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Name of source: CNN
SOURCE: CNN (10-1-10)
Britain’s National Archives has cataloged and made available to the public journals and diaries from surgeons who served on ships and in shore installations from 1793 to 1880. The archive represents “probably the most significant collection of records for the study of health and medicine at sea for the 19th century,” said Bruno Pappalardo, naval records specialist at the National Archives.
Rum was the treatment of choice aboard HMS Arab during a voyage to the West Indies in 1799 and 1800. A surgeon writes that “application of rum” to the area of a scorpion or centipede bite helps prevent paralysis. The same surgeon mixed rum with oil to treat a tarantula bite.
Aboard HMS Princess Royal in 1801, tobacco was thought to have curative properties. A man who had fallen overboard and was submerged for 12 minutes was brought back aboard the Princess Royal with the appearance of a corpse, surgeon Ben Lara wrote. The victim was dried and warmed by hot water bottles and then tobacco smoke was pumped into his lungs through a tube. After almost an hour of treatment, a pulse was detected and the man lived, according to the journal....
SOURCE: CNN (9-30-10)
The Yuan period, which began in 1215 with the birth of Khubilai, grandson of feared Mongolian warlord Genghis, is one of the most famous in history.
Few people know what Khubilai's world was really like, however. This exhibition gives an in-depth look not just at the riches of the court but also at how people lived in the period, what they wore, how they served their food and worshipped.
It also aims to change long-held perceptions about the feared Mongols of the time....
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (10-1-10)
In the experiment, aimed at testing the then-new drug penicillin, inmates were infected by prostitutes and later treated with the antibiotic.
"The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement....
Name of source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (9-30-10)
What looks like a brick second-story addition to the William Smith House -- where the first armed opposition to British rule by colonists was planned -- actually is a wooden frame covered with shingles, he said. That 20th-century upper floor is one of the things that so far has kept the building off state and federal registers of historic structures.
The modern renovations, which include porches and a summer kitchen, have not discouraged a museum in Northern Ireland from expressing its interest in relocating the house to the Ulster American Folk Park.
"I'm afraid that if we ever want to see the house as it was, we'll all have to buy a ticket to Europe," Mr. McCown said.
More than 250 years after it was built, the home's future is unclear. The major players include the region's volunteer fire company, the museum in Northern Ireland, historians from across the country and a group of about a dozen Mercersburg area residents who have organized themselves as the Committee to Save the Justice William Smith House.
Smith, an 18th century businessman and local magistrate, was one of the leaders of what historians describe as a group of colonists that mounted the first armed resistance British rule. His home -- then a one-story stone cottage -- was the meeting place in 1765 for mostly Scots-Irish settlers who organized themselves into armed bands. They formed a local militia after concluding that neither the colonial government in Philadelphia nor British officials in London were able to protect them from Indian raids....
Name of source: Science News
SOURCE: Science News (9-30-10)
Stone tools and plant remains indicate that, as early as 49,000 years ago, people lived 2,000 meters, or 1.2 miles, above sea level in Papua New Guinea’s Ivane Valley, say archaeologist Glenn Summerhayes of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and his colleagues.
By at least 50,000 years ago, modern humans occupied lowland rainforests and savannas of southeastern Asia’s land mass known as Sunda. From there they crossed the open ocean to Sahul, presumably in seacraft of some kind. Rising sea levels separated Papua New Guinea from Australia roughly 10,000 years ago.
Many researchers assume that modern humans spread from Africa to Sahul along the coast and preferred living at low altitudes. That idea gets drubbed by the new discoveries, Summerhayes says. Shortly after reaching Sahul’s shores, settlers headed uphill to the Ivane Valley’s thin air, cold temperatures and harsh habitat, the scientists conclude in the Oct. 1 Science....
Name of source: DPA
SOURCE: DPA (9-30-10)
Richard Westwood-Brookes of Mullock's Auctioneers in Shropshire, northwest of London, said it was an 'interesting trend' that the works had been bought exclusively by overseas buyers from China, India and Russia.
'This shows that it has nothing to do with an obsession with the Nazis, or neo-Nazis buying it,' Westwood-Brookes told DPA.
'There is a great interest in World War II in these countries and a lot of people with a lot of money to invest,' he said. 'They look at these items as an investment.'
The watercolours, painted by Hitler around 1908 when he was 'a struggling artist' in Austria had been expected to fetch 150,000 pounds.
The highest single price paid for a painting was 10,000 pounds for Ortschaft am Main (Village on the Main), a hillside scene with a rustic building, signed by Hitler.
A watercolour of a landscape with a large basilica, and factory chimneys in the distance, sold for 8,200 pounds, the average price paid by bidders for each of the items.
Hitler's fish knife fetched 900 pounds, but a tea spoon used by his mistress, Eva Braun, remained unsold....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-1-10)
1) Yogi Bear
The fictional bear got his own show in 1961 after appearing in The Huckleberry Hound show in 1958. Yogi, together with collar hat, and girlfriend Cindy, is one of the pair's most popular and long-running animated characters.
Yogi gets up to most of his escapades in the fictional Jellystone Park along with his ever-present friend Boo-Boo Bear.
2) Scooby Doo
First appeared in 1969 and is still seen on television today. The dog, along with sidekick Scrappy, and friends Fred, Daphne, and Velma solve mysterious crimes.
In the penultimate scenes the mask of the bad guy is removed to reveal a real person found elsewhere in the episode.
3) The jetsons
Set in the year 2062 the animated science fiction series surrounds the lives of George Jetson and his family, including dog Astro.
The family first appeared on US television in 1962 and proved to be so popular it was reinvented in the 1980s....
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (10-1-10)
The controversy at the school in southern Israel reflects how charged the events surrounding the Jewish state's birth remain more than six decades later. Israeli Jews celebrate 1948 as the year of their independence, while Palestinians and Israel's Arab citizens mourn what they call "al-naqba" — the catastrophe — the year of their defeat and mass exodus.
The principal of the Shaar Hanegev high school has been told to report next week to clarify with Education Ministry officials his school's use of an unapproved textbook, ministry spokesman Hagit Cohen told The Associated Press.
The textbook in question gives the Israeli narrative of the country's founding next to that of the Palestinians, with blank space in the middle for students to insert their own thoughts, according to a report this week in the daily Haaretz.
An unnamed teacher at the school told Haaretz that the ministry instructed the school to pull the book two days after the academic year began this month.
Cohen, the ministry spokeswoman, said the book was rejected by the Education Ministry five years ago, not during the term of the current Israeli government. The ministry's policy has always been to summon principals for clarification whenever unauthorized materials are used, she said....
Name of source: BBC News
Hundreds of nationalists travelled to the ruins of the 11th Century cathedral at Ani in eastern Turkey to commemorate a Muslim victory there.
The action is being seen as a response to the reopening of another historic Armenian church last month in Turkey.
Armenians from across the world came to hear Mass at the church in Lake Van.
Ani, an uninhabited archaeological site, was once the capital of a medieval Armenian kingdom in the province of Kars.
Devlet Bahceli, head of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), led the crowd saying prayers at the site.
The party said it was following the example of Turkish ruler Alp Arslan, who removed the cathedral's cross and prayed there following his capture of Ani in 1064....
The game 1378 awards medals to "guards" if they shoot a high number of East Germans trying to escape to the West.
23-year-old Jens Stober created the game as part of his university degree.
It was due to be released this Sunday, the 20th anniversary of German reunification.
However, it has been reported that criticism of the game has delayed its launch.
The title 1378 represents the length in kilometres of the border between East and West Germany during the Cold War, known as the "death strip".
The game has been developed in the "first-person shooter" genre where the player's perspective is that of the person holding the gun.
Up to 16 people can play at the same time and players can also take on the role of East Germans trying to flee the communist state.
"Guards", meanwhile, also have to face the consequences: they later find themselves in the year 2000, when they are put on trial for the shootings....
Scientists say the find shows that key features of the plumage were present quite early on in penguin evolution.
The team told Science magazine that the animal's feathers were brown and grey, distinct from the black "tuxedo" look of modern penguins.
It was about 1.5m (5ft) tall and nearly twice as heavy as an Emperor Penguin, the largest living species.
The bird, named Inkayacu paracasensis, or Water King, waddled the Earth during the late Eocene period.
It had a long, straight beak, much longer than that of its modern relatives.
The fossil was found in Reserva Nacional de Paracas in Peru. The scientists nicknamed the penguin "Pedro" - after a scaly character in a Colombian TV series....
Name of source: bbc News
SOURCE: bbc News (9-30-10)
Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote is often described as Spain's most famous novel - and yet few have ever read it.
Now the academy, the official guardian of the Spanish language, has divided the work into more than 2,000 segments.
They will be read and recorded - in Spanish only - by volunteers visiting a special YouTube page.
The academy said the campaign was aimed at promoting both the Spanish language and the famous book, which carried the full title The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha.
"The Spanish language does not occupy the space that it deserves on the internet," the secretary of the academy, Dario Villanueva, said.
"We want to denounce that and do something to correct it," the AFP news agency reported him as saying....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (9-30-10)
“You could barely breathe,” said Ms. Kummer, a lifelong resident of this history-rich city, where Martin Luther studied, Napoleon met Czar Alexander and the first small step toward unification occurred when leaders of the East and the West met in 1970. “For me, it was a sign that everything would be better, when the air was clear.”
As Germany prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of reunification on Sunday, there has been a heated national post-mortem on the process, with much emphasis on the disappointments and shortcomings. One official from a struggling former East German state declared that what happened was not reunification but an anschluss, or annexation, a word that recalled the Nazi takeover of Austria before World War II.
The discussion has primarily emphasized financial disparities: wages in the east remain at 80 percent of the west’s; the unemployment rate in the east is nearly 12 percent, about double that in the west; and the average wealth of an East German family is about 40 percent lower than its West German counterpart. And of course, those in the West often complain about the $1.7 trillion paid — so far — to rebuild and prop up the east.
“For the East Germans, the process of reunification was to some extent disappointing,” said Hans Otto Bräutigam, who served as West Germany’s permanent representative to the former Communist-controlled east. “They expected to be like the West Germans quickly. This is why people are not celebrating reunification.”...
SOURCE: NYT (9-30-10)
In the fall of 1994, just after nearly a million people had been killed in the Rwandan genocide, a team of United Nations investigators concluded that the Rwandan rebels who finally stopped the genocide had killed tens of thousands of people themselves.
But after strong pressure from both Rwanda and Washington and intense debate within the United Nations, the report was never published.
Sixteen years later, a 14-page official summary of that investigation paints a disturbing picture of the victorious rebel forces who would form the new Rwandan government....