Heroics -- These stories have to do with heroism shown by people involved in hazardous travel in the air and on the sea.
A WWII pilot who forever repaid rescuers dies at 94. As it turned out, the rescued pilot spent much of the rest of his life raising money and giving service to the south Pacific's New Britain islanders who has saved his life.
Teenagers adrift in the Pacific for 50 days reached land. These three boys from Figi were very skillful and also somewhat lucky. To quote:
Human ingenuity saved the day for a plane in crisis back in November. When a whole bunch of things went wrong at once, an Airbus 380 Australian crew was able to override automation in order to save the plane and passengers. In conclusion,
Fortunate Finds: These stories are about amazing finds of old things -- some very, very old.Buried Alive: 34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found. Living in a kind of suspended animation in salt crystals the organisms were eventually able to "wake up." A few even reproduced. The story begins,
Scientists bring back ancient salt crystals, dug up from deep below Death Valley for climate research. The sparkling crystals are carefully packed away until, years later, a young, unknown researcher takes a second look at the 34,000-year-old crystals and discovers, trapped inside, something strange. Something ... alive.
Houston museum unearths the next big creature feature: The bones lie everywhere, fragments of 300 million-year-old ribs and vertebrae - spread across the hillsides, amid cactus, mesquite and red earth. They sat on the surface, next to pieces of clay and caliche rock, when paleontologists and volunteers began chiseling, scratching and brushing their way, millimeter by millimeter, toward the discovery awaiting them below.
As too often is the case, Egyptian antiquities may reside not in their country of origin. Jon related to me that he actually saw this bust as an Army family school kid living in Berlin. Egypt asks Berlin to return a Nefertiti bust, to no avail. To quote:
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