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Alien Hunters Should Look For 'City Lights'
2011-11-04 03:42:51

In a new paper, researchers from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Princeton suggest a new technique for finding aliens: look for their city lights.

History, Not Ecology, Makes Rainforests Unique
2011-09-23 08:39:48

History and geology, not current ecology, are likely what has made tropical forests so variable from site to site, according to a new study published in the journal Science.

2011-08-09 23:01:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO) TUESDAY, AUGUST 10: SMITHSONIAN FOUNDED Profile America -- Wednesday, August 10th.

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2011-07-19 11:07:09

Recent botanical exploration efforts in the rugged Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia) have increased the known flora of the archipelago by an impressive 20%.


Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.