June 8, 2010 |
Israel is referred to repeatedly in the Bible — 17 times, in fact — as the "land of milk and honey," but until three years ago, archaeologists had discovered little firm evidence that beekeeping was ever practiced there. Many scholars, in fact, assumed "honey" referred to a nectar from dates or other fruits. Then, three years ago, researchers found a 3,000-year-old apiary in the Iron Age city of Tel Rehov in the Jordan Valley, the oldest known commercial beekeeping facility in the world, suggesting that the word "honey" likely referred to the real thing.
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May 26, 2005 |
Newly developed computer models applied for the first time to the Puente Hills fault beneath downtown Los Angeles suggest a 7.5 magnitude quake could cause as much as a quarter of a trillion dollars in damage and kill as many as 18,000 people. Scientists have known for the last two years that the fault is the major quake threat to urban Los Angeles, but the new projections released Wednesday provide the first rough picture of the potential loss of life and property.
November 16, 2003 |
Ranger Jason Caffey was on routine patrol, miles from anywhere, when he saw it: A rock shelter that archeologists have been excavating for a decade had been looted, scooped out in the middle with thousands of stone artifacts and bone fragments cast aside. But since Caffey's discovery in June in rugged, remote northern Wyoming, no arrests have been made and leads have been sparse.
November 4, 2003 |
Almost 3,000 years ago, Greek King Ifitos of Elis visited the antiquity's leading think tank, the oracle at Delphi, and asked the arts- and music-loving Apollo how to stop the brutal carnage among the city-states of the Greek peninsula. The oracle pointed him toward Olympia and the organization of a quadrennial athletic competition, as it would help break cycles of ignorance and hate. King Ifitos sent messengers wearing crowns of olive branches throughout the region to announce the plan.
December 11, 1999 |
After spending more than $300 million on plans that include a state-of-the-art command center complete with filtered air to thwart chemical and biological attacks, officials here believe New York is fully prepared to face potential problems as the millennium looms.
July 19, 1999 |
Almost every Friday evening, as the stillness of the Jewish Sabbath settles over this holy city, a white-bearded man wearing a black hat and suit takes up his post at its western entrance. Seated on a folding chair on a small island in the street, he glares and shakes his finger at drivers entering Jerusalem, delivering a stern reminder to the faithless, or forgetful, that religious law prohibits observant Jews from driving on the Sabbath.