Maintaining a research station on the world’s coldest, harshest, and most remote continent requires many things: a scientific mandate to give it purpose; a continuous influx and exchange of personnel to prevent isolation-induced burnout; constant structural maintenance and restocking and supplies; and, most importantly, the government support and funding to keep them operating. While the…

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The Americas and Australasia are rife with place names imported from abroad. Often these toponyms placed by the first explorers or by immigrants nostalgic for their homeland. The result is an innumerable number of places named for other places, especially when it comes to cities and towns. The world’s very longest rivers, however, have surprisingly…

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It seems that every other year or so, an organisation or publication tries to come up with a new version of the Seven Wonders of the World in an attempt to replicate the Seven Wonders of antiquity. One of the more notable efforts of recent years is the New7Wonders website, which solicited over 100 million…

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Antarctic Research Stations That Didn’t Survive

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Maintaining a research station on the world’s coldest, harshest, and most remote continent requires many things: a scientific mandate to give it purpose; a continuous influx and exchange of personnel to prevent isolation-induced burnout; constant structural maintenance and restocking and supplies; and, most importantly, the government support and funding to keep them operating. While the…

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Mapping My Spam

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I have to admit, I’m fascinated by the sheer amount of spam comments this site gets. Fortunately, thanks to the site’s settings, none of it actually makes it through to the page you see. But where does it come from? Cursory glances at the moderation list seem to show it coming from the same dozen…

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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

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It seems that every other year or so, an organisation or publication tries to come up with a new version of the Seven Wonders of the World in an attempt to replicate the Seven Wonders of antiquity. One of the more notable efforts of recent years is the New7Wonders website, which solicited over 100 million…

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Five Fascinating Micronations, Part II

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It’s the second half of our look at five fascinating ‘micronations': creations of a single person or small group wishing to declare themselves sovereign over an extremely small piece of territory: perhaps a building, a farm, a island, or a small village. After all, who wouldn’t want to rule their own country? Most micronation projects are frivolous,…

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Five Fascinating Micronations, Part I

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There are microstates, and then there are micronations. While a microstate is an internationally recognised sovereign entity (e.g., Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City), micronations are a bit fuzzier in their definition (as Micronation Central states it, ‘a micronation is any entity which purports to be or has the appearance of being a sovereign state but…

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