Almost too pretty to eat: I’m usually kind of "meh" about smoothie bowls (more of a faux-oatmeal or grain-free banana bread girl) but I will make an exception for this, simply because it’s so gorgeous. You too can have this for breakfast, by trying this or this or maybe this. To reach that epic glowing green, there has to be spinach, kale or maybe avocado, and I’d also suggest kiwi instead of berries and maybe pumpkin seed powder. Any red berries will muddy that bowl up real fast. However, most fans will tell you it’s the toppings that matter. On that note, I’ll say I love the frosty look of the frozen raspberries and the delicacy of the edible flowers.
Open the pod bay doors, HAL: More and more of the machines we use are connected to the internet, from cars to fridges to thermostats. The Internet of Things (or IoT for short) is interconnectedness of everyday objects mainly in homes which allows devices to send and receive data and it’s either amazingly futuristic, kind of creepy, somewhat silly or all of the above. Alarmingly, compromised networked “objects” can endanger users, with security experts warning about everything from the disabling of brakes and transmission systems in cars to the ability of hackers to control someone’s pacemaker. But the individual impact of a single hacked device is not as scary as an entire group of machines being taken over simultaneously, like the cars in the original 1995 Ghost in the Shell. It’s one thing to need to reboot an appliance to grab a firmware update, but what if the appliance maker ceases to support an older model or goes out of business?
Maybe he only speaks whale: Whales spotted in the wild are alarming scientists because a few are lacking a fluke (the fin at the end of the tale). These deformities are likely due to entanglements with fishing gear, ropes and nets that embed deep enough to cut off blood circulation, making the fluke eventually just… fall off. According to NOAA, there were 31 entangled whale sightings in 2017, up from an average of just 10 a year between 2010 and 2012. That may seem small, but an estimated 308,000 whales and dolphins die every year after getting caught in fishing gear according to the International Whaling Commission, so the number of flukeless whales could be much higher than the handful spotted. Humpbacks and gray whales seem most affected as these two species spend more time in coastal waters.
Would you like a drone with that? With the steep rise in e-commerce transactions has come an equally if not more drastic rise in consumer demand for faster and faster delivery of physical goods. (How many generations will it take for us to resemble the humans in Wall-e? Concerned mothers want to know.) Logistics infrastructure is now a reality in industries beyond retail, from restaurants and grocery stores to pharmacies and service providers. Businesses must transform to respond to changing consumer behaviour, who want everything from real-time tracking to up-to-the-minute in-store inventory for fast pick-ups (because who can wait for delivery?). Companies with deep pockets are willing to purchase delivery start-ups in order to catch up.
Kicking the Bucket: Do we really need a to-do list for that? It’s hard to believe, but keeping a “bucket list” wasn’t a thing in 2007. The now infamous travel term conjures up pictures of travel hungry millennials and newly retired boomers frantically googling the top travel locations to add to their dream list. From the famed “city breaks” in Europe to adventure travel in Asia and road trips in the Americas, bucket lists (and Instagram and selfies) have changed travel and maybe not for the better. After all, some of the earth’s most fragile places are now threatened not only by climate change but also by the hordes of travellers coming for a bit of “last chance tourism”. The picture above is of the salt flats in Bolivia (a bucket list fave) which transform into a very shallow lake during the wet season.