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2008-08-03 12:00:25

By Ken McLaughlin and Linda Goldston, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Aug. 3--Amelia Lam, a 36-year-old teacher's assistant, emigrated from Hong Kong to San Jose five years ago. When she talks about how proud she is that China is hosting the Summer Olympics, she almost glows.

2008-08-03 12:00:13

By Andrew Jacobs Juliet Macur contributed reporting.

2008-08-01 06:00:19

By George Pawlaczyk, Belleville News-Democrat, Ill. Aug. 1--LEBANON -- A home developer who destroyed part of a 1,000-year-old buried Mississippian village will pay $144,000 to help protect hundreds of other prehistoric Illinois sites, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced Thursday.

2008-07-28 06:01:05

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo Sydney, July 28 Kyodo - Leading Chinese dissident Chen Ziming, currently on his first overseas trip since being released from prison over a decade ago, plans to test the Chinese government's "free entry, free exit" policy ahead of the Beijing Olympics, he said here Monday.

2008-07-04 13:08:51

A cave buried beneath a Mexican pyramid has recently been re-opened by archeologists. The cavern, which has been sealed since its discovery in the 1970s, may hold clues to the mysterious collapse of one of ancient civilization’s largest cities.

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2008-04-04 00:00:00

Researchers say the ancient Aztecs maintained an arithmetic system that was far more complex than previously understood—using written symbols such as hearts, arrows and hands as alternatives to using fractions.

2008-04-03 16:54:49

Long known for their cool circular calendars and practice of human sacrifice, Aztecs were also math whizzes. Aztecs used hand, heart and arrow symbols to represent fractional distances when calculating areas of land, scientists have discovered.

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2008-02-27 00:25:00

German and Peruvian archaeologists claim they have uncovered the oldest known monument in Peru, adding further proof of an advanced civilization in Peru at the same time as what is now the Middle East and South Asia

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2008-02-12 13:45:00

Archaeologists from UCLA and the University of Groningen (RUG) in the Netherlands have found the earliest evidence ever discovered of an ancient Egyptian agricultural settlement, including farmed grains, remains of domesticated animals, pits for cooking and even floors for what appear to be dwellings, the National Geographic Society announced today.

2008-02-11 10:36:42

Each Monday, this column turns a page in history to explore the discoveries, events and people that continue to affect the history being made today. Humans had been speaking for a couple hundred thousand years before they got the inspiration or nerve to mark their ideas down for posterity.


Word of the Day
fleuron
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]