Rabu, 09 Oktober 2013

Real Space Travel Much Cooler Than 'gravity'

On Beijing's biggest weekend of the year for sports so far, spectators at the China Open tennis tournament and an inaugural ladies golf tournament pulled their shirts up over their faces and used masks and bandanas to try to avoid the noxious air. "It's not ideal in terms of pollution," the world's No. 1 men's tennis player, Novak Djokovic, said after overcoming the smog and Rafael Nadal to win his fourth China Open title.

I'll take reality space any day. Now, having said all that, I have watched "Gravity." Ignoring technical inaccuracies, I enjoyed it. And I am newly grateful that NASA had no such technical inaccuracies during my flights.

Does Travel Broaden Artists' Minds?

University of Hamburg economist Christiane Hellmanzik attempts to measure the effect in a recent paper for the journal Empirical Economics and finds that whether or not travel makes artists better, it at least seems to make them more financially successful. Overall, trips to France had a significant positive effect on art prices6.8 percentthough the effect was far stronger before 1913. In the post-World War II era, a visit to France was even a drain on productivity. Travel to Germany was extremely beneficial21 percentthrough this was driven mainly by two sequential strong sub-periods from 1914 to 1938, coinciding with the Bauhaus era. And so much for finding inspiration in Florence of Venice. Hellmanzik writes that Italy never offers positive returns to travel despite being frequently visited. Trips undertaken for political reasons had the greatest effect, perhaps indicating that artists work improves when theyre freed from government repression or that collectors have a taste for the work of foreign dissidents.

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