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International News Archive - March 30, 2009

One of the world's biggest cities is trying out a wooden sidewalk to see if it helps keep pedestrians' feet cooler in hot weather, Tokyo officials say. The 80-foot-long test sidewalk in Tokyo's Nihombashi district is made of chipped thinned cedar, a mixture of woodchips and cement, and blocks made from

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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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