China throws down the gauntlet: lifted off C919, first domestically produced plane
The C919, China's first domestically produced passenger aircraft, made its maiden flight today, taking off from Shanghai Airport and heading for the capital Beijing. The 164-seat aircraft was built to break the dominance of single-aisle jets from Airbus and Boeing, but still relies on Western components, including engines and avionics. Despite this, Comac, the manufacturer, already has over 1,200 orders, but some experts suggest that most of these orders are just letters of intent from domestic customers.
Latin America's largest aquarium opens, Great Sea of Cortez Aquarium
The Great Sea of Cortez Aquarium, opened its doors on 30 May. Set between walls that seem to blossom from the lush vegetation surrounding the beaches of Mazatlán, this extraordinary space not only serves as an aquarium, but also as a centre for research and conservation of marine species.The aquarium houses an extraordinary variety of 200 species and 5,000 specimens, exhibited in the various rooms. Guests can admire jellyfish, starfish, sea turtles, sea hares and stingrays, all set in surroundings that glow a beautiful blue.
Cycling culture around the world
Bicycles were introduced in the late 19th century in Europe. Today, more than one billion cycles are used by people around the world for work, sport, and recreation purposes. For anyone who has traveled to major European cities such as Amsterdam or Copenhagen, pedestrians quickly learn to look both ways for bikes rather than cars. However in other areas of the world, biking is just considered a form of exercise or a pastime for neighborhood children. But as traffic and pollution congest our major cities, perhaps it's time to adopt a two-wheeled commute? Mikael Colville-Andersen is the founder of Copenheganize, a design firm that creates biking infrastructure in urban areas. He believes the move towards more eco-friendly transit will make our cities more equitable, healthy, efficient, and clean, according to . Colville-Andersen urges people to see that bike transportation is not a thing of the past. “We live in an age of tech and over-complication, where we like to look to things we haven’t invented yet as solutions,” he said. But in doing so, “a lot of really good, already existing ideas get swept under the rug.” In addition to changing the cycle of harmful emissions and rising gas prices, biking will positively impact the individual more than anything. “It’s incredibly important for our survival for people to be able to choose an active mobility form,” Colville-Andersen said. Next time you are at the gas station or stuffed into a packed bus like a sardine, think about the humble bicycle as a free, environmental, and health-conscious alternative to your car. Browse this gallery and wheel your way around the world to get inspired by these amazing photographs of cyclists and their bikes.