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Street View Ireland: 4 weeks later

Four weeks ago, Google launched their Street View service in the Republic of Ireland. Google had been capturing pictures1 of Irish cities, towns and countryside over the previous year. So where were you the day the circus came to town?…

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Wednesday, 27th October 2010

The Sea Forts of Copenhagen (Island Week 5)

In the waters off the Danish capital, there are three artificial islands1 created as sea forts to protect Copenhagen harbour. Situated about 3km from shore is the largest of the three, Middelgrundsfortet, which is actually the world’s largest sea fort.…

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Monday, 27th September 2010

Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans – 5 Years Later

On August 29th 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through Louisiana and Mississippi en route to becoming the deadliest US hurricane since 1928. It’s been five years since the disaster, but looking through Google’s satellite and Street View services it’s clear the…

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Tuesday, 14th September 2010

Ghost Town: Craco

In the far south of Italy there is a medieval hill town called Craco which was abandoned due to the instability of the ground it had stood on for centuries. Historians believe a community was first established in the area…

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Thursday, 9th September 2010

Ordos: China’s Vacant City

In grand Dubai-esque fashion, Ordos City in Chinese Inner Mongolia rises from the desert to proclaim the glory of mankind’s accomplishments. Its glittering high-rise buildings and grand government projects are skirted on all sides by smooth unblemished pavement and endless…

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Tuesday, 7th September 2010

The Russian Woodpecker

Last week a top-secret Russian shortwave radio station, UVB-76, began broadcasting a coded message for only the fourth time in 28 years. Today we’re exploring another shortwave system within the radioactive zone surrounding Chernobyl, The Russian Woodpecker The Russian Woodpecker…

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Monday, 30th August 2010
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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