/ 24 May 2022

Vale a Star Wars legend, potholes add up, and Japan’s pet-friendly train system…

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Colin Cantwell, the designer behind the legendary spacecraft in Star Wars, has died at 90yo. The former NASA employee was credited with creating the X-Wing and Death Star. He also worked on the iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

As huge rain and flood events continue to wreak havoc across Australia’s east coast, potholes pose an expensive problem for motorists and local councils. One independent candidate in southwest Victoria found a unique way to draw attention to the issue…

In a trial experiment, 21 pooches and their owners were allowed to roam free in a special carriage on Japan’s iconic Shinkansen (aka bullet) trains last weekend. Dogs are usually required to travel in a carrier on the trains, but demand for pup-friendly options is driving change.

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