Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Diane Turner - London Rocks - 23.04.2014

Diane Turner - London Rocks - 23.04.2014

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The Phil Naessens Show: Trading Ike Davis, Paying NCAA Athletes and the Milwaukee Brewers

On today’s Phil Naessens Show Mark Berman joins Phil to discuss the New York Mets trading Ike Davis, Matt Harvey and the more Mets news. Joe Mullinax joins Phil to discuss whether or not NCAA athletes should be financially compensated and Mr. Brewtown joins Phil to discuss the first place Milwaukee Brewers. Follow on Bloglovin

KINDLE FREEBIE - Princess Alexia and the Dragon by K. Meador - April 23 and 24, 2014

 Follow Princess Alexia as she and her brave dog, Zoey, as they embark on a mission to confront a fire-breathing dragon. She hopes to do what her father’s soldiers could not, capture the dragon so another Ample Apple Orchard celebration would not be attacked and the land set ablaze.

When Princess Alexia faces her adversary, she is frightened, but her fears abate once she and Titus, the dragon, begin talking. Can she convince Titus to stop plaguing her father’s kingdom, and will the festival be celebrated without fear of destruction?

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History Trivia -Battle of Clontarf Brian Boru defeats Viking invaders

April 23

215 BC A temple was built on the Capitoline Hill and dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene.

1014 Battle of Clontarf Brian Boru (High King of Ireland in 1002) defeated Viking invaders, but was killed during the battle.

1348 The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III was announced on St George's Day. Follow on Bloglovin

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mr. Chuckles was around The Wizard's Cauldron checking out Welsh chickliterati Karenne Griffin

The Wizard says:

Around the Cauldron today we have Karenne Griffin, Australian by birth (Tasmanian, actually), but now as staunchly welsh as Charlotte Church, Robbie Savage and original rebel, Owen Glendower. She writes chicklit set in the valleys and villages of where she lives. 

Karenne is a lover of life and always seems to be at a party, a wedding or down the pub for a few pints of Skull Attack and so I was lucky to track her down.

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Ancient Assassin Flies Found in Amber

By Megan Gannon, News Editor
A scientist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History discovered and named a new 100-million-year-old species of assassin fly, Burmapogon bruckschi, after studying the first two specimens ever preserved in Burmese amber.
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Ancient Rome's tap water heavily contaminated with lead, researchers say

An archaeologist works at Portus: scientists inferred levels of lead pollution in the Roman water supply by analysing sediment cores taken from the Trajanic harbour basin. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Supply became contaminated as it passed through giant network of lead pipes that distributed water around city, scientists believe

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Tap water in ancient Rome, provided by its famous aqueducts, was contaminated with up to 100 times more lead than local spring water, researchers say.
Huge volumes of fresh water flowed along aqueducts to the heart of the Roman empire but the supply was contaminated as it passed through the giant network of lead pipes that distributed water around the city.
Researchers in France said levels of lead in Roman drinking water were a concern, but were probably insufficient to cause widespread mental problems, or potentially drive up crime rates, through lead poisoning.
"It's marginal. You would start being worried about drinking that water all your life," said Francis Albarède, who led the study at Claude Bernard University in Lyon. "Even though they probably did not get degenerate, as some people say, or even get more violent, lead pollution might have been something to be concerned about."
The scientists inferred lead pollution levels by analysing sediment cores taken from the Trajanic harbour basin at Portus, a major port of imperial Rome, and a canal that connected the port to the Tiber river.
The Trajanic harbour, a hexagonal inland basin, was built in the early years of the second century AD to give safe mooring to merchant ships as the population of Rome expanded.
Albarède's team studied lead isotopes in a nine-metre-deep core drilled from the harbour and a 13-metre core taken from the canal, which carried a record of contaminants from the Tiber. Sediments trap contaminants as they form, so studies of sediment cores drilled from ocean floors and river beds can reveal levels of environmental pollution dating back hundreds or thousands of years.
The tests on the Tiber sediments were striking. They showed that two kinds of water mixed in the river. The first was natural river water, which carried lead isotopes originally from the Apennines and volcanic rock in the Alban hills south-east of Rome.
The second type was much cleaner drinking water, that had drained into the river, and was contaminated with isotopes of lead not found in Italy. The researchers believe the lead was mined elsewhere, perhaps in Eifel in Germany, or even the English Pennines, and then brought back in ingots to make lead piping.
Further tests on the sediments showed that levels of lead in the Roman tap water varied over time from 14 to 105 times higher than those found in natural spring water. The findings are reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Though Rome's complex plumbing system gave officials control over the distribution of water around the city, it was not unknown for locals to punch holes in the pipes to draw water off, increasing the number of people exposed to the lead. Even so, Albarède believes that any health problems caused by lead piping could not have brought the civilisation to its knees.
"Can you really poison an entire civilisation with lead? I think it would take more than lead piping in Rome to do that," he said.
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