Map: Learn Every Country’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction (Thrillist)

Click image to view series of maps revealing every country’s most popular attraction.

Bowdoin Student Techies Go West for Spring Break

West Trek participants, and some alumni, at Google

Forty Bowdoin students — from across class years, majors, and backgrounds — trekked to California over spring break to explore career opportunities in technology. Now in its second year, the West Trek, a Bowdoin Career Planning program, was expanded this year to allow twice as many students to participate.

West Trek is designed to put students who would not otherwise be exposed to California’s tech culture in contact with graduates working for innovative companies, from Airbnb and Pinterest to Facebook and Google.

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The Psychological Perils of Actually Going to Mars (Five Thirty Eight)

The imminent potential for a year-long trip to Mars would mean increasing isolation for astronauts from recreation, communication, and privacy. NASA has studied the psychological effects of long-term missions in extreme environments, but the trip to Mars is unprecedented.

Five Thirty Eight explores the voyage’s potential impairment of sleep-cycles, sensory stimulation, and mental health. Read more in Five Thirty Eight.

How Patagonia and The North Face Are Saving the World (The Guardian)

Amid a forecast promising a stay-inside-and-off-the-roads kind of snowstorm across the Northeast comes this little gem about some of the very outerwear you may don to brave such conditions.

Both Patagonia and The North Face profit from selling the idea of wilderness to wealthy urban masses. Yet, the marketing of adventure aligns with both companies’ ethical authenticity and environmentally friendly initiatives.

The Guardian chronicles the history of both companies and their rivalry to save the world. Read more in The Guardian.