Daily Archives: February 16, 2012

Solar Car Keeps Going and Going

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Late last week, the SolarWorld GT solar car landed in San Francisco as part of its round-the-world tour. A team of German students from Bochum University of Applied Sciences in Germany designed a two-seater electric car in collaboration with SolarWorld, a solar panel manufacturer, to compete in the 2011 World Solar Challenge in Australia. The vehicle works by collecting solar energy through photovoltaic panels on its roof, its solar generator can reach up to 823 watts and the vehicle has … Continue reading

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Archaeologists strike gold in quest to find Queen of Sheba’s wealth

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A British excavation has struck archaeological gold with a discovery that may solve the mystery of where the Queen of Sheba of biblical legend derived her fabled treasures. Almost 3,000 years ago, the ruler of Sheba, which spanned modern-day Ethiopia and Yemen, arrived in Jerusalem with vast quantities of gold to give to King Solomon. Now an enormous ancient goldmine, together with the ruins of a temple and the site of a battlefield, have been discovered in her former territory. … Continue reading

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Israeli library uploads Newton’s theological texts

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He’s considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time. But Sir Isaac Newton was also an influential theologian who applied a scientific approach to the study of scripture, Hebrew and Jewish mysticism.┬áNow Israel’s national library, an unlikely owner of a vast trove of Newton’s writings, has digitized his theological collection – some 7,500 pages in Newton’s own handwriting – and put it online. Among the yellowed texts are Newton’s famous prediction of the apocalypse in 2060. Newton … Continue reading

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Genes may travel from plant to plant to fuel evolution

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The evolution of plants and animals generally has been thought to occur through the passing of genes from parent to offspring and genetic modifications that happen along the way. But evolutionary biologists have documented another avenue, through the passing of genes from plant to plant between species with only a distant ancestral kinship. How this happened is unclear. But the researchers show that not only did a grouping of grasses pass genes multiple times over millions of years, but that … Continue reading

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