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500 years ago, Europeans set off to explore the world

Paris - The expedition that circumnavigated the globe via the oceans for the first time 500 years ago is among the major journeys of discovery by European explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries.

500 years on, how Magellan's voyage changed the world

Lisbon - Ferdinand Magellan set off from Spain 500 years ago on an epoch-making voyage to sail all the way around the globe for the first time.

500 years ago, Europeans set off to explore the world

Paris - The expedition that circumnavigated the globe via the oceans for the first time 500 years ago is among the major journeys of discovery by European explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries.

500 years on, how Magellan's voyage changed the world

Lisbon - Ferdinand Magellan set off from Spain 500 years ago on an epoch-making voyage to sail all the way around the globe for the first time.

Nepal expedition to remeasure height of Everest: officials

Kathmandu - Nepal is sending a team of government-appointed climbers up Mount Everest to remeasure its height, officials said Monday, hoping to quash persistent speculation that the world's tallest mountain has shrunk.

Market in geographical information to rise to $13 billion

More and more companies are reliant upon location data for their businesses, and the rate that this will continue will create a global market for core geographical information in excess of $13 billion by 2025.

Australia state scraps place names with N-word

Sydney - Ten place names containing the word "nigger" in northeast Australia will be renamed due to their racially offensive connotations, the Queensland state government said Tuesday.

Brexit puts tiny German village at centre of Euroverse

A European Union flag snapping in the wind in the tiny German village of Gadheim is the only hint at why the world's media are beating a path to this out-of-the-way spot.

Brexit puts tiny German village at centre of Euroverse

A European Union flag snapping in the wind in the tiny German village of Gadheim is the only hint at why the world's media are beating a path to this out-of-the-way spot.

Brexit puts tiny German village at centre of Euroverse

A European Union flag snapping in the wind in the tiny German village of Gadheim is the only hint at why the world's media are beating a path to this out-of-the-way spot.

Depressions on surface of Mars offer clues for life

Austin - Was there life on Mars? This question continues to interest many people. The area to focus on, according to a new study, are the surface features, especially the depressions located close to volcanoes.

Friendship can't move mountain for Norway and Finland

Oslo - The Norwegian government has resisted public pressure to offer a mountain summit to neighbouring Finland as part of its independence centenary celebrations.

Australia moving up in the world... literally

Sydney - Australia will adjust its latitude and longitude, a government science body says, to put the vast country into alignment with global navigation satellite systems.

Australia moving up in the world... literally

Sydney - Australia will adjust its latitude and longitude, a government science body says, to put the vast country into alignment with global navigation satellite systems.

Australia moving up in the world... literally

Sydney - Australia will adjust its latitude and longitude, a government science body says, to put the vast country into alignment with global navigation satellite systems.

Brexit vote pits London, Scotland against middle England

London - Britain's vote on European Union membership on Thursday is set to split regions against regions, with Scotland and the main cities expected to back remaining while the English countryside votes out.

Battle to get aid to Nepal's quake-hit mountain villages

Kathmandu - More than a week after Nepal's devastating earthquake, large swathes of the Himalayan nation have yet to receive any outside help as aid workers battle landslides, avalanches and a helicopter shortage to reach communities in some of the world's remotes...

Did the 'age of man' begin in 1610?

The Anthropocene, the term for a new geological time period that marks the "Age of man," is said to have began in 1610, according to a new study.

Op-Ed: Most Americans can't locate Ukraine, but does anyone care?

It's not a very flattering statistic, but a recent survey done by three American university professors found that only one in six Americans could find Ukraine on a world map. Most of the people questioned didn't' even know where to begin looking.

Shilling discovery could rewrite Canadian history

Victoria - An amateur treasure hunter with a hand-held metal detector has turned Canadian history on its head after finding a 16th century shilling buried in clay on the shores of Vancouver Island.The 435-year-old coin discovered in western-most Canada has rekind...

Mega-canyon bigger than Grand Canyon found below Greenland's ice

Scientists have mapped a previously unknown canyon entombed below two kilometers of ice in Greenland. The discovery was made by a group of scientists from Bristol University’s School of Geographical Sciences in the UK.

Op-Ed: Jared Diamond's 'Guns Germs and Steel': Is It Worth the Hype?

The environmental determinism espoused by geologist Jared Diamond, particularly in his book "Guns, Germs and Steel" remains a compelling theory of the rise and fall of civilzations but Ian Bremmer's J-Curve concept is a more apt geopolitical rationale .

Op-Ed: 40 years later, 'The Tragedy of the Commons' as relevant as ever

Garret Hardin's groundbreaking "The Tragedy of the Commons" is much more than an historical analysis of common property resources in medieval times. It remains, after 40 years, a viable model of the resource degradation and depletion currently underway

French TV redraws map of Belgium

France's main private television channel, TF1, apologises for mixing up Flanders and Wallonia on a map during a prime time news broadcast on Belgium.

Professor Says He Knows Where Bin Laden Is Hiding

Has a geography professor done what the US can't, locate Osama Bin Laden? That's the claim that Thomas Gillespie at the University of California in Los Angeles is making.

Miss Teen contestant has problem answering why some Americans can’t find US on a map

I wouldn’t normally do an article like this. But the sheer pathos of the performance deserves some sort of acknowledgement. This is one of those unbelievable moments in media which does so little to reinforce people’s faith in society.

Fighting cancer and geography

If you live in the same country, have the same type of cancer, you would think the medicine used to fight this cancer would be available to all. This is not the case in Canada.

Flash Earth

Flash Earth is an experimental application that uses satellite and aerial imagery from online mapping websites...
 

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