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Friday Detours: 19th June 2020

Take a look at amazing tiny worlds, as well as Range Rovers and Mars Rovers. Discover how the lightbulb in your room might give away your most precious secrets and see how much you know about the world’s greatest hiking trails.

19th June 2020 | Words by Matt Jones @ WildBounds HQ


#1 Tiny worlds of the great indoors
When LA-based travel photographer Erin Sullivan found herself stuck inside due to COVID-19 lockdown, she began creating tiny worlds in her apartment. The result is an amazing series of photographs titled ‘the great indoors’, made using everyday objects and miniature figures.

#2 Range Rover turns 50
After the Jeep and the Land Rover, the Range Rover is arguably the most iconic 4x4 vehicle ever. And though it is now just a status symbol, the original had serious expedition chops – in 1972 it became the first vehicle to cross the length of the Americas. In 1977 it won the London-Sydney Marathon, then in 1979 it won the first ever Paris-Dakar rally. This gallery celebrates the venerable Rangie’s half-century

#3 First shots of the new ‘dune buggy’ Mars Rover
To a Rover of an altogether different kind – indeed, a vehicle being developed for a different planet. Dubbed ‘Fetch’, this is the four-wheeled ‘dune buggy’ being built for the 2026 mission to Mars. It will be about the size of a Fiat 500 but will sit on 28” all terrain wheels and will be equipped with a custom-made robotic arm to retrieve rock samples.

#4 Light bulb moment for spies
In a piece of research that sounds like it has come straight from Q-branch, Israeli scientists have revealed a new ‘lamphone’ technique that can enable spies to eavesdrop on conversations, simply by watching a light bulb’s vibrations.

#5 Test your trails knowledge
Know your Camino from your Coast-to-Coast? Tackle this quiz from the Guardian and see how much you really know about the world’s greatest hiking trails.

 


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