What does the Silk Road have to do with Mars, except everything?

Stacey McKenna October 30, 2018 Share this article After setting her sights on space exploration, a journey along the old trade route between India and Pakistan persuaded author Kate Harris to opt for more earthly adventures—cycling the Silk Road, now the subject of her new book. Shortly after midnight on an uncharacteristically cool July night […]

Silk Road admin could face up to 20 years after pleading guilty to drug charge

Enlarge / Max Dickstein stands with other supporters of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, in front of a Manhattan federal court house on the first day of jury selection for his trial on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) An Irishman who […]

The founder of Silk Road is dictating tweets from the prison where he’s serving life — and he’s convinced 55,000 people to sign his petition for clemency

Screenshot Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison in 2015 after being convicted of running the dark web marketplace Silk Road. His family have set up the twitter account @RealRossU, which relays messages Ulbricht dictates from prison. The account has helped get over 55,000 signatures for a petition asking for clemency for Ulbricht. His […]

Eurovision 2018: Portugal contestant suffers wardrobe malfunction in plunging silk outfit

Cristina Caramarcu risked falling out of her perilously low-cut frock when she pranced around on stage ahead of her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. The singer wore a pleated gown that had thigh-high splits on either side of the garment with a pair of embellished hot pants. She accessorised the stage-worthy attire with a […]

Porous silk fiber traps heat, hides a rabbit from IR camera

Enlarge / Polar bear fur insulates even when wet. (credit: Mario Hoppmann) Personal heating products have always scared me. The idea of getting into a bed with an electric blanket appeals about as much as a romantic bath with my toaster. So when researchers propose a shirt that you plug in to the mains, my response […]

MAPPED: China’s most ambitious megaproject — the new Silk Road

Wikimedia Commons China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative will cost between $ 4 trillion and $ 8 trillion and affect 65 countries.  It’s expected to stretch from East Asia to East Africa and Central Europe and be completed in 2049. Costing between $ 4-8 trillion and affecting 65 countries, China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road […]

China unveils huge plans for the Arctic, with ‘Polar Silk Road’ on the way

Beijing has announced plans to extend the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping routes. In a white paper released on Friday, the country said it expects to have a “major role in expanding the network of shipping routes” and noted that “as a result of global warming, the Arctic shipping […]