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This Dude Wants To Wear Oculus For A Month And Live As Someone Else

Virtual reality is used to transport us to other worlds, but usually just for a short burst here and there. One British artist is prepared to do it for much, much longer. Mark Farid wants to live in a gallery wearing a VR headset and noise-cancelling headphones for 28 days, streaming another person’s daily experiences.


How A Secret Squad Saved London From Flooding In The WWII Blitz

When bombs rained down on London during the Blitz, they fell on houses, on churches, and, less famously, on embankments along the River Thames. The damaged embankments could have sent devastating floods through London, but they didn’t — thanks to a group of engineers who worked secretly and at night.


This Melting House Of Wax Is Like A Nightmare Come To Life

‘Tis the season for terrifying nightmare things! How’s this for creepy: Artist Alex Chinneck constructed a full-sized, two-storey house of wax — actual wax! — in London that’s slowly melting down to nothing over the course of a month. Paging Vincent Price…


How London's Amazing New Trains Were Designed

“I remember going on the Tube trains when I was very young, and thinking ‘this is amazing’. The smell, the noise — the wooden floors, the wooden escalators of the time — incredible to think that we had those,” says Paul Priestman, director and co-founder of London design agency Priestmangoode.


The London Beer Flood Killed Eight People 200 Years Ago Today

On October 17, 1814, a million litres of beer were unleashed onto London’s streets. The 4.5m tall tidal wave of booze crashed into buildings and flooded cellars, even killing eight especially unfortunate souls. The culprit? A busting vat.


These Amazing Autonomous Trains Are The Future Of London's Subway

Underground train lines may be dark and gloomy, but the rolling stock that uses them needn’t be. These sleek autonomous trains are what London plans to ferry its inhabitants in within the next 10 years.


What Lies Beneath: Inside London's Secret Subterranean Spaces

Every year millions of tourists flock to London to marvel at its historic buildings, parks and attractions, but if you scratch beneath London’s surface, you’ll reveal a dark, intimidating web of abandoned stations, military tunnels and historic catacombs.


This Hydraulic Bridge Opens And Closes Like A 30-Tonne Steel Fan

More than 200 years ago, this canal in London was a critical vein in the city’s industrial infrastructure, carting goods between Birmingham and London. The bridge that spans it today would have seemed utterly bizarre — but a lot has changed since 1801.


London's Turning Its Iconic Phone Booths Into Solar Charging Stations

London’s famous telephone booths are more of a tourist attraction than anything else now that mobile phones are commonplace, but that doesn’t mean they’re completely useless. One booth has already been transformed into solar-powered mobile charging station, and six more are on the way.


Man Runs Out Of Train Car And Races It To Get Back In At Next Station

I could have never imagined this could be possible: Watch this guy getting out of a London train car and running all the way to next station to get back inside the same train car.


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