On this day: Construction Started on Delhi’s Red Fort

On May 13, 1638, construction began on Delhi’s Red Fort. After completion 10 years later the fort served as the residence of the Mughal emperors for a couple of centuries. These days the main residents are a flock of green…

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Tuesday, 13th May 2014

On this day: Florence Nightingale was Born

On May 12, 1820, Florence Nightingale was born in the Italian city which she was named after. Known as ‘the lady with the lamp’ for her night-time nursing rounds during the Crimean War, there are several statues in her honour,…

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Monday, 12th May 2014

On this day: Lincoln Cathedral was Consecrated

On or around May 9, 1092, Lincoln Cathedral was consecrated (dates from almost a millennium ago are a bit vague). After spending 4 years overseeing its construction, Bishop Remigius died two days before the consecration. It suffered through fires and…

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Friday, 9th May 2014

On this day: Mount Pelée Erupted

On May 8, 1902, Martinique’s Mount Pelée erupted. The lava flow from the volcano completely destroyed the town of St. Pierre, killing almost all of its 30,000 inhabitants.

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Thursday, 8th May 2014

The contradictory position of satellite censorship

In the early days of online mapping, sensitive locations were often censored for security reasons. Examples include military installations, government buildings, royal residences, prisons, power plants and more. However in many cases blurring happened on one service but not another.…

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Thursday, 8th May 2014

On this day: The Palace of Versailles was Inaugurated

On May 7, 1664, the Palace of Versailles was inaugurated by King Louis XIV. It served as the centre of political and royal power until the start of the revolution in 1789. Given how opulent it is, and the living…

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Wednesday, 7th May 2014

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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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