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World Cup 2010 South Africa

The 2010 FIFA World Cup begins Friday in South Africa, with 32 national teams competing for football’s crowning glory. As the first African nation to host a World Cup, South Africa has constructed or upgraded ten stadiums at a cost…

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Tuesday, 8th June 2010

Touring Earth’s Impact Craters

Looking up at the moon, one of the most striking visible features has to be the sheer number of impact craters around its surface. These giant holes in the ground are made by asteroids and comets flying through space and…

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Wednesday, 17th March 2010

Landlocked Enclaves

Roughly 1 out of every 5 countries in the world are completely surrounded by land, or landlocked. In a handful of cases a country can be completely surrounded by another single country. These landlocked enclaves are such a rare geographic…

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Monday, 15th March 2010

20 Years of a Free Nelson Mandela

Exactly 20 years ago today, on the 11th February 1990, the anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was released from a 27-year incarceration in an event that was broadcast live all over the world. The South African courts convicted Mandela on charges…

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Thursday, 11th February 2010

Robben Island

Robben Island is a prison island off Capetown, South Africa, best known as the jail where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for eighteen years. The island has a dubious history as a place of imprisonment and exile long before the rise…

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Monday, 25th May 2009

Prison on a Roundabout

Beaufort West is a town in South Africa, which must be the only town in the world to claim that it has a prison in the middle of a roundabout. The town lies at the intersection of the N1 and…

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Monday, 29th September 2008
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On this day in 1906, Devils Tower in Wyoming was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. Seventy years…

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