The Ninja Legend Spreads The biggest challenge in separating ninja truth from myth is a lack of reliable primary sources. Turnbull says there are five total documents housed at the new research center that are similar to the monk's account. What's most remarkable about that handful of documents isn't so much the content of the original texts, but how they've been transformed into these legendary tales. The mission of the new center is to trace the path from a few garden-variety nighttime attacks in the 16th century to what became a global cultural phenomenon. … [Read more...] about Research Center Seeks to Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction
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Clyde Tombaugh got his gig as a junior astronomer with Lowell Observatory when he sent in observations he’d made of Jupiter and Mars on a homemade telescope (constructed using such sundries as a 1910 Buick’s crankshaft and discarded dairy farm equipment). He was only asking for their opinions on his work, but they were so impressed that they offered him a job. … [Read more...] about Our Closest Look Ever at Pluto’s Weird, Beautiful Surface
In the era of smart phones with GPS and Google Maps, you're probably already familiar with the system of geographic coordinates that's commonly used to describe locations on the Earth's spherical surface. That system is based on latitude, the distance north or south from the Earth's equator, and longitude, which is the distance east or west of the Prime Meridian, an imaginary line that runs north to south through Greenwich, England. The distances are measured in degrees — 90 degrees in each direction for latitude, and 180 in each direction for longitude — and minutes, seconds and fractions of a second. (For more on how that system works, check out these pages from the U.S. Geological Survey and the IBM Knowledge Center.) … [Read more...] about How Do We Find Things in the Blackness of Space?