The director uses this date to paint a portrait of African-American history through six events that occurred on an August 28 in the past century, including: the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech in 1963, Hurricane Katrina touching down in 2005, and Barack Obama officially becoming the first African-American presidential nominee in 2008. The film depicts these events and more in six vignettes featuring performances by Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Regina King, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, and David Oyelowo. … [Read more...] about Ava DuVernay’s star-studded new film is free to watch at home right now (but only today)
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The Science That idea has plenty of proponents and critics alike. CLT emerged in the 1990s in Switzerland, when researchers invented the process of strengthening less-than-perfect wood by layering in slats of alternating direction. By reversing the grain direction on each layer of wood, they created a much stronger product. It’s also surprisingly resistant to the fires that made it a hated building material in the 19th century. Because CLT beams and panels are so thick, exposing them to flames creates a layer of “char,” or ash, that insulates the structurally stable interior for up to three hours, according to tests by Canada’s National Research Council. … [Read more...] about Can Timber Skyscrapers Really Help Save The Planet?
Simpler, lower prices Blade’s biggest changes come in New York City, where seats on flights between Manhattan and JFK (regardless of the airline that customers fly) had been advertised as “starting as low as $195” but could run up to $395. “Now, it’s $195 there, it’s $195 back. That’s it,” says Wiesenthal. In L.A., Blade is now offering a smattering of seats on flights as low as $295 (most are higher), and Wiesenthal says he aims to get prices lower. … [Read more...] about American Airlines and Blade introduce cheaper airport helicopter shuttle packages
dipped into the helicopter business in June with a $200 New York City airport shuttle service. That’s just the first step in Uber’s grand plan, called Elevate, to one day fill urban skies with morphing electric planes that transform to helicopter mode for pinpoint vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Aerospace giants including Boeing and Embraer are developing these futuristic VTOL craft for Uber’s network—which it plans to launch in three cities, including L.A., starting in 2023. (Separate from Uber, Airbus is also working on autonomous electric VTOL craft.) … [Read more...] about This startup wants to make urban flying as accessible as riding the bus
“I never liked to go to synagogue as a kid,” Benshetrit admits. “I was always asking ?Who are these people and why are they singing so weird?'” But he approached it like an abstract painting, trying to communicate the ineffable. “I didn’t want to feel intimidated, I didn’t want it to feel foreign, or terrifying, or ancient and irrelevant,” he says. “But I didn’t want to spell it out either. And so you trust your guts to translate your brain to your brush and hope you succeed.” … [Read more...] about Studio Dror’s Nightclubby Soho Synagogue Aims To Draw Young Worshippers