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Saturday, April 4, 2015

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Today in History

527 In Constantinople, Justin, seriously ill, crowns his nephew Justinian as his co-emperor.
1581 Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world.
1812 The territory of Orleans becomes the 18th state and will become known as Louisiana.
1818 The United States flag is declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars.
1841 President William Henry Harrison, aged 68, becomes the first president to die in office, just a month after being sworn in.
1862 The Battle of Yorktown begins as Union gen. George B. McClellan closes in on Richmond, Va.
1917 The U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter World War I on Allied side.
1918 The Battle of the Somme ends.
1941 Field Marshal Erwin Rommel captures the British held town of Benghazi in North Africa.
1949 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty is signed.
1968 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
1974 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record.
1979 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the president of Pakistan is executed.
1985 A coup in Sudan ousts President Nimeiry and replaces him with General Dahab.

The Death Of Anne Frank

Jewish teenager Anne Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp at least a month earlier than her official date of death.

Tracking Down Nazis

Simon Wiesenthal started tracking Nazi's war criminals in 1964. Subsequently, the U.S. created a special investigative unit, with broad powers, devoted to Nazi hunting.

Health News

Known as geographic tongue, the condition causes red, patchy shapes to appear on the tongue.
A 3D analysis of wrinkles and other signs of aging could reveal a person's age based on only an image of his or her face.
Would you rather run or splash around in water to keep yourself in tip-top shape? Opinion is likely to be divided, and highly subjective, as devotees of each weigh in. Luckily, though, science has an opinion too.

Egypt's 'Mona Lisa'

An ancient Egyptian masterpiece is in fact a fake created in the 19th century, a researcher says.

Meet 'Little Foot'

The findings focus on a skeleton which represents a species in the same group as Lucy, known as Australopithecus. 

“The Red Lady” of Spain

The 18,700-year-old bones of a woman whose remains were found in northern Spain’s El Mirón Cave is the first Magdalenian burial to be found in the Iberian Peninsula, according to Lawrence Straus of the University of New Mexico and Manuel González Morales of the University of Cantabria. They discovered the grave behind a block of engraved limestone that had fallen from the ceiling of the cave. “The lines seem to be sort of random, but there is a motif that is a triangle—repeated lines that make a V-shape. What is being represented, at least by some of these lines, might be a female person. Conceivably, this block serves as some kind of marker,” Straus told New Scientist. They first glimpsed a jaw and a tibia covered in ochre, and later recovered more than 100 of the woman’s bones, which had been placed in the small space after her body had decomposed. A carnivore’s teeth marks on the tibia may account for the missing skull and long bones. Dubbed “The Red Lady,” the woman was between 35 and 40 years old at the time of death, and she ate ibex, red deer, fish, mushrooms, fungi, and seeds. The ochre on her bones “is a color that in their lives must have been very spectacular,” Straus added. To read about a spectacular piece of Paleolithic art, see "A New Life for Lion Man."

'Intraterrestrial' Virus

A virus that inhabits the deep ocean infects methane-eating microorganisms. 

Antarctica’s Record High Temp

The Antarctic Peninsula, one of the fastest-warming spots on Earth, recorded a new record high.

Well-Traveled Seeds

Spring offers us a reminder that each seed is a tiny embryo, and you can hold hundreds or thousands of these plants in your palm.

The Aral Sea

The Aral Sea is shrinking, leaving a dried-up white lake-bed where there used to be blue water. But in the eyes of a radar satellite, the sea's shores look like a colorful abstract painting.

Harm Marine Life for Millennia

Climate change may lead to disturbances in marine life that will take thousands of years to recover from, not hundreds of years as previously thought.

Space Ants

Researchers shipped eight colonies of ants to the International Space Station to study their search behavior in microgravity.

Clouded Leopard Kittens

The new additions are victories in the fight to preserve a vulnerable species.

Turn Sound Beams into 'Flashlights

The animals can fine-tune the scope of their echolocation calls to broaden or narrow their search for prey.

Travel Records

A songbird described as a lean, mean flying machine has just been tracked flying non-stop over the Atlantic Ocean.

Flashy Colors and Patterns

From polka dots to flashy tie-dyed resembling designs, seashells back in the day sported a variety of colors and patterns.

Dinosaur 'Romeo and Juliet'

The dino couple, nicknamed Romeo and Juliet, were entombed together for over 75 million years.

Animal Pictures