Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Cameras made from drinking straws, the possible return of a classic Nokia, the world's tallest atrium and more

1. Royal Egyptian Scribe’s 3,000-Year-Old Tomb Dating back to the Ramesside period, around 1200 BCE, a tomb has been unearthed on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt. Japanese archaeologists, led by Waseda University Professor Jiro Kondo, made the discovery and researchers have already deduced that the tomb belonged to Khonsu, a royal scribe. Within, ornate hieroglyphics and ceiling drawings, many of which paid …

Google Maps Launches “Lists” So You Can Share Your Favorite Spots

All Google Maps users (on iOS and Android) can now make lists of places to save for future reference and/or share with friends. At the time of launch, the Lists feature has three options: Favorites, Starred Places, and Want to Go. It’s a clever way to keep track of old favorites, possibly quash some “Where do we eat?” dilemmas, and share travel tips with pals. …

Google Mapping Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

Understanding the obstacles in mapping these unique cities-within-a-city

From a foreigner’s (or even many Brazilians’) perspective, it’s easy to label the “favelas” of Rio de Janeiro as slums run by drug cartels, racked with crime, violence and poverty—and terrorized by police. Despite many outer communities still lacking access to stable water and sanitation networks, there’s been a recent shift in breaking down historic barriers for favela residents to fully participate in—and be embraced—by …