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Letter From Aviation History – November 2009

The November 2009 Aviation History Letter From Aviation History laments the current state of U.S. space exploration and commends designer Burt Rutan for inaugurating a new era of privately sponsored suborbital trips.
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So Long, Pontiac

General Motors pulls the plug on Pontiac, the original American muscle car.
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The Fens: England Below Sea Level

England's Fens, like the Louisiana Delta, formed over the last 10 millennia as rivers dumped sediment onto a sinking plain, forming wide marshes and creating a unique landscape and lifestyle.
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Roger Bacon

A scholar-monk who envisioned an Academy of Science, Roger Bacon's ideas were far ahead of his time and ran counter to the Church's doctrine.

By Dianna L. Dodson

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Benjamin Franklin: America’s Inventor

Born 300 years ago, Benjamin Franklin remains perhaps the most inquisitive, creative and prodigious inventor, innovator and thinker ever born on American soil. But which of Franklin's many 'inventions' was actually his most important? A scientist offers a somewhat surprising answer.
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John Logie Baird: Forgotten Pioneer of Television

John Logie Baird was one of several inventors in Europe and the U.S. in a neck-and-neck race to claim the title of 'first' to develop the technology to transmit and receive moving pictures, television.
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Edmund Halley: Scientific Giant

Edmund Halley, best known for his 17th century prediction of the 76-year frequency of the cosmos' most famous comet, made scientific contributions far beyond astronomy.