Coming to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass in January 2023!
- Stranded Deep
- Persona 3 Portable
- Persona 4 Golden
- Monster Hunter Rise
- Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition
Social Media in 2023
What we’re waiting for:
- A Twitter clone from Meta: It’s unbelievable that Meta, the king of copycats, hasn’t seized on the implosion over at Twitter to debut its own clone. It certainly has the money, experience, and brainpower to do so.
- More state bans of TikTok: Currently, more than a dozen U.S. states ban the use of TikTok on government devices. Congress has banned TikTok from devices operated by the executive branch, which includes federal agencies.
- Parler will shut down: Kanye West’s professed intention to buy right-wing social media app Parler after he was restricted from Instagram and Twitter was probably the biggest push Parler received all year.
John Wick Video Games!?
Since 2014, Keanu Reeves has shot, stabbed, library book’d, and horse’d dozens of gangsters and hired guns to death across three (going on four) John Wick films. While we know that the franchise will continue with the upcoming prequel series The Continental, and there’ll be another film in a couple of years (plus the Ballerina spinoff film reportedly led by Ana de Armas), Lionsgate is looking to keep the series going any way it can. And in this era of IP and franchises hopping from one medium over to another, that means video games aren’t out of the realm of possibility.
During a recent earnings call earlier in the week, Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer said that the company had been looking at pitches for a video game based on the films. While nothing’s set in stone yet, he did tease that should a game come to fruition, it would most likely be from a triple-A developer. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself here…we have been fielding proposals. We certainly are interested in moving that forward, but I don’t want to say anything more about that at this time.”
The Energy Crisis Could Actually Be Good for the Climate
A new report finds that investments made during this year’s crisis could significantly wean us off fossil fuels in the long term.
In the world of climate change, we’ll take all the good news we can get. The energy crisis kicked off by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year could represent a “historic turning point” for ending the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, the world’s top energy agency said this week.
A report from the International Energy Agency issued Thursday finds that global fossil fuel use could peak in the next few years following aggressive investments in clean energy during the crisis this year. This 2022 edition of the World Energy Outlook, as the IEA’s annual report is known, grapples with the enormous consequences of and fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in March.
Honda Designed Tiny Electric Car for Kids
At Children’s Health of Orange County, California, you need to be on the look-out for tots getting lab tests—because they’ll be tooting the horn at the wheel of their new electric Honda, which is bringing laughs and comfort to sick children.
Designed by Honda engineers to ease the stress and anxiety of hospitalized children, the car brought tears to their adult eyes when talking about its genesis.
Called the Shogo, it was specifically designed to navigate hospital hallways and transport all the IV drips and monitoring machines a child might require. It allows them to drive themselves down the hallways to their treatments; turning what could be a stressful journey into a fun joy ride.
The Flying Taxi Takes Off
XPeng Motors’ X2 flying taxi is a teardrop-shaped two-seater EVTOL that can cruise at around 1,000 meters in elevation at 81 miles per hour. The battery currently can store electricity for a 35 minute flight, enough for a CEO’s quick carbon-free jaunt across a skyline.
“XPeng’s X2’s public display in Dubai represents a significant milestone for XPeng AeroHT and the international achievement of flying cars,” said Brian Gu, Vice Chairman and President of XPeng.
How Can I Divest From Fossil Fuels?
Why Divest Your Savings in the First Place?
“When we come together to take collective action to say we’re not going to stand for certain behaviors, that’s when real change happens,” said Lindsay Meiman of 350.org. “Divesting and no longer doing business with companies that are continuing to wreck the climate sends a really strong signal around the world that it’s no longer acceptable to do business with fossil fuel companies.”
There’s a growing movement of people who are agitating for individuals to get their financial house in order. And there’s honestly a pretty solid financial argument to get out of fossil fuels now before the industry goes belly up.
Meditation Could Protect Older People Against Alzheimer’s, According to New Research
Author Dr. Gael Chetelat of the University of Caen-Normandy, said the meditation improved scores “reflecting attention regulation and socio-emotional capacities,” noting in particular that the attention regulation sub-score increased after meditation only.
“In the context of meditation practices, this capacity allows a heightened awareness and monitoring of the contents of experience without becoming absorbed by them,” said Dr. Chetelat. “Socio-emotional capacities decreased substantially after non-native language training, suggesting the difference observed may be due to maintenance of skills by meditation.”
7 New Sleeper Train Routes Around the World We Can’t Wait to Try
These vintage-inspired lines whisk travelers through Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Over the last 20 years, budget airlines and bullet trains have been blamed for rendering longer, slower services obsolete. The romance of railways seemed to be dying, particularly in Europe. But since the pandemic, travelers are increasingly embracing slow travel and the notion that taking trains can reduce their carbon footprints. Private companies as well as state-owned operators have started popping up, betting that the future can be bright for the sleeper train.
Read more about the Future of Travel here
Greenland’s Recent Ice Melt Could Cover All of West Virginia in Water
Scientists are worried that there could be a repeat of a big melt that happened in 2019.
Unusually warm temperatures in Northern Greenland last week triggered a huge ice melt, alarming scientists.
Temperatures in the usually frigid country reached around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius), which is 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average for this month, CNN reported, citing data from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center. As a result, Greenland lost a whopping 6 billion tons of water per day between July 15 and 17 alone—enough to cover the entire state of West Virginia with a foot of water, according to CNN.
Scottish Nightclub is Powered By the Heat From Dancers – Moving the Venue to Thermal Energy
“But if you’ve got a big DJ, absolutely slamming basslines and making everyone jump up and down, you could be generating 500-600W of thermal energy,” he said.
A Scottish night club has found it can reduce its carbon footprint by 70 tons per year if it relies on the beat to make the heat.
Glasgow arts venue SWG3 now has a dancefloor that absorbs body heat from the dancers and converts it to thermal energy, between 250 and 600 watts depending on how intense the music is.
The venue had announced the idea last year, but has only just got it turned on; not a moment to soon considering the energy crisis.
Biden Pledges Extra $60 Million to Help Puerto Rico ‘Rebuild It All’
President Joe Biden visited Puerto Rico on Monday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Fiona last month. During a speech in the city of Ponce, Biden promised an additional $60 million in funding to help the island “rebuild it all,” on top of billions of dollars already set aside for the island’s recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“Rebuild it in a resilient way so you don’t—when the storms come again, which they will, they’re not having the damage they caused before,” he said. “Puerto Rico is a strong place, and Puerto Ricans are strong people. But even so, you have had to bear so much and more than need be, and you haven’t gotten the help in a timely way.”
New York to Ban New Gas-Powered Vehicles
By 2035, all new cars sold in the state will be required to be zero-emissions
New York is following in California’s tire treads, making drastic moves to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Empire State will entirely ban the purchase of new petroleum-powered cars by 2035.
Free Electric Cars Charging on Stations Stock Photo
“With sustained state and federal investments, our actions are incentivizing New Yorkers, local governments, and businesses to make the transition to electric vehicles. We’re driving New York’s transition to clean transportation forward, and today’s announcement will benefit our climate and the health of our communities for generations to come,” said Governor Kathy Hochul in a statement outlining the new policy directive.
Attenzione, espresso lovers. Welcome to Italy’s Coffee Museum
If Italy’s deep-rooted café culture and exquisite, inky espresso weren’t enough reason to visit, here’s one more: a museum dedicated to all things coffee has opened in Turin.
The Lavazza Museum, opened this summer, is the latest venture from this veteran Italian company — founded in 1895 by a mustachioed grocer named Luigi, and now the market leader in Italy and one of the largest coffee companies in the world. The project looks at coffee in its many forms: as a crop, as a ritual, as a commodity, and even as a vehicle for innovation in everything from cuisine to design to branding.
Lavazza tapped some big names to execute its vision: Ralph Appelbaum, the experience designer behind the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, planned the layout in collaboration with lighting designer Michael Grubb Studio. The resulting galleries take an interactive — and occasionally, fanciful — stroll through the world of espresso.
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Hotel Review – Mahali Mzuri
Mahali Mzuri is Sir Richard Branson’s luxurious Kenyan safari camp, which is part of the Virgin Limited Edition collection. It’s located in the small Olare Motorogi conservancy, a beautiful stretch of the northern Masai Mara that has rocky slopes, wide open plains, rivers and, most importantly, an abundance of wildlife.
Compared to the tourist-packed national park further south, Olare Motorogi is relatively human-free; with only four other small hotels in the area you’re likely to only pass another couple of vehicles when out on game drives.
Mahali Mzuri is made up of 14 spaceship-like tents perched on a slope above a shallow valley. Two large central tents house a restaurant and bar, while spread out on either side are six guest tents. The word ‘tent’ is fairly misleading here of course – the walls are indeed canvas material but that’s where the similarities with camping end. Inside the rooms you’ll find dark teak floors, leather sofas, bookshelves, artworks and even a traditional Masai spear which doubles as a ‘do not disturb’ sign depending on where you place it.
The public areas continue this same safari-chic aesthetic, with a bar filled with old travelling trunks, a library, and armchairs, plus a large outdoor deck with a fire pit that’s lit up at night.
Despite its remote location Mahali Mzuri still manages to offer many of the usual luxury you’d expect from a 5 star hotel. There’s a spa in a separate building down on the valley floor, where animals are often strolling by during treatments. There’s an excellent range of massages and beauty treatments on offer but it’s advisable to book these well in advance as there is only one therapist working at a time. There’s also a small infinity pool which is perfect for swimming a few lengths between game drives.
Of course you haven’t really come all this way for the spa and pool…