Fri January 11, 2013

The View Inside a 1907 Time Capsule

Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority’s Todd Dangerfield and Museum of Discovery’s Cheryl Donaldson peel the welded copper time capsule like a sardine can.
Grace Hood KUNC

Some 20 people gathered at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery Friday to witness the opening of a time capsule buried in 1907. It was about half the size of a cereal box, and packed tightly with newspapers, postcards, photographs and letters.

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Fri January 11, 2013
Krulwich Wonders...

The Oldest Rock In The World Tells Us A Story

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 11:51 am

Steve Munsinger Photo Researchers Inc.

It's hard to imagine how this teeny little rock — it's not even a whole rock, it's just a grain, a miniscule droplet of mineral barely the thickness of a human hair — could rewrite the history of our planet. But that's what seems to be happening.

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Thu January 3, 2013
The Two-Way

DNA Links Bloody Handkerchief To French King's Execution

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 4:28 pm

Scientists have established the authenticity of a cloth dipped in the blood of France's King Louis XVI. A memorial depicts the executed king and Queen Marie-Antoinette at Saint-Denis, near Paris.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

In France, a team of scientists says that a piece of cloth that was reputedly dipped in the blood of Louis XVI is genuine. Louis XVI was executed 220 years ago this month, during the French Revolution.

The handkerchief had been stored for years in an ornately decorated gourd, as Tia Ghose writes at Live Science.

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Sun December 30, 2012

The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Russian Crown Jewels

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 12:49 am

This necklace appears in the 1922 album at the USGS library, but not in the 1925 book on the Russian crown jewels.

The story of the missing Russian crown jewels begins, as so many great adventures do, in a library.

In this case, it was the U.S. Geological Survey Library in Reston, Va.

Richard Huffine, the director, was looking through the library's rare-book collection when he came upon an oversized volume.

"And there's no markings on the outside, there's no spine label or anything like that," he says. "This one caught our eye, and we pulled it aside to take a further look at it."

Researcher Jenna Nolt was one of those who took a look.

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Sat December 29, 2012

Virtually Anyone Can See The Dead Sea Scrolls Now

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 3:38 pm

A fragment of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls is laid out at a laboratory in Jerusalem. More than 60 years after their discovery, 5,000 images of the ancient scrolls are now online.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

This week, an ancient and largely inaccessible treasure was opened to everyone. Now, anyone with access to a computer can look at the oldest Bible known to humankind.

Thousands of high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls were posted online this week in a partnership between Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority. The online archive, dating back to the first century B.C., includes portions of the Ten Commandments and the Book of Genesis.

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