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Sierra Nevada Lake Contains Atmospheric Contamination from Bronze Age
2013-04-30 18:41:53

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Roman Republic and the subsequent Roman Empire helped spread language, culture and learning across Europe, northern Africa and into parts of the Middle East. At the same time, it did so through conquest and subjugation, subsequently enslaving millions. It is thus remembered for its triumphs and its barbarity. Its effects are still felt today, but now researchers have determined it may have even helped contribute to...

2010-03-05 12:23:58

A team of engineers from the University of Seville (US) has created a system for monitoring historical monuments by remote control and detecting possible damage. Five years ago the researchers placed various sensors on the Giraldillo, the sculpture that crowns the Giralda, and now they are publishing the results in the journal Structural Health Monitoring. "The system has been connected to the Giraldillo to register different variables associated to the mechanical response of this sculpture,...

2010-02-04 22:19:33

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Fundaci³n Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo in September 30th, 2009, Jos© Antonio Griñán, president of the Junta de Andalucía, presented a facsimile edition of a 13th century Andalusian Qur'an at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco. The copy was recovered fortuitously in the town of Cútar (Malaga), and its original has been studied, restored and edited by an...

2009-12-02 18:10:26

Researchers of the University of Granada have developed an intelligent engine searcher to catalogue the documentary collections of the Andalusian Parliament. This prototype, so called SEDA, is an information recovery system for structured documents, based on artificial intelligence techniques, to search and recover documents belonging to the Parliamentary Report and the Official Gazette of the Andalusian Parliament. This prototype has been developed under the auspices of the excellence...

2008-10-03 21:00:17

By Robert S. Hong -- Photo Gallery: Groundwater treatment ALHAMBRA - Saying it will secure the city's drinking water supply for the future, officials Thursday held a grand opening for a new $13.8million treatment plant. "It's really for sustainability - it assures Alhambra's water supply," said Dennis Ahlen, general manager of utilities for Alhambra. The new plant, which debuted to the public exactly two years after officials broke ground on the project, uses a high-tech system of 14...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'