Oldest Musical Instrument Found

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Oldest Musical Instrument Found By Aline Reynolds — Discover Magazine, January 3, 2010 More than 35,000 years ago, our ancestors living in present-day southwestern Germany were playing sophisticated music, according to University of Tübingen archaeologist Nicholas Conard. In June he announced that he and his colleagues had unearthed an ancient bone flute in Hohle Fels, a cave […]

The Most Sensitive Radio Telescope in the World: Arecibo Observatory

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The Most Sensitive Radio Telescope in the World: Arecibo Observatory By Aline Reynolds — Discover Magazine, April 2, 2010 March 31, 2010 BY ALINE REYNOLDS | Puerto Rico is home to the largest, most sensitive radio telescope in the world. For more than 40 years, the Arecibo Observatory has measured the motions of galaxies, mapped the surface […]

Airlines and Scientists Clash Over the Volcanic White Cloud

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Airlines and Scientists Clash Over the Volcanic White Cloud By Aline Reynolds — Discover Magazine, April 20, 2010 Six days after ash from Iceland’s volcano paralyzed European airspace, aviation experts and academics are arguing over whether the entire mess could have been avoided. Ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano started to spread across North European skies last week, […]

Where in the World Will the Next Big Earthquake Strike?

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Where in the World Will the Next Big Earthquake Strike? By Aline Reynolds — Discover Magazine, January 22, 2010* January 22, 2010 | In the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, nervous citizens can be forgiven for wondering where the next Big One will hit. Major quakes strike with alarming regularity: Earthquakes of magnitude 7 or greater occur […]