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  • Remembering the Battle of Marathon

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    Chris Higgins
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In 490 BCE, the epic battle of Marathon took place in Greece. 600 Persian ships invaded and delivered a massive army to battle 11,000 Athenians. The Athenians proceeded to beat back the Persian army at Marathon, then marched all the way back to Athens in full armor, where they blocked a second Persian army from invasion. In the meantime, legend has it that the Athenian soldier Pheidippides ran back to Athens to alert his countrymen of the victory at Marathon, then dropped dead from exhaustion. There is debate about whether Pheidippides actually made that run, but it is clear that the Athenian…
  • Remembering the Battle of Marathon

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    Chris Higgins
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In 490 BCE, the epic battle of Marathon took place in Greece. 600 Persian ships invaded and delivered a massive army to battle 11,000 Athenians. The Athenians proceeded to beat back the Persian army at Marathon, then marched all the way back to Athens in full armor, where they blocked a second Persian army from invasion. In the meantime, legend has it that the Athenian soldier Pheidippides ran back to Athens to alert his countrymen of the victory at Marathon, then dropped dead from exhaustion. There is debate about whether Pheidippides actually made that run, but it is clear that the Athenian…
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  • Remembering the Battle of Marathon

    Chris Higgins
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In 490 BCE, the epic battle of Marathon took place in Greece. 600 Persian ships invaded and delivered a massive army to battle 11,000 Athenians. The Athenians proceeded to beat back the Persian army at Marathon, then marched all the way back to Athens in full armor, where they blocked a second Persian army from invasion. In the meantime, legend has it that the Athenian soldier Pheidippides ran back to Athens to alert his countrymen of the victory at Marathon, then dropped dead from exhaustion. There is debate about whether Pheidippides actually made that run, but it is clear that the Athenian…
  • Weekend Links: Instant Ramen Hacks

    Roma Panganiban
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Some of these look rather appealing. Some of these do not. Russia's even invading the American beer industry now. An interactive traffic light installation in Lisbon, Portugal encourages pedestrians to dance it out at the crosswalk, improving street safety while putting smiles on faces. 3-D printing might be the much-needed solution to America's organ shortage. These photogenic birds are ready for their closeup, Mr. DeMille. The world's oldest jokes, found in a Greek text dating from thousands of years ago, don't quite stand up to modern comic sensibilities. Audrey Hepburn's image is…
  • How El Niño Happens

    Chris Higgins
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The weather phenomenon called El Niño has been on my radar* since about the year 2000, but I never really knew what it was. In this short video from The New York Times, we get a simple, straightforward explanation of what El Niño is, and why it happens. If you've ever wondered what El Niño really is, set aside two minutes to learn: * = Sorry, pun intended.
  • WWI Centennial: Reims Cathedral Burns

    Erik Sass
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Wikimedia Commons The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that shaped our modern world. Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 144th installment in the series. September 19-20, 1914: Reims Cathedral Burns In mid-September 1914, it was still anyone’s guess who would win the Great War on the ground—but the Allies had already won the propaganda war, as far as public opinion in neutral countries was concerned, thanks to a series of German atrocities culminating in the burning of the great medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame de…
  • 10 Motherly Facts About Maiasaura

    Mark Mancini
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Maiasaura ’s name literally means “good mother lizard.” But was it really all that parental? Read on to find out.
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  • Remembering the Battle of Marathon

    Chris Higgins
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    In 490 BCE, the epic battle of Marathon took place in Greece. 600 Persian ships invaded and delivered a massive army to battle 11,000 Athenians. The Athenians proceeded to beat back the Persian army at Marathon, then marched all the way back to Athens in full armor, where they blocked a second Persian army from invasion. In the meantime, legend has it that the Athenian soldier Pheidippides ran back to Athens to alert his countrymen of the victory at Marathon, then dropped dead from exhaustion. There is debate about whether Pheidippides actually made that run, but it is clear that the Athenian…
  • Weekend Links: Instant Ramen Hacks

    Roma Panganiban
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Some of these look rather appealing. Some of these do not. Russia's even invading the American beer industry now. An interactive traffic light installation in Lisbon, Portugal encourages pedestrians to dance it out at the crosswalk, improving street safety while putting smiles on faces. 3-D printing might be the much-needed solution to America's organ shortage. These photogenic birds are ready for their closeup, Mr. DeMille. The world's oldest jokes, found in a Greek text dating from thousands of years ago, don't quite stand up to modern comic sensibilities. Audrey Hepburn's image is…
  • How El Niño Happens

    Chris Higgins
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The weather phenomenon called El Niño has been on my radar* since about the year 2000, but I never really knew what it was. In this short video from The New York Times, we get a simple, straightforward explanation of what El Niño is, and why it happens. If you've ever wondered what El Niño really is, set aside two minutes to learn: * = Sorry, pun intended.
  • WWI Centennial: Reims Cathedral Burns

    Erik Sass
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Wikimedia Commons The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that shaped our modern world. Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 144th installment in the series. September 19-20, 1914: Reims Cathedral Burns In mid-September 1914, it was still anyone’s guess who would win the Great War on the ground—but the Allies had already won the propaganda war, as far as public opinion in neutral countries was concerned, thanks to a series of German atrocities culminating in the burning of the great medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame de…
  • 10 Motherly Facts About Maiasaura

    Mark Mancini
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Maiasaura ’s name literally means “good mother lizard.” But was it really all that parental? Read on to find out.
 
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