BIG demonstrations planned to take place in Malaysia’s cities on August 29th and 30th—only one of many difficulties facing its prime minister, Najib Razak—are earning the country of 30m attention. Formed in 1963 from a confection of sultanates previously under British rule, Malaysia sits at the heart of South-East Asia, split into two parts either side of the South China Sea. A peninsula bordering Thailand is home to most of its people; the states of Sabah and Sarawak, meanwhile, perch on the north coast of the island of Borneo.
GDP per capita of around $ 11,000 ($ 25,000 at purchasing power parity) makes Malaysians the third-richest in their region, behind only the small countries of Singapore and Brunei. A little over half of them are ethnic-Malay Muslims; they—along with assorted other indigenes—make up the two-thirds of citizens whom the Malaysian government classes as bumiputra, or “sons of the soil”. The next largest ethnic group are…Continue reading
Vendor: Pop Chart Lab
Kick back and enjoy this lineup of legendary shoes that have left an unforgettable footprint on the pop cultural landscape! Collecting classic kicks from figures both fictional and factual, this charted treasure trove of hand-illustrated trainers, boots, heels, and more is your eyelet-opening guide to the known shoe-niverse. Whether you prefer your footwear flashy (Ginger Spice, Wonder Woman), fashionable (Cher Horowitz in Clueless, Carrie Bradshaw), fantastical (Inspector Gadget, Maxwell Smart), or fish-out-of-water chic (Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy in Oz) this is one shoe collection that’s certain to be just your size.
12″ x 16″
Using 100 lb. archival stock certified by The Forest Stewardship Council, this poster is pressed on an offset lithographic press with vegetable-based inks in Long Island City, New York.
This print is available for preorder. Orders containing it begin shipping Wednesday, 1 September.
ON AUGUST 22th, at least 11 people were killed and many more injured when a vintage-1950s Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to a dual carriageway on the south coast of Britain during a display at Shoreham airshow. It follows a summer of carnage across Europe. The same weekend, a pilot died in another airshow crash in Switzerland. And earlier this month, three members of the bin Laden family were killed when their private jet crashed and exploded when landing at a British airport in perfect conditions.
The spate of crashes has worried many still yet to fly off on their summer holidays. But while the accident record of flying in private aircraft—often called “general aviation” by wonks—has not improved in Britain over the last five years, the risks of being hurt in an accident while travelling on a scheduled airline flight over the last five years is virtually nil (see first chart). That is part of a longer-term trend since the 1980s, most visible in America, of airline travel getting much safer (see second chart). Meanwhile flying by private plane has remained as dangerous as ever. With vintage planes getting ever more…Continue reading
FOR centuries, astronomers thought the cosmos was made up entirely of star-stuff, with a bit of planet-stuff thrown in. But by the 1930s it became clear that a new universal recipe was needed: galaxies appeared to be spinning far too fast, given the amount of mass apparent within them. Something invisible, but massive, was at work. It came to be known, evocatively, as dark matter. Telescopes and techniques got better, and by the 1990s, astronomers looking at the farthest-flung stellar explosions found that the expansion of the universe seemed to be speeding up. The mysterious something pushing things apart was dubbed, equally evocatively, dark energy. And there appeared to be a lot of it; as theorists weighed in, star-stuff was becoming an ever-smaller part of the universe’s stuff-tally.
The leftover glow from the Big Bang, measurable by today’s space telescopes, add some data to the theory. Using both, scientists reckon the recipe for today’s universe is about 68% dark energy, about 27% dark matter, just a smidgen of the light, uncharged particles called neutrinos, and about 5% “baryonic” (ie, ordinary)…Continue reading