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2008-11-23 14:21:05

Europe's shape is in a constant change: The Mediterranean basin is shrinking, the Alps are rising and pushing North, and Scandinavia is still rebounding after having been crushed by the weight of a thick and huge ice sheet in the ice ages. But what did Europe look like in the past, what are the processes controlling all these changes and what has the future in store for us? And how does the topography influence the climate of Europe on geological time scales?The EUROCORES programme...

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2008-04-01 18:45:00

Paleontologists' vision of the past is becoming remarkably clearer thanks to a revolutionary new "supercamera." Located in Grenoble, France, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) uses an intense light capable of piercing almost any material. Synchrotron technology has benefitted the efforts of French paleontologists such as Paul Tafforeau and Malvina Lak at the University of Rennes who have used the camera to study 640 blocks of opaque amber from the Charentes region in...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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