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Day: November 18, 2018

The World’s Oldest Trees

Some of the World’s Oldest Trees Roughly 3,500 years ago—right about the time the Ancient Phoenicians were hitting their stride—a tiny cypress tree, no bigger than a fist, sprouted in the swamplands of Central Florida. 3,500 years later, in 2012, that very same cypress burned to the ground. Known as “The Senator,” this majestic, 118-foot […]

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Viking King and Ledgend Harald Hardrada

Like many great Vikings before him, Harald was not only a warrior but also an explorer. Sagas tell of his naval expeditions to “the dark failing boundaries of the savage world” from which he “barely escaped the deep abyss in safety“. Some historians track this journey of his to Vinland, how Vikings called North America. […]

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The Breath of Life

Within a remarkably well preserved microfossil, the breath of life has been preserved for 430 million years… An ostracod from the Silurian period has been discovered with most of its internal organs intact, including its respiratory system, giving paleontologists a rare view into the evolution of breathing.https://news.yale.edu/2018/11/07/finding-breath-life-tiny-fossil  

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Europe about 1560 – from “Historical Atlas” by William R. Shepherd, 1923

For a remarkably comprehensive list of other maps, visit: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_collection_guide.html

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Thomas Paine

This simple quotation from Founding Father Thomas Paine’s The American Crisisnot only describes the beginnings of the American Revolution, but also the life of Paine himself. Throughout most of his life, his writings inspired passion, but also brought him great criticism. He communicated the ideas of the Revolution to common farmers as easily as to […]

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Roman Emporer Heliogabalus

Long before they became a staple at novelty gift shops, whoopee cushions were used in the palace of Emperor Varius Avitus Bassianus, also known as Heliogabalus, way back in 218 A.D. Heliogabalus was only 15-years-old when he took over as emperor, which partially explains some of the crazy things he did while in power. For […]

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Ancient Obsidian Blades used by Aztecs are 500 times sharper than Steel

Ancient Obsidian Blades used by Aztecs are 500 times sharper than the sharpest steel. Blade edges made out of obsidian are so sharp that they don’t seem jagged even when seen under an electron microscope. Their edges, if made carefully using processes like pressure flaking process, can get up to 3 nm thick. Good quality […]

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Sublime Truth and Hidden Mystery

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Titanoboa

Titanoboa was a true monster among prehistoric snakes, the size and weight of an extremely elongated school bus. Research has indicated that the giant snake looked like a boa constrictor—hence its name—but hunted like a crocodile. Here are nine facts about this 50-foot-long, 2,000-pound menace of the Paleocene epoch: Appeared 5 Million Years After the […]

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