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Editors’ letter (1 mn)

Einstein was, of course, right: there are gravitational waves, caused by violent explosions and neutron stars, rippling through the universe. Earlier this year the Italy-based physicists of the Vir...


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A note on the cover(s) (1 mn)

This issue gave us two features that we felt deserved to be cover stories, so we decided to run both. On the right is our limited-edition cover, in which an Ethiopian Mursi tribeswoman from the ...


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Three sporty girls (1 mn)

Having secured funding for his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, Sir Ernest Shackleton set about rallying a team to crew his two ships, Endurance and Aurora, for a pincer movement attack on the ...


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Up close (1 mn)

Cable by Alastair Philip Wiper I found this cable when I was poking through the office of Professor Joachim Holbøll, the professor in charge of the High Voltage Laboratory at the Technical Univers...


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Higher vision (2 mn)

Stripped of all but the essential tools, pilot and photographer Garrett Fisher explains how flying low over the ground in a vintage aeroplane offers a new perspective on human civilisation. I h...


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The moon (1 mn)

At any one place on Earth, the Moon is above the horizon for roughly 12 hours every day. But this period almost never exactly coincides with the roughly 12 hours of night, so the Moon appears in th...


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Adventures in rebellion (3 mn)

Celebrated artist George Widener reflects on how he found refuge in the complex patterns of numbers and dates of his art while growing up in the ghetto in the 1970s. try girl who went to Cincinn...


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The airship revolution (5 mn)

Avaunt discovers the future of aviation – the world’s longest aircraft and a vessel with lofty ambition. David Burns, the world’s most experienced airship test pilot, puffs out his cheeks. “The po...


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Twixt land and sea (1 mn)

Blurring the boundary between fashion and technology through their use of innovative fabrics, Stone Island has turned its hand to the art of weaving. Avaunt learns about their latest textile design...


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Wrinkly fingers (1 mn)

When you bathe or swim, the water and/or chemicals soon rinse away the oils that cover and protect the skin. This makes its surface, the epidermis, more permeable. The outer epidermis is made up of...


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Return to K2 (3 mn)

Avaunt meets one of Britain’s leading mountaineers, Jake Meyer, to discuss what motivated his return to K2, the infamous mountain that defeated him seven years ago. Jake Meyer started rock climb...


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Silver bullet (1 mn)

Japan’s high-speed Shinkansen – or bullet train – network was a revelation when it was first unveiled in 1964. But now, with 16-carriage trains travelling at 199mph every three minutes in places, s...


Reading list (1 mn)

From the jungles of South America to the clifftops of the British Isles; by foot, car, ship and bus, these authors set off in search of new places, forgotten routes and lost ways of life. Ninety-T...


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Up close (1 mn)

I visited some of the Mbuti Pygmies of the Ituri Rainforest, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, late in 2015. In this image, men discuss where to hunt monkeys that afternoon....


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Surviving extreme pressure (3 mn)

Half a century after the bathyscape Trieste reached the bottom of the Mariana Trench, Nekton continues to push the boundaries of deep ocean exploration. Unlike some animals, Homo sapiens have no...


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Lettice curtis (4 mn)

Right: Although Curtis, like her ATA colleague pictured here, was initially banned from piloting heavy four-engined bombers, in 1942 she became the first woman qualified to fly them, delivering m...


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After the meltdown (1 mn)

Avaunt examines the protective kit being used by the workers in Fukushima as they continue their painstaking decontamination of the compromised nuclear power station. Five years have passed sin...


Lift theory (1 mn)

just before the point of impact a person applies an opposite force that cushions their fall. But while the science is sound, it wouldn’t help in practice. A falling lift and its contents travel at ...


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Science of sound (5 mn)

Avaunt takes a tour of Bowers & Wilkins’ factory and discovers half a century of innovation. When British loudspeaker company Bowers & Wilkins launched their new diamond dome tweeter – ...


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Godwin - Austen (2 mn)

K2, known for a time as Mount Godwin-Austen, was first surveyed by one of Britain’s widest-ranging explorers who would undertake his mountaineering feats with little thought of acclimatisation. It...


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Addis Abeba (1 mn)

Guillaume Bonn explains how modern developments in camera phone technology have allowed him to capture the Ethiopian capital’s development in a way that few have ever managed before. The fi...


Just in time (3 mn)

Avaunt discovers how the hidden antenna on Breitling’s Emergency II can act as a personal locator beacon, and could make the difference between life or a very lonely death First launched in 1995, B...


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Up close (1 mn)

kayaking down part of a meltwater ravine, towing a radar between them to scan the glacier below – one of the largest in Greenland. This section of the glacier is called a ‘floating tongue’, so call...


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Speed on the salt flats (2 mn)

Triumph have returned to Utah with an extraordinary machine – the 1,000-brake horsepower Triumph Infor Rocket Streamliner – and an equally extraordinary rider, Guy Martin. Avaunt went along for the...


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Surviving virtual reality (3 mn)

The future of entertainment, in all its varieties, may lie in an unexplored universe only accessible through our minds. Henry Stuart discovers how virtual reality has the capacity to change the way...


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Up close (1 mn)

In 1982 Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert was commissioned by oil company Elf to cover the final week of that year’s Tour de France – when the riders of the most wellknown and demanding three-week...


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Adventures in music (4 mn)

Musician and composer Paul Frith describes how a chance encounter with a small canvas-topped boat inspired a symphony dedicated to one of the greatest open boat journeys ever made. I am staring, sl...


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Pumped up (1 mn)


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Rich in history (3 mn)

Avaunt discovers how Woolrich’s pioneering use of wool as the original outdoor technical fabric has been reflected in the American brand’s long history of functional and durable fashion. America in...


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Joss Naylor (6 mn)

Avaunt travels to England’s picturesque Lake District to meet shepherd and legendary fell runner Joss Naylor, and discovers what keeps him running at the age of 80. Everyone in the Lake District kn...


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Farming seaweed (3 mn)

Avaunt travels to the Outer Hebrides to visit the farms fuelling a global health phenomenon – seaweed. working in Klondike, north-west Canada, struck gold. In the coming years, thousands of hopefu...


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Michael CHristopher Brown (7 mn)

In April 2011, American photographer Michael Christopher Brown was embedded with rebel soldiers in the Libyan city of Misrata when he was hit by a mortar round. The revolution against the 42-ye...


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Icealand (1 mn)


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Change in Valley (7 mn)

Approximately 40,000 semi-nomadic Suri live to the west of the Omo River in south-west Ethiopia and the stick fight, the donga, is an important part of their culture. The tournaments begin at the s...


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Virgo Interferomter (7 mn)

EXPLORING THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SEARCH FOR GRAVITATIONAL WAVES In space, no one can hear you scream – or so read the tagline to Alien, the 1979 science-fiction classic. The producers’ reasoning, ...


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New Found Land (2 mn)

It was a singular thing to see this great lump of ice thus navigating on a voyage of its own, and not less interesting to speculate on its origin and history. It had probably been once much larger...


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Antibiotic resistance (13 mn)

HOW EXPLORATION COULD HELP CONFRONT THE GREATEST CHALLENGE EVER FACED BY HUMANITY After four days trekking through the jungles of Borneo, the young army doctor sat on the wooden floor and was, at ...


Mr. Le Mans (6 mn)

R ORY FH SMITH SITS DOWN WITH ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL RACING DRIVERS OF ALL TIME, TOM KRISTENSEN, TO DISCOVER THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH OF MR LE MANS Tom Kristensen – or ‘Mr Le Mans’ as he’s affe...


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Exploring the hidden caves of Mexico (4 mn)

Previous spread, left: Klaus Thymann in the cenote with his camera, in its large underwater housing, and two powerful strobe flashes. Previous spread, right: Divers use a frog kick and shorter fins...


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Alaska bush pilots (7 mn)

The largest unexplored region in the United States is the district north of Cooks Inlet, Alaska. The Kuskokwim and Nushaguk flowing into Behring Sea, the Tanana into the Yukon, the Sushitna into Co...