About our Distant Relations at the
Traveller, 9 March 2020
"There's something uncanny about the man in a suit
as he leans on a concrete wall. No matter how much
I try to focus on the museum's exhibits, my eye is
drawn back to him. It's as if my brain can't
believe that he's real. And that's fair enough,
for the figure in a business suit is a dummy and
not quite human – or at least, not human as we
think of it today. He's a Neanderthal, a member of
the species Homo neanderthalensis, which
disappeared from the Earth about 40,000 years
Learning about pre-history at the
Neanderthal Museum near Düsseldorf, Germany.
full article here]
|The Dinosaurs of
Active Retirees, December 2018
"I’m glad I made it here, to see the aftermath of
a prehistoric event preserved forever in the rock
of Lark Quarry. All those millions of years ago,
when this was much wetter terrain, herds of
two-legged dinosaurs came one night to drink here.
Suddenly a huge carnivorous theropod, looking
something like a tyrannosaurus, charged the
gathered prey. Their fleeing footprints were later
covered in sediment, and now they’re visible
Discovering dinosaur fossils near
the Outback town of Winton, Queensland.
to read the full
|Get Served by
Robots, and Look into the Future
Escape, 29 December 2018
"Who would you rather check in to your hotel with?
A robot or a velociraptor? And would the choice be
easier if the toothy dinosaur was wearing a
pillbox hat? That’s the dilemma which confronts me
at the Henn-na Hotel, at Huis Ten Bosch near
Nagasaki. Huis Ten Bosch’s un-Japanese name can be
explained by the fact that it’s a theme park
containing a perfect replica of a 17th century
Dutch town. But more of that strangeness later..."
Checking into a curious robot-run
hotel at a Dutch theme park near Nagasaki, Japan.
full article here]
|I Travelled the
World Without (Much) Cash
The Age &
Sydney Morning Herald,
31 January 2018
"It was at Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology that
I finally had to stump up some cash. Since
arriving in the Canadian city two days before, I'd
been paying for everything via my phone using
Apple Pay. It had been such a successful strategy
that I still had the C$100 I'd arrived with in
cash. Now, however, I needed to hire a locker
before I enjoyed the institution's spectacular
collection of First Nations totem poles. To do
that, I had to break a note and put a Canadian
quarter into the slot..."
Trying to pay for everything using
contactless payment methods in Hong Kong, Canada,
the USA & the UK.
full article here]
Science of LA
lonelyplanet.com, 24 August 2016
"You might think that Los Angeles is all about
entertainment, with major drawcards such as
Hollywood and Disneyland. But there’s another side
to the city, in which science and technology are
celebrated. From prehistoric fossils to space
travel, LA is home to excellent museums which
explore human ingenuity and the world around us.
Here are four of the best..."
Investigating insitutions dedicated to
science and technology in Los Angeles, USA.
full article here]
Rod for Science
Traveller, 28 November 2015
"I clap my hands over my ears at the loud
crackling sound, as a great arcing blaze of
electrical power strikes a suspended metal sphere.
However, the man seated inside its confined space
survives thousands of volts of pure, deadly force.
There will be no electrocution today. It's a
regular demonstration at Munich's Deutsches
Museum, but no less spectacular for its harmless
Investigating the exhibits at a major
science & technology museum in Munich,
full article here]
App of Luxury
Living the Dream,
slogan claims 'There’s an app for that.'
And if you browse through its App Store,
there are plenty of alarm apps, notepad
apps, calculator apps and amusing games.
But there’s a level well above these
everyday practical apps. Many of the
world’s top luxury brands are here as
well, with apps that are stylish, sleek
and inspirational. Here are some of the
Surveying a range of
mobile apps issued by luxury brands.
Smart: Top Travel Apps
Discover, Autumn 2011
free app lights up the entire iPhone
screen with a white light when
activated. It’s invaluable to help you
read those bar menus with insanely tiny
Overview of eight
useful iPhone apps for the tech-equipped
|Have Blog, Will Travel
The Sydney Morning
Herald, 15 September 2009
may officially have the Best Job in the
World, having been appointed Island
Caretaker by Tourism Queensland after a
worldwide search that garnered enormous
publicity, but he faces the same
challenges of anyone writing a travel
blog. How often should I post? How long
should it be? What would interest my
readers? Should I add images and links?
And what does it take to please some
travelling and blogging really do mix.
the full article here]
MOB, April 2007
asked four mobile users, of different
ages and backgrounds, about some
problematic situations... In the end,
mobile etiquette and safety are both
about paying attention to the world
around you. So watch out for others and
keep your mobile safe, and we can all
text happily ever after."
Examines the issues
of mobile phone etiquette and safety,
including users' opinions.
Australia, November 2006
you told anyone nowadays that it costs
peanuts to run a vehicle, they’d think
you were mad. But over a hundred years
ago, at the 1900 World Exhibition in
Paris, Dr Rudolf Diesel demonstrated a
diesel engine that ran on peanut oil.
Biofuels have been around since motor
vehicles were invented; but in the 21st
century, attention has turned to these
alternatives in a big way."
look at biofuels and their potential to
reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
MXP, June 2005
enough sense to keep it vague. His
mysterious predictions kept the punters
guessing well past his death. If only
his descendants had learned from his
wisdom. Time and again, 20th century
prognosticators set their books, films
and TV series in a specific year of the
future. In many cases, these years have
now actually passed, enabling us to
check the accuracy of their
Nostalgia piece about
TV shows set in a future year which has
now passed, with mobile technology
MXP, February 2005
Maxwell Smart is sitting in the middle
of a crowded theatre, when he’s
embarrassed by a louding ringing from
the concealed phone in his shoe.
Yesterday’s TV gag is today’s question
of mobile phone etiquette. Most of us
have got the message about not using
them in cinemas by now, but what are the
rules about using them in cafes? Or in a
meeting with a friend? Or on public
A look at vexed
issues involving the polite use of mobile
phones, with comments from users.
Herald Sun, 26 April
funny about technology. Just think about
it: spam, pop-ups, incompatible hardware
and help files poorly translated from
Japanese. Worst of all, computer crashes.
There’s nothing remotely funny about your
hard drive crashing..."
Examines a number of
Comedy Festival shows focusing on the
funny side of technology.
Science & Technology
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