Sunday, August 3, 2014

Flip-Flop: A Journey Through Globalisation's Backroads (Anthropology, Culture and Society)

Flip-Flop: A Journey Through Globalisation's Backroads (Anthropology, Culture and Society) is written by Caroline Knowles.

The book follows the global trail of one of the world’s most unremarkable and ubiquitous objects – flip-flops. Through this unique lens, Caroline Knowles takes a ground level view of the lives and places of globalisation’s back roads, providing new insights that challenge contemporary accounts of globalisation. Rather than orderly product chains, the book shows that globalisation along the flip-flop trail is a tangle of unstable, shifting, ad hoc and contingent connections. This book displays both the instabilities of the ‘chains’ and the complexities, personal topographies and skills with which people navigate these global uncertainties. Flip-Flop provides new ways of thinking about globalisation from the vantage point of the shifting landscape crossed by a seemingly ordinary and everyday commodity.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Thongs in space

NASA sent a newly developed pair of sandals called ForceShoe into space. The sandals are expected to help astronauts exercise during the flight. The shoes are intended to be worn by Reid Wiseman (United States), Maxim Surayev (Russia) and Alexander Gerst (Germany) astronaughts located on their 167 day mission on the International Space Station (ISS) .ForceShoe were designed by XSENS and will help NASA collect data for studying the loads, or force, placed on crew members' bodies during exercise on the space station's Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED). In particular scientists are interested in understanding how joint forces may be different between exercise performed on the ground and in space. The shoes contain 3-D motion tracking technology and force sensors. Astronauts will wear the high-tech sandals when exercising on ARED and perform exercises such as squats, weightlifting and bicep curls. The collected data will be used to build exercise programs on the ISS.