Why Crashing A Plane Isn’t So Easy

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An Australian pilot stays awake and alert over the monotonous sea. Source: Reuters

Planes are terrifying, right? A mix of exhilaration and sheer terror lingers in the mind when sitting on the runway, waiting for takeoff– how could something weighing over 400 tons with thousands of miles of electrical cable and 250 human beings inside of it simply launch into the sky and stay there? If you’ve got a window seat near the wing, it’s likely you’ll spend a good amount of that time examining the engine case for loose screws and hoping your pilot has gotten a good night’s sleep.

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What We Love This Week, Volume XCIX

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U.S. soldiers take pictures of President Barack Obama in Seoul, South Korea. Source: The Atlantic In Focus

Our Screen-Obsessed World

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A Guarani Nandeva tribe member stands guard in Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil Source: The Atlantic In Focus

Ever heard of nomophobia? Even if you haven’t come across the name, chances are you already know what it is. The ailment, or fear of being without one’s smartphone, affects a sizable chunk of sampled populations, and its consequences are just beginning to be studied. What we do know is that the advent of smartphones is not one whose effects can be seen in just the technological sphere; it has dramatic implications for the way we experience the world and our daily lives. From protests in Hong Kong to fashion runways to the bedroom (in one recent study one in ten participants admitted to having used their phone during sex), the smartphone has managed to embed itself into the most mundane and unanticipated spaces. Check out this series at The Atlantic In Focus to learn more.

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A penitent called “Morion” checks his phone in the central Philippines Source: The Atlantic In Focus

The Photographic Results Of One Man’s 1,000+ Day Trip Around The World

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Larung Gar Gompa, East Tibet. Source: Slate

Even for those whose wanderlust compels them to take several sojourns a year, a three-year trip around the world is a bit extreme. Such was the case for Uruma Takezawa, a marine photographer who decided to take a break from the sea and document the world’s more terrestrial wonders. But this 1,000-plus day journey wasn’t one defined by luxury; by and large it entailed 50-hour bus rides and 80-hour train rides to some of the world’s most remote locations. For those of us who aren’t up for such travel, we can revel in the stunning results of Takezawa’s 103-country trip at Slate.

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Pantanal, Brazil. Source: Slate

Uruma Takewaza Cuba

Havana, Cuba Source: Slate

Artist Convenes Humanity And Nature In This Stunning Series

In many ways, technological and industrial advances present a world in which humankind has never been more separated from the physical environment. And while such assumptions may be unfounded (the Anthropocene would suggest that we aren’t separated from nature so much as we are shaping it), the alienation such an assumption begets remains.

Seeking to remind us of our interconnectedness with nature, bodypainters Leonie Gené and Joerg Duesterwald worked with photographers Laila Pregizer and Uwe Schmida to reunite the human form with natural landscapes and bridge the perceived gaps between the two. The result is what the team calls Metamorphosis, a stunning photo series wherein naked models are painted to disappear amid the physical environment. Incredibly enough, the team used absolutely no Photoshop to achieve their final portraits. Head to My Modern Met for more.

The Face Churchill Made Upon Winning World War Two

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Winston Churchill with his Chiefs of Staff in the garden of 10 Downing Street, 7 May 1945. Seated, left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Charles Portal; Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke; Winston Churchill; Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham. Standing, left to right: Major General L C Hollis; General Sir Hastings Ismay

On May 7, 1945 Germany issued an unconditional surrender at Allied Headquarters in Reims, France, one week after Adolf Hitler committed suicide during the Battle of Berlin.

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The Stained Legacy Of Lee Kuan Yew

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Flowers left in memorial of Lee Kuan Yew following his death in March 2015. Source: Flickr

In 1989, the Chinese government massacred hundreds of protesters who had gathered at Tiananmen Square. A few years after the slaughter in Beijing, Singaporean political leader Lee Kuan Yew told an interviewer, “If you believe there is going to be a revolution of some sort in China for democracy, you are wrong. Where are the students of Tiananmen now? They are irrelevant.”

Lee Kuan Yew, who recently died at the age of 91, was Singapore’s first Prime Minister. He held that office from 1959 until 1990 and continued to preside in various high-level positions until his death in March of 2015. Singapore experienced a dramatic transformation over the half-century of Lee’s life in public office. In Asia and around the world, his public tenure is often praised as an economic and political model that developing countries should follow.

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