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Viareggio New Way for Regal Sailing

Viareggio New Way for Regal Sailing

The name of the town of Viareggio in northern Tuscany translates loosely to ‘the way of the king.’ During the 16th Century, it was the only gate to the sea for the Republic of Lucca. It must have seen some grand royal ships coming and going in those days.

Saxon Way to Save Relationships

Saxon Way to Save Relationships

Biertan in Transylvania, Romania shelters in a peaceful valley around an ancient fortified church. This was once the see of the Saxon Lutheran Church from 1572 to 1867, and hence the home base of the bishop. Other nearby towns resented its thriving market place, and so the church doubled as a fortress.

Drilling in India’s Western Ghats

Drilling in India’s Western Ghats

The Western Ghats of India, AKA the Benevolent Mountains or Sahyadri, run parallel to the western coast of the vast subcontinent. The mountains are a biologically diverse world heritage site with over 7,402 species of flowering plants, and 1,814 species of non-flowering ones.

Blurring Human and Robot Boundaries

Blurring Human and Robot Boundaries

The Biomechatronics Unit at the MIT is making progress with its journey towards the end of disability. Prof Hugh Herr heads the program with a remarkable degree of passion as if sensing the need for a solution. If anybody, he should know.

Sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes Tampa

Sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes Tampa

A 200-foot wide sinkhole has swallowed two houses in Land O’Lakes, Tampa in Pasco County, Florida. From where we sit, this is a typical American settlement with a population of 31,154 people when last counted in 2010.