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The 10 Largest Canyons on Earth

Never underestimate the power of moving water -especially over millions of years. The canyons created by rivers are sculptural wonders found all over the globe. You are probably familiar with the Grand Canyon in the U.S. but do you know about Blyde River Canyon in South Africa? Unlike the Arizona canyon, this one (shown here) [...]

Oldest evidence of stone-tipped spears found

Our ancestors used stone-tipped spears to hunt for food more than 200,000 years earlier than thought. A new discovery in South Africa has turned our k…

Nelson Mandela: Release

Nelson Mandela was arrested on the spot in which this sculpture sits in 1962. He spent 27 years in custody on Robben Island before becoming the President of South Africa. Titled Release, the sculpture is made of 50 steel beams and is between 21 and 31 feet high. Created by Marco Cianfanelli, a South African [...]

11 Legendary Monsters of Africa

The legendary monsters series continues with some scary stories from Africa. There are so many nations and discrete communities in Africa that the problem here was not finding the legendary stories, but whittling down the list to a manageable number. 1. Inkanyamba The Inkanyamba is a huge carnivorous eel-like animal in the legends of the Zulu and [...]

Khakis: A Heat Stroke of Genius

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces. The British Army’s fancy scarlet tunic looked sharp, but was agonizingly uncomfortable in the heat. The soldier’s warm-weather option was a dazzling white uniform -spiffy but impractical for daily use. How to solve the problem? JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY Legend has it [...]

Replacement Parts

Organ transplants saves lives, but there aren’t enough suitable and available organs for those who need them. There just aren’t enough donors. Two doctors, Joseph Vacanti of Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts and David Cooper of the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa, are looking at ways around the human organ shortage [...]

The First Amputee to Qualify for the Olympics

Getty Images Oscar Pistorius is one of the best stories of the 2012 London Games. Yesterday, the South African double amputee advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 400-meters. He’ll also compete in the 4×400-meter relay. Pistorius, who runs on specially designed carbon-fiber prosthetics called Cheetahs, is the first amputee to compete in track at the [...]

Ten 2012 Olympians to Keep Your Eyes On

Thousands of athletes from all over the world are in London for the 2012 Olympics. Many of them are already stars, having trained their entire lives for this chance at gold. For some, getting there has been a struggle against poverty, politics, prejudice, and other disadvantages. Here are a few that you’ll want to know [...]

Royal Olympians

Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Phillips is part of the British equestrian team participating in the London Olympics this year. She is far from the first member of European royalty to compete in the games, though. Spain’s royal family is especially known for sailing events. Prince Albert II of Monaco was part of his country’s bobsled [...]

Most complete pre-human skeleton found

Palaeontologists have unearthed the most complete ever pre-human skeleton at a dig site in South Africa. The remains are believed to be a young member…