Sol vs. Sol, for the fate of humanity

Sol vs. Sol, for the fate of humanity

 I happened to spend much of this week in Abu Dhabi, from whence came, conveniently, the most important news of this week, month, year, and arguably decade. Yes, bigger than the American election; yes, bigger than the long-awaited rise of machine learning; yes, bigger than Elon Musk’s one-two punch of space travel and electric cars — although it’s related to that. Read More Read full story

Read More

Why you need paid leave and affordable child care now more than ever

Why you need paid leave and affordable child care now more than ever

All of the jokes about parenthood are true: You stumble through life bleary-eyed, eager to spend every moment with your child yet desperate for the next break.  If you intend to throw your life into real chaos, however, try pulling off parenthood without paid leave and affordable child care. Suddenly, the daily frustrations of raising a child look minor compared to the prospect of quitting a job to become a stay-at-home parent because daycare is too expensive, or the heartbreak of leaving a newborn after two weeks because you work…

Read More

The British blimp that was blown out to sea in a storm

The British blimp that was blown out to sea in a storm

March 1919 The British airship R33 in its hangar as it prepares for its first-ever flight at an aerodrome in Barlow, Yorkshire. Image: R. Humphrey/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images Based in part on design principles gleaned from a captured German zeppelin, the British R33 airship was built for use in World War I but was not finished before the war ended. The airship, which measured 643 feet long and had a top speed of 62 miles per hour, made its maiden flight on March 6, 1919 It was later reassigned to…

Read More