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Lessons From Ancient Egypt On Climate and Drought
2012-08-16 16:13:14

Using Fossil Pollen to Augment Historical Records Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta document the region's ancient droughts and fires, including a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the demise of Egypt's Old Kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time. "Humans have a long history of having to deal with climate change," said Christopher Bernhardt, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Along with other...

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2012-07-12 09:48:51

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. has partnered with Google to launch a new indoor map application this week to help visitors navigate 17 of the Smithsonian´s museums, including the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum and the American History Museum. "An increasing number of our visitors now turn to their mobile devices and familiar applications to help them find their way and get information about...

Newly Discovered Organ Could Explain Size, Eating Habits Of Some Whales
2012-05-24 07:48:43

Scientists with the Smithsonian Institution and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have discovered a new sensory organ in the rorqual family of whales -- a discovery which sheds new light on their unique feeding behavior and explains why they grow to such massive sizes. The US and Canadian biologists involved in the study located the organ at the tip of the chin of blue, humpback, minke and fin whales, contained within a batch of ligaments connecting the lower jaw bones, according to...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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