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The Evolution Of The Bicycle: From Boneshakers To Solar-Powered Wheels

Evolution Of Bicycle

Cyclists in the 2012 Tour de France — Bradley Wiggins, seen in yellow, won that year’s tour. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Cycling is a great way to commute, exercise or explore, but riding a bicycle has not always been plain sailing–or smooth riding. Cyclists of the past had to brave contraptions such as the appropriately named “Boneshaker” bicycle and could be found riding from the dizzying heights of the Penny Farthing. And even those were 70 years after the first bicycle designs.

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Charlie Hebdo Publisher Announces: No More Muhammad Cartoons

On January 7, 2015, two al-Qaeda affiliates stormed the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had spent years publishing satirical cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, and killed 12 people.

There was absolutely no doubt about why it happened. The shooters cried “Allahu Akbar!” as they fired shots, and later press releases by al-Qaeda practically gloated over the punishment meted out to the blasphemers.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXII

Boats Pollen Lake Ripples

Sailboats move through the pollen-covered water of Lake Starnberg near Starnberg, Germany. Source: The Atlantic

Awe-Inspiring Aerial Photography

Winding River Sunlight Reflection

The Amazon wends through Peru’s Loreto region. Source: The Atlantic

Revealing angles and patterns we’d never otherwise see, aerial photography offers a striking perspective that is at once majestic and humbling, orderly and chaotic. Glimpsed from far above, we not only focus on the forest, as it were, instead of just the trees, we realize that the trees belong to forests we didn’t even know were there. From high in the sky, the Amazon becomes a snake slithering through the grass while an Egyptian pyramid becomes a rock in a sandbox. Find out what becomes of the rest of our world as seen from above at The Atlantic.

A hot-air balloon flies over the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus as part of the Second Annual Aeronautics Championship. Source: The Atlantic

A hot-air balloon flies over the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus as part of the Second Annual Aeronautics Championship. Source: The Atlantic

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A Stunning Visual Explanation Of Why You Need To Visit Kenya

Forget the beach. This summer, make plans to spend some time exploring the sublime natural features of Kenya. If you need a bit of a visual push before you book your ticket, check out this video by Martin Harvey, who spent ten days in Kenya and recorded everything he saw.

Says Harvey, “Starting in Nairobi and flying north to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mt. Kenya, Lake Bogoria, the Pokot Tribe, Magado Crater, Painted Valley, Lake Logipi and ending at Lake Turkana, [we took part] in one of the world’s ultimate travel experiences.”

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