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Posts tagged sailors

June 19, 2012

 

neanderthal wood sculpture

Neanderthals Were Sophisticated… Who Knew?

According to new research, Neanderthals likely took to the seas long before modern humans.

June 17, 2009

 

Whale jumping out of ocean water

How Whales Became Sailors

Learn how whales became sailors on this Moment of Science.

April 22, 2008

 

Red sunset over ocean

Red Sky at Night

People have been predicting weather since long before we had Doppler radar, and many of these prediction strategies have survived as popular folk sayings.

December 27, 2005

 

A Lime a Day Kept Scurvy Away

If you’re a fan of pirate movies, you may be familiar with the term scurvy dog. It’s a curse, typically levied at a pirate who sank below even the already lowly standards of allowed piratical behavior. What does it mean? Well, “dog” is self evident, but scurvy? Learn more on this Moment of Science.

February 10, 2005

 

Anchors Away, Me Boys–but How Far?

What happens if you throw your anchor overboard and there isn't enough chain to reach the bottom? Does the anchor haul you down with it?

September 27, 2003

 

Sextant Pie

A sextant is a hand-held gadget that looks like the outline of a large piece of pizza. It is essential for navigation since it helps determine degrees of latitude, telling sailors how far to the north or south of the equator they are located.

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