Dynamic Directory - August 16, 2018

Revised Stories in the past 30 days

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Dr. Elizabeth Davis and the Movie Sully
Dr. Elizabeth Davis and the Movie Sully

Sully and Jeff Skiles had 208 seconds between a bird strike and a forced water landing on the Hudson. Both testified during the NTSB investigation.

Nanjing Massacre and the Doctor Who Stayed to Save Lives
Nanjing Massacre and the Doctor Who Stayed to Save Lives

Dr. Robert O. Wilson, born in the Chinese city of Nanking (Nanjing), stays to help victims of a massacre while others flee to save their own lives.

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity - Explained
Einstein's Theory of General Relativity - Explained

During the recent solar eclipse, scientists further tested Einstein's famous theory (which resulted from a thought experiment leading to the concept of space-time). Can we break this down into layman's terms?

Isaac Newton and the Falling Apple
Isaac Newton and the Falling Apple

Is the story about Isaac Newton and the falling apple true or just a legend? A 1752 manuscript may provide an answer.

Septimius Severus - Rome's African Emperor
Septimius Severus - Rome's African Emperor

Also known as the "African Emperor," Septimius Severus, a Caesar, rules the Roman Empire for nearly 18 years.

English-Channel Signal System - 1558
English-Channel Signal System - 1558

Britain needs an effective warning system to alert the country if Spain sends an Armada of ships with invading soldiers aboard.

Erling Storrusten - Inspiration for Espen in "Shadow on the Mountain"
Erling Storrusten - Inspiration for Espen in "Shadow on the Mountain"

Meet the real Erling Storrusten, the inspiration for Margi Preus' main character, Espen, in her novel "Shadown on the Mountain."

Esobar Targets Avianca Flight 203
Esobar Targets Avianca Flight 203

Believing that presidential candidate C├ęsar Gaviria Trujillo would be aboard Avianca Flight 203, on November 27, 1989, Pablo Escobar ordered that a bomb be placed on the plane causing its destruction as it flew between Bogota and Cali, Colombia.

Facts about the Space Shuttle Orbiter
Facts about the Space Shuttle Orbiter

What is the weight of a space shuttle orbiter? What is its length? What is the combined number of miles flown by the shuttle fleet? The answers may surprise you.

Feldspar - Part of the Earth's Crust
Feldspar - Part of the Earth's Crust

Robert (Rob) Lavinsky, PhD, took this photo. He describes a piece of feldspar: A superb, textbook feldspar crystal.

Flight MH17 - Dr. Joep Lange
Flight MH17 - Dr. Joep Lange

A world-renowned scientist and AIDS researcher, Dr. Joep Lange was a passenger on Flight MH17 when it crashed over Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

Franz Joseph Haydn
Franz Joseph Haydn

Working for his patrons, the Esterhazy family, Haydn has a room at theirpalace in Eisenstadt(in theeastern partof Austria) and atEsterhaza(innorthwestern Hungary).

Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh

On July 27, 1890, Vincent van Gogh walked to a field and shot himself. Why did few recognize his genius while he was alive? Who was the artist whose paintings today are among the most-valuable in the world?

George and the Dragon - Middle Ages
George and the Dragon - Middle Ages

England's National Day features St. George, the Dragon Slayer, who is the patron saint of many countries, including England. What is the story behind this famous legend?

Golden Gate Strait and the Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Strait and the Golden Gate Bridge

Long before anyone could actually build "The Golden Gate Bridge,'' the narrow passage of deep and turbulent water connecting the Pacific to the San Francisco Bay was known as the Golden Gate. Find out how this happened.

Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress
Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress

Hermann Oberth - A Father of Rocketry and Astronautics
Hermann Oberth - A Father of Rocketry and Astronautics

Hermann Oberth, one of the world's three "Fathers of Rocketry and Astronautics," became interested in his life's work when, at age 14, he read Jules Verne.

Horsehead Nebula, in Infrared Light, from Hubble
Horsehead Nebula, in Infrared Light, from Hubble

Hubble, the orbiting space telescope, transmits unbelievably beautiful images to Earth. One of its most extraordinary images is this infrared view of the Horsehead Nebula.

Hugh Alexander - The Imitation Game
Hugh Alexander - The Imitation Game

Hugh Alexander, portrayed by Matthew Goode in "The Imitation Game," was a British chess champion who was recruited to be a code breaker at Bletchely Park's Station X.

Last Days of Krakatoa
Last Days of Krakatoa

Krakatoa's tremendous volcanic eruption causes a devastating tsunami on August 26, 1883. It also produces the loudest-ever-reported sound when the island tears itself apart.

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