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Buchanan Inaugurates New Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

After the introduction of the working telegraph in 1839, the idea that countries and continents could be connected by a communications network became an exciting possibility. A working telegraph could transmit in mere minutes messages that had once taken weeks to deliver by sea. England and France were linked by submarine cable in 1850, but it took 3 attempts over the next 8 years before a lasting connection could be maintained across the Atlantic. Who sent the first message and what did it say?

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Atomic Force Microscope

With a demonstrated resolution of fractions of a nanometer, the atomic force microscope (AFM) is one of the foremost tools for imaging, measuring, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale. Unlike the electron microscope, which provides a two-dimensional image of a sample, the AFM provides a true 3-D surface profile. Though the term "microscope" suggests the visual study of minute samples, this high-tech device functions in an entirely different manner. How does the AFM gather information?

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Menachem Begin

In the 1940s, Begin headed the Irgun, a militant organization that fought against British Mandate authorities in Palestine. After 1949, he sat in the Knesset, where he led the opposition to the Labor party. In 1977, Begin's right-wing Likud party defeated Labor for the first time, and Begin became prime minister of Israel. He shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize with Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat as a result of the Camp David Accords. Begin retired from politics in 1983. Why?

Last updated on Saturday, 16th August 2008

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