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Geologists determine early Earth was a ‘water world’ by studying exposed ocean crust

The Earth of 3.2 billion years ago was a "water world" of submerged continents, geologists say after analyzing oxygen isotope data from ancient ocean crust that's now exposed on land in Australia. And that could have major implications on the... Continue Reading →

Julius Caesar and Leap Days

In 46 BC Julius Caesar reformed the calendar system. Based on advice by astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria, the Julian calendar included one leap day every four years to account for the fact that an Earth year is slightly more than 365 days long.... Continue Reading →

Arnold Sommerfeld

Born on 5 December 1868 in Königsberg, Prussia, theoretical physicist Arnold Sommerfeld was a pioneer of quantum and atomic physics. Sommerfeld started out studying mathematics, earning his PhD from the University of Königsberg in 1891, when he was just 23... Continue Reading →

Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago

Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone marrow at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major discoveries from the late Lower Paleolithic... Continue Reading →

George Gershwin

George Gershwin dropped out of school and began playing piano professionally at age 15. Within a few years, he was one of the most sought after musicians in America. A composer of jazz, opera, and popular songs for stage and... Continue Reading →

Remembering Grace Kelly

On 14th September 1982, Princess Grace of Monaco, formerly actress Grace Kelly, died at age 52 of injuries from a car crash the day before. She bewitched Hitchcock, snared Prince Rainier and captivated cinemagoers… so is a good day to... Continue Reading →

Female space pioneer and member of the Mercury 13, Jerrie Cobb has died at 88 years old

Geraldyn "Jerrie" Cobb, the first woman to pass NASA's astronaut training, has died. She was 88. Cobb, a pioneering female pilot, was a member of the Mercury 13, a group of women who were able to complete in the early... Continue Reading →

Safavid Mask

The Safavid Dynasty  was one of the most significant ruling dynasties of Iran, often considered the beginning of modern Iranian history. The Safavid shahs ruled over one of the Gunpowder Empires. They ruled one of the greatest Iranian empires after the 7th-century Muslim conquest of Iran, and... Continue Reading →

Michael Atiyah, Mathematician in Newton’s Footsteps, Dies at 89

"I believe in new ideas, in progress. It’s faith. I’ve recently been thinking about faith. If you’re a religious person, which I’m not, you believe God created the universe. That’s why it works, and you’re trying to understand God’s works.... Continue Reading →

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