Daily Archives: November 30, 2016
Watch a Destroyed 17th Century Map Get Painstakingly Restored
A 17th century map was found in a chimney in Scotland and then delivered to the National Library of Scotland crumpled inside a plastic bag and basically destroyed. Just unraveling the fragile, centuries-old map seemed impossible enough, but the team at the National Library managed to figure out a way to salvage and restore it.
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The Nile: Longest River in the World
The Nile River, considered the longest river in the world, is approximately 4,258 miles (6,853 kilometers) long, but its exact length is a matter of debate. Flowing northward through the tropical climate of eastern Africa and into the Mediterranean Sea, the river passes through 11 countries: Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt.
5 NBA Records That Could Fall This Season
This NBA season has a chance to be truly historic. And no, it’s not because of that superteam with the potential to rip off a 50-game winning streak, or because LeBron James appears headed to a seventh-consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. It could be one of the most historic seasons because five records are potentially in jeopardy this year—several of which may not have even been on your radar.
How to Spot and Debunk Fake News
It’s easier than ever for someone to create a website and post completely made up stories that become international headlines. This makes it harder to tell truth from fiction or share news with others who may not be able to tell the difference either. Luckily, fake news isn’t too difficult to spot. Here’s how, and how to filter it out of your feeds.
F.D.A. Approves Final Stage of Trials of Ecstasy as a Prescription Drug to Treat PTSD
Based on promising results from its preliminary trials, the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) reportedly gave the green light on Tuesday to a large scale Phase 3 clinical trial for using Ecstasy as a prescription drug to treat PTSD. The trial would be the final stage before approving the drug’s legal use.
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CEMENT MIGHT NOT BE AS BAD FOR THE PLANET AS WE THOUGHT
City sidewalks and brick buildings look a little greener today, thanks to new research showing that cement can soak up CO2. That’s not the only good news to come out this week. A team of German scientists engineered photosynthesis to be faster and more efficient. And a team of Americans buried 1,000 tons of carbon pollution underground.
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