I Almost Learned To Fly In The World’s Only Wingsuit Tunnel

From Tom Scott. In Stockholm, there’s a diagonal wind tunnel, used for one very specific purpose: learning to fly a wingsuit. I tried. I almost managed it. More about FlyLikeBrick: http://flylikebrick.com/ and the tunnel: https://indoorwingsuit.com/ Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin) I’m at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook at https://facebook.com/tomscott and on Instagram as…

How The Netherlands Simulated The Sea Before Computers: The Waterloopbos

From Tom Scott. “Build some models” seems obvious: but this is a story of ingenuity, of using natural resources well, and of a country that humans dragged from the sea. More about Waterloopbos: in English: https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/destinations/provinces/flevoland/deltawerk-at-the-waterloopbos.htm in Dutch: https://www.natuurmonumenten.nl/natuurgebieden/waterloopbos Thanks to Dr Van Rijn and all the team at Waterloopbos, and to Lennert and Sander…

The Giant Art That Keeps Planes Quiet

From Tom Scott. Next to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the Buitenschot Land Art Park, a giant set of ridges and furrows cut into the landscape. Yes, it’s art: but it also stops some local residents from being exposed to jet noise. More about the park: https://www.schiphol.nl/en/schiphol-as-a-neighbour/page/landscape-design-plan-to-combat-noise-nuisance/ I’m at https://tomscott.com on Twitter at https://twitter.com/tomscott on Facebook…

What Counts As The World’s Shortest River?

From Tom Scott. If you’ve been a subscriber for a while, you probably know where this one is going. Although you may still be surprised about where I ended up going… Montana’s Giant Springs State Park, and Lake Sumiainen in Finland, have very short rivers. Finding the shortest in the world, though: that could be…

The Only Bit Of Louisiana’s Coast That Isn’t Sinking

From Tom Scott. On a coastline that’s steadily sinking under the waves, the Wax Lake Delta is rising: which is a wonderful thing for researchers.Historically, every time humans try and mess with the Mississippi, there have been unintended consequences: and even though we can now model it fairly well, there are still surprises. Thanks to…