Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Emissions-free cement, a women-only spacewalk, Soviet-era train stations, a very rare diamond and more from around the web

Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings page within the app and toggle through the navigation features and turn on detailed voice guidance under the walking …

Phonocut is An At-Home Vinyl Machine

An at-home consumer vinyl-cutting machine, the Phonocut means that anybody—provided you have a digital audio file—can make their very own records in three steps. Essentially “idiot-proof” (according to co-founder Florian “Doc” Kaps) the device cuts 10-inch vinyl as the music plays, and is able to hold 10 to 15 minutes of sound on each side. It will be available to back on Kickstarter next week, …

Gift Guide: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing

Inspiring items to commemorate one of our greatest cosmic advancements

In July 1969, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins boarded the Saturn V SA-506 rocket headed from Earth to the moon. On 20 July, Armstrong and Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module on the moon’s surface and took a mid-afternoon stroll—making them the first humans ever to set foot on the moon’s dry, rocky and very distant surface. Our collective obsession with …