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Surprise Shipwreck Find Yields Intact Hull, Cargo
May 18, 2015
After a four-year effort, archaeologists have identified a nearly intact shipwreck as part of a colonial Spanish fleet. The ship was the Nuestra Senora de Encarnacion, a Spanish vessel that sank during a storm in 1681. Archaeologists found the ship in 40 feet of water off the coast of Panama in 2011. Part of the famed Tierra Fierme fleet, the ship was built in Mexico. Among the artifacts found by researchers are more than 100 boxes of ceramics, lead seals mule shoes, nails, scissors, sword blades, and wooden barrels. The researchers were pleasantly surprised by how well preserved the ship's cargo was.

Solar-powered Bike Path Lights Up Expectations
May 18, 2015
A bike path that doubles as a solar power generator has proved a success, Dutch authorities report. The SolaRoad, opened in Krommenie, the Netherlands, in November 2014, has seen enough above-ground traffic to power a typcial one-person house for a year. The path, which is only 70 meters long, as has proved so popular that its total power generated exceeded 3,000 kilowatt-hours. More than 150,000 cyclists used the path in the first six months, engineers said.

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

Brooklyn Bridge Opens to the Public
After a 14-year construction period, the Brooklyn Bridge finally opened to the public on May 24, 1883. When it opened, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.

 

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