Category: STORIES

Jul 26, 2012

The Solar Powered Boat that Circumnavigated the World

The Solar Powered Boat that Circumnavigated the World

Photograph via PlanetSolar.org On Septebmer 27, 2010, the MS Turanor PlanetSolar set sail from the port of Monaco. The goal? To become the first solar-powered ship to circumnavigate the globe. On May 6, 2012, 587 days, 28 countries, 3 oceans, 11 seas and 60,006 km later, the PlanetSolar team achieved just that. Below…

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Jul 25, 2012

The Undersea Cables that Connect the World

The Undersea Cables that Connect the World

Photograph via fopnews.wordpress.com What you see above is a submarine communications cable. With a diameter of 69 millimeter (2.7 inches), it carries 99% of all international traffic (i.e., internet, telephony and private data) and connects every continent on Earth with the exception of Antarctica. These amazing fibre optic cables traverse oceans and span…

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Jul 17, 2012

Is This the Most Famous Photograph in the World?

Is This the Most Famous Photograph in the World?

Used with permission from Microsoft Recognize this photo? It’s the default wallpaper for Microsoft Windows XP. Released in 2001, there were over 400 million copies in use as of January 2006 (not including pirated copies). Now imagine how many friends, family members, work colleagues and people using public workstations have no doubt used…

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Jul 13, 2012

Finding the Locations of Famous Album Covers

Finding the Locations of Famous Album Covers

For Bob Egan, it all started with the album cover for Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush. After some impressive detective work and even a note to the original photographer, Bob was able to track down the exact corner in New York City where the album cover was shot. So off he went, with…

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Jul 12, 2012

The Galleria: Milan’s Glass Covered Street

The Galleria: Milan’s Glass Covered Street

Connecting two of Milan’s most famous landmarks (The Duomo and La Scala) is the famous glass-vaulted arches of the Galleria. Formally known as the ‘Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II‘, the street is covered by an arching glass and cast iron roof. A landmark in its own right, the Galleria is a sight to behold. Below…

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Jul 5, 2012

The “Before I Die” Project

The “Before I Die” Project

Copyright © Civic Center When Candy Chang lost someone she loved very much, the experience helped clarify her life but she struggled to maintain perspective. She wanted to know what was important to the people around her. Copyright © Civic Center With help from old and new friends, Candy turned the side…

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Jul 2, 2012

The Kings of Africa: 18 Portraits by Daniel Laine

The Kings of Africa: 18 Portraits by Daniel Laine

African Kings: Portraits of a Disappearing Era by Daniel Lane From 1988 to 1991, French photographer Daniel Laine photographed 70 African monarchs, “whose dynasties marked the history of Africa until the middle of the twentieth century.” With hundreds of monarchs to choose from, Laine focused on those who continued to “retain a traditional…

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