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Bluetooth Beacons Are Now Helping People Navigate Gatwick Airport

Beacons are nothing new, but Gatwick Airport is throwing itself into using the technology in quite a major way, installing 2000 battery-powered devices to help provide location data. Beacons are useful when GPS can't work - indoors, mainly - and allow the airport to provide a variety of services via apps. Read More >>

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London Traffic Was Brought to a Standstill by a Swarm of Bees

Think about your worst rush hour experience. Traffic was probably at a stand still, and you probably needed to get home to use the toilet or something. Now imagine that same experience with a couple of changes: you're in Greenwich, and the biggest swarm of bees you've ever seen is hanging outside your car. Read More >>

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Germaphobe Living in London? Ditch the Tube and Get the Bus

There are lots of hazards to your health in a big city, particularly one as busy (and polluted) as London. If you live there, or are planning on visiting, you might wonder which way round the city if the cleanest. Well I have some advice that should be fairly obvious, ditch the tube. Read More >>

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You’ll Never Guess Which UK City is Worst for Raising Children

A survey conducted by Money Supermarket has worked out which cities are the best for raising children, and which ones are worse. Can you guess which of the 35 cities came in dead last? Go on, you'll never guess that it's London. It's absolutely shocking news that nobody could have ever seen coming. Read More >>

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Antarctica’s ‘Dragon Skin’ Ice Is Incredible

Dragon skin ice sounds like something you’d encounter beyond The Wall in the Game of Thrones fantasy realm. But good news nerds, you can find this magical-sounding stuff right here on Earth—though you’ve got to be lucky, and willing to travel to some of the most hostile environments on the planet. Like the team of Antarctic scientists who came across vast expanses of the bizarre, scaly ice in the Ross Sea last week. Read More >>

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No Visit to Rome Will Ever Be as Spectacular as This Hyperlapse Race Through the City

Before you decide to travel to an exotic locale, you now have to stop and ask yourself if it’s worth dealing with a terrible airline to get there. The answer, obviously, is no. But you have no reason to be upset about not seeing Rome, at least, thanks to this amazing hyperlapse video. Read More >>

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There’s New Aerial Images Of Star Wars Land And Can We Just Go There Already?

As these new interactive high res images show, construction of the Star Wars Land theme parks in Disneyland California and Walt Disney World Florida seems to be coming along nicely. Read More >>

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Soon You’ll be Able to Visit Gotham City and Metropolis, Assuming You Don’t Mind Going to Abu Dhabi First

As of next year, you’ll be able to travel to the new Warner Bros. World in Abu Dhabi and visit, amongst other WB-themed locations, Metropolis and Gotham City-inspired theme parks. Because everybody knows how much family fun people have in Gotham City! Read More >>

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It’s Time For Tower Bridge To Close – For Good

The Thames is is the central spine of our capital city. The river is the reason that London exists at all, and its iconic meanders are seared into our brains thanks to a combination of the Eastenders credits, the original London 2012 logo and the default view in Google Maps. Read More >>

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Take a Weirdly Hypnotising Tour of America’s Dying Malls

The eerie quality of man-made structures that have become completely abandoned exists outside of Fukushima Daiichi’s exclusion zone, where convenience stores and homes have stood utterly still since a reactor meltdown made the area uninhabitable in 2011. The same sort of disuse is probably somewhere in your nearest suburb. Read More >>

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This Stunning Drone Footage of South Africa Made Me Feel Things Again

For the past couple of years, mediocre drone videos of dramatic landscapes have littered the internet. Like, we get it, drone pilots. Your camera flies and stuff looks pretty from the sky and the whole conceit is pretty trite at this point. And then I saw these four minutes of magic, filmed in South Africa. Read More >>

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How One Scientist Plans to Hunt for the Loch Ness Monster Using DNA 

UFOs. Big Foot. The Loch Ness monster. All mythologies that have propagated to explain the unexplained, the things modern science can’t quite justify or illuminate. Read More >>

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Norway Gets a Second Doomsday Vault That Stores Data

Just in time for doomsday, Norway’s “Doomsday Vault” is getting an expansion. Officially known as the World Arctic Archive, the vault opened this week and has already taken submissions from two countries. This time, instead of storing seeds that will survive the apocalypse, the vault is archiving data using specially developed film. Read More >>

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16 Places to Visit Via Webcam That Are Prettier Than Wherever You Are

You probably tape up your own webcam. That’s just good, if a little paranoid, personal security. Others don’t tape up their webcams. In fact they want you watching them and visiting locales you might never get to visit, or viewing vistas you haven’t seen in a decade. So sit back, chill out, and tune into these spectacular real-time sights, all from the comfort of your computer. Read More >>

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These Oil Wells in Iraq Have Been Burning For Months

A camera aboard the Landsat 8 satellite has been tracking the progress of oil fires in Iraq that have been burning since June. The dark plumes of smoke, which are wreaking havoc onto local communities, are a stark reminder of the ongoing war in the region. Read More >>