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Dessert Week

In Western culture dessert is a course that typically comes at the end of a meal, and usually consists of of sweet food. Common desserts include cookies, pastries and ice cream, although the ice cream isn’t normally this big. Desserts…

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Friday, 25th June 2010

The Nürburgring

Deep in the Eifel mountains of northwest Germany exists the toughest, most dangerous, and most demanding race track in the world, the Nürburgring. With a total length of 25.947 km (16.123 mi), this 170 turn circuit was nicknamed “The Green…

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Thursday, 27th May 2010

More Gravitational Observatories

Just when my non-scientific brain had recovered from writing the recent LIGO post, my co-writer Noel kindly informed me that there are two similar gravitational observatories in Europe: GEO 600 in Germany and VIRGO in Italy. GEO 600 (Wikipedia, official…

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Wednesday, 14th April 2010

Street Circuits – Part 1

Once a year, streets all over the world transform into professional racing circuits to play host to some the greatest drivers and cars in the world. Parking lots are turned into paddocks, parks are remodelled with grandstands, and intersections on…

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Wednesday, 3rd March 2010

Leaning Buildings

We can’t always be perfect right? Even some of history’s best architects made mistakes when they designed some of the world’s most beautiful structures. Maybe the ground was too unstable, or adding another 20 meters to the top wasn’t such…

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Thursday, 4th February 2010

Monumental Wannabes

If you’ve ever dreamt of travelling the world to see the world’s most famous landmarks, but couldn’t afford to finance the big trip, perhaps you might consider visiting one of the many not-so-famous sites that attempt to replicate those better-known…

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Wednesday, 6th January 2010
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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