In other news, a state Senate panel rejected a proposed bill that would ban transit unions from striking. In the Mojave Desert, the Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached its highest height to date, at 71,000 feet, and doing so by breaking the sound barrier at Mach 1.4. Entrepreneur Richard Branson hopes to start a space tourism venture with the experimental aircraft in the near future.
Finally, in our requisite entertainment section, Gizomdo examines a curious subway map of a future Los Angeles that was featured in the Spike Jonze film Her (2013). The film itself was produced in both Los Angeles and Shanghai. While the map is oddly designed and geographically inaccurate even for a typical subway map, one can’t deny how better Los Angeles would be if the city had a rapid transit network that is just as dense.