Previews: The Economist Magazine – December 18

Travel: Albrechtsburg Castle, Meissen Porcelain Source, Saxony, Germany

Destination Culture: Discover Germany’s oldest castle! Hannah Hummel travels back in time in Albrechtsburg Castle. The site in Meissen used to house Europe’s first porcelain producer. Porcelain designers show Hannah how the material is being further developed today. She also visits the picturesque old town and learns the interesting story behind the Meissner Fummel – a unique pastry, where fragility plays an essential role.

Video timeline: 00:00 Intro 00:54 Albrechtsburg castle in Meissen 05:08 Meissen’s old town 09:31 Exhibition, production and design atelier of Meissen porcelain 17:46 An Australian in Meissen 21:44 Photographer Eric Franke 24:52 Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) in Meissen

Previews: Science News Magazine – December 18

In 2021, COVID-19 vaccines were put to the test. Here’s what we learnedVaccines can’t single-handedly end the pandemic, but they are still essential in the fight against the coronavirus. By Science News Staff

Italian Villages: Walking Tour Of Pescocostanzo

Pescocostanzo is a comune and town in the Province of L’Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is a tourist destination, attracting people from all over Italy due to its landscape and environment. In winter, Pescocostanzo is a destination for skiers and snowboarders. 

Inside Views: The Journey Of A Shipping Container

The global pandemic triggered sky-high spending on manufactured goods. This increased spending created a huge bottleneck in the supply chain that could last for years. WIRED takes a look at the journey of a single shipping container; and with the help of supply chain analyst Lora Cecere, breaks down all the roadblocks a shipping container will encounter in 2021 and beyond.

Underwater Views: Marine Coral Reef Wildlife (8K)

A coral reef is an underwater ecosystem characterized by reef-building corals. Reefs are formed of colonies of coral polyps held together by calcium carbonate. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, whose polyps cluster in groups.

Video timeline: 00:0000:05 Intro 00:0600:13 Seahorse 00:1400:21 Coral reef 00:2200:28 Sea turtle 00:2900:40 Shark 00:4100:48 Octopus 00:4901:00 Lion Fish 01:0101:08 Moray 01:0901:17 Clown Fish and Sea Anemone 01:1801:29 Manta Ray 01:3001:37 Red shrimp 01:3801:48 Jelly Fish 01:4901:58 Sea horse 01:5902:26 Coral reef 02:2702:38 Clown Fish and Sea Anemone 02:3902:50 Turtle eating 02:5103:11 Octopus 03:1203:21 Dolphin 03:2203:31 Sea Turtle 03:3203:42 Star Fish 03:4303:51 Long Arm Octopus 03:5204:04 Scorpion Fish 04:0504:35 Coral reef 04:3604:58 Sea Turtle

Previews: New Scientist Magazine – December 18

Austria Views: Dachstein Glacier Skywalk Bridge

The highest suspension bridge in Austria is located on the Dachstein glacier – Dachstein SkyWalk Bridge. It was opened at the beginning of July in 2013. This stunning 100-meter bridge is located near the town of Schladming. “Bridge to nowhere” will give you a dizzying view of the mountain landscape, but if you dare to walk on it. Then, you need to pass through the narrow staircase with 14 steps and you’ll see its main feature. It lies in that the bridge ends with glass platform. This is a small transparent observation deck which seems to be hanging over the abyss between the steep cliffs on the height of 400 meters. It is one of the most breathtaking viewing platform in the Alps!

Morning News: Elections In UK & Hong Kong, Dutch Vote, Italian Art Galleries

We preview the long-delayed Hong Kong legislative elections and explore whether Boris Johnson’s mistakes are starting to take an electoral toll. Plus: Mark Rutte’s record-breaking Dutch coalition and an initiative bringing major art works to regional Italian galleries.