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You should see the Corning museum of glass in Corning, New York.

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Humongous Seed

A tall palm tree called Lodoicea maldivica, which grows only in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, produces the largest single seed in the world known in the plant kingdom.

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The two-lobed seed can be twenty inches long.

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It grows in huge fruits that look something like two coconuts joined together in an almost heart-shaped arrangement.

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To most, they looked like wonderful souvenirs, and the trees are threatened in the wild because local residents collect the seeds to sell.

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They have a very slow germination time of several years. Eventually a shoot grows out of the seed and then goes underground.

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But ironically, the kernel of the ”coco de mer”, which is the inner edible part of the nut, are normally thrown away in order to make the shell lighter to be sold as souvenirs to the many visitors to the Seychelles shores.

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Joan Of Arc

Many of the stories that have come down to us from the Middle Ages are merely legends. Some of these tales are based loosely on facts. For instance, there really was an English hero named Arthur, but most of the stories that grew up about him as king were legend.

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But the story of Joan of Arc is true.

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Joan Of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc)

She was born in France in 1412, at a time when England had conquered much of France. At the age of 13, she claimed that she heard voices from heaven telling her she was to lead the French against the English invaders, and to have Charles VII crowned king of all France.

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She convinced Charles to place her at the head of a French army, where she defeated the English and their allies at the Battle of Orleans.

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Charles was crowned, but Joan was captured by her enemies and accused of treason against the church. She was found guilty and burned at the stake in 1431, at the age of only 19!

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About 25 years later, another court declared that Joan had been innocent. She was made a saint of the Catholic Church in 1920.

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Ernest Rutherford

Science in the twentieth century was dominated by two pursuits: astronomers looked farther and farther into space to the very edge of the universe, and physicists looked deeper and deeper into matter at the smallest particles in the universe.

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Astronomy and Physics

Marie Curie gave the first hints of subatomic particles when she theorized that the atom was the source of radiation.

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In 1897, the British physicist Sir Joseph John Thomson announced that he had found particles smaller than the atom. He called them “corpuscles,” and he believed that they were scattered throughout the atom like seeds in a watermelon. He was right about the particles, later renamed electrons, but wrong about their properties.

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It would be one of Thomson’s students who would unlock the secrets of the electron and become the first scientist to look inside the atom. In the process, that student would also become the world’s first successful alchemist.

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Ernest Rutherford was born in Nelson, New Zealand, in 1871. His family were pioneers in the isolated countryside of the new nation, and Rutherford learned the life of a farmer from his father.

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After college, he was accepted for a research position at Cambridge University, a rare honor for a student from outside of England. The head of physics research at Cambridge was J. J. Thomson and Rutherford was very interested in his “corpuscles.”

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Even though Rutherford is considered a physicist, he won the 1908 Nobel Prize for chemistry.

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A unit of radioactivity, the rutherford, and element number 104, rutherfordium, were named in Rutherford’s honor.

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One Hump Or Two?

A camel is an even-toed ungulate with fatty deposits we know as humps on its back.

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There are two species of camels:

The Dromedary or Arabian camel has a single hump, and is found in North Africa and the Middle East.

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The Bactrian camel has two humps, and the few remaining in the wild in northwest China and Mongolia are currently classified as critically endangered.

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If you cross a One-Hump Camel with a Two-Hump Camel, you’d get a nar (sometimes called an F1 hybrid). A nar is typically larger than either parent. They are often used as a transport animal in Central Asia. A nar is much like every other camel, but it has a single elongated hump.

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So again; will that be one hump or two?

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World’s Longest Fence

Can you imagine a fence long enough to stretch from New York City all the way to California?

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There is such a fence, and it’s in Queensland, a part of Australia. The Australians built this fence around their vast sheep-raising areas, to protect their flocks from wild dogs (hence the name: Dingo Barrier Fence) and other animals.

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It was built in 1885 and has been in service for almost 130 years.

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The wire fence is six feet tall and is buried one foot in the ground. Including all its twists and turns, the fence stretches more than 3,435 miles! It is about twice the length of the Great Wall of China.

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American Volcanoes

The United States does have active volcanoes. In fact, the United States is third in the world in the number of active volcanoes ever recorded, behind Indonesia and Japan.

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About 1,500 volcanoes have erupted all over the world in the past 10,000 years, and about 150 of those were in the United States. Today, active volcanoes are found in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

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Hawaii is home to six active volcanoes. Mauna Loa has erupted 15 times since 1900 and is one of the world’s largest active volcanoes. Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and has been erupting continuously since 1983. Hawaii also hosts the emerging seamount known as Lo’ihi.

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Volcanoes in the Cascade range in California, Oregon, and Washington are less active but potentially more dangerous because so many people live nearby.

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Among the active volcanoes in Washington are Mount Baker, which last showed signs of activity in 1976; Mount Rainier, which has been quiet for the past 500 years; and Mount St. Helens, which erupted in 1980 and caused enormous destruction.

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Lassen Peak in California erupted between 1914 and 1917.

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About 80 volcanic centers, each with one or more volcanoes, exist in the Alaska peninsula and the Aleutian Islands. On average, about one or two eruptions occur each year there.

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One of those volcanoes, Novarupta, on the Alaska Peninsula, erupted in 1912 and spewed out 30 times the volume of magma produced by Mount St. Helens in 1980.

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The volcano was the world’s largest in the twentieth century.

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I had never seen a map plotting all our volcanoes. So interesting and frightening! Novarupta produced thirty times that of Mt. Saint Helens? Enough to cover Kodiac Island in three feet of ash. It is also called the Katmai Eruption and considered the largest of the 20th century.

Fascinating. Thank you, Henry!

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[...] Fascinating. Thank you, Henry!

My pleasure, for sure. :)

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