Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup plans in disarray – an annotated graphic

Half-finished stadia, violence in the streets, accusation of corruption at the highest level, a local population largely excluded from it all – why, it can only mean another major global sporting event in the news. Not Sochi this time, but the football World Cup, set to bring unbridled joy/misery to far-flung corners of Brazil’s Amazonian geography, depending on who you are and h0w much money you have. Four of the stadiums are behind schedule and unfinished, at time of writing, including the Arena Amazonia stadium in Manaus, where England will play its first game. The latest issue of E&T magazine … Continue reading Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup plans in disarray – an annotated graphic

What would you miss the most on Mars

What would you miss the most on Mars? That was the question I asked my crew-mates before our departure from the Mars Desert Research Station after a two-week simulated mission. During those two weeks, though rather remotely, we have managed to get a glimpse of what life, or a mission, on Mars would be like. Most of the things my friends mentioned could seem rather plain – forests, seas and rivers, fresh air in the lungs and wind in the face. ¬†Or more physical activity – as the Mars Desert Research Station habitat is not equipped with a treadmill or … Continue reading What would you miss the most on Mars