Stories tagged Amazing fact

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Optical telegraph

by Gene on Apr. 10th, 2008

Long-distance, high-speed communication…in 1791. I dunno, I just think it’s kinda cool!

The largest treasure trove of old coins was unearthed at the airport in Stockholm, Sweden. This new collection is the largest and oldest collection of viking-collected coins ever found on the Swedish mainland. No word if Hari Krishna members had been bugging the vikings for donations before the coins were buried at the airport site.

Here's one thing I learned today, leopard seals will eat penguins. Here's a picture of it happening.

I don't think Jeff Foxworthy had anything do to with this, but here's a tale of a pretty smarth fifth-grader in Michigan.

Popular Mechanics has put together a list of 10 movies that made some accurate predictions about the future – including Gattaca, which foresaw some of the bioethics questions we grapple with in the exhibit Deadly Medicine.

No, it wasn't Thomas Edison. Rather, French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville developed a primitive sonogram -- a means of making a picture of sound -- nearly 20 years before Edison's phonograph. Unfortunately, de Martinville had no way of playing the sound back -- a rather serious limitation. Recently, however, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California programmed a computer to read the sonogram and reproduce the sound -- a mere 148 years after the picture was made. Edison still gets credit for the first machine to play recorded sound.

Well I'll be!: A dinosaur on a bus.
Well I'll be!: A dinosaur on a bus.Courtesy T-Oh! & Matt
Peruvian officials discovered a 19-pound dinosaur jaw bone the cargo hold of a bus this week.

The bone appears to be from a triceratops, or one of its relatives, although such dinosaurs have never been found in Peru before.

More perplexing to scientists, however, is the prospect of a population of dinosaurs living and dying in a bus's cargo area.

Where's Athena?

by Liza on Mar. 12th, 2008

Falcons have been spotted regularly at the Black Dog nest box in Burnsville, MN, since December, and were observed mating on February 23. (You can follow what's going on with those falcons at the Raptor Resource/Black Dog Forum.)

But the former High Bridge nest box was moved, and so far, there's no sign of Athena. (There's also a Raptor Resource/High Bridge Forum.) Cross your fingers and hope she finds and approves of her new digs before it's too late for chicks this year...