Word of Mouth: Honolulu Reopening

From shopping for crystals to eating tacos, the Hawaiian capital is as vibrant as ever

Traveling these days is still somewhat complicated though more feasible, and wanderlust and curiosity are motivators to figure out how to journey with care. We recently visited Honolulu—a favorite US getaway because it’s is literally and figuratively so far away—and found mucho aloha persevering, even through the necessary layers of tension and protocol. Beyond the gorgeous spring weather, chill island vibes and grounding forces of …

Banana Trees Could Protect California Cities From Wildfires

Computer science professor Barath Raghavan argues that Californian cities faced with the worst wildfires on record could be granted cover by banana groves. As a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers association, Raghavan researches (and plants and grows) the fruits on plots of land across the state, typically in his yard or on properties owned by friends or family members. He states that since …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Gender inclusive space terms, a futuristic Paris suburb, how banana trees can curb wildfires and more

Gender Inclusive Language in Space While “semantics” are oftentimes brushed off as trivial or nit-picky, the importance of meaning, reference and truth within words cannot be underestimated—and its significance exists everywhere, even in space. NASA is working to recognize and replace “inaccurate and harmful language” that abides by outdated gender biases within the American space program by continually updating their style guide. Today, it’s still …