Previews: New Scientist Magazine – Nov 12, 2022

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New Scientist – November 12, 2022 Issue:

How JWST could find signs of alien life in exoplanet atmospheres

The James Webb Space Telescope can peer into alien skies like never before. With six potentially habitable planets within its sights, astronomers are entering a new era in the search for biology beyond our solar system

What age do you really become an adult? And why it’s vital to know

The age at which you are considered an adult differs around the world, but emerging research into the developing brain suggests we may have got the concept of adulthood all wrong. When do we really become a grown-up?

Canada Views: The Walrus Magazine – December 2022

The Walrus – December 2022 Issue:

Will John Irving’s The Last Chairlift Stand the Test of Time?

For decades, the celebrated author ruled the public’s imagination. But times change—how will he be read now?

Is There Such a Thing as a Universal Human Experience? Author Marie-Claire Blais Says Yes

In her new novel, Songs for Angel, Blais proves that the twenty-first-century heir to modernism is a francophone octogenarian living in Florida

Architecture/Design: Enki Magazine – December 2022


enki magazine – December 2022 Issue:

Adam Knibb constructs eco home | Focusing on carbon reduction

Situated within the Surrey Green Belt in Hampshire, the sustainable three-bedroom house responds to its surrounding natural environment and creates minimal visual impact. Aggregate foundations, locally sourced flint, and a CLT timber structure shape the contemporary design, blending it harmoniously into its picturesque setting, and also proving that it’s possible to recycle, re-source, and reduce impact in construction. 

ForestBank forms new type of wood | Getting creative with debris

Japanese designer Yuma Kano has creatively worked with forest debris to create ForestBank, a new type of wood that looks to minimise waste. 

This pioneering material design makes use of debris from the forest floor that would normally be considered worthless for furniture construction. Formed out of small trees, foliage, bark, seeds, and soil, ForestBank seeks to determine the full value of our local woodlands and in turn it creates an artistic and aesthetically pleasing material out of unutilised debris. 

Train Travel Tours: River Rhine Valley, Germany

DW Travel – Castles, palaces, vineyards, and a romantic river valley: experience a train journey along the Rhine with DW’s Hannah Hummel. It is considered the most beautiful train route in Germany!


The West Rhine Railway is one of the most beautiful and famous railway lines in Germany. It runs from Cologne via Bonn and Koblenz to Mainz. Its most recognisable part is from Koblenz to Bingen where the trains run directly along the Rhine and its numerous bends. This part of the valley even is part of the World Heritage. Famous trains as the Rhinegold used to run here, however since the high speed line between Cologne and Frankfurt is in operation the majority of long distance trains take this shorter and faster line instead. There are still many trains running on the Rhine Railway including hourly long distance trains.

Aerial Views: Bukhara In Southern Uzbekistan (4K)

Bukhara is an ancient city in the central Asian country of Uzbekistan. It was a prominent stop on the Silk Road trade route between the East and the West, and a major medieval center for Islamic theology and culture. It still contains hundreds of well-preserved mosques, madrassas, bazaars and caravanserais, dating largely from the 9th to the 17th centuries. 

Previews: Smithsonian Magazine – December 2022

Smithsonian Magazine – December 2022

Smithsonian Magazine – December 2022:

The Sweet and Sticky History of the Date

Throughout the Middle East, the versatile fruit has been revered since antiquity. How will it fare in a changing world?

This Guatemalan Village Is Becoming a Work of Art

To help boost its appeal to tourists, local residents are transforming their lakeside town into a living art installation

Previews: Times Literary Supplement – Nov 11, 2022


This week’s @TheTLS , featuring Anna Reid on Zelensky; @pwilcken on a divided Brazil; @james_waddell on manuscript collectors; @LamornaAsh on Tammy Faye; @LinahAlsaafin on Qatar; and Peter Thonemann on how Herodotus would fare in today’s academic job market … – and more.

News: Russia Ups Strikes As Zelensky Lays Out Peace Talk Rules, U.S. Elections

We give you the latest on the war as Russia ramps up its attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure and Volodymyr Zelensky lays out conditions for “genuine” peace talks. Plus: the US midterm elections and what the results mean for Ukraine, a flick through today’s papers and a check-in from Dubai Design Week.

Front Page: The New York Times – November 9, 2022


Republicans Gain Ground in Push to Take House as Democrats Hold Off Red Wave

Republicans picked up momentum in their drive for the House majority, but Democrats held crucial seats, dashing projections of a blood bath, and claimed a key Senate seat in Pennsylvania.

Despite the Fears, Election Day Mostly Goes as Planned

There were the usual glitches, some ginned up into misinformation. But voting was largely free of major incidents of intimidation or disruption.

After a grueling election, officials brace for the aftermath.

This is the first election in which a substantial number of candidates for major offices are election deniers or conspiracy theorists.