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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 [...]

How Old is Your Globe?

I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out when a world map was made by looking at the countries on it. That challenge is easier with a handy chart from Replogle Globes that tells what year nations came into existence or changed names. Metafilter, on the other hand, took the question and made a [...]

Link Latte 161

#161 – Week of July 15, 2011 Ghastly 2-meter-long Sea Creature, info – [Leptocephalus video]The Wonders of Tree Bark – [fantastic photography]1988: Iran Air Flight Shot Down by US, info – [disaster]Extreme: Climbing the Golden Gate Bridge – [wow pics]Huge Breakthrough in Computer Memory – [science]Wow: Hypothermal Worm, Mosquito Eyes, more – [micro]Secret Mechanics Optical Illusion, [...]

8 Candidates for the Next New Nation

On Saturday, South Sudan declared its independence, becoming the brand-spanking newest nation in the world. While peace and prosperity is still a good way off for this newborn, Texas-sized country—ethnic tensions are high, the economy is in shambles, and a half-dozen rebel groups have already vowed to take down the new government—the South Sudanese people [...]

The World’s Newest Nation

Today is the official birth date of South Sudan, a new nation that is independent from Sudan as of today. Crowds in the capital of Juba celebrated by dancing in the streets and chanting “Freedom!” South Sudan’s sovereignty officially breaks Africa’s largest nation into two. It is the result of a January referendum overwhelmingly approved by South [...]