Each week our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and settle in.
One of the most basic facts known to modern physics is also one that most of us don’t think about much at all unless we’re in the cosmology biz. The gist of it is this: there isn’t enough universe in the universe. In particular, the amount of matter we can observe seems insufficient to explain the kinds of gravitational interactions we see in, and between, stars and galaxies, and by a considerable margin – so-called dark matter would need to make up a whopping 85% of the matter in the universe in order to reconcile the gravitational books. The problem is that dark matter by definition cannot be detected except by gravitational interactions, so figuring out what exactly makes up most of the universe’s mass has proven, to say the least, a head-scratcher. However, one candidate particle – a purely hypothetical one, called an axion, which is a cool sounding name for something hypothesized as a solution to a very knotty problem known as the “strong CP problem” – may have been detected in an experiment lurking in the dark: a gigantic detector buried under a mile of solid rock in Italy. Researchers aren’t claiming to have solved the problem yet, but according to this story, something funny may be afoot.
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
J. D. Salinger had a soft spot for classic cinema, specifically the movies of the 1940s. It’s been said that he would screen films for himself on a projector in the living room of his home in Cornish, New Hampshire. However, Holden Caulfield – the protagonist of Salinger’s most famous work The Catcher in the Rye – detested movies. Salinger would often use this as the principal reason as to why he never allowed anyone to adapt any of his writing into film or television. But there came a time in the 1960s when Salinger came this close to allowing one of his stories, For Esmé – with Love and Squalor, to be adapted into a motion picture. The New Yorker ran a piece a few years back detailing this fascinating tale of “what if?” which saw just how much the author demanded in terms of creative control, and how that ultimately led to the film’s demise. “She was wearing a wristwatch, a military-looking one that looked rather like a navigator’s chronograph. Its face was much too large for her slender wrist,” writes Salinger in Esmé. It’s too bad the film was never made, otherwise we may have gotten to see just what watch it was.
– Danny Milton, Editor
One of most notable features of the Apple Watch has long been its water resistance. I remember watching the keynote as Apple talked about the watch’s ability to purge water from within its case using its own speakers. Gavin Free, one-half of the “Slow Mo Guys” YouTube channel, answers his own curiosities on how this feature works … at an incredible 2,000 frames-per-second.
– Jonathan Baker, Senior Software Engineer
I often wonder if presidents that served prior to Dwight D. Eisenhower felt slighted that the 34th president had the good fortune of being the first to have Air Force One at his disposal. The Lockheed Constellation is an all-American icon in its own right, but this one, a VC-121, is even more special for the important role it played in history as Eisenhower’s air transportation. This piece in Air & Space details how it’s being brought back to life in a hangar in suburban Virginia. Like watches, there’s an entire philosophy behind aircraft restoration. If all goes well, you’ll be able to see it in its restored glory in Virginia soon.
– Cole Pennington, Editor
Before it became synonymous with large-scale blockbuster action, IMAX was a kind of kitschy science-first technology project most well-known for its stunning images of the natural world. The company’s short-form documentaries are all beautifully shot and breezily paced, making them delightful viewing while stuck at home. Sixteen of the most notable IMAX documentaries are coming to Hulu in the coming months, with some already available on the streaming platform. From a trip to the eclectic Galapagos Islands to a view of Earth from the International Space Station, IMAX’s documentaries are the perfect kind of at-home zen.
– Dakota Gardner, Web Editor
Lead photo by NASA.