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In the News 05.08.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


Daria Werbowy by Mikael Jansson for Porter No.10 Fall 2015

Desert Utopia


In 1970, Paolo Soleri set out to build a utopia in the barren desert of Arizona. The Italian architect’s sojourn in the wilderness was an unusual one. Born in 1919 and educated at Turin’s renowned Polytechnic University, where he received the highest honours in architecture, Soleri moved to Arizona in 1947 to apprentice under Frank Lloyd Wright at the legendary architect’s home and educational centre, Taliesin West. Soleri spent a year and a half in Arizona and in Wisconsin before returning to Italy in 1950 to construct a massive ceramics factory in Vietri on the Amalfi coast, gaining international recognition for his innovative designs and masterful production of ceramic and bronze windbells.

Read the rest of this article at Aeon

What Kind of Person Would Vote For Donald Trump? These People.


The bus tells you everything you need to know because the bus is a piece of shit. You would expect a Donald Trump campaign bus to be MOST LUXURIOUS, MOST DESIRED, NUMBER ONE BUS in the world, with a solid-gold chassis and marble toilets and a rooftop fuck cabana. This is not that bus. “It’s just a bus,” one Trump staffer told me, which is exactly right. It’s an old cross-country bus that still smells like an old cross-country bus, only it’s painted blue, with the name TRUMP in huge letters across both sides, plus the campaign hashtag #Make America Great Again! Trump says he has copyrighted it (“I’m using that a lot, and I think it’s a great statement”) even though you can’t actually put exclamation points or spaces in a hashtag.

The bus is basically a rolling version of Trump’s Atlantic City: it’s built to look nice for a single day, then it falls into disrepair the moment you’ve stopped paying attention. From a distance, though, the bus looks like a monument. You see the name, and you take in everything that name connotes—wealth, ego, poor taste—and the bus has done its job. This is Trump’s bus, and it dominates the landscape the moment it arrives. People from all around take selfies near it. Why? Because TRUMP, that’s why.

Read the rest of this article at GQ

Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people?

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On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, California, waiting for his lab’s weekly meeting to begin. Wyss-Coray, a professor of neurology at Stanford University, was leading a young group of researchers who studied ageing and neurodegeneration. As a rule, the gatherings were forgettable affairs – the incremental nature of scientific progress does not lend itself to big surprises. But a lab member scheduled to speak that day had taken on a radical project, and he had new results to share.

Saul Villeda, an ebullient PhD student with slick black hair and a goatee, had spent the past year engrossed in research that called to mind the speculative medical science of the middle ages. He was investigating whether the old and frail could be rejuvenated by infusions of blood from the young. The hypothesis was not as absurd as it might sound.

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian

The Chef Who Saved My Life

Here is the story of The Day Jacques Pépin Saved My Life. That’s how I tell it, anyway —at parties, over dinner, on those occasions when a friend finds himself drowning in his own life and I’m cast as an unlikely dispenser of wisdom. That’s when I try to assure him that salvation can come in the most unlikely of guises: in the guise, say, of Jacques Pépin, who, when I, too, was lost and deep in dark waters, came along and showed me the way to back to the light..

Read the rest of this article at GQ

The Man Who Found the Titanic Is Not Done Yet

Thirty years ago, Bob Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic. He could have stopped there. Yet today, at seventy-three, he remains the world’s most vigorous ocean explorer.


September 1, 1985, 1:05 a.m., the North Atlantic

Robert Ballard is belowdecks on the R/V Knorr, a 279-foot research vessel owned by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, staring at a bank of screens. He wears a blue cap and a blue shirt and his face is lit by the humming blue glow of the monitors. At forty-three he has completed more than seventy expeditions as an oceanographic explorer and discovered sprawling geologic phenomena, entire species, whole undersea worlds no one knew existed. And now this. Thirteen thousand feet below him, Argo, an underwater search vehicle equipped with a video camera, has captured images of craters—craters that would be inexplicable outside the context of this expedition. Ballard has long been trying to find the wreck of the RMS Titanic. So many men have come looking for the unsinkable boat since it sank in 1912 that Ballard has a decent idea where the massive ship is not. Where it actually came to rest on the ocean floor is a much more difficult proposition. Not so much a needle in a haystack as a needle in a haystack at the bottom of the ocean. In his explorations he has found important vessels, and he will go on to find many more, any one of which would constitute a major find, the capstone of a career. But the Titanic is orders of magnitude different.The Titanic is the Holy Grail.

Of course, the truth is that the Titanic isn’t even Ballard’s real mission. This is not an Ahab situation, and Ballard is not on a quest. Earlier this year the United States Navy asked Ballard, who is a commander in the reserves, to assist in a secret mission to find two nuclear submarines that had been lost at sea for two decades—they needed to determine whether the subs were releasing radiation into the ocean. And they needed Argo to do it. The Navy told Ballard that if he used Argo to find the lost subs, and if he had any time left over before the Knorr had to get back to port, they would secretly finance his search for the Titanic.

Read the rest of this article at Popular Mechanics

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