Category: Features

The Upcoming Superpowers

Brexit, coronavirus, and trade tiffs may be making economic headwinds, but despite immediate challenges, the world economy is projected to keep growing at a rapid pace over the next few decades. In fact, by 2050, the global market is projected to double its current size, even as the UN forecasts...

Japan’s Obsession with Paper

Nestled amid the soaring skyscrapers of Tokyo’s central business district, Kiyoshi Takagi, practises an art form that is more than 1,300 years old. He is making washi paper, a craft now protected by Unesco as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Washi refers to paper made using traditional Japanese methods...

Miniature Nuclear Reactors

Huge computer screens line a dark, windowless control room in Corvallis, Oregon, where engineers at the company Nuscale Power hope to define the next wave of nuclear energy. Glowing icons fill the screens, representing the power output of 12 miniature nuclear reactors. Together, these small modular reactors would generate about...

Things You Need to Stop Doing

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”’ – Helen Keller “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”...

Stop Being a People Pleaser

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt “When you say “yes” to others, make sure you aren’t saying “no” to yourself.” – Paulo Coehlo When you get stuck in the habit of being a people pleaser...

Fighting Coronavirus

The human race is locked in a battle against something five million times smaller than us. The novel coronavirus that has emerged from the Wuhan in China has gone from an unknown enemy to feared worldwide, in a matter of months. As it continues to spread around the world, bringing...

Canada’s Purple Sand Beach

The last time Candice LaFaver spotted the purple grains of sand along the shoreline at Candle Lake Provincial Park was in 2018. That July, she and her family had taken out their boat for a leisurely summertime cruise on this freshwater lake located in northern Saskatchewan when she glanced over...

Robots Are Coming For Your Vote

You’re standing in the polling booth, crisp ballot paper in hand, a dozen or more names printed across it. Many of them you’ve never encountered before. The cross you put next to one of them, however, will shape the government for years to come. How do you choose? It is...

The Czech Town That Invented The Dollar

The US dollar is the most widely used currency in the world. It is both the primary de facto global tender and the world’s unofficial gold standard. According to the International Monetary Fund, 62% of the planet’s financial reserves are held in US dollars – more than double the total...

Surviving a Shipwreck

The wind had dropped the night before, but the sea was still running pretty heavy, especially for a boat like the Lucette. The waves were about head height and in a small boat there was a real risk of going over the side. In the distance a shape in the...

How Salmon Can Transform A Landscape

Skeins of wispy clouds obscure the tops of distant forested mountains, reflected in calm waters. On this midsummer morning at least, the Pacific is living up to its name on this stretch of Canada’s west coast. Backpacks and thermoses in hand, four researchers tread down a wooden strutted ramp to...

A slice of the US in Denmark

A slice of the US in Denmark

It was 4 July, and I was watching the Stars and Stripes hoisted up a flagpole by men in uniform as a country singer in cowboy boots and hat belted out my national anthem. This was followed by a moment of prayer, asking God to bless the US president. Then...

Stockholm’s Rooftop Tour

Stockholm’s Rooftop Tour

The best way to get a sense of the Swedish capital’s island landscape isn’t from the sea. It’s from the air – 43m in the air, to be exact. A view from above Stockholm is a city of water. Founded by seafaring tradesmen, the centre of the Swedish capital stretches...

When It is Better to Take Notes by Hand

When It is Better to Take Notes by Hand

These days many people can type faster than they can write by hand, particularly if they’ve grown up using laptops. This is a hugely useful skill of course and allows you to take copious notes, quickly and easily, which must surely be a good thing, right? Maybe not. In an...

Become an Optimist

Become an Optimist

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin One of the most common questions people ask is how to become more of an optimist....