‘The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built’

Zalig nerdy, het artikel van Wired over het grootste cruiseschip ooit. Hoeveel details samenkomen in zo’n project is ongelooflijk. Bijvoorbeeld het bewateren van de planten, waarbij ze niet de volledige grond kunnen natmaken want dan weegt het schip te veel en dan vinden ze maar een nieuwe ondergrondse bewatermethode uit.

‘The Man Who Brought Down Lance Armstrong’

Bij The Atlantic gingen ze op bezoek bij Floyd Landis, de notoire dopingzondaar die onlangs ruim een miljoen euro ontving in een rechtzaak tegen Lance Armstrong. Zijn blik op hun beider zaken:

“Taking me down and taking Armstrong down did nothing,” he said. “It was an utter failure because the UCI and wada [the World Anti-Doping Agency] are still lying to kids and making them think that they can become top athletes clean. And they know that you can’t.”

Best wel ironisch hoe hij nu een cannabiszaak runt.

‘Scientists accidentally produce an enzyme that devours plastic’

The Guardian:

Professor John McGeehan, who led the research from the University of Portsmouth, said the discovery was “a bit of a shock,” but that it could have a significant impact on the mounting global plastics problem. PET bottles that are currently recycled can only be turned into fibers for clothing and carpets. The mutant enzyme could be used to turn plastic back into its original components. “It means we won’t need to dig up any more oil and, fundamentally, it should reduce the amount of plastic in the environment,” said McGeehan.

Da’s toch zot, dat ze zoiets per ongeluk vinden?

‘Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy’

Interessant stuk bij Fast Company over Apple’s inzet voor groene energie. Ze interviewden daarvoor Lisa Jackson, bekend van de Obama administratie, die het project overziet:

Jackson explains that Apple prefers to buy power from renewable energy projects where the company played some role–by either investing capital up front or committing to buying the power produced there for a long time, sometimes decades.

Fascinerend hoe Apple beducht is voor enige “greenwashing” en dus niet met energiecertificaten wil werken, maar echt lokaal aan de slag wil. En ze beperken zich niet enkel tot de eigen winkel, maar leiden ook toeleveranciers naar een overslag:

In 2015, Apple started a program to move suppliers toward green energy. Last year, 14 such companies pledged to work toward running the parts of their operations that serve Apple on 100% renewable energy. Today, Apple announced that another nine of its suppliers have promised to reach this goal.

WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook

The Washington Post:

The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent, Facebook, over the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption, according to people familiar with internal discussions.