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3700-year-old Smiley Face Found on Painted Pitcher
July 23, 2017
The smiley face might be older than many people think. Archaeologists in Turkey have unearthed a pitcher that looks to modern eyes to sport a smiling face. The only paint on the pitcher is two dots above a swoosh. The pitcher is 3,700 years old.

New Robot Investigates Fukushima Radioactive Water
July 21, 2017
An underwater robot sent to survey a damaged nuclear reactor at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant has survived its foray into radioactive waters, in the process sending back images of the devastation. The robot investigated damage to the Unit 3 reactor, caused by melted nuclear fuel that resulted from the meltdown that occurred in the wake of the tsunami that resulted from a powerful earthquake in March 2011.

New Memorial to Salem Witch Trials Victims
July 21, 2017
A memorial now occupies the space in Salem, Mass., where in 1692 people were killed because they were thought to be witches. The memorial is a crescent-shaped area the focus of which is a granite wall containing plates listing the names of each of the 20 people who died during the Salem Witch Trials.

Boy, 10, Discovers 1-million-year-old Fossil
July 21, 2017
A 10-year-old has discovered a fossil more than 1 million years old, by tripping over it. Jude Sparks, who is 10 now but was 9 at the time, was hiking in the desert near Las Cruces, N.M., when he fell, his movement tripped up by what turned out to be the fossilized tusk of a stegomastodon, which last lived 1.2 million years ago.

 

 

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