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Lot of Buzz about Electronic Cigarettes

Lot of Buzz about Electronic Cigarettes

Rightly said there was a reason for which Oxford English Dictionaries named 'vape' as Word of the Year. A number of things are going on with regard to this newest tobacco delivery system.

To cite few, in Kentucky, the Farm Bureau is considering to levy a tax on e-cigarettes; a new research will look into the fact whether they can help people quit the habit and the Urban County Government has included e-cigarettes to its indoor smoking ban.

Vikings could have been Family Men

Vikings could have been Family Men

According to a new study on ancient Viking DNA, there is a possibility that Vikings might have been family men and wives traveled with them to new lands. Scientists found that maternal DNA that was collected from ancient Norsemen closely matched with DNA of modern-day people living in the North Atlantic isles, mainly from the Orkney and Shetland Islands.

According to the findings, to colonize new lands, Viking men and women both traveled on ships. The popular notion of Vikings as glorified hoodlums with imposing seafaring skills was also challenged by the new study.

Aluminum Scrap linked to Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance in 1937

Aluminum Scrap linked to Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance in 1937

It has been a mystery over the years about what happened to Amelia Earhart, who was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean along with her navigator Fred Noonan.

A metal fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost Lockheed Electra aircraft, which was found 23 years back and has now been discovered to be a part of Earhart's plane.

This metal scrap has been identified for the first time ever since the aviation pioneer's plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on June 1, 1937.

Divers and Archaeologists to unlock Mysteries of Greek Ancient Shipwreck

Divers and Archaeologists to unlock Mysteries of Greek Ancient Shipwreck

Divers and archaeologists have discovered a cargo from the wreck of an ancient Greek ship in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy.

The research team went some 410ft down into dark Mediterranean waters in a submarine. They found a pile of amphorae from the ancient world. There are basically large urns used to move olives, wine and other cargo. Along with this, they also found a sacrificial altar that had Greek lettering inscribed on it.

Ashkenazi Jews Descendants of 350 people who lived about 600 to 800 years ago

Ashkenazi Jews Descendants of 350 people who lived about 600 to 800 years ago

An international team of scientists has studied that today's Ashkenazi Jews are descendants of a small group of 350 people who lived about 600 to 800 years ago.

Ashkenazi Jews are a Jewish ethnic division which has arisen around the turn of the first millennium. Hebrew word 'Ashkenaz' refer to Germany. On the other side, Sephardic Jews have established their communities throughout Spain and northern Africa.

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Archeologists Discover 4,600-Year-Old Step Pyramid in Egypt

Archeologists Discover 4,600-Year-Old Step Pyramid in Egypt

A step pyramid dating back to 4,600 years has been discovered near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt. Archaeologists said that it predates the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades.

The step pyramid is among seven provincial pyramids built by either the pharaoh Huni (reign ca. 2635-2610 B.C.) or Snefru (reign ca. 2610-2590 B.C.). Originally, it was 43 feet long, but stone blocks as the step pyramid were pillaged, leading the monument to stay exposed to weather. As a result, the pyramid has remained only about 16 feet tall today.

Researchers Found that Ancient Romans Dined on Giraffe Legs

Researchers Found that Ancient Romans Dined on Giraffe Legs

A non-elite district in the Roman city of Pompeii was buried under a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. According to a new report, archaeologists have found out that the food scraps in the drains of Pompeii, Italy and Roman city wiped out by a volcano.

They reported that some ancient elites in the famed Roman city of Pompeii preferred to eat delicacies dined on giraffe. But, the middle and the lower class residents dined on cheap but healthy foods.

Frederick Sanger: Winner of Two Nobel Prizes dies at an Age of 95

Frederick Sanger: Winner of Two Nobel Prizes dies at an Age of 95

Well-known British biochemist, Frederick Sanger has passed away at a Cambridge hospital. He was of 95 years. He had won Nobel Prize twice and was best known for his advanced research on the proteins that form DNA and the arrangement of genomes.

Genomes are genetic information encoded in DNA of an organism.

He was born in the year 1918. He decided to follow his father in medical and went to university at Cambridge where he studied medicine, particularly biochemistry. Earlier Sanger told that he was not an outstanding student, but was above average.

Royal Egyptians were Buried with Meat Mummies

Royal Egyptians were Buried with Meat Mummies

Since royal Egyptians always deserved more, they were buried with poultry and beef to satiate their hunger event after death. A mummy of meat, a part of animal, was prepared for burial and was covered with bandage and placed in a tomb by ancient Egyptians.

Tutankhamun died in 1323 B. C. Along with him, 48 carved wooden cases consisting of joints from poultry and beef were also buried. The meat was prepared in a special way by the ancient Egyptian `meat-packers' so that meat could last possibly for a longer time.

World View to Take People to Space in Balloons

World View to Take People to Space in Balloons

Many of you must have long desired to go, see and experience the outer space. While your dream might come true very soon, how would it be if you are taken to space sans rockets?

Surprising! But that's what World View Solutions, situated in Tucson, has been planning for you, for all. In fact, varied firms have been thinking of taking such a step of proposing manned commercial space flight.

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