18 Sep 2017

Why Did Korea Split In Two?

After being part of the same nation for more than a millennium, and having shared

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25 Aug 2017

How Maps Became Deadly Innovations in WWI

Advances in weaponry and cartography had deadly repercussions in World War I, which the United

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13 Jul 2017

Why Cities Are Where They Are

Politics and history aside, the single best place on Earth to build a city may

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12 Jul 2017

An Ancient Hydraulic System, Envy Of Modern Ones?

The Shushtar Hydraulic System in the island city of Shushtar is a complex irrigation system

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01 Jul 2017

Is Hong Kong A Part Of China?

Is Hong Kong a part of China? With the Hong Kong elections coming up, and

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12 Jun 2017

Britain, A Biking Highway Pioneer, In The 1930, Needs Revival

In the 1930s, the U.K. built a massive network of state-of-the-art bike trails. Now the

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11 May 2017

Singapore Island’s Smallness Drives The Bigness Of Its Ambitions

Jurong Island, a man-made smear of sand, lies just off the southern coast of Singapore.

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09 May 2017

Where Your Product Failures Become Art For The Ages

Every successful product launch is usually preceded by a string of failures, but we only

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04 May 2017

The Flowering Of Macau City

An hour West of Hong Kong across the Zhu jang (Pearl River) Estuary lies a

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28 Apr 2017

The Coolest Way To Get Your Mail In A Digital World

Remember the last time you were diving underwater and you suddenly remembered an important letter

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28 Mar 2017

The 10 Maps Of Exquisite Beauty And Elegance

During much of history, maps were designed as much for beauty and display as for

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01 Feb 2017

Playing The Odds: The Evolution Of The World’s Oldest Game

Gambling is as old as human history itself, embedded in societal culture and is responsible

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24 Nov 2016

Will Nostradamus Keep Being Right For 2017?

We’re already looking into our crystal balls and checking Nostradamus’ books to see what he

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09 Nov 2016

Once Upon A Time, Information Was Literally Chained In Libraries

Before the printing press made books cheap and easily available, books in the Middle Ages

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31 Oct 2016

Kayakoy: A Greek Ghost Town in Turkey

Eight kilometers to the south of Fethiye city in southwestern Turkey lies the ruins of

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26 Oct 2016

Top 10 Things To Know About The Day Of The Dead

We’ve all heard about the Day of the Dead or seen the classic sugar skull

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26 Oct 2016

A View Of The Globe That Transcends From The Inside-Out

The Mapparium at Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts, is a huge, 30 foot

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25 Oct 2016

Who Do We Have To Thank For Inventing The Internet?

The Internet — arguably one of the greatest breakthrough of the last century not just

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21 Oct 2016

Shelters That Saved Londoners In War, Still Serves Peacetime

When the Second World broke out in Europe, and London became the prime bombing target,

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17 Oct 2016

The New Temple Of Art That You Maybe Stepping Underneath

“There were very few people outside the water system who knew this massive space was

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19 Sep 2016

‘Do’ Paper-Making: Rebirth Of A Lost Art Form

In a small rural village 45 kilometers southwest of Hanoi, lies Suoi Co where the

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09 Aug 2016

Oil Rocks : The Land Of Fire In The Middle Of The Sea

Far out into the Caspian Sea, a hundred kilometers away from the Azerbaijani capital Baku,

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14 Jul 2016

Our Modern Grid Design For Cities, Not So Modern After All

The ruins of Timgad lies on the slopes of the Aures Massif, about 35 km

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30 Jun 2016

Is The UK Really European Or Not? A Short History.

  1948 “We cannot aim at anything less than the Union of Europe as a

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15 Jun 2016

Pikeville: Among Biggest Mountain Move, A New City Is Born

Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, in Kentucky, along the Levisa Fork — a tributary of

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08 Jun 2016

A Most Stark & Beautiful Take On A Brutalist World

Peter Chadwick’s new book collates some striking examples of this enduringly popular architectural genre –

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31 May 2016

Discover A Tale Of Cities, We Missed & Unheard

To complement our 50-part series on the history of urbanisation, our readers shared fascinating stories

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24 May 2016

Granite: America’s Raw Ingredient For Rail, Industry, & Monuments

When architect Solomon Willard arrived in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1825, and discovered a granite ledge

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13 May 2016

Amazing Discovery Of A Well-Preserved 2,000-Year-Old Wooden Road

Long ago, a large part of north-western Europe, particularly Ireland and Great Britain, were covered

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11 May 2016

Amsterdam’s Key To Survival In The Past Among Its Heritage

The immense firepower of modern artillery witnessed during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 caused great

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05 May 2016

Canberra’s Tug & Pull Between The Ideal & The Mediocre

Chicago pacifist Walter Griffin’s design for Australia’s new capital promised so much – even German

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28 Apr 2016

Learning About And From A City That Truly Stood The Test Of Time

In the Basilicata region, in Southern Italy, is an ancient city named Matera known for

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25 Apr 2016

Remember ANZAC And The World’s Courageous Fallen

The first Anzac Day didn’t include a dawn service or the wearing of poppies; those traditions

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20 Apr 2016

The Ancient Bridge That Claps In Somerset

In the lonely moors of Devon and in other upland areas of the United Kingdom,

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19 Apr 2016

In Copenhagen, An Art Gallery That Was Once A Cistern Of Hope & Life

Buried beneath Frederiksberg Hill in the heart of Søndermarken Park, in Copenhagen, is a massive

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18 Apr 2016

Modern Cities Began Like Blackhouses In Settlements Around Scotland

Hundreds of years ago the highlands of Scotland and Ireland were dotted with a type

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14 Apr 2016

Japan’s Largest & Sacred Cemetery With 200,000 Monks Buried

In a peaceful wooded area of Wakayama Prefecture, south of Kyoto and Osaka, lies the

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14 Apr 2016

Russia’s Inspiration For Its Iron Curtain, Its Secret Iron City

Designed for Stalin as the world’s first completely planned city, Magnitogorsk has yet to confront

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06 Apr 2016

If You Think You Are Obsessively Organized, Think Again With These

The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., United States, the largest of all

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06 Apr 2016

The Less-Known, Curious, & Enchanting Stave Churches In Norway

During the Middle Ages, a new type of wooden construction technique became popular all over

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05 Apr 2016

How The Storied Australian Dollar & Banking System Got To Now

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Changeover day: when Australia swapped from pounds to

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31 Mar 2016

How Bartering Unites Our Culture & Cities, Then & Now

If you thought barter system was passé, you’re probably mistaken. Because, it’s been here for

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11 Mar 2016

Reopening London’s Urban Past Through Mail & Rail

London’s Post Office Railway – colloquially known as the mail rail – is buried 70

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07 Mar 2016

20 Singaporean Street Names & The Fascinating Stories Behind Them

Stories of war and love and all sorts of interesting tales are littered all over

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29 Jan 2016

Rome Was Not Built In A Day, Then & In The Future

The Italian capital has a logistical nightmare: juggling ambitious restoration projects at the Colosseum and

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18 Jan 2016

Getting Lost In Singapore’s Street Names? Discover Here.

The Street and Building Names Board was only established in 2003. In the past, street-naming fell

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11 Jan 2016

You Must Discover These Top 10 Secret Countries

Setting up a country is a tricky business. You can have your own army, passports,

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07 Dec 2015

Why We Must Learn From Sunken Cities Or Suffer Their Fate

The British Museum’s Sunken Cities exhibition is a reminder of our future. If we accept

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20 Nov 2015

The Hidden Secret Adventures Underneath Downtown L.A.

This network of concrete passageways has an eerie past. Downtown Los Angeles is synonymous with

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11 Nov 2015

Why Do China’s Biggest Brands Celebrate Being Single Every Year?

Millions of people in China are celebrating being single on the social network Sina Weibo

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