Old World Wonder

In Puebla, where grand reflections of 16th century Spain can still be seen, contemporary style and comfort blend with colonial splendor.

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The best way to enter the Hotel Cartesiano, the newest luxury resort in Puebla, Mexico, is to climb the stone staircase that curves around the glowing reflective pool out front, approach the 18-foot-high wooden doors cut into the top of the imposing white walls, and throw them open like the gates to a castle.

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Into The Jungle

Using LiDAR, the most high-tech laser technology ever devised, UH engineers and researchers are leading an international effort to unearth Honduras’ storied Lost City of the Monkey God. It may seem like a plot stolen from ‘Indiana Jones,’ but it’s quite real. It’s a game changer for archaeology. And deadly.

THE PILOT DROPPED Juan Fernandez in the only jungle clearing large enough to land a helicopter, a tiny opening in an impossibly thick tropical canopy that stretched as far as the eye could see. As the sound of the rotors receded into the distance, the young University of Houston engineer followed his machete-toting survival guides deep into the shadowy Honduran rainforest. Fernandez, 40, had never been to this particular patch of jungle before that day in February 2015. But something about it felt oddly familiar. With unease, he realized it reminded him of a movie he’d seen in which scientists discover the ruins of a lost city in a remote African jungle — and are then hunted down and killed by a pack of giant gorillas.

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Business+Innovation

Trump Wins! Then What?

Historian and Rice prof Douglas Brinkley, whose Katrina book may be TV’s next big thing, knows what America will look like under Trump — or Hillary.

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HOUSTON’S MOST FAMOUS historian, Douglas Brinkley, doesn’t exactly fit the stereotype of a tweedy, mild-mannered academic. Over the years, he’s flown to Haiti for Vanity Fair to hang out with a Glock-toting Sean Penn, cruised the high seas with Johnny Depp, and dined with President Obama.

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