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London’s Underground River

The River Fleet in London is a tidal river that once provided water for many industries. Over the years, it became quite polluted, then was consigned to flow underneath the city as London grew, until it was eventually incorporated into the sewer system. But the river is still there, filling its tunnels at high tide [...]

The Under-Ice Hunters of Kangiqsujuaq

According to the BBC website, Human Planet is “an awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping landmark series that marvels at mankind’s incredible relationship with nature in the world today.” I previously shared a video from another one of their episodes, but was so fascinated and frightened by this clip, I had to pass it along as well. The description [...]

What Exactly Is a Crimson Tide?

Last month, Scott Allen wrote about the origins of the nicknames of the 10 schools in BCS bowls. In honor of tonight’s championship game between Alabama and Texas, here’s the scoop on where they got “Crimson Tide” and “Longhorns.” Alabama Crimson Tide Hugh Roberts, sports editor for the Birmingham Age-Herald, is widely credited as being the first [...]