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Cool beans

Even if he had to illegally climb the Cheops pyramid to get it:

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This is really cool, isn’t it? A full-size cast of one of the largest animals ever to walk the planet will be unveiled at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) next month. Measuring 122 feet long and weighing in at about 70 tons, this giant titanosaur lived about 100 million years ago in Cretaceous […]

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Astronomers recently said Earthlings should prepare for a holiday gift in the sky—and, no, they weren’t referring to a Santa sighting. On Christmas Eve, a gargantuan asteroid is on track to be visible from our planet via telescope. But not to worry: There’s no danger of a Christmas Day apocalypse. The 3-kilometer-long asteroid (named 163899, […]

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Strange star swarmed by comets

A star called KIC 8462852 has been in the news recently for unexplained and bizarre behavior. NASA’s Kepler mission had monitored the star for four years, observing two unusual incidents, in 2011 and 2013, when the star’s light dimmed in dramatic, never-before-seen ways. Something had passed in front of the star and blocked its light, […]

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The oldest song in the world

Is this not incredible? I wonder how successful future archeologists will be, recreating “Baby Got Back”: In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit,” these tablets “contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language,” which turned out to be […]

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Scientists are expecting a shower of space debris today … According to the European Space Agency, something is going to fall to Earth on Friday, 13 November. A mysterious piece of space debris named WT1190F is predicted to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere at around 06:20 GMT in the skies above the Indian Ocean. While it’s […]

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This old house

This is a wonderful article about Frank Vagnone, a historical house expert and director of New York’s Historic House Trust. Naturally, I agree with him. Maybe 30 years ago, a co-worker asked me for help with a grant he was writing for the Ebenezer Maxwell house, a historic house in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. […]

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I always thought this a cool idea; a bridge for wildlife to cross over a busy highway. According the I-90 Wildlife Bridges Coalition, which has been advocating for the construction of the wildlife bridge, 28,000 vehicles travel along I-90 each day. Such heavy traffic makes it extremely difficult for wildlife to cross the highway, and […]

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I just love these stories. Imagine being one of the people who worked on this translation: The King James Bible is the most widely read work in English literature, a masterpiece of translation whose stately cadences and transcendent phrases have long been seen, even by secular readers, as having emerged from a kind of collective […]

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This is really exciting, and for once, they’re not exaggerating about the significance of such a find. Fingers crossed: Egyptian officials said Thursday that the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen may also hold the remains of his legendary stepmother Queen Nefertiti, whose final resting place has long eluded researchers and archaeologists. If the suspicion, fostered […]

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