Magic meridian medallions

On the 200th anniversary of his birth, the city of Paris held a contest to design a new Arago memorial. Arago (1786-1853), a famous French astronomer, scientist, humanist Continue reading

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Square named after the first hero of the Arab Spring

On December 17th 2010, a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor of fruits and vegetables, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire out of despair. He was publicly humiliated, his merchandise was confiscated and he did not have the money nor the contacts to bribe the officials in order to get his goods back. On January 4th, 2011 he died of his burns. His action evoked the Tunisian Continue reading

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