Travel Guide: ‘Kanda Neighborhood, Tokyo’

This historic corner of northeast Tokyo was once described as a place for “universities, bookshops and intellectuals”. Academic institutions are still there – along with the Holy Resurrection Cathedral – but Kanda is also home to electronics district Akihabara, a huge shrine and dozens of Japanese curry restaurants too.

Sprawling Kanda covers central districts like neon-lit Akihabara, known for its electronics stores, and Jimbocho, filled with bookshops. Students from the area’s many universities pack into bars, noodle shops, and karaoke rooms at night. Shinto shrines are found on quieter backstreets, including the nearly 1,300-year-old Kanda Myojin Shrine, with its crimson gate and altars to ancient gods of good fortune.

Top Hikes: ‘Rae Lakes Loop’ – Kings Canyon National Park, California (Video)

Mile for mile – and perhaps inch for inch – the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon National Park contains some of the most stunning and celebrated scenery in a mountain range world-famous for stunning and celebrated scenery. The route consists of three separate but connected trails that travel through glacially-carved canyons, a high country basin containing a chain of sapphire blue lakes set against towering granitic crags, and an alpine pass that just scrapes 12,000 feet. Throughout the route, you will observe nearly every major biotic zone (life zones characterized by specific species) in the Sierra, prime examples of glacial erosion, waterfalls, idyllic valleys, tranquil meadows, and myriad sublime scenes ranging from the intimate to the jaw-droppingly grand.

Aerial Views: ‘Hartford – Connecticut’ (4K video)

Hartford is the capital of Connecticut. It’s home to the Mark Twain House & Museum. The 1874 mansion contains thousands of artifacts, including the desk at which Twain wrote his best-known works. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center includes the author’s Victorian house and many period furnishings, plus a garden. The broad collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art includes Renaissance and impressionist works. 

Smithsonian Channel: ‘Top Natural Disaster Videos’

From the St. Helen’s eruption to havoc caused by a tornado, these clips capture just how terrifying natural disasters are.

Video Timeline: 0:00​ – Intro to 10 Frightening Natural Disaster Videos 0:23​ – Footage of the 1980 Mt. Saint Helens Eruption 4:06​ – This Brave Student Captured the Mt. Saint Helens Blast 6:09​ – Why the 1989 San Francisco Quake Was So Disastrous 10:08​ – Chilling Footage of the 1989 Cypress Freeway Collapse 12:56​ – The Most Powerful Tornado Recorded on Earth 16:36​ – This Family Hid from a 300 MPH Tornado in a Water Pipe 19:50​ – This Couple Filmed the Everest Avalanche Coming at Them 21:56​ – Footage of the Alarming Moments Just Before the Everest Avalanche 24:56​ – The Damage a Twister Can Do in 15 Minutes is Horrifying 28:00​ – The 1974 Double Twister That Hit Alabama

Science Podcast: Radar Satellites Measuring The Earth, Random Numbers

First up, science journalist Julia Rosen talks with host Sarah Crespi about a growing fleet of radar satellites that will soon be able to detect minute rises and drops of Earth’s surface—from a gently deflating volcano to a water-swollen field—on a daily basis.

Sarah also talks with Hui Cao, a professor of applied physics at Yale University, about a new way to generate enormous streams of random numbers faster than ever before, using a tiny laser that can fit on a computer chip.

Science & Film: Physicist Brian Greene Reviews ‘Time Travel Movies’ (Video)

Theoretical Physicist, String Theorist and Professor, Brian Greene looks at how time travel is portrayed in popular films. You can get his new book, Until the End of Time, here: https://amzn.to/3pTGyVx

Until the End of Time is Brian Greene’s breathtaking new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to understand it. Greene takes us on a journey across time, from our most refined understanding of the universe’s beginning, to the closest science can take us to the very end. He explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek in different ways to give meaning to experience: in story, myth, religion, creative expression, science, the quest for truth, and our longing for the timeless, or eternal.

Through a series of nested stories that explain distinct but interwoven layers of reality-from the quantum mechanics to consciousness to black holes-Greene provides us with a clearer sense of how we came to be, a finer picture of where we are now, and a firmer understanding of where we are headed. Yet all this understanding, which arose with the emergence of life, will dissolve with its conclusion. Which leaves us with one realisation: during our brief moment in the sun, we are tasked with the charge of finding our own meaning. Let us embark.

Walks: Cannaregio West In Venice, Italy (HD Video)

Lively Cannaregio is known for the 16th-century Jewish Ghetto. The Strada Nova is a popular local shopping thoroughfare, and the backstreets are a destination for crafts and vintage goods. Casual canalside restaurants and bars line nearby Fondamenta della Misericordia and Fondamenta dei Ormesini. The stately Ca’ d’Oro palace displays a Renaissance art collection.

The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were forced to live by the government of the Venetian Republic. The English word ghetto is derived from the Jewish ghetto in Venice. The Venetian Ghetto was instituted on 29 March 1516. It was not the first time that Jews in Venice were compelled to live in a segregated area of the city. In 1552 Venice had 160,000 inhabitants, including 900 Jews, who were mainly merchants.

Bike Rides: Ruhr River In Essen Werden, Germany

Today we will start our bike ride in Essen Werden, Germany, at the Ruhr River. We will then continue cycling to Kettwig and without a break proceed to Mülheim an der Ruhr. You will see lots of untouched nature.

Werden is a southern borough of the city of Essen in Germany. It belongs to the city district IX Werden/Kettwig/Bredeney and has 9,998 inhabitants as of June 30, 2006. The borough occupies a space of 4.04 km² and is situated at a median height of 58 m above sea level.

Video timeline: 00:00​​ Ruhr River 19:57​​ Kettwig Watergate / Schleuse 30:55​​ Mitarder Ruhrtalbrücke / Bridge 42:15​​ Mülheim Mendener Brücke / Bridge

Art Exhibition Tours: ‘A New Look At Old Masters’ The MET, New York (Video)

Join curators Keith Christiansen, Stephan Wolohojian, and Adam Eaker on a tour through the newly installed European Paintings galleries and explore new dialogues and themes among the works. A New Look at Old Masters is part of the European Paintings Skylights Project and is a prelude to the final, expansive re-installation of the European Paintings galleries that will take place after the project is completed.

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