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As a watch is handed down from generation to generation, the stories behind its life make it more and more valuable. And as far as past lives go, this Rolex, currently on display at the Beyer Watch and Clock Museum in Zürich, Switzerland, could top them all. It accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on one of the most famous expeditions of all time — to the top of the world.
Last month, at a two-day event in London, U.S.-based nonprofit CyArk announced its goal to digitally preserve 500 heritage sites in just five years. It’s an ambitious plan to ensure that future generations can explore the world’s most at-risk heritage sites for centuries to come — but, in reality, the future of preserving the past is actually all about you.
“It’s not the fall that kills you,” as the saying goes, “it’s the sudden stop at the end.” Humans are a rather splattery bunch when dropped from a sufficient height, but that hasn’t kept us out of the sky. Instead, we’ve spent centuries perfecting the process of controlled falling to make the stop after any fall as soft as possible. The result: the modern parachute, a canopy of silk and nylon, and engineering genius.
Think Sydney rush hour is bad? Try doing it half-blindfolded with nothing but a radio and a few blinking lights to show you the way. That’s how pilots navigate the invisible highways in the sky, and there’s a beautiful design that makes it all work. It only took about a hundred years to come up with it.
This week, the internet’s collective chortling at a particularly yonic stadium for Qatar’s World Cup may have actually doomed the project to abandonment. But it’s hardly the first — or most overt — anatomical architecture in recent years. In fact, it’s just the latest in a centuries-spanning tradition.
Poison can be a curse, a killer, and even a medicine — an alchemical substance that appears in everything from myth to literature. You might not think of poison as being this multifaceted, but that’s exactly what the American Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit — The Power of Poison — delightfully urges you to do.
It’s one of those things you’ve probably idly wondered but never really lent masses of thought: What the hell would the planet be like if humans had never existed? Fortunately, this video tries to explain.
With over 137 million artefacts, works of art and specimens in its collections, the Smithsonian can’t display even one per cent of that at any given time. Many historically significant pieces won’t go on display in our lifetimes and other likely won’t ever see the light of day again. But their replicants will.