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Seed Cathedral Thrills World Expo

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This week the World Expo is taking place in Shanghai, China. Its a razzle dazzle exposition of culture, technology, and commerce. With 70 million visitors, 50 organizations, and state leaders from around the world expected to attend, it will be the largest World Expo in history. China has spent $58 billion, more than twice as much than it did on the Olympic Games, in an effort to raise the global profile of the event and strengthen ties with other countries. Despite current ... Read More

Dutch Art on a Rediscovered Island

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Dutch Art on a Rediscovered Island This is the last weekend to experience the new island festival. It's taking place on Governor's Island, which is located smack in the middle of the New York harbor. The festival is part of the celebration called NY400, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage from Amsterdam to New York harbor. Not long after Hudson's historic voyage, in 1624, the first settlers from Holland landed right here, on what was then known as Noten Eylant, the ... Read More

Revolutionary New Water Fountains Causing A Splash

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As part of ongoing renovations at Lincoln Center, a new water fountain has been installed in the center of the main plaza. This is no ordinary water fountain. As it runs through its cycle, the water rises higher and higher, increasingly becoming more dramatic. It looks like a beautifully choreographed dance. The water is illuminated with colors of blue, red and purple, and a marble seating area surrounds the fountain. On a hot day, it promises to be a great place to sit ... Read More

Umbrellas With Style

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People shopping for a unique gift might find themselves amazed by these umbrellas being sold at UmbrellasWithStyle.com. If utilitarian objects could ever put a smile on peoples faces it would be these beautiful umbrellas. These incredible umbrellas are designed by a personal friend of mine, Christopher Petsos, who has been a textile and product designer in New York City for over 15 years. Based on his photography and original illustrations, the images on the umbrellas include flowers, animals, insects and other wonders of the ... Read More

Game changing laptop opens a world of possibilities for African children

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Back in January 2005, an initiative to create inexpensive laptops that would be used in third world countries was spearheaded by MIT professor, Nicholas Negroponte. He founded the organization called OLPC which is a collaboration between academia and the computer industry whose goal was to design a laptop that would be inexpensive, rugged, solar powered, and capable of connecting wirelessly to the Internet. They dubbed the revolutionary new laptop "XO" . The OLPC's non-profit mission is to use the XO as a ... Read More

Bold New Tower Stirs the Pot in Hell’s Kitchen

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In a time when most real estate developers in New York City are cutting costs to increase short-term profits, there is a small but growing movement towards creating urban spaces that are more livable and environmentally friendly. The design for a new residential building, called West 57th, has caused quite a bit of controversy because of the way it would seamlessly merge European and American styles of architecture into something truly unique. From the northeast it looks like a sharp and steep ... Read More

Life’s a Beach in Rhodes, Greece

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The Island of Rhodes, located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, is a beautiful and peaceful place to escape during the holidays. There is sunshine all year round, plenty of inexpensive places to eat and friendly people everywhere. I spent most of my time floating around the crystal blue waters with my inflatable raft and eating delicious food. One of my favorite beaches was in the city of Lindos, where there are picturesque views of the acropolis and white washed houses that are ... Read More

Spain Invests in the Future with New High Speed Trains

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Despite current economic woes, Spain is fearlessly moving toward the future by investing $130 billion in high-speed trains. The Alta Velocidad Española or AVE --which means "bird" in Spanish has reduced travel times by nearly three-fold. According to officials, Spain plans to have the high-speed train system networked throughout the entire country by 2020, rivaling high-speed train systems in China and France. Spain is hoping that its investment in high-speed trains over the next decade will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the long ... Read More

Martin Jetpack Takes Travel to New Heights

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It's always exciting when technological advances give people the ability to travel in new ways. I'm extremely excited after learning about the world's first commercial jet pack, which is powered by dual propellers that could elevate users high into the air. The jet pack was invented by New Zealander Glenn Martin and unveiled last July.  The device is 5 feet in length by 5 1/2 feet in width and weighs about 250 pounds. One of the biggest concerns, of course, is safety. The ... Read More

Greeks to Brits: Give Us Back Our Marbles

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The new Acropolis museum was completed in 2008 and it has been open to the public since June of 2009. Greece had been planning this opening since the Olympic games of 2004, but due to archeological discoveries on the site which required careful attention, the museum opening had been delayed. The museum was designed by Bernard Tschumi, an internationally acclaimed architect who resides in New York City. It's a vast improvement over the facility that was previously displaying some of the Acropolis artifacts. ... Read More

Open House New York

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The exciting annual event Open House New York is taking place this weekend, October 10th and 11th. Hundreds of notable buildings across the city open their doors, allowing people to enter places that are normally closed to the public. This is a chance to see such beautiful spaces as the lobby of the Chrysler building or the Grand Lodge of Masons on 23rd street, along with hundreds of other architectural masterpieces. This event is modeled after similar events that take place in cities such ... Read More

Shimmering Vision of the Future Rises in Manhattan

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Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has designed a spectacular new skyscraper that's currently rising in downtown Manhattan.  Located near the Brooklyn Bridge just south of Pace University, it's been named the Beekman Tower and will be Frank Gehry's tallest project to date. Topping off at 76 floors, it will surpass the Trump World Tower to become the tallest residential building in New York City. Unlike many of Ghery's projects done in a deconstructivist style, this tower follows the stepped back form of traditional new ... Read More

See the Stars at Grand Central Terminal

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Traveling is always exciting, but especially in a place like New York City, where inspiration pours out of practically every corner. One of the destinations you must check out is Grand Central Terminal, through which thousands of people from all over the world pass each day. Built in the 1903, Grand Central Terminal has more international visitors than any other New York historical landmark. Although I'm usually anxious to get home after a long days work, I recently decided to take a moment ... Read More

Living the High Line

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June 8th marked the official opening of the High Line and since then the park has had over 100,000 visitors. The High Line gives tourists a chance to explore the city without the intrusion of cars. The view is especially spectacular for photographers who have a passion for capturing new perspectives of New York City. The elevated tracks were originally built in the 1930's by the New York City Railroad company and were a part of the West Side Line. The railroad tracks ... Read More

Uganda: A View from the Field

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I love Uganda. It's a beautiful country with fantastic natural scenery and some of the friendliest people on earth! Ugandans are intriguing people who are very dedicated to their country. Their ability to work together toward a common goal and move on from a history of military tyranny, tribal animosity and politicians gone mad on power is inspiring and admirable. Despite the horrors of the past, Ugandans have weathered the storm remarkably well. You will not meet a sullen, bitter or cowed ... Read More

Documentarian Fearlessly Follows Alexander The Great

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After watching 'In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great' hosted by British documentarian Michael Wood, I have been inspired to continue traveling around the world and venturing off into far away lands. Even though I had heard of Alexander the Great before I had never known the magnitude of his endeavors. Michael takes you on a journey from Egypt, Greece, Afghanistan and India, looking at old maps, ancient landmarks, and other interesting scenes and sites where Alexander the Great left his mark ... Read More