What We Love This Week, Volume XCVI

Japan End Of Life Illuminated Statues

Source: The Atlantic

Japan’s Booming Death Industry

With the highest proportion of elderly citizens in the world, death appears to be an emerging market in Japan. Over the next 50 years, Japan’s population is likely to shrink by approximately 30 million people, and savvy entrepreneurs want to squeeze every last drop of money out of these guys before they meet their maker. That translates to things like funeral business fairs, “end-of-life seminars”, high-tech indoor cemeteries that robotically retrieve loved ones’ tombstones, funeral portrait photo shoots and more.

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The Philae Probe Lands On Comet 67P And Makes History

Artistic Representation of Philae

An artistic representation of the Philae probe landing. Source: Business Insider

After 10 long years of travel, the washing machine-sized Philae probe finally reached its destination—a comet with the name 67P. This epic touchdown marks the first time that a spacecraft has ever successfully landed on a comet (simply crashing into one doesn’t count).

Comet 67P

Comet 67P. Source: ESA

Rosetta Mission Landing

Artistic representation of comet landing. Source: Pop Sugar

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Life In Paris, Life In New York

Explore two of the world’s most fantastic cities, Paris and New York, in this equally fantastic side-by-side documentary.

Intricate Typewriter Portraits Encapsulate The Energy Of Famous Writers

In the day preceding tablet PCs and smartphones, we relied on typewriters to render documents readable and formal. Known for their unforgiving nature and uncanny ability to run out of ink at the worst times, it’s a bit odd that typewriters have become an object of romantic nostalgia as of late. Channeling that sentiment—as well as showcasing the typewriter’s versatility and usefulness—artist Alvaro Franca fashions intricate likenesses of famous writers using nothing but a typewriter. These portraits comprise part of an ongoing project, and Franca has plans on putting out at least five more to complete the series.

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