March News: Sub-atomic Particles, Ancient Artifacts, a Volcano Awakens & Diplomatic Unrest

  

I love to find information to share. Recently, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to do just that. So much has happened all over the world. From ongoing diplomatic scuffles across the globe to amazing archaeological finds, March has been a busy month. I’ve posted stories and highlights below with links so you can read each story in full. I hope you’ll find something that you’ll want to share.

Science & Culture

Elon Musk's SpaceX on brink of `Wright Brothers moment' with reused rocket
Elon Musk’s SpaceX on brink of `Wright Brothers moment’ with reused rocket

Boosters account for two-thirds of the price of a $62 million rocket. These boosters are 14 stories high. Reuse will revolutionize launches. See also, ‘Flight proven’ SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket poised for second launch (Florida Today, March 24, 2017)

LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue - BBC News
New sub-atomic particles discovered by scientists using the Large Hadron Collider. Researchers hope to gain better understanding of atomic “strong force.”
Geoscience Policy Recommendations for the New Administration and the 115th Congress
Geoscience Policy Recommendations for the New Administration and the 115th Congress
US scientists launch world's biggest solar geoengineering study
Scientists test seeding the atmosphere to stimulate atmospheric cooling.
One giant leap for fishkind | Global Ideas | DW.COM | 20.03.2017
Fish at this South Pacific island are taking to land from time to time.
Watch Sea Shepherd Ship Sail with Megapod of Dolphins
Video footage: Megapod of dolphins- around 1,000- observed in the Gulf of California on February 25.
Photos Reveal More Than 200 Bright Blue Arctic Lakes Have Started Bubbling with Methane Gas
Photos Reveal More Than 200 Bright Blue Arctic Lakes Have Started Bubbling with Methane Gas
Thermokarst lakes are usually dark in color. But, these lakes contain methane which supports the growth of blue algae.
Deep in the Amazon, a Remarkable Beach (and Ant-Eating) Experience
Deep in the Amazon, a Remarkable Beach (and Ant-Eating) Experience
Simon Romero writing for the New York Times explores this inland beach.
Kambalny volcano (southern Kamchatka, Russia): first historic eruption
Kambalny volcano (southern Kamchatka, Russia): first historic eruption
Ash plume is first confirmed eruption of Kambalny.
400,000-year-old cranium fossil found in Portugal 
400,000-year-old cranium fossil found in Portugal

Found in 2014, it took over two years to release the piece from its sediment cocoon. Stone tools and other artifacts were also found at the site.

Complete details at: New Middle Pleistocene hominin cranium from Gruta da Aroeira, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
Tomb Of Jesus Is Restored In Jerusalem
March 20: “A restoration team Monday announced the completion of a historic renovation of one of Christianity’s holiest sites – the shrine that, according to tradition, houses the tomb of Jesus.”
Crusader Shipwreck, Likely From the Siege of Acre, Discovered
“Researchers recently discovered a sunken ship in Israel’s Bay of Haifa. The wreck was likely helmed by Crusaders fleeing the Siege of Acre in 1291.”
'I buried my negatives in the ground in order that there should be some record of our tragedy.’ The photographs of Henryk Ross.
‘I buried my negatives in the ground in order that there should be some record of our tragedy.’ The photographs of Henryk Ross.
Forced to work for the Nazis, Polish press photographer recorded history.
Abigail Reynolds Traveled the World to Document Libraries That No Longer Exist
Abigail Reynolds Traveled the World to Document Libraries That No Longer Exist
Chinese archaeologists discover relics from Ming Dynasty
Lost at the bottom of a river for over 300 years, the find also included over 10,000 other artifacts including many gold and silver coins.
Exhibitions in London | Great Fire of London | Activities for all ages 
Exhibitions in London | Great Fire of London | Activities for all ages

Now at the Museum of London.

See also: Teacher’s Guide pdf
and The Great Fire of London Game – digital learning game
Van Gogh paintings go on display 14 years after being stolen by Mafia
Van Gogh paintings go on display 14 years after being stolen by Mafia
Hidden behind a false wall in a villa, the paintings are now back on display.

Trains, Planes, and Ships

There's no need to walk to the train, if you live in this building. It comes to you.
There’s no need to walk to the train, if you live in this building. It comes to you.
In Chongqing, China, this train’s transit stop is inside an apartment building. With 49 million residents, space it at a premium.
Drunk pilot faces prison sentence after pleading guilty 
Drunk pilot faces prison sentence after pleading guilty
The pilot had reached the cockpit before his condition was discovered.
Egyptian airline's first all-female flight crews take to skies
The move was intended to mark the celebration of International Women’s Day and encourage more Egyptian women to consider a career as pilots.
All 49 passengers, crew survive 'miraculous' crash landing in South Sudan
All 49 passengers, crew survive ‘miraculous’ crash landing in South Sudan
March 21 update: Plain crashes on runway during bad weather, hitting fire truck on scene.
Middle Eastern Airlines Report Sudden US Ban On Laptops And Tablets
Middle Eastern Airlines Report Sudden US Ban On Laptops And Tablets
Further reports revealed that ban was triggered by uncovered plot of convert batteries into bombs.
DriveSpark - Norway To Build World's First Ship Tunnel
Norway is planning to build the world’s first ship tunnel. Here are the complete details.

Growth & Change

37 percent of young Russians want to restore the monarchy
A recent study found that 22% of all Russians and 37% of those under age 34 were not opposed to a monarchy.
In a Rare Survey, Cubans Express a Hunger for Economic Growth
Cubans hope to see improved trade and development.
The greening of Hiware Bazaar in Maharashtra
“The story of a Maharashtra village that transformed itself and the lives of its people.”
Shintaro Yamaguchi: Subsidized child care slightly raises women's employment in Japan
Shintaro Yamaguchi: Subsidized child care slightly raises women’s employment in Japan

New World Disorder

India and US in WTO face-off over solar power ruling compliance
US wants India to cancel tender offers and allow foreign investors a better shot.
Don't use Taiwan as pawn in chess game, Taipei urges US, China
March 20: Taiwan minister issues statement ahead of China-US summit.
Counting Americans: A new Mideast box on census is sensitive
Will those of Middle Eastern or North African descent be comfortable disclosing this fact on census forms?
Hartford Mayor, Police Chief: ICE Agents Led Undocumented Woman to believe they were city police. 
Hartford Mayor, Police Chief: ICE Agents Led Undocumented Woman to believe they were city police.
Britain denied payout to war hero 'reduced to skeleton by Gestapo'
Britain denied payout to war hero ‘reduced to skeleton by Gestapo’
Location of detainment used as basis to deny compensation.
Shots fired at former President of Haiti Aristide
March 20: Monday’s assassination attempt involved shots fired at motorcade.
Greek police find eight parcel bombs headed to EU countries 
Greek police find eight parcel bombs headed to EU countries
March 20: Investigating previous letter bombs, new parcels were found and neutralized on Monday.
Algeria president makes video appearance after month of health rumors
Algeria president makes video appearance after month of health rumors
Reported March 20, 2017 Reuters
Ghana waterfall: Many dead in Kintampo freak tree accident 
Ghana waterfall: Many dead in Kintampo freak tree accident
March 20: High school students and others trapped in rainstorm near waterfall when tree collapsed killing many.
29 inmates tunnel out of northern Mexico prison
As of March 23, 12 of 29 have been recaptured following their escape from a prison constructed in the 1940’s.Thirty guards are under investigation.
Merkel says Germany could ban Turkish campaign events
March 20: Tensions between Germany and Turkey continue.
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