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Black Panther's Danai Gurira for ROGUE Magazine

I discovered actress Danai Gurira in very popular and successful Marvel movie (for many reasons): Black Panther. In this movie, she is playing Okoye, …

Victorian church readapted as vibrant coworking space & future home

With the rise of the freelance economy, more and more people are working for themselves -- either at home, from a backyard office shed, or from a …

Sleeker and smarter: Japan unveils new Shinkansen 'Supreme' bullet train

<b>(CNN) —</b> The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics may be two years away, but Japan is already flexing its transportation muscles.<p>Central Japan Railway Co. has rolled out its new high-speed Shinkansen N700S -- or Shinkansen Supreme -- train model.<p>The smarter, sleeker and quieter train will debut on the Tokaido …

Abandoned America: Photos from the trolley graveyard

The website Abandoned America documents defunct and decaying sites across the USA. Last month, we shared images of factories and industrial sites in decline. This month, photographer Matthew Christopher visits a trolley graveyard, where a once-popular form of urban transportation is now another …

fransje gimbrere’s standing textiles

When we think of textiles, we generally think of clothes, cushions, tapestries and so on. Rarely, if ever, do we think of building components. But …

Design

53 incredible vintage photos of the London Underground

While complaining about the tube is where many Londoners find common ground, we don’t know what we’d do without it.<p>This year, the London Underground …

The tattooed hipsters of 18th-century Japan

Traditional Japanese prints let us track the history of tattooing<p>Tattoos are by nature fleeting, a living art form that dies with the body which …

A new ‘trackless electric train’ (aka a bus) starts testing in China

China likes its trains and it has deployed some of the most advanced and the most out-of-the-box train technologies in the world.<p>Now its latest train is so out-of-the-box that it could just as easily not be considered an actual train.<p>The new vehicle developed by China’s CRRC Corporation, one of the …

The Struggle and Triumph of America's First Black Doctors

African American physicians have dealt with distrust and misperceptions for more than a century.<p>Around 1906, a young boy in Atlanta was stricken with a condition that cut off the circulation in his legs. His family feared it was life-threatening.<p>His father, an African American minister named Briny …

Black History

Transport for London trials system which lets you pick a less busy carriage

It’s one of those quintessential London experiences: cramming into a train rammed full like a sardine can and inhaling the sweet fumes of someone …

Urban Sephardic Culture in the Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman state encompassed vast territories in Europe, Asia, and North Africa. At its peak, the Danube was its northern border in Europe, Tunisia …

These photos show that car-crazy Los Angeles was once a public transportation paradise

This comprehensive public transit system lay dead for three decades before being brought back to life<p>They were stacked atop one another, rusting on …

Hollowed Out Book Discovered as 16th Century “Assassin’s Cabinet”

Labeled as a “poison cabinet” when placed for auction in 2008, images of this hollowed out book have been causing a stir online ever since. Was it a computer-generated image? Or a modern fake? According to German auction house Hermann Historica—and the private collector who purchased it for €5,200 …

16th century

Japan trials driverless cars to help elderly people get around in rural areas

(<i>Reuters</i>) — As the annual rice harvest begins this month in the Japanese town of Nishikata, the combines that usually putter along the sleepy roads lining its rice fields are giving way to a vehicle residents have never before seen, a driverless shuttle bus.<p>Japan is starting to experiment with …

Mobile Gaming

Blink and You'll Miss These Maglev Trains Passing Each Other

It's ludicrously fast.<p>Maglev trains can get incredibly fast. The current record-holder got up to 375 mph. It might be a little bit before a new train can top that record, but there's any easy way to simulate what it would be like to have trains that go 400 mph and beyond: film a train going in one …

Eight Streetcars Planned In U.S. Cities That Could Break Ground By 2020

May 18, 2017<p>Streetcars are experiencing a renaissance in American cities. After Portland and Seattle led the way in the early 2000s, eight more …

Urban Design

Detroit's New Streetcar Is OK, But It Can't Save a City

Something crazy is happening in Detroit, something not seen since 1956: Streetcars are running downtown. The QLine takes riders on a 25-minute jaunt …

Don’t toss those old spices you never use. Make blends you can use on everything.

Whether they’re found in a cupboard, a drawer or a rotating rack, a host of little-used spices are probably taking up valuable real estate somewhere in your kitchen — and they’ve probably been there for years. Maybe it’s a jar of allspice you only crack open for gingerbread cookies at Christmas, …

Spices

How an 'Uber for pregnant women' is saving lives in Tanzania

When 28-year-old Consolata went into labor in rural Sengerema, Tanzania, it was by no means picture-perfect. She was extremely fatigued, and soon …

Maamoul: An Ancient Cookie That Ushers In Easter And Eid In The Middle East

Be it Easter or Eid, holidays in the Levantine region of the Middle East are incomplete without a shortbread cookie called <i>maamoul</i>. Stuffed with date paste or chopped walnuts or pistachios, and dusted with powdered sugar, these buttery cookies are the perfect reward after a month of fasting during …

Artist Creates Simple, Beautiful Subway Maps for 100 Different Cities

Your morning commute doesn't have to be a complete eyesore.<p>The Mini Metros project began for Peter Dovak as an attempt to code an iPhone application, derived from the artist’s mock-up before he finally arrived at a series of subway maps that can fit on a pin. Dovak has mapped 60 countries, with …

Small World After All

The Strange Roots Of Globalization (And Its Discontents)<p>Roughly three hundred kilometers east of the Indonesian mainland lies a string of small, …

China is spending over $500 billion to expand high-speed rail

China is planning some serious upgrades to its public transportation system in the next few years. By 2020, the country hopes to have increased its …

High-speed Rail

The Carmelit

This subterranean funicular is one of the world's smallest subways.<p>With a skyline dominated by the slopes of Mount Carmel, Haifa ranks as Israel’s …

As Tastes Mature, Chinese Crave Native Materials

From tea silk to yak wool, traditional materials and products are being reinvented for Chinese luxury consumers less enamoured with European …

Clothing

Why Detroit has one of America's worst public transportation systems

At the end of World War II, Motown and its environs were home to the largest municipally owned streetcar system in the United States.<p>Regional streetcars, buses, and commuter rail counted an annual ridership of 490 million.<p>Today, the streetcars and commuter rail are gone. Until a new streetcar line …

Urban Design

In pictures: 10 iconic rail journeys you must do in your lifetime

Trains

Scenes From the American Railroad

A photographer travels the U.S. on Amtrak to document the lives of the passengers on board.<p>At the time of its invention, train travel represented speed. Tracks crisscrossed the United States, pulling intrepid travelers from coast to coast at a pace that surpassed any found in nature.<p>Now, it feels …

Trains