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Saturn's Largest Moon Is Discovered

Titan is Saturn's largest moon and the second largest moon in the solar system. It was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens in 1655 and remains the only natural satellite in the solar system known to have a significant atmosphere. This thick, opaque atmosphere obscures the surface, but some surface detail has been observed via the Hubble Space Telescope using infrared light. In what ways are the conditions on Titan's surface similar to those on Earth?




Mangroves are large tropical evergreen trees of the genus Rhizophora. They are found in the muddy swamps of tropical and subtropical coastlines and estuaries and grow most abundantly in tropical Asia, Africa, and the islands of the southwest Pacific. Mangrove trunks produce aerial roots that become embedded in the mud and rapidly form close-growing mangrove thickets. These swamps are rich breeding grounds for fish and shellfish. How many plant species can be found in a mangrove habitat?

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Arturo Toscanini

Musical experts and laymen alike consider Toscanini one of the world's great conductors. A tempestuous personality, he was nevertheless greatly respected by his performers. His artistry is preserved in recordings, notably of the symphonies of Beethoven and works by Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, and others. Toscanini was chief conductor and artistic director at La Scala, Milan, and conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. Before becoming a conductor, Toscanini studied what instrument?

Last updated on Tuesday, 25th March 2008

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