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March 04, 2015

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7:37 PM | The Geology of Star Trek: II. It is not Life as we know or understand it!
It may surprise that there is no exact definition of what “life” is -  it is often described as a system in thermodynamic disequilibrium with it´s own environment and therefore forced to actively seek, incorporate and transform matter and energy. Part of the acquired energy and matter is used by this system to create copies of itself and so to survive it´s own death.Some of these properties are however shared also by inorganic entities, like the order, growth or […]
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1:57 PM | Explainer: The Long-Running Myanmar Conflict
The Myanmar conflict, also known as the Burma Conflict, has been one of the globe's longest-running civil wars since the nation gained its independence in 1948. Julia explains what's behind the violence in the country.
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12:31 PM | Seeker Daily: The Hunt for Europe's Great Lost Typeface
A diving team takes up the task of finding the metal pieces of the Doves Press typeface, which were thrown into the Thames River at the start of the 20th century, during a dispute between the typeface's creator and his business partner.

March 03, 2015

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4:40 PM | Jesus' House? Structure May Be Where He Grew Up
The 1st-Century house is partly made of mortar-and-stone walls, and was cut into a rocky hillside.
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2:00 PM | Hundreds of Medieval Bodies Found Under Paris Supermarket
The bodies, which were lined up head to feet, were found at the site of an ancient cemetery attached to the Trinity Hospital, which was founded in the 13th century.

March 02, 2015

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7:17 PM | 25 Tons of Pigeon Poo Found in Medieval Monument
A powerful, custom-built machine was used to suck up the massive, mushy mess that had accumulated to nearly three feet in depth. Continue reading →
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6:25 PM | The Geology of Star Trek: I. Minerals, Crystals and Alien Life Forms
„But a geological oddity to say the least. Pure silicon!“„A few trace elements, look, we didn't you call here so you could collect rocks!“ Geologists get no respect, even if vital for entire civilizations, from the episode “The Devil in the Dark”.According to Vulcan philosophy one should respond with grief only if a life was lost in vain. The loss of Mister Spock - more precisely of actor Leonard Nimoy – last week was followed by worldwide […]
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4:39 PM | Explainer: Chinese Investment in the United States
China owns a significant chunk of U.S. debt, and financiers from the country are also making big investments elsewhere in the American economy. So how much of the U.S. does China own?
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1:50 AM | Plough Sunglasses
March now, last post July 2014.  Goodness, I have been sleeping.  Anyhow, with Symbyartic rallying for a sciart Tsumani, now seems as good a time as any to awaken the blog and scour the archives for sciencey stuff with an arty twist. Here’s a previously unpublished one from me.  My better half is a silversmith,Read More...
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12:01 AM | Mystery Coffin Revealed at Richard III Site: Photos
A mysterious coffin is opened near the grave of King Richard III.

March 01, 2015

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11:55 PM | Coffin-Within-a-Coffin Opened at Richard III Grave
The contents of a coffin found near King Richard III's grave are revealed. Continue reading →
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3:25 AM | When Cells Attack!
The cells of our immune system are the guardians of the human body, forever contending with various unwelcome intruders from viruses to drugs to lowly yet painful splinters. They are as industrious as they are indispensable. Each cell of the immune system has its own objective, its own do-or-die mission. Some of our guardians devour bacteria and fungi in a process known as phagocytosis. Others produce carefully tailored antibodies earmarked for the destruction of pathogenic […]

February 28, 2015

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2:33 PM | A Swiss Clockmaker
We all have clichéd images in our heads when we hear the names of countries other than our own. For many people the name Switzerland evokes a muddled collection of snow-covered mountains, delicious superior chocolates and high precision clocks and … Continue reading →
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