Walking barcodes

Walking barcodes

Hal Hodson technology correspondent, The Economist The face is becoming machine-readable Camera-ready 2019 in brief Le Grand K (otherwise known as the International Prototype of the Kilogram), the lump of metal that is the standard by which the kilogram is measured, is retired from its French vault in May. It is replaced by a more precise definition CLOSED-CIRCUIT television …

Unto Ultima Thule

Unto Ultima Thule

Tim Cross science correspondent, The Economist An encounter looms in one of the remotest corners of the solar system Scientists hope that Ultima Thule’s remoteness will have made it into a time capsule SLOWLY BUT surely, the solar system is being explored. Humans themselves have, so far, ventured only to the Moon. But their robot emissaries have …

Make way for the Moonrush

Make way for the Moonrush

Oliver Morton briefings editor, The Economist Fifty years after Apollo 11, the world is getting ready to return to the Moon 2019 in brief Preparations intensify for the latest huge telescope to survey the sky. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will, when ready, continuously photograph and survey an area of the sky 49 times the apparent size of the …

A Shed-load of arts

A Shed-load of arts

Fiammetta Rocco culture correspondent, The Economist and 1843 NEW YORK New York’s ambitious new palace of culture opens its doors 2019 in brief The Prado museum in Madrid celebrates its 200th birthday with a year-long series of events including travelling shows across Spain IN THE EARLY 2000s New York was planning a bid to host the Olympics in 2012. A new stadium …

Leonardo da Vinci visits 2019

Leonardo da Vinci visits 2019

Leonardo da Vinci Renaissance man NEW YORK, PALO ALTO, PARIS and SHANGHAI A newly discovered volume of Leonardo’s journal, written a few months before his death on May 2nd 1519, records his visit to the year 2019, as the guest of a mysterious time-traveller A selfie 2019 in brief France rolls out le pass Culture, an app …

Berlin’s blast from the past

Berlin’s blast from the past

The founding director of the Humboldt Forum, Neil MacGregor, predicts that Germany’s grand new museum will provoke intense civic debate The Humboldt Forum will confront the future with the past ON SEPTEMBER 14th 2019 the centre of Berlin will ring with festive music. Luminaries will gather to celebrate the 250th birthday of Alexander von Humboldt, the …

Simplicity itself

Simplicity itself

Barbara Beck special-reports editor, The Economist The immortal chic of Bauhaus at 100 2019 in brief San Miguel de Allende, a historic Mexican city, is the American Capital of Culture. The award brings with it $2m of advertising across 45 countries. This is likely to bring even more tourists to a place that has also been named …

Portraits and paintresses

Portraits and paintresses

Imogen White editorial assistant, books and arts, The Economist Women artists from the Renaissance and the Baroque will be in the limelight The art of Artemisia IT IS HARD to stop staring at her. Crisp light fills the studio where Larry Keith, the lead conservator at the National Gallery in London, restores a self-portrait by Artemisia Gentileschi, …

The circle of live action

The circle of live action

Rachel Lloyd editor, Prospero blog, The Economist There will be more to see than has ever been seen 2019 in brief In July, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam begins a restoration of Rembrandt’s masterpiece, The Night Watch. Museum visitors will be able to see conservators at work, and anyone will be able to watch a live stream of the …

Hanging on every word

Hanging on every word

Melissa Heikkilä editorial assistant, The World in 2019 Efforts to revitalise indigenous languages get a boost WHEN A LANGUAGE dies, so does a unique way of seeing the world. Time is running out for many tongues. Experts estimate that of the 6,700 or so languages spoken around the world, 40% could disappear by the end of the …

J’accuse

J’accuse

Andrew Miller culture editor, The Economist Time to relax on cultural appropriation The point of art and literature, to open up other lives and perspectives, is nullified A NOVEL ABOUT slavery, or a play about refugees, or a film about homosexuality: a work of art that deals with a minority group and a sensitive theme will be …

The common sea

The common sea

Ann Wroe obituaries editor, The Economist Mourning a certain idea of Europe Each side was a reflection of the other ON JUNE 24TH 2016, a Friday, the sun rose over the Sussex coast in a hard blue sky. As the shocking news came through, the Channel—at that point, 60 miles of sea between Britain and continental Europe—seemed …