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Scientists Uncover Link Between Lavas Erupting On Sea Floor And Deep-carbon Cycle
2013-05-03 08:05:27

Scientists from the Smithsonian and the University of Rhode Island have found unsuspected linkages between the oxidation state of iron in volcanic rocks and variations in the chemistry of the deep Earth.

Jamestown Settlers Were Cannibals During Harsh Winter Of 1609-1610
2013-05-02 07:48:25

New Evidence suggests the settlers at Jamestown, Virginia in 1609-1610 resorted to cannibalism in the face of a harsh winter with a shortage of food stock. Archeologists working closely with the Smithsonian have made the discovery after careful analysis of human remains unearthed at the site in 2012.

Contract Proving Wright Brothers Were First To Fly Called Into Question
2013-04-02 08:17:19

The Wright Flyer, also known as Flyer I or 1903 Flyer, was the first successful powered aircraft to fly, achieving the feat on December 17, 1903. The plane was designed and built by the Wright brothers and it was flown four times near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

DNA Used To Quickly Unravel Relationship Between Plants And Insects
2013-03-25 15:54:44

Studying the relationship between plants and the insects that feed on them is an arduous task, as it must be done through direct observation.

Smithsonian Honors Team Behind Successful Mars Curiosity Landing
2013-03-14 09:15:39

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum announced that the team responsible for the successful landing of NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover will receive its 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement on April 24 in Washington D.C.


Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.