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A Weird Black Ring Appeared In The Sky In England And Then Disappeared

This is bizarre. A 16-year-old girl saw a giant black ring in the sky above England and captured it on video. After three minutes of floating around like a cloud, the black ring disappeared completely. So far, experts have no idea what it was.


Single Vending Machine Replaces Last Shop In English Town

So clever, so depressing: the English town of Clifton, having dwindled in economic strength over the years, has responded to the loss of its last place to shop with a giant vending machine. The so-called Speedy Shop — really, an oversized, building-shaped machine standing alone in a dreary parking lot — is meant to help bring some economic life back to the town.


If Stonehenge Is Actually A Giant Instrument, What Does It Sound Like?

We know that the rocks of Stonehenge were carried there from over 200 miles away , but we’ve never known why. Now, researchers say they believe it was for the special sonic qualities of a particular kind of stone — and that Stonehenge might have served as a bell-like instrument.


Who Wouldn't Want This Victorian Mansion With A Spaceship In The Attic?

The owners of this eight-bedroom Victorian mansion in South London apparently had a knack for juxtaposing classic architecture and high-tech goodies. Case in point: This meticulously detailed cockpit for would be astronauts in the attic.


England's Architect Provocateurs Have Broken Up

Well, this is a bummer. FAT — the UK collective that’s built some of the most annoyingly brilliant buildings of the past two decades — is no more. Haven’t heard of FAT? Let us explain.


A Photographic Journey Down The Old Industrial Banks Of The Thames

After the Thames River weaves eastward through London, it widens into an industrial landscape of factories sretching out into the English Channel. London-based photographer Alice Gur-Arie has documented this landscape in her series Passages: Industry on the River Thames, a collection of beautiful black and white photographs depicting the hulking structures that rely on the river for survival.


Learn Real-Life Minecraft At London's First Academy For Tunnelers

In today’s Observer, architecture editor Rowan Moore explores Europe’s largest infrastructure project: London’s new Crossrail line. Moore explains that, in addition to such factors as cost, miles, tons of dirt moved, and other construction superlatives, Crossrail also “claims to be the largest archaeological site in Britain, an inadvertent probe through a plague pit, a Roman road, a madhouse cemetery, [and] a Mesolithic ‘tool-making factory.’”


What Happens When F1 Car Designers Build Architectural Models

Gizmodo US Editor-In-Chief Geoff Manaugh and UK architects Smout Allen tapped an unlikely source to help create their new exhibition in London: Williams F1. But, in this case, the engineers at Williams weren’t building the advanced race cars they’re well-known for — they were 3D-printing the parts for an intricate model of an experimental energy storage park.


You Could Be The Proud Owner Of These 19th-Century British Tunnels

Sure, this 185sqm, no-windows, no-view property is a bit of a fixer-upper. But think of the parties you could throw down here! This set of 200-year-old tunnels beneath the British port city of Plymouth are going up for auction next month for the low-low price of $US30,590.


Remembering The Rusted, Crumbling Piers Of Seaside Britain

Beautiful beaches probably aren’t the first thing that come to mind when thinking of jolly olde England, but seaside resorts have been popular getaways for city-dwellin’ Brits for nearly two centuries. People do still go visit, but the Victorian-era piers that dot the coast have seen some better days.