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It's one of the poorest suburb towns in France, riddled with unemployment, drugs and violence. But more than a century ago, Sevran was a peaceful, leafy village where Alfred Nobel once tested explosives. The Swedish inventor of dynamite who is best known for the prizes that bear his name worked in the town north-east of Paris at the end of the 19th century, says Daniel Mougin, a local expert on Sevran's history.

In June 1914, a Bosnian Serb teenager named Gavrilo Princip assassinated the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, setting in motion a train of events that led to the start of World War One. Cape Town-based author and adventurer Tim Butcher retraces Princip's steps in his just-published book "The Trigger: Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War."
Dedicated GPS devices are facing extinction for good reason, as smartphones and tablets now offer capable GPS with turn-by-turn navigation for drivers, hikers and mountain-bikers alike, even offline. It is now possible to download free, detailed topographical maps for virtually every region on Earth, the German internet magazine AndroidWelt reports. The user's position can be shown using active GPS.
A solar cell that resembles a flower is offering a new take on green energy in Japan, where one scientist is searching for renewables that look good. In a country badly scarred by the tsunami-sparked nuclear disaster at Fukushima three years ago, the hydrangea-inspired solar offering is small beer alongside one of the world's biggest offshore wind power farms now floating off the country's east coast.
The main attraction at the seven-day Youth Festival - I Am Karachi was painting a mural where any young boy or girl who wants to paint can paint anything he/she likes in any medium. No matter if the painting is immature in nature. The purpose was to give a platform to the talent trapped inside our youth as they have no venue to show it.
It has long been known that the practice of mummification of the dead in ancient Egypt - fundamental to that civilisation's belief in eternal life - was old, but only now are researchers unwrapping the mystery of just how long ago it began.
Millions of tourists travel to Berlin each year with many hoping to discover traces of the city's divided past. The Berlin Wall that divided the city for almost three decades fell 25 years ago but there are still some sections remaining.


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