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3D Laser Scan Shows London's Abandoned Underground Mail Rail Network

Beneath the streets of London, an underground rail network once existed to shuttle mail around the city. Decommissioned in 2003, this 3D laser scan serves to save its existence for posterity.


The Bright Radar Reflections Of London

The bright lights of London have always drawn wide-eyed, enthusiastic youngsters seeking fame and fortune. But in this image from the European Space Agency, the city shows up with bright radar reflections instead.


Watch A Single Day On The London Tube In Two Minutes

If you live in a city, you’ve probably experienced stepping onto a crowded train platform and feeling like a fish in a school, with everyone trying to swim the same direction. That’s a pretty accurate image, according to this new visualisation of commuters on the London Tube.


This Guy Went Around The World In 80 Days The First Time He Travelled 

The death of a close friend rocked Chris Sypolt’s world. So, he did what any logical 44-year-old would do and set out on an an 80-day round-the-world trip. It was the first time he’d ever left the United States. This is what he learnt.


An Inflatable Planetarium Where You Can Climb Into The Night Sky 

If you were one of the millions of people driving over London’s perpetually congested A13 highway in late November, you probably wouldn’t have noticed it: Below the underpass, an eerily glowing orb surrounded by crowds of people who seemed to be crawling in and out of it.


Do Mysterious Big Cats Prowl The English Countryside?

England’s version of Big Foot or just the logical result of new laws that forced exotic pet owners to free their animals in the 1970s? One thing’s for sure: reported sightings of big cats are on the rise in the UK, while new studies seek to prove their existence.


Arm-Sized Bolts Keep Falling Off London's Cheesegrater Tower 

The Cheesegrater is a beautiful glass wedge of a building that rises over 213m into the London skyline. It unfortunately has some safety problems. This week, its owners revealed that a third bolt of high-strength steel snapped because of “hydrogen embrittlement” — an obscure term, but one that “causes fear among engineers”.


Christmas In The Past And In The Present In The Same Picture

Christmas is over, wrapping paper has been destroyed, batteries were scourged up and bellies are bigger than usual but we still have a bit of the holiday season to enjoy. It’s always nice to look back at the year that just was but even better to see how far we’ve come too. These pictures show Christmas now and in decades past in the same photo.


Inside The Vast Tunnels Of Europe's Biggest Infrastructure Project 

It’s a vast understatement to say that Crossrail, London’s newest subway line, is big. It’s massive: 23 miles of huge tunnels below an ancient city, dug by a team of 10,000 workers, to form the city’s biggest transit project since World War II.


Good Night, London

It’s a little weird to say this, but I’ve mostly ignored London as a city to visit. Even though it’s been years since I’ve last been and even though I enjoyed my time there, I never think about it when I get bitten by the travel bug. And I don’t have a legitimate reason why not! Maybe I should go again.


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