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From Moby Dick to Wind Farms: East Coast Tries to Pivot Centuries-Old Ports

Listen to article(2 minutes)NEW LONDON, Conn.—The boats tied up at Gary Yerman’s dock in this seaside city have long trawled for scallops and squid. But they have recently been used for something else, too: scouting and security work for a trio of wind farms under development several dozen miles off the coast.Copyright ©2023 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8 Listen to article(2 minutes)NEW LONDON, Conn.—The boats tied up at Gary Yerman’s dock in this seaside city have

Centuries-old teeth could indicate the effectiveness of pandemic quarantines

Skull excavated from the Old Lazzaretto that researchers will extract ancient DNA from. Credit: Robert Tykot Italian officials have provided an interdisciplinary group of researchers from the University of South Florida access to the remains of individuals who died from the Black Death, a plague that killed millions of people in the 14th century, to help determine the effectiveness of quarantines.…

Centuries-old teenage mummy unearthed in Peru

The skull of the teenage mummy discovered in Peru. The child was likely a member of the Ichma community that lived in the area some 900 years ago, before it was annexed by the Inca empire in the 15th century. The mummy of a teenager who lived roughly 800-1,200 years ago, complete with skin fragments and tufts of hair, has been unearthed on the outskirts of the Peruvian capital Lima, the leader of the excavation team said…

A New Computer Proof ‘Blows Up’ Centuries-Old Fluid Equations

For centuries, mathematicians have sought to understand and model the motion of fluids. The equations that describe how ripples crease the surface of a pond have also helped researchers to predict the weather, design better airplanes, and characterize how blood flows through the circulatory system. These equations are deceptively simple when written in the right mathematical language. However, their solutions are so complex that making sense of even basic questions about them can be prohibitively difficult.Perhaps the…

500 Million Year-Old Fossils Solve a Centuries-Old Riddle in the Evolution of Life on Earth

Artist’s reconstruction of Gangtoucunia aspera as it would have appeared in life on the Cambrian seafloor, circa 514 million years ago. The individual in the foreground has part of the skeleton removed to show the soft polyp inside the skeleton. Credit: Reconstruction by Xiaodong WangScientists have finally solved a centuries-old riddle in the evolution of life on earth, revealing what the first animals to make skeletons looked like. This discovery was possible due to an exceptionally well-preserved collection of fossils…

Researchers Race to Preserve Centuries-Old Carvings on Australian Boab Trees

After two years of fieldwork, a group of researchers and First Nations Australians have announced the discovery of centuries-old carvings on 12 boab trees in Australia’s Tanami Desert.Carvings on boabs were first reported in the mid-19th century,but they weren’t investigated thoroughly until a century later. The carvings depict snake figures believed by the team to be the King Brown Snake, a character in Indigenous oral traditions, among geometric patterns and other representations of animals. The team’s research

Professor of music unravels centuries-old authorship mystery

The Kyrie from the Missa de beata virgine by Josquin des Prez in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Ms. Cappella Sistina 45, folios 1v-2r. Credit: Wikimedia The 15th-century French composer and singer Josquin des Prez, or "Josquin," as he is commonly known, achieved the Renaissance equivalent of rock star status. Despite his fame, many details of Josquin's life and career are hazy, and a big mystery of early music is how…

‘A truce with the trees’: what the centuries-old instruments of the Kronos Quartet can tell us | Kronos Quartet

For the last 50 years, David Harrington, the founder and artistic director of San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet, has been playing what he calls “pretty athletic music” on a violin made in 1721. I’ve heard him play all kinds of compositions on it, from the galloping notes of Orange Blossom Special to the minimalism of Terry Riley and even the occasional bit of Bach. The instrument made by Carlo Giuseppe Testore in Milan has survived three centuries, providing music for countless audiences, and can be heard on more than 60…

How we solved the centuries-old mystery of its origins

Tombstones investigated in new research, most from 1338. Credit: P.-G. Borbone/Nature, Author provided It is not an exaggeration to say that the question of where and when the Black Death, the deadliest pandemic ever, originated is one of the biggest mysteries in human history. After all, the Black Death was the first wave of the second plague pandemic of the 14th to early 19th centuries. It killed some 50–60% of the…