Walks: Old Fisherman’s Wharf & Cannery Row In Monterey, California

Monterey is a city located in Monterey County on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California’s central coast. The Cannery Row, once a center of sardine canning factories, was immortalized by novelist John Steinbeck through his well-known novel Cannery Row.

Cannery Row is now a tourist attraction with shops, restaurants and hotels, several of which are located in former cannery buildings, and a few historic attractions. The Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row is one of the largest aquariums in North America, and several marine science laboratories, including Hopkins Marine Station are located in the area.

The Aquarium revitalized the neighborhood and it is now the number one tourist destination on the Monterey Peninsula. Monterey’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf was constructed in 1845, reconstructed in 1870 and is now a commercial shopping and restaurant district with several whale watching entities operating at the end of its pier. Used as an active wholesale fish market into the 1960s, the wharf eventually became a tourist attraction as commercial fishing tapered off in the area.

Timestamps: 00:00 – Monterey Conference Center / Portola Hotel & Spa 02:05 – Custom House Plaza 05:30 – Old Fisherman’s Wharf 14:45 – Monterey Bay Coastal Trail 26:35 – San Carlos Beach 30:35 – Cannery Row 34:45 – Monterey Bay Coastal Trail 38:30 – Cannery Row 41:25 – Steinbeck Plaza 44:00 – Cannery Row 47:30 – Monterey Bay Aquarium 51:20 – Cannery Row 58:30 – Monterey Bay Coastal Trail 1:04:30 – Welcome to the City of Monterey Sign

Science: Geology’s Billion Year Gap, End Of Leaded Gas & Lush Ancient Arabia

A new theory to explain missing geological time, the end of leaded petrol, and the ancient humans of Arabia.

In this episode:

00:29 Unpicking the Great Unconformity

For more than 150 years, geologists have been aware of ‘missing’ layers of rock from the Earth’s geological record. Up to one billion years appear to have been erased in what’s known as the Great Unconformity. Many theories to explain this have been proposed, and now a new one suggests that the Great Unconformity may have in fact been a series of smaller events.

BBC Future: The strange race to track down a missing billion years

05:23 The era of leaded petrol is over

In July, Algeria became the final country to ban the sale of leaded petrol, meaning that the fuel is unavailable to buy legally anywhere on Earth. However despite this milestone, the toxic effects of lead petrol pollution will linger for many years to come.

Chemistry World: Leaded petrol is finally phased out worldwide

08:26 The ancient humans who lived in a wetter Arabia

While much of modern day Arabia is covered by deserts, new research suggests that hundreds of thousands of years ago conditions were much wetter for periods on the peninsula. These lusher periods may have made the area a key migratory crossroads for ancient humans.

Research Article: Groucutt et al.

News and Views: Traces of a series of human dispersals through Arabia

Analysis: Covid-19 Vaccine Efficacy Explained (Video)

Recent studies have shown that the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines is decreasing, though experts say the shots still work well. WSJ explains what the numbers mean and why they don’t tell the full story. Photo illustration: Jacob Reynolds/WSJ

News: Top 5 Stories For September 8, 2021 (Reuters)

September 8, 2021: Biden, Texas governor, Mexico earthquake, U.S. $3.5 trillion bill, Mask Mandates

1. President Joe Biden toured sites of deadly floods in the Northeast and said Hurricane Ida demonstrated the ravages of climate change as he pressed for investments to boost infrastructure and fight global warming.

2. Governor Greg Abbott made Texas the latest U.S. state to impose Republican-backed voting restrictions, signing a law that was swiftly challenged in court and criticized by President Joe Biden as part of an “all-out assault” on American democracy.

3. A powerful earthquake struck southwestern Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, killing at least one man and damaging buildings, authorities said.

4. A U.S. House of Representatives committee this week will attempt to advance sweeping legislation to expand healthcare benefits for the elderly and other social services as part of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion domestic investment plan.

5. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten crouched to sit at a first-graders’ table in a Florida school, chatting with masked 6-year-olds about books and their former kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Smith.

Walks: Lungern Village And Lake, Switzerland (4K)

Lungern is a municipality in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland. It encompasses Lake Lungern and, besides the village of Lungern, the settlements of Bürglen, Kaiserstuhl and Obsee.

Lake Lungern is a natural lake in Obwalden, Switzerland which is named after the town Lungern on its shore. The lake is drained by the Sarner Aa river, which flows through the Sarnersee and into Lake Lucerne. The lake was originally much larger, and covered a large part of the valley it is situated in. 

London Walks: Tottenham Court Road & Fitzrovia

Tottenham Court Road is a major road in Central London, almost entirely within the London Borough of Camden. The road runs from Euston Road in the north to St Giles Circus in the south; Tottenham Court Road tube station lies just beyond the southern end of the road. 

Fitzrovia is a diverse residential area where grand 18th- and 19th-century apartment buildings sit side by side with social housing. Handy for the West End theatres, it’s filled with hotels, galleries, and old-school pubs. Charlotte Street is lined with lively bistros and cafes, and the surrounding streets are home to new media, advertising, and architectural companies. The lofty BT Tower is an iconic city landmark. 

Reviews: Commercial Fusion Energy At MIT

On Sept. 5, 2021, for the first time, a large high-temperature superconducting electromagnet was ramped up to a field strength of 20 tesla, the most powerful magnetic field of its kind ever created on Earth. That successful demonstration helps resolve the greatest uncertainty in the quest to build the world’s first fusion power plant that can produce more power than it consumes, according to the project’s leaders at MIT and startup company Commonwealth Fusion Systems.

Previews: Times Literary Supplement (TLS) – Sep 10

Views: Canal Boat Cruise, Gothenburg, Sweden (4K)

Gothenburg, a major city in Sweden, is situated off the Göta älv river on the country’s west coast. An important seaport, it’s known for its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards like the Avenyn, the city’s main thoroughfare, lined with many cafes and shops. Liseberg is a popular amusement park with themed rides, performance venues and a landscaped sculpture garden.

This is a 30-minute canal trip through Gothenburg, Sweden, Scandinavia’s “little amsterdam” and “little london.” This is a Paddan tour which will takes us through the old canals from the 1600s and under low bridges and out of the harbor. Here you will hear about the history of Gothenburg from the knowledgeable guide. During the trip you pass landmarks such as the Opera House, Feskekörka, the lipstick, the old shipyard areas, green parks and Gothenburg Typical old house “Landshövdingehus” in Haga.

Date filmed: Sunday – August 29, 2021