Front Cover Preview: New Scientist Magazine – SEP 18

New Scientist Magazine

Road Trips: Pustertaler Höhenstraße – ‘Balcony Of The Sun’ In Austria (4K)

The Pustertaler Höhenstraße panoramic route – the “balcony of the sun” – provides a marvellous panoramic view of the mountains making up the Lienz and Sexten Dolomites. An excursion along the panoramic route via: Abfaltersbach – Anras – Assling – Bannberg – Lienzer Klause – Leisach to Lienz.

Morning News: Cabinet Shake-Up In Britain, Covid-19 Study & Stargazing

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has re-allocated a number of key government posts. We ask how the changes reflect his political standing and what they mean for his agenda. A first-of-its-kind study that deliberately infected participants with the coronavirus is ending; we examine the many answers such research can provide. And the rural places aiming to capitalise on their dark skies.

Views: Erawan Waterfalls In Western Thailand (4K)

Located in West Thailand in the Tenasserim Hills range of Kanchanaburi Province, Erawan National Park is home to one of the most popular falls in the country. Founded in 1975 as Thailand’s 12th National Park, it covers an area of 550 km².

The major attraction of the park is the 7-tiered Erawan Falls with emerald green ponds. There are also several impressive and long caves within the park, some of them deeper inside the park, few of them along the roads around the park. The park and the falls are named after the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology. The top tier of the falls is said to resemble an elephant head.

Literary Previews: London Review Of Books – SEP 23

Science: Aquatic Foods To Aleviate World Hunger, Australian Wildfires

How aquatic foods could help tackle world hunger, and how Australian wildfires spurred phytoplankton growth in the Southern Ocean.

In this episode:

00:45 The role of aquatic food in tackling hunger

Ahead of the UN’s Food Systems Summit, Nature journals are publishing research from the Blue Food Assessment, looking at how aquatic foods could help feed the world’s population in a healthy, sustainable and equitable way.

We speak to Ismahane Elouafi, Chief Scientist at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, who tells us about the role of blue foods in future food systems.

Immersive feature: Blue Foods

Nature’s Blue Food collection

12:27 Research Highlights

The ingestible capsule that injects drugs straight into stomach tissue, and a soft material that changes colour when twisted.

Research Highlight: An easily swallowed capsule injects drugs straight into the gut

Research Highlight: Flowing crystals for quick camouflage

14:52 How Australian wildfires spurred phytoplankton blooms

The devastating Australian wildfires of 2019-2020 released plumes of iron-rich aerosols that circled the globe, fertilizing oceans thousands of miles away. New research suggests that these aerosols ultimately triggered blooms of microscopic phytoplankton downwind of the fires, in the Southern Ocean.

Research Article: Tang et al.

Previews: Times Literary Supplement (TLS) – SEP 17

Walking Tour: Tatsuno In Southern Japan (4K Video)

Tatsuno is the birthplace of Rofu Miki, the author of the most beloved nursery rhyme “Akatombo” in Japan. Going back to the age of Azuchi-Momoyama period, soy sauce production has been carried out in this area since the latter half of the 1500s, and in 1666, light soy sauce was developed.

Video timeline: 00:00 タイトル(Title) 00:22 たつの散策(Walking Around Tatsuno) 10:13 龍野城(Tatsuno Castle) 10:31 たつの散策(Walking Around Tatsuno) 11:30 龍野神社(Tatsuno Shrine) 11:58 聚遠亭(Shuuentei Garden) 13:01 室津港の町並み(Walking Around Murotsu Port)

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