When Gas Changed Everything: A History of The Flatulence Industry

I’m sitting uncomfortably in my chair waiting for her to arrive. Tucked away in the Fulton River District of Chicago the restaurant is overpriced, bland, and a bit stuffy. I’m nervous—sweating. Sweating. Sweating. Sweating. Beads of saline waste collect under my arms, on my palms, and across my forehead. I quickly wipe my forehead with my sleeve, hoping nobody notices. She’s so beautiful and much too smart for me. What’s a PhD student at the University of Chicago doing with me. I think. There’s no way she’ll ever love my farts.


No. Switching Typefaces Will Not Instantly Save The Government $400 Million

“Change your typeface, save millions,” cry the masses after reading a recent CNN article. It’s the perfect sensational story. A middle-schooler has found a way to save the government money just by changing the typeface used on official documents.

14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani’s says if we change the default typeface to 12-point Garamond, the US Government could save between $62 and $394 million annually. It seems like an elegant and simple solution, but Mirchandani’s research ignores basic concepts of typography and leads to false conclusions.


A’s For Athletes: How UNC-Chapel Hill is Fumbling for Academic Standards

“Athletes couldn’t write a paper; they couldn’t write a paragraph; they couldn’t write a sentence,” says Mary Willingham, a former academic counselor for athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Some of these students could read at a second or third grade level but really that is, for an adult, considered illiterate.”


Should You Buy The New iPhone?

On September 10, 2013, Apple Inc. announced two new iPhones: the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5s. The Airspace takes a deep dive to investigate whether or not the new devices are the right ones for you.


Meet “On Air,” Our iOS Magazine

Introducing On Air App

For the last eight months, our writers, editors, and developers have been laboring on a secret project. A small team has been working on a big idea. And today I have the honor to share what we’ve been doing: The Airspace is launching a digital magazine for smartphones and tablets called On Air. For $2.99 a month (less than a cup of coffee), subscribers receive access to exclusive essays and articles from our writers. “Culture, Technology, and Scholarship” from around the world will be delivered right to the palm of your hand.


Yeezus Talks: Sinking Into Kanye’s New Album

Yeezus Talks

Airspace writers Blake J. Graham, Josh Terry, and Tony Russo gathered around the (virtual) table to talk about Kanye West’s latest album Yeezus. Lyrics, music, and history are deconstructed then analyzed as the trio determines if Yeezus is an album worth remembering.


A New Symbol for a New Age: ‘The’ Gets Shrunk to ‘Ћ’

More sketches by Mathis

When communicating 140 characters at a time, you must constantly be on the prowl to lose verbal baggage by drop a letter or word here and there. To do this, we’ve invented an entirely new kind of lexicon. Lol-ing, wtf-ing, smh-ing, and yolo-ing our roflcopters has taken control of the way we talk. Our abbreviations transcend the phrases they originally reference and become symbols themselves. Paul Mathis, a 52-year-old Australian restaurant magnate, decided to take on the most common word in the English language “the” and create his own symbol without using “t” “h” or “e.”


How Does Autopilot Work?

Otto the Autopilot

At any given moment there are more than 5,000 airplanes ushering passengers across the states to one of 19,000 airports in the country. Travelers can climb into a flying metal tube and make their way from Los Angeles to New York in five hours, watching Everybody Loves Raymond and sipping from miniaturized cups all the while. Tens of thousands of hours are spent in the sky on any given day, and assisting each flight across the clouds is the plane’s autopilot system.


Billionaire Book Club: The Favorite Books of CEOs and Business Moguls

Billionaire Book Club

Every successful CEO began their career out of the spotlight. As they built their empires, they were influenced by the places they lived, the people the interacted with, the problems they faced, and the books they read. A person’s favorite book can be a key to understanding the choices they make, the standards they uphold, and the beliefs they champion. There is no sure bet to becoming successful, but reading the favorite texts of individuals can help you see the world through their eyes.

The Airspace has researched the favorite books of CEOs like Oprah Winfrey, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs so you can look into the mind of the business people who have changed the world.


Review in Haiku

Film reviews, in Haikus. Review in Haiku is written by Tony Russo, designed by Blake J. Graham, and updated regularly. Images are also available on imgur.

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