Yacht Tours: ‘Phoenix’ – A 2012, 123 Ft. Sanlorenzo In Bay Of Hong Kong (Video)

PHOENIX is one of very few yachts in the highly desirable Sanlorenzo SD122 range available on the market today. Presenting a rare opportunity in Asia, with the potential for a short delivery to a new Owner anywhere in the world, she has never been chartered, rarely been slept in and comes to the market with only 1,250 engine hours.

With a fresh feel throughout, she sleeps 12 guests in 5 suites, ideal for comfortable cruising with family and close friends. She has a long range of 3000NM at displacement speed. Her vast social spaces are impressive yet relaxing, and whether you are reading in the salon or taking in the view from the hot tub on the sundeck, enjoyment is guaranteed.

Science Podcast: Secrets Of Einsteinium, Chemicals Sap Ozone & Traffic Jams

Exploring the properties of a vanishingly-rare man-made element, and the AI that generates new mathematical conjectures.

In this episode:

01:04 Einsteinium’s secrets

Einsteinium is an incredibly scarce, man-made element that decays so quickly that researchers don’t know much about it. Now, using state-of-the-art technology, a team has examined how it interacts with other atoms, which they hope will shed new light on einsteinium and its neighbours on the periodic table.

Research Article: Carter et al.

06:28 Research Highlights

The mysterious appearance of three ozone-depleting chemicals in Earth’s atmosphere, and how ride-sharing services have failed to reduce traffic jams.

Research Highlight: Mystery on high: an ozone-destroying chemical appears in the air

Research Highlight: Uber and Lyft drive US gridlock — but not cuts in car ownership

8:38 The computer that comes up with new mathematical formulas

A team of researchers have developed artificial-intelligence algorithms that can generate new formulas for calculating the digits of key mathematical numbers like pi. Although crucial, many of these numbers remain mysterious, so it is hoped that this system will open up new avenues of questioning for mathematicians.

Research Article: Raayoni et al.

14:48 Briefing Chat

We discuss some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time, a new theory to explain a sixty-year-old mystery surrounding the icy deaths of a group of Russian students, and the continued controversy about the chances of life on Venus.

Video: Explaining the icy mystery of the Dyatlov Pass deaths

News: Life on Venus claim faces strongest challenge yet

Remote Work: ‘How Big Tech Is Revamping It’ (WSJ)

Prominent tech companies are embracing remote work amid an exodus of skilled labor from Silicon Valley. WSJ looks at what that could mean for innovation and productivity and what companies are doing to manage the impact.

Yale Medicine: ‘What Causes Heart Failure?’

The heart is a muscle and it’s main job is to pump blood but certain things can cause that muscle to fail. There are genetic reasons, there are reasons related to valve disease, and there’s a viral infection that affects the heart called myocarditis.

The most common cause of heart failure is a heart attack. Fatty plaque builds up in the blood vessel that supplies the heart itself and unless that blood vessel is opened up immediately that muscle will die. The rest of the muscle that’s not dead anymore has to do extra to keep on pumping the blood and overtime it cannot keep and that’s when heart failure develops.

Palazzo Views: ‘Grand Canal’, Venice, Italy (Video)

In sestiere Cannaregio, on the banks of the Canal Grande and two steps from Santa Lucia train station, majestic 430-sqm luxury apartment on the first floor of a restored historic palazzo. The property, finely restored and maintained, currently hosts three bedrooms (one of which overlooking the Canal Grande), three bathrooms and a beautiful hall decorated with plaster and frescoes. The palazzo is located a few steps from the Ponte degli Scalzi and enjoys quick access to the most renowned monuments of Venice.

Covid-19 Vaccines: ‘What Can You Trust?’ (Video)

Factual and reliable information is vital to creating trust in vaccines and to overcoming the pandemic. Ed Carr, The Economist’s deputy editor, and Natasha Loder, our health policy editor, answer some of the big questions about the global vaccination drive.

Chapters 00:00​ – Challenges in vaccinating the world 00:45​ – Trust in vaccines 02:30​ – mRNA vaccines 03:23​ – Impact of variants on vaccination 04:29​ – Time between vaccine doses 06:09​ – Mandatory vaccines for travel?

Views: ‘Whitehall Ranch’ Near Houston, Texas

The rolling hills and quiet pastoral setting of Whitehall, Texas have a wonderful secret – the 656± acre Whitehall Ranch, a master-planned ranch property with architectural consistency throughout every improvement within commuting distance to Houston or College Station.

Despite a very private and pristine setting, the ranch is easily accessed via Highway 6 and the new Highway 249 extension. Anchored by a private, family compound tucked into a natural protected setting, Whitehall Ranch reflects the thoughtful merger of inspiration and architecture. The main residence, two guest homes, and pool complex are a masterpiece of design and modern luxury with soaring ceilings and wall-to-wall windows.

No mechanical or aesthetic detail was overlooked. Terraced landscaping and manicured grasses offer a Zen-like setting among architectural symmetry and dramatic lines. The ranch is an incredible place to take pleasure in a multitude of year-round activities and to relax in luxury and savor the amazing scenery. The owner was in no rush to get this right and went to, and continues to go to, extraordinary lengths to ensure this ranch’s place among Texas’s finest properties.

Travel & Architecture: ‘Ziedlejas Resort, Latvia’

Ziedlejas is a wellness resort rooted in the Latvian sauna tradition. With a secluded location in rural Latvia, it offers natural retreats away from the crowds. Two saunas have already been completed and a third is underway.

Number 1 or the ‘baltā pirts’ (white sauna) is a concrete structure built into the hillside to avoid interfering with the view from the guest cabins. It benefits from natural light and the proximity of the pond for jumping into. We used locally sourced natural materials like wood, herbs and linen to complete the interior.

The more primeval ‘melnā pirts’ (smoke sauna) is built from spruce and fittingly tucked into the woods. While the sauna buildings remain traditional in terms of their purpose, we made sure to enhance functionality and overall aesthetics from a contemporary design perspective.

In 2020 four corten steel and glass cabins opened to overnight guests. Tea houses by day and bedrooms by night, they are designed to be multifunctional. The glass front affords unspoilt views of the landscape. Thanks to the neighbouring herb patches, guests can literally pick and mix their own herbal tea blend. 

This is a place to enjoy slowly. Open AD has been involved in the development since day one in partnership with the owners and Landshape landscape architecture firm. 

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Morning News Podcast: Republican Party Issues, Impeachment, Amazon

House GOP leaders are dealing with divisions on two fronts, including how to deal with freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her incendiary comments and support for conspiracy theories. 

And, the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins next week and House managers have detailed their case that he is singularly responsible for the Capitol insurrection. Also, Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon after 27 years at the company he founded.

Winter Walks: ‘Narai – Central Japan’ (4K Video)

Narai is one of the post towns of the Nakasendo, the old golden route between Tokyo (Edo) and Kyoto. The Town remains unchanged as it was in Edo Period.

Narai-juku (奈良井宿, Narai-juku) was the thirty-fourth of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendō, as well as the second of eleven stations along the Kisoji.[1] It is located in the present-day city of ShiojiriNagano PrefectureJapan.