a. The physical location of a restaurant in the competitive landscape of the city has long been known as a major factor in its likely success or failure.
b. Once restaurants are established in such environments they can do little about their location.
c. All they can do is work to improve customer access to their premises.
d. Restaurateurs often do this by engaging in battles with local authorities about car parking.
a. Ever since the completion of the Great Western Railway, in the 1840s, intrigue has swirled around the Box Tunnel, a long, steep bypass near Bath, England.
b. The question was this: did the railway's creator, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, really have the tunnel carved in such a way that when the sun rose on his birthday—April 9th—it would be flooded with light?
c. This past Sunday, April 9th, the railway's current engineers decided to test the rumor once and for all. They weren't disappointed.
d. "When you look from the east portal, the cutting provides a lovely V-shape," communications manager Paul Gentleman told the Guardian.
e. While the west side's view wasn't quite so impressive, the engineers generously chalked that up to centuries of dirt and grime.
a. The organisation which has revealed that more than 60,000 species of trees are available globally. The BCGI (Botanical Gardens Conservation International), a charity that complied the list of trees on the basis of data gathered from its network of 500 members organisations.
b. The researchers claim to have collected information over a period of two years from sources including over 500 published contents and 80 experts in the BCGI's network.
c. BGCI in collaboration with the international Union for Conservation of nature identified 60,065 tree species currently living on earth.
d. Of that number, more than half were found to only occur in a single country, which could suggest an increased vulnerability to threats, said the authors of the database.
a. More recent missions to Mars include the hugely successful Mars Pathfinder, which landed a small 'rover' called Sojourned on the surface to explore a region where they may once have been life.
b. Sojourner has now been effectively switched effectively off, but lasted almost twelve times its expected lifetime.
c. Similarly the lander, which imaged several areas around the landing site (doubled the Carl Sagan Memorial site) and took atmospheric measurements, lasted a good deal longer than expected.
d. The only unfortunate thing to have arisen from the mission is the naming of the rocks at the landing site (including everything from Scooby Doo to Darth Vader).