Widely recognized as Japan's greatest swordsmith, Masamune is thought to have forged most of his swords in the 14th c, but because no exact dates are known for his birth or death, he has attained an almost legendary status. With a reputation for superior beauty and qualityâ€”remarkable at a time when the steel used in sword making was often impureâ€”his swords are often referred to by the name of their maker, much like famous works of art. What is the best known Masamune, and where is it today?
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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?
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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?