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Keep Looking Up

A small character named Snoopy (from the Peanuts comic strip) once taught me a very important lesson: “Keep looking up… That’s the secret of life.” Even though most people would not literally look up at the sky, I’d advise you to do so. 182 more words


Impact that doomed the dinosaurs helped the forests bloom

Some 66 million years ago, a 10-km diameter chunk of rock hit the Yucatan peninsula with the force of 100 teratons of TNT. It left a crater more than 150 km across, and the resulting megatsunami, wildfires, global earthquakes and volcanism are widely accepted to have wiped out the dinosaurs and made way for the rise of the mammals. 721 more words


‘Bloody will be thine end’ - Perimortem trauma in King Richard III

Today the fifth peer-reviewed paper on Richard III is published in The Lancet, providing a blow-by-blow account of the injuries inflicted on King Richard III’s body at the Battle of Bosworth Field on August 22, 1485. 466 more words


The Slow Train to Filatteria

Train journeys are one of the delights of Italy. Unlike the UK rail network, which not only has some of the highest fares in Europe (my journey from Stansted Airport to Liverpool Street Station London cost me more than my flight from Pisa to the UK!) but also has a very London centred network in which, for example, there is no direct rail route from Cambridge to Oxford without having to go to the great Wen, the Italian rail system can be remarkably good value if one steers clear of the super freccie rosse and bianche express trains. 553 more words


Ancient Timber on Temple Mount?

In recent years there have been several articles and news items that argue that some of the timbers that were discarded after the remodeling of the… 123 more words

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Metamorphism means transformation. In geology it entails the application of increased temperature and pressure to change the shape and alignment of mineral grains. If the conditions are sufficiently extreme the minerals themselves may change. 615 more words


The Altar of Zeus in the Pergamum Museum

The Pergamum Museum in Berlin gets its name from the reconstructed altar of Zeus from Pergamum (Bergama) in western Turkey. I noted earlier that this fabulous reconstruction is now closed for refurbishing. 643 more words

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