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Mount Everest

Mount Everest is located in both Tibet and Nepal. The earth’s tallest mountain, part of the Himalayas, lies on the border of Tibet and Nepal.

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Mount Everest is roughly 29,000 feet tall, about 5.5 miles, above sea level.

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The Nepalese name for Mount Everest is Sagarmatha, while the Tibetans call it Chomolungma.

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The Himalaya mountains are still being formed because the Indian-Australian tectonic plate, on which India sits, continues to slowly push under the Eurasian plate. For this reason, Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks will probably rise in height slightly for years to come.

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Who Built The Giant Statues On Easter Island?

Easter Island is a small volcanic island of about 64 square miles (166 sq km) in the South Pacific Ocean.

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Easter Island (aka Rapa Nui)

It is about 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of Chile and 2,000 miles (3,220 km) east of Tahiti, making it one of the most isolated places in the world.

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Easter Island belongs to Chile, and nearly 3,000 people live there today.

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No one knows for sure who erected the 600 stone statues, called moai, more than 1,600 years ago. They may have been people from Polynesia, or they may have been South American Indians.

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Easter Island was named by a Dutch sea captain who discovered it on Easter Sunday in 1722. The giant stone moai of Easter Island range in height from 13 to 20 feet.

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The culture and people who created them 16 centuries ago remain a mystery.

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"They may have been people from Polynesia, or they may have been South American Indians."

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The Rapa Nui People have been found to be of Polynesian origin through genetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA of pre-historic skeletons. Genetic analysis performed by Erik Thorsby and other geneticists in 2007 revealed genetic markers of European and Amerindian origin that suggest that the Rapa Nui had European and Amerindian contributions to their DNA during or before the early 1800s.


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Powered Flight

A lot of people did think about adding an engine to a glider before the Wright brothers.

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For example, in 1843, William Samuel Henson wrote an article in Mechanics Magazine that proposed an “Aerial Steam Carriage” that would use a steam engine to drive a propeller in a fixed-wing aircraft.

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The problem wasn’t a lack of imagination, but of the right technology. Steam engines were too heavy to do the job. It wasn’t until auto builders perfected the smaller, lighter internal combustion engine that powered fixed-wing flight became possible.

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1903 – Wright Bros first aircraft engine

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1903 – Wright Bros first engine – combustion process

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Imagine Henson seeing his design being used 44,000 times a day in the US! I wonder how someone would react to knowing that. Today, I think they would be scorned and laughed at, or the richest person in the world.

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Saint Bernard Dogs

The St. Bernard Dog is a very large breed, and a working dog from the Swiss Alps, originally bred for rescue.

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The breed has become famous because it has helped save lives in the Swiss Alps, as well as for its large size.

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The ancestors of the St. Bernard share a history with the Sennenhunds, which are large farm dogs of the farmers and dairymen of the Swiss Alps.

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At the last count, St. Bernards have saved more than 2,500 lives over the last 200 years alone.

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The man behind the name of the dog was an Italian clergyman named Bernard. During the Middle Ages, he founded a hospice in Valle d’Aosta on the border of Switzerland and Italy, and added the famous doggy search-and-rescue mission. The hospice is still operating there, and the big furry dogs are still bred in a kennel out back.

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These days, however, they’re kept more for sentimental reasons than for rescue, since cars and helicopters are now more effective at rescuing stranded people than big sloppy dogs.

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In case you were wondering, the St. Bernard rescue dogs really did wear casks of brandy on their collars. It gave the people they found an illusion of being a little warmer until real help arrived.

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Segregation And Sit-Ins

Back in the 60s, one unpleasant aspect of segregated life for African Americans in the South could be found at restaurants and lunch counters.

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In those days, blacks could only be served at counters that had signs reading COLORED ONLY. After, the success of the Montgomery bus boycott, blacks were more determined and encouraged to break down segregation wherever it existed. Restaurants provided a good location to do it in a nonviolent manner.

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On February 1, 1960, four black freshmen from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College in Greensboro, North Carolina, decided to conduct just such a protest.

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Their names were Ezell Blair Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond. They had heard about African Americans demanding service at whites-only restaurants, and they knew that they could end up in jail for doing it themselves. But they talked each other into it, and the next day went to the Woolworth’s on North Elm Street in Greensboro.

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They sat at the whites-only lunch counter, requested service, and refused to move until they got it. When nothing happened, they left at closing time and sought advice from a local dentist. He wrote to CORE (Congress Of Racial Equality), who sent a representative to organize more sit-ins by the students.

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Word spread, and a strategy was developed whereby enough students were recruited to stage daily sit-ins until segregation was finally defeated.

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Pigeon Post

The Chinese used homing pigeons to deliver some of their mail as long ago as 1000 B.C. But the only large-scale use of pigeons to deliver mail in modern times occurred in Paris during the 1870s.

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At the time (1870s), France and Prussia were at war, and the Prussians had surrounded the city of Paris. For many months, they wouldn’t allow anything, including mail, to enter or leave the city.

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But the French found a clever way to keep their postal system working. Mail was sent to Frenchmen outside Paris by means of hot-air balloons, which also carried hundreds of homing pigeons. Letters that were sent to Paris were first reduced in size by photography, so that 30,000 letters could be carried on film placed inside a canister.

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These canisters were attached to pigeons, and the pigeons flew into Paris. Thirty-five pigeons carried the same letters, so that in case any were shot down, at least one would reach Paris.

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In Paris, the film was projected on a screen, and the letters were copied by hand and delivered to homes in the city. The mail delivery system became known as the “pigeon post”.

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If they could have only gotten their hands on a scanner and an SD card! But, this just goes to show you there is nothing new under the sun. The same ideas have been around for years, and it's just the technology to implement them that changes.

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What Was The Boston Tea Party?

The Boston Tea Party protest by colonists in Boston was the result of a growing resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which was passed by the British Parliament in 1773.

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On December 16, 1773, some 100 ruffians disguised as “Indians,” complete with hatchets, ash-darkened skin, and war paint, attacked three British merchant ships loaded with tea, hacked open 342 chests of tea, and tossed them overboard into Boston Harbor, one by one.

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It’s believed that patriot Samuel Adams directed the action but didn’t actually dirty his hands with war paint and tea. The most famous name you’d recognize from those who actually boarded the ships with a hatchet? Paul Revere.

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What Is Fiberglass Made Of?

A substance called fiberglass is used today for a whole range of things, boats, car bodies, skateboards, curtains, even yo-yos. You may have wondered why it’s called fiberglass, for it surely doesn’t look much like glass.

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But fiberglass is made from the same substances as ordinary glass. The glass is heated, and the molten material is pulled into thin threads, which can then be woven together to make fiberglass fabrics.

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Fiberglass threads are often used to reinforce plastics, making them stronger without making them heavier. This fiberglass-reinforced plastic is what many people call “fiberglass.”

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The name fiberglass was originally a brand name, "Fiberglas", and could be used only by the company that first made it. But in the United States today, anybody who manufactures glass fiber can call it fiberglass.

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X-37B Spaceplane

A U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane made a pre-dawn landing two days ago at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, after spending 780 days in orbit, breaking its own record by 62 days. It was the craft’s fifth mission to date.

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The robotic vehicle resembles NASA's famous space shuttle but is much smaller. The X-37B is about 29 feet (8.8 meters) long and 9.5 feet (2.9 m) tall, with a wingspan just less than 15 feet (4.6 m). At launch, it weighs 11,000 lbs. (4,990 kilograms).

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The X-37B's payload bay (the area in which the cargo is packed) measures 7 feet long by 4 feet wide (2.1 by 1.2 m) — about the size of a pickup truck bed. Just what the X-37B carries in there is unclear, however. Air Force officials generally comment only on the overall goals of the program, stressing that each payload is classified.

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It’s been five years since the first launch of the ”mini-shuttle’, and outside observers—meaning those who lack the proper security clearances—still know little more about this mysterious unmanned vehicle than they did in 2010. Like the shuttle, the spaceplane is designed for a rocket launch and plane landing.

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The Air Force plans to launch the sixth X-37B mission from Cape Canaveral in 2020 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center expects to launch to occur sometime between April and June.

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