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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...

Shuttle Enterprise To Fly Over New York City April 23
2012-04-17 04:05:15

NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Enterprise mounted atop will fly at a relatively low altitude over various parts of the New York City metropolitan area on Monday, April 23. The Federal Aviation Administration is coordinating the flight, which is scheduled to occur between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. EDT. The exact route and timing of the flight depend on weather and operational constraints, including the on-time delivery of space shuttle Discovery to the...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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