A Structure For Ocean Self-Cleaning

Boyan Slat wants to rid the Pacific Ocean of half of its plastic waste by 2025. To do so, the 20-year-old and his nonprofit company Ocean Cleanup have designed a simple yet effective floating barrier that will allow the ocean to clean itself. Unlike nets—which sea life can become entangled in—the barriers will skim the surface of the water as ocean currents pass below it, …

Other-worldy Ocean Life

Deep below the surface of the ocean, millions of microscopic organisms are breathing life into the aquatic ecosystem every day. Though they’re often overlooked for more exciting sea life, this “micro-world” is truly extraordinary when observed up close. Using time-lapse imagery and macro camera lenses, Italian filmmaker Sandro Bocci captures this neon world of anemones and polyps as it sways in the current and pulsates …

Word of Mouth: Reykjavik Nightlife

With seasons of never-ending light, in this city parties start late and stay strong

Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice—and for good reason. Contrast is part of the Icelandic landscape and identity. Glaciers sit alongside steaming hot springs, snow-capped mountains run into black-sand beaches and in the capital of Reykjavik, the island nation’s rich cultural heritage exists in harmony with cutting-edge art and design. In the daylight hours (which change drastically with the season of …