THE BEDU EDUCATION: ESSENTIALS FOR DESERT WAYFARERS

Back to Earth, The Road, Ecology

Welcome to the smallest desert in the world. The Negev.

Utopic Landscapes

Photo Studio, Ecology

Georg Parthen is fascinated by utopia. The German photographer confesses finding inspiration in science-fiction movies and novels, while his beauty ideals draw on the “brutal and formalistic” architecture of Germany’s Rurh region.

LATIN LATAS

Dance, Back to Earth, Trash

The Latin Latas: Colombian music, Latino-American wit, homemade instruments and symphonies of junk.

Charm School

Slavery, Prison, Ecology

Bears are among the “charismatic megafauna” that people just like a lot, ranking high in anthropomorphic appeal along with baby seals, lions, wolves.

Mind the Gas

Frontiers, Ecology, Eat the Street

At the inaugural World Burping Championships last Friday, Tim Janus chugged about two gallons of soda to belch for 18.1 seconds, setting a new record for the world's longest burp.

Eco-Constitution

Back to Earth, Happiness, Ecology

“Eco-friendly” is a national attitude in Bhutan, where plastic bags are banned and individual households devote their free time to monitoring the forest. Kunzang Choden explains what magical spirits and past monarchs have to do with Mother Nature.