Asia

Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam spans the Yangtze River in China and is the largest power generating plant in the world. While much of China’s vast countryside is only covered by low-res imagery, Google recently released new high-res images of the…

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Friday, 30th July 2010

Masonic Temples Around the World

Freemasonry is the world’s largest and oldest fraternity. It’s also sort of hard to define. It’s a fraternal organisation, but it’s also bound up with ideas of morals, charity, and social gatherings.1 For centuries, Masons have taken pride in constructing…

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Friday, 23rd July 2010

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

This gleaming expanse of white marble is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is particularly gleaming, and spectacularly white, because the $2billion no-expense-spared project entailed shipping in the purest white stone known to man, all the way from…

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Tuesday, 20th July 2010

Localised Black Hole Discovered

As we all know, the general theory of relativity states that a black hole is a region of space from which nothing can escape – including light. Astronomers have identified lots of places where black holes may exist, but apparently they…

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Tuesday, 6th July 2010

Global Vipassana Pagoda

The Global Vipassana Pagoda, found north of Mumbai in India, is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda visited by Google Sightseeing a couple of years ago, though somewhat more restrained with regards to the ‘bling’ factor. The reduced attention to…

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Thursday, 1st July 2010

The Lut Desert

If heat and dryness are the hallmarks of a good desert, then the Lut Desert in Iran might just be the most deserty of the lot. Covering more than 50,000sq km in the southeast of the country, this region (also…

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Thursday, 24th June 2010
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World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan…

The Street Art of Newtown, Sydney

Newtown is an inner suburb of Sydney, New South Wales and is one of that city’s major cultural and artistic centres. The suburb is renowned for its graffiti and street art, and since the 1980s all sorts of murals, drawings and paintings, both legal and illegal, have been popping up all over the neighbourhood.

South Sudan

It’s not every day that a new country is created, but that’s what happened on July 9th 2011 when The…

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