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Stuck at home? These world famous museums offer virtual tours

Travel and Leisure »

There is a way to get a little culture and education while you’re confined to your home. According to Fast Company, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world..

Now, you get “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch.

» Musée d’Orsay, Paris »

» Pergamon Museum, Berlin »

» Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam »

» Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam »

» Uffizi Gallery, Florence »

» British Museum, London »

» MASP, São Paulo »

» National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City »

» The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles »

» National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul »

» Guggenheim Museum, New York »

» National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. »

Amsterdam is cutting car access in the city centre, and expanding public transit

Fearbus O’Sullivan, writing in Citylab »

In an effort to ease this clash of mobility modes and achieve its ultimate goal of becoming a “car-free city,” Amsterdam Alderperson (as members of the municipal legislature are called) Sharon Dijksma* announced a host of new measures last week designed to make it harder for motorists to use at least ten central streets as through-routes, using one-way systems, roadway narrowing, and barriers. To further encourage drivers to give up their keys, the city also announced plans to open the Amsterdam Metro all night on weekends starting in 2021, and to make all weekend transit free for children under 12 in the same year. Meanwhile, City Hall is already mulling a more sweeping plan—not just to restrict through-traffic, but to ban it altogether.

The city boasts an ambitious slate of car-mitigation goals, including a ban on all gas- and diesel- powered cars in the city by 2030. Part of that push might involve encouraging drivers to switch to electric vehicles, but aspirations to a zero-emissions future—and solutions to the logistical complications of creating a charging network for an expanded electric fleet—are going to be far easier to realize with significantly fewer private vehicles on the road.

The tools Amsterdam is using to build its car-free future don’t require huge amounts of disruption or cost. Key among these is what the Dutch call a “cut” (knip in Dutch). This involves simply putting up barriers that close off a short strip of a long street; most of the street can still be accessed for deliveries, pick-ups, and drop-offs, but it’s no longer good as a route across town.

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More than 4,500 people have been evacuated due to flooding in British Columbia. Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been called in to help.

It’s a good day to be a bee in the European Union: EU court upholds partial pesticide ban to protect bees – Irish Times

Tourism gets the red light in AmsterdamNew Zealand Herald

Bitcoin estimated to use .5% of the world’s electric energy by end of the year – EurekAlert

GQ’s comedy issue cover, featuring Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman, mocks Vanity Fair’s Photoshop fail – GQ

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May 18

1785: Saint John, New Brunswick is incorporated, the first in Canada.

1804: The French Senate proclaims Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor.

1980: The Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state erupts.

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