統賀錦麗(Kamala Harris),再後方則是一片背板。在拜登所屬民主黨代表色藍色襯底的背板上,畫著幾位在高塔上賣命施工的工人剪影,簡單卻精準,傳達了這項計畫的基本意涵。 它的名稱是「美國就業計畫」(American Jobs Plan,簡稱AJP),短期目標是創造就業機會,達標的手段是翻修、興建美國基礎建設;而拜登四月七日的「補充說明」,則成功強化了這項計畫的想像空間,一種史詩級般的想像空間。 他說這是「二戰以來最大投資」,這句話憑藉的,是二.六五兆美元的計畫總額。即使扣掉其中關於「綠能產業租稅抵免」的四千億美元,政府支出的手筆仍達二.二五兆美元,相當於六十三兆元台幣。…

HOW COVID ATTACKS THE BRAIN

GABRIEL DE ERAUSQUIN FIRST BEGAN to worry about the long-term impact of COVID on the brain when he read early reports out of Wuhan, China last January that survivors had lost their ability to smell and taste. To a neuroscientist like de Erausquin, the sudden loss of two of the five senses was a “red flag.” His worry soon turned to alarm. One of his medical residents, a young mother in her early 30s diagnosed with COVID-19 who’d experienced respiratory complications, fever and exhaustion, was forced to quarantine away from her young children in a hotel room for a month. As her acute symptoms began to fade, what troubled her most about the experience was not the separation itself, she told de Erausquin, but how she felt about it—she felt entirely…

HOW COVID ATTACKS THE BRAIN

Escape from the Gilded Cage

EXCLUSIVE BOOK EXCERPT Even if her husband was a murderer, a woman in a bad marriage once had few options. Unless she fled to South Dakota The North Shore Limited departed Manhattan at 4:50 each afternoon in 1891. A swirl of steam and soot enveloped the crowds on the platform. The cacophony and oppressive heat were the same for the woman who had packed her meager possessions in a tenement on the Lower East Side and the one who had directed her maid to prepare her trunks in the parlor of a Fifth Avenue mansion. But the well-to-do booked tickets for a Wagner Palace Car, a serene mahogany and brocade escape from the overflowing second-class and dismal third-class options. A woman of means traveling alone booked four seats across two upholstered…

Escape from the Gilded Cage
HIDDEN & DANGEROUS!

HIDDEN & DANGEROUS!

Cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes: in the lexicon of ageing and disease, these are some worrisome words. But researchers have suspected for years that all of these health issues, and more, have at their heart one common trigger: chronic low-grade inflammation. And now they may finally have proof. In 2017 researchers in Boston reported on a clinical trial with more than 10,000 patients (mean age: 61) from 39 countries that tested whether an anti-inflammatory drug, canakinumab, could lower rates of heart disease. They discovered that it could, but they also found that it reduced lung cancer mortality by more than 67 per cent. Reports of gout and arthritis, which are conditions linked to inflammation, also fell. “In flammation plays a role in everyone’s health,” says rheumatologist Dr Dana DiRenzo. When inf lammation…

Fascinating Facts About Dictionaries

Fascinating Facts About Dictionaries

The first-ever dictionary The earliest single-language dictionary in the English language was known as A Table Alphabeticall. Produced by Robert Cawdrey in 1604, it contained around 3000 words. It didn’t give definitions so much as synonyms; the author’s purpose, he wrote, was to introduce more complicated words to “ladies, gentlewomen, or any other unskillful persons”, so they could better understand scriptures and sermons. The word with the most meanings You might be surprised to learn that the most ‘complicated’ word in English – the word with the largest number of separate definitions – is a three-letter word. Although set held the title in the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, published in 1989, with 430 separate definitions, in more recent times it has been outrun by a competitor. According to the editors,…

Rescue ON THE HIGH RISE BRIDGE

Rescue ON THE HIGH RISE BRIDGE

The winds this April morning were giving Wayne Boone’s massive 2007 semitrailer a good lashing. A driver for a paper recycling company in Virginia, US, Boone steered the empty 18-wheeler up a stretch of the highway, to pick up his first load of the day. The 53-year-old driver pulled into the eastbound left lane of the G.A. Treakle Memorial Bridge, known to locals as the I-64 High Rise, a four-lane drawbridge traversing the Elizabeth River. On the span, the storm let loose its full force, finding no obstacles in its path but vehicles, which it pummelled. Boone slowed as wind and rain hammered his windshield. At the bridge’s crest, 21 metres above the rushing estuary, the concrete road gave way to steel decking. Boone’s front wheels met the slick steel just as…

2 What does truly inclusive hospitality design look like?

For a sector that has long operated under segmented price points and principles of ultra-exclusivity, a model that is welcoming to all could mean a major shift in spatial design. Although the wider focus on accessibility and social coherence has seen venues from museums to offices address issues of inequality surrounding race, gender and sexual orientation, the phrase ‘all-inclusive’ still holds very different connotations in the hospitality sector. A recent report by Be Inclusive Hospitality demonstrated that, while progress is being made, 78 per cent of staff remain concerned about racism in the workplace. On the guest side of things, a slate of closures has seen 60 per cent of London’s dedicated LGBTQ+ spaces shut down in the past decade. Hospitality has become increasingly fragmented into smaller, more niche brands to…

2 What does truly inclusive hospitality design look like?
Christmas Cakes

Christmas Cakes

Light, dark, moist, dry, heavy, spongy, leavened, unleavened. All around the world there are many variations of the Christmas cake that started in Britain in the 14th century as porridge. Yes, you read that correctly. Porridge. In 567, the Roman Catholic Church proclaimed that Christmas Day to Epiphany (January 6), later called the 12 Days of Christmas, would be a sacred and festive season. The pre-Christmas period, or Advent, was traditionally a season for fasting when the faithful prepared themselves for the coming of the newborn King, and for the celebration of the feast of Christmas. On Christmas Eve, to help line their stomachs, many ate something called plum porridge, or ‘frumenty’. According to Hazel Flight, a nutritionist at Edge Hill University, frumenty was made from hulled wheat that was boiled…

SWEPT AWAY

SWEPT AWAY

Marjon van Eijk was excited. The 57-year-old from the Netherlands and her family had just landed on the Spanish island of Mallorca for the wedding of her daughter Iris. It was a day she’d dreamed about. The intimate ceremony was taking place the next day, October 10, 2018. Twenty-one guests were planning to gather at a stunning villa in the hills beyond the picturesque town of Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, just under an hour’s drive from the airport. “I can’t wait for the barbecue tonight, never mind the wedding,” Marjon told her mother, Bets Kasiu. Bets was a sharp, warm-hearted 84-year-old, but she wasn’t in the best of health. A year earlier, she had had emergency surgery on a perforated intestine and now wore a colostomy bag. Hip problems meant she had to…

LETTERS

Working With Robots I found ‘Welcome, Robots’ (June) an insightful read. While I marvelled at the technology, I worried where it might end. Robots may be more efficient but not at the expense of humans – or so I thought. When Mark Borman said, “We’re going through a generational change… in agriculture” and that younger people aren’t choosing these jobs, previously I would have thought it best to encourage humans to fill these positions, not a robotic workforce. But it doesn’t have to be one or the other, it can be a collaborative effort. RAY POULSON The Lasting Effect Of A Golf Game ‘Golf, A Game Of Life’ (My Story, June) resonated with me. At the high school where I taught, the staff always had a golf day on the first day of the…

LETTERS
FASTESTVPN: A GOOD CHOICE FOR VPN NEWBIES

FASTESTVPN: A GOOD CHOICE FOR VPN NEWBIES

We like simplicity when it comes to VPN services. Even if they stuff a ton of extra features into the app, it’s important that regular users can still navigate it. That’s one of the attributes that we like about FastestVPN. It also supports 10 simultaneous connections instead of the usual five. SECURITY, SOFTWARE, SERVERS, AND SPEED When you first open FastestVPN for Mac, it has a large connect button on the right side of the app, while the left contains a list of its 32 country connections. At the very top of the app, it shows the current IP you are using and its location, and then in the upper-right corner, you have access to the app’s settings. To connect to a location, you just click the large button or choose the…

Apple’s solution for bad Mac webcams shouldn’t be the iPhone

Apple’s solution for bad Mac webcams shouldn’t be the iPhone

There was a time when Apple really cared about Macs having better video chat quality than any other computer you could buy. Almost 20 years ago, it introduced the iSight Firewire webcam, and it was a revelation. For $149 (less than the best webcams today!), it delivered clarity and audio quality far superior to that of all those PC webcams. Fast-forward 20 years, and Apple’s just not keeping pace. The webcams built into Macs these days are fuzzy, grainy, and low-res. Some are still capable of only 720p video, and only the latest models support 1080p. I regularly use a Logitech C920 webcam from 2012 that has the same video resolution, and usually far superior color and clarity. Only now are Mac webcams getting to be on par with the USB…

FROM THE EDITOR

DEBATES ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF DEMOCRACY are as old as democracy itself. But in the broader span of history, people power has only ever gotten more desirable. It was the quest for democracy that dominated so much of the last century, especially after World War II, when there was an unprecedented wave of independence movements and decolonization across Africa and Asia. In the following decades, amid the Cold War, democracy was pitted against communism in a grand clash of ideas. But the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union settled that debate. Democracy continued to make further inroads around the world. By the early 1990s, it was difficult to imagine an appealing or feasible alternative. The mood of that moment was summed up in The End…

FROM THE EDITOR
First Look: 2023 Ford Escape

First Look: 2023 Ford Escape

Few vehicles sharing the same basic platform are better differentiated than the boxy, go-anywhere Bronco Sport and the urban-outfitted, lozenge-shaped Escape. Had these C2 platform-mates looked more similar, the former might have cannibalized the latter’s sales. Both are selling at or near capacity three years into the fourth-gen Escape’s model run, but Ford has toughened up softer-looking Escape’s visage and demeanor anyway. Most of the redesign comes courtesy of a bolder new hood, which sits atop a more deeply sculpted grille flanked by a pair of LED-outlined “four-eyed” headlamps. On upper trim levels, a so-called “coast-to-coast” LED light strip connects these headlamp DRLs, illuminating the gap between the hood and grille. A new fascia incorporating a faux skidplate completes the makeover. Other exterior changes are minimal: new 17-, 18-, and 19-inch…

Driver’s view, with Sebastien Buemi

Q: What is the GR010 like to drive? A: It is different to what I was used to. The restriction of fuel per lap is gone, so it gives you the feeling that we are back to pure racing where you brake as late as you can, as hard as you can, and don’t have to save fuel and recover as much as possible. You still recover energy, but you don’t have to adapt your driving style to maximise the effect of the hybrid system. It is a lot of pleasure because it is back to what it was years ago. The car is heavier and less powerful, but nice to drive. There are many things we were able to improve over the last car. Q: As a driver, what is it like with…

Secrets of the Whales

Secrets of the Whales

JOHN FORD WANTED a whale’s-eye view. One summer day in 1978 a pod of killer whales raced toward a pebbled beach on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. The young biologist was waiting in a wet suit and snorkel. The ghostly black-and-white procession steamed in like a team of U-boats, low and fast. Ford pressed on his face mask and slipped into the sea. In waters barely 10 feet deep, the creatures slowed and rolled to their sides. Bodies partially submerged, the fans at the end of their tails—their flukes—wagging, the whales began to twist and shimmy. One by one, each scuffed its side and belly on the stones, like grizzlies scratching against the pines. Ford, age 66, has now studied killer whales, the largest dolphin and from the branch of the Cetacean…

Everest Broke It. Scientists Fixed It.

Everest Broke It. Scientists Fixed It.

ILLUMINATING THE MYSTERIES—AND WONDERS—ALL AROUND US EVERY DAY ON A PICTURE-POSTCARD DAY IN 2021, Tenzing Gyalzen Sherpa crested the Balcony, a windswept rest spot high on Mount Everest’s Southeast Ridge. In front of his crampons, half buried in the hardened snow, were the remains of the world’s highest weather station. When the station was first assembled and bolted to the rock, it looked like an elaborate backyard antenna festooned with bird feeders and weather vanes. In reality it was $30,000 of precision instruments to measure wind, humidity, temperature, solar radiation, and barometric pressure. Now the mangled seven-foot-tall mast lay on its side, embedded in ice. Tenzing, a 31-year-old electrician and mountain guide, removed his phone from his down suit and began taking pictures of the scene. The Balcony Station had stopped transmitting on…