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Out of This World: Leonardo Painting Tops $450 Million at Auction
November 15, 2017
A Leonardo painting has set an auction by quite a long way, selling for $450 million. Christie's entertained bids from four bidders in the auction room and one on the phone for 19 minutes before the auction ended, with the anonymous phone bidder taking it. The painting, Salvator Mundi, was created about the same time as the Mona Lisa, art historians believe, but had private owners for centuries before being rediscovered in 1900.

Climate Change Savaging Natural Wonders: Report
November 13, 2017
The world's wetlands and other natural wonders are increasingly under attack from climate change, a new report concludes. The report, from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), found that 62 natural wonders around the world were damaged and at risk from global warming; that figure has doubled in just three years. The Everglades are an example of a wetlands that has experienced a rise in sea level. Elsewhere, rising river levels have created fierce flooding. More famously, the sea has already swallowed a few islands in the Bay of Bengal and is threatening a handful of island nations in the Pacific. The report was published to coincide with the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany.

Rival Group Claims U.S. Representation at Climate Conference
November 13, 2017
The official U.S. delegation to the United Nations climate summit has scheduled a meeting on the future of coal. Sensing the irony, a rival group made up of leaders of large U.S. states, cities, and businesses has requested its own represenation at the summit. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a keynote speaker at an event to launch a drive called America's Pledge, an effort to ensure that climate change is at the forefront of discussions involving representatives of America. Current California Gov. Jerry Brown is also in attendance, as are four U.S. Senators, several mayors, and a handful of representatives of major U.S. corporations.

Carbon Emissions Predicted to Set New Record High
November 13, 2017
Scientists are expecting a record high in carbon emissions in 2017, after three years of flat growth. The prediction, of a 2-percent growth, comes in the Global Carbon Budget report, produced by a group of several dozen research institutions and emissions experts. The official number is expected to be 37 billion tons of carbon dioxide, the highest total ever.

3D Tour for 'Void' Found Inside Great Pyramid
November 12, 2017
You now have another way to see inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. The catch is that you'll have to go to Paris. That seemingly contradictory statement is made possible by 3D technology, specifically a virtual reality tour designed by the team of scientists who last week announced the presence of a large "void" inside the famed pyramid. The scientists, from the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute Scan Pyramids project, used space-age technology and cosmic rays to do the scan; the result was a previously unknown space, which researchers are not sure is a chamber or a corridor. Visitors to the HIP.institute in Paris can now don a virtual reality headset and "see" the interior of the Great Pyramid, including the "void."

Human Driver Caused Driverless Shuttle Collision
November 12, 2017
Las Vegas driverless shuttleHuman error caused a collision between a truck driver and Las Vegas's first self-driving shuttle, authorities have confirmed. The shuttle was on its first day of covering a half-mile loop around downtown Las Vegas. While in motion, the shuttle's onboard sensors detected the presence of another vehicle and stopped. The other vehicle, a large delivery truck, pulled out into the street from a loading bay; in doing so, the truck grazed the front bumper of the shuttle. The truck driver was cited after the collision. Eight people were onboard the shuttle at the time. No one in either vehicle was injured.

Ancient Gymnasium Found in Egypt
November 12, 2017
Ancient Egyptian gymnasiumA team of Egyptian and German archaeologists have found the first known ancient gymnasium in Egypt. The gymnasium recently unearthed is near what was at that time a village named Philoteris. The initial population of the village was 1,200, one-third of whom were Greek. The village was in an area known as Fayum, which was popular with Greek settlers. The gymnasium would have once had several meeting halls, a dining hall, and a large courtyard, according to Cornelia Römer, leader of the excavations. Surrounding the building would have been large gardens and a 650-foot-long racing track, Römer said. 

High Court Rolls Out Electronic Filing
November 12, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court now accepts electronic submissions.Rolling out a new e-filing system, the Court joins the lower courts in accepting non-paper documents. People wishing to file documents regarding cases to be argued before the High Court can find a link on the Court's website but must have registered with the Court before filing. This is intended primarily for lawyers filing on behalf of someone else. The Court has not abandoned paper altogether, however: Parties to High Court suits will still have to submit paper versions of the documents, for awhile.

Repeat Performance for La Niña
November 12, 2017
The "little girl" is back again this year, as far as the weather is concerned. The Climate Prediction Center has announced the formation of a La Niña for the second year in a year. La Niña is a natural cycle that features cooler-than-average ocean temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean, which has varying effects on weather patterns across the United States and across the world. The 2017 La Niña is forecast to be weak, so a predicted down year for U.S. agricultural production might not be so severe.

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

The Gettysburg Address
Lincoln gave this famous speech on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a cemetery for soldiers killed in the famous Battle of Gettysburg.

The Story of the Gettysburg Address
Even though it was short, the famous speech wasn't just dashed off. Find out more about how and why Lincoln wrote.

The Gettysburg Address: Structure and Style
The speech is notable for its words and how they were chosen and arranged.

The Battle of Gettysburg
Find out more about this historic battle: the main players, the strategies, and the prelude and aftermath.

The Life and Legacy of Abraham Lincoln
Trace his life from humble beginnings through a law and political career and to his time as President, including his role in preserving the Union during the Civil War.

The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln faced challenges like no other President before him.

Quotes of Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln said or wrote a great many famous things.

 

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