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On this day: The Celsius Thermometer was Invented

On May 19, 1743, the first Celsius mercury thermometer design was published by Jean-Pierre Christin. Only a handful of countries still doggedly hold on to the Fahrenheit scale, including the US where the World’s Tallest Thermometer is found in Baker,…

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Monday, 19th May 2014

On this day: The First Academy Awards

On May 16, 1929, the first Academy Awards (Oscars) took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. 270 people paid $5 for dinner and the ceremony took all of 15 minutes – a far cry from the bloated excess of the…

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Friday, 16th May 2014

On this day: The City of Las Vegas was Founded

On May 15, 1905, the city of Las Vegas was founded with the auction of half a square kilometre of land owned by the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. Initially a pioneer stopover, the first casinos in…

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Thursday, 15th May 2014

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 – a record it held for almost 40 years. President Herbert Hoover turned on the building’s lights with the push…

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Thursday, 1st May 2014

Solar Power Towers

We’ve visited a few solar power generation facilities in the past, but here is a roundup of solar power towers – elevated structures surrounded by movable mirrors called heliostats. The mirrors concentrate solar energy onto receptors in the tower where…

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Friday, 25th April 2014

Google Underwater View

The latest frontier for Google’s Street View technology is underwater. Cameras have visited quite a number of popular diving and snorkelling locations, giving us spectacular imagery of sea life and coral reefs. Today we’re taking a tour of these locations,…

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Thursday, 17th April 2014
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Decadent Dubai on hold

Here at Google Sightseeing we’re fond of the excesses that are common in the oil-rich city of Dubai.1 Before the…

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Via Appia Antica

Via Appia (The Appian Way) was one of the earliest Roman Roads, running south-east of the Italian capital towards Brindisi.…

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