Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Glass monsters, plastic-eating enzymes, the story behind one of Prince's best songs and more

1. The Story Behind One of Prince’s Most Famous Songs Almost exactly two years after Prince’s tragic accidental overdose and death, the original story and recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U” has been released by the musician’s foundation. Paul “St Paul” Peterson (who was a singer in Prince’s band, the Family) and Susan Rogers (Prince’s sound engineer) tell the tale about the beautiful song’s birth, …

Airbus Plans to Offer Beds in the Cargo Hold

For those who don’t have the luxury of flying business class, sitting with all your limbs contorted in an airplane seat is obviously one of the least appealing aspects of travel. However, Airbus is said to be building bunk beds into their cargo holds—available for those in “cattle” class to rent out for naps. While it might seem like a wild concept, many large planes …

The Flying Car from Airbus Makes its First Flight

For 53 seconds an autonomous air taxi rose up and hovered at roughly 16 feet above ground. It was a milestone moment in the race to develop and release an un-piloted flying car. The video was filmed in late January and documents Airbus’ Vahana vehicle flying without human input. The footage then switches to video renderings of other potential systems of travel—all imaginative but certainly …