This startup is planning a flying taxi service that costs about the same as normal taxis

aircraft-4102684_1920A flying taxi that you can order through an app? This German company plans to make that a reality in the next six years. Munich-based startup Lilium unveiled its five-seater electric air taxi prototype on Thursday. The Lilium Jet, which conducted its first flight earlier this month, is part of an app-based flying taxi service that the company expects will be “fully-operational in various cities around the world by 2025.” The battery-powered jet is capable of traveling 300 kilometers (186 miles) in 60 minutes on a single charge, and will connect cities through a network of landing pads. Commuters will be able to book rides from their nearest landing pad through a smartphone app. Lilium did not reveal how much its service will cost, but claims that it will be “comparable in price” with regular taxis.

Question: Is this the future? Is this an improvement or not?

 

The Beginner’s Guide To Hosting Easter Lunch

macarons-4053125_1920Easter Sunday is just around the corner, and even the most experienced hostess must have a foolproof game plan when entertaining family and friends. Resurrection Day in the South is monumental. Easter egg hunts ensue, honey baked ham adorns the dining room table, and of course, family travels from near and far for the joyous occasion. If it’s your first time hosting Easter lunch, don’t fret. We’re are a few tips to help your celebration go off without a hitch.

Plan The Menu

It needs to be equal parts delicious and doable. If you’re having a small get-together (10 people or less), an overabundance of sides and desserts isn’t’ necessary. Keeping it simple is the best way to go. For a larger crowd, consider a potluck-style soirée. This method will save you from spending hours in the kitchen leading up to Easter Sunday. What’s our ideal Resection Day menu for the first-time hostess, you may ask? Check it out below:

  • Pineapple Casserole
  • Basic Deviled Eggs
  • Honey Baked Ham
  • Southern-Style Green Beans
  • Make-Ahead Yeast Rolls
  • Hummingbird Cake

 

Resurrection Rolls Recipe

474428695_5742577928001_5742412522001-vsLooking for a fun and memorable way to tell your kids the story of Jesus’ burial and resurrection? We’ve got you covered. This Resurrection Roll recipe is deliciously simple, and it brings with it the ultimate meaning of Easter Sunday. And, it wouldn’t be a Southern holiday without a few bread selections on the kitchen table. Why not enjoy your green beans and honey-baked ham or your Easter breakfast alongside a dish that tells a story? Complete with sugar, cinnamon, marshmallows, and hot-from-the-oven crescent rolls, this recipe is an instant crowd pleaser. Why the name Resurrection Rolls, you ask? Well, before going into the oven, each crescent roll is stuffed with a large marshmallow. Throughout the baking process, it disappears! Sound familiar? The fluffy treat vanishing from the bread symbolizes the way Jesus vanished from the tomb. However, while Christ paid for the sins of humanity and ascended into heaven, the marshmallow simply leaves a sugary finish on the cinnamon-infused crescent roll. It’s enough to excite even the pickiest kids! Don’t miss out on this meaningful appetizer when Easter rolls around. It’s significant, tasty, and easy to make. He is risen!

$5 billion Dubai megaresort rises from The World

Floating-Seahorse_Page_05_Image_0001Four kilometers off the Dubai coastline lies Europe. Or a version of it, at least. Comprising six man-made islands styled after a mix of European countries and cities, when completed this $5 billion megaproject will be able to accommodate 16,000 tourists in the height of travel luxury. In this Europe the sun nearly always shines, the ocean’s warm and white sands are never far away. There’s Venice and St Petersburg, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and more. And, if you have the money, it could be yours for a vacation or a lifetime. Called The Heart of Europe and currently under construction, it’s the latest chapter in one of Dubai’s grandest — and most eyebrow-raising — enterprises: The World. Construction of The World began in 2003. A huge archipelago of 300 artificial islands in the shape of a world map, it was pitched as a playground for the rich and famous. To make the islands, 34 billion tonnes of large rocks and 320 million cubic meters of sand were deposited in the sea over millions of square feet. So vast was the project, astronauts were able to track its progress from space

 

 

 

 

Singapore announces opening date for long-awaited Jewel Changi Airport

The wait is finally over for travelers who frequently fly into Singapore’s Changi Airport. More than five years since revealing plans for the airport’s stunning new addition, officials have announced that the “Jewel Changi Airport” complex will open to the public on April 17th. But it’s also potentially a destination in its own right, featuring a large mall to entice locals and visitors alike. Conceived by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie as a new “magical garden,” Jewel Changi Airport is over 1.4 million square feet (130,000 square meters) and cost a reported SGD$1.7 billion (about US$1.25 billion) to build. It will have a total of 10 stories — five above ground and five below — filled with various attractions, gardens, 280 retail and F&B outlets and a 130-cabin YOTELAIR Singapore Changi Airport hotel. Passengers will also be able to access early check-in facilities. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the project is the Rain Vortex. At over 130 feet high, it’s the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.

 

China’s ‘horizontal skyscraper’ attraction nears completion

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Dubbed an engineering marvel, the highly anticipated Raffles City Chongqing project in China is nearly complete. Devised by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, it measures a staggering 1.12-million-square-meters and consists of a collection of eight towers and a gigantic connecting skybridge, which is being called a “horizontal skyscraper.” The 250-meter-long skybridge, named Crystal, is said to be one of the world’s highest. When open, it will have a viewing gallery, sky gardens, an infinity pool and various restaurants. If that wasn’t enough, the skybridge also transforms into a giant light beam at night time, illuminating the sky with a rousing light show. The Raffles City Chongqing complex will also include a 230,000-square-meter shopping mall, 1,400 residential apartments, a luxury hotel and 160,000 square meters of lavish office space.

Five-star concierges: The wild requests of the mega-rich

When a Qatari sheikh asked a concierge at the Raffles Dubai hotel to deliver a present to his wife, the concierge nodded. “Of course, sir. What gift?”

A Rolls Royce Ghost, the latest model, the sheikh replied. To be delivered to Qatar by the following evening. The year was 2012. Harold Abonitalla, now chief concierge of Habtoor Palace, considers this his most challenging request in his 14 years as a concierge.

“I was in hot water,” he recalls. It was a Thursday evening, and with Friday being holy day in Dubai, most shops and services would be closed. He raced to the Rolls Royce showroom, and by 8pm he had collected the Ghost. But how would he transport the $300,000 vehicle 400 miles by sunset the following day?

Through his network of contacts he found a fellow concierge with an uncle who worked in cargo. The uncle helped him to secure a plane that could carry the car — at a price. “It’ll cost 350,000 dirhams (approximately $95,000),” Abonitalla told the guest. “Don’t give me rates, just do it,” said the sheikh.

Singapore wants self-driving cars to help its aging society

It may look like a giant robotic bug but the MooAV could be the car of the future.

Made by startup MooVita, it’s one of dozens of autonomous vehicles being put to the test at a special center in Singapore that aims to advance the development of self-driving car technology. Startups from around the world are coming to the purpose-built track that recreates an urban environment over 5 acres at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. The roads look like any other in the city, with stop lights, crosswalks and traffic signs. There’s even a rain simulator. It’s all part of an effort to test how autonomous vehicles cope with all those elements. Singapore is aging more rapidly and [at] a faster rate than anywhere else in the world, and so we have a situation where, in order to provide mobility for seniors, it would be really advantageous to have such technology available.

War on e-cigarettes: Hong Kong intends to jail vaping offenders. But will it make people quit?

Robert Chan lit his first cigarette aged 18. He quickly became hooked, smoking 15 a day for more than a decade. Like so many other smokers, Hong Kong-based Chan didn’t savor his addiction. He wanted to quit smoking cigarettes, but struggled to end his nicotine habit. Two years ago, on his 30th birthday, Chan started using a device that heats tobacco — instead of burning it — to release a nicotine-laced vapor. Chan is one of the 35 million people around the world believed to be using e-cigarettes or heat-not-burn products, according to Euromonitor. But today that industry is facing a battle. While many smokers are embracing alternative devices in an attempt to quit cigarettes, governments around the world are divided. This month, the Hong Kong government announced plans to push ahead with a controversial blanket ban on all e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn products. Under the sweeping draft law, which begins its path through the legislator tomorrow, anyone who imports, makes, sells or promotes new smoking products could face six months in jail or a HK$50,000 ($6,370) fine.