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2009-03-26 12:50:16

A Texas commission says the state should be involved in a legal fight for the possession of a potential treasure trove spotted through Google Earth. The Texas Historical Commission said it plans on seeking entry into a lawsuit filed by treasure hunter Nathan Smith over a possible $3 billion in treasure lost in South Texas, the Houston Chronicle said Thursday. Commission marine archaeologist Steve Hoyt said the group's request to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is based on the...

2008-12-31 13:22:11

A would-be treasure hunter believes he has found a sunken boat carrying a fortune in gold on a ranch in South Texas and argues it is in a navigable waterway. Nathan Smith testified this week at a hearing in Houston to determine whether he should be given permission to dig, the Houston Chronicle reported. Smith, an admittedly unsuccessful musician from Los Angeles, said that he was inspired by the movie National Treasure. Is there a vessel there? I'd like to find out. Mr. Smith, as you can...

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2008-09-11 08:50:00

Eta Carinae, the galaxy's biggest, brightest and perhaps most studied star after the sun, has been keeping a secret: Its giant outbursts appear to be driven by an entirely new type of stellar explosion that is fainter than a typical supernova and does not destroy the star. Reporting in the Sept. 11 issue of Nature, University of California, Berkeley, astronomer Nathan Smith proposes that Eta Carinae's historic 1843 outburst was, in fact, an explosion that produced a fast blast wave similar...

2008-08-29 18:00:39

THE partner of a pneumonia victim claims his boyfriend was let down by medics. Paul O'Brien, 32, of Blyth, died of the condition last year. An inquest heard his GP thought his confusion and lack of co- ordination was the result of alcoholism and recommended rehab rather than hospital. A coroner was told Mr O'Brien had worked at the Nissan factory in Sunderland before he became addicted to alcohol and drugs. In June last year his partner Nathan Smith called the ambulance service...

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2007-05-07 14:25:00

The brightest stellar explosion ever recorded may be a long-sought new type of supernova, according to observations by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based optical telescopes. This discovery indicates that violent explosions of extremely massive stars were relatively common in the early universe, and that a similar explosion may be ready to go off in our own galaxy. "This was a truly monstrous explosion, a hundred times more energetic than a typical supernova," said Nathan...

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2007-01-09 17:20:00

BERKELEY "“ Twenty years ago next month, the closest and brightest supernova in four centuries lit up the southern sky, wowing astronomers and the public alike. Ongoing observations of the exploded star, called supernova 1987A, provided important tests for theories of how stars die, but it also raised some new questions. Principal among these was how a bizarre, triple-ring nebula surrounding the supernova - ejected by the star a few thousand years before it exploded - originated....

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2005-05-30 16:30:00

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have imaged a giant molecular cloud being shredded by howling stellar winds and searing radiation, exposing a group of towering dust pillars harboring infant stars, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher. Nathan Smith, a Hubble Fellow and postdoctoral researcher at CU-Boulder's Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, said the violent panorama is unfolding in the Carina Nebula, located in the southern Milky Way some...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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