Yayoi Kusama’s yellow pumpkin is back on Naoshima Island, Japan

(CNN) — Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s sculpture “Yellow Pumpkin” was reinstalled on October 4th on Naoshima island after it was swept into the sea and badly damaged during a typhoon last summer. Local residents, students and officials gathered to celebrate the art island’s trademark sculpture as it was placed back on the pier on Naoshima … Read more

the future of travel is almost here

Over time, this could be expanded into a 24-module “big wheel” – “Voyager” – capable of generating its own artificial gravity via centrifugal force. In other words, it will rotate, allowing its guests to move around unhindered by “micro-gravity” (weightlessness). And as well as being able to hold astronauts and other professionals, conducting experiments along … Read more

Norwegian drops COVID-19 testing, vaccination and masking. MarketWatch asks health experts, ‘Would you take a cruise?’

President Joe Biden has said the pandemic is over, despite more than 300 people dying from COVID-related illness every day. Now cruise lines, which experienced severe disruptions during the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak and, in some cases were stranded offshore due to ports refusing them permission to dock due to coronavirus outbreaks onboard, … Read more

High inflation has many Americans tweaking their holiday travel plans

D3sign | moment | Getty Images Travelers are shifting their holiday getaway plans to avoid busting their budgets amid high inflation, according to a new Bankrate survey. Forty-three percent of US adults are planning to take overnight leisure trips between Thanksgiving and New Year’s; of them, 79% are adapting to rising prices for travel in … Read more

South Africa: Some Coronaviruses Kill, While Others Cause a Common Cold. We Are Getting Closer to Knowing Why

It’s hard to imagine a time when “coronavirus” wasn’t a household word. But for a long time, this family of viruses had merited very little attention. Believed to be ubiquitous among animals and avian species, the first coronavirus to infect and cause disease in humans was only isolated and identified in the 1960s. Seven human … Read more

Canada has now ended its COVID-19 travel restrictions, mask mandates

A woman walks through Pearson International Airport in Toronto on March 16, 2020.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press Travel restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, including mask mandates, came to an end on Saturday as the last remaining border measures officially ceased to be in effect. And some travelers say they’re meeting the changes with mixed feelings … Read more

Canada has dropped COVID-19 travel restrictions, mask mandates – National

Travel restrictions tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, including mask mandates, came to an end on Saturday as the last remaining border measures officially ceased to be in effect. And some travelers say they’re meeting the changes with mixed feelings of relief and concern as they look toward an uncertain winter and signs that case counts … Read more

Putin signs documents to illegally annex four Ukrainian regions, in drastic escalation of Russia’s war

(LR) The Moscow-appointed heads of Kherson region Vladimir Saldo and Zaporizhzhia region Yevgeny Balitsky, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Donetsk separatist leader Denis Pushilin and Lugansk separatist leader Leonid Pasechnik, after signing treaties illegally annexing four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy, at the Kremlin in Moscow on Sept. 30, 2022.MIKHAIL METZEL/AFP/Getty Images Russian President Vladimir … Read more

Google Flights Says These Are The Best Times To Book Travel

There are numerous suggestions about when to book flights for the lowest price. Instead of browsing in incognito mode or looking for super-secret discounts, you may apply these Google Flights tips. These tips result from studying the last five years of flight prices. SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 15: A British Airways plane is taxiing … Read more

Arizona museum exhibit marks end to the Kooning painting saga

PHOENIX (AP) — After a Willem de Kooning painting worth millions was brazenly stolen in 1985 from an Arizona museum, the staff clung to the hope that it would turn up one day. But nobody could have predicted “Woman-Ocher” would find its way back through the kindness of strangers in a neighboring state. “I would … Read more