Ex­plor­ing and Pre­serv­ing

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Editor’s Note - LOUISE WATERSON Group Ed­i­tor

WE ALL HAVE HANG-UPS, per­haps we’re cau­tious about mak­ing de­ci­sions, or bite our nails or day­dream when we should be lis­ten­ing – we all do it, right? Ac­cord­ing to the psy­chi­a­trists, psy­chol­o­gists and other ex­perts we in­ter­viewed for this month’s cover fea­ture, ‘Nor­mal or Nuts?’ (page 38), th­ese quirky be­hav­iours and idio­syn­cra­sies make us alarm­ingly av­er­age. It’s un­der­stand­able, though, to won­der what is nor­mal and what is a sign of se­ri­ous men­tal de­cline. The ad­vice in this ar­ti­cle will set your wor­ries at ease.

The way we study grand cities and mon­u­ments of an­cient his­tory is be­ing trans­formed by pho­togram­me­try – a tech­nique that codes pho­to­graphs into ul­tra-pre­cise 3D dig­i­tal mod­els. In ‘Back to the Fu­ture’ (page 88), we meet French ar­chi­tect Yves Ubel­mann who, for the past decade, has trav­elled to some of the most dan­ger­ous places on Earth to cap­ture th­ese mon­u­ments us­ing drones. His images and mod­els of the city of Palmyra in Syria, which dates back to the third mil­len­nium BC and was looted and de­stroyed by ISIS mili­tia dur­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion of Syria, now rep­re­sent the fi­nal glimpses into this an­cient world. His work and jour­ney make for com­pelling read­ing.

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