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december 2010

Benchmarks: December 31, 1853: Dinner in a dinosaur

The weather in London on Saturday, Dec. 31, 1853, could not have pleased Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. After a relatively warm Friday, the temperature had plummeted, snow had begun to fall, and for the first time in more than a decade, masses of ice floated down the Thames River. The snow made the streets so slippery that injured pedestrians filled the hospitals.
03 Dec 2010

The first dinner in a beast

Surprisingly, there is precedence for eating dinner in the body of a massive beast. In February 1802, Rembrandt Peale, an early American painter best known for his portraits of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, invited 12 friends and family to dine under the rib cage of a mammoth, which had recently been erected in his father’s museum in Philadelphia.
03 Dec 2010

Where on Earth? - December 2010

Clues for December 2010:
1. Thousands of years of freezing and thawing cycles during the last ice age broke a nearby rock formation into these large chunks of red sandstone and conglomerate, which are strewn across a relatively flat valley. These stones, ranging in size from 1 meter across to more than 8 meters across, have remained in this valley, relatively unchanged, for more than 20,000 years.

Highlights of 2010: What does it mean to be human?

The sequencing of the Neanderthal genome in 2010 helps scientists answer the age-old question

01 Dec 2010