Inside the upcoming Orient Express La Dolce Vita train | CNN Travel

By Tamara Hardingham-Gill, CNN • Published 30th December 2021

All aboard: Renderings of the new Orient Express La Dolce Vita, which will debut in 2023, have just been released.
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(CNN) — The launch of the new Orient Express La Dolce Vita might still be a while off, but it seems as though the highly anticipated service will definitely be worth the wait.

Renderings of the 11-carriage train, which pays homage to the “La Dolce Vita” period of the 1960s, have been unveiled, revealing a plush interior that looks more like a boutique hotel than a railway car.

Orient Express La Dolce Vita is to be made up of six trains, each featuring 12 “deluxe cabins,” 18 suites, an “Honour Suite” and a restaurant carriage offering a “five-star dining experience” including “award-winning Italian wines and exclusive haute cuisine.”

Source: Inside the upcoming Orient Express La Dolce Vita train | CNN Travel

The most borrowed library books in San Francisco in 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle

By Nami Sumida | Dec. 31, 2021 4:00 a.m.

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Based on data provided by the San Francisco Public Library, The Chronicle compiled a list of the most borrowed books in 2021.

Note: Source: San Francisco Public Library, Based on circulation from Jan. 1 through Dec. 28, 2021.

The list includes national bestsellers, like “The Vanishing Half,” “The Midnight Library” and former President Barack Obama’s memoir “A Promised Land.”

But it also includes titles by Bay Area-based authors, like Bonnie Tsui’s “Why We Swim” and a collection of essays by local writers, “The End of the Golden Gate: Writers on Loving And, Sometimes, Leaving San Francisco.”

Here are the 20 most borrowed titles in each category. Those set in the Bay Area or by local authors have an asterisk (*).

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Opinion | The golden age of public libraries dawns again – The Washington Post

By Editorial Board, Yesterday, 1/1/2021, at 8:00 a.m. EST

The Deichman Bjørvika library in Oslo has six floors held up by three towers, leaving an open atrium at the building’s center. It was named public library of the year in 2021. (Sigrid Harms/picture alliance via Getty Images)

As the world enters 2022, public libraries are emerging as one of the bright spots — literally.

An abundance of new and newly renovated libraries have opened their doors in the past two years.

In addition to being breathtakingly beautiful, many are exemplars of what great community spaces can and should be.

Indoors, they are filled with natural light. Books once packed together in dark corners are now on display on bright, welcoming shelves that could rival those in an Apple store.

Some libraries have added outdoor patios and roof decks.

Source: Opinion | The golden age of public libraries dawns again – The Washington Post

‘Science Needs Better Marketing’ Says Neil deGrasse Tyson – YouTube

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‘Science Needs Better Marketing’ Says Neil deGrasse Tyson

8,623 views • Dec 30, 2021

• Hayden Planetarium director and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses with Nicolle Wallace the year in science and what lies ahead in the new year.

Source: ‘Science Needs Better Marketing’ Says Neil deGrasse Tyson – YouTube

What You Missed: How Rick Steves Got Hooked on Hiking – Outside Online

The travel guru discusses the adventure that fueled his newfound love for hiking

By Frederick Dreier, Dec 29, 2021

From article…

Rick Steves can point out the balconies in Milan where Mussolini gave speeches.

He knows where to order the tastiest mangalica in Budapest, Hungary.

And for more than 40 years, he has researched European travel for his popular guidebooks and television show, amassing a sizable fan base with his intricate knowledge of history, culture, and cuisine.

Prior to 2021, however, Steves had largely overlooked one major side of European travel: the great outdoors. That changed in September when Steves went on a six-day trek through the French Alps.

Source: What You Missed: How Rick Steves Got Hooked on Hiking – Outside Online

The Science of a Good Nap | Science Alert

By JACINTA BOWLER, 1 JANUARY 2022

(Natalie Board/EyeEm/Getty Images)

For a society constantly trying to over-extend, over-perform, and over-deliver, skipping out on sleep may be seen as the ultimate badge of productivity.

It’s a lifestyle we most associate with the rich and powerful of the world, not to mention the hustle-drunk tech bros of Silicon Valley – but it’s not even a new thing.

Even the infamous inventor Thomas Edison was so consumed by his need to stay productive, he often attempted to sleep just a few hours per night.

But is it actually true that sleeping less than eight hours per night leads to more? More success, more productivity, more wealth? It’s really not that simple, nor healthy. “In the last 10 or 15 years or so, there have been studies showing that your metabolism and your immune system are quite affected by sleep deprivation,” sleep loss researcher Siobhan Banks from the University of South Australia tells Science Alert.

Source: The Science of a Good Nap

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