State of Great Barrier Reef Worsens

After a very recent survey of the Great Barrier Reef (specifically the region near Lizard Island), Justin Marshall—who works at the University of Queensland and is the chief investigator of citizen science program Coral Watch—has reported devastating news for the coral and wildlife that exists there. Coral has continued to bleach (even in the winter) and many fish species have disappeared from the area in …

Word of Mouth: Port Douglas, Australia

Two nearby World Heritage Sites and a watersport-driven coastline make this Aussie town an outdoor adventure launch pad

by Jocelyn Voo Often overshadowed by Cairns, a neighboring—somewhat hectic—tourist town, Port Douglas is a reprieve for those desiring the big outdoor adventure of Tropical North Queensland with the kick-back roots of a sleepy fisherman’s town. Not only is it adjacent to two World Heritage Sites, but there’s also plenty of adventure within city limits—no stinger suit required. While there are plenty of bars, restaurants …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An obituary for the Great Barrier Reef, vintage Nike ads, life as a professional line-sitter and more in our weekly look at the web

1. The Modern Day Pantheon One of the most memorable talks from this year’s TED conference in Vancouver was from Bran Ferren who spoke about combining art and engineering to create a modern-day Pantheon. The former Head of Research and Development at Walt Disney Imagineering and founder of Applied Minds, Ferren describes the brilliance behind the Roman temple built over 2000 years ago while citing …