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New Letters Found at Famed Roman Britain Fort
July 13, 2017
Archaeologists have unearthed new letters written nearly 2000 years ago at a Roman Britain fort. The letters were at the site of Vindolanda, once a Roman fort just south of Hadrian's Wall, far to the north of what is now Northumberland but was then part of the Roman Empire. Roman troops were stationed at Vindolanda for several centuries, beginning in the 1st Century A.D.; the fort continued to serve as a form of northern watch for decades after the Romans left, in the 5th Century A.D.

Nazi Code Machine Brings $50,000 at Auction
July 13, 2017
A code-making machine used by Germany during World War II has sold at auction for more than $50,000. A cryptography professor saw the Enigma machine at a flea market in Bucharest, Romania, and paid 100 euros ($114) for it. He handed the machine over to a Romanian auction house, Artmark, and the selling price was 45,000 euros ($51,000), to an anonymous online bidder. The initial selling price was 9,000 euros ($10,300). The machine, a Wehrmacht I that came in its original box, is still usable.

Supposed Photo of Amelia Earhart Predates Disappearance
July 11, 2017
A photo that some researchers concluded showed missing aviatrix Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan in Japanese hands appears in a travelogue published two years before their disappearance.

Hippocratic Manuscript Found in Sinai Monastery
July 11, 2017
A recently unearthed manuscript at a monastery in the Sinai peninsula once contained writings by the famous Greek physician Hippocrates. Archaeologists discovered the Hippocratic manuscript, which contains a medicinal recipe, as one of a number of items unearthed during a restoration of the St. Catherine Monastery, in South Sinai, in northeast Egypt.

New Efforts to Solve Amelia Earhart Mystery
July 6, 2017
Two new developments add to the mystery of the fate of famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, who disappeared without a trace on a round-the-world flight 80 years ago. One of the new developments involves dogs; the other involves a decades-old photograph.

U.S. Mayors Embrace Renewable Energy, Other Climate Issues
June 26, 2017
The nation's mayors joined a group of high-profile governors in embracing climate change, urging the U.S. Government to abide by the terms of the Paris Agreement. President Trump recently announced his intention to withdraw the nation from the agreement. At the annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors, this year in Miami Beach, the mayors, from both major political parties, united in adopting a series of resolutions that tackle the challenge of climate change. Primary among those resolutions was a pledge to move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. The mayors also called for a move toward making the nation's transportation sector electric and a move toward more fully embracing wind energy as a form of renewable energy.

 

 

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