SeanChron | Melanie Cheung Hongis with Pope Francis

Māori Huntington's Disease researcher Dr. Melanie Cheung meets Pope Francis in Rome with a hongi. Image credit: via Melanie Cheung)

This is SO awesome! Proof that science and culture can coexist (though there is much history that still needs to be healed). Notice her small cultural protocol in the video when she enters the lab. She spent many years developing cultural protocols for her work to compliment the scientific protocols that are part of her research on Huntington's Disease.

Having met Melanie on several occasions, I could tell she was a game changer, plus she always did things in a fun positive way. Definitely my world's colliding too...paddling and Schuhplattler (strong Catholic traditions). Mahalo and Aloha to Melanie 🌺

Full article: Hongi-ing the Holy Father: The Kiwi who taught Pope Francis the traditional Maori greeting


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Protecting ancient Guatamalan weaving designs.
Image credit: via Ms. Magazine

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Graphic for water in EPA's 1977 EPA Standards Manual.
Image credit: Steff Geisbuhler, Chermayeff & Geismar Associates/EPA

NewsFusion for April 2017


SeanChron | The Jetsons Have Arrived

I literally jumped out of my seat when I saw this video today of the Lilium flying car maiden flight. There's a great story behind the little jet...the design, the people, the fact that it is quiet and electric (and thus emission free) are all amazing. But the video though! It looks like it is straight out of a scifi tv show or movie. But it's not generated! This is the real thing folks.

Check it out...

Far Out Architecture | Pearl River Tower

Our latest crush on far out architecture is the Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou, China. It features a stunning design but also some of the most advanced cost-saving, high performance, and sustainability features in modern architecture. Designed by international architecture, engineering, and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) it is yet another inspiring accomplishment in their tradition of design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.

Miss Next Century

Miss Next Century 2017, Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra.
Image credit: Avi Loud.

Future-ish is pleased to announce our selection for Miss Next Century 2017: Canadian dancer, choreographer, model and visual designer, Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra.

Miss Next Century 2017 - Jasmmine Kaur Ramgotra
Miss Next Century 2016 - Nina Davuluri
Miss Next Century 2015 - Kara Wilke
Miss Next Century 2014 - Adrienne Keene
Miss Next Century 2013 - Manalani Mili Hokoana English
Miss Next Century 2012 - Summer Rayne Oakes
Miss Next Century 2011 - Alyssa Campanella

22nd Century Role Models
We launched our Citizens of the Next Century List in 2010 and have had a fantastic time adding new individuals to the list each December. Our "next century citizens" are people that we feel are way ahead of their time. They are passionate about the science, design, and culture shaping our future and - more importantly - they are actively creating a better! In 2011, we announced our first ever Miss Next Century and based on the positive feedback we received, we decided to continue naming a Miss Next Century each year. You can look forward to a new Miss Next Century each February.

Congratulations to all of our Miss Next Century titleholders! Keep up the good work, keep inspiring us, and keep being fantastic role models for young women everywhere!!!

Future-ish Book Club

Our readers asked for it and we delivered...Welcome to the Future-ish Book Club!

Each month, we select a book from the world of science, design, and/or culture for our book club followers to read and invite them, and you, to discuss the book virtually on our site.

Have a book suggestion? Send us an email at studiof/at/future-ish/dot/com.

2017 Booklist
Jan | Hidden Figures | Shetterly
Feb | PhotoViz | Felton
Mar | SugarDetoxMe | Oakes
Apr | The Hidden Life of Trees | Wohlleben
May | Data and Goliath | Schneier

2016 Booklist
Jan | Chaos Imagined: Literature, Art Science | Meisel
Feb | Of Beards and Men | Oldstone-Moore
Mar | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind | Harari
Apr | By the People: Designing a Better America | Smith
May | The Physics of Life | Bejan
Jun | Hillbilly Elegy | Vance
Jul | Angela Merkel | Qvortrup
Aug | Scraps | Brown & McQuaid
Sep | The Hidden Life of Trees | Wohlleben
Oct | People Knitting | Levine
Nov | Cities that Think Like Planets | Alberti
Dec | The Natives are Restless | Hale

2015 Booklist
Jan | Physics for Rock Stars | McKinley
Feb | Voices of Wisdom | Harden
Mar | Our Final Invention | Barrat
Apr | Knowledge is Beautiful |McCandless
May | Galaxy | Geach
Jun | Fashion China | Williams
Jul | Whaikōrero | Rewi
Aug | Young Architects 16: Overlay | ALNY
Sep | Applied Minds | Madhavan
Oct | The Food Lab | López-Alt
Nov | History of the World in 100 Modern Objects | Hornak
Dec | The Great Lady Decorators | Lewis

2014 Booklist
Jan | Uncharted Erez Aiden & Jean-Baptiste Michel
Feb | Writing Science in Plain English | Anne E. Greene
Mar | Fashioning Apollo | Nicholas de Monchaux
Apr | The Humor Code | Peter McGraw
May | The Book of Trees | Manuel Lima
Jun | Science Ink | Carl Zimmer
Jul | Kua‘a¯ina Kahiko | Patrick Vinton Kirch
Aug | A Taxonomy of Office Chairs | Jonathan Olivares
Sep | Letters to a Young Scientist | Edward O. Wilson
Oct | Finnish Design | Pekka Korvenmaa
Nov | Liquid Intelligence | Dave Arnold
Dec | Learning Curves | Klara Sjölén and Allan Macdonald

2013 Booklist
Jan | Blasphemy | Sherman Alexie
Feb | Grace: A Memoir | Grace Coddington
Mar | Resilience | Andrew Zolli & Ann Marie Healy
Apr | Research is Ceremony | Shawn Wilson
May | Designers at Home | Ronda Rice Carman
Jun | Cooked | Michael Pollan
Jul | Beautiful Evidence | Edward Tufte
Aug | 101 Things I Learned in Engineering School | John Kuprenas & Matthew Frederick
Sep | Giraffe Reflections | Dale Peterson & Karl Ammann
Oct | Food, Genes, and Culture | Gary Paul Nabhan
Nov | (un)FASHION | Tibor & Maira Kalman
Dec | Science Writing in Plain English | Anne E. Greene

2012 Booklist
Mar | The Earth Knows My Name | Patricia Klindienst
Apr | Visual Complexity | Manuel Lima
May | Knocking on Heaven's Door | Lisa Randall
Jun | Information Graphics | Sandra Rendgen
Jul | About Time | Adam Frank
Aug | The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | R. Skloot
Oct | Make it So | Nathan Shredroff & Chris Noessel
Nov | Silent Spring | Rachel Carson
Dec | Empress of Fashion | Amanda Mackenzie Stuart