Time’s arrow: William Herschel

Music, astronomy, and infrared light

William Herschel did not begin his career as a professional scientist. For the first several decades of his life astronomy was just a hobby. His career was in music. Born to an oboist in a German regimental band, Herschel was immersed in music as a child and learned to play a number of instruments, particularly […]

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The Iceman cometh

Frozen mummy’s modern descendants discovered

On Sept. 19, 1991, Erika and Helmut Simon, vacationers from Nuremberg, Germany, discovered a man’s body protruding from the ice in the mountains of the Ötztal valley. They were on their way down from the Finail peak when they strayed from the designated hiking path to take a shortcut. As they passed a gully filled […]

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Genghis Khan’s climate: Research reveals climate conditions at beginning of Khan’s rise to power

Research published in the journal Science has helped to explain the climate conditions behind Genghis Khan’s rise to power. Through examining the inside of old trees from lava fields in Mongolia, researchers were able to note an abundance of rainfall during the period that the infamous emperor first began to conquer surrounding lands. Genghis Khan […]

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9/11: what do you remember?

There are certain events that create everlasting memories for an entire generation. Our grandparents will never forget Aug. 6, 1945. On this summer day an atomic bomb, ironically labeled “Little Boy,” was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan causing widespread death and destruction. Eternally stamped in the memories of our parents is the death of two iconic […]

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A tribute to the bicycle

We grew up racing them in back lanes and down gravel roads. We groaned climbing hills on them and had more than a few wipeouts. As soon as we were old enough to ride without the training wheels, we took full advantage of the new-found freedom bicycles offered. We’re all familiar with the concept of […]

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Where’s Buddha?

The tall, white high-rise apartments disappeared in the heavy fog as my gondola slowly ascended into the mountains of Lantau Island, one of the more beautiful islands of Hong Kong. I was on my way to see the Tian Tan Buddha, a 34-metre high bronze statue of the Buddha sitting atop a pedestal resembling a […]

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The father of Turkey

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who was born in the Ottoman city in Salonika in 1881, was Turkey’s most beloved hero and the founder of the Republic of Turkey. Atatürk (1881-1938) was a Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, and the first president of Turkey. Atatürk became known as an extremely capable military officer during World War One. […]

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